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.
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.
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!
Although New York’s Fashion Week may have come and gone, local fashionistas still have something to celebrate! From September 25th to 29th, Mosaic District will be hosting its annual Fashion Week with trunk shows, film premieres and special dining experiences. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store.
Wednesday, September 25th: Retailers will be featuring new fall collections and shoppers can vote on their favorite fall fashion window display.
Thursday, September 26th: Award-winning Chef RJ Cooper, who will be opening Gypsy Soul at Mosaic District early next year, will host Urban Table, an exclusive pop-up dining experience in Strawberry Park. Cocktails will begin at 7 PM followed by a three-course, family-style dinner ($159). This is a special treat you won’t want to miss! Be sure to purchase tickets early as it is sure to sell out quickly!
Friday, September 27th: Enjoy a red carpet premiere of Mademoiselle C at the Angelika Film Center. This fashion documentary chronicles the launch of Carine Roitfeld’s new magazine, CR Fashion Book.
Saturday, September 28th: The best shows from New York Fashion Week will be rebroadcast in Strawberry Park from 4 – 7 PM and retailers will be featuring their fall collections throughout the day.
Sunday, September 29th: Wrap up the week with brunch specials and an apparel trunk show.
The townhomes at Mosaic District are just steps from all the brand new retail shops and restaurants. Stop by our sales center to tour our decorated model homes. But don’t delay – only 7 homes remain!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Entertaining friends and family on your EYA rooftop terrace is a wonderful way to spend your Spring and Summer nights, why not make the most of your space by adding a beautiful garden?!
Goodhousekeeping’s The Daily Green writes that, “Urban plantings help purify the air of toxins, produce oxygen, decrease harmful stormwater runoff, reduce the “heat island effect” and provide some food and habitat for wildlife. We can also grow some of our own fresh produce, keep bees, and increase property values.”
Who wouldn’t want that? Just in time for Spring, our EYA Experts have compiled some tips for utilizing your beautiful rooftop terrace as your own personal urban garden!
Start with the foundation – the flower pots!
Consider the weight of your pots. No one wants to lug a heavy, bulky container up a few flights, right? Keep it light weight, for your sake and for the roof’s sake. Terra-cotta and cement pots can be heavy, especially with wet soil inside. This can put extra pressure on your rooftop terrace. An easy solution is to use a lightweight variety, such as fiberglass, aluminum or even wood. Plastic styles may be cheaper and lighter, but they will deteriorate over time in the UV sunlight.
- Fiberglass pots are a great choice if you like the look of carved pottery and modern streamlined designs, but choose the color wisely; light-colored planters can lessen heat absorption during the hotter months, which will keep the soil moist and help the plant’s roots grow evenly.
- Aluminum or metal designs are contemporary and won’t crack during the winter months, but be warned, these pots get very hot in direct sunlight, and plants may need to be watered more frequently.
- Hardwood styles are designed to last, but they are also very susceptible to rot, so choose a relatively rot resistant Redwood or Cedar, and keep the wood elevated off the ground to avoid speeding up the rotting process.
Get creative when choosing the style and size. Choose containers or pots that flatter the design of your rooftop terrace. They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. When choosing the size, consider using a pot or container that is larger, versus a smaller one. Large pots retain more moisture than small pots, thus reducing the watering from twice daily to once daily. It seems like common sense, but make sure your pots have drainage holes – if someone is not able to water the plants every day, use pots or containers with a drip tray to ensure drainage holes soak up water as needed. HGTV suggests placing rocks on the bottom of your containers or pots to ensure proper drainage. Or, if weight is an issue, use Styrofoam packing peanuts. Genius!
Now that you have the pots, shop for your garden!
Start with potting soil. Shop for varieties of “soil-less” potting mixes, not garden soil. (Yes, there is a difference!) Soil-less potting mixtures are less dense and don’t compact as much as your average top soil or garden soil, so it makes it easier to work with in planters. Also, even when wet, it is much lighter than wet garden soil, again, reducing the pressure on your roof. You can buy these pre-mixed varieties from local garden centers, such as Ginko Gardens in Southeast DC, Eclectic Nature in Alexandria, VA and Merrifield Garden Center in Merrifield, VA.
Consider the weather conditions. Wind and drought tolerant plants are important for a rooftop garden. Tough, shrubby grasses are very heat and sunlight tolerant, and can be used to give year round interest and shelter less-hardy plants from the wind. Also, select small-leaved plant varieties, as larger leaves shred easily in the wind. Examples of hardy plants for your rooftop are some Evergreen shrubs (e.g. Junipers or dwarf Spruces), Phormium, and Blue Fescue.
Play up contrasting textures. Make your garden flow by mixing varieties of ornamental grasses, evergreens, and colorful annuals. When thinking about color, Thomas Lewis of Floral Studio – NY suggests keeping your colors cohesive. Lewis states “limiting your palette makes your space appear larger.” Also, stray away from too many ideas. To keep a more organized feel to your terrace, New York City rooftop garden designer Amber Freda says to “Pick two or three planter styles and two or three colors and repeat them throughout the space. Any more than this and you could end up with a rooftop garden that doesn’t look very organized.” You can use one of our favorite resources, Gardening Knowhow, to read up on the best full-sun plants for Spring.
For even more tips on planning your rooftop terrace design, check out our previous blog entry here.
Planning your vision is the hardest part, and once you’ve done that, just purchase, pot, and watch your garden grow! Happy rooftop gardening!
We’re just a day away from launching our all-new modern architectural style at Arts District Hyattsville!
Tomorrow, we’ll celebrate the grand opening of our sales center, where EYA will be selling a chic, contemporary townhome design. Brick facades are complemented with painted accent panels and iron roof terrace railings to bring a fresh look to the community.
Inside, available features like modern fireplaces, European-inspired cabinetry, and advanced Home Automation provide a complete design package fit for today’s homebuyer.
Arts District Hyattsville is the area’s most exciting urban neighborhood, with rush-hour Metro shuttle, onsite shopping and dining, Busboys and Poets, pool, fitness center and more. Priced from the mid $300s.
Stop by our sales center, tomorrow, April 13th to learn more! Open daily 11 AM – 6 PM at 4541 Longfellow Street in Hyattsville.
*Shuttle service is provided by the Seller on a trial basis. The Seller makes no representations or guarantees with respect to how long service may continue. The homeowners association may later incur additional costs for the Shuttle, should the community choose to maintain the Shuttle in the future.
This month’s Employee Spotlight is Ann Paduda (now Ann Hulen as of recent), EYA’s Design Consultant. For our homeowners, Ann needs no introduction. She has the important job of helping our homeowners select options for their new home. This includes everything from cabinets and faucets to hardwood and carpets. Not only an EYA employee for almost 18 years, Ann is also an EYA homeowner, and couldn’t be happier with her life within walking distance®.
Ann (Paduda) Hulen
Current Role: Design Consultant
1) How long have you worked for EYA?
18 years in March!
2) What do you enjoy most about your current position at EYA?
The interaction with the people who are buying our homes. We laugh, we have fun…there are a lot of details to cover and I like making it less complicated and easy. One of my favorite things to hear is, “I was dreading doing this, but you made it easy and fun!”
3) What is your best advice for homeowners when selecting options?
Browse the selections room, review the options sheet and ask questions. Getting an idea of what you don’t like is just as helpful as knowing what you do like. Once you get one or two things that you do like, don’t worry…the rest just falls into place. Also, trust yourself. You know more than you think!
4) What are some of the latest trends?
People are more drawn to contemporary styles and cool colors now. I’m starting to see technology integrated more and more into the homes, from wiring for music and sound to controlling your entire home from an ipad!
5) You not only work at EYA, but also live in an EYA home. What do you like best about living in an EYA community?
First and foremost it really is “life within walking distance.” It changes the way I live, which changes my life. There is a whole new world to discover walking around on my feet instead of riding around in a car. I’ve discovered nook and cranny shops, which restaurants are doing fun things on what night and an ease of getting wherever I want to go either via metro, bike, ferry or foot! Being on foot more also means being outside more and connecting with the people in the neighborhood.
Inside, I have an efficient design layout that not only wastes no space, but is beautiful to the eye. I feel not only very fortunate to work at EYA, but very lucky to live in one of our homes as well.
Looking for some Fall fashion inspiration? Stop by Mosaic District Tuesday, November 13th from 6 – 9 PM for the inaugural not-to-miss Mosaic Fashion Night. Hosted by the Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett, many of the newly opened retail shops will be offering special discounts, giveaways and more! Here’s just a taste of what’s in store:
Langford Market: Prizes and giveaways every hour plus the first 50 customers receive $200 worth of merchandise for $100
Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus: 30% off all apparel, shoes, handbags and clearance
South Moon Under: Cocktails, cupcakes, DJ, 20% off everything in store and free gift bags for the first 50 customers
Freshbikes: Free demonstrations, such as How to Fix a Flat, and discounts on maintenance supplies and cold weather gear
In celebration of Fashion Night, we will be hosting a special evening with Carlyn and Company, the award winning designers of EYA’s model homes. Stop by the Townhomes at Mosaic District and get a rare sneak peek at the hottest design trends and how to get the signature model home look. Enjoy some sips and sweets and get a glimpse of what’s next in home design!
Meet the Designers
The Townhomes at Mosaic District
Tuesday, November 13th
6 PM – 9 PM
3002 District Avenue
Fairfax, VA 22031
The Townhomes at Mosaic District are just steps from the DC area’s hottest new shopping destination. Come see why so many people are calling Mosaic District home and enjoy an evening full of fashion and design!