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In this photo provided by M. Design Interiors, framed art is displayed both in and on a built-in bookcase. The effect is open and airy, while still providing ample storage space for the homeowner's book collection. The interior and bookcase design is by Molly Luetkemeyer. (AP Photo/M. Design Interiors, Justin Officer)

Declutter, then create style by editing collections

Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items on your bookshelves and tabletops.

Some design solutions may involve moving walls, as was done for this family kitchen. (Photograph courtesy of Case Design/Remodeling)

Bigger not always better in remodeling, DIY

- Deseret News

Smart redesign that stays within the footprint of your house can be less expensive than a large, big box addition and can have a big impact on your lifestyle.

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New in D.C.: North View

- The Washington Times

Arthur Tsiamis is building nine condominiums at North View in Glover Park, just north of Georgetown at 4004 Edmunds St. NW. Residents can walk to multiple restaurants, bars, shops and grocery stores in Glover Park as well as to Georgetown for dining, shopping and entertainment.

The home at 1708 P St. NW near Dupont Circle is on the market for $1,595,000. The circa-1900 Colonial-style brick row home has four finished levels with five bedrooms, three full baths and a powder room.

Resale of the week: Dupont Circle row house sits on quiet block

The Dupont Circle neighborhood inspires plenty of longing among many D.C.-area residents who visit the restaurants, shops and nightlife in this lively community and wish they lived in the midst of its excitement.

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Mimi Chacin helps her son Diego, 9, place home made pizzas onto a tray while cooking dinner at her home in Miami Shores, Fla., Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Burden or blessing? Survey slams women's 'utopian' joy of cooking

- The Washington Times

As millions of American households prepare to enjoy the delectable smells of Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, some social scientists say it's time to loosen belts and lower expectations. Women, who prepare the overwhelming majority of Thanksgiving repasts, need a break from expectations about "utopian" family meals.

Photo provided by Andersen Windows

A Craftsman-style home typically has special feature windows, such as a picture window.

Cover story: Right details on additions fit existing home style

The Washington area may be home to Democrats, Republicans, independents and Libertarians, but no matter what their political persuasion, local residents more than likely live in a conservative home.

Luxury home: A cul-de-sac of 12 estates in McLean

While McLean receives recognition around the United States for being home to politicians, attorneys, lobbyists and broadcasters, many area residents know this Northern Virginia community for its amenities.

Cover story: Next year will ‘start out fast’

Perhaps the highest compliment that can be paid to the Washington area in 2012 is that it was "balanced." The market was no longer cold, nor was it irrationally hot.

The kitchen has new granite counters, maple cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Resale of the week: 6-bedroom remodeled Kensington split level

A spacious 1950s split-level home in Kensington, meticulously remodeled by its owners in 2012, is on the market for $1,099,000. The six-bedroom, four-bath home has plenty of space for family members to unwind or entertain during the holidays.

Drees Homes is building 40 town homes at Linton at Ballenger in Frederick. The homes have 2,029 to 2,070 square feet and are base-priced from $282,900 to 292,900.

New in Maryland: Linton at Ballenger

Drees Homes is building 40 town homes at Linton at Ballenger in Frederick, a community with walking paths, green space and plans for a clubhouse, swimming pool and sports fields. The community is close to Historic Downtown Frederick, Francis Scott Key Mall, parks, country clubs and commuter routes.

The kitchen has granite counters and top-of-the-line appliances.

Luxury home: Four levels of French elegance in Kalorama

While the District has many breathtakingly beautiful views and avenues, the Kalorama neighborhood in Northwest Washington is home to some of the best examples of residential architecture in the city. Some of its elegant buildings are embassies or ambassadorial residences, while others are private homes.

Mortgage Q&A: May rates stay low in new year

Perhaps it's appropriate for my last column of 2012 to talk about the so-called "fiscal cliff." With any luck, our elected officials already will have reached some sort of reasonable agreement by the time this is published. As I write, both sides still are pretty far apart.