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

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About the Author: Suzanne Manlove, owner of Arlington Home Interiors, a DC/Metro based interior design company, helps busy families create beautiful, personal and functional homes. Learn more at

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  1. Anne Marlborough

    Jan 31, 2017 at 08:53

    A very cool and sophisticated man-cave here. Like it!


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