05.22.19

On Downsizing, Part 2: Prepping for the Market

In January, Phyllis wrote about the first step in the downsizing process, The Purge, the emotional process of cleaning out your home from the clutter you have collected over the many years of […]
05.15.19
Boxwood Storefront in Alexandria, VA: Colorful, eclectic decor for your home

Boxwood Opens: “Homes should be as colorful and vibrant as the people who live in them….”

Walking past the corner of Prince and South Royal, you can’t help but be pulled in by the vibrant, eclectic pieces that fill a store window. Sweet Tea candles, furniture painted in the […]
05.09.19
CocoonAqua Hydration Pad

A World-Class Spa Experience in Our Own Backyard

If you haven’t stepped inside Ft Hunt Massage and Spa, you are missing out! From the outside, it may seem like a small, limited-service spa, however the minute you step inside you realize […]
05.02.19
Chop Shop Taco in Alexandria, VA (in Avanti Holding’s development Madison Collective in the Parker-Gray district)

Restaurant Report: Not Another Taco Bar (It’s So Much More!)

Chop Shop Taco opened yesterday in Avanti Holding’s development Madison Collective in the Parker-Gray district. The name, a nod to the auto body “chop shop” that was originally there, also reflects the menu: […]
04.25.19
After Picture of Renovating a Living Room on a Budget

Renovating on a Budget: Tips, Tricks & Lessons Learned

Back in November, I wrote about how The Amazon Effect tipped me into home ownership. However, something I didn’t share is that the house we decided to purchase needs, as I have been […]
04.18.19
Avacado Toast plated on wooden cutting board from Toastique Gourmet Toast and Juice Bar in Alexandria, VA

Restaurant Report: Toastique

Walking down King Street and looking for a go-to breakfast? Leaving barre and need some post-workout fuel? Boutique gourmet toast and juice bar Toastique has you covered! It is now officially open at […]
04.11.19
Spring Real Estate Market in Alexandria, VA

Spring Real Estate Market Update

We have officially entered into the heat of the Spring Real Estate Market, which is typically the busiest time of year for buying and selling a home. During these months we tend to […]
04.04.19

Dine All Day To Support Spring2ACTion! Here’s Where.

It’s April 4, which means Spring2ACTion day, Wednesday, April 10, is just six days away! Spring2ACTion is an online giving day, hosted by ACT for Alexandria, created to support the non-profits doing great […]
03.28.19

Meet Lifestyle & Product Stylist Sara Raak

It’s safe to say that here at the Patterson Group, we are big fans of strong women who follow their dreams. We are so lucky to have a team of empowering, caring, and […]
03.21.19

Outdoor Alexandria

Break out the sunglasses and sunscreen because we are finally seeing warm temperatures in the long-range forecast. Spring weather has arrived and we are ready to thrive during these sunny days. Between the […]
03.13.19

My Kitchen Intervention

Moving into a new house is the perfect opportunity to start new and fresh. We tend to think about new furniture, new decor, maybe new linens. Something we don’t always think about is […]
03.07.19

Sláinte! Cheers to Classic Irish Coffee

The Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade kicked off the month-long celebrations of all things green and gold. Luckily, we have the classic Irish Coffee recipe to help you celebrate. Whether you’re looking for […]
02.28.19

Alexandria Spring Roundup

There’s a lot to look forward to in Alexandria’s spring season. Between celebrity tall ships, new breweries, and boutiques, there will be something for everyone. Here’s our roundup for what excites us the […]
02.21.19

Tips from the Pros To Keep Your Pup Happy This Winter

The snow is officially back on the ground in Alexandria. The fluffy, winter wonderland is beautiful, but the chilly temperatures can be a little ruff for our furry friends. Entertaining cooped-up canines can […]
02.13.19

Our Local, Last-Minute Valentine’s Favorites

Whether you’re single or have a sweetheart, Valentine’s Day is the perfect holiday to share the love. But between chocolates, roses, and champagne (oh my!), even Cupid would find planning that perfect evening […]


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