HOME & DESIGN Features

From Chalkboards to WiFi, Play Spaces Fill Growing Needs

For kids today, a dedicated playroom is the happy result of a number of factors. We get tips from local designers about how to create a great play space in your home.

DIY: Revamp for 2015 by Painting Old Furniture like New

Before you break bank on a new piece of furniture, consider revamping your old classic with a modern twist for the new year.


Go Griswold-style and cut your own tree this year. Here are some tree farms in the area where you can get a great tree, sans any critters.

How To Grow Your Local Art Collection

The Etch Design crew and Paula Grace Halewski, owner of Ashburn-based interior design company Paula Grace Designs, offer these tips when collecting and displaying local artwork in the home.

Check It Out

Home libraries allow readers to rekindle romances with books.

Bring Local Flair Home

Buying local artwork can be affordable and high-end without forcing you into the city.

In-Law Suites Offer Creature Comforts, Ease Transition of Aging in Place

Today’s new homeowners are thinking about making “forever homes.”

Today’s Tech-Savvy Kitchens are Studies in Modern Conveniences

We’re not in the kitchen anymore to be sequestered away performing sweaty chores, sleeves rolled up scrubbing grime from pots and pans.

7 Kitchen Ins and Outs

Experts say technology and convenience are ‘in’ in today’s kitchen remodels. Letting appliances do our dirty work—quietly—is job one.

Q&A with Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, Stylish Patina owner and designer

Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner and designer of Falls Church based Stylish Patina, is currently working on two kitchen renovations. Here are some of her thoughts on the process and her well-thought-out decisions.

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