by Haley Johnston on April 28, 2016

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By Pam Kopiak (

We all love our kids.  Most of the time anyway.  To see my kids enjoy something really makes me happy.  That being said, there are boundaries to what I will do for my children.  Paint his or her bedroom the color shade of his or her choice?  Sure.  I’m even ok with adding kids furniture like bunk beds with stairs (just check out my son’s room).  But what about getting a little crazy like a mural on the wall or even making a tree for a reading area inside the bedroom?  It might not be for me but some people (actually a lot of people) are just more daring than I am.  Here are a few ideas from keeping it simple to really going all out.

It’s As Easy As A Coat Of Paint

Chalk board paint that is.  This is fairly inexpensive and can be found at places such as Home Depot or Lowe’s.  Although I haven’t done an entire wall, we do have a large bookcase in our toy room that has an entire side painted in chalk board paint.  It’s fun and easy to wipe away the mess.

chalkboard paint

Found on Pinterest board ‘For the Kids!’

Wall Art

If you want to take it a step further, you could consider a wall mural.  If you are into under water adventure or just love a quirky bright design, the octopus theme pictured below might work for you.  It is definitely an attention grabber.  If your child grows out of it in a few years, just throw another can of paint over it.

Cherry Tree View

Living In A Forest

If the sky is the limit and you really want to make your child happy, consider something truly unique.  Nothing is better than a child’s imagination.  If you can make a reality out of it for your child then go for it.  An actual tree reading nook?  That’s pretty awesome. But it took this Dad 18 months to complete… Quite the DIY project!

kids tree

From BoredPanda

Get Inspired

Need more inspiration for your kid’s bedroom? Check out our Pinterest Board for more cool ideas on how to decorate your kid’s Bedroom.

kids bedroom

If this blog has inspired you, the professionals at Moss Building and Design are always available to answer questions and share ideas.  If you would like to discuss your remodeling plans or have general questions call MOSS at 703.961.7707 or email

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by Haley Johnston on April 22, 2016

Zaiba Hasan by Zaiba Hasan (

#1 You have no off days

I spend 7 out of 7 days of the week at some sporting event or another.  Let me repeat that, 7 out of 7 days, you will find me and my huge silver “beast”, driving all over Northern Virginia dropping or picking up 1 of my 4 children and their teammates to either a baseball field or a basketball court.  Let’s keep it real my children will NOT be playing for the Washington Wizards or Washington Nationals anytime soon…or ever.

Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 4.00.37 PM#2 You (actually) dread baseball season

Confession time…I do NOT actually enjoy baseball (or insert your sport of choice here) season. In fact I start dreading it weeks before it even begins. Now don’t get me wrong, I love watching my children play.  I am like any other mother whose heart wells with pride as they watch their child’s bat crack against the ball and I too hold my breath in anticipation of a fly-ball outfield catch.  For me, it’s purely the logistics of getting 4 kids to a thousand and one activities (at times simultaneously), making dinner, helping with homework, working etc. etc. The stress of simply remembering to wash their uniforms in a timely manner is enough to make me slowly go gray!!

#3 You have to schedule EVERYTHING

Over the years I have figured out a system of sorts to get me through the craziness.  It is by no means a perfect system but I have survived 8 plus years and counting, so it really can’t be all that bad.  I have to schedule, literally everything, which I do every Sunday evening.  You’ll see my color-coded Cozi calendar marked up with every minute detail (yesterday’s entry included “green socks, black jersey, don’t forget the team Gatorade” for example).  When you are being pulled in a thousand different directions, being able to quickly glance at your phone or computer screen for a snap shot of your day is extremely important.  Before a huge tournament weekend I print out a list before I start packing to ensure I don’t forget anything important…um like socks.

My poor daughter (“Z2”) had to make it through a whole tournament weekend on one pair of socks.  Needless to say it wasn’t a pleasant drive home for anyone!!  

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Z2 waiting out the cold with MOSS the builder

#4 Sometimes you have to outsource

Whether it be a cleaning service, cooking service, babysitting service, sometimes a mama needs some help.  My secret weapon to get me through baseball season and my vice of choice is using a laundry service.  I drop off all of my kids’ laundry on Thursday mornings and the laundry goddesses of Bubbles Laundromat wash, fold, and divide my children’s laundry into 4 neatly folded piles, in less than 24 hours.  Can you hear the angels singing?  

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Even MOSS the builder needed a dry cleaning run after opening day for McLean Little league!

#5 Eating out is a tempting alternative

In order to avoid eating at Chipotle every night I have to meal plan once a week.  I marinade, semi-cook, chop vegetables, wash fruit, pack snacks in advance.  So when it’s time to head to game/practice I dump my containers into my “picnic basket” and can quickly head out the door.  We may not sit down and eat together as a family around a table but we enjoy having a family “picnic” every night.  Usually running in different directions most evenings, any time we can squeeze in family time even if it’s not traditional, is worth it for us.
Enjoy the baseball season fellow moms! 

Until next time,



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What Homeowners Can Learn from the Love It or List It Lawsuit

April 19, 2016

Last week, two North Carolina homeowners sued the company that produces the hit HGTV show, ‘Love it or List it.’ In the lawsuit the couple alleges that the work done by the show and subcontractors was “disastrous” and that their “renovations” caused more problems rather than creating solutions. While this couple’s experience is undoubtedly unconventional considering their entire renovation was filmed and part of a reality television series– it does point to some key things to consider when remodeling your home. Real Quality vs. Reality TV We admit it–we too have been sucked into the HGTV weekend marathons that seem to never end, and when the Property Brothers came to the Capital Remodel and Garden Show in February, we fan-girled (just like you would.) Community Relations Member Jeannine Miller meeting the Property Brothers at the Capital Remodel and Garden Show But when it comes to the actual renovations that you …   
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Remodeling Solutions: Addition and Kitchen Remodel in Arlington, VA

April 18, 2016

Every customer who comes to remodel their home with MOSS brings with them a different set of challenges.  Every space is unique and sometimes customers have a different vision of how they want that space to function. In this blog series, we will highlight specific problems customers want to address in their home and how MOSS helped find those solutions. The project: a kitchen bump-out and deck Style: Contemporary Duration: ~4 months Quoteable: “Because our family life and entertaining style centers around the kitchen, we wanted to create a cooking and gathering space that would be the center of our home.” Raise the Roof “Our favorite room in the house is our new kitchen.  We love all the storage and counter top space, and all the room!  The windows provide an abundance of natural light throughout the day, which is wonderful.” Since their small kitchen was the hub of this Arlington, …   
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It Takes a Village: MOSS Edition

April 15, 2016

 by Zaiba Hasan ( “It takes a village” is something we say sometimes without thinking or even understanding the true meaning behind this particular phrase.  While we are no longer getting eaten by wooly creatures and have stopped living in caves, stresses are still very real and studies have shown that we don’t necessarily have the village surrounding us like our past cave cousins. Social scientists have determined that present day people are having a harder time finding their connection and in turn finding their village.  Which is why I feel especially blessed to have found my village in McLean! After leaving my entire family in my beloved Chicago (woot woot go Chi-Town) twelve years ago, I made the move to Virginia.  I was a young mom, who had no idea what I was doing having left the only home I had ever known.  Needless to say I fully admit I was …   
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The Ultimate Basement Trifecta in McLean, VA

April 13, 2016

 by Pam Kopiak ( Basements.  If you don’t have one, you long for one, and if you DO have one, you’re probably wishing you could remodel it to make it more functional.  I currently have a “partially finished” basement in my house which just means that the owners before us chose to block off a section to finish and leave the rest a scary dungeon as storage space.  At some point in the (hopefully near) future, I would love to  finish the entire basement and incorporate some of these ‘trifecta’ elements that are key when finishing a basement.  Check out these finished basement ideas from this MOSS basement remodel in McLean, VA.  Family Space This is usually number one on people’s list.  Create a cozy space for yourself and your family to hang out.  When you have a great space to relax, you’re more likely to be the house where the kids gather, so you can …   
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Answers to your Bathroom Remodeling Concerns

April 7, 2016

When customers are starting to think about a bathroom remodel, there are many concerns that may cross their mind considering the time, energy and investment a bathroom renovation can involve. From choosing bathroom vanities to cabinets and accessories, putting together the pieces of the puzzle can seem daunting if you don’t have someone to guide you along the way. For MOSS customers, planning their bathroom is much smoother with the help of our Customer Care Managers, who help homeowners through the selection and design process. With the help of Customer Care Manager Jodi Jameson, we will cover some of the most common concerns customers have when remodeling their bathrooms, and how to ease those concerns. How do I keep my small bathroom from being too dark? Jodi: Customers are concerned about small bathrooms being too dark.   Fear not, there are many easy ways to lighten up a smaller space. “One …   
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March Madness: A Blessing and a (Mother’s) Curse

March 31, 2016

   By Jeannine Miller ( As mid-March approached, the excitement level in my house started to rise.  We are big Kentucky Wildcat fans and look forward to the NCAA tournament each spring.  The problem this year was that we also had a big event happening smack dab in the middle of the tourney – my son’s 1st Communion / Easter Weekend.  Why was that a problem, you ask?  Well, I’ll tell you why, Phil readers:  We had guests coming in from all over the country and our house was in serious need of attention. Most people would start their spring cleaning and party prep long before the big day, but that’s not how we roll.  I figured since the basketball games started on the 17th and our guests would start arriving on the 23rd, the weekend of March 12th-13th was our big family work weekend.  Apparently my thinking is considered outrageous.  …   
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Out and About in Arlington

March 30, 2016

  by Pam Kopiak (PKopiak@MossBuildingandDesign) I am feeling good.  Spring break is over and now that the kids are back in school I can sit (by myself) and enjoy the lovely scenery of nature blooming in my back yard.  This is such an exciting time of year for me.  Now that the weather is getting nicer, my schedule really starts to fill up.  Between soccer practices/games and outdoor activities, it is honestly hard to stay inside and keep up with everything (my laundry pile is growing as I type).  Not only is this a busy time for myself, it is busy season for the MOSS Community Relation Team as well! And The Winner Is… If you have a child in school, you most likely have come across the “annual auction”.  I know I have attended my fair share and have probably bought way too much along the way.  But these auctions …   
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A Spring Celebration

March 25, 2016

Spring is officially here, and with it comes family gatherings and celebrations. This weekend many families will be celebrating Easter or basking in the beautiful sunny weather that has finally found Northern Virginia. Whether you will be hunting for Easter eggs with the kids this weekend or simply enjoying the start of the season, here are some ways to celebrate. Room for Everyone Homeowners tend to realize they are lacking space the most when their family is in town. While small, closed off spaces may bode well for egg hunts, they are lousy for family gatherings and events. Take this before and after of this kitchen remodel. The dark, cramped, separated dining space and kitchen transformed into an open, bright area perfect for gatherings.  See the full project on Houzz  Even for the “I just wish I could fit a bigger table in my eating area” homeowners– there is a …   
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