Author Archives: mccandlishdesign

New Post House Calls Article

I was asked to help redesign a homeowner’s master bedroom for The Washington Post, and I had a great time! I wanted to provide a classic backdrop for the couple but also interject a little bit of color and contemporary … Continue reading

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“65 Stylish And Exciting Walk-In Closet Design Ideas”

Wow, this page on walk-in closets on Digsdigs.com was really fun to look at as it has tons of photos of beautiful closets to inspire. There is nothing like seeing images of amazing closets that makes me want to go … Continue reading

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Prison Hotel

Check out this former prison,¬†Het Arresthuis, in the Netherlands that was closed in 2007 and recently refurbished as a luxury hotel. From the inside of the guestrooms, you wouldn’t really have any idea that it was a prison. The prison’s … Continue reading

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The “Granny Pod”

The Washington Post recently published an article,¬†Pioneering the granny pod: Fairfax County family adapts to high-tech dwelling that could change elder care, about a new way that is being explored to help older relatives age in place (see the Video). … Continue reading

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Tiny House

In response to my Bali Open House post, here is a house that is very closed in. It is the subject of a Washington Post article about a Fairfax woman who built a “tiny house” for her master’s degree in … Continue reading

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Bali Open House

This Bali house is amazing for all that it has and all that it doesn’t have. Would most people feel comfortable living in a home without walls, even if it is in an environment where this is possible? “My Houzz: … Continue reading

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Refinished Console

I have a client who wants to update her home to be a little lighter and brighter, and one of the pieces she wanted to update was a heavily carved wood console with a brown marble top. I had seen … Continue reading

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Cool Shower Enclosure

This shower enclosure design by Duravit is pretty genius. The glass shower enclosure folds against the wall to both increase the usable floor space of a bathroom and to conceal the shower fittings. And one of the enclosure walls can … Continue reading

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Fast Food Feeding Frenzy No More?

Apparently lowering lighting and playing softer music at fast food restaurants leads to “increased satisfaction and reduced calorie intake” according to Cornell University. Very interesting findings, especially since the research shows that the adjusted environment did not change what people … Continue reading

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What comes after Stainless Steel?

People have been speculating for years that stainless steel would be ousted from its position as the top kitchen appliance finish. And for years it has remained number one. While something is bound to replace it (eventually), it just hasn’t … Continue reading

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“Pocket Office” – the latest trend?

According to the National Association of Home Builders, one of the biggest trends in new residential design is the “pocket office”. The pocket office is a compact area with a desk space that is dedicated to managing the home through … Continue reading

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A Fun and Fresh Redesign

I am proud to have contributed to the House Calls column of today’s Washington Post. A young professional was ready to graduate to a more cohesive living space, and I was excited to help her do it with my design. … Continue reading

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Bid for a Good Cause

Want design help and a tax deduction all-in-one? Click here to bid on my donation of services to benefit the Montessori Country School in Herndon, VA! The winning homeowner (or renter) will receive my undivided attention to review a room … Continue reading

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Homes for Disabled Veterans

I really enjoyed reading an NPR article about the Wounded Warrior project. The project provides modern, accessible housing for active-duty wounded veterans at Fort Belvoir, VA. Famous architect Michael Graves designed the homes and tapped in to his own experience … Continue reading

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Psychology of Design

I’ve always been fascinated by the connection between interior design and psychology. It is possible to shape a user’s mood and experience through color, lighting and layout, among other elements. I really enjoyed reading this article that is in support … Continue reading

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