Celebrate The Joys Of Open-Air Living

Suzanne Manlove | Mar 31, 2016 | No Comments

Spring is coming! Are you ready?

Reading the Sunday paper on the porch in my pj’s, stealing an afternoon nap on the patio sectional, dining al fresco with family and friends under twinkly lights, making s’mores over the fire pit — these are a few of my favorite things to do when we shift into warmer temps.

Never before has there been so many choices to create outdoor havens for relaxing and entertaining.

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DESIGN DATE: Crossing the River

Suzanne Manlove | Mar 24, 2016 | No Comments

This month’s Design Date requires crossing the Potomac to nearby Bethesda Row for a little getaway inside the beltway. My husband and I enjoyed this Design Date in January, and pretended we were on vacation – one of our favorite games. (Who knew there was so much to do in Bethesda?!)

Start your date with shopping at Urban Country for inspiration on your next home project or just to admire a few pretty things.

Need a gift for an upcoming birthday or Mother’s Day? This is the place! They carry many lines of beautiful furniture in their showroom, representing several vendors that Arlington Home Interiors uses in our designs.

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Tips for a New Build

Suzanne Manlove | Mar 3, 2016 | No Comments

Considering a new build or remodeling your existing home?  Here are a few planning tips to keep in mind.

1. Create a Furniture Floor Plan

At the beginning of your project, when you are approving drawings and prior to pulling permits, create a furniture plan. This doesn’t need to be exact, but representative of future furnishings. This will help you decide what furniture you can re-purpose in your new space, as well as help you answer some important questions that may impact the comfort and functionality of your new home.

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  • Can you furnish the space the way you imagined?
  • Is there enough space between the furniture to pass comfortably?
  • Does everyone in your family have a place to sit in the family room?
  • Do you need electrical outlets in the middle of the floor so you can add lighting?
  • Does your ideal bed size fit in your new master bedroom?

2. Plan Ahead

A custom upholstered piece, like that big sectional you’ve been dreaming of, may take up to 4 months to be manufactured and shipped. If you want your home to be furnished when you move in, give yourself a deadline for ordering.

3. Budget for Window Treatments

All of those beautiful new windows will need some coverings to provide privacy and light control starting your first night in your new home. Those 3M paper shades is not a look you want to live with for long.

If you are planning a project and have questions or want to discuss ways that Arlington Home Interiors can help, please contact me for a free phone consultation.

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DESIGN DATE: Renwick Gallery’s “Wonder,” followed by Dessert

Suzanne Manlove | Feb 25, 2016 | No Comments

This month I’m sharing a new concept I’m calling “Design Date”- a chance to grab your partner, your BFF, or the whole family and inject some beauty and creativity into your day. I promise you’ll be inspired, and you might even be able to translate something you see or experience into your own home. If you have any recommendations for a great Design Date – send me a note on the Arlington Home Interiors Facebook page and “like” us while you are there.

Renwick's Gallery Wonder Exhibit

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The Renwick Gallery’s Wonder exhibit is currently one of the most Instagrammed exhibits in a long while, but don’t just look at the photos from your friends, you really have to go to see it yourself. It’s free and it takes about an hour to tour the whole building. The gallery re-opened last November after a major two-year renovation with this incredible show. Nine leading contemporary artists were invited to take over different galleries in the building, creating site-specific installations inspired by Renwick Gallery. Click the video image below to view a short video explaining the concept.

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Top 5 Interior Design Requests

Flavia Heupel | Jan 26, 2016 | No Comments

January is a hot time for design project requests. We’re receiving lots of inquiries and are excited to hear about everyone’s desires to improve their homes – new builds, remodels and room re-design. I wanted to share some of the most common requests for interior design help and how you could benefit from hiring an interior designer (like us!) for your next home project.

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A Cozy Place to Read

Suzanne Manlove | Jan 14, 2016 | No Comments

I was interviewed by Jenifer Shapira for an article on reading nooks that ran at the end of last year in Northern Virginia Magazine. The article features a boho reading corner I designed for a young couple who was really into collecting books.

You can see the full article here.

I believe every house needs a comfy place to cozy up with a good book. One of my favorite reading places is in the garden in our hammock. Missing summer already…
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Best of Arlington 2016!

Suzanne Manlove | Jan 7, 2016 | No Comments

The people have spoken!

Arlington Home Interiors has been voted as one of the best interior designers by the readers of Arlington Magazine!  Thank you to everyone in our community who voted. We are so honored to have been selected.

To see what other businesses were selected, visit Arlington Magazine.

Wishing you an exciting start to the new year,

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Holiday Table Setting

Suzanne Manlove | Dec 17, 2015 | No Comments

Planning a holiday table can feel intimidating, but in reality, you don’t have to do much to make a table beautiful. At my house, the dining room table is gift wrapping central through Christmas Eve, but, for those of you blessed with more space, one of these centerpieces could live in your dining room for the whole holiday season. Here are a few ideas, some simple, some which require a little bit more planning, to help your holiday meals feel special.

WITH TURQUOISE:

Turquoise is becoming a favorite holiday color. Makes me think of frozen things, and it pairs beautifully with gold and silver. I am not one for fussy – where does the napkin ring go after you’ve started using the napkin? Do the hostess collect them or leave do you just leave them on the table?

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Welcoming Holiday Doors

Suzanne Manlove | Dec 10, 2015 | No Comments

Bring your holiday cheer outside with these fun decorating ideas for your front door.

DECORATE IN NEUTRAL TONES. A natural fit with all of the natural elements that we celebrate this time of year. See my post on Holiday Decorating with Nature for more ideas. Some of these look like a floral designer may have been involved. Amazing detailing on that wood door!

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Holiday Decorating with Nature

Suzanne Manlove | Dec 3, 2015 | No Comments

This post was inspired by a trip to HomeGoods that my daughter and I made this weekend. We walked in and I thought to myself, “I don’t even want to bring any of this stuff home…” Decorating can be a little bit daunting these days with so much going on in our lives. And purchasing a lot of decor made in China to finish a home can be a little bit boring and impersonal.

I like to decorate with collections of things (ornaments, pinecones, santa clauses), along with favorite ‘memory pieces’ from my childhood, and nature. I mix natural things in with my small collection of decorations, and I can create a new look every year. Here is some inspiration from that treasure trove of ideas, the internet, to help you get inspired this year. Perhaps a walk in the woods is a good start.

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