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Posted by on May 6, 2014 | 12 comments

A Surprise Teachers’ Lounge Makeover

A Surprise Teachers’ Lounge Makeover

For teacher appreciation week at our local elementary school, Mount Vernon Community School (MVCS), we wanted to do something BIG to thank our teachers for all their hard work during the year. The plan: Completely overhaul the teachers’ lounge. The MVCS lounge is typical of many other school lounges with a hodge podge of furniture and a lack of personality. A group of us decided that had to change. Our teachers deserve a warm and welcoming space to take a break during a hectic day, a place to gather for informal meetings other than in a classroom, a room that is truly a teachers’ lounge and not just a place to store and reheat your lunch. To start, we visited the lounge one morning before school to take the before photos that would help us brainstorm design ideas. Then, a group of us met one evening and based on our budget, figured out what needed to go, what we could keep as-is or repurpose, what new pieces we needed to...

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Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 | 0 comments

Touring Kay’s Creative and Serene Home Office

Touring Kay’s Creative and Serene Home Office

We’ve glimpsed some of Kay Sidahmed’s 1940s renovated bungalow when we featured her unique, stylish, and clever use of wallpaper in her home.  Today, we’re touring Kay’s cheerful home office. A set of French doors in the living room leads into the bright, welcoming space just off the main living room. Kay runs her interior holistic design business, Oikasa, from her home office and the space embodies what Kay would bring to her clients — simplicity, uplifting colors, handmade and natural elements, and an organized and efficient use of space. In her office, we see several examples of Kay’s creative handiwork. As an elegant solution for keeping a clunky printer and other office appliances and cords out of plain sight, Kay hung these screen panels from The Container Store. In the bright afternoon sunlight, the pattern echoes on the walls. She painted this chair with chalk paint and reupholstered the seat with a bright, graphic print from IKEA. And in one corner, she covered two cork “mood boards” with a...

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Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Cool Design and Musical DIY at ROAM

Cool Design and Musical DIY at ROAM

I take my girls every week to Rock of Ages Music (ROAM) in Del Ray for piano lessons where I sit patiently with other parents and siblings to a backdrop of squeaks and clangs and strumming coming from the practice rooms. Children and adults alike come to ROAM to learn piano, drums, guitar, woodwinds, and more. Founded by John Patrick (J.P.) in 2011, ROAM has been expanding their music center over the past year significantly, taking in more students, and renovating the rooms little by little. The space is starting to look really fantastic – unique and hip – with musically themed DIY elements in the interior design that co-owner John Patrick (J.P) and his wife Ellen Hunt, a real estate associate with Bobi Bomar’s Homes of Alexandria and certified stager, created together. The initial wow factor comes from the DIY mosaic of old cassettes that at first seem randomly arranged, but when you step back reveal each letter in the word R-O-A-M. The other obvious sign that you’re in a...

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Posted by on Feb 6, 2014 | 1 comment

Tips for Creative Wallpapered Design

Tips for Creative Wallpapered Design

Growing up, we had lots of wallpaper in our house — hallways, bathrooms and even a few wallpaper borders in bedrooms. When we bought our house in Del Ray, my husband and I spent weeks removing layers and layers of horrific wallpaper borders in our living room. We never wanted to look at wallpaper again. But it seems wallpaper has been making a comeback in recent years and we’re seeing it a lot in homes in Del Ray — and in much nicer designs that the 80s prints I remember. On a recent tour of Kay’s house (more on the whole house next week!), Leslie and I were in awe of the incredible wallpaper she installed in the hallway of her 1940s renovated bungalow. It’s a Marimekko pattern she purchased in Germany. She installed the wallpaper on the landing to the upstairs and on the landing to the basement. If you look closely, you’ll notice something interesting — the pattern doesn’t line up. There’s good reason for that. Kay...

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 | 1 comment

Turning a Rug into a Piece of Art

Turning a Rug into a Piece of Art

A friend of mine recently gave me a small handmade Bulgarian rug, one of several she collected while living in Bulgaria in the mid 2000s. When I started to think where in my house to put the rug, I realized the ideal spot wasn’t on the floor, but on the wall. We have two cats who have a knack for destruction — couches, wood furniture and rugs. I didn’t want to risk damage to this sentimental gift that could not be easily replaced without international travel, so I thought mounting it on the wall made the most sense and would mean I could enjoy the rug as a piece of art. I wasn’t sure how to hang the rug, but after some research online and a little trial and error, I came up with the plan to mount the rug on a thin piece of wood and hang the wood from the wall. I didn’t want to do anything that would damage the rug or alter it so it...

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