14 Questions to ask a Remodeler

Friends of mine, many of them being remodeling noobs, have asked me endless questions about choosing the right contractor.  Now, this is highly dependent on what type of contractor you are looking for.  Are you looking for a design-build where they’ll help you design your layout, select materials and finishes, order materials, all the way to executing the…

Renwick Gallery

My friend, Michelle and I decided to set aside a day to go on a BFF date.  I had been itching to go to the Wonder exhibit at the Renwick gallery ever since it opened in November of last year.  It was completely inspiring and definitely worth the trip.  Because the line will most likely lead out the…

Heart Flutters<3

Trendspirational photographs of 4 of my guilty pleasures: interior design, architecture, food, and fashion<3 A fun room designed by Jonathan Adler. Check out his online store for amazing home decor: http://www.jonathanadler.com/ Corallo House in Guatemala designed by the talented Paz Arquitectura. Been dying for some sort of a lobster dish! Found a solid recipe at All Recipes….

Greige Master Bathroom

I must say, this was a mighty fun project that I collaborated with Miller Remodeling.  The homeowners wanted a complete transformation from their traditional builder grade bathroom.  They knew they wanted to go more modern, but were afraid that the space would feel too sterile.  And I get it, a lot of modern homes do look and feel uncomfortably…

Heart Flutters<3

Trendspirational photographs of 4 of my guilty pleasures: interior design, architecture, food, and fashion<3 One of my favorite kitchen designs by Kraftsmaid Cabinetry. Michael Bay’s ultra modern home, designed by Chad Oppenheim If you’re ever in the Northern Virginia area, Peking Gourmet Inn is a MUST. Blair Eadie, the director of accessories at Tory Burch.

White & Gold

My closest friends know how utterly obsessed I am with anything gold. So when I spruced up my existing make-up vanity, I decorated it with generous splashes of gold, gold, and more gold! Replacing the cabinet hardware can completely transform the look of an existing piece of furniture.  I replaced my dingy, boring hardware with…

Heart Flutters<3

Trendspirational photographs of 4 of my guilty pleasures: interior design, architecture, food, and fashion<3 Master bedroom designed by Candice Olson Uniqlo in Paris, designed by Wonderwall My favorite ramen noodles!  Get a pack or 50 at your local Asian mart and thank me later. ;) Mrs. Julia Engel

My new & improved workspace

A few months ago, I made the scariest leap of my life by launching my own Interior Design company.  Yay, me!  I’m super grateful to my previous employers for giving me the opportunity to learn and shine, because without them I’d know diddly-squat about construction.  With that said, last year I got to a point…

Arlington Kitchen

{Foster Remodeling Solutions} I helped a couple transform their poorly designed and from what my clients referred to it as “itchy” kitchen, to a far more functional and appealing space.  The kitchen is one of the first areas most homeowners usually tackle in terms of remodeling, and who can blame them? It’s the heart of the home….

Heart Flutters

Introducing, a new series: Heart Flutters. Trendspirational photographs of 4 of my guilty pleasures: interior design, architecture, food, and fashion<3 For example…. BAM! Are you getting heart palpitations too?

Being an Interior Designer…

Being an INTERIOR DESIGNER is such a relief.  Whyyyyy, you ask? To have found a career path that is fun and compatible with your personality type would be a blessing to anyone, I presume. To be honest, I felt lost and overwhelmed searching for a concentration I remotely liked in college.  Some of my friends knew exactly what they…

Rustic Baby Shower

The new trend nowadays has been e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g rustic– rustic weddings, rustic interiors, rustic baby showers.  I helped my BFF plan her second baby shower, only this time for a baby girl♥  We didn’t want to overspend, so setting up for this special occasion involved a lot of DIY projects and using resources we had at home like the…