• Bedroom Decoration

    15 Pedestal Decor Ideas – What to Put on Decorative Pedestals

    Thomas Loof When decorating any room, there comes a time when it feels like you should be finished, but it still just seems like something is missing. You can usually identify the problem by scanning the periphery of the room: an empty corner, bare walls, flat proportions, etc. And while artwork, sconces, plants, and accent chairs and tables can definitely help, pieces that offer variety in scale to both break up and balance out the anchor items are usually the solution. Enter: the pedestal. A cross between sculptural artwork and a handy surface to prop up decorative objects, the pedestal is a designer go-to for small entryways, awkward nooks, and…

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  • Kitchen Decoration

    Where’d All the Roosters Go? Let’s Revisit the Charming Kitchen Trend

    Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission. Growing up in a Southern grandmother’s kitchen, you’re bound to recognize certain quirks. There might be a nondescript canister always sitting on the counter. (Hint: It’s leftover bacon grease.) There could be a cookie jar of her “world-famous” toffee cookies. What there most definitely is? A decorative item or two, and for whatever reason, sometimes a rooster is involved.  At first, it was a set of salt-and-pepper shakers. Then, it was a tea towel. Later, a framed cross-stitch on the wall. Finally, the…

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  • Home Design

    A Secret Interior Design Trick: Wallpapering a Closet

    WANT TO GIVE your décor a pop of personality that is both discrete and powerful? Take wallpaper inside your closet, a favorite interior-designer trick that’s playful, surprising and easy on the budget. You do still have to consider the context, however. When adding a motif to a room, Jewel Marlowe, a Washington, D.C., interior designer and DIYer, categorizes patterns into stripes, dots, watercolors, organic and geometric. “If my closet is in a striped room, for example, I would choose a dot, watercolor, organic or geometric with a different scale for my closet for more visual interest.” Here, some other particulars. The Appeal Closets are, surprisingly, among Jewel Marlowe’s favorite spots…

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  • Garden Design

    Garden Design expands presence with addition of Red’s Lawn and Landscape

    Garden Design (GDI), has acquired Red’s Lawn and Landscape, a provider of landscape design, installation and maintenance in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. GDI is partnering directly with Red’s Landscape founder and president Seth Peugh, who will continue to be actively involved with the company managing GDI’s Fort Worth operations. “Finding a partner like GDI who shares Red’s commitment to serving our customers and employees as well as our vision for the future was crucial for me in this process. I am excited to work together with Garden Design as we embark on a long-term growth plan and to carry on the legacy of Red’s Lawn and Landscape,” said Peugh. Headquartered…

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  • Real Estate

    What $560k(ish) gets you in D.C. real estate

    The median sold price for homes in the D.C. region in December was $560,000. The District’s December median sale price was $664,750, an 8.3% decrease from Nov. 2021, but a 3.9% increase from Dec. 2020. Montgomery County’s median sale price was $519,000, a 1.1% decrease from Nov. 2021, but an 8.1% increase from Dec. 2020. The big picture: Home prices are down slightly, and they’re spending a bit more time on the market. Yes, but: Despite slowing down a bit, the market is still seeing more activity than pre-pandemic years. Here’s what’s on the market for the median sold price point in the D.C. area.  235 Florida Ave NW #2…

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  • Swimming Pool Design

    Guestwords: What to Tell Your Architect

    I was 4 years old when my mother remarried and we all moved into an old house with a spooky basement and attic. Sometimes I heard frightening sounds coming from the top of the attic stairs. My mother had an explanation — she said that our house had a connection with a neighbor’s house and the noises were really from that house. This explanation made no sense, but I never questioned her logic. I began thinking about how our houses might be interconnected — underground tunnels? I built cardboard models of the homes on our street. Where were these phantom connections? I fantasized about eating my way through licorice passageways…

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