||Middleburg Sidewalk Sale
Saturday, August 8 - Sunday, August 9 Middleburg, the quaint little
town nestled in the middle of Virginia's horse country, is cleaning out
its closets and storage areas and moving into the streets on August 8 and
9 for its third annual Middleburg Summer Sidewalk Sale, sponsored by the
Middleburg branch of the Rappahannock National Bank. Stores and
restaurants will have colorful balloons outside their businesses to
indicate participation in the sale.
||Display Decorations with Siding Hangers
If you'd love to hang decorations on your siding but don't want to mar
it with nail holes, try siding hangers from Solutions. They could make
displaying party, seasonal and holiday decorations a breeze!
||Party Idea-A Summer Book Swap
Summer can be the perfect time to catch up on reading. Once you have
exhausted your supply of books, why not have a summer book swap and make
it a party? Your guests will get a chance to learn more about books they
haven't read while discussing those they have.
There are several ways to organize the swap. You can specify that books
be limited to paperbacks for example and have tables labeled, History,
Mystery, Fiction, Non Fiction, Humor, etc. Guests may select the same
number of books as they have contributed.
You can also do a blind
swap, something like a Yankee Gift Exchange, and include some popular
books that you know your guests will be eager to read.
For fun, include favors like book plates, bookcovers and bookmarks.
Avery has templates and more ideas for your gathering-just click on the
||Jane Austen Ball At Gadsby's Tavern
Saturday, August 15 Step back to the time of Jane Austen at this late
1790s era ball. The evening will feature a variety of English country
dances in the historic ballroom, live music, and "iced refreshments."
Period costume optional, "after-five" attire encouraged. 8:00-11:00pm. $45
per person. 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Details:
||Let There be Light!
As summer begins to fade into Fall and daylight hours grow shorter,
indoor lighting becomes more important. Dim rooms lighted only by
candlelight are romantic; poorly lighted rooms are something completely
While one light in a room might give enough general
light to accomplish some tasks or navigate through the room, tests have
shown that insufficient lighting for basic tasks can have psychological
and physical effects on people.
A well lighted room is more
welcoming and more comfortable to live and work in day after day. Rooms
with layers of light are easiest to live in and are often the most
attractive because the architecture, furnishings and colors are shown to
their best advantage.
Ambient light is indirect and gives
over-all lighting in the room, most often through a ceiling fixture. Task lighting provides direct lighting for reading and other
activities, most often from floor and table lamps but also from under
cabinet lighting. Accent lighting can come from recessed lighting
that "washes" a wall, lighting in bookshelves, and floor uplights. All
supplement the natural lighting from windows, skylights and solar tubes a
room may have.
Balanced lighting comes from using layers and also
dispersing it throughout the room. The lighting triangle is the
traditional minimum a well balanced room should have. If your room is
arranged into more than one area, the lighting should be adjusted for the
activities in each.
Plan now for sufficient lighting through the
darker days of the year and you will have more cozy, welcoming and
||Mini Decorating Seminars-Redesign Parties
Whether you are addicted to HGTV and decorating shows or you feel
decorating challenged, attending my mini decorating seminars, Redesign
Parties, will clue you into design secrets, tips and techniques that
will jumpstart your redesign projects. The fun and informative 2 hour
programs are offered in real homes like yours. You will learn through
demonstrations and hands-on opportunities how easily a room can be
transformed from OK to Oh, WOW! using traditional design
principles and innovative techniques.
How can you get "in the know"? Call or email me now for information
about attending or hosting a Redesign Party at 703-689-9886 , FaulknerRedesign@aol.com or email@example.com