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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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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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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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“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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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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Granite is ubiquitous

An article in today’s Washington Post talks about an interesting reality: granite has become the standard for countertop material. It describes that homeowners connect with granite on an emotional level, which I truly believe. It has become a status symbol … Continue reading

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Pantone’s 2012 Color

Wow! Pantone’s new color for 2012 packs a punch. Tangerine Tango “is a play on the current global economic status. As the economy slowly but surely turns around, Tangerine Tango is a bold, spirited hue, that, in essence, is meant … Continue reading

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Biophilia and the importance of interior design

I just read an interesting blog post on metropolismag.com. It discusses biophilia which is ” the apparent instinctive preference we have for certain natural geometries, forms, and characteristics within our environments.” It gives examples in which research proves that connections … Continue reading

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Chemicals in Crib Mattresses

The Washington Post ran a small article on Thursday that caught my eye: it discusses the “suspect or dangerous” chemicals that are found in the majority of crib mattresses and the steps that are being taken by various organizations to … Continue reading

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Live Home Front Chat

I had the pleasure of joining The Post’s Jura Koncius and Terri Sapienza for today’s live Q&A! It was fun, and their readers had some great questions about draperies, flooring, and more. Click here to see the transcript of the … Continue reading

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