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Find Room for Peace in Your Home

“When you walk through your front door, how do you want to feel?” That’s the million-dollar question before taking on any design or decluttering project, says Anna Beth Eskridge, owner of Making Room for Peace, an interior design and professional…

Kitchens That Pop

Anyone who follows home décor trends on social media and beyond will already know: bolder, more saturated colors are edging their way into a world of all-white kitchens. Sometimes it’s subtle—a hint of an interesting hue on the kitchen island.…

What’s so SMART about it?

By Tobi Walsh The world has always been fascinated by smart homes, smart describing a home’s automated technology. Walt Disney dreamed of what the world could look like with his Carousal of Progress. We’ve seen the future portrayed by the…

East Coast Mid-Century Vibes

All Photos by Will Hawkins If ever a style were having a Renaissance moment, that style would be mid-century modern and that moment would be now.  Television shows, advertisements, home interiors magazines and mainstream home goods stores have all embraced…

The Gift of Going Green

After a year of pared down gatherings and simplified celebrations, it’s tempting to ramp up the holiday fun to 11 for 2021. Yet, among the lessons of COVID for many of us was a greater appreciation for life’s simple joys.…

Some Assembly Required: Norfolk's New Co-Working Space

Assembly is nothing less than a flagship presence in downtown Norfolk for creators and technology innovators with globally relevant products and services.  By design, Assembly is more than the sum of its parts.  And its parts are pretty exceptional. Currently…

Bang for Your Buck: Home Renovations & 2021 Trends

Paint, paint and more paint. Dig out those old gym shorts and roll up your sleeves—because the number one way to add value to your home is to paint it. “I call it an emotional change,” says Daryl Calfee, owner…

2019 CoVa Idea House: Double the Details

What’s better than a houseful of great ideas? Why, two housefuls of great ideas. With one house taking shape in Williamsburg and the other on the Southside, we’ve got you covered, Colonial to Coastal. The Rose Eleganza The creation of…

Middle Ground Lighthouse

Getting to Bob and Joan Gonsoulin’s summer home is no simple task. It requires driving out onto a pier, hopping on a boat and cruising on the James River. Once the boat is anchored, guests carefully step up onto a small…

Little England Plantation

Karen Barrs resisted a visit to Little England plantation when searching for the perfect home for her family. It had been on the market about nine years and unoccupied for 25—until she gave in and rolled down the cedar-lined lane…

Italian Villa

  It is all based on biblical number symbology, Marsha Kreighauser explains as we gaze up into the soaring illusionistically-painted dome of the Italianate home she created over the course of a year alongside husband Donald, a contractor and owner…

Frank Lloyd Wright Beach House

You may have heard about it. You may have seen it from the water. Or you may have even been fortunate enough to experience it on a house tour. But for many Hampton Roads residents, Virginia Beach’s famed Frank Lloyd…

Living Little

Mona Cossitt was living small before tiny homes were trendy. Ten years ago, prior to HGTV television shows and documentaries chronicling the intrigue of downsizing (way down), she moved into a 225-square-foot cottage in Accomac on the Eastern Shore. A…

7 Tips for Water-Wise Landscaping

1. Plan. -Map out areas of your yard based on characteristics such as sun exposure, moisture level and soil characteristics. -Group plants with similar water needs together in compatible zones. 2. Improve the soil. -Good soil absorbs and holds moisture…

Outdoor Spaces, Domestic Oases

Gaylord Nelson, an American politician and father of Earth Day, asserted that, “The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity ...” As such, we citizens of Coastal…

A Cozy Cabin at the Beach

“We try to be very gentle with what’s here,” Becky Bump speaks of the c. 1932–37 cypress log cabin she has owned since 1997 and has shared with partner, Reese Lusk, since 2009. Blown away by the quaintness of a…

Mid-Century Modern Makeover

Ask Bryce Curran if the mid-century modern furnishings in his Portsmouth home are a collection and he will likely respond, “More like an addiction.” Admitting to “constantly looking for stuff,” he wasn’t always this way. In fact, when some of…

5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Back to School

Come September kids will be out the door with backpacks, gym bags and lunch boxes, and returning home with smelly clothes, homework and permission slips. While you’re shopping for school supplies to get them ready, think about these ways you…

6 Ways to Refresh Your Home’s Style

With the start of spring, it’s the premier time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life ... and the home is no exception. Say goodbye to lackluster interiors as renowned interior designer and DIY television personality Taniya…

7 Hot Master Bath Design Ideas for 2015

When it comes to renovating spaces in your home, the master bath should be top of mind. Leading master bath trends for 2015 go beyond functionality to incorporate features that complement the design aesthetic and provide a touch of luxury…

Coastal Virginia Home and Garden Tours

The Garden Club of Virginia celebrates Historic Garden Week April 18–25 with home and garden tours. Here’s your guide to a week of delightful homes and gardens in Coastal Virginia with plenty of water, history, art and fun for all.…

West Elm at Virginia Beach Town Center

    We’re just getting over last week’s winter storm in Hampton Roads, but near the corner of Main Street and Constitution Drive in Virginia Beach’s Town Center, spring is already in full session. The welcomed shift in seasons comes…