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Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 | 1 comment

Home Tour: J.P. and Ellen’s Modern, Creative Row House

Home Tour: J.P. and Ellen’s Modern, Creative Row House

We’ve been hinting for weeks of this home tour with J.P. and Ellen, whose fun, modern style we glimpsed on our tour of Rock of Ages Music (ROAM), and when we featured the DIY industrial pipe shelving in their home, and finally their display of vintage postcards – a most unique and charming take on the traditional wedding guestbook. Today, we share a room by room tour of the Del Ray row house they recently bought and redecorated. Let’s start with the real estate “before” photo: Today, the exterior has a fresh new look, in grey, which stands out nicely on a street of red brick houses, one after the other. They also changed the door color from sunshine yellow to a more subdued lime green. (You can find a source list at the end of the post.) Living Room The front living room has a grey accent wall as well, but the rest of the room is white to let keep the space feeling as airy and open...

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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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Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 | 0 comments

At Home with Holly and Steve’s Big Flea Finds

At Home with Holly and Steve’s Big Flea Finds

Holly and Steve are both regular volunteers and shoppers at the MV Big Flea, the annual fundraiser for Mt Vernon Community School. Over the years, they’ve scored some exceptional pieces of furniture that perfectly complement their home decor. Holly invited me over to see some of her favorite Big Flea finds. On their front porch is this striking bench that Holly recovered in an indoor/outdoor fabric from Calico Corners and painted the legs black. The fabric is designed to resist fading in bright light. Steve says he didn’t have a lot of hope for the bench when they first saw it (see below), but Holly had a vision and, as you can see, it looks amazing now. Katie remembers seeing it in the showroom and says she wondered who would ever buy it — so long and ugly, it needed just the right buyer to fix it up. Around the corner on their wrap-around porch is another great bargain, the two-person bistro table and chairs that looks like it...

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Posted by on May 21, 2014 | 24 comments

Maria and John’s Remodeled Pop-Up Camper

Maria and John’s Remodeled Pop-Up Camper

Avid campers Maria and John recently purchased a 1995 pop-up camper, complete with decor that’s typical of most campers and RVs, in various shades of mauve and tan. Instead of settling with the (let’s face it) homely interior, take a look at how they have transformed the camper with a fresh, modern and fun new look, just in time for this summer’s camping season. Here in this before photo, you get a sense of the dated pattern on the cushions, the wood paneled cabinets, and the plain white dining table. One of the first updates they made was to paint the cabinets a cheerful blue (Benjamin Moore Blue Lake), which made a big difference right away. They also painted the door of the mini-refrigerator in chalkboard paint. When camping, they can leave notes to each other if they leave the campsite. A nice touch is how the blue paint extends around the interior completely, so when they open the door, you can see it on the bottom half of...

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