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Caroline Carter's 'Smart Moves'

March 28, 2019

Deciding to sell your home, downsize, right-size or relocate? Check out Bethesda-based Done in a Day Inc's CEO and author, Caroline Carter's first book. 

From home staging to managing your move, Carter offers practical tips in Smart Moves: How to Save Time and Money While Transitioning Your Home and life. Everything from putting your home on the market to unpacking in your new place.

"Empty, evaluate, execute" is Carter's decluttering method, one she describes in detail to empower homeowners to make the most of their property.

Caroline Carter (Photo by: ©Tony Powell) Caroline Carter

Armed with the experience of helping over 2,000 families navigate the complicated and expensive process of moving, Carter shares her strategies for avoiding pitfalls and maximizing profit.

"Your job as the seller is to make sure that your home is delivered in a condition that will allow a qualified buyer up to one year of occupancy without making material changes." Don't you wish everyone did that? Carter explains why approaching your sale with that philosophy can ensure that you obtain a timely offer.

Sometimes what seems like an asset isn't. A couple home was selling their colonial home, one they'd lived in for over 40 years. "Isn't it beautiful?," said the wife pointing to her azaleas, clearly overtaking the entire front yard. Curb appeal is important. They were selling their home, not a flower shop.

Before staging, the author advises to take everything out of rooms and take inventory. "Use ScotchBlue 3M painter's tape and a black Sharpie to place a piece of tape on each item or ile to deisgnate: PK for Pack, S for Sell, D for Dump and Donate."

That all important, heart of the home kitchen requires extra attention. Remove all calendars, family photos, refrigerator magnets, and unused appliances.

When it comes time to moving day, be sure to arrange Internet and cable service, home security, and remember to pack cleaning supplies for your new home.

An experienced partner, Carter will guide you through every step of home transition.

And be sure to follow her, when she makes a move of her own this year.

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Orchids at Smithsonian American Art Museum

February 3, 2019

From February 16 through April 28, 2019, the Smithsonian American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, NW) is showcasing a dazzling collection of orchids.


Escape the winter cold and step into a floral oasis in the Kogod Courtyard with Orchids: Amazing Adaptations. A joint collaboration with SAAM, the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Gardens, and the U.S. Botanic Garden, this installation fills the museums’ courtyard with hundreds of orchids of stunning variety. Did you know that orchids are found on every continent except Antarctica? The gorgeous presentation showcases how orchids have adapted to their many different environments.

When you visit, stop by the museums’ Courtyard Café for treats that feature orchid-inspired flavors like vanilla, and purchase beautiful custom orchid merchandise in the Museum Store.

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2019 Washington Winter Show Showcases Elegant Entertaining

October 31, 2018

From the first dinners at Mount Vernon to today’s casual cocktail parties, entertaining is woven throughout American lives. Creating beautiful spaces and experiences for our loved ones is the joy and fun of being a host. While the main elements of entertaining have remained the same for hundreds of years - styles, methods, and approaches have evolved and fashions have changed.


The 2019 Washington Winter Show will explore the ways we entertain, what has guided us in the past, and what inspires us today. Taking place Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, January 13 at American University’s Katzen Arts Center,  with the Preview Night Party on Thursday, January 10.


The Show highlights over 40 dealers from across the US and Europe. Events include the Luncheon, lectures, cocktail parties, and more!


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LECTURE AND LUNCHEON- Friday, January 11, 2019 10:30 am The Friday Lecture and Luncheon will feature celebrated event designer and producer, Bronson van Wyck. He is celebrated for a style of entertaining that combines wit and sophistication with the gracious warmth of his Southern upbringing. 


Bronson is the author of “Born to Party, Forced to Work: 21st Century Entertaining” which will release in Fall 2019 from Phaidon. 

DESIGNER PANEL-Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:00 am Whitney Robinson, editor-in-chief of ELLE DECOR magazine, will moderate the Saturday Designer Panel. Panelists include Leanne Ford, star of HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords,” and celebrated interior designer’s Sarah Bartholomew and Eddie Ross. 


SATURDAY LECTURE-Saturday, January 12, 2019 4:30 pm William Allman, former White House curator, will present "'The President Requests the Pleasure': Entertaining at the White House.”


LOAN EXHIBIT The 2019 Loan Exhibit, “The Pleasure of Your Company: Elegant Entertaining with George and Martha Washington,” is presented by George Washington’s Mount Vernon.


CHARITIES The beneficiaries of the 2019 Show will be The Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services, the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, and THEARC.


DIRECTOR & CHAIRS Show Chairs: Marilouise Sibley Avery and Johanna Bayly Howe Honorary Chair: Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States and Canada Show Executive Director: Jonathan G. Willen

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