Beyond the pale

Danielle Mouledoux wasn’t going to be satisfied with standard white walls. After years of sharing space with siblings and roommates, she couldn’t wait to put her own touches on her Cleveland Park English basement apartment.

What to expect when they’re inspecting

A home inspection lets buyers know what they’re getting into and whether a house lives up to its price and the seller’s promises. Here are five tips for getting the most out of your home inspection, whether you’re buying a condo, historic rowhouse or 1950s-era single-family home.

Give help for the holidays

Apartment complexes can be a natural fit for holiday-giving programs. They have a lot of people living under one roof who often pass through a central location (i.e. the lobby) each day, making collection boxes placed there hard to miss. Tapping that strength-in-numbers for charitable purposes, especially at this time of year, can yield sizable donations.

Power In Small Packages

You’ve found the perfect apartment — except for its tiny kitchen. As a renter, you can’t go ripping out cabinets or knocking down walls to expand its footprint. You need to find a way to work with it. One solution is to stock your kitchen with items that can multitask. You can’t have every specialty […]

The Battle of the Buyers

It wouldn’t have been surprising if Sara Handy and David Boylan-Kolchin had thrown in the towel. Earlier this year, the couple got involved in bidding wars on three D.C. properties and lost all three. Each time, the reason was different — one winning buyer paid all in cash, another waived contingencies, and another just offered […]

Where There’s No Smoke

For Alyson Hanish, living in an apartment previously inhabited by a smoker would never work. “I’m allergic to smoke and really react strongly to it,” she says. “I don' even like being in an overall environment that allows smoking.”

Face TIme: Nigella Lawson

Watching Food Network star Nigella Lawson cook is as comforting as a bowl of mac-n-cheese. The British beauty turns her attention to pasta and panna cotta in her new cookbook, “Nigellissima: Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes” ($35, Clarkson Potter). The judge for ABC cooking competition “The Taste” dished with us about why she loves food and why […]