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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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The home has hardwood flooring and high ceilings throughout the main and upper levels.

Resale of the week: Expanded, updated Falls Church farmhouse

Longtime Falls Church residents may remember Wide Awake Farm in the Sleepy Hollow area near Lake Barcroft, where horses grazed in the pastures. The original farmhouse rests today on a smaller but still pastoral lot.

The center-island kitchen has maple cabinets painted with white glaze, a tiled backsplash, stainless steel appliances and granite counters.

Luxury home: New N. Bethesda home with classic details

While some homebuyers prefer the patina of age and tradition in a home, others refuse to compromise by living in a home that another family has occupied. The advantages of purchasing a new home are many, but two aspects appeal to many people: New homes typically are designed to match the way families live and entertain today, and most have environmentally friendly features that increase the home's energy efficiency.

Cover story: Designers use talents for sick, needy

Every spring since 2008, interior designers and landscape designers from the Washington area help raise money for Children's National Medical Center by participating in the DC Design House project founded by Skip and Debbie Singleton, owners of DC Living Real Estate.

Toll Brothers is building town homes at Amberlea at South Riding in Ashburn. The homes have from 1,450 to 1,530 square feet and are base-priced from $305,995 to $337,995.

New in Virginia: Amberlea at South Riding

Toll Brothers is building town homes at Amberlea at South Riding in Ashburn, a planned community with a golf course, sports courts, clubhouses, swimming pools, playgrounds, parks, trails and neighborhood events held on the Town Green. Market Square includes shops, restaurants and services.

Mortgage Q&A: Don’t wait for drop in mortgages

Q. My fiance and I want to buy our first home in 2013. I think we should find a suitable home as soon as possible and make an offer. We have been prequalified and have targeted our price range.

The Georgetown home has gleaming hardwood flooring and high ceilings.

Resale of the week: Flexibility in redone 1900s Georgetown home

When visitors stroll along Georgetown's residential streets, they often speculate about the interior of this community's venerable historic homes. While most people assume the inside of each home has a traditional double parlor, tiny rooms and very little closet space, some of Georgetown's most appealing homes have been remodeled to match today's buyers' desire for open spaces.

Mortgage Q&A: A loan isn’t sale item on a shelf

A survey in the news recently concludes that many Americans wouldn't mind shopping for their next mortgage at Wal-Mart. According to a September survey by Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, a third of the 618 consumers who participated in the online study said they would consider a Wal-Mart mortgage.

Luxury home: New in NW, 6 bedrooms, 6,000 square feet

If elegance, sophistication and environmentally friendly features are on your wish list for a new home, you may be in luck. The home at 5420 Galena Place NW, in the Palisades neighborhood of Northwest Washington, offers four stories of luxury and state-of-the-art green design. It was designed and built recently by designer Chryssa Wolfe and Hanlon Design Build,

Charting the Market: November sales below a year ago

November sales were 1 percent lower than last November in the Washington metro area. It was the first time all year that sales fell behind last year's pace. Still, total sales for the first 11 months of 2012 were up 5 percent compared with last year.

At the back of the ground level in the Southwick model are the center-island kitchen, which is open to the family room and breakfast area.

New in Maryland: Boucher Place

Basheer & Edgemoore is building 28 town homes and single-family homes on sites of 4,000 to 7,000 square feet at Boucher Place in the Eastport neighborhood in Annapolis, located within walking distance of historic downtown Annapolis, shops, restaurants, the marina and the Chesapeake Bay waterfront.

The Winthrop features an octagonal family room with a fireplace and walls of windows.

Luxury Home: 18 grand, light-filled homes in Great Falls

Great Falls represents the epitome of the Northern Virginia lifestyle for many people, with homes resting on spacious sites, roads winding among towering trees and glimpses of horses grazing in the meadows.

Cover story: Eyesore next door? Find plus to offset

A house sits beside a cemetery; a dog barks; loud, ominous noises rumble past. No, this isn't the setting for a horror movie, but this type of situation can be a nightmare for home sellers and Realtors.

The kitchen in the Manchester model has a center island and granite counters.

New in Virginia: Village Run at Stone Ridge

Van Metre Homes is building 76 single-family homes on 7,500-square-foot sites at Village Run at Stone Ridge in Aldie, a planned community with a community center, a fitness center, two swimming pools, an amphitheater, a library, a Wi-Fi cafe, a shopping center, parks, tennis courts, a day care center and miles of walking trails.

Charting the market: Sale listings slow down

Not long ago, the Washington region was suffering from an oversupply of unsold homes. That number has dropped dramatically in recent years -- too far, according to Holly Worthington.

The family room is open to the dining room and kitchen. The kitchen features granite counters and a long island.

Resale of the week: Custom 4-bedroom in Takoma Park

A front-yard patio greets guests to a charming custom-built home on the market in Takoma Park. Situated in a parklike setting at 803 Houston Ave., the three-level home is on the market for $750,000.

Mortgage Q&A: Refinancing FHA loans can be tricky

While mortgage rates continue to stay down, I think it's appropriate for an update aimed at homeowners with loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

Cover story: Designer’s help shows your style at its best

The moment comes for some people when they move into a larger home and realize they have no idea how to use the space. For others, the inspiration to work with an interior designer springs from dissatisfaction with their color scheme or a desire to upgrade their post-college Ikea furniture to something a little more grown-up.

The living room has hardwood flooring, a wood-burning fireplace, multiple windows and low walls with columns leading into the dining room.

Resale of the week: Light-filled Arlington Cape Cod

Whether you're looking for a home with some old-fashioned Cape Cod-style charm, one with large and airy rooms, a place where you can entertain your friends on a summer evening on a shady patio, or just a location that will shorten your commute into the city, you can find all of these in one home in Arlington's Lee Heights neighborhood.