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Super Exciting News!

Suzanne Manlove | Mar 23, 2017 | No Comments

Houzz has hand picked Arlington Home Interiors to be included in the feature; ‘These Spaces Have Music In Them’.

Enjoy!

Arlington Home Interiors Awarded the Best of Houzz 2017

Suzanne Manlove | Feb 3, 2017 | No Comments

We love Houzz. It’s one of our go-to resources for inspirational design ideas and it’s also a great way for new clients to discover us. So it was really exciting when the folks at Houzz reached out to tell us that Arlington Home Interiors was chosen as a Best of Houzz 2017 winner in the Design category!

It’s an honor for us to be recognized by the more than 40 million monthly users that make up the Houzz community. We love sharing our work on the site and we really appreciate it when our clients share their experiences by posting testimonials on our Houzz page.

If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our Houzz page!

 

Designing a Happy New Year

Suzanne Manlove | Jan 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

One of my goals for 2016 – and I had a bunch of them – was to appear in  Arlington Magazine . Well, I’m very proud to say we did it! Arlington Home Interiors (and my entire family) appears in the ‘Best of 2016’ issue, in the ‘Great Spaces’ column. The title of the piece is ‘Modern Man Cave’ and the focus is our newly renovated basement space.

The ‘client’ for this project was pretty particular – it was my husband, Mark. The challenge was to update the space but maintain its quirky charm.

For this project, we used a ‘modern vintage’ mix of materials like reclaimed barn wood, zinc metal and retro-inspired furniture.

Easy access to Mark’s bike for daily commuting was essential. Rather than deal with scratched up paint, we opted for a zinc bike wall, which ages gracefully.

We also made sure Mark’s hobby – collecting records – was central to the theme.

A wall of custom built-ins stores all of the business files and samples for our interior design projects, and provides a space for working.

The new bathroom fits the vibe, and since the sofa converts to a sleeper, we have all we need for our overnight guests.

The result: a funky, stylish hangout space everyone enjoys – from the neighborhood dads to the teenage gamers. Check out more photos of the ‘Modern Man Cave’, and other AHI projects, on our Houzz page.

I really believe that each and every space has the potential to reflect you or your family’s personality. You just need to plan it together, have a clear vision for what you want, and have FUN!

All photos copyright  Stacy Zarin Goldberg 2017

A Sophisticated Mix of Old and New

Suzanne Manlove | Dec 1, 2016 | No Comments

We recently finished a row house in the super-hip H Street corridor in the District. Our client was downsizing from a large, traditional home filled with beautiful antiques to a narrow, recently renovated townhouse. She was looking for a fresh, sophisticated approach to match her new city home, but wanted to keep some of her beloved furniture. We worked closely together to identify what could fit in the new floor plan and carefully curated a fabulous mix of old and new.

The space above the sofa was perfect for a large piece of modern art. We selected original artwork from the Merritt Gallery in Chevy Chase that complimented our colors and modern Ikat drapery fabric. During a fieldtrip to the gallery, we worked with our client to identify what she liked, and then had our own personal exhibit! The lovely staff from Merritt brought the artwork to the house so we could see exactly how it would look in the space. This is truly the best way to select art for your home.

The space above the sofa was perfect for a large piece of modern art. We selected original artwork from the Merritt Gallery in Chevy Chase that complimented our colors and modern Ikat drapery fabric. During a fieldtrip to the gallery, we worked with our client to identify what she liked, and then had our own personal exhibit! The lovely staff from Merritt brought the artwork to the house so we could see exactly how it would look in the space. This is truly the best way to select art for your home.

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Design Date: Plenty Of Cultural Charm In Charm City

Suzanne Manlove | Sep 1, 2016 | No Comments

This started as a recommendation for the Matt Sesow exhibit at the Visionary Arts Museum (the best museum ever!!), but once I got started, it was hard to stop so now I have a full overnight planned. Baltimore is one of our favorite locations for a quick romantic trip. It was perfect when our kids were little and we didn’t want to leave them for long with my folks. Now we love it because it’s still charming and it reminds us of when we were younger (not that we’re old!). There’s no place like Baltimore. Lots to list, so I’ll keep it simple.

Visionary Art Museum: The Big Hope Exhibit and DC Artist (and friend) Matt Sesow Solo Show

We just visited here recently with the kids and some good friends and were reminded of just how amazing this place is. Get inspired!

This is also a great museum to take the young artist in your life. Lots of eye candy from oversized pig floats to a sound and light exhibit inside a giant head you can lie down in (my son’s favorite).

Save time for the one-of-a-kind gift shop!

Many fun photos to be taken on the grounds of the museum.

Many fun photos to be taken on the grounds of the museum.

Fifi is one of several Kenetic Sculpture Race vehicles on display at the museum. AVAM hosts each year. Another great Baltimore event!

Fifi is one of several Kinetic Sculpture Race vehicles on display at the museum. AVAM hosts each year. Another great Baltimore event!

Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD · (410) 244-1900, check site for hours and tickets.

Romantic Dinner at Fork & Wrench: Amazing farm to table food in rustic industrial meets flea market décor. Delish and great for Instagramming pics to your friends.

Romantic Dinner at Fork & Wrench: Amazing farm to table food in rustic industrial meets flea market décor. Delish and great for Instagramming pics to your friends.

Fork & Wrench
2322 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD · (443)759-9360, check site for hours and menus.

Images from Fork & Wrench

If you stay overnight …
Inn at 2920
Beautifully designed boutique Inn, that is very serious about being earth friendly. Get a wonderful nights’ sleep in a fun part of town, and try something different from big chain hotels on the waterfront.Brunch at Fells Point Blue Moon Café
There is always a line but it’s worth it! Try the Captain Crunch French Toast. Quirky and delish!
1621 Aliceanna St
Baltimore, MD 21231

Then you can stroll off your brunch in Fells Point before heading back home.

We always stop at Sound Garden for Mark’s vinyl fix.
1616 Thames St, Baltimore, MD · (410) 563-9011

And the weekend isn’t complete without browsing for a little something for your home to bring back. I end up here when Mark takes too long at Sound Garden:
Su Casa for Home Décor, 901 S Bond St, Baltimore, MD · (410) 522-7010

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Bringing Your Travel Memories Home

Suzanne Manlove | Aug 25, 2016 | 1 Comment

Learning about other cultures during your travels can be a great source of inspiration for your home décor. Colors of favorite locations can be translated into room palettes. Photography can be printed and hung to remind you of favorite places. Even local fabrics can be integrated into your home design to add a regional flavor. I picked up an art guide on painters from the Argyll region of Scotland and plan to purchase a painting for my home, to remind me of the countryside there. Here are some things I saw on our trip that inspired me to think about design with a different perspective.

 This is on the southernmost coast of Scotland’s Argyll Peninsula. I love all of the texture and color of this beach and think it would make an interesting palette for a cozy family room. Not like the sandy beaches we are used to on the East Coast! The colors in the cliffs, sky, stones, moss and seaweed could translate well into green velvet, wood and stone accents and sea glass.

This is on the southernmost coast of Scotland’s Argyll Peninsula. I love all of the texture and color of this beach and think it would make an interesting palette for a cozy family room. Not like the sandy beaches we are used to on the East Coast! The colors in the cliffs, sky, stones, moss and seaweed could translate well into green velvet, wood and stone accents and sea glass.

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Designer Secrets: Local Shopping Sources

Suzanne Manlove | Jul 7, 2016 | No Comments
Check out Stylish Patina for fabulous home accessories and gifts.

Check out Stylish Patina for fabulous home accessories and gifts.

I recently found a new store that has become one of my favorite places to shop for home accessories and gifts. It’s called Stylish Patina. Read the full article

All Things Bright, Beautiful And Boho

Suzanne Manlove | Jun 30, 2016 | No Comments

In this Arlington Condo project, our client was looking for a happy, welcoming, comfortable place to relax and hang out with friends and family. When we met, her family room was filled with a very large (and very lonely) sectional. She wasn’t sure how to furnish the room and how to make everything feel connected given the room’s long layout. Her idea book was full of  bright colors, fun patterns and some bohemian accents. We had a lot of fun creating a dream space that was uniquely hers. You can read all about our design process on the AHI blog post  “Making it her own: Arlington Condo Project”. Be sure to also check out what we did to mix it up in the bedroom.

Upon entry, you are welcomed by a cheerful landing spot for phone and keys and a mirror to check your hair.

Upon entry, you are welcomed by a cheerful landing spot for phone and keys and a mirror to check your hair.

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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.

sample floor plan

sample floor plan

  • 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

Janet Echelman, 1.8

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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