By Jennifer Shapira
Kelly Millspaugh Thompson, owner and designer of Falls Church based Stylish Patina, is currently working on two kitchen renovations for her family’s new home. Here are some of her thoughts on the process and her well-thought-out decisions.
Q: Tell us a little bit about the projects you’re working on.
A: We are renovating our primary kitchen but we also have a little kitchenette in the basement that we are going to gut and put in a fridge, microwave and sink area. In the basement we are planning on going a bit more retro. I actually would love to find a vintage fridge for the basement. I am looking at the new GE Artistry line as a modern alternative. They also make a matching retro microwave for movie nights in the basement.
Q: If there were no size or budget constraints what appliances would you want to put in your kitchen, and why?
A: I would do a Viking gas range. I don’t cook enough to justify it in our kitchen but the Viking line is amazing. If money were no option I would also do custom cabinet coverings for the fridge and dishwasher. I love stainless; however, if you have the money, a true custom kitchen is always a great investment in your home.
Q: What appliances are you planning to put in your new kitchen and how did you decide on them?
A: I decided on the Grab-N-Go™ French Door Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator for a couple reasons: 1) the 32-cubic-foot capacity we needed, 2) The French-door style I find to be the most functional if your kitchen can accommodate it, 3) The Grab & Go door is going to helpful with baby bottles and juice boxes as the kids get bigger, 4) I really like the bottom freezer with the slide-out drawers. I am doing all stainless in our kitchen and still feel it’s the best choice for kitchen remodels.
For the stove, I like the look of a slide-in range if you are not going to be doing a full built-in range, which we are not. I feel it gives a kitchen a custom look with all the knobs and buttons on the front of the stove vs. the back.
Q: How did you decide on the color scheme for the primary kitchen? And what colors will you use in the kitchenette?
A: For the kitchen, the scheme will be gray and white with pops of green (and if my hubby allows maybe a little pink). The cabinetry will be traditional style and the decor will have more modern elements. I decided on the cabinet color scheme primarily because I want something that will stand the test of time and not look outdated in a couple years. And the color scheme I wanted to be neutral, so over time I can play with the different decor elements. For the kitchenette/rec room area we will be going with a retro vibe, most likely with white or black appliances, and then light and airy decor.
Q: Do you think the retro look of appliances has become more popular in recent years? And why do you think that is?
A: Yes, I think vintage in general is becoming “cool” again whether it be furniture, clothes or appliances. People are enjoying the simple lines of the retro appliances and the fun colors they are available in allows customers to express themselves. Also the size in some smaller homes and apartments it’s what fits! I also find when people are renovating at times they like to stick with the era of the home and these modern-day retro appliances allow them to do that.
Posted by Editorial / Friday, September 26th, 2014
by BadWolf Brewing Company in Manassas
Dr. Punkinstein Pumpkin Porter
by Capitol City Brewing Company in Shirlington
Padawan Pumpkin Ale
by Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville
Jake O’Lantern Pumpkin Ale
by Crooked Run Brewing in Leesburg
Pumpkin Roggenbier, Pumpkin IPA, Pumpkin Stout and Pumpkin Saison
by Forge Brew Works in Lorton
Bradford Amber-Brown Ale and Chocolate Pumpkin Peanut Butter Stout
by Heritage Brewing Company in Manassas
Pumpkinator Pumpkin Beer
by Mad Fox Brewing Company in Falls Church
by Mad Horse Brewpub in Lovettsville
by Old 690 Brewing Company in Purcellville
Old Jail Pumpkin Ale
by Old Bust Head Brewery in Warrenton
The Oxorcist Pumpkin Brown Ale
by Old Ox Brewing Company in Ashburn
Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale
by Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, Merrifield and Sterling
by The Beer Joint Brewing Leesburg in Leesburg
Posted by Editorial / Monday, September 8th, 2014
— Angela Bobo (@angienaomi1) August 22, 2014
By Stefanie Gans
“79% of all restaurant meals are from fast food places. 10% are ordered at midscale restaurants (like IHOP and Denny’s). 10% are eaten at casual dining establishments (such as Olive Garden and Applebee’s). And 1% are enjoyed at fine dining restaurants,” from the survey, “What America Eats.” [Parade]
Vegan restaurant Native Foods heading to Falls Church. [FCT]
Stop using “nom,” and other “foodie” terms you should avoid. [Eater]
Posted by Editorial / Monday, August 18th, 2014
A continuation of new and almost opened restaurants in NoVA.
By Ariel Yong
Europa Restaurant is owned by Humberto Fuentes and is expected to open in Herndon by mid-September. Fuentes currently owns El Manantial in Reston but says he will close it once construction has finished for Europa. His new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant will focus on French cuisine and have a similar menu to the one at El Manantial’s. / 790 Station St., Herndon
Kobe House in Eden Center opened last month. This family business serves pho Kobe and will add Kobe steak to the menu in the future. / 6763 Wilson Boulevard, Store 6a, Falls Church
Natalie’s is a Vietnamese sandwich shop that is set to open in Fairfax in mid-October. In addition to the banh-mi-inspired sandwiches, it will also serve crepes and beignets. / 10407 Main St., Fairfax
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By Christina Marino
We’ve looked deep into the areas of NoVA to bring you a list of Antique shops that are sure to quench your inner collector’s thirst.
6239 Shields Ave. Alexandria, 22303 | (703) 519 1911
Looking for a shop that offers antiques, consignment, and rentals for staging? Swing by Alexandria for your fix. With an average of 30 independent dealers both local and abroad this shop finds the best pieces for your home. A collaboration of the original Potomac West Antiques and Not Too Shabby Consignments were blended together to bring you Evolution Home as your one stop destination. Keep up to date on their constantly changing inventory through their website or on their social media accounts below.
121 S. Royal St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 548 0659
Having been in business since 1968, the Rubesch family original owners held title of the store until their retirement in 2003 when Lawrence purchased the business. A shop almost as old as the pieces in it you’re sure to find one of a kind items with a rich history to back them up. Diamonds are a girls best friend, or so they say, for those who may disagree wait until you enter this shop that has an array of antique and estate jewelry as well as options for custom designs. Other services they offer consist of repairs and restorations as well as sell drink and table ware.
1117 King St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 838 0355
Beginning as strictly a antique store and blooming into a collaboration of consignment and new pieces, this shop will have all the little nick-knacks you could possible look for – and if they don’t they’ll try and find it for you. Antiquing has been in the blood of owner Amy Rutherford’s family beginning with her Grandmother who ran a shop inside her home in Oklahoma. You can find Rutherford scouring flea markets looking for the next best thing for her store. See and shop the latest items online or visit them in-store to see the eclectic group of pieces for yourself.
112 North Columbus St. Alexandria, 22314 | (703) 548 4917
Been in the business since as early as 1990 this antique destination has American pieces as old as 1780. A location that houses primarily formal antiques – and a few consignment – and holds a stringent process for those items that are accepted to the shop. One of the partners of the shop still holds onto his first purchased antique piece from when he was a mere six years old – a store with an history (almost) as old as it’s pieces. Shop the pieces on 1stdibs.com, an online marketplace, or in-store.
32 South King St. Leesburg, 20175 | (703) 777 3553
A multi-dealer shop in the heart of downtown Leesburg will have what your looking for, and more. With more than 40 dealers currently in the shop and specialties that range from jewelry, to furniture, to hardware, and record albums you’re sure to find an eclectic variety of pieces to fill your home. Family run and operated since its 1997 opening this two story shop will take you some time to venture through. Check them out next time your in Leesburg.
Don’t see your favorite shop here? Comment below and well make sure to add them to our list.
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
By Ariel Yong
Ben’s Chili Bowl will open its first airport location at Reagan National Airport later this morning. Jack Potter, President and CEO of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, says, “It is fitting to have Ben’s at the airport, welcoming travelers and giving them their first taste of the region.”
Bar crawls in Clarendon may be changing after the Arlington County Board approved new event regulations Saturday. [ARLNow]
Eater asked readers to name their favorite local ice cream shops, and half of the nominees are in Virginia. Favorites include the Nicecream Factory of Arlington, The Creamery of Alexandria and Moo Thru of Bealeton. [EaterDC]
Fairfax County considers easing up on food truck restrictions. [FairfaxCity Patch]
A handful of Virginia restaurants, such as Huong Viet in Eden Center and Taco Bamba of Falls Church, made the “12 Restaurants Guaranteed to Make You Leave the District” list. [Thrillist]
Would you rather date a vegetarian or a vegan? [Yahoo]
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Pool parties and “Dexter” marathons aren’t the only ways to catch a chill this summer. Go beyond popsicles and take a global tour of summer treats. —Mary Kong-DeVito
Che Thai @ Song Que
Che Thai is an edible, slurpable treat that bears resemblance to a parfait, a McFlurry and bubble tea all at once. This Vietnamese take on a Thai dessert is a fun creation, put together from an array of ingredients including green pandan jelly, like Jello-O but firmer with a delightful snap; ebony-colored grass jelly, which is soft and lightly lavender-flavored; sweet corn pudding; red pomegranate seeds and more. Topped with crushed ice, half-and-half and a choice of fresh fruits—soft jackfruit, sweet longans, crunchy water chestnuts or juicy lychees—che Thai makes a hot afternoon bearable. Eat it with a spoon or extra-wide straw, both provided. / 6769 Wilson Blvd., Falls Church
Lucuma Ice Cream @ TropQ Creamery
TropQ makes over 50 flavors of ice cream with base ingredients sourced locally. With a focus on exotic Latin and Asian fruits, one of TropQ’s most interesting flavors comes from Peru. Look for the bright Creamsicle-like color and ask for lucuma, pronounced “LOO-koo-mah.” The fruit, a papaya look-alike, is green on the outside, but reveals a golden flesh on the inside that’s bursting with thick caramel flavors. Its rich color is due to an abundance of beta carotene, iron and other superfood powers, so naturally, you should have an extra scoop. / 721 E. Main St., Purcellville
New Zealand Classic Pavlova @ Cassatt’s Kiwi Café
It is said that when Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova toured Australia and New Zealand in the 1920s, a teacake was created in her honor, resembling the gossamer petticoats the prima ballerina wore in “Swan Lake.” The Pavlova cake, with whispery layers of fresh fruit, meringue and cream, is just as light. No one knows definitively which country it originates from, and much like Russell Crowe, both countries have laid claim to it, each declaring it their national dish. / 4536 Lee Highway, Arlington
Ube @ Bistro 7107
Ube is a purple yam indigenous to Asia and popular in the Philippines. Like Prince, it sports a bold violet color that is hard to miss, and just like the provocative singer, ube isn’t afraid to bare its flesh. Similar to a sweet potato, ube’s sugar content is ideal for making desserts. At Bistro 7107, the root vegetable is blended with coconut milk, chilled and formed into ube jalaya, a vibrant, rich cake with a texture not unlike flourless chocolate cake. / 513 23rd St. S, Arlington
Firnee @ Mazadar
A traditional Persian dish usually prepared for religious and special occasions, firnee is simple custard—alabaster-white yet colorfully fragrant—made fresh with milk, cornstarch and sugar, then chilled. With spicy, citrus notes of cardamom, it’s silky and lighter than creme brulee, with the delicate crunch of crushed pistachios. / 11725 Lee Highway, Fairfax
Posted by Editorial / Friday, July 11th, 2014
By Ariel Yong
French or not, if you’re looking to celebrate Bastille Day, here are six places with French-inspired deals for the Monday holiday. Some celebrations begin tomorrow and have a few reservations left.
Fontaine Caffe & Creperie is celebrating all weekend long with French cheese and sparkling cider tastings. / 119 South Royal St., Alexandria
Vive la Revolution! Bastille Restaurant is serving a three course prix fixe menu for $39 from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The menu includes shrimp beignets and citrus cantaloupe panacotta. / 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria (limited availability as of this morning)
2941 Restaurant and Chef Bertrand Chemel invite you to “A Taste of France Dinner” with a seven course tasting menu. / 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church
On Monday, The Wine House is celebrating with a Burgundy Dinner featuring Albert Bichot with special guest and host Guillaume Suss. Entrees include escargot and tuna tartare. / 3950 University Drive, Suite 212, Fairfax (1 reservation left as of this morning)
A free round-trip ticket to Paris and free champagne? La Cote D’Or Cafe is hosting a Waiter’s Race at 2:15 p.m on Monday. Carry a martini glass full of champagne on a waiter’s tray, finish the race with the most champagne left in the glass and you’re heading to Paris for free. Choose dinner entrees from a prix fixe menu and there will be free champagne and live music. / 6876 Lee Highway, Arlington
By Carten Cordell
Virginia ends fiscal year $439 million below revenue expectations
Falls Church housing hot, while rest of D.C. market cools
Drivers Advised To Prepare Now For New 95 Express Lanes
Polar vortex look-alike to bring unseasonable temperatures
Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
Need a new spot to nosh? Here’s our list of new and almost-opened restaurants. Know of a new or soon-to-open spot? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
America Eats Tavern; Tysons, American, $$$; Opened June
Bistro Atelier Dulles; French, $$$; Opened June | MORE: Bistro Atelier serves 1,100 customers on opening weekend.
Ciao Osteria; Centreville, Neopolitan Pizzeria, $$; Opened April | MORE: The owner of Pan e Vino opens a Neapolitan pizza restaurant.
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