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Winter Home Tips From Moss Building & Design

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Old Man Winter has finally arrived in Virginia. You have probably begun to notice drafts and leaks and some all-around inefficiencies in your home. Moss Building and Design was gracious enough to provide us with some common winter questions they receive. Moss Building and Design is one of Reston’s top home remodeling…

Reston Winter Prep: 5 Ways to Winterize Your Home Cheaply

Relevance: 60%      Posted on: December 10, 2014

The weather gurus at The Old Farmer’s Almanac are predicting that this winter we will receive another arctic blast with above-normal snowfall. Well, if that doesn't get you all excited for winter, I don't know what will! Sarcasm aside, it's time to actually prepare for this onslaught rather than just cross our fingers…

Holiday Home Tour: The Wests’ Incredible Halloween Decorations

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A few weeks ago, Dorothy and Duke West invited me into their home to see their lovely and skillful fall decorations. While I was there, they told me that their decorating specialty would actually come a few weeks later, when they would put together an outrageous party display for Halloween. I was…

Holiday Home Tour: The Wests’ Lush and Surprisingly Affordable Fall Decor

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: October 2, 2014

Their front steps overflow with eye-catching autumn color, and the inside of their home is just as lavishly decorated. I'm excited to present our first holiday home tour: the townhouse of Dorothy and Duke West of Whisperwood Cluster in Reston. We look forward to seeing how Restonians decorate for Halloween, Christmas, and other…

Home Tour: Basil’s Eclectic, Art-filled Condo

Relevance: 26%      Posted on: September 30, 2014

Modern Reston will be showcasing homes of the people who define the New Reston. We'll see how they live and how they have creatively transformed their spaces to reflect who they are. We are dedicated to finding homes with a modern sensibility mixed with a bit of quirk. We hope these tours…

Holiday Home Tour: Raquel’s Cozy Family Christmas Decor

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It's time for another holiday home tour!  If you enjoy seeing beautiful holiday decorations as much as I do, you'll love Raquel's charming home. She invited me to visit her house and see her sophisticated yet family-friendly holiday decorations. Raquel lives in North Reston with her husband, Dave, and their five-year-old son, Fletcher. She is the President…

Monument Coffee Roasters: The Supplier of Choice for the New Lake Anne Coffee House

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: July 23, 2015

The announcement that the Lake Anne Coffee House is changing hands has everyone a-buzz with excitement! Finally, Reston will have a bonafide independent coffee house. What you might not know is that the improvement to the actual coffee will be MONUMENTAL. Future owners Eve and Rick Thompson have chosen Monument Coffee —…

Holiday Home Tour: Allison’s Classic Christmas Elegance

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: December 11, 2014

It's time for another holiday home tour! Home tours are some of my favorite things that we cover here at Modern Reston, and they are especially fun during the holidays. We have featured lush autumn decor and dramatic Halloween decorations in earlier tours. Now we are pleased to present our first Christmas home tour, Allison Romero's elegant house in…

Tysons Corner Center’s Christmas Market and Winterfest 2014

Relevance: 22%      Posted on: December 19, 2014

It's the final weekend before Christmas, so with any luck, you'll be spending the next few days smugly relaxing at home with all your holiday preparations finished. But more likely, you'll be spending the weekend rushing around the mall with the rest of us procrastinators. If you'll be heading to Tysons Corner Center…

The Reston Home Tour Gives an Inside Look at Some of the Area’s Best Renovations

Relevance: 20%      Posted on: October 12, 2015

As I've mentioned before, home tours are some of my favorite types of articles to cover here at Modern Reston. Those articles are also some of our most popular with our readers, so it's likely that you love them, too. As much fun as it is to browse interior design photos, though, it's much better to be able…

Home Tour: A Designer’s Vibrant Waterfront Townhouse

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: September 7, 2014

Wouldn't you love to peek inside some of Reston's beautiful homes? We have a fascinating mix of contemporary, mid-century, traditional, and urban homes throughout town. Now is your chance to look inside some of them! One of our favorite features here at Modern Reston will be our series of home tours. We will be showcasing…

Home Tour: A Photographer’s Mid-Century Townhouse Filled With Playful Details

Relevance: 19%      Posted on: September 18, 2016

We love a home filled with personality! The latest house in our series of home tours is a mixture of feminine glam, vintage chic, and wild zaniness. It's the perfect match for homeowner April Greer and her adventurous spirit. April is a freelance advertising photographer with clients such as the Washington…

Home Tour: A Cramped Split-Level Transforms with Spacious, Mid-Century Style

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: July 8, 2015

If you love a good before-and-after home tour, then you don't want to miss this one. Reston resident Carolyn Reams sent me photos of her family's renovations, and I was stunned by the transformation. She invited me to come in and see her beautiful house for one of Modern Reston's home tours.…

Local Author Kwame Alexander — Living Life According to Bob Simon’s Tenets

Relevance: 18%      Posted on: September 25, 2015

This has been a week of reflection as we celebrate the life of Bob Simon and the founding of Reston. Much has been said about Simon's community vision where people work together, live together and inspire one another. Reston is one of the nation's most successful planned communities because of these concepts, but…

The 2016 Reston Home Tour Features Local Residences that Embrace Change

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: October 4, 2016

I love the creative inspiration of home tours (as well as HGTV, Houzz, and design blogs), but looking at photos of interiors isn't nearly as interesting as actually walking through real houses. That's why the annual Reston Home Tour is so fun. It's a self-guided tour of especially beautiful or fascinating local homes. This…

The PEEPle of Reston, in Glorious Peeps Dioramas

Relevance: 17%      Posted on: March 22, 2015

I've got to applaud the person who first came up with the idea of a Peeps diorama. It's genius. To use Peeps in ridiculous arts and crafts projects is a huge improvement over the original use of Peeps. As I understand it, you were originally supposed to eat them. The Just Born candy…

Home Tour: A Stunning Condo with Urban Style (for a Fraction of the Cost of Town Center Living)

Relevance: 16%      Posted on: August 30, 2016

You might recognize this Lake Anne condo from the 2015 Reston Home Tour -- it was one of my favorite locations on the tour, thanks to its gorgeously modern interior design. Or perhaps you'll remember it from a House Call article on Apartment Therapy, which described its extensive renovations. This condo is highly acclaimed and…

Before and After: A Home Stager Reveals Her Secrets

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It makes sense that an attractive, pleasant, and functional space is easiest to sell. But how can someone achieve that elusive state where a home appeals immediately to a buyer? A professional home stager offered to show us some of her secrets to success. Michelle Cloney is a native Restonian and…

Airbnb Offers a Host of Options for Visiting Guests & Traveling Abroad

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: October 15, 2014

With the holidays approaching and family and friends threatening to visit, most of us will be faced with the reality that our homes are not houseguest ready. If your family eschews the idea of staying in a hotel for something homier, consider Airbnb. Airbnb is a community website where travelers can book spaces (homes/rooms) from hosts.…

Photo Gallery: A Christmas Tree Farmer

Relevance: 13%      Posted on: December 15, 2016

This article is a guest post by local photographer Samantha Marshall. Reston has been a host to this wonderful Christmas tree lot for eight years.  The owner and operator, Travis of Hopkins Farms, was nice enough to let me wander and just take in all the nostalgia these beautiful Douglas firs…

Before and After: A Small Flower Garden Finds a Beautiful New Use

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: December 21, 2015

Last week, I toured a Reston family's home to see their lovely Christmas decorations. You might remember their beautifully inviting outdoor living area near the front door. That space is a new renovation that they recently finished after several weeks of landscape remodeling. You are going to love their transformation. Here is how the front entrance of…

Reston holiday home tour – Christmas home decor

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Modern Reston’s Top Stories of 2014

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: December 31, 2014

What a year we have had! In 2014, we celebrated the 50 years of Reston's past, and welcomed the Metro and all it represents for Reston's future. This year was the perfect time to create a new resource for the thriving community that Reston has become. In September, we launched Modern Reston, an online…

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christkindlmarkt

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[This article is from 2014. For this year's schedule, refer to our article about the 2016 Reston Christkindlmarkt.] December is finally upon us! With it come the lights, decorations and festive merriment of the holidays. At Modern Reston, one of our most favorite holiday events is the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) Christkindlmarkt here…

Host a Wine Tasting Event with The Wine Cabinet

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: March 13, 2015

You may be familiar with The Wine Cabinet in North Point Village Center, but you may not know that along with the many events they host in-store, they also offer in-home wine tasting parties. The Wine Cabinet is a boutique wine shop that prides itself on seeking out the highest…

Ask a Designer: Decorating a Mid-Century House

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: September 7, 2014

If you're looking for the perfect setting for that swinging cocktail party, you've got plenty of options around here. The playful spirit of 1960s Reston can still be seen in its original houses. Huge windows, clean lines, and open spaces for entertaining are some of the highlights of these beautiful homes. But what…

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Reston

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: January 30, 2015

Looking for a place to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, February 1st? We have several ideas for you. Reston's newest restaurant, Glory Days Grill, opened this week. It's a sports bar with 40 TVs, and each booth has its own speaker with volume control. They serve a broad menu of…

Moss Building & Design Takes Us Step-By-Step Through the Reston Association’s Design Review Board Process

Relevance: 10%      Posted on: April 4, 2016

It's finally spring and many of us are sprucing up our yards and planning to tackle home projects. Well, before you demo anything, you may want to read this article, for Reston is a very special place... For instance, do you know you need design approval from the Reston Association's Design Review…

Modern Reston’s Top Stories of 2016

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: December 28, 2016

Another year is coming to a close, and we at Modern Reston are grateful to all the members of the community who have shared their stories with us. Reston is filled with fascinating people, culture, and events, and it's a pleasure to be able to learn about them and share…

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Reston Winter Prep: 7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Car

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: December 18, 2014

Today we're talking cars for the second and final installment of our Reston Winter Prep series. So you've finally taken home that brand-new (insert car name here) you've been saving for. You've read the owner's manual from cover to cover as though it were a romance novel and are pretty confident you can keep the thing healthy and maintained. But…

Decadent Adult Milkshakes à la Ted’s Bulletin

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: September 7, 2014

Cupcakes are old news. Haven't you heard? Since Ted's Bulletin arrived on the scene in Reston Town Center the buzz has been about spiked milkshakes—creamy, chilled confections with a mighty kick. Taking a cue from their menu, we decided to give it a-go at home and create our own milkshakes inspired by our…

Know Before You Go: Shopping For Mid-Century Modern Furniture in the DMV

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: January 14, 2015

Reston in and of itself is a mid-century modern invention. It was founded in 1964 with an eye toward the future. And while this town has gone through several redevelopments, many of us still live in retro-style houses. I happen to love this style and made a point to buy a place that was…

Modern Reston’s Top Stories of 2015

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: December 28, 2015

As another year comes to a close, we are grateful for all the fascinating stories the Reston community has shared with us. Modern Reston has become the area's leading publication for culture and events, and we couldn't have done it without your support. We've got lots of plans for 2016, but first let's…

A Restonian Goes to Washington: A Peek inside the White House Holiday Tour

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: December 24, 2014

Most of us never get to take the White House Holiday Tour. Luckily, one of our very own Reston residents, Alisa Ades, was able to score exclusive passes and snap some pics with her iPhone to share with us. The process for obtaining passes for this tour is rather complicated. Requests must…

Before & After: A Dingy 1970s Bathroom Becomes Bright and Modern

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: September 15, 2014

They almost didn’t buy their dream house because of this room. As Michelle and Charlie toured a light-filled, mid-century house in Reston, they knew they had found The One. Then, upon stepping into the master bath, they promptly changed their minds! This dark cave of a bathroom had dingy, wood…

About Modern Reston

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: July 23, 2014

CULTURE AND EVENTS IN THE NEW RESTON Modern Reston is a website about recreation, dining, and the arts in the Reston area of Northern Virginia. No longer a distant DC suburb, the new Reston is a thriving and diverse city. Our website offers a fresh look at this evolving urban landscape,…

Photo Gallery: The Blizzard of 2016 Buries Reston

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: January 25, 2016

What a crazy weekend it was! I'm still buzzing from all the excitement of the historic snowstorm that pummeled the DC area for 36 hours, leaving behind almost two and a half feet of snow. Here are some of the photographs I took during and after the blizzard. Because the roads were impassable, I was…

At the Reston Market: The Intricate and Modern Jewelry of Alessandra Eusebi

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: July 24, 2015

Every Saturday morning during farmers market season, an art market takes place on Lake Anne Plaza. If you haven't taken a close look at the vendors there, I encourage you to do so. There is a lot of talent and quality on display every week. I've discovered some beautiful artwork and…

Introducing Blue Valley Vineyard & Winery: Award-Winning Dry Whites and Luscious Reds in Delaplane

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: September 15, 2015

It's no secret that we, at Modern Reston, love a beautiful glass of wine. We are always on the hunt for new local wineries. A place to hang out with friends away from the (sub)urban jungle we call home. Sadly, while most local wineries are scenic, we are usually disappointed with the actual wine — whites…

Reston Events for November 2014

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 1, 2014

November kicks off the winter season in Reston! We have ice skating and holiday celebrations, without the cold weather of true winter. Here are some event highlights for November in the Reston area. NOVEMBER 1, 2014 - MARCH, 2015 Reston Town Center Ice Skating Reston Town Center Pavilion The centerpiece…


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ArtsPlay: A New Literature-Based Art & Drama Program for Preschoolers

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: November 11, 2014

I am blessed to have two very different kids with two very different talents. One is extremely imaginative and has been drawing recognizable people since age 2 and the other is a linguist and a realist. In an effort to push child #2 out of his comfort zone, I went in…


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Reston Farm Market: Fall Family Fun Right Here in Town

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: October 10, 2014

With all the fall festivals happening in Northern Virginia this month, families are making the trek into the countryside to be surrounded by pumpkins, fall colors, and children's entertainment. What you might not know is that there is a great spot for fall excitement right here in Reston. The Reston Farm…


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