RU In Refresh Magazine

Today we’re excited to announce you can find us in the Summer 2014 issue of Better Homes and Gardens‘ Refresh Magazine – on sale at local newsstands now! The eight-page spread features Kiera and her husband Michael’s DC home. Last summer we were approached by the editors at Refresh interested in the story, and in October we joined them for a two-day photo shoot. Since then, we’ve been counting down the days until its release date. Never could we have imagined such a big and beautiful feature, and needless to say we’re extremely grateful to everyone who helped in the process! Special thanks to our amazing photographer Tria Giovan, local editor Eileen Deymier, and Art Director Nicole Teut.

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RU: Holiday Rush

The second the air starts to chill our business prepares itself for our yearly “holiday rush”. From October to December we’re called upon by the good people of Washington to prepare their homes for the rush of visitors. We love helping everyone turn their spaces into true reflections of themselves whether they are preparing to host their first holiday dinner or hosting a huge New Years Eve bash.

The holiday rush also unfortunately means we’re rarely actually in the office and things like blogging get pushed to the end of our to-do lists. So before we leave to celebrate our own holiday traditions we’re sharing a few of our favorite rooms from the past three months!

Fayer Great Room

Great Room



Living Room


Happy Holidays from our homes to yours!!!

RU: At Home

We had a very exciting week last week so we wanted to share the news with our readers in case you missed it! Kiera’s home was featured on the cover of the Washington Post’s home section Thursday. It was accompanied by a wonderful article written by Jura Koncius about her renovation and design process. You can read the online version here and also view some of the photographs in a special DC Small Spaces Gallery here. Below are some snapshots from the hardcopy!

Kiera's DC Home

Kiera's DC Home

Kiera's DC Home

Check out Kiera’s Pinterest Board for product information and design inspiration.

James’ Bedroom

Today we’re featuring a super fun boy’s bedroom redesign that we are in the process of completing. James’ mother reached out to us a few months ago looking for a design team to completely redesign her 9-year-old’s bedroom – not your average request, but we always jump at the chance to work on kids’ rooms! They wanted a more grown-up room that would easily transition into his teenage years. Two criteria for the room: the color green (Celtics pride) and unique vintage pieces (it was like this project was created just for us)! Below is a sneak peek into James’ new bedroom design . . .

James Floorplan

James Bedroom

For product information and to see more from James’ new bedroom check out our Pinterest board!

RU: We’re Still Here

Yikes has it really been over three months since our last post!?! Well it’s been a whirlwind couple of months but we’re still here – busier and happier than ever! So many exciting things have been happening for us both personally and professionally it’s been hard to keep up. The biggest news of all is our dear Jessica is now engaged to our favorite architect (and fellow UF Gator) so a RU designed wedding is in the future! Kiera has had some incredible opportunities to share her own home design on Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, and will now be seen in the Washington Post and Southern Living Magazine over the next few months. More posts on all those topics to come.

But back to business – we’ve had so many fun projects this summer we thought we’d share some sample product boards from a few of our favorites over the last few months…









RU: Shopping

RU shopping for a unique piece of artwork? Maybe something large in scale – a real statement piece. Maybe something that represents a place you love – something that has special meaning. Maybe a flag – yeah maybe a flag would work. But wait, maybe the flag I want won’t coordinate with our new living room we’re designing  . . .

Stop right there because we might have the perfect solution to your design dilemma!

Kiera has branched out into the world of home accessories and started a new shop on Etsy called Flagged. In the shop you will find various custom hand-painted city flags. The current Flagged lineup includes the flags of DC, Chicago, and Denver (Portland & New Orleans are next ). All of the flags can be created to match whatever color you might need! Kiera chose a black and white version of DC’s flag to coordinate with her new living room.

Kiera's DC Flag

Kiera's DC Flag

We’re dying to see one of the flags in a nursery or kids room. How adorable would this pink flag look in a trendy chi-town momma’s little girls room!? Hmmm maybe we should start having our own kids so we can try it out  . . .

 Chicago City flag


Leigh’s Dining Room

Leigh contacted us after one of my neighbors had referred her to us thinking our styles would work well together after walking through my home  – boy was she right! Leigh and her husband own a beautiful bungalow in Palisades. The house was a wonderful mix of traditional and modern pieces. Unfortunately (or fortunately for us) their dining room just wasn’t living up to its full potential. The space was basically a complete rewrite for us so we started from scratch and worked to create a beautifully mixed and matched room. Besides the new furnishings and fixtures Leigh was looking to possibly paint the wood floors – as designers who drool over painted wood floors our eyes lit up with possibilities. In the end we decided to go with painting the floors white (my personal dream floor) to visually connect with the original white wood paneled ceilings in the living room, one of their favorite features in the home.

Leigh Dining Room

{1. Restoration Hardware dining table, 2. Circa Lighting sconce, 3. Zinc Decor placemats, 4. Industry West stools, 5. Overstock dining chairs, 6. Zinc Decor napkins, 7. Schoolhouse Electric floor lamp} Want to see more products from the project? Check out her Pinterest Board!

Elana & Matt’s Living Room

Elana & Matt came to us excited and prepared to finally turn their relatively unused and empty formal living room into the sophisticated entertaining space of their dreams. With three little ones, the pair had concentrated their previous design efforts on the family and less on themselves. Their formal living room happens to be the first room you see when entering the home, so they wanted us to create a space that would set the tone and complement the rest of the house. We wanted to design a room that would feel grown-up, with a mix of modern and traditional elements, while also keeping it approachable and comfortable enough for their family-friendly lifestyle. Below is a glimpse at some of the products selected for their new sophisticated living room . . .

Elana & Matt{1. Horchow tray, 2. MG+BW bench, 3. Room & Board arm chair, 4. Horchow table lamp, 5. Madeline Weinrib rug, 6. Horchow artwork} Want to see more products from the project? Check out their Pinterest Board!


Liz & Jarret’s Living Room

We first met with Liz and Jarret in December when they contacted us to help with their first ever design endeavor as homeowners. The young couple owns a beautiful colonial home in Arlington and had been working with an architect to plan an addition. Most people wait to contact us until after construction is complete. However, these two were a step ahead of the rest and thought it would be wise to get a designer to weigh in before committing to the final placement of windows, fixtures, etc. (music to an interior designer’s ears!).

We can’t recommend this step enough to clients – thinking about furniture and fixture placement prior to construction will save you SOOOOOO much time, energy, and especially money in the end. Having a holistic view of the space from start to finish really is the best way to design. While it can sometimes be difficult to see its importance in the grand scheme of the project, each little choice along the way will truly influence the overall success of a renovation. Have I lectured you enough on this topic yet? In summary: don’t wait to contact a designer until after the major decisions have been made – pretty please!

So we worked with the brilliant Liz and Jarret on planning the most optimal use of the new space, which was to serve as their more casual dining and living room. Because the room needed to serve dual functions, we ended making tweaks to  the architect’s original plans. Once all the space planning and drawings were complete, we moved onto how they wanted to space to look and feel. The pair gravitates toward more traditional pieces, but still wanted the space to feel youthful and comfortable. Below is a glimpse of some of the products we chose for the new addition to their home . . .

Liz & Jarret

{1. Dash & Albert rug, 2. Jamie Young pendant light, 3. Society 6 print, 4. West Elm table lamp, 5. World Market pillow, 6. Furbish pillow, 7. World Market dining table, 8. West Elm media console} Want to see more products from the project? Check out their Pinterest Board!

RU: Volunteering Part III

Today we’re excited to share some of the after pictures from the work we did for Doorways Safehouse. The project was certainly a challenging one but man was it rewarding – and with the support from all of you we were able to give the women and children at Doorways a wonderful new home away from home!

Let’s start with some of the detail shots from the space . . .


And here’s a look at the room before . . .


And now the room after  . . .


If you’re interested in learning more about the products we used check our blog post and Pinterest page. Once again we really couldn’t have done this without your generous contributions to the project – we just can’t thank you all enough!!!