Monthly Archives: August 2015

Clever Drawer Tactics for Kitchens

“Tired of cluttered drawers and cabinets in your kitchen? Want some clever ideas for storage?  Here are a number of interesting solutions that you might want to consider.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson
Have your kitchen-drawer contents turned into alarming tangles of plastic and metal, cunningly hiding whatever you are hunting for? Are your knives nicked and blunt from being thrown into the fray? Coffee cups chipped? Can’t find the cinnamon or the lid of your favorite pan? All hardworking kitchens descend into disarray occasionally, but if chaos is your daily kitchen companion, it may be time to reassess your storage. Putting everything back where it belongs (and where it can be found again), and saving precious countertop and fridge space are a piece of cake with some basic drawer strategies. See how to maximize pullout convenience to keep your kitchen shipshape.
Originally Published on HOUZZ, by Janet Dunn

How to Pick the Perfect Accent Color

“Accents, when done right, can give any room an extra touch of interest.  But how do you select that ‘extra’ color?  With a little planning and thought.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Choosing a favorite color is easy. Choosing a two-tone color scheme for your home? Not so much. Mistakes come easily, and the frustration might leave you reaching for a bucket of white paint. But don’t wipe the slate clean just yet. Here are my suggestions for pairing the right accent color with each of the six primary and secondary colors — and more.
Originally published on HOUZZ, by Yanic Simard

8 Twists on the Guest Room-Office Combo

“Most of us have a room that’s pulling double duty, and usually it’s the guest room.  Getting balance is a bit tricky at times.  But it can be done with a little extra planning.
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Unless you host overnight guests frequently — and have space to spare — it’s smart to make a guest room do double (or even triple) duty. Here are 8 examples of guest quarters that pack in space-saving features with style.
Originally Published on HOUZZ, by Laura Gaskill

Re-Purposed Items as Coffee Tables

“Coffee tables can serve multiple purposes.  They can anchor a room by providing a central point.  They can provide surfaces for displaying special items.  Why not make them a conversation piece as well.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
 Tall or short, strong and bold, or with something special on top, your coffee table is something you should be proud to call your own. If you’re in the market for a new one, take a look at these surprising alternatives. Some offer versatility, others boast clever storage, and some even repurpose your old wares. If there’s one thing they all have in common, however, it’s their ability to draw attention and become the focal point of a room. Need a talking point? Start here.
Originally Published on Houzz, by Grace Chamia

Gap Under the Deck: Hide It or Use It!

“Knowing what to do ‘under’ your deck, can be a challenge.  To do storage, or not to do storage.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
At last your ready to install the deck of your dreams. Before you begin construction, it’s important to consider how to address the underside of the deck and accompanying staircase. If the deck will extend from the second story, this can be quite a lot of potentially usable space. There will be less space to address if the deck will extend from the ground-level story, but the eye will still be drawn to that dark (often weedy) slit of earth.

So how do you maximize this awkward space? Whether you want to completely hide this area, create a semiprivate screen or turn it into storage, here are six ideas to help transform what’s often a landscape eyesore into a landscape feature.

Originally published on HOUZZ, by Courtney Olander

Pegboard Ideas for Your Whole House

“It’s amazing how useful pegboard can be all around the house, and it doesn’t have to be a dingy ‘board’ color.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Pegboard is an old-fashioned material that today’s savvy homeowners are using in rooms throughout the house. I’ve spied items as disparate as kitchen utensils, baseball mitts, hammers, necklaces and even paintings and sock monkeys pegged to walls featured on Houzz. If you have an area that needs some organizational help and you’ve run out of shelf and closet space, check out these clever ways to make pegboad work hard for you.
Originally published on HOUZZ, by Becky Harris

Have More Fun Decorating Your Home

“In an effort to make our homes look nice, we sometimes forget how to have fun as adults.  Take a few tips from these fun loving decorators.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Building or renovating a house is serious business — as it should be. But once the important stuff is done, the bills are paid and the dust has settled, you can let the fun begin. It’s clear from Houzzers’ comments that you enjoy putting your personalities on show in your homes. Expressing ourselves through humor is one of the most enjoyable parts of personalizing our castles.

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that physical, emotional and social blessings flow from looking at life in a lighthearted way. Today’s world is not always easy to come to grips with, but at least we can give one small patch of it a warm and happy glow. Our homes are not only about beautiful design; they are about us and about how we live. Here are some ways to enhance your lifestyle and your home through the best medicine of all.

Originally Published on HOUZZ, by Janet Dunn

Get Your Broom Closet Just Right

“Is your pantry or hall closet overflowing with stuff and you don’t know what else to do?  Here are several ideas that you can try in your home.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team 
The Broom Closet (or cupboard) may be tiny, but it can cause major frustration when it’s not designed well. Whether you’re looking to incorporate a new broom closet into your remodel or want to better outfit your existing utility zone, these ideas can help.

Hardworking space: The broom closet.
The challenge: This compact space has a very specific purpose: storing the tools you need to get household jobs done. But with brooms, mops and unwieldy vacuum hoses tumbling out, and a jumble of cleaning products in the way, what should be quick and easy can be a real headache. These tips will help you choose the right spot for storing housekeeping necessities and organize them well.
Good to know: If you’re having trouble fitting all of your cleaning tools and supplies in the kitchen, consider spreading out. Put the big vacuum in another closet and store only the broom and dustpan or a slim stick vacuum in the kitchen cupboard.

Smart Solutions for Clothes Closets

“Ever struggled with how to store your clothes in the space you have?  Looking for some new ideas?  These just might work for you.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Whether yours is spacious or practically pocket size, the clothing closet is a space that can nearly always use some improvement. Here are tips for adjusting the layout, choosing the right closet components and finding extra space.

Hardworking space: The clothes closet.
The challenge: When the clothes closet is working well, it makes getting ready (and getting on with your day) a breeze; when it’s not, mornings can become a hassle. These ideas can help you find the right storage and organizing plan for your space.
Good to know: It helps to measure your stuff before investing in a closet system — that way you can be sure you’re getting exactly the right storage for your wardrobe.

Originally published on HOUZZ, by Laura Gaskill

7 Deer-Resistant Flowering Trees

“Tired of deer munching on your trees.  But not sure what they ‘won’t’ eat?  Here are some tree that you can plant that deer don’t seem to care for.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Deer love to browse the tender, succulent growth of most young trees and will sometimes strip the bark from them as well. As the trees mature, it’s not uncommon to see deer up on their hind legs yanking down tasty leaves. There are very few flowering trees that deer don’t enjoy, so we’re offering a list of seven of the best.Fall planting season is just around the corner, so we’ve decided to provide a comprehensive guide for deer-resistant species. Just as you’d expect with any good planting guide, we’ll break it down by specific plant categories — here with flowering trees. Whether you’re gardening in USDA zone 2, 10 or somewhere in between, there’s a tree here for you.