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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 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 Jan 2, 2014 | 4 comments

Home Sweet Home: Katie’s Living and Dining Space

Home Sweet Home: Katie’s Living and Dining Space

My living and dining room is a space I’ve been working on for years. Constantly revolving, we’ve painted the walls at least four times (now on Benjamin Moore Laguna Blue), rearranged the furniture too many times to count and although it’s not perfect, I feel like it’s finally in a more comfortable place. I don’t think I have a particular design style, but most of the things we put in our home are family hand-me-downs and gifts, consignment pieces and sentimental favorites. The sofa is one of a few relatively new purchases, with blankets on the arms as cat scratch deterrents (I’ve lost several sofas due to the heartbreak of feline destruction, the leather is a step-up from past Ikea models). Several items in the room come from the old Potomac West/Not Too Shabby (now Evolution Home) including the coffee table and soda crate in the window. I love having the piano in the house. It was in my parents’ house when I was growing up, and they gave...

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 | 2 comments

Katie and Andrew’s Autumnal DIY Decor

Katie and Andrew’s Autumnal DIY Decor

For fall decorating inspiration, I checked in with my neighbors Katie and Andrew Moore. Katie is a local interior designer and Andrew is a talented DIYer and together they have created a warm and inviting home mixing sentimental family heirlooms with new and handmade furniture and accessories. As you walk in the front door, you’ll immediately notice the first of three large rooster statues, which belonged to Katie’s grandparents long ago. After her grandparents passed away, the roosters made their way to Katie’s house. She keeps one out all year long, the others make an appearance just for the season. They’ve got a sort of vintage farmhouse chic quality which says autumn to me. The concrete coffee table is one of several pieces Andrew made. Katie loved the version on sale at Crate and Barrel, but didn’t love the price, so Andrew figured out how to make one (here’s more about how he made it). A glass shelf underneath provides extra out-of-sight storage. Another one of Andrew’s projects is this shelf which spells...

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Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 | 5 comments

Designing Drew’s Urban Cabin

Designing Drew’s Urban Cabin

If you follow local Del Ray news then you most likely know Drew Hansen, editor of the Del Ray Patch. But if you don’t know him personally, chances are you’ve seen him at one of our local community events or logging office hours at St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub. We officially met Drew last year and we were thrilled when a random conversation ended with him asking us for help decorating his apartment. We’re not interior designers, but we do love brainstorming ways to rearrange furniture, pondering decorating styles, and sharing some of the interesting ideas we’ve seen at other homes in Del Ray. Drew just moved into his current apartment, situated in a century old building in the heart of Del Ray. Last week we visited his apartment and off the bat noticed a few things: A lack of personalization Not enough color variation Some odd furniture choices/lack of functional storage Awkward lighting But we also noticed a few things about Drew too — he’s laid back, down to earth,...

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