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Architecture and interior design trends in urban living

Millennials Prefer Walkable Neighborhoods

July 29, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

In a recent study by the National Association of Realtors, surveyors confirmed a fact that EYA has long known: today’s homebuyers prefer walkable neighborhoods close to shops and transit. The study was covered by the Washington Business Journal, in which writer Kent Hoover urged the housing industry to do more to adapt to this trend. Looking for a walkable neighborhood to call ‘home’? Discover modern townhome living at

Grand Opening May 2nd: Westside at Shady Grove Metro

April 6, 2015 | by | 0 Comments
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On Saturday May 2nd, EYA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest Montgomery County neighborhood, Westside at Shady Grove Metro.

Perfectly situated at the doorstep to the red line, Westside will soon feature over 400 luxury townhomes, over 1,000 multi-family homes and 40,000 sq. feet of retail shops. Residents will enjoy amenities such as clubhouse with 25-meter outdoor pool, lounge areas, and state-of-the-art fitness center; dog park; community garden; walking paths connecting to nearby trails; and a variety of green spaces throughout.

Westside is the 45-acre parcel of the 90-acre redevelopment at Shady Grove Metro, which will also soon include an elementary school and regulation sports fields. Crabbs Branch Way will be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly promenade and will complete a connection of bike trails through the site. The 90-acre project is a Smart Growth Initiative in partnership with Montgomery County and improves the use of Metro-oriented land in the County.

The architecture of the homes and clubhouse, while fresh and contemporary, is timeless and enduring with careful attention to detail and materials. It’s a fresh take on modern townhome living and includes LEED for Homes certification, advanced home automation and contemporary finish options throughout.

The sales center will open onsite May 2nd for pre-construction sales, with the first move-ins expected for late 2015/early 2016. New homes will start in the upper $500s. Local favorite Corned Beef King will cater the event.

Westside at Shady Grove Metro is EYA’s tenth neighborhood in Montgomery County. Previously, EYA developed, built and sold homes at National Park SeminaryThe Brownstones at Park PotomacFallsgroveStrathmore Park, Brownstones at Wheaton, Cameron Hill, Little Falls Place, Chelsea Heights and Grosvenor Heights.

Walkability, Open Concept Plan Among Desires for Empty Nesters

January 6, 2015 | by | 1 Comment
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We’re excited to see The Washington Post talking about right-sizing options in housing this week. EYA has been following the needs of empty nesters for years, by developing walkable neighborhoods throughout Washington. Many of our homes offer one-level floor plans or elevators for access to all levels. It’s great to see more options being offered for simplifying life and spending less time on yard work and home maintenance.

Design Inspiration: Outdoor Decks and Terraces

February 18, 2014 | by | 0 Comments
EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.EYA's townhomes at Chelsea Heights in Silver Spring offer outdoor wetbars and outdoor fireplaces.

If this week’s approaching Spring-like weather has you eager to open your deck and rooftop terrace for the season, you’re not alone. Check out some of these great tools to make decorating your space easier and more enjoyable!

EYA’s Pinterest page has a section on Outdoor Spaces where you can be inspired by photos of EYA terraces around town, as well as other beautiful design tips and tricks. Houzz is another great resource for photos and ideas.

Plan on doing some planting outdoors? Check out our tips on organic vegetable gardening and planning a rooftop garden. EYA does also offer a limited number of homes with rear yards at Old Town Commons and Little Falls Place for those wanting a ground level escape.

Looking for some tips on home maintenance for your outdoor spaces? These YouTube videos might help: cleaning roofdeck stains, caulking exterior joints, cleaning terrace drains, and cleaning exterior windows.

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, we hope this week’s reprieve from winter gets you thinking about how to use your home’s deck or terrace!

EYA Wins Six National Awards at Builder’s Show

February 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

EYA’s annual trip to the International Builders Show is normally a week of exploring the industry’s most innovative new products on the showroom floor, combined with education sessions led by home building’s brightest minds.

This year, EYA was honored during two evenings of awards ceremonies with six national awards!

At the 33rd Annual National Sales & Marketing Awards, EYA won recognition for Best Architectural Design (Mosaic District), Community of the Year (Chancellor’s Row), Sales Person of the Year (Adam Cetron), and Marketing Director of the Year (Jennifer McIvor).

The following evening, EYA won two Best in American Living (BALA) awards in what is considered the industry’s premier design excellence competition. Honors were given to The Oronoco Condominium Residences (Best On-the-Boards Project) and Old Town Commons (Neighborhood of the Year).

EYA continues its 20-year-history of designing award-winning projects. In fact, the company has won over 250 awards in this time. To learn more about EYA or its neighborhoods, visit

Grand Opening: Decorated Model Home at Arts District Hyattsville

November 13, 2013 | by | 1 Comment
EYA's newest model home at Arts District Hyattsville includes countless innovations in new home design.EYA's newest model home at Arts District Hyattsville includes countless innovations in new home design.

Join us for our Model Home Grand Opening at Arts District Hyattsville on Saturday, November 16th and be the first to preview some of EYA’s latest innovations in new home design!  Read More

How to Furnish Your Open Floorplan

October 24, 2013 | by | 1 Comment

We’re pleased to present this post from our friends at Danziger Design:

Homes with an open floor plan provide homeowners with the ability to entertain and carry on day to day family activities with a greater ease than homes of the past. Because of the open plans, family members easily participate in conversation while preparing dinner, watching TV and entertaining.

There are some things consider when planning interiors for these indoor open spaces:

COLOR – Select a paint color that will be carried throughout the space. If choosing more than one color, keep shades in the same color family. This will help unify the space and make it feel even more open and airy. If the dining room is separate, this is a great place to break off from the color family rule. The “new” neutral color palette by Benjamin Moore is a great place to start.

EYA's Duncan model home at Old Town Commons features a timeless design that flows seamlessly from room-to-room.

EYA’s Duncan model home at Old Town Commons features a timeless design that flows seamlessly from room-to-room.

FABRICS & FINISHES – When selecting upholstered furniture, also think of a unifying color. You don’t have to use the same fabric everywhere, but coordinating fabrics will give the space a put-together look. The same is true of finishes. You may decide you like satin nickel knobs, pulls, light fixtures and door hardware. Keeping these details uniform creates harmony within an open concept space. 

FLOW – In order to keep the open floor plan “open”, edit what is put into a space. Too much furniture or too many accessories can overwhelm an open floor plan. Also, arranging furniture which closes off walking paths may stop the eye. Avoid placing the backs of chairs and couches in the eye’s path to the other side of the room. Glass tables are helpful, as well.

Glass tables and fabrics and paint in the same color palette keep the eyes moving.

Glass tables and fabrics and paint in the same color palette keep the eyes moving.

FLOORING AND RUGS – Hardwood floors throughout an open floor plan provide the space with continuity. Coordinating rugs (with common colors) provide a connection within a space. For example, a geometric rug with cream, tan and green in the family area would pair nicely with a floral rug with similar colors in the dining area.

WINDOW TREATMENTS – Selecting shutters or wood blinds for an entire space is another way to master the open floor plan. EYA’s window covering partner, Dan Kugler, offers blinds, shutters, valances, drapery and motorized shades – all of which can be included in the price of your home (and financeable in your mortgage, too).

LIGHTING – The style of lights should coordinate in an open floor plan. Balance the amount of hanging fixtures vs. recessed lighting.  For example, you may use pendants above a kitchen island, a large pendant in the dining room, and recessed lights everywhere else.

The idea for the open floor plan is to allow the eye to take everything in without being stopped by something that just doesn’t seem “to fit”. Want a private design consultation? Contact Danziger Design today and be sure all of your finish, paint and furniture selections blend seamlessly in your new EYA home!

Bethesda Home Décor Shopping Guide

August 23, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

When decorating your home, there’s nothing more exciting than finding that “perfect piece.” And there’s no place better to find hidden treasures than the many home design and accessory shops in downtown Bethesda. Recently featured in the Washington Post, the home décor shops of Bethesda are full of surprises and great finds for any style or budget.

Design Within Reach

If your style is simple, beautiful and modern, then you’ll love the collections at Design Within Reach. This home furnishings chain brings coveted “designer only” pieces within reach for do-it-yourself designers. Select from furniture, accessories, lighting, rugs and more. Located in Woodmont Triangle.

Urban Country

From urban loft to chic rustique designs, Urban Country offers something for everyone with their stylish furnishings and home accessories. Shoppers are treated to inviting upholstered sofas with piles of pillows, beautiful wood tables and Old World style accessories. A member of the Sustainable Furniture Council, Urban Country promotes products designed for a greener home.

Bethesda's Urban Country Home Furnishings Store

Bethesda’s Urban Country Home Furnishings Store

Random Harvest

Random Harvest offers hand-selected furnishings and accessories from around the world. As the items are handpicked, there is an ever changing mix of furnishing and accessories on sale at any time. Featured items include antiques, vintage and newly manufactured goods that will give your home a stylish and timeless look. Most items are in-stock and available for immediate pick-up or delivery.

Bethesda's Random Harvest Home Furnishings Store

Bethesda’s Random Harvest Home Furnishings Store

Blue House

For those who love Cottage Classics, Blue House is a fun store that sells casual, colorful furniture and accessories. Give your home a pop of color with a beautiful aqua end table or beach-themed artwork. They also carry unique gifts, children’s items and kitchen wares.

Bethesda's Blue House Home Furnishings Store

Bethesda’s Blue House Home Furnishings Store

These home decorating stores, along with countless other retail shops and restaurants, are just moments from EYA’s newest Bethesda community, Little Falls Place. A boutique community of 30 luxury townhomes, Little Falls Place features stunning rooftop terraces with outdoor kitchens and direct access to the Capital Crescent Trail.

Guest Post: Rooftop Gardens by Love & Carrots

August 15, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Shops, restaurants and farmer’s markets abound within walking distance of your EYA home. But even with all those fantastic options, there’s something superbly convenient about having a small rooftop garden at your home when you’re partaking on a culinary adventure.

Love & Carrots created this beautiful rooftop container garden in the District. They offer planning, design, installation and maintenance services.

Love & Carrots created this beautiful rooftop container garden in the District. They offer planning, design, installation and maintenance services.

Washington favorite, Love & Carrots, a home organic vegetable gardening company, does not only specialize in urban farming in people’s backyards, but also rooftops. The company has constructed and actively maintains numerous roof deck gardens throughout the area. With the open skies and beaming sunlight of a wide-open roof, their roof top gardens have become some of their most successful!

Love & Carrots’ rooftop gardens are done in a combination of pots, containers, troughs, and most recently, kiddie pools.  Depending on the aesthetic preference of the client and the weight capacity of the space, they can use a variety of different containers and trellising. They fill the containers with a special soil mixture, which is a combination of peat moss, sand, and compost that will give your vegetables the healthy environment they need. Love & Carrots then adds drip irrigation systems, which conserve much more water than sprinkler systems or even watering with a hose.

Rooftop gardens quickly turn into an edible paradise with vining sweet potatoes and climbing beans, which they will trellis according to your space, perhaps on railings of an EYA townhouse. Growing your food out of containers as opposed to beds has proven to be equally as successful and quite the visual experience. If you’re a busy traveler, Love & Carrots can also help with watering, maintenance and more.

To explore the possibilities of your space and start gathering ideas for which veggies you may want to grow, check out their website at

If You Love Homes & Design, You Need Houzz

July 12, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Looking for a little design inspiration? Need a referral for a designer? Look no further than Houzz, the world’s largest database of home & design photography, all perfectly organized and searchable. 

Houzz brings together homeowners and designers in a uniquely visual community. See for yourself how certain design elements might work together. And when you find something you like, you can often buy it immediately online or hire the firm who designed it.

“Houzz facilitates the entire home design process, from soup to nuts, and makes building and remodeling much more enjoyable” said Emily Hurley, Community Manager at Houzz. “And when you are finished with the process, you can give reviews of the professionals you worked with, which strengthens the platform for the next people coming along.”

“Houzz has transformed the world of interior design as people no longer need to carry magazines around,” Hurley said. “Houzz has made great designs and professionals more accessible to people than they ever have been before.”

Check out the new EYA Houzz account today (and if you’re an EYA homeowner, we love reviews!). Tell us what you think.

Happy designing!

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Check out EYA’s newly created Houzz account and hundreds of others for the latest design ideas and inspiration on decorating your new home