Spring Flowers Create A Beautiful Decor For Your Home | Janice Lachman

LWM_MJ15_web_Page_30Spring is my favorite season. It is a welcoming of new growth; a gentle breeze shedding the harshness of winter and heralding the arrival of sunshine and beauty. What better way to celebrate this season than to invite spring flowers into your home?

There are many ways to achieve this:

  • Select A Beautiful Painting: My favorite art gallery is Merritt Gallery in Chevy Chase, Maryland. We have had a long association together and I have successfully accessorized my client’s homes with their artwork. I adore this pastel on canvas, titled “Tulip VI” by artist Alice  Pritchard. It makes a wonderful statement with its fresh yellows, greens and orange. The large scale is fantastic!
  • Select A Beautiful Designer Fabric: New drapery treatment or new upholstery is a perfect venue to show off Spring flowers. Work with different textures and different ground fabrics. One of my favorite new fabrics is “Oriental Poppy” from Colefax and Fowler. This elegant embroidery is available on silk or linen. I also love “Manoir” from Manuel Canovas, a new printed cotton. I feel a breath of Spring when I look at the clean colors of this design. These fabrics are available through interior designers from Cowtan And Tout in the Washington Design Center.
  • Select A Beautiful Vase: Accessories are so important in achieving a finished look for a room. Finding and placing the perfect accessory is often more difficult than working with furniture or window treatments. The devil is in the details. Spring flowers may be incorporated through designs in porcelain or ceramic. Also from embroidered, woven or printed motifs on throw pillows and, of course beautiful blossoms from your cutting garden shown off in a fabulous vase.
  • Select New Furniture:  Seasonal change is always positive and refreshing. The simple addition of a new chair or table in a room can make quite a difference. Then embellish it with Spring flowers on upholstery fabric or a tablecloth and napkin set.
  • Select New Window Treatments: When I think of window treatments, I think of them as “the eyes to your world”. They are the embodiment of your persona and a very important part of your decor. Whether your taste is traditional or contemporary, Spring flowers will find a perfect showcase as part of your window treatments. They may appear in realistic or abstract form as long as they provide you with a feeling of happiness and new beginnings.

So… Please Take My Advice: “Spring” for Spring Flowers!!!!

By Janice Lachman

Bathroom Beautiful – Details Home Service

Ahhh, the holidays. A special time for togetherness, and for reaching out to loved ones you haven’t seen in far too long. What do you envision with you think of the holidays? Do you see arriving guests, a bustling kitchen, coats and hats stuffing the closet? Do you conjure up smells of pumpkin pie, the turkey roasting slowly for hours, a crackling fireplace? Do you hear the squeals of children laughing, moments of quiet conversations and the not so quiet football games on the television? How about a major remodeling project? Stop the music.

What is it about the holidays that fills us with the nesting urge? I suggest the reason is found above; it is our innate sense of togetherness, of bonding, of sharing. My experience as a Home Improvement Contractor is that people fall into two camps this time of year. Either they don’t want you anywhere near their home, or they want to undertake a critical project, to satisfy that need for perfection. A designer had recommended me to a mutual friend wanting bathrooms done for the holidays. It was mid-September, and Thanksgiving guests were due to arrive November 17th. Could we do 6 bathrooms in 2 houses in 6 weeks? Absolutely!

There were 3 baths to remodel in each home, about 5 miles apart. The first home had just the three, so we’d have to stagger their remodels to leave one available at all times. Even though the second house had 4 baths, we did the same so at least there was always a full working bath upstairs. Two flights of stairs to the morning shower is NOT recommended. Fortunately we persuaded the client to agree.

Five of the baths were relatively straightforward. The large master bath, not so much. With a long narrow space, it was a challenge just to get everything to fit appropriately. The client wanted to remove the tub to replace it with a large shower, as well as move the toilet to the other end of the room some 11’ away! I knew we COULD do it, but was more concerned with the details of HOW. Pulling up the subfloor provided a huge break. The joists were perpendicular to the rest of the house, which made our job relatively easy.

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The before shot above shows the original tub, with the toilet, vanity, and original shower seen in the recessed mirror. The picture below is from the same vantage point, but with a wider camera lens. Note the under cabinet lights washing the granite counters, and the glass mosaic framing the mirrors.

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The shower niche below is an added bonus, with the shelving being fabricated by radius cutting the same marble used for the shower curb and thresholds. It not only provides useful hidden storage, but also gives visual and tactile relief to the otherwise flat wall.

The hall bath on the same level had a more transitional feel. It blends the classic style of the master bath with modern mirrors and a Mission style light. The same rich tones are used for the vanity, but the mix of elements creates a more transitional style.

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So, what’s your holiday wish? If you need some inspiration give us a jingle (pun intended). We’re ready, willing, and more than able to deliver. Use the coupon below to help bring your vision to life, and save a little at the same time. A little holiday cheer from us, to you!

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75th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale in Inova Loudoun Hospital

75th Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale in Inova Loudoun Hospital

One of the much-awaited events is an annual rummage sale, where great discounts and deals are available. There are a wide variety of useful items at this sale, all which can be bought at low prices.

This weekend shoppers within and near Leesburg, Virginia will enjoy a two-day rummage sale at the Inova Loudoun Hospital. The sale is hosted by the Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital, a nonprofit organization that aims to raise funds for special projects offered for the community and the hospital.

The 75th Annual Rummage Sale is set in the 40,000 square-foot hospital where most departments will sell almost everything you can find at big discounts. Shoppers will enjoy antiques, clothes, tools, sports equipment, household items, holiday decors, toys and books.

This year the event will be held on Saturday October 19th to Sunday October 20th from 9 am to 3 pm. An Early Bird Hour will be held on Saturday at 8 am for shoppers who want to shop first during the event. Early Bird tickets are available at a cost of $10 per person.  Proceeds of the tickets will be given to the Polly Clemens Nursery Fund.

On Sunday, there will be a clearance day, where most departments will offer 50% off and bag sales.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

Dining In Style

The holidays are fast approaching and your dining room is getting excited about it’s busiest time of year! So how do you make sure that your dining room is in peak condition?

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Here are a few starting points:

  • Lighting – Do you still have the brass chandelier that the builder so graciously gave you?
  • Floorcovering – Is your rug the correct size? A good rule of thumb is to make sure that when you pull out the chairs, they each stay on the rug.
  • Accessories – This would be a good time to edit. Make sure that the accent pieces that you have in the space either have a function or they make the style statement that you are going for. This is not a place for clutter.

This is a space that we typically do not go into on a daily or even weekly basis. But when early Fall comes around, we look at this space differently as the entertaining season is on the horizon. Whether you need a complete update or just to pull it all together, this is a great time to choose to dine in style.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 8.28.15 AMOften times the dining room is one of the first rooms that you see when you come in a home, so it should reflect your personal style. Do you prefer a neutral, warm or a cool color palette? A great place to set this tone is on the walls with either your paint or your wallpaper. That’s right… I said WALLPAPER! In case you haven’t heard, wallpaper is back! With updated styles and application techniques you should not be afraid to use wallpaper today and the dining room, often above chair rail, is the perfect place to use it.

In addition to style, your dining room should offer functionality as well. What pieces are important to you? Some of us like a traditional china buffet with a hutch to display china in and some of us like a sideboard only. The hutch provides a lot of storage with display but deletes a wall that could otherwise boast a mirror or artwork. The sideboard allows for the wall decor, storage and a hard surface to serve on. The size and shape of your table is also important. How many people do you need/want to sit? And if you have a more square room, consider using a round table for a unique look.

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 8.27.41 AMYour area rug will highlight your table and chairs and will be the anchor for your space. This piece can also be a style statement depending on the pattern, texture and color. But remember to think about durability and size when making your selection.

Lastly, the jewelry of your space is the finishing touch. The centerpiece of your dining room table, whether it is one piece or a combination of pieces, is the main focal point. Adding a faux floral here or a standing topiary in a corner, or a piece of greenery on the sideboard, any greenery in the space will help it come to life. And don’t forget about your windows! Your draperies are truly the icing on the tasty red velvet cake. With any decorating project, creating a plan and a budget will help you reach your ultimate goal. Time is of the essence as the entertaining season approaches, so let’s get started!

– Lauren Riddiough Clement

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Annual Dog Days Peach Festival Held this Weekend in Loudoun County

Annual Dog Days Peach Festival Held this Weekend in Loudoun County

Dogs are man’s best friend.  They are part of the family, and we want to give them nothing but the best.  So, make this weekend all about your lovable dogs and let them have all the fun and attention they want at the Annual Dog Days Peach Festival. Great Country Farms hosts a canine event every year that focuses on dogs and lets them have all the fun. There are many different activities for your dog to enjoy, plus lots of goodies to bring home.

This year, activities for the Dog Days Peach Festival include a training obstacle course, story time, a training demo, art, and the fun doggie Olympics. There is also a five-acre play area where you and your dog can run around and have fun the entire day. Try the rope swings or go on a ride on the pedal cart track. How about jumping on the 2800 sq ft Pumpkin Jumpin Pillow or enjoying the Double Barrel 60’s slides.

Those who want to enjoy fresh snacks can have their fill at the Roosteraunt. Baked goodies, burgers, cold drinks, and specialty peach pies are available the entire day. You can also shop for fresh produce, jellies, or gift items from the Country Store.

The Annual Dog Days Peach Festival will be held on August 10th and 11th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission is $10 for children and $12 for adults, and canine companions will need to bring a rabies certification tag and leash.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

Smart and Stylish Kid’s Spaces

Studies show that kids with an organized work space are more successful in school and beyond. As parents, I think we would all feel fantastic if our kids had not only an organized but also a great looking and inspiring place to live, study, play and sleep. Am I right? Well, it IS possible to have it all! Here are some helpful tips and ideas.

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In this client’s room our goal was to make the space look great as it is visible from the kitchen, family room and breakfast nook AND to have it serve as the main homework, craft and project area for their son and daughter. The black and white color scheme with a pop of red served as a classic and gender neutral palette and the design then flowed with the rest of the main floor scheme. Functionally, each child got their own desk and a counter height craft table served as the centerpiece to the room.

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Every teenager has their own unique style—that is an under- statement, right?! Well this teenager was no exception! As an aspiring fashion designer she conveyed to me exactly what she was looking for—purples, lace, soft yet sophisticated. And she was lucky enough to have her own work space directly off of her bedroom. She wanted this to be her dedicated homework, read- ing and creative nook. And she was thrilled with the outcome! What a fun project this was!

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For those of you with younger children, like myself, you may have a dedicated craft and project space in your home for all of those fun paints, crayons, glue sticks and glitter supplies. Right? Well if you are like me and needed that space to flow with the rest of your home and not look like the school arts and craft room that exploded, here is an example of how to make that happen.

Our home office space was totally under used so I turned it into our craft space BUT it is the first thing that you see when you come into our house. So I wanted it to look ‘finished’, cute and be totally functional and easy to clean up on a daily basis. When all of these elements come together the room can look great when not in use but will also be easier for your kids to maintain if everything has a home to go back to. And the whimsy and creativity that a craft room evokes should be supported by exciting colors and design elements. This is a great spot to let your ideas flow, just in an organized kind of way!

Do you have a space like any of the above mentioned in your home? If you have any questions or need any help, please let me know!

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Loudoun County Offers Free Housing Seminar to Help Homebuyers

Loudoun County Offers Free Housing Seminar to Help Homebuyers

First-time homeowners can sometimes find it challenging to adjust to their new home and settle in properly. Recent homebuyers should equip themselves with information that can help them maneuver through the process and surpass any problems that may arise.  For example, there are issues regarding home budgeting, home owners associations, and home maintenance to name a few.

In Loudoun County, a free seminar for homebuyers is offered every quarter to provide support to recent homebuyers and prospective home purchasers. The Loudoun County “HomeCents” seminar aims to offer helpful information and tips for homebuyers that are usually not relayed by their lenders or real estate agents.

The “HomeCents” seminar tackles different topics on home buying and ownership for two hours. Budgeting is one of the topics and helps homebuyers set SMART goals for their future. Another topic is home maintenance, which covers home inspections, DIY projects, safety inside the house, and the life span of materials and home appliances. Homebuyers will learn how to properly maintain their home, so it will last for a long time.

Participants will also have the chance to learn more about insurance, taxes, and home owners associations.

The next Loudoun Country “HomeCents” seminar is scheduled for June 26, 2013 in the Shenandoah Room at the Department of Family Services. The seminar will last from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Those who are interested in attending must register before June 25, 2013. Patricipants will receive a variety of complementary materials, including brochures, handouts, and a Money Smart Financial Education CD.

Dorri Scott
Loudoun Woman Magazine

Bring The Outdoors In | Decorating Tips by Lauren Nicole Designs

Bring the outdoors in

It is that time of year where we have all longed for sunshine and warm weather and to walk outside without a wool coat on. Am I right? So while the warm days are hopefully here to stay, why not invite them in to a beautifully designed indoor space inspired by the outdoors…

Color is a great way to feel alive and fresh. My clients wanted a place to enjoy their morning coffee or evening wine and feel their beautiful setting from inside of their home. I selected these warm and fresh colors including, an apple green color for their loveseat, the focal point of their room. The green breathes life and screams FRESH and is the perfect contract to the more neutral draperies, which are calmer in color to allow the true outdoor foliage to come into the room.

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Texture is another way to invite the outdoors in. The rattan chair is a great example of how a texture evokes a natural feeling. It is a large statement piece in the room and is a nice contrast to the soft and cushy loveseat. The wool rug is another great natural texture in the room that is a soft and durable anchor of the space. Lastly, the floor lamp boasts a fun knotted rattan accent to tie it all together.

In this room I took more literal on the draperies and used a true leaf design that is subtle in color and really connects the indoor/outdoor feelings. The execution of the drapery panels, hanging from short poles, keeps as much of the windows open as possible and allows for the trees and natural feel to pour into this space.

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Taking that openness one step further, this room shows how you can pull off a gorgeous space without window treatments. We set out to create a comfy and cozy family hang out spot while feeling like you were sitting outside on the patio, all year round. I chose a floral pattern on the lounge chairs as they are across from the windows to connect the indoor/outdoor vibe. The soft colors combined with the openness and incoming light make this room to hang out in all year long and feel connected to nature.

Do you have a space that could bring the outdoors into your home? When we first saw our current home, the then homeowners were using the ‘sun room’ for a sitting area and the smaller nook in our kitchen for their dining table in the light filled space on the back of the house.

Hopefully you are inspired to bring the outdoors in to your home so that you can feel the natural inspirations all year long. And even if you cannot devote an entire room to this style, you could consider finding a corner or small space of your home to turn into your happy place. And if we can be of help, please come and see us!
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