The art of orange.

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The Greenwich Model at One Loudoun

Orange is hot. Flip through any interior design magazine and you’ll find this bold color adding a pop of energy to casual and formal spaces alike.

Orange is no longer feared. Even people raised on beige and off-white are now embracing orange for its ability to convey warmth and whimsy.

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The Tanner Model at Gallery Park

When used properly, which generally means sporadically, orange is the perfect accent color to make an otherwise staid space come alive.

Surprisingly, orange is now even welcome in rooms that were once considered off limits, like bedrooms and dining rooms. Many designers argue that warm tones of orange in the bedroom can actually improve sleep quality.

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The Tanner Model at Gallery Park

If you’re thinking of incorporating orange into your own décor, but aren’t quite sure how much is too much, or which hues of orange play best with other colors, we invite you to come see these examples in person.

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The Gramercy Park Model at Maple Lawn

At Miller & Smith, we take pride in being on the forefront of design and color trends, so naturally, orange makes an appearance in many of our models.

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The Tanner Model at Gallery Park

To learn more about the model homes and communities featured here, just click on the captions.

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The Hathaway Model at Brambleton



Wish you were here: 9 beachy accessories.


If you’re like us, some of your greatest family memories include buckets of caramel corn from Dolle’s of Rehoboth Beach and trips to Funland for rousing games of Whac-A-Mole.

Or if Bethany Beach is your family’s stomping ground, maybe it’s breakfast at the Frog House or concerts on the boardwalk that live on in your memory bank.

Washingtonians love the beach. While there’s no substitute for actual sand between your toes and Thrashers peanut oil on your fingertips, there are lots of ways to capture the feeling of the shore and enjoy it all year long in your own home.

For inspiration, we waded into the deep waters of and found these great beach accessories.

Incorporating one or two beach-inspired pieces into your own décor is a nice reminder to take a deep breath, relax and slow down a bit.

It’s also a really great way to trigger past memories and, better still, inspire future trips.


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Prepping For The Summer’s Hottest Big Reveals


With June fast approaching, many Washingtonians are thinking about weekends at the pool and vacations at the shore.

For Miller & Smith Construction Superintendents, Randy Younker and Shawn Hughes, kicking back couldn’t be further from their minds. It’s crunch time in their respective communities as they put the finishing touches on two new models, readying them for their Big Reveals in June.

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Randy is the Construction Superintendent at Poplar Run in Silver Spring Maryland, where Miller & Smith is bringing a whole new look and feel to the community with stylish new single family homes.

Randy has been with Miller & Smith for nine years so not only is he a pro at his job, he’s built and prepped his fair share of model homes for Big Reveals.

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He’s a gifted problem solver who understands that no one person builds a home. “Being able to work closely with your peers is one of the most important roles of the construction superintendent,” said Randy.

“There’s no better feeling than delivering a buyer a completed home on schedule and see their smile,” added Randy. “Then coming back years later and still seeing that same smile.”

To see Randy’s handiwork in person, be sure to attend The Big Reveal of the Coventry Collection at Poplar Run on Saturday, June 15 from 11 am to 6 pm. For more details, click here.

Shawn Hughes is another Miller & Smith construction Superintendent with a Big Reveal on the near horizon. Shawn leads his crew at Grapevine Ridge, a stunning new collection of single family homes in Clarksburg Town Center.

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“Our Big Reveal is Saturday, June 22,” said Shawn. “I’m fortunate to have a really great team so we will definitely be ready.”

One of the qualities homeowner’s appreciate in Shawn is that he is very confident in his team and his own abilities to coordinate their efforts. “I’m confident because I know what we are capable of. Our building systems are efficient, our team is talented, and our home designs are the best around,” said Shawn. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is to be able to give our homeowners confidence so that they are excited to sit down at the settlement table, proud to be Miller & Smith homeowners.”

To learn more about the model Shawn is building today at Grapevine Ridge in Clarksburg Town Center, click here. And be sure to check back soon for all the Big Reveal details.

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