Friday, October 28, 2011

American Merchantile in D.C

My last day in D.C. was action packed for sure. I had a few other places I wanted to stick my head in, so I rounded up my mates and hit the pavement.  I love being in the Nation's Capital; so much to see, to do and explore.We walked about a mile and down the "hill" from Columbia Heights to get to the shops.On the way we passed beautiful homes; elegantly landscaped and trimmed to perfection.  I couldn't help by try to capture as much as I could.

Here are a few pics from the stroll.

I saw this on our way to U Street, but on the way back I got to meet the gentleman who lived there. He told me the wonderful story of his door. Originally it was to be stripped and stained. As he tried to remove the 20 layers of paint from previous owners, he discovered a new beauty laying underneath. Long story short he kept it just as it was... it's perfect.

Stunning isn't it.

OK, the next picture is gonna be as random as they come- you ready?? OK, proceed.

I promise I haven't lost my mind.. I was shocked by the sight of a Black Squirrel. I've heard about them.. but never seen one with my own eyes. They were originally living in the zoo ages ago, but got loose. They can only found in a few locations over the United States, and D.C. is one of the few. Really, Bri? a Rare Black Squirrel? Yep! I thought I had seen them in the past, but after investigation; it was only a rat. Boooo! So I got excited when I saw "Leroy", (yes- I have already named him Leroy) I had to get a picture. Well lets just say Leroy was tame. Maybe a little too tame. If I had stayed any longer he would have been in my pockets looking for crumbs.
If you still think I'm complete Banana Sandwiches look here for more info.

OK let me get away from the wildlife now!

This store is called Goodwood.. as I walked by I mistaken it for GoodWill. I was very quickly corrected by my cousin. This place was exotic to say the least. It had vintage finds along side worldly treasures. Very Cool.

I feel for this quick... It's soooooo me! I have been on a streak of decorating my house in cream, designer white and black. I wanna put this in my kitchen so bad. I know it would be perfect on the counter... sigh..

I really should start carrying around a bib. I made a mess on myself while admiring these "paper roses". They are made from newspaper and old paper prints.
 Look for my Rustic Poppy version in the future!

This is an old leather sofa settee.. HOT HOT HOT!!! I had to be dragged away from it. Always said I would have a white sofa in "my" room one day. "My" room may only be an over sized closet, but I'll make it fit!

Even the Columns are amazing! I'm so glad I snapped as many shots as I did.. inspiration city!

Oh, and pretty cool vintage clothes, my girl Katie snagged a vintage Coach bag! Heavenly smelling candles, oils were elegantly merchandised along side the treasures. Please forgive me for ever mistaking this place for a GoodWill.  

If you would like to learn more about this store, you can check out their website-

Located at

1428 U Street NW
Wash DC 20009

My last post about my trip will be about
 The Civil Wars concert at Lincoln Theater. This duo is too wonderful to overlook!

 I promise I haven't given up one the painting. I've been scouting furniture all week- so excited to show you what I plan to do with it!

Until then, Off to do Mommy stuff!!

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