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77th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour  


The 77th Historic Alexandria Homes Tour hosted by The Twig is this Saturday September 22, 2018.  It will feature six unique, historic homes in Old Town, Alexandria.
This year’s homes are 18th and early 19th century homes, are located in the heart of Old Town, and are in easy walking distance of each other.  You will be able to view a diverse mix of decorating styles and artwork.  And don’t miss the contemporary open-air guest house overlooking an amazing outdoor area.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by clicking here or at The Twig Thrift Shop located at 106 North Columbus Street or at the Alexandria Visitor Center at 221 King Street.  On tour day, tickets may be purchased at the Alexandria Visitors Center, at The Twig Thrift Shop at 106 North Columbus Street or at The Athenaeum at 201 Prince Street.  Prior to tour day tickets are $40. On the day of the tour tickets are $45.  All proceeds benefit Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Click here to enjoy “sneak preview” pictures from this year’s tour!

Events, House

2018 House and Garden Tour

The 2018 House and Garden Tour will be Saturday, May 12, 2018 11:00am- 5:00pm.  The event is self-guided and will go on rain or shine.  You should start at Nectar Del Ray (106 Hume Ave) to pick up a tour brochure and wristband that will serve as your entrance pass to the homes on the tour.

The Del Ray Citizens Association event serves as a fundraiser for Alexandria neighborhood projects.  This year all proceeds will benefit the Nancy Dunning Memorial Garden and the Del Ray Gateway Project.

The 12 homes on this year’s tour range from a row house renovation to a single family new construction and more.  Walk through the city to see an old farmhouse renovated for a young family, an open concept home with an inspiring art collection, and a catalog home built in 1917 and sold for $1,396.50.

Get inspired by the work of local architects, builders, and interior designers.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at a reduced price by DRCA members at the May membership meeting. Click here to purchase tickets.

You can also volunteer for a shift as a docent at one of the homes and receive a free ticket.


Furniture as Storage – Double Duty Pieces

great idea Laine!

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Laine Hardman can be reached at, 703-401-4829 or

For those of us making the best of small-space living, furniture that doubles as storage can be a godsend. You don’t need custom-built or pricey pieces. Finding furniture that increases your home’s storage capacity without gobbling up tons of square footage can be fun! Here are some creative examples of furniture that doubles as storage.

I found this old pie safe on the curb nearly twenty years ago. It was yellow and had glass panes with ducks painted on them. I painted it blue and removed the glass, replacing it with chicken coop wire. It now stores the kids’ arts and crafts supplies, my cookbooks, trivets, etc. I use this piece so much that when I renovated my kitchen, I left a space for it.


This next piece is a refinished trunk. It was a wedding gift from…

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