home and garden

Why You Should Consider Hiring an Interior Designer

By Johanna Calfee In the season of quarantines and temperamental weather, many of us find ourselves looking around and wondering how to freshen up, or even totally overhaul, the spaces where we are now spending so much time. It’s a…

How to Choose a Rug You Will Love

By Johanna Calfee Rugs are the best of form and function. As grounding elements, rugs can often set the tone of a room while also serving an important role throughout the home. Whether looking for a soft place to land,…

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…

Esprit Décor Home Furnishings

At Esprit Décor Home Furnishings, it’s our commitment to quality, customer service and professionalism that makes the difference. Our staff of expert designers and professionals are here to guide you as much, or as little, as you like. No one…

Thinking Out of the Box

By Erika Guess Spring/summer planting season is upon us. Container gardening is a fun way to liven up your outdoor spaces and make them pop, whether you’re decorating an entryway or accenting an entire yard. My mother is an avid…

Southside Woodshop is Counter Intuitive

“I lost a bet,” Jud Dinsmore quipped when asked how he came to open The Southside Woodshop in Portsmouth, which specializes in custom solid wood countertops, butcher blocks, bar tops and tabletops. The truth is there was some winning and…

Gardening from Scratch

By Ashleigh Meyer The most difficult time of year for me as a gardener is the window between winter and spring, when the planting season is tantalizingly close, but the ground is still too frozen, and the last frost of…

Transform Your Backyard into a Staycation Retreat

Local expert, Visionscapes, shares the latest trends to turn your backyard into an at-home oasis. 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…