Little House in the District

Two first-time home buyers' adventures in decorating, DIY, and the occasional dumpster dive.
A little panoramic view for you this morning!

A little panoramic view for you this morning!

Having the day off thanks to Frankenstorm means making supplies for emergency preparedness. Spicy tequila (infused with red chilies), pasta sauce (Roma tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic, olive oil, red chilies, salt and pepper), and face meltingly hot hot sauce (habanero, red chilies, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt). All made with stuff from Mary’s or our garden. Yum!

Having the day off thanks to Frankenstorm means making supplies for emergency preparedness. Spicy tequila (infused with red chilies), pasta sauce (Roma tomatoes, basil, oregano, garlic, olive oil, red chilies, salt and pepper), and face meltingly hot hot sauce (habanero, red chilies, vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt). All made with stuff from Mary’s or our garden. Yum!

At the foot of our stair case is a little “nook” that we’ve outfitted with some of my grandparents’ things.  Papa painted the art, and also built the shelf.  I’m also partial to my Nana’s Spejbl and Hurvinek dolls from the Czech Republic.

I spent this rainy pre-Frankenstorm afternoon finishing up a belated birthday gift for Danielle.  Here are how they turned out!  Used those Ikea Malm mirrors that are so cheap and so fun to craft into fun gifts!

I spent this rainy pre-Frankenstorm afternoon finishing up a belated birthday gift for Danielle.  Here are how they turned out!  Used those Ikea Malm mirrors that are so cheap and so fun to craft into fun gifts!

CHERRY BOMB.

Baked some rosemary wheat beer bread for a vegan Thanksgiving WITH the Turkeys (we feed them, instead of eat them) at Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary.  The recipe’s from this blog, and I swapped olive oil for the butter and added chopped rosemary.  Yum!

Baked some rosemary wheat beer bread for a vegan Thanksgiving WITH the Turkeys (we feed them, instead of eat them) at Poplar Springs Animal Sanctuary.  The recipe’s from this blog, and I swapped olive oil for the butter and added chopped rosemary.  Yum!

Friday is the best.  No work, loads of sunshine, and a pot of french press coffee.

Friday is the best.  No work, loads of sunshine, and a pot of french press coffee.

My pal Alice just bought a house in Cambridge, MA, so Tracey and I went for a visit.  While there, we did some fun indoor garden projects: made globe terrariums and an herb garden out of re-purposed light sconces.  The sconces originally covered Alice’s dining room table light (pictured), but we liked the exposed bulbs better so took them off.  The sconces are ceramic, so we used them as pots for herbs, and attached them to her kitchen wall with L brackets.  Now she’ll have fresh herbs year-round, without ever going outside! Happy housing, Alice!

I’m not supposed to tell the Internet, but my #1 favorite couple is having a baby! And they just bought their first house!  (No.  I’m not talking about me and Tripp…).  To celebrate the onslaught of awesomes, I went hyper on art night(s) to DImYself this nursery art as a house- and fetus-warming gift.

To make, I bought four Ikea Malm mirrors.  They’re super cheap and (hopefully) make rad gifts when decorated.  They’re like a blank canvas but without the pressure to make something that approximates “real” art.  Which I like.

Used mixed media for the paintings: watercolors, pen and colored pencil.

Hope they like it!

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted, but that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten to snap interesting pictures of interesting places. This time it’s in our very own backyard with our very own mid-century pool. 

The history of SW DC is pretty fascinating - being at this pool is definitely like being a part of it!

Mama Georgia found this adorable Paddington Bear in an Upper Peninsula thrift store.  She is awesome at finding all the good stuff and makes such a fun shopping partner!  Paddington’s come to live with us and is enjoying life as our third family member.  He speaks with a British accent.

Our National Arboretum visit clearly inspired us a lot.  Saved the best for last: this mid-century modern gem of a building.  We both kind of decided if we were to get married all over again, the Arboretum would be a contender for the venue.

We went to the National Arboretum specifically to see the bonsai trees.  Tripp is officially in the market for a bonsai of his own…for the MAN DEN.

We visited the National Arboretum today.  It’s a bit out of the way to get there (especially without a car), but WHAT a gem!  It felt like we were transported to an entirely different world - definitely not the typical DC vibe.  We’ll be back, and soon!

Check out these columns!  They were the columns on the East Portico of the Capitol in 1928.  Pretty cool to know there are more “DC landmarks” beyond the ones that easily come to mind.

Our house is peppered with lots of beautiful art from my favorite artist - who also just so happens to be my favorite guy ever - Albert Infantino.  Here’s one of his pieces.  It’s called Decathlon and was painted some time in the 1960s.  The painting hangs in our guest bedroom.

Our house is peppered with lots of beautiful art from my favorite artist - who also just so happens to be my favorite guy ever - Albert Infantino.  Here’s one of his pieces.  It’s called Decathlon and was painted some time in the 1960s.  The painting hangs in our guest bedroom.