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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



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.


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.


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

Castaneda Cigars: Flavor and Enjoyment

Master Roller, or torcedor, Mr. Arian Castaneda is a Cuban with more than 10 years of cigar rolling experience in Cuba. Castaneda promotes the history and culture of cigars, from Hoplantation, curing, to rolling, packaging, storage, and smoking.

In the Summer/Fall issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living, Castaneda shares his tips to better enjoy hand crafted and high quality cigars.  Cigar smoking begins with how you light it; he recommends  the cigar be toasted all the way around in a circular movement.

“Smoke outdoors in open space, ideally with a breeze.  Drink coffee to clear your palate.  The length of your cigar affects its flavor; shorter cigars are more concentrated.”  Castaneda says, “A cigar is about time and enjoyment.  Your cigar should be about its flavor and not its strength.”  To read more about Castaneda’s tips for cigar and spirit pairings, subscribe to Northern Virginia Style & Living.



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

Farm to Table Smoothie

Basil is a key ingredient for summer and fall recipes as it grows in abundance this time of year. Sweet savory basil provides excellent nutrition as well. Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K, which promotes strong bones, a healthy heart, and proper brain function. The aroma of basil helps to reduce feelings of tension and anxiousness. Cucumber, lime and chia seeds provide hydration and lime and chia are also great source of electrolytes, all very important for those hot summer and fall days.

Berry Basil Smoothie

1 cup water
1 cup almond or coconut milk
5-8 Strawberries
Handful Blueberries (about ¼ cup)
5-7 Basil Leaves (use to your liking; You
can also use 2 drops of doTerra Basil Essential Oil)
¼ Cucumber
Juice of ½ Lime
½ tsp Chia Seeds
Optional: Vanilla Protein Powder

Directions: Add liquid ingredients to your blender followed by all other ingredients. Blend on high. Add ice to taste. Any berry will taste delicious with this recipe.

Recipe by Leigh Schoener
This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall Issue of Northern Virginia Style & Living
Photography by Jessica Monte and Vincent Sales

Wear a Real Bow Tie

Wearing a bow tie is a way of broadcasting an
aggressive lack of concern for what other people think.

– Warren St. John

I’ve been wearing bow ties for quite a while. The first time I wore a bow tie was circa 1979 for school pictures. A good friend on the West Coast, having never owned one, asked me for the rundown so he could wear one to officiate his cousin’s wedding in August.

I told him, no matter what, he should man up, buy a real one and learn to tie it. A simple search of the Internet will provide a full spectrum of video tutorials on how to properly affix the tie.

My only two recommendations are that on your first attempt, give yourself plenty of extra “learning time,” and if it’s summer in Northern Virginia, turn down the air conditioning 5 degrees because tying your first bow tie can make you sweat.

Edited by JESSICA MONTE.  Written by CHRIS LITTLE.



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

Farm Fresh Real Ice Cream

Farm Fresh Real Ice Cream

Delicious Real Ice Cream Worth the Drive to Hillsboro and Remington, Virginia

Fresh milk and hand dipped ice cream available in over 20 flavors make a beautiful drive out to western Loudoun or  Fauquier County well worth it.  Fresh milk is pasteurized and available for purchase in glass bottles, pints and quarts.  



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


5 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Northern Virginia

5 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings in Northern Virginia in 2017

Word is out that new dining establishments are opening all around Northern Virginia. And they can’t come soon enough.

Northern Virginian foodies are in for a treats of all kinds this spring and summer with the arrival of new venues serving fine cuisine.

• Rick Allison is said to be opening a second outpost of his Oyster Bar inside the original Middleburg Bank building at the center of Middleburg • Also rumored to be opening in Middleburg is Bue, an Italian restaurant developed by Derek and Amanda Luhowiak the owners of The Whole Ox, a high end butcher emporium in Marshall, Virginia  • After a successful start with Clarity, Sterling native Jason Maddens is seeking the perfect space to open his restaurant Ah-So, his answer to wine and wine pairings as well as something he calls micro-wine dinners.  In March, he hosted his first pop-up dinner at Stone Tower Winer  •      Myron Mixon, a four-time World Barbeque Champion, television host, and bestselling author is bringing his coveted barbeque to Old Town Alexandria with Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque.   Head Pitmaster John Bennet has cooked with Myron Mixon on several occasions and has trained with Myron at his Georgia BBQ School.  • Eddie Merlot’s a fine American steakhouse features prime aged steaks and an extensive selection of wines. Gorgeous decor throughout.

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

Beard Life in Northern Virginia

Living in Northern Virginia, there’s a good chance that you know someone who wears a beard.  Chris Little, owner of Duct Doctor an indoor air quality company, has worn a beard since 2008.  Below are a few of his thoughts on wearing a beard in this day and age in Northern Virginia.

As told to Jessica Monte

NVSL: Why did you grow a beard?

CL: Growing up my father always had, and still has, a full beard.  I think it really starts there if I’m being honest with myself.  Somewhere around 2008 –  2009 I just decided I was over shaving.  I was over purchasing razors, shaving cream and over shave bumps in general.  All that together and I’ve had a beard for a while now.  My kids have only seen me a couple times without one.  I shaved it for to raise money for a charity event not too long ago and my son was coming home from his grandparents.  I remember calling his name and telling him to come into the kitchen.  The combination of fear and confusion on his face was pretty priceless when he came around the corner.

NVSL: Is your beard part of your family tradition/background?

CL: Yes, my father has always had a beard.  Prior to that, only one that I can verify, during the civil war.   Going back to our earliest family record in America is Thomas Little who arrived in the Plymouth Colony from Devon, England in 1631.  Unfortunately, he had no beard.  Weak sauce.  He was a lawyer and a constable in Marshfield, Massachusetts and apparently, they didn’t dig on beards.

NVSL: Are you friends with other men who have beards?

CL: Yes, I am.  However, I’m not sure if I’m friends with them because of the beard per se.  I just like to be around good people, beard or no beard.

NVSL: Why do you think beards are trendy right now?

CL: I think life moves in waves like the ocean.  In the 60’s it was initially more of a counter culture move.  A statement NYGoodHealth saying, “I’m dropping out of society, man.”  Then the Vietnam war, a long sustained war effort, ended and I think the 70’s gave way to beards being more accepted and mainstream.  I believe it had a lot to do with the Veterans coming home, getting out of the service and growing beards to be honest.  I know that’s when my father grew his beard and it’s been there ever since.  That coupled with rock goups and Hollywood getting in on the push.  If you do a search for 7os rock stars you might be surprised who you see rocking a beard.

So, given that story line, it could be possible that financial crisis in 2008 set the overall stage for a beards making a comeback.  I think the overall feeling across the country on main street was, “we just collectively got the short end of the stick, man.”  If you then overlay that timeline with the “wind down” of the war on terror, another long sustained war effort, under the Obama administration.  Then again look to Hollywood and you might start to see some parallels that may explain the current trend.

I remember back when I first grew a beard in 2008-2009 it seemed like it was rare to see anyone else with one around Northern Virginia.  I was more of the odd man out and most people were just curious what I did for work.  Then, in 2013 work took me out to Salt Lake City Utah for a couple months.  I remember on one of the first phone conversations I had with my wife stating that, “almost everyone out here has a beard.”  In the last couple of years, I’d say beards and facial hair are pretty common place around the region.  My cousin James grows a very disturbing mustache that screams, “take the candy and get into my creeper van”.

The original article is in the 2017 Summer/Fall Edition of Northern Virginia Style & Living.  To read more, subscribe to NVSL.

Point to Point Guide to Hats

Northern Virginia Style recently turned to easy going but iconic model Lacey Tanner to serve as muse and collaborator for its latest guide on hats for the Piedmont region’s spring horse point to point season.   Northern Virginia Style was inspired to provide a guide of hats for travelers to the region and those residents who want to spend a day in horse country.  From felt trilbys to straw fedoras and luxury baseball hats, Northern Virginia Style’s Guide to Hats for the Spring Races embraces style, fashion and comfort.

Shop for hats at Middleburg’s J. McLaughlin112 W. WASHINGTON STREET, UNIT 103Middleburg, VA 20117

Lou Lou’s Boutiques, multiple locations in Northern Virginia

Top’s of Old Town2400 Mt.Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, (703) 836-4511

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First, let’s take a look at the Trilby – traditionally a soft felt men’s hat can now often be seen in straw, with a deeply indented crown and narrow brim often upturned at the back. On men it is often worn at the back of the head.

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Next, the Fedora, a felt or straw hat with a medium to wide brim and lengthwise crease in the crown is another great option for a sunny spring day.  The crown traditionally is shallow.

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The Akubra is an Australian brand of bush hat. Its wide brimmed styles are a distinctive part of Australian culture especially in the rural areas.

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The fascinator,  a headpiece, is a style of millinery usually worn formally as an alternative to a hat. They are almost always large and decorative and are attached to the head by an elastic band or clip. Sometimes incorporating a base to resemble a miniature hat in which case it may be called a “hatinator.”

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


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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