Spending more time dining at home gives you the perfect excuse to update your tableware. With summer kicking off, here’s a handful of products that will make your season’s table look picture-perfect.
With a simple yet island-like design, these multicolored bowl sets are perfect for summer salads, sides and more. // Old Havana Grain Bowls, Set of 4, $72; Anthropologie
Perfect for holding your fresh produce or the picnic’s fruit salad, this summery, brightly colored bowl will liven up any table it’s placed on. // Market Bamboo Melamine Serving Bowl, $24; Anthropologie
Don’t stress about carrying all of those wine glasses or a perfectly arranged charcuterie board. This metallic tray is useful and Instagram-worthy, and is sure to shine in the sunlight. // Lacquered Wooden Tray, Blush, $24.99; West Elm
Whether you’re serving different types of cheese and sparkling wine, or delicious desserts at the end of the night, this marble and brass board is perfect for serving and styling through the season. // Marble & Brass Footed Board, $14,99; West Elm
With the summer breeze, a tablecloth might be a little unwieldy, but this simple table runner adds just enough class and style for the whole season. Plus, its neutral color can be matched with just about any dishes or silverware you have. // Striped Gray Runner, $22.99; Target
Forget getting out that roll of paper towels. Add some neutral tones to your table (and help the environment!) by placing out these reusable, stylish napkins. // PomPom Design Napkins, Set of 4, $47.99; Target
Place mats are a simple way to protect your table and dress it up when hosting a dinner party, and these are just playful enough to be appropriate for any crowd. Plus, their accent colors are perfect for pairing with gold utensils and more. // Spring Placed Floral Placemat White – Threshold, $4.99; Target
If you have a plan to serve pre-mixed cocktails to the adults, or even freshly squeezed lemonade to the kids, this hammered glass pitcher is a beautiful statement piece that can do it all. Plus, there’s drinking glasses to match too. // Hammered Carafe, $35.50; Pottery Barn
It’s hard to resist serving a photo-worthy cheeseboard these days, so make sure to dress up your cutting board or serving plates with these gold utensils. // Luna Cheese Knives, Set of 4, $31.50; Pottery Barn
A summer table can’t truly be complete without fresh-cut flowers or a picturesque plant. Show off your horticulture skills by displaying a small plant or succulent in this planter, and it will liven up your table’s style for the whole season. // Zea Mini Blush Footed Planter, $5.95; Crate&Barrel
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Now that your spring cleaning is done, it is time to redecorate. Start off your modern farmhouse remodel by adding some of these rustic products to your home decor. Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com
Homeowner Nichole Brown, and her husband, Michael, had a strong vision of what their family wanted in their Nokesville home: “A forever home, where our kids (Emma, 11, and William, 7) could grow up. We’ve lived in numerous other houses and have learned a lot about what we wanted and didn’t want in our house,” says Nichole.
With that mission, they turned to Middleburg-based architect Timothy Clites, AIA, of Clites Architects. No stranger to custom-crafted homes, Clites was an architect with DC’s Barnes Vanze Architects for 11 years before opening his namesake architectural firm in 2010.
“This was a very successful and enjoyable project for us,” says Clites of the four-bedroom,
5,295-square-foot modern farmhouse he collaborated on with Warrenton-based builder Jonathan Caron. “Jonathan introduced us to the homeowners. They needed an architect who would be open to their ideas and help them create a successful design,” he adds.
The one-and-a-half-story, custom-built farmhouse is on an expansive, open floor plan, incorporating living, kitchen and informal dining areas on its main level, as well as the master bedroom suite.
“The homeowners wanted the massing to be balanced, not symmetrical,” says Clites of the basic structure. “They liked a variety of gables and dormers on the second floor, with a humble, slightly whimsical quality.”
The effect is a timeless, modern farmhouse, with crisp, white siding, standing seam metal roofs, wide porches and a seamless connection to its rural site. The interior continues that clean, airy, welcoming vibe.
“We selected 8-inch-wide white oak hardwood for the flooring in a Mono-
coat finish,” says Caron. “It’s durable, has a matte finish and brings out the natural
features in the wood, but doesn’t yellow over time, like polyurethane.”
Other classic interior finishes include what Clites references as “a mix of shiplap, painted paneling and drywall, with brick and timber accents in that ‘new farmhouse’ style, with its intentional eye toward design.”
Caron adds, “We actually installed 600 pieces of shiplap in this house!”
Shiplap is easy to wipe down and maintain—important to a family with young
kids and their friends running around.
Nichole, from the very start, was especially involved in material selections. The high-contrast palette originated with her vision, with black-framed windows
and bright-white walls in the main living spaces; the master bedroom, with its
vaulted ceiling, is finished in a moodier dark gray paint on horizontal paneling.
“I liked adding more textures and patterns, with wallpaper and tiles, while
keeping the palette mostly black, white and gray,” she says. “Elements like the
reclaimed wood beams and old bricks bring a lot of character to the house,
without being too rustic.”
The crafted archway into the main living area from the foyer, and the floating fireplace, separating the hearth and living areas, are both made of repurposed old bricks.
“With the foyer arch, we didn’t have the support below for solid bricks,
so we had to use brick veneers,” says Caron, who worked with a local mason
to make the quantities and cuts work, using reclaimed brick from an old factory in Chicago.
Triple-timbered beams add visual separation to the open floor plan, anchored at one end by the living area and at the other end by the kitchen. The informal dining area sits between the two. Featuring fully inset paneled cabinetry, simple oil-rubbed bronze hardware and a herringbone-tiled backsplash, the open kitchen is the hub of the home. Kids are always around the island, snacking or doing homework.
“Because it was open to the main living space, much of the normal clutter of a kitchen was moved to an adjacent pantry, with open shelves, housing all the necessities for cooking,” says Clites.
The homeowners, who love to have family and friends over, did request a more formal dining room (off the kitchen, through an open casement), which is defined by 3/4-inch-high wainscoting finished in matte black. It also features pretty, black-and-white, botanical wallpaper.
Nichole furnished the house in keeping with the modern farmhouse’s fresh aesthetic, with a budget- and family-friendly approach, using a neutral blend of upholstered, wood and pleather furniture. Home accents add color and switch out seasonally.
“It’s no secret that buffalo check is popular, especially in black and white, so that was my go-to for the dining room chairs, as well as the armchairs in our hearth room,” she says of interjecting contemporary takes on country patterns, which also appear in tilework, home accents and wall coverings.
A large, sectional sofa grounds the living area, facing the TV sandwiched by custom built-ins, while the informal dining area features a rustic farm table and bench crafted by Steve Dohl (Poppy + Chalk) in Culpeper.
“When designing a home and building it, you hope you have no regrets—and we definitely don’t! I wouldn’t change anything about our home,” says Nichole, adding, “I love having people over for holidays, parties, you name it. Having a big open space, with lots of seating and room, has been a blessing for when friends and family visit.”
“Each team member on this project was extremely responsive to their role. We produced well-crafted architectural plans, Jonathan had a solid team of workers and craftsmen on board and, most importantly, the homeowners did an amazing job of making selections to elevate the design,” adds Clites of the effort involved in delivering the seamless modern farmhouse.
For the 22nd year in a row, beloved The Old Lucketts Store will bring thousands of vintage products from across the country to one place for three days with its annual Lucketts Spring Market. While initially scheduled to take place in May, staff of the antique shop, led by owner Suzanne Eblen and creative director Amy Whyte, decided that, as COVID-19 continues to spread, the spring affair will be moved to the fall, now scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 18.
Whether you’re searching for refurbished home furnishings or primitive decor for the garden, this three-day market has something for everyone, showcasing goods from more than 200 vendors. While the event first began as a daylong affair hosted at the antique shop in Leesburg, it has since evolved to attract over 10,000 visitors, requiring a new space at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville.
“This year, our vendors are going big or going home,” says Casey McGrath, who has worked at The Old Lucketts Store and its design house for over five years. “We have a bunch of vintage Airstream trailers, camper stations … people are really adapting what they are selling their vintage goods from.”
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This year’s theme, Happy Place Found, will help set the scene for an uplifting, antique-filled weekend on the fairgrounds. According to McGrath, the team is working on implementing more interactive elements this year, such as a life-size Scrabble board in the bleachers and scheduled workshops, like a flower-crown-building class hosted by a local florist. Plus, food trucks, live music and beer gardens hosted by local companies, such as Vanish Brewery, will be open throughout the weekend.
Many of this year’s featured merchandise comes from locally owned businesses, including vintage rugs from the husband-and-wife duo behind District Loom, Leesburg’s Finch Knitting + Sewing Studio, Ekster Antiques of Hamilton and many more. For a sneak peak at other confirmed vendors taking part in the weekend affair, click here.
Despite the current circumstances, according to McGrath, Lucketts is prepared for what’s to come.
“We are always adapting, always thinking bigger,” says McGrath. “We are ready this year, it has finally clicked. Suzanne wants a hot air balloon in the middle of the field, and if it works, I’ll take it.”
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On Sunday, March 1, television star Bobby Berk, known for his role as lead designer on Emmy-winning Queer Eye, will make his way to Dulles-based Belfort Furniture for a day of conversation and celebration.
While you probably recognize him best as the red-headed member of the Fab Five who transforms apartments and homes of guests on the Netflix series, Berk also owns a full-service bespoke interior design practice. This past fall, Berk debuted the Bobby Berk Collection for A.R.T. Furniture and this weekend, he will celebrate a new partnership with locally owned Belfort Furniture.
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The mid-century-inspired collection—now available at Belfort—reflects the evolution of Berk’s personal designs style, offering pieces for all areas of the home, including the living room, dining room and bedroom.
On the day of the special event, Berk will take part in a Q&A session, and also discuss the inspiration behind several of his signature pieces. Guests will also enjoy door prizes, refreshments, light bites and a photo opportunity with the designer himself. Plus, Berk may even spill some insider secrets surrounding season five of Queer Eye, set to debut later this year.
If you’re interested in attending the one-time-only event, be sure to RSVP. And if you want to take a look at Berk’s collection (made primarily from organic materials) before visiting the shop, find images below. // Belfort Furniture: 22250 Shaw Road, Dulles; Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.; free
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his living room, with its massive scale, huge windows and double-height ceiling, had become orphaned from the rest of the house; the homeowners simply didn’t know how to incorporate it into their lifestyle and weren’t using it,” recalls interior designer Kirsten Kaplan of Haus Interior Design, when speaking about the McLean living room she helped bring back into the fold.
When Kaplan first saw the space, she could see why the homeowners—and their three children (12, 15, 17)—felt intrinsically unwelcome in the room. Not only was it large, eating up much of the main floor plan, but it was also painted a dated butter yellow with traditional white moldings.
The homeowners wanted to use the living room for fundraisers and entertaining, but more importantly, they wanted it to be a warm, welcoming space where they and their children could gather.
“Our main challenge was to make the space cozier and less cavernous: It would remain grand but become inviting,” she adds.
Palette was key. Inspired by an existing artwork owned by the family, Kaplan went with a warm, monochromatic palette of grays.
“We painted the walls in slate hue, and the window moldings and the fireplace in a rich charcoal color. The palette instantly anchored and helped ground the room, making it welcoming and less daunting,” she says.
Once the refuge for random furniture that didn’t fit elsewhere in the house, appropriately scaled furnishings and a well-planned layout further transformed the room. Upholstery choices, like washed velvet and soft chenille, felt good to the touch and were cozy.
“We also created multiple seating areas in the room, creating ‘moments,’ like you can sit in the intimate corner armchairs and have a conversation, or nap on a sofa, while someone else is reading the paper on another one,” says Kaplan.
Of course, the Christmas tree is put up in this room, where the fire roars throughout the season, and the family now truly enjoys and spends time in what was once wasted space.
Warrenton-based Casey Sanford has an eye for making neutral spaces vibrate with life. When called upon to design a formal living room for a young family (husband, wife and three kids) in Oakton, she readily embraced the challenge.
“The room was 15-by-12 feet, but it had four large windows facing the front of the home. I wanted to design a refined, transitional-style space that was inspired by the trees and greenery right outside,” says Sanford.
An existing abstract landscape painting above the fireplace mantle also contained the organic, neutral hues that ultimately became the formal living room’s understated palette: soft creams, light greens and gray-blues. The Oushak rug sourced for the space also had hints of faded rust in its pattern, which carry over into some of the warmer metallic finishes used throughout.
“For metals, there is the antiqued silver and brass of the two-tiered glass cocktail table, as well as the bronze of the French drapery rods. They add dimension, patina and interest to the neutrality of the room,” says Sanford.
Previously, builder-grade blinds closed off much of the light coming in from the windows. These were removed early on in the design process and replaced with custom pinch-pleated drapery panels, enhancing the natural brightness of the room, while adding warmth to it.
“Though the space is traditional in feel, we implemented transitional pulls throughout, with clean furniture lines and simple upholstery choices,” she says.
For example, the sofa is covered in a pale, soft linen, while a wingchair is cloaked in a buttery-cream leather. The transparency of the glass-and-metal cocktail and side tables keep the smaller-scaled room open and airy, allowing the eye to travel through to the fireplace.
“The homeowners use the room to entertain their guests and family, especially during the holiday season,” says Sanford. “It sits right off the foyer at the front of the house, so it is a warm and welcoming beacon for each of its visitors.”
When Caroline and Liam Coakley reached out to Vienna-based Studio 320 to help redesign what they wished to call their ‘gathering room,’ it was very clear from the start that they had their four children (ages 15 and under) in mind.
“It’s the main living space in their home; they wanted a fully functional place where everyone could spend time together,” says principal designer Andrea Maaseide of the Mclean home.
The homeowners were also looking to shift the traditional vibe of the living room to something fresher and approachable in a transitional style. The existing beautiful, stone fireplace—the hearth and heart of the room—was a starting point for palette inspiration, as was the Oushak carpet selected for the space.
“Our client fell in love with the area rug during our first visit to the Design Center,” says Maaseide of the wool Oushak. “It features pale blues, soft creams and warm taupes in a washed pattern.”
The living room had previously been filled with dark leather and wood furniture in browns and beiges. Studio 320 introduced the lighter colors, as well as the transitional style furnishings in tactile family-friendly fabrics, like the plush ‘velvet’ blend upholstering the quartet of swivel armchairs.
“In addition to freshening and brightening up the space, the homeowners wanted that updated transitional look, but everything needed to remain traditional enough to stay consistent with the rest of the home,” she says.
Floor-to-ceiling curtains added warmth and coziness to the open floor plan and tall coffered ceilings, but the layout, with distinct areas for different tasks, made the design feel complete.
Behind the propped art is a mounted television for enjoying movies or ballgames from the comfort of the sofa. Meanwhile, armchairs swivel for conversations or viewing. There is also a game table set up in one corner, and, in another, a secretary that doubles for correspondence or a place to set a laptop.
“This is now the true heart of the home, where the family spends quality time together,” says Maaseide.
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When it comes to dogs, Bonny McMahon believes that they should sleep as peacefully as humans do, like “getting a good night’s sleep on a good pair of sheets with a solid mattress,” she says. That’s why she’s launched a new line of customizable, handmade dog beds.
The Alexandria resident is the owner of Garden Home LLC, a producer of high-end, handmade items for the home. McMahon creates refurbished furniture, pillows, ottomans and takes on custom projects for clients. Her newest venture creating dog beds fits in with another passion of hers: fostering shelter animals.
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“My inspiration comes from a combination of my pets, and then my work fostering with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue,” McMahon says, who has fostered about two dozen dogs over the years through the Arlington nonprofit. “I’ve seen a pattern when dogs are coming off of transport, coming from a shelter environment: They want a bath, they want to eat, they want to play and they want a really soft space to be able to settle in, like a lush, super-comfy blanket or bed, to shed the stress of transport.”
McMahon’s dog beds are both pillow-style and box-style, made out of upholstery fabrics that feel like velvet, as well as charmeuse, burlap from coffee sacks and cotton. “They’re comfortable and warm, but have the durability on the other side that can be on the floor and be dragged around a bit,” McMahon says. “It can wear because it has the upholstery fabric on the bottom of it, but then they’re luxurious on the top.”
The beds are currently sold at Boxwood, a home goods boutique located in Old Town where McMahon serves as the store’s director of special projects, leading multiple creative workshops throughout the year. McMahon accepts custom orders through Boxwood, as well, for customers who want a specific design. “As opposed to something that’s made in a mass way in a factory setting, I always ask myself, ‘How can I make this unique product that will reflect the local area?’” McMahon says.
To keep a clean aesthetic, the dog beds come in neutral tones. Those available at Boxwood are pre-made by McMahon in blues, grays, greens and soft patterns. “I want the beds to be able to function in people’s homes,” she says. “So it won’t be, ‘Here’s my beautiful house and then here’s my neon dog bed.’ It’s just a beautiful pillow that a dog happens to sleep on.” After all, dogs deserve comfort, too. // Boxwood: 128 S. Royal St., Alexandria; pre-made beds $85-$225, custom orders vary
That’s the question marketing director of Hästens DC, Helio Lopes, wants you to ponder when shopping for a new mattress at the brand’s first Northern Virginia location in Tysons Corner.
The Swedish-born company came to fruition in 1852, with the very first mattresses going into the homes of the Swedish royal family, according to Lopes. While the technique for handmaking each mattress has become more modernized, the values and underlying design have stayed the same.
Each bed takes up to 390 hours to make, consisting primarily of horsehair that doubles as a million tiny springs due to its hollow form, allowing the mattress to remain dry, breathe and maintain a comfortable body temperature for each individual.
“You’re getting a mattress that’s designed for you at tension level, which we measure,” says Lopes of the design process. “We also don’t harm any animals during the process, we just give them a haircut.”
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While shoppers can view products online, mattresses can only be purchased in a storefront, which are sprawled across the world in client-specific cities such as Milan, Paris and New York City, in 36 countries. Now open in Tysons Corner as of Oct. 12, the store is surrounded by other high-end, luxury brands and according to Lopes, that’s exactly where it should be.
“We felt that it’s a high-end market and this would be our home,” says Lopes. “Our mattress is a piece of furniture but also a designer piece; fashionable and comfortable at the same time.”
Within the store, shoppers will find the top seven of the company’s 17 mattress models, including the flagship Vividus bed, which Hästens describes as “the world’s most luxurious bed,” as well as managers who are trained to explain the mattress’ effect on one’s body, ultimately finding the right model for you.
“We have a lot of clients who come in while on business and say they were waiting for us to come here [to DC] because this is where they are based,” says Lopes. “There’s clientele in DC who want and deserve our products.” // Hästens DC: 2001 International Drive, Unit 1156, McLean; prices vary