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Gorgeous, Modern, Sexy

August 13, 2014

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"Nobody does it better," says Michael Reamy, quoting James Bond and referring to Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy of Washington Fine Properties (WFP). A fan of the duo, who, partnering with Ditto Residential have been rolling out one after another of the city's most spectacular residential renovations.

Kimberly Casey, Michael Reamy and Farleigh Jewett (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kimberly Casey, Michael Reamy and Farleigh Jewett

Wednesday evening marked the debut of two contemporary Capitol Hill properties on Constitution Avenue with a VIP preview cocktail party.

The architect, Chuong Cao of Dep Design Group explains, "We wanted to do something different than just a typical rowhouse diagram of a single loaded corridor down the length of the house. All floors are visually connected, where light becomes the focus and the organizing element of the house; it's the center of circulation, spatial programming and social and celebratory activities."

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In addition to three floors of living and entertaining space, each of the two 2,400 square foot properties boasts two parking spaces, landscaped first floor terrace, smart home systems, skylights, spacious closets, and a rooftop deck.

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As guests admired the homes' stunning furnishings, details, and custom features, including an 11-foot kitchen island with seating, white oak floors, architecturally minimal wood staircase leading to the rooftop deck, Kimberly beamed, "These are the most gorgeous, modern, sexy homes in DC on the market."

Each home is offered at $1,299,900.

For more information, contact Kimberly Casey (kimberly.casey @wfp.com 202.361.3228) and Daryl Judy (daryl.judy@wfp.com 202.380.7219) at WFP.

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1325 and 1327 Constitution Avenue NE (Photo by: HomeVisit) 1325 and 1327 Constitution Avenue NE

Jaye Langmaid and Holly Theis of Red House Staging & Interiors (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jaye Langmaid and Holly Theis of Red House Staging & Interiors

Martin Ditto, Steve Swenson, Stewart Lewis, Daryl Judy and Rowan Lewis (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Martin Ditto, Steve Swenson, Stewart Lewis, Daryl Judy and Rowan Lewis

For a virtual tour, click here.

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Meet Poltrona Frau Group

August 6, 2014

Poltrona Frau 'Lyra' Chair (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Poltrona Frau 'Lyra' Chair

When a 100-year old Italian furniture company merges with a 90 and 70-year old company, the result is dazzling.

Welcome to Poltrona Frau Group Washington in Georgetown. The windows are pretty much the same since you've been to Poltrona Frau. But now the showroom has been totally redesigned to showcase the more contemporary architect-designed pieces of Cassina, and the whimsical work of young international designers at Cappellini. While The Poltrona Frau Group has owned Cassina and Cappellini since 2005, last November, Ezio Mattiace sold his stake in the showroom back to the company and took ArcLinea and Miele with him to open his new design firm, Arte Modus in Canal Square.

Cassina living room (Photo by: Poltrona Frau Group) Cassina living room

"Our brands overlap," says Poltrona Frau Group showroom manager, Ezra Lizio-Katzen, "but having three very distinct lines: traditional, contemporary and very modern means there's something here for every taste." As a regional hub for the Mid-Atlantic states, this Georgetown showroom serves clients in DC, MD, VA, West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Delaware and even Tennessee.

With the showroom 'lifestyled' with harmonizing rugs and lighting, you'll still find the same luscious selection of custom leathers from the Frau Color System, offered on every piece of Poltrona Frau furniture. With an emphasis on fabrication and craftsmanship, this company maintains its reputation for unparelleled quality. Designed in 1924 and made since then, the 'Lyra' chair, with a seasoned beechwood frame and hand-tied steel springs positioned on jute belts. The backrest and arms are padded with rubberized horse hair. while the seat cushion is filled exclusively with goose feathers.

Cappellini 'Container System' in bedroom (Photo by: Poltrona Frau Group) Cappellini 'Container System' in bedroom

If you're looking for classic contemporary Italian, including iconic designs by Le Corbusier, Piero Lissoni and Philippe Starck and you'll find them by Cassina.

Shiny lacquered cabinetry including night stands, media cabinets, bookcases, buffets, and dressers, dubbed 'Container System' is a versatile set of units by Cappellini offered in varying dimensions and an array of colors and finishes to meet storage needs in spaces of all sizes.

Stop by and check out the latest in Italian designer furnishings.

Poltrona Frau Group is located at 1010 Wisconsin Avenue Suite 220. Tel: 202.333.1166



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Karin Tanabe's 'The Price of Inheritance'

July 27, 2014

“I wanted to write a book that was equally a love story and a mystery” says The List author, Karin Tanabe about her second novel, The Price of Inheritance, to be released August 5th.

When The Georgetown Dish sat down with the multi-lingual, globe-trotting writer, the topic soon turned to the inspirations for her theme, locale and characters. This Georgetown-based former journalist, drawing from The Red Violin, a film about how an instrument affected lives it touched over the centuries, "wanted to tie this story together around an object.”

Karin Tanabe outside The Capella Hotel in Georgetown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Karin Tanabe outside The Capella Hotel in Georgetown

“And as an art lover, I’ve always been interested in art crime,” says Tanabe. “It’s about scoundrels and gangsters who don’t want to get their hands dirty. It sounds genteel but it’s not.” Smiling, she adds, “Collateral for drug dealers … and the art can never be shown anywhere.”

Gobbled up in the New York auction world, The Price of Inheritance's main character, Carolyn, following a scandal, is fired from her job, moves to Newport, Rhode Island, buys an innocuous piece of pottery and falls in love with a soldier.

Too much of a thrill ride to give away any more here, but suffice it to say, Tanabe’s stylish, and oh so timely page-turner takes her heroine on more than one journey of discovery.

Ever the scholar and perfectionist, this Vassar alum did her homework. “The most fun I had was finding a Newport Gilded Age mansion. Once the characters and story were sketched out, I went there to fill in the blanks for local flavor. I named the house ‘Morningstar’ after one of my favorite books, Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk."

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As for the piece of pottery, she consulted auction dealers and researched the many treasures discovered at Goodwill and flea markets. “The pottery needed to be not overtly available, or recognizable.” For the military piece, Tanabe enlisted the help of a Judge Advocate General friend. As for Carolyn’s love interest, “Yes, I drew inspiration from my husband for Tyler.” she admits.

What gives The Price of Inheritance its nuanced depth is a message of ethical justice set against the authentic tableaux of the antiques market, Gatsby-style Newport, and American military law.

Asked whether she’s thought about which actors she’d like to see play Carolyn and Tyler on screen, she confesses to having found them already, albeit anonymously “by going to a modeling agency sight to pick out people who looked exactly like my characters.”

Karin Tanabe will be at Politics and Prose August 9th for a book-signing. For more information, and to purchase her book, click here.

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