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A local designer shares her favorite home trends of 2020

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With the arrival of 2020, you might be considering redesigning or renovating your home. It’s the perfect time to bring your freshened perspective into the new decade. 

To help you consider what to do (and not do) when painting, moving furniture or knocking down walls, we spoke with local interior designer Susan Sutter of Susan Sutter Interiors.

She discussed the importance of leaving some designs in the past and opening up your home to the colorful potential it can live up to. Highlights from our conversation are below. 

What are you looking forward to most about design this year and in the 2020s?
A fresh start with fun color palettes and patterns. This year’s Pantone color of the year is classic blue—my all-time favorite color for home decor. Classic blue has so many possibilities and goes with everything from Chinese import porcelain to hot pinks, reds, corals, oranges and greens. This color works in traditional to modern spaces, it’s so versatile. Also, I’m excited that bold colors and patterns in fabrics and wallpapers are still en vogue!  I love a bold wallpaper, especially in an unexpected place—like the inside of a traditional china cabinet! 

From 2010 to 2020, what designs did you find to be outdated or overused, and why?
Too many muted colors—think gray walls and all-white kitchens. I love gray, but am looking forward to seeing more color used throughout spaces to liven things up. There are lots of other neutral colors that deserve some attention beyond gray—navy and green can read very neutral. Also, rustic farmhouse design with word art signs is one of those designs that is so overused, especially if you are not living in a farmhouse or a ranch in Texas!

What are your biggest design pet peeves personally?
One of my biggest pet peeves in design is when the architecture of a home’s exterior is incongruent with the home’s interiors—think mid-century modern in a traditional colonial or chintz and skirted sofas in a Frank Lloyd Wright-style home. Ideally, the home should flow from one space to the next and a guest should not be accosted by a new style or color around every corner. In my designs, I work hard to make sure when you enter the home, you are pulled into the space where the colors flow from room to room and the style and function meet the home’s exterior so the eyes and brain can rest. 

What is your advice to readers who might be trying to redesign in 2020?
Seek professional help if you can—working with an interior designer can save you time and money. We are knowledgeable about products and fabrics, know how to determine appropriate size and scale, and can save you money in the long run. If you can’t or don’t want to work with a designer or have that DIY buzz, invest in classic elements for larger pieces and seek less-costly pillows and accessories to update your space with some of the new trends and colors. Also, don’t be afraid to make a statement—think a stunner of wallpaper in a powder room or fun cabinetry hardware.  

What should readers avoid doing when redesigning this year?
Avoid jumping into a design project without thinking or doing your homework. Get input from friends and neighbors who have recently completed a design project—understand the timelines, costs and what can and will go wrong. Do some research into how much furnishings, window treatments and other home items cost these days. Add up all of the items you think you will need in the space to help determine your budget. Don’t get budget numbers from HGTV. No, you can’t do a whole new living room for $5,000 in one week! Interview several interior designers to see if you are a good fit, find out how they work, ask questions about budgets, how long projects take, how they handle when things go wrong—because it’s not if, it’s when.  

Is there anything else readers should know about design in the new year and new decade?
Stick to classic, timeless design and decor. You can never go wrong with classic shapes and silhouettes. Splurge on the large upholstery pieces in performance fabrics and look for well-made, quality pieces that will endure overtime. When doing home remodel projects, the same principle applies, use soft and easily changeable pieces like drapery, accent pillows and smaller upholstery to bring in color trends, and keep your main elements classic and timeless.

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Kevin O’Connor returns to NoVA’s Home + Remodeling Show

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The idea of a remodeled home seems pretty wonderful. You imagine a modern kitchen with updated appliances, a brand-new couch to hang out on every night after work and maybe even a surround-sound system for entertainment. 

But in reality, the process of creating your ideal home can be long, complex and challenging—without the proper guidance, that is. 

This month, you can find all the necessary inspiration, tools and advice for your next home project in one place, thanks to the annual Home + Remodeling Show taking place at the Dulles Expo Center, from Friday, Jan. 17 to Sunday, Jan. 19. It will include a marketplace full of home-related products, displays to motivate your impending renovations and a variety of lectures hosted by local and international home professionals. 

Among the many experts taking the stage this year is Kevin O’Connor, longtime host of PBS’ Emmy-winning home improvement show This Old House, which has captivated thousands of viewers since its debut in 1979. Over several episodes, O’Connor and a team of tradesmen renovate an entire home, taking the mystery out of remodeling and carpentry tasks. 

Before O’Connor arrives in Northern Virginia, he chatted with us about his 17 years on the job, life in Massachusetts and key advice to those planning a renovation in 2020. 

You’ve been the host of This Old House since 2003. What keeps you coming back to work every day after all these years?
Definitely two things stand out. The first is the folks that I work with. I really enjoy the other guys (and now women) on the show. We are a tight-knit group, from the on-screen guys even to the production side. It’s the same group that has been doing this my entire career and before me. Norm and Richard, for example, have been on the show for 40 years. We’ve really become a tiny family and we are doing such a special thing. We’ve found our rhythm and we aren’t going anywhere. 

Second, I get to see the coolest stuff. I am spoiled, this show is like the golden ticket for me. Whenever we call different property owners about projects to cover, people are like, “Absolutely, come visit.” The show has a tremendous amount of respect and because of that I get to see the most amazing things. 

What is your favorite part about working in the Boston area?
Selfishly, it allows me to sometimes get home for dinner. I spend a lot of time on the road, flying back and forth to California, which is great and invigorating for me, but I miss a lot of weekend sports with my kids. It’s home. 

On the unselfish part, it’s one of the greatest collections of old homes and beautiful architecture in the country. When we are outside of Boston and visit home shows, lots of people will show me photos of homes built in 1949 that they find historic, and I’m like, “That’s old?” Try 1790 or 1820. Given who we are, the area is a beautiful hunting ground for what we do. 

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What are you looking forward to most about the Home + Remodeling Show?
I’ve done it a number of times and I always enjoy it, especially since I’ve become friends with the folks from Marketplace. I enjoy the Q&A session the most. I tell some stories but when I turn it over to people and ask about their own projects, it’s so much fun. It’s new and fresh every time and you never know what they are going to bring your way. People bring images of faucets that turn on in the middle of the night and I always get stumped. The game of trying to diagnose problems is a great time, and people are generally extremely gracious to hear my advice. 

What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who is remodeling in 2020?
It will take twice as long and cost twice as much as you expect. That’s a function of renovation. Because it is tricky, you can never know what is behind the walls until you open them up. A big part of the cost is labor too. If you just go into it with your eyes open and plan accordingly, you can mitigate a lot of the frustration. 


For tickets to the Home + Remodeling Show, click here. // Dulles Expo Center: 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly; $3-$9

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How interior designer Syntha Harris transformed this Loudoun County home

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A sectional from Bassett Furniture is paired with a TV stand by Trent Austin Design. The hammered metal side table, mixing up the warm metallic finishes, is from Studio A. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“We were really excited about moving to Willowsford,” says the owner of a new home built by Van Metre Homes in The Grange at Willowsford. He, his wife and their two young children relocated to the Loudoun County ‘agrihood’ in 2018. “Our community is connected to a working farm; it’s big on farm-to-table nutrition, nature conservancy and green space. It just seemed like a great place to raise our family,” he adds.

When realtor Lauryn Eadie, of Keller Williams Realty, saw that the couple was looking for guidance when transitioning from their prior three-bedroom, 2,100-square-foot townhouse into their new five-bedroom, 5,300-square-foot home, she recommended interior designer Syntha Harris of Syntha Harris Interiors, whom she knows and respects.

“It was a much larger house, with an airy, open main floor plan. You could see every ‘room’ from every other ‘room,’” says the homeowner, adding, “Furnishing the house properly felt a bit overwhelming. We entertain a lot and needed to have it look good, but also be rugged and kid-friendly. I could buy random furniture and put it together, but we wanted it to be coordinated and look nice.”

Harris began by working on the main level of the home, which includes the homeowners’ office, as well as the living, dining, family, kitchen and eat-in areas. The transparency of everything meant all the finishes and furnishings had to be selected carefully for flow and cohesion.

“The homeowners wanted a comfortable home in neutral warm tones, with resilient fabrics and furniture choices that would hold up to young children, and to hosting large groups of extended family and friends,” says Harris, adding, “Nothing untouchable or precious was to be included in the design.”

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The home office was furnished with Lexington Furniture pieces, as well as art from the Wendover Art Group. The wall paint is by Benjamin Moore. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

The base palette is of cream, gray, taupe, chocolate and charcoal shades, along with touches of mustard hues, as in the home office’s wall paint, or in the family room’s accent pillows and wall art.

The family room’s floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, which sits in the elbow of the L-shaped open floor plan, was instrumental in forming the earthy color palette and introducing rich textural layers.

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Using a chest, table lamp and accessories, Harris creates a polished nook in the niche by the stairs. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“The fireplace has a bricked pattern, and a rusticity that is also elegant,” adds Harris.
Texture defines the living room at the front entry by way of a wall covering in a geometric pattern, with metallic detailing. The dining room also features shimmering wallpaper in the same colorway. These wall treatments, along with area rugs, also serve to define the different spaces on the open floor plan.

Meanwhile, Harris planned furniture layout to comfortably accommodate large groups of people. Whether an oversize sectional for watching TV and spending time in the family room, or a pair of chic, tailored sofas for social conversing in the living room, there is plenty of seating throughout.

“The homeowners like to host large dinner parties, so we needed to find a very long table. It was tricky, because the homeowners didn’t want something with table extensions, or anything rustic and farmhouse-y, rather a clean-lined, elegant dining table long enough to seat up to twelve comfortably,” she says of the 10-foot-long table she eventually sourced.

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Floor-to-ceiling drapery panels by Kravet complement the tailored furnishing, while adding warmth. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

Contemporary chrome chandeliers (a pair to fit the length of the table), pleated drapery panels and fully upholstered chairs ensure the dining room doesn’t read as cold and cavernous, rather as warm and welcoming.

“Our fabric choices were durable and comfortable blends, including eco-friendly choices, like pleather, or earth-friendly ones like wool,” she adds of upholstery choices.

For example, the living room’s performance-velvet-upholstered ottoman is both stylish and practical for a family with young children. The carpet also has an abstract pattern, which will easily disguise dirt or staining. Patterns throughout are limited and favor simple, clean lines, like herringbone.

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Union Rustic pendant lights hang above the island simply furnished with bar chairs from Overstock. Cabinets in a gray-painted Shaker style were provided by the builders. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“The home needed to have a usable place near the kitchen and great room, where the children could spend time playing in their parents’ view,” says Harris. “As you look past the living and dining rooms, the children’s area lies directly ahead and is the first space you see when you walk in the front door, so it was important that its furnishings and finishes were not only functional but also fitting to the surrounding areas.”

Harris furnished this niche with four charcoal-hued club armchairs on swivels for reading or board games, as well as with a shaggy rug, where the children can play on the ground. A system of toy storage shelving is also discreetly tucked behind the family room’s sectional sofa, with plenty of cubbies to hold items. (The kids have a playroom in the basement too.)

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Four swivel club chairs from Bassett Furniture pull up to a round driftwood table from Article. The shelving is from Pottery Barn Kids. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“It was great for us to have Syntha’s help,” says the homeowner of the design process. “We are a busy family, so we wanted to build a house, move right in and have everything be new and ready to go.”

This story was originally published in our January 2020 print issue. For more stories on Home & Design, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

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These are the winners of the 2019 Design Arlington awards

Arlington County is home to a variety of neighborhoods that have their own variants of population and personality, ultimately impacting the overall look and feel of each one. And while new homes, business-focused buildings and apartment complexes pop up all the time throughout the region, only a select few are recognized for their design.

This December, five projects were honored in Arlington County’s biennial DESIGNArlington Awards for excellence and architectural diversity, ranging from a cemetery to a school. 

To be considered for the Award of Excellence, projects must have been in existence since 2000 and fall into seven categories: residential, commercial, open space, sustainable design, historic preservation, institutional or public art. After submissions are collected, a panel of distinguished judges with design experience vote for the best projects. 

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While 13 total sites were recognized, below we share the details of the five projects that were given Awards of Excellence in 2019. 

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Arlington National Cemetery Millennium Project

What: In 2019, the first expansion of the Arlington National Cemetery in 40 years was officially completed. The Millennium Project added approximately 27 acres and an additional 56,000 burial spaces in and above ground for those who have actively served in the United States military.
Owner: U.S. Department of the Army
Architect: Jacobs
Design and Construction Manager: Jacobs

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Ballston Quarter

What: While the Ballston Common Mall opened in 1951, the entire complex received a complete renovation and name change to become Ballston Quarter this past year. The building—now consisting of a 23-story, mixed-use tower and open-air layout—is home to a food hall, high-end dining options, shopping and entertainment for the local community.
Owner: Brookfield Properties, QIC
Architect: CallisonRTKL
Contractor: Clark Construction Group

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The Heights Building

What: In 2014, the Arlington County School Board approved the construction of a new school on the property of 1601 Wilson Boulevard, and this past September, it officially opened for local students. The building is a five-story urban school, equipped with outdoor classrooms, advanced technology and several other amenities that go above and beyond in terms of design.
Owner: Arlington Public Schools
Architect: Leo A. Daly
Contractor: Gilbane Building Company

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Manifold House

What: The Manifold House, located in the Clarendon neighborhood, is inspired by one couple’s passion for repairing small-scale engineering parts. It has been recognized by the Northern Virginia Design Awards for its intricately detailed structural frame, weathered steel louvers and overall uniqueness. Within the home, there is a family room, dining room and kitchen on the first floor, as well as a master suite and two bedrooms on the top floor, plus rooftop access.
Owner: Heather and Billy Buck
Architect: David Jameson
Contractor: Sagatov Design + Build

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Rubio Residence

What: This past year, home owner Greg Rubio completed a two-story rear exterior addition to his own home in Arlington, pairing modern design with a classic, 1940s base. The new addition is curved with extended window paneling, glass block and nautical elements.
Owner: Greg Rubio
Architect: DW Ricks Architects
Contractor: Ralph Carder Company

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Year in Review: These are the top 10 home stories from 2019

Over the past 12 months, we’ve brought you a plethora of stories on all things home and design: up-and-coming neighborhoods, hot real estate, interior design inspiration, profiles on local experts and much more. Below, find the 10 most-read home and design stories from 2019.

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10. “4 hot home listings in Northern Virginia”

Each month we bring you a select number of hot home listings in the region. Are you looking for your next home? Click here to see our most recent listing of a great home for sale in NoVA.

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9. “The ‘Uber of landscaping’ has made its way to Fairfax County”

Plowz & Mowz, an app providing on-demand landscaping services, debuted in Fairfax in the springtime, featuring on-demand landscaping services without the commitment of a contract.

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8. “Virginia Tech students create award-winning house of the future”

Virginia Tech University students won an international architecture competition in 2018, with an idea that could revolutionize the housing industry as we know it. Find all the details on their innovative, solar FutureHAUS here.

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7. “Designer Digs: Casey Sanford takes a clean approach to her new home”

Just over a year ago, interior designer Casey Sanford pulled up stakes in Alexandria for Warrenton’s wide-open spaces. Trading postage-stamp backyards for the bucolic, rolling green hills of Fauquier County, she and her husband, Houston (who is also her business partner), wanted to begin and end their days with sunrises and sunsets. Now, their front porch and backyard deck serve as perfect perches for both.

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6. “7 local realtors share insider tips on the housing market”

Looking to make a move this season, but don’t know where to start? We went behind the scenes with some of the region’s most in-demand realtors to get their insider tips for diving into the market.

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5. “The Old Lucketts Store holiday open house returns with extended hours”

Spread across 12 days in November, the annual Shop in Peace event honored Christmas with thousands of shoppable home decor products at The Old Lucketts Store. We went behind the scenes to see how the team prepares for the big event each year.

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4. “4 new luxury home developments opening soon in NoVA”

Looking for a new condo or town home? Upgrade your home search and consider these four new developments.

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3. “The 208 best home experts in Northern Virginia”

Our 2019 list of the best architects, handymen, interior designers and more.

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2. “Here’s your chance to tour Virginia Tech’s house of the future”

The university’s award-winning solar home, FutureHAUS, was on public display in NoVA throughout the summer. FutureHAUS is a sustainable, grid-connected solar home. Over 100 VT students and faculty created the solar home, which is completely powered by solar energy, features smart technology responsive to voice commands and is built in a factory to fit budget and lifestyle needs.

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1. “The hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods in Northern Virginia”

The arrival of Amazon kick-started the planning of the Potomac Yards station into high gear. But that’s not the only Metro stop that’s seeing some action. Here are the neighborhoods, all within walking distance from a current or future Metro stop, that are worth checking out.

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See the house named the winner of our inaugural Holiday Lights contest

It’s official: We have a winner for Northern Virginia Magazine‘s inaugural Holiday Lights contest. Thank you to everyone who entered our contest; we loved seeing your holiday lights displays, as well as your merry and bright decor items.

The winners of the contest are Matt and Missy Mulato, Leesburg residents who decided to decorate their house and front yard with a blended winter wonderland and beach theme.

The lights display features 50,000 lights that move to the sound of music. See photos of their beautifully decorate house, below.

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The Mulato family decorated their house with beachy decor and a winter wonderland-themed display this holiday season. (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

 

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The beachy section of the light display includes a Santa ready to hit the sand, flamingos and sharks. (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

 

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The Mulato family (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

 

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Photo by Robert Merhaut

 

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Beware of sharks! (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

 

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Walking in a winter wonderland … (Photo by Robert Merhaut)

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Paddywax Candle Bar’s first Virginia location debuts at Reston Town Center

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Paddywax Candle Bar’s workshops allow guests to customize their own candles with multiple vessels (above) to choose from. (Photo courtesy of Paddywax Candle Bar)

You love candles—we all do. Whether it’s the scent or the relaxing glow of the lit flame, candles bring a sense of peace to any space. And now, you can fall in love with the process of creating candles too at Paddywax Candle Bar, a new shop at Reston Town Center.

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Opened in late fall, Paddywax invites guests to hand-pour their own custom-made candles during one-hour sessions. Customers choose a repurposable vessel for the wax (designs include traditional, colored glass to modern ceramics and concrete pots), as well as a fragrance for the candle, and then place the wicks, mix the fragrance and pour the wax. In total, there are over 40 fragrances and 65 vessels to choose from, resulting in more than 2,000 available combinations to make at the pouring sessions.

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The location also offers great hostess gifts. (Photo courtesy of Paddywax Candle Bar)

In addition to the DIY workshops, Paddywax also offers curated gifts to shop, ranging from pre-made candles and greeting cards to textiles, personal care items, hair accessories and more.

And, there’s a reason the word “bar” is included in the brand’s moniker. Paddywax’s Reston location also features a beer and wine bar in-store, with drinks available for purchase during the workshops. Pour (the candles and the drinks), sip, sniff, repeat. // 1816 Library St., Reston; $40 per workshop

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Hosting a New Year’s Eve party? Consider decorating with these 10 items

Whether you’re celebrating with a few close friends or hosting an affair to remember, these pieces will make your home the ideal destination for reigning in the new decade. Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com