Doors of DC took a necessary hiatus these past few months in the spirit of keeping all of my fingers frost bite free, but I happened to be in Georgetown this weekend, and couldn’t possibly walk by my favorite doorknocker without snapping a quick photo for you.
I love anything Egyptian revival, so the owners of this charming navy blue door with its brass King Tut knocker are kindred spirits for sure. I can’t help but be curious about the story behind it.
Several years ago I bought a Living Social deal for tickets to Mount Vernon in an effort to check off a DC attraction from my list. Growing up in Massachusetts, my experience with historical preservation sites was limited to elementary school field trips to Plimouth Plantation which is a decidedly different experience. Early colonists definitely weren’t enjoying the comforts that the Washingtons enjoyed at Mount Vernon.
I remember leaving that first tour shocked and inspired by the vivid interiors (you can read the post I wrote after that initial visit here) and easily envisioned them translating into homes today. I’d actually be curious to know if Miles Redd has taken inspiration from the estate for some of his work. Could we call George Washington (who was highly involved in the estate’s design) the original Miles Redd? It might have the same cache as President in some design circles…
All kidding aside, I was thrilled to receive an invitation to take a candlelight tour of Mount Vernon this past weekend. The holidays are the only time you’re able to tour Mount Vernon after dark and I’m sure you can tell from the photos above what a unique and beautiful experience it is.
If your a design dork like myself, you’ll love getting a closer peek at the interiors, and if you have little ones they’ll love meeting the camel (yes, a live camel) and listening to the carolers. This weekend, December 21 and 22, are the last two nights to take a tour and I’ve got two tickets to giveaway to a local reader!
The Details: Win two tickets valid for admission to any one Mount Vernon by Candlelight tour on December 21, 2013 or December 22, 2013. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and valid only for one redemption. The event occurs rain or shine and no outside food or beverages are allowed on the estate.
To Enter: follow the steps in the Rafflecopter widget below (if you’re reading in a feed or via email you’ll need to click over to enter) and I’ll be contacting the winner Thursday, December 19.
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Photos courtesy of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
Capitol Hill, DC
Have you ever seen a moose doorknocker? Me either, but now I want to see more of them.
I figured, why not keep going with yesterday’s blue theme?
This is one of my favorite doors in the neighboorhood. It used to be red and I loved it then too (that typography!!) but one day I drove past, did a double take, and nearly ran a stop sign because it had gone neon.
I’ll be honest, at first I wasn’t on board, but it’s grown on me and I’ll always be the first to support a risk taker in this town! Could you go this bold?
Photo by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style