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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…

2017 CoVa Idea House: A Pearl Of A House

Photos by Jonathan Edwards Media An oyster shell—where ruggedness and refinement coalesce in one intriguing package—was the perfect inspiration for the 2017 Coastal Virginia Magazine Idea House, the second partnership between Coastal Virginia Magazine and Stephen Alexander Homes and Neighborhoods.…

2017 CoVa Idea House: Bright and Beautiful Ideas

On a bright, beautiful and freezing cold day in December, I was treated to a private “sneak preview” tour of “The Gloucester,” Coastal Virginia Magazine’s 2017 Idea House. It was similarly bright and beautiful. The second such partnership between Coastal…

Beyond the Bin

Do you have plans for some serious spring cleaning? It’s the time of year when many of us purge old, unused items, declutter and get a fresh, reorganized start in our homes. This year, please think beyond your recycle bin…

Bay Star Homes Influences Chesapeake Bay Community to go Green

If you’re committed to living green in your home—composting, conserving water and energy, planting native species in the backyard—it’s time to take your dedication to ensuring a cleaner and healthier Chesapeake Bay one step further by signing up to become…

How To Create a Gallery Wall in 5 Simple Steps

The best thing about a great frame wall is the opportunity to show off some serious personality. Gallery walls are currently a huge home trend and a great way to make a statement in any space. But, it can be…

10 Tips for Decorating Your Coastal Virginia Home

Follow interior designer Sharon Wilson’s cues for achieving the perfect balance of seaside elegance and coastal casual livability that represents the best of both traditional and contemporary worlds: Opt for compatible pieces of furniture in both dark and light finishes…

Powder River Paints

Home grown in Virginia Beach, but named after a river in Wyoming, Powder River Paint joins the ranks of “chalk paints” and other boutique products that are all the rage, especially among those who love to give old furniture new…

Do It Yourself Dog Bookends

TGIF! Are you ready for the weekend? This was another FAST week for me! What about you? The weather is supposed to be a little cooler this weekend with a chance a rain tonight. In case it rains or you…

10 Things to do with Seashells

If you’re like most people, you’ve been to the beach this summer, whether it’s Virginia Beach or across state lines, and you or your little ones collected bags and buckets of coveted seashells to remember each moment of your trip.…

How To: Decorate Your Home with Scents

I don’t know about you, but the first thing that I notice when I walk into a place is how it smells—perhaps it’s my animal instincts front and center. Because our sense of smell provides such an overwhelming amount of…

How To: Get Into Your Garden

If there’s one thing that I truly enjoy it’s getting my hands dirty in my garden. But this zealous obsession that I now have with gardening didn’t come about until my husband and I first moved in together into a…

How To: Turn Your Kitchen into a Show Kitchen

The other night, our really good friends came over for some heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks. It was an evening that we have been planning for a few weeks now. But, just as most people are around this time of year, we…