Monday, January 26, 2015

Back from Vegas and The Best Part of the Trip Wasn't What You'd Expect from a Single, 44 Year Old

I was in Las Vegas last week for the International Builders Show (where OPaL won three National Design Awards and I was asked to speak in a session called Urban Development, Small Sites for Big Success).  All of that was wonderful, but you know, Vegas isn't one of my favorite cities. It's no Chicago or San Fran or NYC.  That said, a good friend of mine gave me a fun and super easy book to read, Steal Like an Artist.  I read it on the flight home (that's how easy it is to read) and I simply loved it. 

The point of the book:  No one invents anything. No one does anything for the first time.  Most creative people, if they're honest, are observant and have the ability to take concepts and ideas from hundreds of places, combine them and make them their own.  I loved this little book and just bought four copies to give out.

Given all of the dog eared pages, I must have enjoyed the book.

The note I found on the inside of my copy.

My Kids and Their Very Cool Bedrooms.

My buddies at P [Four] just finished Paddy's room (he flies solo now because his sister was keeping him at night, she's a bit chatty).  The room is super cute with navy and gray striped wallpaper on the ceiling, soft gray walls and paper-mache animal heads on the wall.  You can't tell from this photo but the chair is white with lime green and navy poka-dots.  Patrick made it through the first week under those heads without a peep, so I assume it's all-good to him.

Below is their old room, I've shown these before, but now Maddie has the best little nursery all to her self.

Paddy's Room

Maddie's Room (minus one crib)

The cutest little reading nook / bay window ever!

And finally, here's Maddie and Paddy themselves.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Potentially a Terrific Project on the Hill for OPaL

We have been diligently working throughout 2014 on another exciting project we hope to build in the Capitol Hill area.  I've shared two links to local blogs that had reporters at our first ANC meeting where we introduced our potential project on E Street SE.  The project would consist of townhomes, lofts, 2 over 2's and a single carriage house.  All centered on a great network of alleys just one block from the Potomac Ave Metro and Harris Teeter.

E Street Townhome elevation. A little mod and a little not.

We would create two courtyards between rows of townhomes and loft-style towhomes.