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The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(PAPER) / Day 3

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Peeps,


Any discussion on the use of bold colors, exuberant patterns, and the masterful combination of the two decorating elements invariably concludes with a nod to the work of interior designer Anthony Baratta.  Never content to simply remain within the realm of the mundane or expected, he always pushes the limits of the pattern-on-pattern-on-pattern interplay.  In the hands of a less experienced designer, this sitting room (today's visual treat) could have proved disastrous; Anthony achieves cozy, relaxed, and visually compelling.  Indeed, a purview of his portfolio reveals projects that are balanced, practical, and spirited.  And all this while having loads of fun with color and pattern!


On the use of wallpaper, he shared his thoughts;  " I have a love-hate relationship with wallpaper. Believe me, I have tried everything at least once. It's the over-use of certain patterns that kind of bugs me. How many times in the past few years have we seen Chinese hand-painted papers…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...: imagecourtesyaliciabdesignsblogspot Peeps, Any discussion on the use of bold colors, exuberant patterns, and the masterful combinatio...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Our blog nominee for THE BEST OF WASHINGTON CITY P...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: Our blog nominee for THE BEST OF WASHINGTON CITY P...: imagecourtesyrebeccarawlinsoncom As the iconic Kate Moss has demonstrated over her decades long career, small and uniques rocks (every...

Our blog nominee for THE BEST OF WASHINGTON CITY PAPER 2012

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The PEEP-SHOW presents THE MUSIC CONCERT!!

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The American Youth Harp Ensemble performs on 2 March at 7pm
Providence Baptist Church, 8900 Brook Road, McLean, Va 22102
admission: $20

The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(PAPER), Day 2

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...: photocourtesybethwebbinteriors Peeps, Like a illusionist, wallpaper(s) can mimic the composition of granite/marble/onyx and other s...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...: photocourtesybethwebbinteriors Peeps, Like a illusionist, wallpaper(s) can mimic the composition of granite/marble/onyx and other s...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(P...: photocourtesymatthewpatricksmyth Peeps, I truly believe that every home needs a least one papered room, if not two. Entry halls beg fo...

The PEEP-SHOW presents OFF THE ROLL, ON THE WALL(PAPER) / Day 1

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Peeps,
I truly believe that every home needs a least one papered room, if not two.  Entry halls beg for the impact of oversized patterns running up and down stairways, and usually need a greater degree of warmth than other rooms.  An inviting entry-hall transforms that sometimes awkward moment of transition from public to private space into the perfect a-ha moment when visitors can wordlessly receive your well-meaning intent of welcome and hospitality. Since this area is not one in which you will daily inhabit for extended periods, throw caution to the wind and go bold with colors or patterns that sizzle and dazzle.  Provoke the senses, especially touch, through textured papers which are now embroidered with gem-stones, shells, bows, and beads.  Grass-cloths have been reintroduced with varied weaves, and colors ranging from Inca-gold yellow to endless-death black to Chinese blood-red.   Stripes run the gamut from sporty casual to traditionally proper; if you adore animals and plants, t…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOE presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / D...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOE presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / D...: imagecourtesycoloroutsidethelines Peeps, After the excitement of this past week, I plan to stay in and just catch up with reading and ...

The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / Day 5 -- WEEKEND DELIGHT

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents VISUAL CANDY (THIS + THAT) ...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents VISUAL CANDY (THIS + THAT) ...: imagecourtesychungkitblog Peeps, It seems that none of the leading candidates quite knows, or will reveal his intent to address the ...

The PEEP-SHOW presents VISUAL CANDY (THIS + THAT) / Day 4 - Twelve or More Million

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / D...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / D...: DiorCouturebypatrickdemarchelier viachungkitblog Peeps, The color green dominates House Beautiful's March issue, and I couldn't wa...

The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / Day 3 -- GETTING GREEN

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / ...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / ...: photocourtesybetsybrowninc Peeps, This particular image (interior by the talented Betsy Brown) had been pinned to my inspiration boar...

The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / The Art of Editing

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / D...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / D...: photocourtesysharonjfrazier Peeps, It's Presidents Day, again, and I am shocked at how quickly the month has sped by. Almost dreamli...

The PEEP-SHOW presents EYE CANDY (THIS + THAT) / Day 1 - ABHM

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(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 4 - FILLING THE GAP (...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 4 - FILLING THE GAP (...: photocourtesyindigenousdialoguesflickr Friends and blog readers, I constantly ask myself, how do we fill the opportunity gap that exis...

STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 4 - FILLING THE GAP (an essay by guest writer Skyler Badenoch)

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Friends and blog readers,


I constantly ask myself, how do we fill the opportunity gap that exists throughout the world?  I've heard the statement, 'Intelligence and ability are equally distributed throughout the world, but opportunity is not,' many times, and I've come to believe that this is true.  The brave people that I've met on my trips to isolated rural communities in Haiti, Nicaragua, Mali, Malawi, and Nepal have led me to this conclusion; as have my numerous visits to inner-city high schools in Philadelphia, the Bronx and Harlem, as well as right here in Washington, DC.  I am an employee and ardent supporter of buildOn, an international organization that works to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectation through education and service.  While abroad, I have met rural villagers who will go to great lengths in order to access education; and I have spoken to urban high school teens here in the United States who have stepped forth and made posit…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 3 Visual Inspiratio...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 3 Visual Inspiratio...: photocourtesybloginity Peeps, Ricardo Bofill's secluded garden in Barcelona only reiterates all the reasons why gardeners, garden de...

STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 3 Visual Inspiration (a secret garden)

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STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 2 -- An Essay by Guest Writer Mundo Al Reves

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Reflections on An Unspoken Taboo
Every 15 seconds, a woman or woman is beaten.  Domestic violence, or domestic abuse, is a taboo in most countries, yet is frequently not discussed or reported.  I believe that shame is the reason why this taboo ends up unspoken.  Many individuals are loathe to discuss their situations because of the fear of societal stigma.  I have witnessed this situation in Middle Eastern cultures, some Asian cultures, and other cultures around the world.  Many of the victims of domestic violence refrain from any type of disclosure because internally they often blame themselves as the cause, or, they fear for their lives. 

As a Latina who grew up in a Hispanic community, I perceived that domestic abuse was simply not to be spoken of, at least in public.  Whether or not it was a taboo was not a distinction worthy of consideration, for discussions of the matter were not encouraged.  One of the stereotypes within the Latino/Hispanic community with which I am quite familia…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 1 -- An Essay by Gues...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 1 -- An Essay by Gues...: photocourtesystuartwilber Friends and blog readers, I have loved the man I live with almost from the first time I set eyes on him in ...

STORIES FROM THE HEART / Day 1 -- An Essay by Guest Writer Stuart Wilber

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Friends and blog readers,


I have loved the man I live with almost from the first time I set eyes on him in Chicago on December 8, 1977. We held our own ceremony shortly thereafter; we exchanged ancient coins instead of rings – we wear them still. In 1978, John was in the hospital overnight and I lied, saying that I was his brother so that I could visit him. Cook County didn’t recognize domestic partnership until 2003.

In 1988 we moved to San Clemente, California. In 1992 we were the 19th couple to register as domestic partners in Laguna Beach where John worked, 14 miles away. Our relationship was recognized when he was at work or if we went there to swim or for dinner, but not when we were at home. In 1993 we were married in a mass ceremony by Troy Perry at the March on Washington – that marriage wasn’t legally recognized anywhere. In 2003 we were married in Vancouver, B.C. We remain married when we visit Canada, but it is not recognized when we cross the border. In 2007 we registered as…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: IMAGES OF LOVE / VALENTINE'S DAY 2012

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: IMAGES OF LOVE / VALENTINE'S DAY 2012: photocourtesyindigenousdialogue The PEEP SHOW + this blog wishes you all a wonderful day filled with love . . .

IMAGES OF LOVE / VALENTINE'S DAY 2012

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The PEEP SHOW + this blog
wishes you all a wonderful day filled with love . . .

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP SHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / Da...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP SHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / Da...: photocourtesyguidetobelize.info Peeps, The events were narrated to me by someone who claimed that everything happened as she said it ...

The PEEP SHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / Day 5 -- ELVI'S KITCHEN, SAN PEDRO (BELIZE)

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THE PEEP SHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / Day 4 -- AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM, BALTIMORE MD

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Peeps,
Although located only about 40 miles north of Washington ( DC), Charm City (or Baltimore, MD) gets considerable less press than its more prestigious neighbor.  Anyone who has visited Baltimore invariably raves about the friendliness of its residents, the wonderful small Polish and Italian neighborhoods, and the great deals on residential real estate. ' It feels like a real city, not like DC which at times seems like an amusement park.  It's so big, so close and we never even think much about it, ' is the sentiment that I hear so frequently from friends who have a hard time crossing the 14th street bridge.  These same individuals will claim that driving in VA is so confusing, and believe that no one really lives north of White Flint Mall.  Whatever!!
When pressed into service as tour guide, my guests and I are always impressed by our visit to the one of the city's hidden treasures, namely the American Visionary Art Museum, which even at a distance elicits gasps of …

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: THE PEEP SHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / ...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: THE PEEP SHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / ...: imagecourtesytabihito.tumblr.com Peeps, Although only located only about 25 miles north of Washington ( DC), Charm City (or Baltimore,...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents THE MID-WEEK VISUAL JOLT!!

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEP-SHOW presents THE MID-WEEK VISUAL JOLT!!: artistbarbarakrugercourtesytfaoi.com Peeps, It seems that there is an illusion (or belief) that with the passage of the 14th Amendme...

The PEEP-SHOW presents THE MID-WEEK VISUAL JOLT!!

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It seems that there is an illusion (or belief) that with the passage of the 14th Amendment, the struggle was over, and the fight had been won.  The shenanigans of the Susan G Komen Foundation this past week highlighted the precarious position occupied by many vis-a-vis counseling or general and specialized health services.  Equally revealing was the small group(s) of women who clustered near the Key Bridge in Georgetown on Sunday evening.  Bundled in knitted caps, thick scarves, and sturdy overcoats, with steady conviction they held aloft placards with the words, ERA VOTE, MONDAY IN VA ASSEMBLY. Some drivers honked in agreement, a few seemed perplexed, and many continued on to party preparations for the Superbowl game.  I made a resolve to find out more about that particular piece of legislation then pending in Richmond, to get more involved in the civic processes of our country, and to perhaps watch less TV.  I hope that all of us (peeps) will do the same, since November is fas…

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / Da...

(VISUAL TREATS) For All of My Design-Obsessed Peeps: The PEEPSHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / Da...: imagecourtesytripadvisor Peeps, While it's a sunny 39F today, winter is still not over. If the predictions of the Farmer's Almanac pro...

The PEEPSHOW presents DESTINATION: PLEASURE / Day 3 -- HOTEL CHOCOLAT, ST LUCIA

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Peeps,
While it's a sunny 39F today, winter is still not over.  If the predictions of the Farmer's Almanac prove right, we're going to have a icy March or April, and the early daffodils, crocuses and cherry-blossom buds will perhaps regret their eagerness.  It seems that every year, we experience this period of a false spring, and yet we lap it up after the grey days of December and January.  The astute among us have saved vacation-days and mileage credits, and will invariably head for warmer climes of which the Caribbean islands and South American countries figure prominently as bastions of warmth and sunny splendor.  And tiny St Lucia may just be the brightest gem of them all.
Lonely Planet (blog) writes ' rising like an emerald tooth from the flat Caribbean Sea, St Lucia definitely grabs your attention . . . The rain forest-choked interior is made for hiking; a canopy of green covers the island like a haze.  Rolling hills grow to form volcanic mountains and reach to t…