by Leora Kahn on December 2, 2016

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By – Jeannine Miller (jmiller@mossbuildinganddesign.com)

I, for one, think re-gifting gets a bad [w]rap.  In a world with too much stuff, it just makes sense to take something you don’t want/use/like and pass it along to someone who would enjoy it.  Am I right?

Holiday Season Northern Virginia

I’m not talking about the time I got a used, wrinkled shirt that was two sizes too small from a former sister in law…or the time I got a $25 gift card in a work exchange which turned out to have like four bucks left on it…that’s just rude.  I’m talking about nice, never-used items you have received but do not suit you.

If you are thinking of re-gifting something that would be a nice fit for someone else, I say go for it.  Just be sure to follow a few rules:

  1. Re-wrap the gift and, for goodness’ sake, be sure to remove the original tag. If you don’t repackage, you might miss the handwritten note from Aunt Jane or the tiny jewelry box containing a family heirloom.  You think this would be obvious, but apparently it’s not.
  2. You’ve got to re-gift outside the original circle. If you go from friends to family or co-workers to church friends, you should be able to avoid the awkward “Hey, didn’t I give you that framed cat picture last year?”
  3. This may be the most important rule so listen closely. Never, ever accidentally re-gift lingerie to your husband’s boss’ wife thinking it was that dumb scarf your husband got you last Christmas.

Happy Holidays

If you have any good (and by good I mean bad) re-gifting stories, I would love to hear them!  Share them and I’ll send you a $50 MOSS gift certificate.  Happy Holidays!

And now a word from my sponsor:

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If you’re in the market for some home remodeling, call the experts at Moss Building & Design.  We will consult with you and help you explore the many possibilities for updating your home.  Call 703-961-7707 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.

In addition to blogging about all things home and family-related, Jeannine Miller is a member of Moss Building & Design’s Community Relations team.

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by Leora Kahn on November 29, 2016

By Pam Kopiak (PKopiak@mossbuildinganddesign.com)

Winter Decorations

It’s that time of the year again. The holiday music was held at bay as long as possible and now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to get those decorations out and get to work. What to start with? Some lights in the yard and on the house? Some new decorations for the living room? Maybe even a new (updated) element to a space you already have? There’s room for it all!

Light Up The House

Now I am not talking about doing things the Clark Griswold way and covering up the entire house. BUT, if that’s the way you prefer, then go ahead. There are television shows out there about just that sort of thing (I actually watch them). The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC anyone?

Christmas decorations decor

Or maybe something a little more tame – say in the way of the classic lights on the house in Home Alone? There is no wrong way to light up the season!

If you have not heard the names, Joanna and Chip Gaines, then you have obviously not been watching enough HGTV. They are huge right now! And they even have their own shop- Magnolia Market. Their shop sells their goods and lets just say, their business is booming. If you’re in the market for holiday presents or home accessories, this is the place for you! Just take a look at this adorable wall decor.

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You can definitely find similar products closer to home too. I was VERY happy when the new Ballard Designs store opened up in Tyson’s Corner Mall just a few months back. I mean who doesn’t need a Spruce Alphabet Wreath this season? I do have a few returns to make at the mall soon…

Holiday Wreath Decorations

Decorate The Fireplace

Maybe you buy that Spruce Alphabet Wreath and decorate your mantle with it. Sitting by the fire is a quintessential holiday activity. If you don’t have a fireplace, now is the time to get on that so that you don’t miss ANOTHER year. This MOSS customer in Oakton showcases a wonderful mantle. If you’re looking for more fireplace inspiration, check out our blog post on all of the different styles.

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If you are thinking of a home remodel and have any special needs that you need to have addressed, the professionals at MOSS are here to help.  If you have general questions, call MOSS at 703.961.7707 or email Sales@MossBuildingandDesign.com.  Moss Building & Design was voted Best Remodeler in Arlington Magazine’s Best of Arlington 2016!

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Home Additions in McLean

November 28, 2016

By: Zaiba Hasan (ZHasan@MossBuildingandDesign.com) The other afternoon I met a friend from my daughter’s school in McLean, for a walk around the neighborhood before pick-up.  She casually mentioned that MOSS was coming out later that week to give her a free in-home consultation on a possible addition and bathroom remodel.  She excitedly began to tell me the different design ideas that she and her husband had been talking about for years!  However, the one thing that caught my attention was how they planned on adding space to their current Cape Cod without drastically altering the elevation.  Lucky for them, MOSS has an expert team of home-building professionals with many tools at their disposal (like MOSS 360)! Peaking my interest, I decided to reach out to another good friend, realtor Sara Bjerde, (who also happens to be a resident “McLeanian”). I asked her what the top three home-styles in McLean are …   
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2nd Annual MOSS Thanksgiving

November 22, 2016

Our MOSS ‘Friends-giving’ is full of delicious recipes that we want to share with you. From everyone here at MOSS, we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving full of food, friends, and family! Turkey for First-Timers: Provided by Jodi Jameson, Customer Care Manager Jodi says, “I was terrified the first time I tried Thanksgiving dinner.  Luckily a friend of a friend is the owner of a well-known local restaurant.  Although I was somewhat intimidated by him, I called him for advice.  Here is what he told me and I’ve been doing it ever since.” Ahead of Time:  Chop tons of celery and onions the day before and store in frig so that’s done. First Thing:  Take 1-lb butter out of the refrigerator first then when you wake up Pan:  Put one Knorr beef bouillon cube and one Knorr chicken bouillon cube in bottom of roaster pan.  Add lots of …   
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Home Design: Beauty vs. Function

November 22, 2016

By Pam Kopiak (PKopiak@MossBuildingandDesign.com) As a long time resident of Arlington, I am well aware that many of the buildings and homes are getting old(er). Many have “quirks” about them that aren’t the most charming, even if they do add “character” to the place.  When it comes to updating an existing layout, you can make a space more functional while beautiful all at the same time.  This MOSS kitchen remodel in Arlington, VA is a great example  of this.  With this homeowner using a wheelchair, function was by far, a necessity. Lower the Bar The height of the kitchen counters was lowered to be more accessible to the homeowner.  Pair that with a modern update on the kitchen table, beautiful wallpaper, and pendant lighting. This living space turned out to be incredibly gorgeous. A Little Support Goes A Long Way Safety is our number one concern. When designing this bathroom, …   
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Remodeling in Arlington, VA

November 10, 2016

By: Leora Kahn (LKahn@MossBuildingandDesign.com) At MOSS, we host open houses because we believe it is of great importance to see what we can do, in person, before investing in your remodel. Plus, the ability to speak candidly with previous customers allows you to make an informed decision. Best Design/Build in Arlington, VA Last week we hosted an open house to show the Northern Virginia community our latest three story addition in Arlington, VA. The attendees seemed to be very pleased with the kitchen bump out, extended dining room, and outdoor living space. The homeowners of this 1965 home were considering remodeling their home for quite some time. When two trees fell on their house, they knew there was no putting this off any longer. When planing their home improvements, their goals were very precise: An eat-in kitchen with plenty of room to accommodate all family members An open, informal space for entertaining Maximize …   
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Prepare Your Northern VA Kitchen for the Holidays

November 10, 2016

By: Zaiba Hasan (ZHasan@MossBuildingandDesign.com) Your children are settled into their new school year and all of the fall sports are officially underway. You finally catch your breath just in time (GASP) for the holiday season!  There’s something about the turning of the leaves and the brisk cool air that makes me start PANICKING about the holidays.  My preparation begins by calling MOSS with my handyman ‘honey-do’ list. Secondly, I begin prepping my kitchen for the impending festivities with my top three “holiday must-haves.” Because as you know, THE IN-LAWS ARE COMING! Decorate Your Northern VA Home Let’s just be real…the winter months are LONG, DARK, and COLD. Specifically, during these darker cooler months, the kids and I tend to go a little crazy decorating the house.  Psychologically it probably helps to keep the winter doldrums away.  However, changing the color of an accent wall in the kitchen or adding some tea lights …   
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Personalize your Home Addition

November 4, 2016

By Pam Kopiak (PKopiak@MossBuildingandDesign.com) I consider myself to be a pretty simple person.  But to be honest, sometimes I really long for more glamour in my life.   My house was built in 1930.  1930 I said!  Let’s  just say there ain’t much glamour left in that house.  If I could, I would love to “pop the top,” and do one of those gorgeous additions you see appearing all around Arlington.  When that time comes, maybe after the kindergartner finally leaves the house, then I would LOVE to do something like these MOSS customers did in Fairfax Station.  It’s OK to daydream right? Add Vaulted Ceilings to Your Remodel Raise the roof!  I am not talking about lyrics in a pop song… I literally mean  raising the roof.  I want vaulted ceilings in my Arlington home so that when I have company over I don’t have to remind the taller ones …   
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Arlington Virginia Open House

November 2, 2016

By: Jeannine Miller (JMiller@MossBuildingandDesign.com) In today’s world of virtual reality, the opportunity to ‘kick the tires’ before you buy a product is becoming more and more rare.  At MOSS, we believe the best way to determine whether you want to hire a company is to meet their employees in person and actually see and touch the company’s product.  Add in the ability to speak candidly with previous customers and you can truly make an informed decision.  We believe hosting an Open House at one of our completed projects is the perfect opportunity for you to do all of the above. Please join us on Thursday evening, November 3rd, as we reveal a beautiful open-concept kitchen and outdoor living space in Arlington.  This 1965 home has been updated to meet the needs of a family who loves their location, but had outgrown their space.  MOSS worked closely with the homeowners to …   
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Guest Blogger: Marcia Sheehan, Founder of Charmed Cardinals, Reviews MOSS’ Handyman Services

November 1, 2016

By: Marcia Sheehan (Marcia@CharmedCardinals.com) A couple weeks ago I had the very pleasurable experience with a Moss handyman. The entire process from start to finish was professional, efficient, and I’m still glowing from it! Jenn Zschunke (Moss’s Community Relations Manager) and I were initially acquainted when I reached out last year to schedule a HandyMOM 101 workshop for my society’s members. Months after our workshop, Moss graciously donated gift certificates to a Mother’s Day Mall fundraising event to benefit the funding of a maternity home. Could they BE any more generous with their time and commitment to our community?! Well yes, yes they could! They offered up this handyman service to me in exchange of me providing feedback on the process and overall experience. I received the initial email from Jenn, quickly responded that she had no idea how much value I would find in a handyman for a day, …   
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