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Creating a home, your haven, is our passion. From experienced interior designers to local boutique owners who select home goods, art, and furnishings that are truly special to nationally recognized real estate agents, our local experts have the tools, talent, and resources to transform a blank space into a place that’s truly your own.

Ask stylebook: mixing metals?

Ellie: I love the polish and shine that metallic accents bring to a room, but how do I choose which metal to use? Isn’t mixing a design don’t? Courtney: At Ivy Lane, we […]

the importance of staging in selling your home

In our last post, we offered steps to take if you’re thinking about selling your home in 2016. We emphasized decluttering and depersonalizing and then choosing which updates or repairs will have the […]

loving brass for my kitchen renovation

I am in the middle of redoing my kitchen, and I can’t wait until it is done. It has been a long process; we started last June!  The cabinets are finally installed and […]

Selling in 2016? Take these steps now

Are you thinking of selling your home in 2016? Are you worried about the time and money that getting your home ready to sell will require? Don’t be. The Patterson Group has seen […]

q&a with snaidero kitchen designer shawna dillon

After the fun and, let’s be honest, stress of holiday entertaining, many homeowners use January as a time to think about how they might do things differently in their homes in the holidays […]

coco’s library: travels with louis

We at Coco Blanca are very proud of our library and the authors we represent. Every book has been carefully selected for content and style, and we have been fortunate to host many […]

designers at home: courtney cox

In shelter magazine and on HGTV, we see the amazing transformations interior designers make, bringing clients’ visions to life, even when clients aren’t quite sure what that vision is. These clients are always […]

what’s coming to old town: 7 development projects to watch

2016 will bring several exciting development upgrades to familiar spaces in Old Town. Below are seven projects we will be tracking in the months to come. 802 and 806 N Washington Street The […]

the house edit: 5 steps to simplify

Editing a room just as important as what you put in the room. Let 2016 be the year of the edit. One of my favorite designers, John Saladino, says “I edit constantly because […]

sleeping beauty

Your device, your latest binge-watch, your children, your work…there a million things that can keep you from getting to bed on time, but we know that sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, […]

pantone color of the year: home edition

While we didn’t expect that Pantone would select two shades for its color of the year, we were charmed but not completely surprised to see Rose Quartz in the mix. We have been […]

susie’s new year’s eve pre-party (mango bellinis, anyone?)

2015 has been quite the year.  There were many ups with only a few downs.  We were thrilled to have opened our second Coco Blanca location, this time in Bethesda, and to have […]

alexandria’s top 10 sales of 2015

2015 marks another great year in Alexandria real estate. Let’s take a closer look at 22314: year over year, the average sales price of homes was up 12 percent in November, 6.6 percent in […]

merry christmas (casserole)

When cooking for family and friends over the holidays, it’s hard to accommodate everyone’s needs and wants. But we have the solution, and it’s become our family’s Christmas tradition: my Sausage + Grit […]


“The nerve of those Whos. Inviting me down there, on such short notice! Even if I wanted to go my schedule wouldn’t allow it. 4:00, wallow in self-pity; 4:30, stare into the abyss; […]

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