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Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 | 0 comments

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

Decorating Del Ray for the Holidays

There’s no shortage of holiday spirit this time of year in Del Ray. Understated or over-the-top, Del Ray loves to decorate. Here’s a few of our favorite outdoor holiday decorations: Yard Cards: We discovered the hand-painted yard cards on Del Ray’s “Christmas Card Lane” (aka Luray Ave.) last year. They are borrowed from a tradition in Michigan and can be viewed by day and night. Christmas Orbs: If you haven’t seen the orbs on Rosecrest Ave., make plans to drive by at night sometime this month. They are nothing short of magical. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make your own. Del Ray Business Association Holiday Trees: Starting this weekend, there will be a tree on every block along Mt Vernon Avenue decorated by a local non-profit and sponsored by a local business. Each tree has a theme and residents get to vote on their favorite. We still hold a special place in our hearts for the yarn-bombed tree from two years ago. Window Murals: As we shared earlier this...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 | 1 comment

Haunted Del Ray

Haunted Del Ray

From demonic rats to creepy clowns, graveyards and spiderwebs and skeletons galore, Del Ray takes its Halloween decorating seriously. You can’t go down one block without spotting an homage to this horrific season. Here’s a few of the scenes from around our spooky hood. HAPPY...

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Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 | 2 comments

How To: Homemade Christmas Orbs

How To: Homemade Christmas Orbs

If you walk up Rosecrest Ave (between Commonwealth Ave. and Russell Rd.) in the evening you will see something pretty amazing — 10 or so glowing Christmas orbs, each a different color, hanging high up in the trees like magical balls of holiday cheer. They are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. These are the work of Del Ray residents Hilary and Andy Schmidt who constructed the orbs out of chicken wire and Christmas lights (and a few other supplies). This past weekend, Hilary showed me and my neighbor Heather how to make them. Hilary got the idea to make the orbs while living in North Carolina where there’s a tradition of entire neighborhoods decorating their trees with the hand-made balls. After moving to Del Ray three years ago, she decided to keep that tradition going — and it’s already spreading on her block. Before we started with the demo, Hilary showed us a few of the orbs they were planning to add to their display that...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 | 0 comments

Tips for Setting a Festive Thanksgiving Table

Tips for Setting a Festive Thanksgiving Table

Now that it’s November, we’re excited to start talking about Thanksgiving decorating. Today we welcome guest blogger and Alexandria resident Alicia Rutherford from Untangled Events who will share some great tips for creating a simple yet festive Thanksgiving table. More than any other holiday Thanksgiving revolves around the table. Every host wants a beautiful table that invites guests to a good time. But with cooking the turkey, cleaning the house, dressing the kids, or even running the Del Ray Turkey Trot, the table can easily become a last minute rush to get it set and not forget the spoons. So how can you bring the table into your Thanksgiving preparation without adding more to your already bulging to do list? I’ve got some easy tips that make your table almost as memorable as your food. Having lived and entertained in Del Ray for nearly ten years, I know our unique homes offer a variety of options, and these table ideas can fit into spaces of any size. (Our first...

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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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