Thursday, March 28, 2013

PandaMania Comes to OPaL & Cabin John 9 Years Later

A few months ago I became obsessed with finding the fabricator of the Elephants and Donkeys that the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities had designed for their 2002 Party Animals project. The exhibition had 100 of the animals painted by local artists and placed though-out the city.  
After chasing down three incorrect fabricators, I 'Nancy Drew-ed' the former President of the Commission who emailed me the correct company in St. Paul, MN.  Come to find out the original Donkeys and Elephants are held under a copyright.  HOWEVER, they have a single Panda remaining from PandaMania (not under copyright) the 2004 exhibition with 150 Pandas places throughout our Nation's Capital.  EVEN BETTER than the Party Animals!
I asked them to create two designs for us to chose from: a Leprechaun and a Jockey.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sean Ruppert Quoted Nationally, Good Grief.

We were quoted in this month's edition of BUILDER Magazine for an article about memory points.  After all, that's what we do best!

Friday, March 22, 2013

OPaL's Second National Award

We just love receiving crystal cubes in the mail.  Just a few weeks ago in Las Vegas OPaL won this year's NATIONAL Silver Award for Architecture and Design (2 years in a row for us) for homes priced over $1 million. The actual award just arrived yesterday.  Isn't she pretty?  And you know we love pretty!

2012 National Silver Award for The MacArthur 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Our New Office is Taking Shape

Our friends at Maryland Sign Design just completed installing marketing displays in our new office:: a company name wall and builder photography wall.  Looks great!

The dog art was done by Jackie Ehle, who has a terrific studio in the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria.

Glad I kept the scale model from Lombard Court, it looks terrific in front of some my favorite OPaL photography.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

My First House Warming Prezzies!

One of besties, Leslie Fitzpatrick, brought me this lovely pitcher from Tiffany. 

One of my new neighbors brought me this terrific cake.  Can't wait to dig in.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

GE, You Bring Good Things to Light

Late last night I wonder in the kitchen, where I had not been for almost 10 hours, and the only lights on where these cute LED's on the knobs of the the range that had been installed while I was gone.  Neat looking, right!

Thanks, Monogram!

Friday, March 8, 2013

White Birch Logs, Dog Wallpaper & RL Lamps. WOW

They just completed the dog wallpaper in the mud room. Pretty nifty!

Back to back navy blue sofas, burlap wallpaper, gun metal coffee table and incredible RL lamps. WOW!

The pear over the mantle was done by Tom Seghi of Miami.  The white birch logs just arrived today via Amazon!

Monday, March 4, 2013

The P in OPaL (Parker) Chimes In

Took Parker to see his new house for the first time before we move this week.  He's seems to approve.  Just wait until he learns he has an actual yard for the first time in his 9 1/2 years.