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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Today we welcome guest blogger and Del Ray interior designer Katie Moore of Olios Design. Katie and her husband Andrew are the proud new parents of baby Jayden, born in September. When we saw pictures of the nursery Katie designed for Jayden on her blog earlier this week, we knew we wanted to share here as well. We love how it’s full of so many sentimental and handmade treasures. When my husband and I found out we were having a boy, I immediately knew I wanted a vintage nautical themed nursery. We already had the dresser and side table (the space was previously our spare bedroom). This was a inspirational mood board that got me started. We own a 22 catalina sailboat and when I was searching for the perfect bookcase, it wasn’t happening. So I was pleasantly surprised when my husband said he would build Jayden’s bookcase…and he nailed it, wouldn’t you say? That’s right, my husband built-this custom sailboat bookcase from scratch. There are so many handmade...

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Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 | 3 comments

Welcome to Mid-Century Del Ray, 1950

Welcome to Mid-Century Del Ray, 1950

Last March, I posted about Del Ray in 1941 through the lens of a George Washington High School (now middle school) yearbook. Today, we’re looking at Del Ray nine years later with the help of another GW yearbook, the class of 1950. In case you’re wondering why I have the yearbook, my husband collects old yearbooks and every once in a while he finds one that somehow intersects our lives. GW opened in 1935, merging students from two of Alexandria’s high schools. In 1950, the school had students in 8th-12th grades. The vast bleachers have since been replaced, fashion has changed (love those plaid skirts and cardigans) but you can see that the school in the background looks the same today as it did then in all its Art Deco glory. More local architecture can be found in the background of these photos — those are the rowhouses which still stand on Glendale Ave. behind the field. The descriptions with the senior portraits offer a glimpse at how differently...

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Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Del Ray’s Retro Rides and Classic Cruisers, Part 2

Del Ray’s Retro Rides and Classic Cruisers, Part 2

Last fall I posted photos of some of the classic cars I’ve seen around Del Ray. Topping the list were some pretty amazing Continentals in pristine condition and some cool old pick-ups. Shortly after I published that post, much to my delight, I kept noticing more and more interesting cars around the neighborhood. First, an oldie, a Chevrolet from the 1930s or 40s. Check out the white wall tires. Fast forward to the 1960s, a forest green Mercury Comet. I love the angle of the trunk. I’ve seen this Ford parked outside Velocity but never when I had a camera. So I was glad to finally get a few shots. Just a block or so down the street, I saw this cherry red Ford Fairlane. And maybe not as svelte, but an interesting find no less, this 1970s Gremlin in a Kermit green. Have you seen these cars around the neighborhood? Do you have any other...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2013 | 4 comments

Del Ray’s Retro Rides and Classic Cruisers

Del Ray’s Retro Rides and Classic Cruisers

Have you noticed all the awesome cars around Del Ray? Vintage Continentals in pristine condition, Pontiac muscle cars ready to race, retro pick-ups in campy shades of turquoise and orange, even a few old-timey cars. It wasn’t until recently — around the time my 4-year-old became obsessed with everything car-related — that I started to pay more attention to the unique vehicles scattered throughout Del Ray. The first car to really catch my eye was this sleek black Continental. I’m not sure why I took the picture, I guess I thought it was just too cool not to capture. Fortunately, it resides a block away from my house so we see it pretty regularly. And then I noticed more and more cars. I started posting pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #carsofdelray.  Some of the cars didn’t have that chic coolness of the Continental, but they definitely had character. I especially love the colors on the trucks. These are the cars that make you think, they don’t make them like they used to. I saw this one a...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 | 0 comments

Matt’s Mid-Century Modern Built-in Bar

Matt’s Mid-Century Modern Built-in Bar

I was so thrilled when I found this mid-century modern shelf unit (in pristine condition) at a thrift store. I thought the shelves would be perfect for books and decorative items and the cabinets would be ideal for storing and concealing toys. But really, do you think a shelf like this was designed for storing Legos? And then a friend remarked that it was probably used as a liquor cabinet back in the 1950s. But of course it was! So I set out to give it a fresh new look with a nod to the past. Inspiration and deadline: my husband Matt’s birthday. Matt had already moved some liquor bottles and barware to the cabinet, but look how boring the space looks. Neat and orderly, but blah. It needs color, light, and bar accessories to match the quality and flavor of Matt’s delicious beverages and to go with the LP record player he gave himself for his birthday. To start, I bought a big piece of mod paper at Paper...

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