Monthly Archives: February 2016

11 Things You Didn’t Think You Could Fit Into a Small Bedroom

“Most of us have at least one small bedroom that you feel can’t hold much more than a bed, side table and maybe a small chest of drawers.  So we end up scrimping on everything.  Here are some ideas on what ‘else’ you could consider putting in your small room, that aren’t expected.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
While it’s fun to look at photos of spacious bedrooms complete with sitting areas, fireplaces, large armoires and more, the reality is that most people sleep in much tighter spaces. Personally, I love a small, cozy bedroom — it adds to the snuggled-up feeling. But often we also want a piece of luxury to go with that practicality in our modestly sized bedrooms, even if there is barely room for a bed.
Originally published on HOUZZ, by Becky Harris

8 Ways to Arrange Artwork

“Creating a wall of art, is an art in itself.  We’ve all seen it done well…and poorly.  Take a few tips from here and we’re sure your ‘Art Wall’ will look great!”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Can’t wait to display that collection of pictures or artwork but stuck on how to hang it? Don’t feel bad. There’s a lot to consider in terms of symmetry, picture size and frame style. To get started, take a look at these eight different approaches to displaying your art and photos.
Originally published in HOUZZ, by  Karen Egly-Thompson

11 Ways to Create a Beautifully Styled Bookcase

“Books, Nick Nacks & Tchotchkes all need a way to be displayed.  Stylish and interesting bookcases can do that.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team 
Bookworms, rejoice. The options for lining your walls with books are nearly limitless. Whether you are a stacker, sorter or color-coordinator, we’ve got you covered. Learn how to leave your mark and create your very best “shelfie.”
Originally posted on HOUZZ by Michelle Gage

Those Built-Ins Are Going to Look Smashing in Color

“Usually, built-ins are painted white or stained natural.  However, here are some really interesting uses of color to really bring attention to your built-in.”
Denise Buck & Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Adding color is one of the fastest and easiest ways to stamp our personality on a room. We usually do this through the choice of wall color, followed by color on furniture, drapes, rugs and finally accessories. Seen far less often is color on built-ins and cabinetry, a more daring surface for a hue besides white since these are among the more expensive elements to install in a home. As a result, we tend to play it safe here. But the following examples convincingly suggest that white isn’t the only option to consider.
Originally published by Janell Beals, HOUZZ

10 Creative Ways to Work With a Sloped Lot

“Many of us have had to deal with less than level yards.  Here are some very interesting ideas on how to deal with a yard that is presenting some challenges.”
Denise Buck & Ed Johnson – DC Metro Realty Team
Steep or hilly yards can pose some of the biggest landscaping challenges, but also some of the most beautiful solutions. Make the most of your sloped lot with artful stone, terraces, built-ins or even a slide — these 10 creative outdoor spaces tackle the problem with style.
Originally published on HOUZZ, by Laura Gaskill

Furniture Clinic: End the Curse of Slouchy Couch Cushions

“More than once we’ve seen this happen and it’s actually an easy fix.  The tufting is just an added touch”
DC Metro Realty Team – Denise Buck & Ed Johnson
With cold weather and holiday entertaining just around the corner, our attention often turns to our home interiors. Take a good look at your furniture from the perspective of a guest: How do things really look? A few easy updates can make a big difference in how people see your home.

My big problem piece is a sofa from the mid-1970s that I haven’t had time to repair or reupholster. To get one more year out of it, I updated the loose back cushions with symmetrical tufting. This is a quick, easy trick that I tried out on a love seat last year with amazing results. You just need a tufting needle, tufting twine and basic sewing skills.