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Reinventing your interior design.

Keeping warm this winter while celebrating the holidays with fabulous recipes for a Hot Toddy, Wine and Hot Chocolate and Irish Coffee.


Exploring one of the most remote places on earth.




What it takes to remodel your home and maintain a positive spirit.







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12 | DETAILS Bathroom scales 13 | JOHN’S FAVORITES 14 | ARTS Focusing on rising star Chandi Kelley 26 | DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Kelley Proxmire. 27 | CULTURE Celebrate Instagram at National Geographic and become inspired by the photographs of Brazilian artist José Diniz at the Organization of American States.


28 | DESIGN NEWS Marika Meyer launches new fabric line inspired by heritage, art. 30 | TRENDING Remodeling in 2017 with tips from design-build pros. 35 | KID’S CORNER What adults don’t know: Kids don’t know everything 36 | SPECIAL 5 things to do in Washington for Valentine’s Day.

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38 | CALENDAR Upcoming events in Washington D.C. 39 | DC FUN FACTS The Frager’s Hardware Store edition. 42 | FOODIE Review of Pineapple and Pearls 44 | HEALTH & WELLNESS Tips on how to eat healthy in the office.


46 | STYLIST This season’s hottest fashion is all about outerwear. 48 | MONEY & FINANCE Since you are getting all of your tax information together… 50 | REAL ESTATE John Eric’s real estate highlights 52 | BUZZ The news that all of Washington is talking about.

53 | DIPLOMACY Valentine’s Day at the Italian Embassy, an evening of delight at the Macedonian embassy and remembering Nelson Mandela at the Embassy of South Africa. 54 | BLACK BOOK If you happen to be in Dublin, stop by one of these fine establishments for a sampling of the best shepherd pies on offer in the city. IN EVERY ISSUE




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CONTRIBUTORS CHARLES M. TAPPAN, JR. Before joining Republic National Distributing Company LLC, Charles worked in finance, as a broker on Wall Street and as an equity trader. He decided to make the leap into the Hospitality industry in 2011 while looking for the fountain of youth, and since


then he has worked as a bartender at some of the best hotels and restaurants in Washington, DC, including Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt and the Jose Andreas Think Food Group. Not only is he a member of the US Bartender’s Guild and DC Craft Guild, but he is highly decorated in the mixology community.


MARC SCHLIEFER has been in the financial planning business since 1978, when he joined


Equity Planning Institute, Inc. He became President of Equity Planning Institute, Inc. in 1996.

Angela Casey

With over 33 years of practicing financial planning, Marc has worked mainly on individual financial planning and counsels clients on all aspects of their financial life. SHERRY MOELLER co-founder and principal of MoKi Media, was a previous editor in chief of Capitol File magazine/Niche Media covering politicians, celebrities, fashion, travel, hospitality and lifestyle in Washington, DC and around the country. She now specializes in public relations for interior design, architecture and hospitality clients, among other luxury brands.


DAVID BROWN became a pioneer of design in some of DC and Virginia’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods. As an executive with Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton & Valentino, he has been fortunate to travel extensively across the United States and Europe through his work. David’s eclectic style and appreciation for architecture is reflected in his work thanks to his unique cultural perspective gained through his travels. JEANINE FINELLI is a 2008 graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is the founder of Love Yourself to Health, and has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, which includes Sales and Marketing, and Assistant Project Management. She is an Executive Health Coach, a Speaker, and the published author of Love Yourself to Health...with Gusto –Toxic relationships, Toxic food, Toxic thoughts…no more! LOUISE JONES Louise Jones is a 9 year-old, fifth-grader who has been writing her whole life. She has many interests, including playing basketball, taking ballet and art classes, hanging out on Facetime with friends and studying foreign languages. She writes on issues related to kids and what she believes parents should know.

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At John Eric Home, we hope that you had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year. We are ringing in 2017 with a freshening of the magazine! Some features have changed – for example, “Foodie” is now covering restaurant reviews; some features have been added – a new “Arts” feature has been brought into our pages; and some features have been brought back – “Kid’s Corner” has returned. All of these changes have been made with one goal in mind, and that is to keep you, our readers, both informed and entertained. Aside from the new and improved features mentioned above, we continue to offer the features that have always been important to our readers. Whether it is “Home Trends” or “Mixology”, “Money and Finances” or “Destinations”, “Stylist” or “Blackbook”, to name a few, all of your favorites are still here. In the first issue of 2017, we focus on revitalization. Make sure not to miss the feature on a fantastic home improvement project recently completed. Or, check out “Details” to find out what the hottest bathroom scales are on the market. If your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight or lose an old design of house – we have the answers for you! So, sit back and relax. Open up the pages of John Eric Home and enjoy! Enjoy,

John Eric

John Eric Publisher, Principal and Realtor

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDST OF WINTER DULDRUMS? In this issue of John Eric Home, we head to the southern hemisphere and straight into warm weather and blue skies. Not only that, we take on one of the world’s most spectacular sights – the renowned heads – moai – of Easter Island.



EASTER ISLAND is neither easy nor cheap to travel to. Having said that, it should be on everyone’s bucket list to see. Don’t expect five-star hotels, haute cuisine or a vast array of cultural activities in which to engage. Do expect one of the most amazing adventure travel trips that you can ever imagine. A Chilean territory, Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui in the island’s native tongue, is one of the world’s most remote, inhabited islands. To get there, a connection through Santiago is required. Once you arrive, don’t expect to see hustle or bustle. Part of this island’s charm is its simplicity and natural beauty. Of course, the main attraction – the moai – dot its landscape. These 900 monumental statues, created by inhabitants during the 13th–16th centuries, feature carved human

figures with oversize heads. But, the moai are not the only game in town. Lesser known, but equally important, are the petroglyphs found throughout the island. Carved into rock, Easter Island has one of the richest collections in all of Polynesia. Around 1,000 sites with more than 4,000 petroglyphs are catalogued, featuring a concentration of Birdmen at Orongo. Other subjects include sea turtles and Makemake, the chief god of the Tangata manu or Birdman cult. One of the best ways to see the island is to rent a bicycle for the day and pedal around. Visit the moai on your own or venture to Rapa Nui National Park. Cruise down to the beach and feast on a picnic of items you bought in a Hanga Roa market. Take the time to truly unplug and live.

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Have you made a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Any one of these bathroom scales can keep you focused on your goal…



1. ESCALI BODY FAT AND BODY WATER DIGITAL BATHROOM SCALE This Escali body fat & water scale utilizes Bioelectrical Impedence Analysis (BIA) to assess your body composition, providing in-depth results. The scale features a digital display accurately measuring in 0.2-lb. increments and high-tech analysis of the fitness level of up to ten users. 2. EATSMART PRECISION CALPAL DIGITAL BATHROOM SCALE WITH BMI AND CALORIE INTAKE ANALYSIS The Precision CalPal scale by Eatsmart is the perfect tool to help you achieve your ideal weight. This scale features a daily caloric reference that calculates how many calories are needed to maintain your weight and calculates BMI to see how you rank within national standards. 3. OZERI REV DIGITAL BATHROOM SCALE WITH ELECTRO-MECHANICAL WEIGHT DIAL The Ozeri Rev Digital Bathroom Scale with Electro-Mechanical Weight Dial is the world’s first weight scale to incorporate a synchronized electro-mechanical Dial and LCD that automatically illuminate and point to your weight in lbs and kg, for easy-to read results in all light conditions and from any angle. 4. THE VERMONT STORE BATHROOM SCALE You’d expect digital scales to be more accurate, but that’s not necessarily the case. Not only is this analog scale accurate (it’s made by a company with over a 150-year-old reputation for quality and precision) but the 7” face is large enough to read without your glasses.





1. AMBAR | CLARENDON After smashing success on Capitol Hill, Ambar has opened its second location in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood. Ambar DC is the first Balkan restaurant to ever appear in the Michelin Guide. So, if you are like me and never experienced Balkan cuisine, this is much in the new year. The Michelin Guide advises ‘come armed with an appetite’, Ambar offers 40-something ‘small plates’, each providing a unique take on the Balkans coupled with its impressive list of rakia, a classic spirit made from quince or plum and the perfect accompaniment to your ćevapi, kajmak or pita sa sirom. 2. THE WOMEN’S CENTER – WASHINGTON, D.C. | NORTHERN VIRGINIA The Women’s Center is a vitally important group to our community. The Women’s Center counsels and advocates for hundreds of survivors of domestic violence each year. The Center also partners with the Office of Victim Services in Washington, DC to offer free counseling and support to residents of the city (see below for more information). Counseling with professional therapists, who have experience supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, is available at both of our Virginia and DC locations. Services include Emotional Support & Counseling, Information & Referral, Victim Advocacy, Crisis Intervention and Support Groups. 3. ARLINGTON REALTORS CARE (ARC) I had a simple idea, bring real estate firms together for community service. So, in an unprecedented collaboration, 12 real estate firms and RGS Title are joining forces to provide essentials for those in need this past holiday season throughout the Arlington community. The firms worked together as Arlington Realtors Care (ARC) to collect donated food and clothing items from the public. These items will then The drive was a huge success and provided more than 700 articles of clothing to A-Span and close to 2500 pounds of food to The Arlington Food Assistance Center. As our first project was so successful, it will become an annual event and we will pick additional organizations and charities to support throughout the year.

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This issue, we focus on Chandi Kelley, one of the DC area’s great young artists. Kelley graduated with a BFA in photography from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2004 and was the recipient of a Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2009. This led to her first solo exhibition. From 2010 to 2012 Kelley was a member of the DC Arts Center artist collective, Sparkplug. Following her tenure at Sparkplug, in 2013, her work was exhibited at Hillyer Art Space in her second solo exhibition. She has presented her work at the NADA Art Fair in Miami and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Many of her works of art are also found in the permanent collection of the U.S. Embassy in Malta as well as in private collections throughout the United States. Kelley is a Co-Founder and Administrator of the artwork subscription service, Project

Dispatch, and Co-Founder of Outer Space. She has served on the Publishers Exhibition Committee for Fotoweek DC, as Artist Nominator for the 2012 and 2014 Transformer Auctions and currently serves on the Board and the Visual Arts Committee at the DC Arts Center. Her most recent exhibition of work opens at Transformer in February 2017. Left: Figure 27: Nautilus Spirit Archival Inkjet print 20 x 16 inches 2016 Top: Figure 19: Moth Aura Archival inkjet print 16 x 24 inches 2016 Above: Figure 15: Ascending Cloud Archival Inkjet print 30 x 20 inches 2016 Headshot Photography by Greg Powers

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YOUR HOME IS YOUR CASTLE Time to Alter the Fortress?

Deciding to remodel your home can be a daunting decision. So many pieces must lock into the correct places for you to be thrilled with the end result. It is a Herculean task and not one to be taken lightly. Recently, John Eric Home spent time speaking with married couple Sean and Sue Shanahan who have recently completed such a task. They candidly shared with us their processes, thoughts and suggestions for those readers who, in 2017, have decided to renovate their own castles.

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JEH: What was the impetus for the redesign? Sue: Sean and I purchased our home in February 2014 - this decision took us completely by surprise. Sean’s first words from his first step into the house was “I love this house.” After that we were under contract within 24 hours. Everything about the house was great - the bones, the cosmetics - but they were just that, cosmetics. We knew the look was nowhere near our taste but everything was in great condition and 100% livable and functional. The previous owner took meticulous care of the infrastructure and put in the work to make everything “new” for the sale. However, we still knew that we would eventually make changes. In May of that same year, we had our architect take a look at the house and she designed an amazing layout that was completely ours - had our name stamped on it. We tweaked for the next 6 months and finally, we had it right. So right that we were over the moon and excited to get started - but, it was another 6 months until construction commenced, April 14, 2015. Sean: I spend most of my days photographing homes for realtors, architects and interior designers. And, the DC metro area is one of the most affluent areas in the country. I get to see so many beautifully designed homes. This is what got me thinking how nice it would be to live in a space that was as beautifully designed as the homes I photograph. JEH: After deciding to tackle a renovation project, what was your inspiration to see it through? Sue: I can’t say there was an inspiration that just drove me to plunge in - there were times when I was afraid our tastes were digging too deep into our pockets.

Sean has been in thousands of homes and he was excited. He never asks for anything and seeing his excitement, well, I really wanted him to have this. Sean: I spent hours on looking at kitchens, bathrooms, cabinets, counters and hardware. I am a visual person and wanted to be surrounded by a beautifully designed space made of beautiful materials. Our moods are influenced by our surroundings; so, the idea living in a finished space that we created suspended us through the construction process. JEH: What did the renovation process involve? Sue: Roughly 6-7 months of design planning and meetings with our architect. 6 months of handpicking every single item. 2 1/2 months of construction to reach substantial completion (we had a tight deadline, June 29th, as my family was coming to visit - 3 little girls, brother and sister-in-law, and my parents.) We made it! The cleaners finished the house the day before and Sean and I had 90% of our household goods in place. I do remember everyone using paper plates that weekend so I guess the 10% was our dishes… Sean: The process involved deciding the scope of the project, how much did we want to renovate? We then meet with an architect for several months of back and forth. Our scope changed as we went along, it expanded. We then submitted our plans to a couple of contractors who we intended to interview. After they reviewed the architectural drawings, we set up interviews so that we were comparing apples to apples. We decided to have the contractors supply us with estimates for the labor and materials separately. We would do the shopping and buy many of the items ourselves, like vanities, tile, tubs, tub filler, hardware, ceiling fan, cabinets and marble. Sue did an amazing job getting the best prices on all of these things. Her experience in commercial development made the process go so smoothly. She had a binder with spread sheets with columns for materials needed for construction, columns for material that had been purchases. It was insane how much detail she put into it, but she loved doing it and, the contractors loved it even more! They had a detailed list that they could consult for what materials where onsite, what materials were to be delivered and when they were to be delivered. JEH: What was your favorite part of the process? Sue: Seeing our contractors every morning - they were friendly, right on time every morning, respectful of and 19 Woolworth Pool

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friendly to our neighbors, fun… just a great crew. Our neighbors commented on them too. Also, creating my spreadsheet of inventory and budget. With that, we came in just a couple thousand dollars over budget - and that was without adjusting our original budget.

point, I went to the top and made phone calls to the manufacturer, brought in the National Hardwood Association of America and read an entire 96 page publication on the classification of wood. Sean: We were ultimately disappointed with the architect. We ended up having to let her go.

Sean: My favorite part was seeing our ideas brought to life. It was exciting to come home on a day something was installed -- like the shower glass or the vanities. I am pretty good at visualizing how things will look before they are completed, but that does not compare to seeing them in reality. I liken the experience to when I did dark room work. There is a moment, after you have exposed the photographic paper under the enlarger, when you put the paper in a tray of chemical developer, slowly, an image appears on the paper. It’s like magic! Coming home after the contractors had worked for 8 hours and seeing what they had done, seeing the space take shape, was my favorite part of the process.

JEH: What are your favorite stories from the process?

JEH: What was your least favorite part of the process? Sue: We had a few bumps that surprised us. They weren’t structural or anything that couldn’t be worked around. Surprisingly, it was having to stand-up to a vendor. I’m the client and willing to work around any issue, but don’t tell me that I’m wrong or “this is just how it is.” Educate me, help me understand, listen to what I’m thinking and explain if it will work, how will it work and if it’s not possible. Then explain why. At one

Sue: It was the Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend and I was home by 4. The tile had been installed in the master bath. It just didn’t look quite right, but I thought maybe it was me. Maybe Sean would come home and say there was nothing wrong with it. But, he didn’t. He came home and it just wasn’t sitting right with him either. We decided to take photos and send them to the owner, who ran the construction side of the company and was our project manager’s manager. I will never forget - this was 7 p.m. on a FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE the first summer holiday and the owner phoned us within 20 minutes. He explained that normally tile is laid in this format, but with our tile being a special size, that it should have been done differently. He explained that if we wanted it changed, we had to do it immediately before it set. I looked at Sean and he said, “yes.” It just so happened that our project manager had been in an accident the evening before and was without a car. But, as the owner was speaking with us, he was also on his way to the project manager’s home to loan him his truck. Within 90 minutes of sending the e-mail with photos and being 25 miles from our home,

the project manager was taking down the tile. 10 minutes later, the 2nd project manager was on his hands and knees, in his dress clothes, shoes off, gold-toe socks covered in tile dust, scraping mortar from the back of the tile - and I was running out to pick-up a large pizza with pepperoni and sausage to thank them for their extra special efforts. Sean: What Sue said! That one is hard to beat. The contractors were amazing!

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JEH: How long did it take to complete? Sue: From architect’s first look to 100% complete - 22 months. JEH: What has been the reaction to your renovation? Sue: “Oh my God!” “You did a great job.” “I love this!” “There’s so much space in the kitchen.” I thought the biggest reaction would be the fireplace and, although it definitely gets its own attention, the biggest reaction is to the tile wall. Yep, the very same one that stole the Friday night before the Memorial Day weekend -- everyone wants to touch it! The next would be the live edge piece on top of the dining room cabinets. The slab had to be special cut due to the size - a perfect slab had to be found and shipped in from Pennsylvania. It was so exciting! JEH: What do think is the false impression that people have before deciding to renovate? Sue: That they will be eating McDonalds for the next 6 months. With a lot of planning and thought, a good toaster oven and microwave, you can do it. Now that’s not to say there wasn’t plenty of pizza, but we can honestly say, we didn’t do McDonalds. Sean: If you get a good contractor, the experience can be so amazing. Having them in our home every day could have felt like an intrusion, but because they were so thoughtful, responsive and professional, they became a part of the family. JEH: What do you think is an accurate impression that people have before deciding to renovate? Sue: I don’t know because it honestly wasn’t that bad, it was fun. Sean: Doing a major renovation is a lot of work. There is no getting around that. People need to be prepared to spend time before and during the process doing research, making decisions and preparing to live in an alternate space. Ultimately, you are getting to express yourself creatively; you are getting to make your home reflect you individual tastes and preferences. What could be more exciting than that? JEH: Would you do it again? Sue: Yes, definitely … but not for a while. JEH: What was the biggest disagreement you had throughout the process? Sue: I worried about budget and Sean had ideas. We didn’t have “knockdown” disagreements, we were very good at compromise. I have to say that for the times I felt like I was “giving in” I’m so glad I did. Sean’s taste and eye for vision was impeccable, I don’t have vision the way he does - I’m numbers, he’s a visionary. Oh, and who was going to get up early on Friday to get the donuts before the crew arrived.



Sean: We did not have many. When we did we would talk about it. I had a clear idea of what I wanted. I am very fortunate in that she trusted me. The textured bathroom tile we used as an accent wall is an example. I was very excited about how that would look. I knew that with a window next to it, it would be lit by different types of light as the day progressed. In the morning, it gets cool/bluish, soft, indirect light, so the shadows are soft. As the sun moves west, the accent tile starts to get warmer/orange light that is more direct; the shadows cast by the tiles texture become more distinct. This means the bathroom looks different at different times of the day. That keeps you from getting bored with your surroundings. I showed Sue my choice via an iPhone photo. She was okay with my choice and didn’t ask to see other options because she didn’t want to feel overwhelmed or confused.

that?” Have respect for them because what they are doing is a talent that you don’t have, and it truly is a talent. And what they are doing is for you because it’s what you want. They don’t care about your style or taste; they care about using their skill to make you happy. They love seeing your excitement. Also, do nice things for them - we did donut Friday and they loved it. We sent pizza for lunch to celebrate passing inspections. On those 99 degree days when the house was an oven and the humidity was unbearable, Sean brought home milkshakes, another day popsicles. On a day when there was going to be a huge push and more than 15 people were going to be here making all the pieces click, we bought sandwich platters, potato salad and cookies. We provided soda throughout the summer. You will be so pleased with how good it feels to do these things, the appreciation, the impact these little gestures have is worth it. Trust us.

JEH: Any other stories that you would like to share that might interest our readers? Sue: Make friends with the onsite crew - remember, they aren’t just “workers” they are doing something that you can’t do. It amazed us how things worked when put together. It amazed us how each person, each subcontractor did their part, displayed their talent and how everything fit. I don’t know how many times I said, “This is amazing, how do you know how to do JAN | FEB | MAR 2017



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INTERIOR DESIGN IS ALWAYS CHANGING. It is often challenging to be aware of what’s in style each year. The trend cycles seem most obvious when you look at photographs of home interiors from past decades. Often times we page through a family photo album and start to wonder what our parents were thinking with that orange sofa and copper wall covering in the ‘70s. These past trends are very good examples of interior décor changes that adapted to match technology, world events and social progress of the time. For 2017, this means an escape from the uncertainties of a world built on technology. Very similar to the uplifting glamorous effects of art deco during the 1930s, a turn toward natural, calming environments are now starkly contrasting in an increasingly automated world. As we all strive to find a better balance between work and home life, there is now a strong desire to bring nature into our homes. The idea of bringing the outdoors inside has gained popularity over the last few years. In 2017, we can expect interior design to take organic inspiration to the next level. Natural texture in general—cane, rattan, abaca are HOT! Expect wicker furniture pieces, stone coffee tables and terracotta walls to take over home interiors. There will be a movement towards rough edges, natural finishes and organic patterns on all pieces of furniture. Straight lines and geometric shapes are on their way out, so look to the outdoors for inspirations in this new year. Stock up on vases, pots and living plants such as herbs, olive trees and succulents. Sustainability continues to be important and translates into more worn or aged furnishings and accents, mixed in with personal treasures. Over the past few years we have been influenced by an eclectic elegance in home design. Sophisticated and classy looking rooms

incorporate velvet furniture, marble surfaces, and splashes of color. This year stylish interiors will feel a little less stuffy and a little more whimsical. Jewel tones inspired by clouds, stars, and oceans are finding their ways into posh living spaces. Raw-cut quartz, lucite, and opal will give decorative elements like picture frames extra radiance. The use of mixed metals is again “on trend” with brass and gold still popular but also polished nickel and silver are coming back and there’s a new metal finish—white plaster. Look for lighter accent pieces, such as airy silks, iridescent metals, and stained glass to bring a room together. Pure whites and bold primaries colors may have had a good run the last few years, but they will be a little too intense for 2017 interior sensibilities. The design world is increasingly taking a calm and mindful approach to home décor. The trend towards organic home environments means that nearly all shades of green are gaining popularity, and they create a sense of rejuvenation in the home. The softer side of spring will also introduce seasonal colors in shades of blush and lavender accented by organic palettes of crème, stone and shadow. A color’s purpose for the second half of this decade is to alleviate stress and make people feel welcome. The wallcovering trend of the last few years takes on a new dimension in 2017 with the reintroduction of murals and less of what we think of as

traditional wallpaper. Artists are introducing beautiful paintings reproduced in large-scale murals. They come in different textures and you can print them on sea grass or rice paper and in different color palettes. We will continue to see metallic and cork wall covering as well as traditional grass cloth in a variety of colors. 2017 will make practicality a fashionable asset inside your home. Cork surfaces for pushpins, for example, make sense for a modern living environment where space is often limited. A functional living space is built to mesh perfectly with everyday life. In our connected world, that means creating private nooks to escape from texts, emails and the barrage of social media. Consider a stylish set of down pillows for the areas of the home that help you clear your mind. Modular furniture is gaining popularity, especially in bathrooms. You can find ingenious furniture items that include hooks, shelves, mirrors and more, all in one expertly crafted piece of furniture.

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KELLEY PROXMIRE Kelley Proxmire’s lifelong passion for interior design began in her parents’ living room. In her pre-teen years, she was fascinated by the transformation of rooms by interior designers. She went on to immerse herself in the designs of rooms by classic greats such as Billy Baldwin, Mark Hampton, Frances Elkins, and Michael Taylor. These influences laid the foundation for a style defined by what is beautiful and enduring, pretty, yet practical. In her 20-plus-year career, Kelley has developed a matchless eye for crafting what she describes as “tailored traditional” interiors. Her projects suffuse warmth and hospitality while maintaining excellent balance, proportion and scale. Her love of color is combined with an appreciation for the fresh sophistication of white and the daring elegance of black. Adept at mixing traditional pieces with unexpected finds, Kelley creates environments that are attuned to the client’s world and faithful to the architecture and setting of a home. Kelley was named the 2016 Designers’ Choice Hall of Fame Designer by Home & Design magazine and inducted into the Washington Design Center Hall of Fame in 2009. She has participated in 23 show houses since 2001 and has garnered local and national coverage for her contributions to the Washington Design Center’s Design Houses, as well as those benefiting local charities such as Women’s Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra. She was selected as a designer for the DC Design House benefiting Children’s National Health System in 2010, 2012 and 2014. These projects, as well as residential projects throughout the Eastern Seaboard, have been showcased in publications such as Traditional Home, Southern Home, Southern Living, Luxe, Coastal Living, Washingtonian, Home & Design, Bethesda, The Washington Post and The Georgetowner, among others. 26



@NATGEO: THE MOST POPULAR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS National Geographic Museum’s new exhibition “@NatGeo: Popular Instagram Photos” captures and curates the most liked, commented on, and favorited photos from National Geographic’s iconic Instagram account. As the world’s top media brand on Instagram, National Geographic, or @natgeo, has more than 62 million followers and over 1 billion likes on its 12,000+ posted images. Now you can experience the diversity of this innovative and eye-popping content firsthand. Simultaneously digital and tactile, the exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to interact with National Geographic photography in a whole new way. From avid photo buffs to cellphone novices, “@ NatGeo” is a not-to-be-missed look at the magic and influence of photography in the digital age.

National Geographic November 11, 2016 – April 30, 2017 Art Museums of the Americas On view November 14, 2016 – January 27, 2017 By appointment only, Mon-Fri from 9am to 5pm

SERTÃO CERRADO / JOSÉ DINIZ The OAS AMA | Art Museums of the Americas is hosting an exhibition of photographs by Brazilian artist José Diniz. Sertão refers to backland region located inside the country, far from the coast. The Cerrado occupies much of the interior. The region has a great potential of water feeding the aquifers and hydrographic basins responsible for the supply to major cities. The Cerrado has a cycle of fire and water, after periods of drought and fire, from the ashes explodes green and flowers. Diniz’s photographs originated from the want to describe the interior as a counterpoint the sea. The investigation led to an exhibition representing four elements of nature: earth, water, fire and air. José Diniz was born in Niterói and lives in Rio de Janeiro. He studied photography at UCAM (Cândido Mendes University) in Rio de Janeiro. He has published the books “Perpiscore” and “Literariamente” on his photography. In 2012 he received the Marc Ferrez Photography Prize - FUNARTE (National Art Foundation, Ministry of Culture) with the project “Maresia.” In 2011, he participated in the exhibition “International Discoveries III,” a biennial selection of 12 photographers curated by FotoFest. He has held solo exhibitions throughout the western hemisphere. He is represented by the DOC Galeria, Escritório de Fotografia, São Paulo; and ArtMedia Gallery, Miami.

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MARIKA MEYER LAUNCHES NEW FABRIC LINE Marika Meyer, principal of Marika Meyer Interiors,, just launched her own line of custom fabrics, Marika Meyer Textiles,, with the release of her Spring 2017 Collection.

by Sherry Moeller Photos by Angie Seckinger



With a Fine Arts degree specializing in painting and formal training as an interior designer, Meyer’s experiences in the studio and in designing homes inspired her to create Marika Meyer Textiles, where working in a twodimensional pursuit of color and composition is the perfect solution for residential projects that call for one-of-a-kind patterns and designs. Forgotten cities, including Pompeii, influenced Marika Meyer Textiles Spring 2017 Collection featuring patterns reflecting antiquities. This first collection includes three grounds and can be printed in any color specification. “I always want to create bespoke elements for each client,” Meyer says. Meyer’s great, great grandfather, who was a professor of classics and who participated in archeological digs in Asia Minor, passed down a legacy of inquisition and creativity, while her grandmother, who was an interior designer, helped Meyer develop her artistic calling. Meyer’s heritage, including her grandmother’s mixing of antiques and modern pieces, which

present a collected look, plays a prominent role in her residential and textile designs. Meyer will also offer her new fabric lines to the trade. “I see the value and problem solving ability that a custom fabric offers not only to me, but also to others in the design industry,” Meyer adds. “Global travels, my fine arts background and ancestry, as well as everyday life, including gardening, fuel my passion for fabrics.” Marika Meyer Textiles Fall 2017 Collection will continue the overarching theme of the first collection, which is inspiration from the past. More specifically, the Fall Collection will reflect larger scale patterns and deeper colors found in her grandfather’s antique books. Evans & Sheldon in Washington, DC is representing Marika Meyer Textiles.

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REMODELING IN 2017‌ WITH TIPS FROM DESIGN-BUILD PROS Be prepared with functional and financial goals

Design-build firms offer a one-stop shop for remodeling needs. Armed with professionals who handle all aspects of remodeling from concept to design to construction, designbuild firms map out how to begin and especially how to get the most satisfaction from your remodeling project. by Sherry Moeller



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Bruce Wentworth, AIA, president of Wentworth, Inc.,, says consider the below variables before embarking on a remodeling project.

1. Make a list of functional goals for a kitchen, bathroom, family room, basement or addition project, such as work and play areas, storage needs, appliance preferences, lighting and more. 2. Create an idea book from magazines (print and digital) as well as from online sites such as Pinterest or Houzz to get a sense of what design styles speak to you. 3. Meet with three design-build firms to see whom you like. Consider their skill levels and finished work that appeals to you as well as who has staff carpenters available and how well they listen to your needs and budget concerns. 4. Plan for the long haul – a timeless kitchen design should last 15-20 years, for instance. 5. Consider the remodeling project not only as a way to improve your quality of living now, but also as an investment in your home’s future resale value.

Left: This Washington, DC bathroom remodel by Wentworth, Inc. took advantage of an alcove to create a dramatic tub setting overlooking the wooded views. Photo by Ron Blunt Wentworth, Inc. designed a colorful basement with plenty of storage for kids’ toys as well as lounging area for the family. Photo by Geoffrey Hodgdon

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Winn Design + Build

Michael Winn, president of Winn Design + Build,, says you need to have a clear plan to make a remodeling project successful.

1. Think about moving out of your home during the remodeling process. While it may not seem ideal, the benefits, such as a possible quicker completion of the project, may outweigh the inconvenience. 2. Take your time when designing your new space, especially with the layout. Making a change to a plan is easier and more cost effective with an eraser than during construction with a sledgehammer. Take the necessary time to make all final design adjustments ahead of time. 3. Consider having a contingency fund for added expenses that will invariably occur. In most cases, getting everything you want in a remodel will cost more than you may have planned. You don’t always know what’s behind a wall that’s coming down so consider adding 10% more to your budget before starting and possibly an additional 5% for an older home. 4. Be decisive with final design choices. If you delay in selecting a tub or sink, for instance, the project may be delayed as well, especially if the item is back ordered or the installer can’t get back to your project for a while. 5. Find a good team who listens to you and helps you navigate the process. Remodeling should be enjoyable, not stressful. A professional design-build firm can ensure the best outcome if you plan ahead. 32 JOHN ERIC HOME

This kitchen remodel by Winn Design + Build showcases the careful selection of lighting, storage and finish choices for a smooth remodeling process. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg


Greenery – Upbeat & Reinvigorating Pantone released its 2017 Color of the Year – Greenery with mixed reviews from designers and architects. But the general consensus is it’s a strong accent color signifying renewal, just in time for the new year. “Greenery is a cheerful, optimistic color that will be embraced as an accent,” says Annie Elliott, principal of Annie Elliott Interiors and Bossy Color, www.bossycolor. com. “In my own office, we just installed Roman shades this color and against white and yellow walls and a light gray rug, it’s the bright spot in a calm space.” “I find the new color of the year energetic, vibrant and fresh,” says Victor Sanz, project architect at DMG Interiors, and Josh Hildreth Interiors, Although I don’t see this used as a dominant color, I can see it as a fun contrast, especially if in modern fabric patterns or wall coverings.” While the Color of the Year provides a starting point for a fresh take on design choices, it’s subject to broad interpretation. “I predict we’ll see an uptick in many more shades of green in 2017, but I’ll confess that Greenery itself is one of my favorites,” Elliott says.

Annie Elliott designed a little girl’s room with green carpeting as well as green accents in the bedding, window treatments and lighting. Photo courtesy of Annie Elliott Interiors/Bossy Color Photo by Michael K. Wilkinson in collaboration with Brandon Webster

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When was the last time you asked a kid if he or she knew how to do something and he or she said “No”? We act like we know everything right? Well, that’s not the case! Sometimes we get scared, angry and overwhelmed and we need your help. by Louise Jones

One reason kids act like we know everything is because we want adults to think that we can do everything by ourselves. We want to be adults too! Another reason kids act like we can do things on our own is because we see other kids doing things on their own and we want to fit in with them. The last reason is that sometimes we hide our feelings from adults and try to handle things on our own because we think we will get into trouble. Adults should know that when a kid needs help, sometimes it is because we are scared. We might say that we don’t want to do something—something that is really important to you. Or, we might ask for help and you may not think that we need it and not take us seriously. Sometimes this makes us get sad and sometimes it makes us angry and we have outbursts. Not fun. For example, my parents invited their friends and their friends’ children to our lake house this past summer. Their daughter was bossy and obnoxious and I was expected to play with her. I kept going to my parents and complaining because it was so hard to be with her and they just kept telling me to “deal with it.” Finally, I just went to my bed and went to sleep. It would have helped me if they would have taken me seriously. I think that sometimes I act so much like an adult that they expect me to be able to handle everything, but I’m still only ten! Next time my parents promised me that when we have friends over, we will all spend more time together so this can’t happen. If you spend more time with us we will be able to talk to you about hard situations. If we tell you that

we don’t want to do something, then please really think about it before you make us do it. Don’t expect us to like what you like. When I was five my Dad really wanted me to play t-ball. He played baseball all of his life. He kept asking me over and over again and I kept saying no, until finally I said yes one day even though I really didn’t want to play. At the first practice I ran off of the field with tears in my eyes. I felt emotions of all kinds. And that was the end of my t-ball career. Luckily my Dad and I were able to talk about it after and now he is a great basketball coach. I love basketball. So remember, some of us may act like little adults. We may be really good at a lot of things, but we are still kids and need your help!

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NBC4 HEALTH AND FITNESS EXPO January 7-8, 2017 Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place (At 9th and 7th Sts.), NW The NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo is held each January in Washington DC. The Health Fair provides free health screenings, fun activities and information on products and services that relate to healthy living. There is a Healthy Cooking Stage, a Healthy Kids Stage and a variety of workout presentations. New events for this year include a Healthy Book Festival featuring former Olympian and best-selling author Suzy Favor Hamilton, a Yoga Stage with plenty of practice space and instruction and the Changing Minds Pavilion with a focus on mental health and behavioral wellness practices. BETHESDA-MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESTAURANT WEEK 2017 January 13-22, 2017 Bethesda-Montgomery County Restaurant Week offers prix fixe lunch for $16 and three-course dinner menus for $36 at dozens of restaurants in Montgomery County, Maryland. Most of the participating restaurants are located in Bethesda, Rockville, Potomac and Silver Spring. Restrictions may apply. Cuisines include American, French, Greek, Indian, Italian, and more. Please call individual restaurants for restrictions, menu options, and reservations. The event is held in January and August.



ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE March 12, 2017 Constitution Avenue First held in 1971, this impressive parade still celebrates the city’s Irish community. Expect marching and pipe bands and, of course, plenty of green!

WASHINGTON DC HOME & GARDEN SHOWS 2017 January 20-22, 2017 Dulles Expo Center 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center The Washington, DC area hosts several annual Home and Garden Shows. Looking to spruce up your home or complete some last-minute lingering projects? Attend one of the upcoming shows and meet area experts in home design and renovation, discover the latest developments in green home products and snag cutting-edge creative ideas. The shows showcase hundreds of products and services for your home and garden and include celebrity appearances, entertaining workshops and much more. CHINAMANIA IN WASHINGTON February 1, 2017 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery The National Mall The craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics dubbed “Chinamania” swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Inspired by his travels to a major center for Chinese ceramics, contemporary artist Walter McConnell interrogates this phenomenon through an installation of Kangxi porcelains and his own monumental works. CHOCOLATE LOVER’S FESTIVAL February 4-5, 2017 Town of Fairfax The Chocolate Lovers Festival, the largest and longest running festival in Fairfax, VA is an annual two-day festival held on the first full weekend of February, features activities for all to enjoy. In 2017, the festival begins on Saturday with a Chocolate Chip Pancake Breakfast at 8am. Other events include the Chocolate Challenge and open houses at historic buildings.

OLD WORLD V. NEW WORLD WINES Wine Seminars at Wardman Wines March 19, 2017 Wardman Wines 625 Monroe Street NE /Suite A7 We all know that a Cabernet from Napa is very different than one from Bordeaux. But why? This seminar will explore similar grapes grown in drastically different climates and from producers with decidedly different views of how their grapes should be expressed. We will be getting geeky and talking about altitudes, fermentation temperatures, and yeasts.


Fritz “Frank” Frager immigrated from Russia around 1902 after traveling across Europe. He became skilled in many languages, which helped him to be successful in business. After he was laid off from the Navy Yard, where he worked as a cabinet maker, he decided to open his own business. Frager borrowed $5,000 and was able to open a hardware store 11 blocks from the United States Capitol in 1920. Since 1920, Frager’s Hardware Store has provided tools and equipment for the community of residents and businesses on Capitol Hill. Frager’s hardware, garden center, rental and paint stores, have serviced its neighborhood with old-fashioned, customer-oriented integrity. The Frager family lived above the store, as was common in those days. The business became so successful that they were able to expand the store during the Great Depression. After Frank died of a heart attack in front of the building, his sons, George & Jules, who worked in the store since childhood, ran the operation for many years. In 1975, the operation changed hands to John Weintraub and his original business partner, Ed Copenhaver. John Weintraub continues to serve as President of Frager’s Hardware to this day. John Weintraub and Ed Copenhaver were classmates at both the University of Virginia and The George Washington University. Weintraub joined the Coast Guard and Copenhaver volunteered in the Navy, both doing tours in Vietnam, before deciding to go into business together.

After suffering devastating damage from a fire in 2013, Frager’s announced that it partnered with Roadside Development, LLC, a Washington, DC-based real estate company, to rebuild its original store and reopen its home of nearly 100 years. Currently, they operate out of a patchwork of shops in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.




IRISH COFFEE Glassware: Irish Coffee Mug Method: Build in an Irish Coffee Mug or Footed Glass. Top with lightly whipped unsweetened cream. Garnish with grated nutmeg. *optional, use fresh grated cinnamon or coco powder. Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Jameson Caskmates 1 oz. Brown Sugar Syrup 4 oz. Hot Coffee Lightly Whipped Cream Garnish: Grated Nutmeg Wake Up! What better way to start a New Year than with a cocktail full of energy. This cocktail is said to have originated at the Shannon Airport in Dublin by Joe Sheridan, but its fame also grew due to its popularity at the Buena Vista in San Francisco. Hitting on all cylinders, warming, decadent, cozy, and energizing, the Irish Coffee has been one for the ages for a reason. This version uses one of the new Irish Whiskies on the market, Jameson Caskmates. Its extra notes of hops, butterscotch, toffee, coco, and coffee aided by a stout finish, make for a perfect set of “mates” along with the coffee and cream for this classic libation. Don’t let the cold weather keep a fresh year down, instead kick it into great with a tried and true winter time winner, the Irish Coffee.

RED WINE HOT-CHOCOLATE Glassware: Coupe Glass Method: Combine all ingredients except for red wine over medium heat and stir till integrated (around 15-20 minutes.) Lower heat and add Campo Viejo and stir to integrate. Serve and garnish. Ingredients: 1 bottle (24 oz.) of Campo Viejo Tempranillo 24 oz. of Milk 4 oz. / 120 g by weight of 100% cacao Baker’s Chocolate 2 oz. / 60 g by weight of 56% cacao Baker’s Chocolate 12 oz. Water 3 oz. Honey 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract *Optional: 6-10 Werther’s original caramel chews (around 50+ g by weight) Garnish: Skewered Cherry *Optional: whipped cream and coco powder

The first season of the year is the season of love, celebrating Valentine’s Day. Nothing says love like chocolate and wine. Instead of worrying about which to buy, turn it up a notch with a hot cocktail that combines the two. This cocktail begins and ends in one place - decadence. The double types of chocolate hold back on the sweetness, while the slightly sweet, slightly bitter, rich in texture and flavor, warm milk, vanilla extract and honey all accentuate the natural generous bouquet from the seasonal sweets. At the apex, the tannins and enchanting fruit tones of the Campo Viejo pair with the hot chocolate as if they were a young couple gazing at each other over a romantic candlelit dinner. The cocktail finishes with the garnish of a cherry or an optional rich finish of whipped cream and cocoa powder. The first season of the year is filled with cold nights but a little Red Wine Hot Chocolate is sure to make them hot.

BRANDY HOT TODDY Glassware: Glass Coffee Mug Method: Build in a glass mug. Top with hot water, drop in a lemon peel studded with whole clove (often, about 3 cloves will do it) and stir till properly integrated. Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Martell VSOP .25 oz. Honey .25 oz. Lemon Juice Hot Water Garnish: Lemon Peel with Clove Studs As winter ebbs and flows, the never predictable nature of the weather lends to the need for a little “old world medicine”. In that sense, a solid, classic, Brandy Hot Toddy, will make sure to never leave anyone “under the weather”. Start this cocktail with the sweet spot, honey. Rich and vibrant, honey not only helps the medicine go down, but goes a long way to easing the senses. On top of the honey, layer a touch of citrus, almost sunny, to best attack and fend off a cold. Bridging the gap of the two elements is light and floral brandy, a delicious cognac such as Martell VSOP. Light, floral and full of flavor, cognac makes for a beautiful addition to one of the great classic cocktails. Tying everything together, hot water soothes the soul and the senses with comfort. The first season of the year is always unpredictable. However, a cocktail fortification like a Brandy Hot Toddy will set the tone for success in seeing it through.

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Is the 2 star Michelin Rating deserved? Is it worth all the hype? Is it money well spent? Do they take reservations? My answer to all four of these questions is a resounding, yes! I’ve never been a fan of prix fixe meals, but man, this one works and works well. It was truly one of the best meals I’ve had in years. Aaron Silverman and his amazing colleagues have scored a huge success. It’s very much worth the $250.00 price (which includes drinks, tax and tip.) It’s amazing how much thought, technique and skill go into each of those small dishes and, the drink pairings are suburb. I didn’t like everything presented and I don’t think anyone should expect to either. However, make sure this one is on your list. I will be back, and soon. Side note: You need to be ready as reservations are released every Monday morning at 10 am for the complete week one month out.





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Oh, the quandary we find ourselves in when trying to make healthy choices while at work. Before you beat yourself up, know that it doesn’t just happen. Making better choices requires focus, preparation, education, and a double portion of willpower. With so many people crunching on snacks, sipping on lattes, and bringing in birthday cakes and cookies, it may seem nearly impossible to get through the day with your healthy intentions in tact. The struggle is real!

by Jeanine Finelli



The tips below will help you to maintain steady energy, manage stress, and reach an optimum weight. Work is part of your life, so be careful to not let it become the part of your life that slowly robs you of your one precious gift…your health. After all, if you don’t take care of your body, where will “you” live? Coffee and creamer – smells good, eh? Thinking of another cup? That’s how it usually happens...your coworker brews another pot and oooh, it smells so divine! Choose the best brew you can find (organic), and toss the chemicalized creamers. Read the ingredients and look for sugar, cream, milk and natural flavors. Coffee Mate Natural Bliss is a better choice over most of the competition and health food stores have even more varieties to choose from. Steer clear of the vending machine! It’s a serious trap and will only fool you using peanut butter crackers and granola bars that are pretending to be the best choice. These are highly processed and lead to weight gain. Period. If you can’t read the ingredients and know and pronounce each one, say Ciao and walk away knowing at that moment, you should absolutely celebrate a small win! You’ve also earned every single bounce in that step of yours. So, what’s a guy or a gal to do when the munchies kick in? That’s when you become super savvy and stock your desk drawer with non-perishable goodies. These items work well for travelers out there who always feel like they are living on the highway, or trying to stay healthy at 35,000 feet. Things like avocados (packed with protein and fiber to fill you up), organic peanut or almond butter, walnuts or almonds, and apples are a superior choice to anything else in the company kitchen. For the refrigerator (Don’t forget to put your name on it!), things like humus and cucumbers, organic cheese and plain Greek yogurt topped with walnuts are soul food that fills you up without filling you out. The dreaded breakfast meeting! If you are responsible for organizing this, then listen up. Bagels, biscuits, and donuts …no more! With whopping amounts of sugar, these nutritionally deficient sugar bombs make for a wider waistline and sour moods. Sugar is a large contributor to irritability at home and work, so when you need to be focused all day, break up with the sweet talker. You will be so glad you did.

When we cut calories by 500 a day/3500 a week, we can lose a pound a week. Imagine that in one year of doing nothing else excepting cutting calories from junk, you can lose up to 52 pounds. So, what’s the quickest way to do that? Don’t drink your calories. Three cans of soda contain about 500 calories. A large sweet tea has about 300! For those of you who think water is boring, by simply adding lemon, cucumber slices or fresh ginger, your taste buds will be happy and, you’ll say good bye to those empty calories. La Croix is a sparkling all natural canned beverage that is a fantastic soda replacement. With flavors like peach-pear, coconut and apple cranberry, you may never miss your sugary, artificial soda pop. Let’s face it, 8-10 hours is a long time to spend inside, so get outside when you can! Perhaps lunch or mid-morning is a perfect time for a stroll and, don’t underestimate the power of Mr. Sun and the gift of Vitamin D. A 15-minute stroll past the flowerbeds or on the crunchy leaves will do wonders for your blood pressure and your ability to play nice with others. Burnout can be a real problem, so it’s up to you to set some boundaries where you can and make yourself a priority. Do you live to work? Would you rather work to live? Are you in a leadership position within your organization? Consider your ability to set a healthy example and be an inspiration to your colleagues. While many companies invest in wellness programs, most programs fall short of true cultural transformation in pursuit of better health. Dr. William Lawson, CEO of EHOP Health based in Cary, NC, notes that having individuals within your organization who are truly “walking the walk” and leading by example is a key ingredient to sustaining positive change and building a culture of health that benefits you and your colleagues. With chronic illness and our health care costs on a dramatic rise, building a culture of health offers multiple benefits. The great news is that you have tremendous power to you improve your health through choices you make every day. By taking care of your health, in mind, body and spirit, you will not only be bringing out your best self, you will be a positive team player and an valuable part of your company’s future.

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Winter is here and with it comes falling temperatures and woolen accessories. This season’s hottest fashion is all about outerwear. Coats galore walked down the runways and will soon be roaming our city’s streets. Here is what you will be spying on sidewalks near you!

SKI JACKETS Ski jackets are no longer contained to the slopes. The waxed ski jacket made its way from the slopes to the runway thanks to Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia. Whip out your own North Face or Roxy coats and flourish them in style.



MENS | MILITARY Neutral-outerwear has met its match with this season’s Navy-inspired peacoat. Coach has created a gold-buttoned coat that falls into the more dramatic. But, also it is pea-green army influenced overcoats that are hot this season too. MENS | FUR Yes – you read that correctly. Fur is making a huge impact on men’s outerwear. Linings, collars and the full garment itself is where it is at this season.

PATENT TRENCH COATS Every so often, a warm day pops into the cold winter season. For such a day, take a cue from Isabel Marant. A patent trench will offer you more warmth than its lightweight counterpart, without causing you to overheat.

PUFFER COATS Puffer jackets are finally cool. But more than just down feathers and hightech insulation, this season’s styles vary from flashy (like Vivenne Westwood’s metallic number) to the feathery.


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SINCE YOU ARE GETTING ALL OF YOUR TAX INFORMATION TOGETHER… It’s that time of year again. Time to deal with getting all of your income tax information together for your accountant or to load it on Turbo Tax. A lot of people grumble about this time of year being a pain because of everything you need to gather. You can turn this into an opportunity. It is the perfect time to review financial planning and retirement strategies and review your investment portfolio. by Marc Schliefer 48


Since you are getting all the 1099’s and statements together, you can perform a comprehensive financial review with your advisors and family members. I always find that this time of year is the best time for an overall review because your tax information is all in one place. Even if you plan on filing for an extension, you are still getting your information in the mail now. The only information that you will need to get together in addition to your 1099’s are your year-end statements, insurance information, last year’s tax returns, estate planning documents and any budget information so you can get an idea about how much you are spending now and what you may need to budget for your spending in retirement. If you do not have an advisor, it would be a good time to locate a professional to help determine if you are doing the right thing with your overall planning. It is better to determine if you are on schedule to hit your goals now so that you can make appropriate changes sooner, insuring that you are on the right trajectory to get closer to your goal. It is also a good time to see how tax efficient your investments are. Here are some questions

that you want to ask yourself or your advisors. • Did you have a lot of dividends and capital gain distributions? • Did you have a lot of realized gains or losses? • Did your portfolio performance keep up with your expectations based on your investment allocation? • Is it a good time to capture some tax losses or offset some losses against gains? • Do you want to convert some retirement funds into a Roth IRA, or do you want to recharacterize your Roth IRA? • Am I ready to buy a new house or fix up my current house? • Is your risk tolerance too risky or not risky enough? Once you have a handle on the answers to these questions, you and your family should discuss them and then meet with a financial advisor who can help you coordinate everything. You want to have someone who can help you see your whole financial picture in one snapshot. I am happy to discuss this with anyone who needs help figuring this out. Please feel free to contact me at .

The Roth IRA offers tax deferral on any earnings in the account. Withdrawals from the account may be tax free, as long as they are considered qualified. Limitations and restrictions may apply. Withdrawals prior to age 59 or prior to the account being opened for 5 years, whichever is later, may result in a 10% IRS penalty tax. Future tax laws can change at any time and may impact the benefits of Roth IRAs. Their tax treatment may change. Traditional IRA account owners should consider the tax ramifications, age and income restrictions in regards to executing a conversion from a Traditional IRA to a Roth IRA. The converted amount is generally subject to income taxation. Roth IRA account owners should consider the potential tax ramifications, age and contribution deductibility limits in regard to executing a recharacterization of a Roth IRA to a Traditional IRA. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through CWM, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. LPL Financial is under separate ownership from any other named entity. JAN | FEB | MAR 2017


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ARLINGTON CINEMA AND DRAFTHOUSE The Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse will shift to an arthouse movie model and away from showing mainstream films several months after their initial release. The announcement came three weeks after the Drafthouse began surveying customers on proposed changes to the theater’s business model, floating the idea of showing first-run movies during the summer, at a time when live comedy audiences are down. The feedback from customers, however, pointed to indie and art-house style films rather than the typical big-budget mainstream popcorn flick. (Arlington Now)

The Washington Monument will remain closed to visitors for at least another two years, the National Park Service has announced. Local businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has agreed to pick up the tab for repairing the monument’s elevator. Problems with the elevator have kept the 555-foot obelisk closed to visitors since August. It marks the second time that Rubenstein, a co-founder of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, has stepped in to help reopen the iconic Washington landmark to the public. The upgrade, which will include new control and diagnostic systems, hardware updates and audio and visual screens in the elevator cab, is expected to cost $2 to $3 million. The Park Service expects to reopen the monument to visitors in 2019. (WAMU)

ELECTRONIC SIGNAGE Electronic signage, of all things, has pitted residents of Southwest and Navy Yard against the District’s beloved baseball team. A D.C. Council subcommittee advanced a bill, 4-1, that would allow the owners of the Washington Nationals to install five digital billboards on the exterior of Nats’ Park. The legislation comes with conditions: the LED signs must not hang within the line of sight of nearby homes, must not face South Capitol Street or the Anacostia River, and must not exceed a certain brightness level. But critics say the billboards could flood light into living spaces, lower residential property values, and multiply in neighborhoods FANNIE throughout the District. (WPC)


Over two years ago, government-operated mortgage buyer Fannie Mae announced that it would sell its headquarters at 3900 Wisconsin Avenue NW and move downtown. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Japanese developer Sekisui House plans to purchase and redevelop the roughly 430,000 square-foot property, restoring the 60-year old brick building to create a shopping center and constructing luxury condominiums on the surrounding land. Sekisui House is anticipated to pay $88 million to $176 million for the property, which is part of the company’s strategy to make investment inroads in the U.S Fannie Mae will continue using the building on Wisconsin Avenue for the next 2-3 years while their future home in the old Washington Post headquarters is constructed. (Urban Turf) 52



EVENING AT THE EMBASSY OF MACEDONIA January 28, 2017 Embassy of Macedonia 2129 Wyoming Avenue, NW On Saturday, January 28th, the Embassy of Macedonia will be hosting a night of delight to ring in the New Year. Despite its small size, the embassy will showcase its grand scenery and culture. The ambassador, Vasko Naumoski, will open the night and give a short overview of the country and its history. The rest of the night will be filled with traditional food, wine, art and a film. The event starts at 7:30 and tickets are $45 per person. VALENTINE’S BALL AT THE EMBASSY OF ITALY February 11, 2017 Embassy of Italy 3000 Whitehaven Street, NW Imagine spending a romantic Valentine’s in Italy, enjoying delectable desserts and magnificent wine. On Saturday, February 11th, the Embassy of Italy is hosting a grand ball to honor Valentine’s Day and bring the romance of their country home to Washington, DC. The event will have many activities, including a chocolate tasting and a chance to win a trip to the Caribbean. The night will certainly be nothing less than spectacular. Tickets are $89 and the event will start at 7: 30 pm and will end by midnight.

by Katherine Eschenbach

REMEMBERING NELSON MANDELA: THE EMBASSY OF SOUTH AFRICA On December 5, 2013, the world lost Nelson Mandela, a true visionary and civil rights activist. After serving 27 years in prison for fighting against injustice, Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president and changed the state of foreign affairs for the country. His acts inspired people to become aware of injustice and stand up for their rights. To commemorate the third anniversary of his death, and to promote his legacy, South

Africa commissioned a statue to be installed in the front of its embassy. Now, they have a new aspiration -- to generate enough funds to make a larger statue that will become a tourist attraction in Washington, DC. To donate to the cause, visit the embassy’s’ website: http://

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ARTHUR’S PUB 28 Thomas St, Dublin, Dublin City Arthur’s is the nearest pub on the route to The Guinness Storehouse, one of the city’s foremost tourist attractions. It is a classic Dublin pub, old style, but well-appointed and has been in operation for over 200 years. THE PIG’S EAR 4 Nassau St, Dublin, Dublin City The Pig’s Ear Restaurant was awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2009 and has retained it since, including the most current 2016 edition of the Michelin Guide. They offer a full a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. THE HAIRY LEMON 41-42 Stephen St Lwr, Dublin, Dublin City The Hairy Lemon Pub was christened in memory of one of the city’s great characters, a famous dog catcher in the 1950’s. He was reputed to boast a lemon shaped visage and a stubble of gooseberry like hair. The Hairy Lemon has become one of Dublin’s Trendiest Pubs. THE SUSSEX Sussex Tce, Dublin, Dublin City Nestled above M O’Brien’s, one of Dublin’s best loved bars is the Sussex, a well-known, traditional inspired restaurant with a real passion for good, honest, Irish cuisine. Located on Leeson St Bridge in the heart of Dublin, this city gem is a smart bistro style haunt which offers unforgettable fare in a relaxed and welcoming setting. Shepherd’s Pie - Arthur’s Pub

SHEPHERD’S PIE With Saint Patrick’s Day around the corner, many will be heading to the Emerald Isle to celebrate. Aside from raising a glass of whiskey to salute Ireland’s patron saint, droves of celebrants will be devouring one of the country’s best known dishes – shepherd’s pie. If you happen to be in Dublin, stop by one of these fine establishments for a sampling of the best pies on offer in the city.




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