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Poolside in Northern Virginia

Kennedy and Carter at the Pool Terrace.

The inspiration for our pool came from modern home and architectural magazines.  I wanted minimalist design with clean lines, but also a pool to compliment the surrounding nature. To achieve this, I worked with Joe Gwiz of Lewis Aquatech for a pool design that used natural colors and tones.

Text by GENA CASAGRANDE.

Photo by VINCENT SALES.

 

This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

The Cottage at Lucketts

The motto at The Cottage at Lucketts is to provide customers with well loved furnishing. Linda Campbell expanded The Cottage from its original location in Historic Leesburg when she moved to Lucketts. To prepare for the new location, Campbell completed a number of renovations to create an atmosphere that is cottage and farmhouse inspired.

The Cottage includes the main house as well as outdoor open air sheds for customers to shop.  42410 Stumptown Rd.  Leesburg, VA 20176

703-443-0058

Luckettscottage@gmail.com

Open every day (except Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Outside the Window established by Holli Rathman, is a dealer at The Cottage.   Inspired by a love of typography, OW has rescued and hand-painted thousands of old wooden windows.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.

Merchandising and design  by COTTAGE AT LUCKETTS, Photo by JESSICA MONTE

This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Custom Serving Tray by Alana Stoyas

Alana Stoyas is the kind of person who can see the potential in a few cuts of leftover wood and a piece of furniture that has seen better days.  Her business, Flight of Fancy, took off because of her ability to see the beauty in old things and her talent to create gorgeous items for the home with a whimsical flair.  A big believer in hard work and getting her hands dirty,  it’s not a surprise that Stoyas’ vision for a vintage furniture shop and design business is thriving.  What started as something she liked to do turned into friends asking her to design furniture for them and quickly accelerated into a full fledged business where she offers design services as well as instruction.

One hot summer night this July, we accompanied Stoyas to an instructional workshop that she hosted at the historic Sally Mill Farm in Middleburg, once owned by the founder of Middleburg, Leven Powell.  There, Stoyas taught those in attendance how to create a custom serving tray.   To learn how to create your own stylish and custom serving tray, check out the Fall/Spring issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.

Design by Alana Stoyas of FLIGHT OF FANCY, Photo by JESSICA MONTE

 

This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Hope Flower Farms: A Field of Dreams

Nestled among the rolling hills of Loudoun County is Hope Flower Farm, a farm inspired by hope and providing a rural retreat and design destination. At Hope Flower Farm, visitors may take classes in floral design, enjoy local farm to table cuisine, walk the garden, meditate, and relax in the countryside.

“The garden inspires me. Finding unique elements, things that are aren’t typically used in floral design –that is how I approach design. I’m always looking for inspiration,” explains Holly Chapple, the founder and owner of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers in Waterford, Virginia.

Holly provides a step-by-step article on how to create a floral arrangement for your next summer or fall gathering.  To keep reading, check out the Summer/Fall issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.

Floral design  by HOLLY HEIDER CHAPPLE FLOWERS, Photo by JESSICA MONTE

This article excerpt originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living

Shop Nostalgia for Quality and Style

“Everyone owns something that makes them feel good.” Understanding this all too well, Purcellville based vintage merchandiser and owner of Nostalgia Vintage Clothing and Antique Furniture,  Silas Redd has created a must visit shop for apparel and home goods in Northern Virginia. “I want to steer clients to select flattering pieces that remind them of another time,” he says.  The name of the store, Nostalgia, came to him because it is the very feeling he hopes to create when patrons visit his store.  That said, even though the clothing and furniture on display through the store may bring the past to mind, Redd emphasizes that his merchandise is wearable and livable.  “We don’t carry costume-y pieces.”  He emphasizes, “My customers understand quality and they don’t mind wearing a unique piece to stand out.”   In a previous life, Silas styled Richmond socialites while studying Fashion Merchandising at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He later worked in retail doing visual merchandising for West Elm, Brooks Brothers and Macy’s.   A walk through Nostalgia is something like a walk through a museum, with each piece carefully on display with a story to tell.   He does accept vintage consignment.

Mention Northern Virginia Style when you shop Nostalgia and save 10% on your next purchase.

 

142 E. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132, 540-751-8252, https://www.shopatnostalgia.com

Dana’s Tailoring

Most of us have a closet that includes a few pieces of clothing that makes us feel beautiful.  Dana of Dana’s Tailoring wants her customers to own a closet full of items that make them  feel beautiful.

Dana, pronounced “Donna,” owns a tailoring shop in Sterling, Virginia tucked into a hidden shopping center that is right off of exit 8A on the Dulles Toll Road.  The shopping center includes several great shops including Sweet Cakes Bakery, Consign Mine, and Michael Helene Salon.

She was immediately cheerful when I walked into her shop.  I explained that I needed my blazers mended and she had me put on my large blazer so that she could pin it to fit me.  Regarding the blazer missing a button she told me she could replace the button but that I needed to order an entire set so that all buttons on the coat would match.  It was easy enough to do and I actually stepped up my style with that blazer because I selected buttons that I like quite a bit more.

A week later I returned to her shop with Sasha.  We met Dana’s daughter Alexandra who she lives with in Aldie, Virginia.  Both http://www.besttramadolonlinestore.com Dana and Alexandra had shared acquaintances with Sasha in the horse world in western Loudoun.  As it turns out, we learned that Dana also repairs leather including riding and equestrian boots.  I was also thrilled to hear that it is no trouble for Dana to replace a zipper on a garment.  I’d previously believed that once a zipper was ruined, an item of clothing is done for.

Here Dana is sewing a seam onto custom curtains for a client.

Her shop is bright and spacious including a variety of machines used to create and repair different items of clothing and household goods, including leather pieces.

Reams of colorful threads line the walls of Dana’s shop.

Dana checks her work at my final fitting for my coat.

photos and editorial by Jessica Monte

If  you own items that you love but don’t wear because they do not fit you properly, you may simply need to mend the item and have it tailored for your body.  Dana can definitely help you with that, and that means you are one step closer to having a closet full of clothing that makes you feel fabulous.

23520 Overland Dr #136, Sterling, VA 20166 https://www.dana1tailoring.com

Lucketts Design House

The motto at the Design House at the Old Luckett’s Store is “grab your girlfriends, bring the trailer, and make a day of it!”  The Design House at the Old Lucketts Store is a monthly interior design showcase where everything is for sale.  Each month the Design House is redecorated from top to bottom and is created through a multi-artist collaboration.  All items inside these gorgeously designed spaces inspire all who visit and are for sale.

The Design House at Lucketts is a reoccurring event.

The Old Luckett’s Store is located at  42350 Lucketts Road Leesburg, VA 20176 and can be reached by phone at  703-779-0268  or email at luckettstore@gmail.com

 

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