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A Preview of Spaces 7, 8, 9, & 10 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 7, 8, 9, & 10 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Third 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.

For Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.scwinteriors.com, being included as one of the designers in the 2012 DC Design House is “the most prestigious invitation for a designer.” But it also means sprinting to the finish line. “Being selected to design for the showhouse is a bit like being crowned homecoming queen then having to run a marathon in your ball gown while collecting items for a scavenger hunt,” Cavin-Winfrey says. It’s also one of the highlights of one’s career, she notes.

A Preview of Spaces 4, 5 & 6 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 4, 5 & 6 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Second 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.

Showhouse veteran Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design in Bethesda, MD, www.kelleyinteriordesign.com, who has participated in 21 showhouses over the past 11 years, says it’s still exciting to be selected. “I really feel honored to be a part of this fundraising event,” Proxmire says. “Children’s National Medical Center is a very deserving organization and should hopefully receive much needed funds from the DC Design House.”

5 Ways to Decorate Your House for Less

5 Ways to Decorate Your House for Less

 

According to the International Housewares Association, the average U.S. household spends around $614 per year on housewares. That represents a slight increase over previous years, and purchases through non-store retailing sales grew by nearly 15 percent as people increasingly made purchases online and through catalogs in an effort to save money on their household items.

“We have reached a time when people not only want and need a good deal, but are using technology to actively seek one out,” explains Braden Richter, the chief executive officer of www.LuxeYard.com (OTC BB:LUXR), an online member site that offers discounts on housewares. “The deals are certainly around, for those who take the time to seek them out.”

Here are 5 ways to decorate your house for less:

Local Bridal Boutique Holds Annual Spring Sample Sale

Local Bridal Boutique Holds Annual Spring Sample Sale

 

The following information was sent to us by Carine Krawiec:

Carine's Bridal Atelier, a high-end boutique located in Georgetown, will host its annual spring sample sale this March 29th at the store. The sale will begin at 5 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. 

Bridal gowns will be discounted up to 75% off, with prices starting as low as $999.  Over 50 dresses from couture designers such as Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhuillier, Rivini, Carolina Herrera and more will be available for sale.

MOUNT VERNON, Va. NATIVE, DANA BAILEY JOINS OCCASIONALLY CAKE in Alexandria, VA.

MOUNT VERNON, Va. NATIVE, DANA BAILEY JOINS OCCASIONALLY CAKE in Alexandria, VA.

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. recently hired Mount Vernon, Va. native, Dana Bailey, 29, as a manager-in-training and a baker. Her favorite cup cake invention is Banana’s Foster, made with banana cake dipped in dulce de leche with rum butter cream icing and sprinkled with brown sugar. For more information on Occasionally Cake, call 703-780-CAKE or visit www.occasionallycake.com.

Bailey is a recent graduate of Stratford University in Woodbridge, Va. with a degree in baking and pastry. Although she spent the past 10 years working in government administration, Bailey knew her ‘calling’ was to be in the kitchen creating and designing cakes. When she’s not whipping up a new cupcake flavor, she enjoys reading and listening to music.

5 Reasons Spray-On Tans are Better

5 Reasons Spray-On Tans are Better

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the country. Furthermore, around 90 percent of all skin cancer cases are associated with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Even indoor tanning beds, which 30 million people use per year, pose health risks. Because of this, many people are in search of a healthier option. Today, the spray-on tan option is increasingly offering many benefits over other forms of tanning.

“Many people are not familiar with the type of spray-on tan that we offer,” explains Meghan Farrar, owner of Golden Glow Mobile Spray Tan (www.goldenglowtansva.com), located in NoVa. “Those who do know and opt for it find out just what a great-looking tan they can get, and how much better it is than sunbathing or being exposed to UV tanning booths.”

Spray-on tans provide many benefits, compared to other forms of tanning, including: