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Transform Your Backyard into a Staycation Retreat

Images courtesy of Visionscapes Land Design Inc. It goes without saying that we’ve certainly been spending a lot of time at home, particularly in the chilly winter months. The warmer spring weather invites you to return to your beloved outdoor…

2020 CoVa Idea House: Relax and Stay a While

Residing at the nexus of creek and bay, sea and shore, and past and present is the latest addition to Stephen Alexander Homes and Neighborhoods’ “Little Big House Collection.” Here at the Marina Cottages—the last neighborhood to be developed in Norfolk’s charming East…

2020 CoVa Idea House: Serious Fun

If you could have a 16-foot wide “kitchen window” framing a view of boats bobbing in their berths in the sparkling waters near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, you would want that, yes? Of course you would. And that’s…

Six Easy Spring Backyard Projects to do During Quarantine

In our pre-quarantine lives, the spring season likely meant being slammed with work obligations, end-of-school events and exams, sports tournaments and more. However, now that we are sheltering in place, there are few better ways to make the best of…

A Mid-Century Modern Home Reimagined in Virginia Beach

Make a couple of turns off Mill Dam Road in Virginia Beach and you might just think you’ve arrived in Palm Springs. But, no, you will have stumbled onto Woodhurst, Coastal Virginia’s premier enclave of Mid-Century Modern homes built back…

Outdoor Entertaining with IKEA

We’ve reached the peak of summer, when the sun is always shining and outdoor parties are in full swing. To maximize what’s left of warm weather, we met with Michelle Stephenson, loyalty manager at Norfolk’s IKEA, to learn more about…

2018 CoVa Idea House: York Lane Cottage

Photography by Jonathan Edwards Like sipping champagne on your daysailer, the stunning 2018 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House is proof positive that elegance and a casual, coastal lifestyle need not be mutually exclusive. The York Lane Cottage, with its turn-of-the-century…

Tour Gorgeous Gardens and Homes During Historic Garden Week

Beginning April 27, the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week celebrates 86 years with the return of its annual statewide home and garden tours. Of the 30-plus tours taking place over the eight-day showcase, several will be hosted throughout…

Are Coastal Virginia Home Values Sinking from Sea Level Rise?

Flooded street in Ghent after Hurricane Florence, September 2018. Photos by Andrew Cooper Jeannie Monaghan doesn’t live in a flood zone. She and her husband Keith had been in their home, situated in the Kings Grant neighborhood of Virginia Beach,…

6 Must-Haves for Backyard Barbecues

Labor Day is just around the corner, which means barbecue planning is in full swing. Leaving the meal prep and guest list to you, we’ve offered six simple decorating tips that are sure to make your next backyard bash one…

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Military Family for New Home

Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads is searching for one local military family to claim a new home on behalf of the organization’s Habitat for Heroes initiative. This year’s Habitat for Heroes program features a new construction home located…

Home Decoration and Landscaping Tips for Spring

From landscaping to home entertainment, paint colors and kitchen upgrades, here are our tips for improving your home and yard this spring.   Lovely Landscapes Ideas for Creating A Tranquil Outdoor Space By Chelsea Sherman This is the time of year…

At Home with Virginia Beach Chef Alvin Williams

Photos by David Uhrin It wasn’t because he greeted me on a fall Sunday morning dressed in a “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” T-shirt that I felt so comfortable at the home of one of Coastal Virginia’s premier chefs. It wasn’t…

8 Unique Uses for Ordinary Kitchen Utensils

Among the drawers overflowing with Tupperware containers, bakeware and other miscellaneous kitchen utensils, there are certain culinary devices that can be found in nearly every kitchen, each which can serve a variety of functions. From strainers turned into makeshift steamers to…

How To Reuse Or Recycle Your Christmas Tree In Hampton Roads

A naturally grown Christmas tree can serve as a festive backdrop throughout the holidays, but once the needles start dropping it’s time to consider either reusing or recycling your tree. Christmas trees can be repurposed as a backyard habitat for…

5 Beach-Inspired Decorating Ideas For Your Home This Fall

While we are quick to welcome back pumpkin spice lattes, Halloween decorations and autumn-scented candles, we are hesitant to bid farewell to summertime. We cautiously welcome the cooler temperatures of September, thankful that we are soon to be spared from…

Sustainable, Turf-Free Lawns are Catching On

“Slowly we’re learning about the environmental damage done in the name of the Great American Lawn—the wasted water, the fertilizers running off into waterways, the lawn pesticides harming everything they touch—we’re seeing connections between disappearing wildlife and the vast acreage…

Tips For Planning or Enhancing Your Pool House or Cabana

You may already have a pool and are considering adding to your outdoor oasis. Or perhaps you are in the planning stages and beginning to create your dream exterior space. In either case, experts recommend considering a pool house or…

2017 Real Estate Trends And Tips

Ask three Coastal Virginia real estate experts—Terry Gearhart, Katie Zarpas and Becky Claggett—to predict the future, and they’ll each respond the same: 2017 should be good. After 10-plus years of a twisting and turning market that kept experts and neophytes…

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Home Stager

Location, location, location is a familiar mantra for real estate. But when it comes to selling a house, more and more real estate agents and homeowners are thinking appearance, appearance, appearance. With more home choices than ever on the market…