September 21, 2012 |
Fashionistas seeking the adrenaline rush of a good deal have another weapon in their arsenals: clothing swaps. At events across the region, deal seekers bring their unwanted, gently used clothing, shoes and accessories to trade with others. Sometimes there's an entry fee. At other events, it's simply enough to bring five or more items and trade. For some women, it's become a way of life. "I like it because it's against consumerism," said Monica Buitrago, a Takoma Park resident who attended a swap in...
June 11, 2012 |
When Stacy Schwartz, a professional singer and actor, moved into her Southwest Washington studio apartment and saw a sea of yet-to-be-unpacked boxes, she panicked. Schwartz, 39, sublets a 600-square-foot furnished condo that is slim on storage space but fat with oversized furniture: a huge entertainment unit, a big Murphy bed , a dining table for four and an enormous sectional sofa. ("Who has a sectional in a studio apartment?" she asks.) Used to living out of a suitcase while touring, Schwartz has learned how to manage small...
February 1, 2012 |
THE CHALLENGE Grace Maldarelli, a medical student in Baltimore, finally has her own apartment and calls herself an "absolute design novice. " She says her 330-square-foot studio unit (kitchen, living space and bedroom, all in one) feels "impersonal" and lacks cohesiveness. Maldarelli wants to decorate but doesn't know where to begin. Her requests are simple: She loves warm, muted colors and needs plenty of shelving for her schoolbooks. But the space is a challenge: With white walls, white...
February 6, 2010 |
In the category of likely heroes, the candidates typically include life-saving doctors or thug-catching police officers or game-saving quarterbacks. But a cable guy? Roderick Fennell? "I'm like God when people are having problems," Fennell said Friday, zipping around town to hook up televisions and the Internet as a monster snowstorm bore down on the region. He was exaggerating only slightly. In his routine rounds, Fennell comes face to face with the extremes of human nature.
June 3, 2009 |
If you were a baby copperhead snake in Montgomery County and you wanted to bite someone, you could do a whole lot worse than pick Sam Pettengill. For starters, there was the place the snake slithered into: Pettengill's studio apartment at Kunzang Palyul Choling, a Buddhist temple near Poolesville, next to woods by the Potomac River. Animals are loved there. Then there is Pettengill himself, who was still laid up yesterday at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. The 36-year-old has been known to buy crickets...
January 6, 2009 |
Once a week, Richard Hudspeth liked to walk by his dream home, watching as workers lay the brick sidewalks, planted grass and installed balconies, some with sweeping views from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. The Dumont was a downtown high-rise to die for, with its promise of granite countertops, a rooftop pool and "a whole new level of living. " A year ago, without having set foot in the building at Fourth Street and Massachusetts Ave. NW, Hudspeth said, he put $15,000 down on a studio apartment priced at nearly...