Category Archives: Guest Blogs


What are Bitters?

Bitters have seen a huge resurgence. Once used for medicinal purposes these potent flavor extracts are taking the cocktail industry by storm, but what are they? Erik Kozlik (a cocktail aficionado and our newest contributor), co-founder of Embittermint Bitters, a Washington, D.C.-based bitters company specializing in premium-quality, all-natural cocktail ingredients, breaks down what bitters are, their origin and how to use them.

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Autumn in New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the most traveled to historic cities in America at anytime of the year with its annual festivals, music and foodie scene, classic architecture, and boutique accommodations. This week we hear from Melanie Schmitt and Matthew King, owners of the award-winning La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast on why autumn is one of the most magical times of the year to experience the Big Easy!

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Vendome Mansion: Historic Detroit

Detroit, Michigan was once one of the wealthiest cities in the United States and like many things in life that are on the top, they are prone to falling. Luckily, the fall has an upside and that is the potential for a rebirth and that’s exactly what is happening in Detroit as we speak with investors, tech start-ups and entrepreneurs moving to the city and the surrounding suburbs. The real estate market is still flush with iconic estates that are deeply rooted in American industry and compared to other large cities in the country––the prices are compelling to say the least.

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Hallelujah I Have Been Saved!

Historic preservation is a religion for many people. It takes on especially biblical proportions in the practical sense when the building being resurrected back to its former glory is one of God’s original historic houses. We got the tip on this extraordinary restoration in Williamsburg from 6sqft, which converted an iconic neighborhood church into uber-chic loft apartments with all of the modern amenities. Our favorite amenity: you don’t even have to leave your living room on Sunday morning to go to church.

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Bossy Color

Wild About Wallpaper!

We are moving today and that means upcoming design decisions and changes in our new home will soon commence––one of which is how to incorporate wallpaper in our tiny house. Luckily, a recent interview by our friend Annie Elliott, who is principal of DC-based design firm, bossy color breaks this very subject down for anyone thinking about incorporating wallpaper in their space.

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Flood Insurance: What Every Historic Property Owner Needs To Know

Every property has the potential risk for flood damage whether you live in a flood plain or not. New changes to the National Flood Insurance Program affect everyone property owner. Historic homes in particular face additional challenges when it comes to assessing liability and replacement cost. Find out the facts about the policy changes and how to protect one of your biggest investments.

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Historic Maryland DNR Curatorship Property

Historic Home Seeks Lifetime Partner For Renovation Adventure

Did you know that the state of Maryland has a historic property curatorship program where folks can restore and renovate historic properties in exchange for life tenancy? We didn’t. Check out their latest property available for all of you historic property junkies out there looking for a restoration adventure!

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