Posts Tagged ‘McLean’

7 of Virginia’s best waterfalls you can explore this weekend

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls. Photo courtesy of Michael Juskelis

By Robyn Smith

From Niagara Falls in Canada to Great Falls in McLean, there are some pretty well-known waterfalls in this country. But what about the approachable ones—the ones you have to hike to get to, but once you get there, you can actually reach under them? We put together a list of some of Virginia’s best waterfalls to help you find a new adventure.

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5 ways to eat up and drink in NoVA history

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 20th, 2015

By Raquel DeSouza

Northern Virginia is rich with historic sites ranging from colonial farms to homes of former presidents. If you live in the area, you can take all of this nearby history for granted because sometimes taking the usual guided tour just gets old. Instead of listening to lists of facts, excite your taste buds at these five unique museum experiences.


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5 NoVA community theater shows to catch this summer

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NoVA community theatre in July

Photo courtesy of aerogondo2/

By Robyn Smith

Community theater is like a book club for intellectual types who need that Socratic fix—no one is in the club to become a successful author; they’re just there because they love to read and want to share this love with others.

The amateur actor does what she or he does for love, not compensation. In fact, in many community theater performances, actors have to pay to play. This atmosphere is built by the cast, for the cast to connect with their community the best way they know how.

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Dens of Design, Cabins of Coziness Make for Better Bedrooms

The Suite Shoppe Interiors

A traditional ivory panel bed is flanked by a set of industrial zinc bachelor’s chests. The gray pin-tucked comforter provides texture without competing with the transitional pattern of the area rug. The soft, feminine lines of the aqua table lamps silhouette against the pale gray-blue walls. Photo courtesy of The Suite Shoppe Interiors.

By Jennifer Shapira

Calm, relaxed, tranquil, serene. Those bedroom buzzwords should encourage us to unplug from busy daily lives and allow us to retreat to a beautiful, restful atmosphere that welcomes deep sleep. Thoughtful, enveloping surroundings should provide the backdrop for night after night of good rest.

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Putting Your Home on the Market? Here’s How to Exit: Stage Right

Tips for staging homes for sale

Photo courtesy of Pat Baldwin.

By Jennifer Shapira

Stephanie Kelley must have five white sofas in her extensive inventory. “It’s funny,” says the home stager and owner of Refined Design in Fairfax. “We call them our workhorses because they go everywhere.”

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Spring Home and Garden Tours

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Love Quilt Project Home Tour in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

Photo courtesy of Ginnerty Architects, LLC.

There is nothing that spurs creativity more than walking through an artist’s work, being able to get a firsthand look and feel of structure, texture and colors.

This spring two area home and garden tours allow you to engage in home design.  –Lynn Norusis

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From Brunswick Stew to Elsie’s Magic Skillet, Chefs and Writers Agree: Eat in Virginia

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Where Chefs Eat book

Photo courtesy of Phaidon Press.

Two new books—“1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die” by Mimi Sheraton and “Where Chefs Eat” edited by Joe Warwick—map out the world according to meals.

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Mobile bakery becomes brick-and-mortar: Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery expected this month

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Laura Davidson Photography

Photo courtesy of Laura Davidson Photography

By Susannah Black 

Environmental policy analyst-turned-dessert caterer-turned-food truck operator Sandra Panetta expands once more to open Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery in McLean, expected to open at the end of this month. 

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For the Love of Tennis: The Glebe Ladies Tennis Club

the Glebe Ladies Tennis CLub

Photo by Aaron Spicer.

For 38 years friendships and hospitable competition have moved through the members of the Glebe Ladies Tennis Club.

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DC Design House Showcases Sophisticated Designs in McLean Home

DC Design House

Sketches/Plans for DC Design House. Photo courtesy of Sherry. Moeller

For the first time in its eight-year history, the DC Design House is moving to Virginia. Beginning April 11, an elegant 8,869-square-foot home in McLean will be showcasing the interior creations of talented designers. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Design House is an annual event for the D.C. metro area benefiting the Children’s National Health System. The staff is composed exclusively of volunteers, and in the past seven years, they have raised $1.25 million for the organization.

The event started when Skip and Debbie Singleton, principals of DC Living Real Estate LLC, attended a charity event for Children’s National over a decade ago. They were immediately drawn to the organization, and in 2008, they put together an interior design showcase intended to be a one-time event; it was so successful, however, that the DC Design House soon became annual.

DC Design House in McLean

Photo courtesy of Sherry Moeller.

This year’s house was built by Virginia-based Artisan Builders and designed by Harrison Design. Intended to imitate the style of an old Virginia farmhouse, the home was assembled bit by bit over the years. The L-shaped floor plan floods natural light into the interior, which is filled with a beautiful combination of antique and new elements.

Each year, the DC Design House team begins by contacting designers who walk through the home, select their top three spaces and submit anonymous design plans. A committee of senior designers selects the plans based on the strength of design, says Skip. This year, 24 designers are designing 28 spaces in the house with four designers doing two of the rooms. They have about one month to complete their spaces and will be present in their finished rooms throughout April.

As for the style, many designers seem to be playing off the old farmhouse feel of the home. Designer Michael Hampton is seeking “to create a room of relaxed formality” for the library, while Pamela Harvey is trying to capture a “casual elegance” in the entrance and upper hall. “It’s a very pure and simple aesthetic,” explains David Benton of Rill Architects. “It’s Virginia.”

The DC Design House will have a preview day from noon to 4 p.m. on April 11. Tickets are $50, and Chef Bryan Voltaggio will be signing books and providing food tickets. On April 12, the Design House is open to the public; tickets are $30, and it’s open Saturday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with evening hours from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays. The last day to see the house will be May 10 from noon-5 p.m. Visitors may schedule group tours, and boutiques will be set up in the lower level and garage. Twenty percent of sales from the boutiques and the items in the rooms, which are also for sale, go to Children’s National. -Victoria Gaffney

(April 2015)

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