A New Living Space in Northern Virginia

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The process of home improvement is as much of an art as it is a science. That is why I leave any renovation to the pros because in my world, the acronym “DIY” should be “WDIY” as in “Why Do It Yourself?  I start hyperventilating when I see a Home Depot television commercial. I go cross-eyed in design centers.  Show me a tape measure and I’ll show you bottle of Moet & Chandon.

We at the Punch have been working with such design and interior decorator experts, Decorating Den Interiors of Northern Virginia, for a few years now.  What I have enjoyed most about our time with the firm is getting to know the individuals who make up the company as well as touring some of their client homes.  Before and After shots always amaze me, but the proof is in the appreciation the clientele has for the results and the professional-turned-personal long term relationships they have with the Decorating Den consultants.

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living room Before

Jan Bertin, Allied Member ASID and Lorin Jones have been a team for about two years and they have continued to wow me with the overhauls, large and little, that they’ve accomplished in the Northern Virginia region. They have been specializing in houses, condos, and apartments particularly in the Alexandria area.  Lorin shared one of her recently finished projects in Old Town, Alexandria with us. As an up and coming design pro, Lorin is versed in all different styles, and while she personally appreciates a cleaner more modern style, she willingly loves to work with the traditional NoVa decor.  I’ve had some great conversations with her; she’s fun, professional, and has a fresh energetic POV.  She told me that she’s up for any challenge and is in the midst of one right now, a Moroccan bedroom.

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The latest closed up project is a living area/family room in a couple’s Old Town home.  Lorin told me that the room’s main purpose is mainly for relaxing and some entertaining.  The couple loves wine, watching sports, and their photo collection and wanted to take advantage of the space by putting in a lot of built-in shelving.  Before the transformation, the room was neutral, dull, lifeless.  They desired open, well lit, clean lines.  Lorin said that the color inspiration originated from the rug found in the front hall entrance way.  “It’s important to have continuity from room to room, the color from the rug moves into this living space, providing a comfortable and natural flow.” That color, a blueish tone, set well with the soft sunny light.

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The flat screen had to be viewed from the sofa, but visible from many areas of the room, again, perfect for watching sports with invited friends.   “We started the project in the late spring and it was fully complete in December,” Lorin said.  I say in time for all of the Playoffs and definitely, it’s a perfect setting for a Super Bowl party. While the TV is a focal point, the wine rack/bar stands out as well as the photo wall, which the couple did themselves, adding a very personal touch.

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For more information on the firm please go to http://local.decoratingden.com/nova/.  You can also contact them directly at Bertindecd@aol.com and lorinjones@decoratingden.com. www.decdens.com/jbertin
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