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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.




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.



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

Mother’s Day in Northern Virginia

From bespoke flowers to flaunting the latest fashions, this Mother’s Day is your chance to wow mom.

While some of us will shop for mom early this Mother’s Day, those of us who are looking for that special opportunity to make mom smile a day before Mother’s Day will meet the mark.  “I like to purchase gifts that are meaningful and simple,” says personal shopper and Northern Virginia Style Creative Director Sasha Creswick. Creswick relies on intuition when helping her clients select the perfect gifts for their loved ones: “Whether I like something or not, I always know when I have found what I am looking for when I see it.” Here, the style and shopping guru shares some of her favorite shops for Mother’s Day Gifts:

  • Mayflowers

At Mayflowers located in the fast growing metropolis of the Reston Town Center, Creswick appreciates the use of natural colors and couture flowering plants from across the globe.   Mayflowers is fluent in the language of flowers and provides exquisite designs that are handpicked for mom.  11959 Market Street, Reston, VA 20190, 703.709.1200 https://www.mayflowersreston.com


  • Lou Lou’s Boutique

With locations around Northern Virginia, Lou Lou’s Boutique provides an assortment of accessories to delight mom.  Sasha recommends that you ask one of the friendly sales associates to help you select the perfect scarf or handbag that suits the personality of the mom(s) in your life.  “Lou Lou’s Boutique is just divine,” she says, pointing to the tables displaying a wide range of tastes and fashions.  https://loulouboutiques.com/

  • Rouge Spa

“A good lotion or perfume does the trick,” Sedgewick says of Rouge Spa, which mixes its stock of lotions and body works right here in Northern Virginia at its Leesburg location. “It’s a great resource for delicious body lotions and scents.”   17 South King Street, Leesburg VA 20175, 703-779-3700 http://www.rougespa.com/bath-body/

  • Tryst Gallery and the Wine Kitchen

The insightful artwork on display at Tryst Gallery beautifully presents the region’s artists and the lifestyle of Northern Virginia.  A short walk away is the Wine Kitchen which offers a seasonal menu with a variety of local and organic ingredients raised by this region’s farmers. 312 East Market St. Suite F, Leesburg VA 20176  http://www.trystgallery.com 7 S King St, Leesburg, VA 20175   http://www.thewinekitchen.com/leesburg/

  • Salamander Resort Facial and Massage

Treat mom to an invigorating spring treatment. Starting with a stimulating exfoliation, mom will enjoy a facial cleanse to hydrate and nourish her skin before a stimulating scalp treatment.  A Bamboo Massage ensures full relaxation with a luxurious blend of essential oils mixing thyme, lemon, grapefruit, ginger and spearmint to cleanse, energize and rejuvenate. When you book the treatment in May and June, receive a 10% discount off of Lab of Flowers retail items.  And mention MOM1 to receive 25% off Mom’s treatment when she books Monday through Thursday in May.  500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA 20117  http://www.salamanderresort.com/

  • Tour of Loudoun County’s Wine Region

Loudoun County is home to Virginia’s wine region.  Make arrangements with Chariots for Hire so that mom and her favorite people can enjoy a day of wine tasting and taking in the gorgeous landscapes of Loudoun County’s farms and wineries.  703-790-LIMO(5466)




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

The Bespoke Tailor of Georgetown

“Bespoke means  to be spoken for,” explains Baytok of Baytok Tailoring in Georgetown. ” When a man walks out on the street wearing a bespoke suit, everyone stops and looks.  He is spoken for.  He is well dressed.”  His Georgetown studio is furnished with cherry wood and shelves displaying the heaps of silk, wool, linens and blended fabrics that Baytok works with for his masterful tailoring.   As a,bespoke tailor trained in Europe by a Saville Row master, Mr. Baytok understands the importance of fine dressing for today’s successful man.

Known for his  sharp eye for detail, Baytok measures each client multiple times, adjusts his tailoring for posture, shoulder width, then arm and leg length, waist, and then creates by hand every piece that comes out of his bespoke tailoring shop.  He ensures that his clients look their absolute best–his artistry as a clothes maker is like no other in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.    His reputation exceeds the region as businessman traveling into town from Europe seek out his shop and mastery. His designs are inspired by his clients.

He is located at 1804 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-337-4800


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