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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 Aug 29, 2014 | 2 comments

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 1

Angela’s Restored and Restyled Colonial Part 1

When Angela and her husband were house-hunting, they purposefully set out to find a fixer. A fixer would bring cost savings, but it would also give them the opportunity to customize and make all of the design choices themselves. They found a home between Rosemont and Del Ray with most of the original 1933 architectural and historic elements still in tact. It was the ideal size for their family of four and had features they could preserve while also adding their own style. Angela, standing below on her front steps, gave me a tour of her spectacular renovated home a couple of weeks ago. But before we show you the after photos, let’s take a look at where they started and why they chose this home. Angela sent me some of the photos from the MLS before they bought the home. She says they “noticed right away that natural light just pours in during the day, and even though the home was vacant, it had such positive energy. It...

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Del Ray Dream House Part III

Del Ray Dream House Part III

It’s been almost two years since we last posted about Chris and Mary’s progress renovating their vintage 1920s era bungalow. They are eager to get started on the next big project (a major addition on the back), so before that happens, we thought we’d share where they are today. To recap, they bought the fixer in September 2012 and had about two weeks to renovate the house before they needed to move out of their current home. Fortunately, all the major updates went as planned — gutting and rebuilding the bathroom, replastering and painting all the walls, updating the HVAC, adding air conditioning and finishing off the attic for their home office. The living room wasn’t quite finished the last time we posted — it’s looking perfectly comfortable now. The walls are a greyish beige, Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172. The fireplace is painted Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray HC-168. The built-ins around the fireplace, the windows and the trim are original to the house.  And see that piano off...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 | 8 comments

Home Tour: Vintage Bungalow and Mid-Century Style All in One

Home Tour: Vintage Bungalow and Mid-Century Style All in One

In the weeks before the 2014 Del Ray House and Garden Tour, we gave you a sneak preview of David and Deena’s bungalow with their fab mid-century modern addition and vintage Airstream trailer. Today, we return to see more highlights for those of you who didn’t see this gem in person during the tour. Here is the front of their home, staying true to the original 1920s construction and style. Around back, you get a completely different perspective, seeing a home with a handsome, modern addition and an oversized vintage gas sign affixed to their sliding garage door. Inside the room with the tall windows (actually, sliding glass door panels) is the couple’s stylish living room, filled with original mid-century furniture and artifacts. The long wall of the living room, accented with vintage appliances (that actually work!) leads to a small, sleek dining area with a teak table and rattan chairs, colorful accents in the table settings, and a Scandinavian shag area rug. Deena, a textile designer by profession,...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 | 1 comment

Rest and Relax at Maria’s VRBO

Rest and Relax at Maria’s VRBO

One step inside Maria’s Del Ray duplex and the soothing paint colors, eclectic mix of furniture, and friendly accents make you feel welcome and relaxed. And for good reason — Maria’s house is more than just her home, it’s part of an online network called Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO.com) that enables homeowners to rent out their homes to anyone around the world. For most of the year, Maria and her daughter live in the house, but by using VRBO they can rent it out when they are out of town and earn some extra money. Maria pays an annual fee for her listing to appear on the VRBO site and sets the calendar to specify when the house is available. Maria says most of the people who stay in her house have relatives living in Del Ray, making this an attractive, affordable and convenient option for out-of-towners looking for accommodations other than a hotel in Old Town or Crystal City. Maria’s style is to not buy “new” furniture....

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