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A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Eighth of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th. The DC Design House benefits Children's National Medical Center.

Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.victoriasanchezinteriors.com, was inspired by her own children for the design of Space 21, the Teenager’s Getaway. “I looked to their likes and dislikes, and their wants and desires as I created this design,” says Sanchez, who is excited to part of the Design House but also knows the amount of work that had to be completed in a short period of time.

5 Ways to Decorate Your House for Less

5 Ways to Decorate Your House for Less


According to the International Housewares Association, the average U.S. household spends around $614 per year on housewares. That represents a slight increase over previous years, and purchases through non-store retailing sales grew by nearly 15 percent as people increasingly made purchases online and through catalogs in an effort to save money on their household items.

“We have reached a time when people not only want and need a good deal, but are using technology to actively seek one out,” explains Braden Richter, the chief executive officer of www.LuxeYard.com (OTC BB:LUXR), an online member site that offers discounts on housewares. “The deals are certainly around, for those who take the time to seek them out.”

Here are 5 ways to decorate your house for less:

Improve Your Home Now With Expert HGTV Host

Improve Your Home Now With Expert HGTV Host


According to HGTV's "Curb Appeal" host, Sasha Andreev, owning a great home starts with a great first impression. It's all about what your house looks like from the outside.

Whether you live in a suburban home or a more urban environment, HGTV’s hit show “Curb Appeal” can provide great ideas to make the most of your home’s appearance at a low-cost.

I caught up with Sasha Andreev at the 3-day Washington Home & Garden Show happening this weekend at the Washington Convention Center, where he provided me with a few simple and inexpensive ways to transform outdated homes and liven up the outside of your house to create that coveted "curb appeal."

His suggestions include:

1. Add color to your front door. This is especially important if you are trying to sell your house. Paint the door a brighter color than your home, don't let it blend in with the rest of the trim.

Washington Home & Garden Show Coming to DC

Washington Home & Garden Show Coming to DC

Looking to transform your home with inspiration from HGTV? You're in luck because the Washington Home & Garden Show is coming to the DC area March 9-11 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Place NW.

Fairfax County Inspectors Remind Residents to Check Their Chimneys

From Fairfax County:


Fairfax County’s building inspectors want to remind homeowners to check their chimneys for any damage as a result of last summer’s earthquake.

Because of the recent swing between colder and warmer weather, it may be easier to spot cracks or crumbling mortar. Cracks allow water to penetrate a chimney, and as water freezes and unfreezes, it can  make cracks larger or lossen mortar.

Check your chimney for these signs of damage. A chimney sweep or mason also can provide a thorough, professional inspection.

Broken or cracked chimneys can cause fires, as well as let heat, smoke and toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide, into the home.