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Water. Color. Walls.

As I was walking to see my friend Daren at And Beige this weekend (where I picked up a lovely Voluspa Orangerie candle), I was stopped in my tracks by the current exhibition at Morton Fine Art Gallery. From outside, I was taken back by the serene images through the front window. I had to go in and see these large scale canvases up close. And now I want them all.

Choichun Leung has created these magnificent creamy, watery, glittery paintings by pouring diluted pigments and acrylic paints onto canvas. The water moves about and freely designs itsself. Sanding down and painting over again reveals calligraphic scripts and memories. They are absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. I am currently selecting living room art for a client and found these to be perfect for the lofty space.

The artist explains this process in a way we can all relate:

 Our memories are not historical accounts of what happened but what we choose to extract, interpret, retain or forget and is a key aspect of our personal identity. How we remember the past is how we propel ourselves into the future, it moulds our interaction with people, current events and experiences. Some memories are shaped by language, others by imagery, some are deeply suppressed through trauma. Yet they emerge consciously and unconsciously in our everyday lives without us oftentimes noticing. They are clues to what was, a blue print of our past selves.  My work is simple traces of that activity- in the faintest of watermarks symbolic of the fading and passing of time and in the improvised scripts where subconscious thoughts emerge and are obscured.

Born in the UK and living in Brooklyn NY (where so many cool people live), this self-taught painter earned a degree in 3D Design from UK’s Loughbourogh College in 1988. Since that time Choichun has shown her talents at numerous exhibitions across the world. The mouthwatering paintings featured in this post will be on the walls at Morton Fine Art Gallery in Adams Morgan until April 11th.

Georgetown Cupcakes Banana Split.

I’m not a cupcake junkie. Unfortunately. I’m apparently missing out on some uber popular sweet treat. But living a few minute cab ride from the famous Georgetown Cupcake bakery, I must trek over there to get one of these Banana Split babies. I’d like to say I go weak in the knees for banana flavored anything, colorful sprinkles, and a cherry.

georgetown Cupcake banana split Washington dc

PS. I think they’re making something for Miss Kardashian’s wedding!

Barry Dixon Does DC.

This just in! Literally. The new issue of House Beautiful just showed up in my mailbox and I like what I see. Once again, my friend and top notch designer, Barry Dixon, brings modern elegance to a Washington, DC based row house for a young family of four. Barry put a few mens fears of feminine to rest with a rich palette of pink tones, golden layers, and earthy chocolates beautifully arranged in the colorful pages of the magazine. See you yourself boys. And girls.

Barry Dixon settee round mirror pattern foyer

Barry Dixon living room with pink or roman and nailhead custom area rug

Barry Dixon living room bench table peach rug

Mustard suede paint and drapery Barry Dixon living room

Barry Dixon latte chairs dining room

Barry Dixon gray bedroom

Barry Dixon waterworks sink gray

Silver bathtub barry dixon

The Best Guacamole. Ever.

Last night, I had the pleasure of spending the evening with my good friends Julie and Matthew. They are a headed off to Belgium on a 6pm flight tonight for a few years of work and for their final night in the states, we decided to grab the best table in the house downtown at Rosa Mexicana. For those of you who have dined at this establishment (either here in DC or at another location), you know how damn delicious their guacamole tastes. I’m typically a queso-slurping chip-crunching person who tends to stuff my face with every last dribble of queso before barely being able to start on my main entree (always has and always will be a beef taco fan). Ole! But last night, I could have died for some of their crowd-pleasing gaucamole.

That is, until I realized I can make it at home. It’s an experience to have a server comes to your table with a cart full of fresh ingredients and prepare the guacamole in the traditional molcajete, a Mexican version of the mortar and pestle. But with the right ingredients and instructions, it can be yours tonight, wherever you are, right in your kitchen. Here’s the recipe!

rosa mexicana ingrediente

Rosa Mexicano’s Guacamole Dip
From Rosa Mexicano Recipes
Makes 4 servings

Chile Paste Ingredients
1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion
1 firmly packed tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeño, or more to taste
1 teaspoon salt, or as needed
Squeeze of lime juice, optional (I added this for a little citrus zest)

Additional Ingredients
3 tablespoons diced tomato
2 firmly packed tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion
Salt if necessary
Tortilla chips and/or fresh corn tortillas

Make the chile paste:  Grind the onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and salt together in a molcajete until all the ingredients are very finely ground.  Alternatively, use a fork to mash all the ingredients to a paste in a wide hardwood bowl.

Cut each avocado in half, working the knife blade around the pit.  Twist the halves to separate them and flick out the pit with the tip of the knife.  Fold a kitchen towel in quarters and hold it in the palm of your “non-knife” hand.  Rest an avocado half cut side up in your palm and make 3 or 4 evenly spaced lengthwise cuts through the avocado flesh down to the skin, without cutting through it. Make 4 crosswise cuts in the same way.  Scoop the diced avocado flesh into the molcajete/bowl.  Repeat with the remaining avocado halves.

What I Want Now! R&B Clyfford Still’s ‘Untitled’.

A touch of orange gets me going. Top it with creamy colors and a dollop of pale pink and I’m sold. Especially if it’s a larger piece of wall art. Focal point focal point. So, I’m really wanting to own this Clyfford Still serigraph “untitled, 1953. I adore the jagged flashes of color and how it still remains calm and unobtrusive. Plus, it’s under $500 framed in solid maple. At 41″H x 36″W it’s perfect above the sofa, the dining room sideboard or a cozy bed.

Clyfford Still, room and board, painting


Sample Sale at DC Design Center!

It’s back again! Get your purses, room dimensions, and your most comfortable shoes. The Washington Design Center Sample Sale goes into full effect this Saturday, February 9th at 10am. Who does not envy the chance to shop the region’s most extensive and luxurious collection of home furnishings at a deep discount? I’ll be popping in tomorrow to get a sneak peek of the high-end home furnishings and decor available at a discount of up to 75 percent off! We all love a little discounted luxury in our lives!

Start your planning today and check out the selected showrooms like:

Admission is only $5 to the public! And most importantly, this event benefits the Pediatric Oncology programs at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Visit the website at or call 202.646.6100 for more information!

Plug this address into your Google Maps and have furnishing fun!

The Washington Design Center, 300 D Street SW, Washington D.C.

MBD: Coming Soon to a Home Near You!

I’m so excited. I’ve been working hard on getting my interior and exterior design business, Megan Blake Design, off the ground and am in final stages of getting all of the print material and website completed. Finally! I hope to present it to you very soon. Stay tuned!

MBD interior design website DC

Oh Christmas Tree.. Where is your new star?

This place is a disaster. I have empty and unruly Christmas storage boxes strewn about the halls, rooms,and  staircase since I pulled the six rather large green and red bins from storage two weeks ago. I have not had the time to return the boxes stuff to my rental box so they remain scattered about the house. {not for long} The annual tree decorating occurred last Sunday and my Frazier Fir beauty is still awaiting it’s newly purchased electric star tree topper {had a golden tinsel one as a kid that was all the rage in our household}. The skirt went off to the dry cleaners and spread out wrinkle-free around my red painted iron ‘old school’ base. Here is my slo-mo decorating process. Fully dressed Fir to come. Fa la la la.

Step One. Take off the twine and hope those branches look good when it opens up!

Step One. Plop that baby into it's base and fill with water. Pronto!

Step Two. Make sure they thing is straight - any bricks, books, and paint stirrers will do. Whew.

Step Two. Make sure they thing is straight - any bricks, books, and paint stirrers will do. Whew.

Step Three. Off comes the twine and out comes the "Please stay up straight".

Step Three. Off comes the twine and out comes the "Please stay up straight".

Step Four. Make sure that baby drinks well and full. This is a great way to fill it without squatting down or laying under the floor.

Step Four. Make sure that baby drinks well and full. This is a great way to fill it without squatting down or laying under the floor.

Step Five: Load her up with shiney balls, crystal garland, and treasures from childhood and years past. And try not to break one. =0)

Step Five: Load her up with shiny balls, crystal garland, and treasures from childhood and years past. And try not to break one. =0)

Step 6. Step back and enjoy the beauty of the holiday. Still waiting for my new star. This crystal Pottery Barn is beautiful but needs a tarnish removing..

Step 6. Step back and enjoy the beauty of the holiday. Still waiting for my new star. This crystal Pottery Barn is beautiful but needs a tarnish removing..


Getting Psyched and Sassy for FNO-DC!

If you’re into all things part of the lovely upburb of Washington called Georgetown, then you have to open up your Friday night to the Fashion Night Out event in DC. Heralded as an “epic evening of fashion and entertainment featuring splurge-inspiring events at over 60 Georgetown stores, restaurants, and salons in DC’s style district”, FNO-DC is going to be a fun evening of shmoozing, shopping, sipping and sashaying through the fashion and design mecca of Washington. See you there!

Fashion NIght Out DC

NYU to Break Ground in DC.

Hickok Cole Architects is set to break ground on a brand-new academic center for the New York University in the Washington DC this month! Hickok Cole is a leading architecture and interior design firm located in Georgetown neighborhood and has quite a roster of well-known architectural projects.

Aiming for a LEED Gold certification, the mixed-use 12-story and 75,000 square foot building will accommodate classrooms, seminar rooms, a lecture hall, student dormitories for 120 students and faculty/administrative offices.

The design incorporates good deal of glass for natural light and open floor plans. Slated to be completed in 2012, the project will be underway starting September 20th at 1307 L Street, NW.

I’ve known the folks at HCA for over 7 years and attend their popular and always-a-good-time yearly Art Nights and various charity events. They’re a great team and will work wonders with NYU’s local campus building.

Just a Thought.

"A person should design the way he makes a living, around how he wishes to make a life" — Charlie Byrd

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