It's Steaming

Prominent Interior Designer Ruth Gorland Joins Beasley RE

January 30, 2013

Interior designer Ruth Gorland has been named as chief interior consultant to Beasley Real Estate.  With over 20 years of experience, Ruth is one of Washington, DC’s best known interior consultants.

From childhood, Ruth was always interested in houses, design, and architecture.  She grew up in England in a home that was, as the British call it, “decorated.”  There she learned how to make a house a home.  Her professional career started when her love of design collided with an admiration of beautiful lamp shades she had seen in Colefax and Fowler, England.  It turned into a lucrative side business.  She hasn’t looked back since.

Ruth’s expertise spans all periods and styles of homes.  Although, she works customarily on single family homes, she has completed design work for open spaces and model home communities – both new and converted.  She has explored and worked with every style of home from contemporary to traditional.  Ruth recognizes that each client’s needs are different and she has perfected a process that helps them clearly illustrate their wants and desires.  She makes their vision come to fruition. 

“Although ‘design’ is a result of my expertise, I prefer to view myself as more of a lifestyle consultant,” said Gorland.  “No two projects and no two clients are alike.  A project must begin with an open and honest dialog about the type of lifestyle that a family wants to live in their home.  It is my job to gather detailed information about the functional, practical and aesthetic requirements each client has.”

Jim Bell, Beasley’s founder and managing partner, agrees: “Our job is to help clients more fully realize the lifestyle they want to live.  Ruth is one more resource we have towards that goal.  Beasley provides its clients with every resource they need to live the fullest life possible in their new home.”

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A Nifty Place To Work, Free Coffee, & Potential Link to Micro-Funding

January 27, 2013

DC’s newest and coolest co-working space, WorkDistrict, is open and ready for business.

WorkDistrict provides low-cost office, conference and event space from about $249 a month or $25 a day, plus operational, growth and funding resources for startups and micro-businesses.

Co-founder Patrick Menasco (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Co-founder Patrick Menasco

WorkDistrict is different, says co-founder Paul Ballas. “Thanks to low overhead, we’re far cheaper than other co-working spaces, allowing us to support a broader range of businesses.  For less than the cost of two lattes a day, our members get collaborative work space, a street address, internet access and office support.”

Clients so far include the social media, financial and the tech realms, fitness, as well as other cutting edge corporations.

It is located in a former LivingSocial event space, just north of 14th & U streets NW (at 2217 14th Street, second floor).  WorkDistrict offers startups and small businesses 3,000 square feet of shared and private workspace, plus a separate conference room and a huge presentation space Art by DC’s top graffiti artists covers the walls. Peregrine™ coffee is plentiful, ensuring that the creative juices never stop flowing.  There’s 24/7 secured access that enables WorkDistrict members to work whenever they want.

An imaginative conference room (Photo by: WorkDistrict ) An imaginative conference room

“WorkDistrict’s location is tailor-made for hardworking entrepreneurs,” says Ballas.

Just downstairs Crossfit Praxis serves up a tough workout, making it easy for WorkDistrict members to stay in shape without even leaving the building. 

WorkDistrict members also never have to worry about finding a meal, as organic markets and some of the city’s coolest new restaurants line the street outside WorkDistrict’s front door.

Commuting is super easy, with the subway’s green and yellow lines (13th and U) and a major Capital Bikeshare hub only two blocks away.

An office mural (Photo by: Work District) An office mural

“Our culture is special,” adds Ballas.  “We’re a membership-driven organization focused on tech, sports and other creative businesses.  Membership is by application only, and new members must be approved by existing members.”

“Additionally, we are the first co-working space in the country dedicated to helping its members source capital through “crowdfunding,” the raising of small amounts of capital from many individuals over the web,” states co-founder Patrick Menasco, a lawyer at the international law firm of Steptoe & Johnson. He also is a real estate investor.

Congress legalized crowdfunding through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) of 2012.  The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to issue implementing regulations in 2013. 

“With the pending SEC action, WorkDistrict’s timing is perfect,” says Menasco.

Co-founder Paul Ballas (Photo by: Work District) Co-founder Paul Ballas

To help support its crowdfunding efforts, WorkDistrict has entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA). CCA’s principals were the driving force behind the JOBs Act and remain at the forefront of the crowdfunding movement. 

WorkDistrict is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm  (including optional 24/7 access).  Daily, monthly and longer-term memberships are available. 

Applications and further information may be found at WorkDistrict

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Presidential Inaugurals Past at Tudor Place

January 6, 2013

Usually closed in January, but not this year. A new Tour for the Presidential Inaugural will showcase Tudor Place's collections and archives tracing presidencies as far back as Washington's.

View White House invitations, books by presidents, inaugural correspondence, and other ephemera, as well as highlights from the museum's notable Washington Collection.

Hear the echoes of politicians, soldiers and dignitaries as you tour the mansion's heirloom-filled rooms. Entertaining visitors? Bring them to Tudor Place to find inspiration in the perseverance of this quadrennial democratic rite.

Adults: $12 | Children (12 and under): $5

Reserve by calling 202.965.0400 ext. 115 or USE THESE LINKS:

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Tudor Place is located at 1644 31st Street.

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