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Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 | 3 comments

A Mid-Century Nursery for Baby Mera

A Mid-Century Nursery for Baby Mera

After featuring J.P. and Ellen’s mid-century modern design style in a 2014 home tour, we couldn’t wait to come back and see what they did with their newborn baby Mera’s bedroom. Just like the rest of their stylish home, they accented the room with mid-century charm and personal touches, perfect for a baby girl. The collection of prints in uniform white frames shown to the right of the window above are an assortment of prints that Ellen picked out, as well as cards her friends and family gave her at their baby shower. “I hate tossing beautiful cards,” Ellen says, “and I feel that sticking them in a box in a closet is basically the same thing.” So she framed them. What a great idea. One wall was painted a handsome blue-grey hue when they moved in a few years ago. Unfortunately, they don’t have the name to share. (They had Home Depot match the color so they could use it throughout the room.) Ellen found the mid-century dresser...

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Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 | 2 comments

Saving Space With Bunk Beds

Saving Space With Bunk Beds

When your two kids share a small bedroom, bunk beds are pretty much inevitable. We loved the family heirloom beds our boys had been using, but there simply wasn’t enough space for much else in the room. We made the move to bunks and couldn’t be happier. When I was looking for a set of bunks, I wanted to make sure the beds would last (previous to the family heirloom beds, we had a set of twins/bunks that fell apart after a year). In my time volunteering for the MV Big Flea, I ran across a lot of This End Up furniture and knew it was sturdy and could face the brunt of two growing boys, so I purchased a set that had a simple and rugged design. The best part of the deal was that This End Up assembled the beds for free. And even though I was told it would take 6-8 weeks to get the beds, they arrived in about a month. Each order is custom...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Jayden’s Vintage Nautical Nursery

Today we welcome guest blogger and Del Ray interior designer Katie Moore of Olios Design. Katie and her husband Andrew are the proud new parents of baby Jayden, born in September. When we saw pictures of the nursery Katie designed for Jayden on her blog earlier this week, we knew we wanted to share here as well. We love how it’s full of so many sentimental and handmade treasures. When my husband and I found out we were having a boy, I immediately knew I wanted a vintage nautical themed nursery. We already had the dresser and side table (the space was previously our spare bedroom). This was a inspirational mood board that got me started. We own a 22 catalina sailboat and when I was searching for the perfect bookcase, it wasn’t happening. So I was pleasantly surprised when my husband said he would build Jayden’s bookcase…and he nailed it, wouldn’t you say? That’s right, my husband built-this custom sailboat bookcase from scratch. There are so many handmade...

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Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 | 2 comments

Dawn and Tim’s Port City Rental

Dawn and Tim’s Port City Rental

A few weeks ago, we shared the first in a series of posts about Tim and Dawn’s outdoor living space renovation. Things are moving along with the project and we’ll be back once there’s more to report. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the inside of their house, specifically the second floor apartment which they rent out through Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO). The house is actually divided into two 2-bedroom units with a shared entryway. When they bought the house, they originally planned to convert it into a single family house and even had local contractor Mary Denby stop by to provide an estimate. The conversion was going to cost more than they were ready to spend, so they decided to keep the house as-is for now and gradually make improvements such as renovating the outside and finishing the basement. Dawn took advantage of a break between tenants and gave me a tour of the bright and sunny apartment last week. The rental apartment has a...

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Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 | 5 comments

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 2

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 2

Last week we shared the before pictures (plus a sneak preview) of a restored and restyled 1933 home in the Rosemont neighborhood of Alexandria. Today we’re back to show the after photos of the renovated house where Angela, her husband Dov and their kids Jack and Zoe live. Angela and Dov bought the fixer in 2013. They wanted a home that they could restore and apply their own design aesthetic. It was also important for them to be within walking distance to Del Ray and Old Town and have easy access to a playground and outdoor areas for their children. The house they bought couldn’t be more perfect for them. Here’s a before picture to remind you of what the house looked like when they bought it — pretty much a blank slate with decorative moldings, wood floors, lots of natural light and a clean layout. And here are the after photos — bright and modern with original architectural elements highlighted. The floors were not in good condition, so...

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