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Best of the DC Suburbs: 2012 Winners by I AM Modern Magazine

Best of the DC Suburbs: 2012 Winners  by I AM Modern Magazine

With so many choices, deciding the best for you and your family can be a difficult process. Which orthodontist should you take your kids to? Where can you go to get the best facial in town? Who has the best hot dog? I am modern is here to ease at least some of the burden of the decision-making for you. After an exhaustive month long voting process, we've compiled our second annual “best of the dc suburbs” issue as chosen by you.

 

Marika Meyer Demystifies When to Hire a Design Pro

Marika Meyer Demystifies When to Hire a Design Pro

Along with two other top designers, Marika Meyer discusses reasons to hire an interior designer

Hiring an interior designer has often been thought of as a luxury. But in reality, a designer can save you time and money.

Interior Designer Marika Meyer joined designers Barbara Hawthorn and Skip Sroka at the Washington Design Center last week to Demystify Interior Design. Moderated by Washingtonian Senior Editor Sherri Dalphonse, the discussion focused on when and why you should hire a designer.

According to Meyer, designers offer:

Local IKEA Blue Bag Giveaway

Local IKEA Blue Bag Giveaway

Need a large beach bag? IKEA has you covered.

IKEA plans to help people prepare for Memorial Day weekend by giving away free IKEA blue bags on Thursday at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The large, reusable bag is lightweight and easily cleaned, making it an ideal summer bag for trips to the beach, the pool or a backyard BBQ.

This initiative is part of IKEA's National Random Acts of Life Improvement campaign, which is a program designed to help inspire and empower people to improve their lives, as well as the lives of others in their community.

For more information on the local IKEA Blue Bag giveaway, follow the local IKEA store on Twitter at @IKEA_Woodbridge

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Eighth of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th. The DC Design House benefits Children's National Medical Center.

Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.victoriasanchezinteriors.com, was inspired by her own children for the design of Space 21, the Teenager’s Getaway. “I looked to their likes and dislikes, and their wants and desires as I created this design,” says Sanchez, who is excited to part of the Design House but also knows the amount of work that had to be completed in a short period of time.

A Preview of Space 20, the Kitchen, at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Space 20, the Kitchen, at the 2012 DC Design House

 

This is the Seventh of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th.

For the second year in a row, Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design in Bethesda, MD, www.aidandesign.com, is part of the DC Design House. “It’s truly an honor,” Subaran says. “I feel very grateful to be in the company of so many fine designers.” Last year, Subaran designed the Pool Kitchen and this year took on the much larger main Kitchen in this Spring Valley home.

A Preview of Spaces 17, 18 & 19 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 17, 18 & 19 at the 2012 DC Design House

 

This is the Sixth of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is underway and set to open on April 14th.

The top floor of the Fifth Annual DC Design House includes three spaces. Susan Nelson of Susan Nelson Interiors of Great Falls, VA, www.susannelsoninteriors.com, is designing Space 17, the Daughter’s Bedroom. By combining block and geometric prints in green, yellow, pink, brown and cream, Nelson creates a cozy haven. “By using a mix of new and repurposed furniture, the room has a quality of changing along with the girl,” Nelson says. For instance, the coverlet features a sophisticated fabric with a watercolor quality, while the club chair is slipcovered in a fun confetti print in pinks and purples that the “daughter” might have loved as a child.