Tag Archives: Home and Garden

January 07

3 quick tips to get rid of vacuum cleaner smells

Vacuum cleaners can get stinky after a few uses. This is usually due to the messes it picks up- pet hair, food, general grossness. Fortunately it is quick and easy to remedy. 1. If using a canister vac, always empty the canister after every use. All the nasty stuff you pick up with your vacuum […]

November 14

My first (successful) Pintrest project: pictures on the wall & the transformation of a stairwell

Project:  Bring life to a dark stairwell This is what it looked like when we first moved into the house.     We removed the wall paper and painted it white. This is what is has looked like for three years. Bo-ring! Inspiration:   After a lot of looking- check out my wall hanging ideas board on […]

December 07

Decorating With DIY Sunburst Mirrors

Decorating with DIY Sunburst Mirrors (Photo via) One of the most common types of home decor wall mirrors are sunburst mirrors. There are lots of designer sunburst mirrors, but DIY sunburst mirrors shine the most on the internet. And the reason for that is because theyíre fun to create! In this post we will go […]

preserved lemons November 11

Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemons

Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Chickpeas and Preserved Lemons (Serves 4-6) Ingredients: 4 chicken thighs, with bone & skin 4 chicken breasts, with bone and skin 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. cumin, ground 1 tsp. ginger, ground ½ tsp. sweet paprika ½ Tbs. salt ½ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground 1 can chickpeas 1 large […]

We Thought We Were Spared Sandy’s Wrath…

Apparently not. Last night, as Hurricane Sandy passed DC and we went to bed, I gave a sigh of relief that nothing had happened to our old house and that we were all safe.  I had heard a rip and a crash around 10 pm, but I thought it had been part of an old […]

October 27

Features I Love: Lighting

Lighting As I’ve written before, I am a mere beginner, and know nothing about architecture and interior design.  This is why I’ve been so reluctant to touch anything in this house- I don’t want to remove or destroy something and then find out it was irreplaceable and significant in some way… We are really trying […]

October 26


History* The house was designed by Arthur B. Heaton (1875-1951) and built in 1912.  Somebody told me that the original architectural drawings of the house should be available at the Library Of Congress, but only by appointment.  I’ll post the drawings, should I find them. Arthur B. Heaton (1875-1951) Heaton, a prolific architect and designer with […]

October 25

Features I Love: Ceilings & Molding

Ceilings & Molding The ceilings and molding in the house are also beautiful and remain largely untouched since the house was built.   The crown molding in the first floor is made of either wood or plaster (?), and is original to the house. There are also chair rails on most of the walls. The […]

October 25

Features I Love: Floors

Floors This house has great features that mostly have not been touched since it was built. One of my favorite features is the floor in the entrance hall.  It is in amazing shape, considering it is over 100 years old.  I initially thought that it was just tile, but according to WASHINGTON, Houses of the Capital, where […]