Fixing Your Beach House? Be on TV!


With everyone going back to school and work, this is typically the time of year when beach house owners do a lot of maintenance and renovation, so it will all be shiny and new for next year’s season. If you’re in the midst of planning work at a house along one of the Maryland or Delaware […]

Landis Construction’s Before and After Kitchen


I love seeing transformations that just stop you in your tracks. And it’s not like the space has to be big or grand, either, as we see in this 30’s-era apartment redo in DC that Landis Architects and Builders just completed for a client. The most dramatic before-and-after was in the kitchen/dining area. Here’s the original layout: […]

Designer Jeff Akseizer’s House: For Sale!


If you’ve ever been house hunting, you know what a slog it is to go from house to house, and it seems like each one is a “before” picture that’s going to require a lot of work. That’s why it’s like hitting the jackpot if you land on a house that’s owned by an interior […]

Easy Paint: Like Ordering Takeout


Earlier this year, I went out to lunch with a great friend, designer Tracy Morris, who introduced me to a guy doing a startup that involved house painters. And now that I’ve come to know Marty Cornish and his company, Easy Paint, I’m convinced that his venture is a lot like the one that involves cab […]

Waterlily Interiors Makes Room to Rebloom


Some may think interior design is a frivolity—a unnecessary decadence. But I’m of the mindset that it can have a serious impact on your mental health—how you feel in the space where you spend most of your life. This concept is especially important in a place of shelter, where women and children seek refuge from domestic violence—a space […]

Hellman-Chang: Brooklyn based, Maryland raised


Take a look at this guy, Eric Chang: What do you think he does for a living? Lawyer? Financier? Corporate executive? Why don’t we call him a startup CEO, along with his best friend Daniel Hellman, whom he met back in sixth grade at Hoover Middle School in Rockville. But their current office environment is a […]

Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Couture at Hillwood


There are so many things that are thrilling to me about this new exhibit at Hillwood, called “Ingenue to Icon: 70 Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post,” which opened Saturday and goes through the rest of the year. First, my dear friend and former Washington Spaces editor, Trish Donnally, co-wrote the […]

Kips Bay: Part II


We’re ready to start where we left off yesterday—on the more private upper floors of the Arthur Sachs Mansion on East 66th Street in New York, the site of this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House. 1. The best place to start, OF COURSE, is with the master bedroom. And what a cozy space—not too […]

Kips Bay Turns 100


So, I decided I don’t get out enough. And what better excuse to take a girlfriends’ jaunt to New York than to see the decorator show house that’s benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, which is celebrating its centennial this year? Designer Victoria Sanchez and I went up to check it out. We were allowed […]