Posts Tagged 'Washington'

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!

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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.

Seven Park-like Acres.

My cozy two-level condo is situated just one block from the newly renovated Washington Hilton. A historical landmark in its own right, the Hilton’s 3-year renovation is finally complete. I’ve been walking my dog past this seven-acre construction site and wondered when it was going to turn from eye-sore into a “Welcome to Washington” retreat. Don’t be fooled, construction is still underway for the final exterior touches (can someone call the landscapers to fix the corner facing Florida Avenue?).

DCMud has a great article on the renovation and some interesting facts for this excellent site that centers somewhere between Dupont, Kalorama, and Adam’s Morgan. My favorite DC neighborhoods!

A somewhat aerial view of the Washington Hilton facade and land.

A somewhat aerial view of the Washington Hilton facade and land.

Frank Lloyd Wright was right. The story goes that in the 1940s, the iconoclast architect stood on the site of the future Hilton Washington, next to a once grand but derelict Victorian mansion known as “The Heights,” declaring it a prime location for a hotel. Two decades later, Conrad Hilton shared that vision and on March 28, 1965, built in the signature 1960s and ’70s Brutalism style of the American modernist movement by architect William B. Tabler Sr., the hotel – at 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW – opened its doors to what continues to be a Washington keystone.” — DCMud.blogspot.com

Art in the City After Dark.

There is so much art to see in Washington, DC. On of my favorites is the First Friday’s Dupont Art Tour. It’s an outdoor tour of various galleries in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of the city where hand-picked galleries stay open late. It free to enter the galleries and easy to spot something special. Until last week, I had not yet tried to get tickets for the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden After Hours affair. It’s always a sell out and a perfect idea for a date or a night out with a group of friends. The museum is open until 10 pm while the event continues until midnight with a cash bar and live entertainment out in the open rotunda. If you have not done it yet, get on the list for July and get ready to get inspired. And bring your camera… photography is allowed in most areas. Enjoy my pics from last Friday.

Outdoor lit sculpture in the Hirshhorn gardens.

Outdoor lit sculpture in the Hirshhorn gardens.

Inside the festively up-lit rotunda awaiting a thousand or so attendees.

Inside the festively up-lit rotunda awaiting a thousand or so attendees.

Ready to dance.

Ready to dance.

Oil on canvas of Spray by Adolph Gottlieb, 1959.

Oil on canvas of Spray by Adolph Gottlieb, 1959.

Metal and plastic sculpture by Donald Judd, 1969.

Metal and plastic sculpture by Donald Judd, 1969.

Aluminum laminated with acrylic paint and dichroic film by Alyson Shotz, 2007.

Aluminum laminated with acrylic paint and dichroic film by Alyson Shotz, 2007.

Neon art by Joseph Kosuth.

Neon art by Joseph Kosuth.

Hmm... forgot this one.

Hmm... forgot this one.

... and this one.

... and this one.

Gunpowder on paper of Cry by Ed Ruscha, 1967.

Gunpowder on paper of Cry by Ed Ruscha, 1967.

Is this a de Kooning?

Is this a de Kooning?

A famous bronze cast of Moonmad by Max Ernst, 1956.

A famous bronze cast of Moonmad by Max Ernst, 1956.

In DC, ALL is White!

We got slammed! Record snowfall covered every part of the Washington, DC area this weekend! Almost two feet deep! I LOVE IT! Although I had a hankering for creating super snowmen, roomy igloos, and the most beautiful snow angels, I managed to only get in some fun and tiring walks with my dog, lots of hours shoveling out completely covered cars, and a few photos snapped here and there while holding a leash, hot coffee, and my balance. Here are some photos I captured around town!

A ‘Real’ Look Inside 2000 S Street.

Okay. The MTV Real World crew has moved out of their primo corner Victorian home in Dupont Circle. Filming has ended and we finally get a good (and messy) look into how they lived and even more importantly to me, how the interior was designed, furnished and accessorized. I have to say, MTV has a quite a creative design team, and although I at first had my doubts after seeing a few columns and eagle silhoettes, I’ve changed my mind. Get the tour from the Washington Post here!

Aside from the interior beautification, these kids were not the best at house-keeping. For an entertaining tour of the house pre-move-out, watch these two cast members show us who slept where, what happens behind closed doors, and what stays cool in the fridge. =)

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Here is the full article and video link by Dan Zak of the Post. This is not the real world for most of us! But by the sign of smiley Andrew, they sure had a good time. =)

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Gallery: Solar Decathlon 2009

Just a follow-up to my previous post on the Solar Decathlon, here is a photo gallery of the event in Washington DC, courtesy of the DCist.

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