Month: April 2014

Big News for Shaw Food-Lovers!

Eater’s got details on the big restaurant news that Tom Sietsema scooped in his chat today. The folks behind the fabulously popular – and POTUS-worthy – Mintwood Place are opening a new concept at the City Market at O! Here’s the story:

Restaurant from Mintwood Team Coming to Shaw

Big news in Tom Sietsema’s chat today for Shaw residents. Mintwood Place’s chef and owner have signed a lease to open a restaurant at the City Market at O development. There is no name for the restaurant yet but it will be headed to 801 0 St. NW. Cedric Maupillier and Saied Azali will have a 120-seat dining room, and there will be similarities to their French leaning favorite, Mintwood Place. Maupillier tells Sietsema the restaurant will have smaller portions and lower prices, to appeal to a younger audience. It’ll be on the ground floor of a hotel and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (anearly 2015 opening is likely).
· Tom Sietsema Chat [WaPo]

Sneak Peek: Garden-Door-Turned-Outdoor-Bar

This weekend the Live-In Contractor and I finally got to spend some time working on one of the big projects we’ve queued up over the last month or so – and I have to say, I’m way too excited about it to wait til it’s done to share pictures. So here’s a little peek at what we’ve done so far!

We purchased this beautiful old garden door from Community Forklift for the princely sum of $10:


And with some help from Pinterest, I came up with the idea of transforming it into an outdoor bar for our many backyard shindigs. I started by cleaning off the door and applying a coat of “cabernet” stain to help bring out the natural patterns of the wood it’s beautiful red color (here it is mid-stain):



The bottom of the bar will have a drink tub that we will fill with ice and bottles of beverages that need to stay frosty. The tub will be made of an old oak barrel that Gary cut in half and reinforced; he also drilled holes into the bottom so that it will slowly drain and dry out after each use.





At mid-height will be a small shelf that is designed to fit this beautiful blue glass drink dispenser that I just found (it matches my mason jar lanterns perfectly!):


And across the top of the door will be a larger shelf to hold cups, garnishes, larger bottles, etc. I can’t WAIT to show off the finished product, but for now, hope you enjoyed this sneak peek!

Introducing GL Barnhart Construction

Skyline + Title 2

Any seasoned realtor knows that being connected to a good contractor is an absolute must. My clients are constantly asking questions that are best answered by an experienced contractor, and often end up needing a good referral as well.  Luckily for me, I have easy access to one of the best contractors in town! Gary Barnhart, the founder of Capitol-Hill-Based GL Barnhart Construction, just so happens to be my other half. In addition to being partners in our personal lives, we are business partners as well. While we technically run two separate companies, we are both heavily involved in the strategic growth and planning of each others’ businesses. And my clients are always grateful that I can get quick answers from and refer them to a trusted, experienced, and skilled contractor. Gary will be mentioned on the blog (as the “Live-In Contractor”) from time to time, so I wanted to “formally” introduce him to my readers. And of course, if you need a great contractor, let me know!