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How to create a soothing retreat, with a side of extra storage

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

THE CHALLENGEAmy Vander Vliet wants to make the bedroom of her Alexandria one-bedroom rental a soothing retreat, but she also needs lots of storage for sports equipment, seasonal decorations and clothes. Wall paint and built-in cabinetry are not options, and she needs to work around windows and three doors that open into the room.Read full article >>





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The incredible lightness of just throwing stuff out

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

As a personal organizer, I am lucky to have a lot of variety in my job. Each client has a unique set of circumstances and a specific set of challenges. But over and over again, I watch clients get stuck on clearing out certain items — items that accumulate relentlessly, and usually pointlessly, over the years. Busy parents, downsizing home-sellers, crowded apartment dwellers, they all trip over the same junk. Today, I’m here to give them — and you — a little backbone. I’m saying: Throw that stuff out. Here’s why.washingtonpost.com^Chat May 28 at 11 a.m. There is no Home Front chat this week. It returns May 28 when Sophie Donelson, editor of House Beautiful, joins staff writer Jura Koncius to discuss decorating and household advice. Submit questions at washingtonpost.com/home.Read full article >>





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What you need for a perfect flower arrangement

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Indoors or out, flowers can make a statement. Jennifer “Jo” Oliver, co-founder of Highway to Hill Flowers, offered plenty of expert advice for displaying blooms outside in this week’s Local Living cover story on outdoor entertaining. She also shared some more insight on making your own arrangements during our Home Front chat.Read full article >>





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Why potluck suppers come naturally to a gardener

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Potluck suppers come naturally to a gardener, because a gardener leads a potluck life. The crops you harvest are shaped by the season, and even with good soil and perfect planning, the oddities of weather determine what you can actually pick and eat on any given day. Dinner is the luck of the pot.Read full article >>





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Gardens and Mountains in Australia

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

This luxury period-style home on more than 50,000 square feet of land has a national park out the back door and is just a 90-minute drive from Sydney.
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Online mattress company Casper tries real-life sales at D.C. pop-up

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Would you ever buy a mattress without trying it out first?“Bed-in-a-box”company Casper is an online-only mattress retailer that has based its business on changing the standard mattress-shopping experience: Instead of muddling through — and lying on — a variety of options and prices at a store, pay one price for a foam mattress that’s delivered straight to your door.Read full article >>





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How to restyle upholstered furniture

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Question: I love my love seats (I have two) but would like to have them made more streamlined. Is it possible to remove the curves and square off the features?Answer: Yes, many upholstery shops can restyle furniture as part of the process of reupholstering. The specific transformation you have in mind even has a name: tuxedo style.Read full article >>





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Behind the scenes at an extravagant Georgetown garden

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Richard Arentz is in a T-shirt and shorts and looking anything but relaxed. “Not too thin,” he says to a gardener trimming a hedge of arbor vitae. At the foot of the hedge, a row of empty planters is about to receive an extravagant display of flowering viburnum and creamy spikes of foxglove. Arentz, landscape architect to Washington’s rich and famous, is prepping the marquee garden on this year’s Georgetown Garden Tour.Read full article >>





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Island style tips for your home, just in time for warm weather

Friday, May 8th, 2015

You may not live in the Bahamas, but you can still enjoy some beach vibes in your home. Here are tips from our recent Home Front chat with designer and author India Hicks.Start with a neutral base. “I always say that with the kaleidoscope of color on the outside of a tropical home we try to keep the inside more muted,” Hicks said.Read full article >>





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Gleaning extras from your favorite vegetables and herbs

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

My Louisiana-born mother had a word she used for a little something extra thrown in. It was “lagniappe” (pronounced lan-YAP), originally from the Andean Quechua language but frenchified in New Orleans. A lagniappe could be a little gift with a purchase, like the 13th doughnut that makes a baker’s dozen, or the warm-up of your coffee at a local diner. With Mother, it was often a bit added to something she cooked. So when she made egg-in-the-hole, for which a disk is cut and removed from a slice of bread, and an egg is dropped into the resulting round hole and fried, she would also fry and serve the little disk alongside. “That’s the lagniappe,” she’d say.Read full article >>





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