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Obama legacy includes a new look for White House’s State Dining Room

Friday, June 26th, 2015

The White House’s State Dining Room, a grand and historic space that has hosted kings and queens, Nobel Prize-winners, military families and George Clooney, is not a room whose redecoration is taken lightly. Yet it gets a lot of wear and tear, with all those Manolo heels digging into the rug and martinis accidentally spilling onto the curtains.Read full article >>





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Can a basement really be beautiful?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Bethesda antiques dealer Loi Thai isn’t someone you would ever associate with the term “bargain basement.”His shop, Tone on Tone, is the go-to source for interior designers and stylish collectors. They love his 19th-century Swedish painted chests, mid-century Danish tables and gilded Venetian mirrors. Readers of Thai’s blog and his 17,500 Instagram followers savor and share the photos of Thai’s jaunts to Paris and Maine. They have followed the tale of the restoration of the 1916 Spanish Colonial revival house where he lives with husband Tom Troeschel. Read full article >>





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Get the look: Loi Thai’s shopping list

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Loi Thai and Tom Troeschel renovated and furnished their Northwest Washington basement by shopping big-box and chain stores, as well as hunting sales and close-outs at higher-end stores and outlets. Here are some of their sources. Read full article >>





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To find a tool, first you must hide it

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Garden tools don’t just run away and hide, but often it seems that way. Where’s the trowel I was using before lunch? And the weed bucket? For that matter, where’s that phone? When you’re moving around the yard it’s easy to forget where you set something down in order to pick up something else.Read full article >>





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Four savvy design tips from D.C. designer Joe Ireland

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Washington designer Joe Ireland, who recently staged a pop-up shop at Union Market, knows how to mix traditional design with hip style. Ireland joined our Home Front Web chat this week. Here are four of his best design tips from the chat.Read full article >>





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Release of encyclical reveals pope’s deep dive into climate science

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

VATICAN CITY — He warns of “synthetic agrotoxins” harming birds and insects and “bioaccumulation” from industrial waste. He calls for renewable fuel subsidies and “maximum energy efficiency.” And although he offers prayers at the beginning and end of his heavily anticipated missive on the environment, Pope Francis unmasks himself not only as a very green pontiff, but also as a total policy wonk.Read full article >>





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Rewriting the language of abortion

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Abortion-rights proponents’ desire to see abortion-rights rhetoric purged of its euphemistic language is laudable; however, it is not likely to happen. Indeed, the June 14 Outlook essay “Reclaiming abortion” included many standard pro-choice euphemisms: procedure, women who terminate pregnancies, reproductive health, reproductive rights, reproductive freedom — all common code for abortion or for access to abortion.Read full article >>





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How to incorporate a large television, without it taking over your living room

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

THE CHALLENGEThe living room of Alexis and Brian Horan’s Mount Pleasant rowhouse has two parts: one area at the foot of the stairs and another by the fireplace. She wants to unify the spaces and create an inviting place for relaxing, entertaining and watching television, but she doesn’t want the TV to be the focal point of the room.Read full article >>





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An organizer’s tips for a smooth move

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

It’s that time of year: For-rent and for-sale signs are sprouting like spring flowers and people are madly searching for movers. If you are moving, whether to an apartment or a house, upsizing or downsizing, planning is the most important thing you can do.The moving calendar?8 weeks out: Start researching moving companies. Get at least two price quotes.?6 weeks out: Start going through drawers, cabinets and closets to identify things you want to donate, give away or sell. Begin to think about the layout of your new home and whether you need to sell or buy any major pieces of furniture.Read full article >>





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5 rules of design from Nate Berkus

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Nate Berkus, founder of the interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates, author of “The Things That Matter” and a frequent design expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” was the guest on this week’s Home Front chat. Here are some of our favorite pieces of advice from the live Q&A:Read full article >>





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