If you’ve walked around the neighborhood recently, you may have noticed window clings promoting the Best of D.C. 2013. This is a reader poll sponsored by the Washington City Paper and it’s your chance to list your favorite D.C. things!
It’s a lengthy poll, but luckily Washington City Paper allows you to save your progress and come back to vote on all 281 questions in 4 categories. If you love Vastu and appreciate our presence in neighborhood, then why not head over to the Best of D.C. voting page and write us in for “Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings” in the Goods and Services category?
THE POLL CLOSES MARCH 1 AT 11:59 PM EDT
As you may well know, we have a thing for local and independently-owned business. Patronizing them is better for your neighborhood and more often than not, you get higher-quality products and services. As a small, local business we love supporting others in our area and recommending them to our customers and clients. And so today we introduce you to Washington, DC shirt makers Hugh & Crye.
If Vastu was in the business of selling clothes, we’d like to be like Hugh & Crye. With an emphasis on quality fabrics and manufacturing, they’ve developed a sizing system that goes beyond small, medium or large and we love that! They don’t produce one-size fits all clothing and understand that everybody’s needs are a little different. Sounds like a certain furniture store on 14th Street
Check out their blog here.
Or peruse their online catalog to see all of their great-looking (and fitting) shirts!
On Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd Washington Fine Properties, LLC will be hosting various workshops and presentations around the U and 14th Street areas in local businesses such as Room & Board, Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams, Arts @ 1830, LUX Stone & Tile and yours truly, Vastu!
Symposiums over the course of the weekend will include topics such as “Maximizing Your Furniture Layout”, “Using Color to Transform Your Home”, Gallery Seminars on local artists, and “Finding ‘Statement’ Pieces for Your Home”. Here at Vastu, we’re proud to be inviting Deena Stone and Dipti Sukumar from Knoll, Inc to give short presentations on Knoll Textiles and the History of Knoll the company (on the 21st and the 22nd, respectively).
This is a great opportunity to visit some of your favorite local businesses to “see Spring fashion trends and new lines, enjoy Artists-in-Residence original works, and learn great home decorating secrets from interior design professionals.”
Over the weekend we had a new art exhibit go up called “City of Trees: The Natural Monuments of Washington DC” from DC-based photographer Allen Russ.
Allen Russ on the series:
“This is an ongoing book project of landscape photography focusing on the trees of Washington DC. I am working on this project in conjunction with the Trust for the National Mall. For the next several years, I will be adding photographs as I create them.”
As you may recall, Allen has exhibited at Vastu before back in 2010 as part of a $500 or Less art show and was even interviewed, at the time, by Cecile Oreste from Borderstan.
About his work:
“I would characterize my work as equal parts science and art. Often when I conceive of a photograph, so much of my intent is to capture some biological, chemical and physical symptom of the effects of time on my subject as well as the geometry of the subject and the scene of which it is a part.
It is often the case that I manufacture or manipulate my subject over weeks and months. Treating it chemically or simply leaving it to be affected by weathering. Although, many of my subjects are man-made relics of the industrial era, I am primarily photographing nature.
I am trying to capture not just the symptoms of time, but the actual passage of it. This means that I spend the time around many of my photographs under long exposure conditions trying to contain 30+ minutes on a single piece of film.”
Allen Russ exhibit, “City of Trees: The Natural Monuments of Washington DC”
1829 14th St. NW / Washington, DC 20009
January 30, 2012 – March 25, 2012
A recent Curbed article written with data from Realtor.com shows that Washington, DC has the smallest median home size in the country.
At 1,000 square feet, DC falls below the national median square footage of 1,761. We’re also home to the smallest median lot size (2,375 square feet) and the second-highest median list price at $432,500. First was Hawaii at $575,000. The typical home in the District has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths while the rest of the top 10 have 3 bedrooms. Read more for tips on how to maximize the space you do have.