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The new Dominion Collection of townhomes by Miller & Smith are breaking convention at Embrey Mill in Stafford, VA.

The new Dominion Collection of townhomes by Miller & Smith are breaking convention at Embrey Mill in Stafford, VA.

Close your eyes and imagine this. You are in a happy place, one where you feel comfortable and secure. You can feel yourself relaxing now and that heavy feeling will get stronger and stronger until it carries you into a deep, peaceful place. You are now waking up in your very own penthouse master suite, which encompasses the entire third level. 

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You arise and savor a cup of coffee in your own dream kitchen while you contemplate the best way to spend your day. Maybe it’s enjoying the 285 acres of open space, parks and trails outside your front door. It could be joining your friends to imbibe at the wine bar two doors down. Or taking a dip in the zero entry swimming pool. Hey, why trouble yourself when you can have your own personal concierge service to plan the perfect day for you?


This is your life. Believe it and it will happen.  Envision it and it will become a reality. But only at Embrey Mill. In Stafford, Virginia. The New Dominion Collection of Townhomes by Miller & Smith. Just to be exact. 

Although any life coach will tell you that nothing is out of reach. Owning a new Miller & Smith townhome at Embrey Mill really isn’t. Come visit our new model, boasting flexible floorplans with up to 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Priced in the high $200s, owning a new home grants you that rich sense of place, but only like Embrey Mill. Finally, you can live the lifestyle even your life coach would approve.


Autumn Harvest Door Decor

Autumn is harvest season, so celebrate its abundance with these festive door decorations. With a bounty of natural materials right out your front door, these adornments can easily be crafted by you on a budget. If you don’t have the time or you’re admittedly not the crafting queen like Martha Stewart, there’s always Etsy.


This cornhusk wreath is created with overlapping rows of husk loops secured with u-pins. For a brighter more contemporary look, simply use Rit dye to achieve the color that fits your room’s décor. 

yay1aDo like the squirrels do and start gathering acorns.  And lots of them. Remove their hats, give them a good rinsing and pat dry. Place them on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Using hot glue, attach the acorns in diagonal lines to a straw wreath. You can leave the finished product natural or spray paint this acorn wreath for a funky finished product. Finally, attach a contrasting satin ribbon for the finishing touch. 


Yarn Wrapped Wreath Found On Etsy.com

For those with a more shabby chic home style, try making a yarn wrapped wreath in fall colors. Simply spray a foam wreath with spray adhesive while wrapping it with yarn. You will need to complete three full layers of wrapped yarn to achieve an appealing look. A simple knot at the back of the wrapped wreath will hold the yarn in place. You can embellish your wreath with twigs, felt flowers, burlap, buttons, pinecones and more. This is where you can get creative and have fun creating your own personalized look.


Vintage Book Pages Wreath Found on Etsy.com

For a great adaptive reuse project, simply tear the pages out of an old book and cut down to uniform squares (you also can use colored stock, old wrapping paper scraps or magazines) to create this rolled paper wreath. Roll the squares into cones and secure with an adhesive, like a glue stick. Attach the cones to a circular cardboard backing with hot glue. 


Pinecone & Berries Holiday Wreath Found on Etsy.com

A pinecone wreath can easily be seasonally transitioned from fall to winter with just a light frosting of white paint. Collect a selection of pinecones. Different shapes and sizes will give visual interest to this wreath. Using hot glue, attach the pinecones in a circular pattern around the perimeter of a dark grapevine wreath interspersed with bunches of dried winter berries for a pop of color. 

Family Fall Guide to Northern Virginia

As the air has taken a brisk turn and the leaves are just starting to crunch under your feet. When Starbucks starts serving their Pumpkin Spice Lattes and when hot apple cider takes the place of lemonade in your glass, you know that fall is finally upon us. For many, this season brings with it a lot of nostalgia of days gone by. Memories of dipping apples and picking out the best pumpkin in the patch are all good reasons why fall is for so many the best season of all. With the days getting shorter and so much to do before Mother Nature sends us hibernating for the winter, here are some ideas for making new fall memories with your family.

 Apple Picking


Crooked Run Orchard

37883 E. Main St., Purcellville; 540-338-6642; crookedrunorchard.com

When you pick-your-own apples at Crooked Run Orchard, you’re truly getting a bargain. At only $1 a pound and with free admission and parking, this is a great day trip on a budget.

 Hartland Orchard

3064 Hartland Lane, Markham; 540-364-2316; hartlandorchard.com

This orchard is open for pick-your-own apples and pumpkins from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pick from Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Fuji, Rome and more. You’ll also find an abundance of goodies like apple cider, caramel apples, apple butter and honey. On the weekends, take the kids through Uncle Hank’s corn maze.

 Hollin Farms

1524 Snowden Road, Delaplane; 540-592-3701; hollinfarms.com

At Hollin Farms, you can pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and dig-your-own potatoes and peanuts. The kids will enjoy the four-acre corn maze and parents will love that it’s free! Open Wednesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Stribling Orchard

11587 Poverty Hollow Lane, Markham; 540-364-3040; striblingorchard.com

Not only can you pick-your-own apples at Stribling Orchard, but don’t forget to stop by the fantastic bakery that bakes fresh daily apple and pumpkin pie, apple cake. While you’re there, warm up with some hot apple cider and shop from their selection of Virginia cheeses, peanuts, wine, honey, homemade apple and pumpkin butters, jams, jellies and more. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The bakery is only open on the weekends.


Pumpkin Patches


Cox Farms Fall Festival

15621 Braddock Road, Centreville; 703-830-4121; http://www.coxfarms.com/

There is no shortage of activity at the Cox Farms Fall Festival. With over 90 acres of fun, you’ll find giant slides, hayrides, rope swings, farm animals, CORNundrum© cornfield adventure, apples & cider, food, entertainment and for fright finders, the fields of fear.

Belvedere Plantation Fall Festival

1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg; 540-373-4478; http://www.belvedereplantation.com/index.php

You will surely find the perfect pumpkin at Belvedere Plantation because you can pick-your-own. From face painting, pig races, pumpkin canon exhibilitions, hayrides, roaring campfires and great food, there’s fun for the entire family.

Corn Maze in the Plains

4501 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, 540-456-7339; http://www.cornmazeintheplains.com/

Have a blast in the 5 acre corn maze with fun puzzles and challenges, romp and play in the huge kids barnyard of fun, with giant slides, pumpkin sling shots, tire swings, corn tires, face painting, hay bale maze and other mini mazes and farm animals. Choose your jack-o-lantern from the thousands of pre-picked pumpkins available for your choosing.

Pumpkinville Fall Fest at the Leesburg Animal Park

19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, VA, 703-433-0002; http://www.pumpkinfestleesburg.com/

A pumpkin patch, giant hill slides, hay wagon rides, giant pumpkin bounce, spider web crawl, pirate play ship, pony rides, petting zoo, free apples, cider and pumpkin pie, face painting, mini tractor rides. Need we say more?

Get The Hang Of It: Tips for Proper Curtain Measuring

Gramercy Park model located at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center

Gramercy Park Model at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center.


When you live in a Miller & Smith home, one thing’s for sure. There’s no shortage of pure, clean, natural light. These large living spaces feel more comfortable and inviting when illuminated by an abundance of sunlight, which also provide homeowners with many energy savings benefits too. Your electrical bill will be lighter and your own personal energy will be restored. 

Master Bedroom in Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center

Miller & Smith’s interior designers also know both the aesthetic and functional benefits of dressing windows to provide the most visual impact in any space. Curtains not only add style, but also provide noise deadening and even energy cost savings by insulating windows from hot and cold air transfer. In order to adorn these home essentials with curtains, careful measuring instructions are the key to achieving the look you want.

 Gramercy Park Dining Room at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center


Determine Type of Mount:

Prior to deciding on which mount you will use for hanging the curtains, measure your window to determine if it is square. Measure diagonally from the two top corners to the two bottom corners. If the measurements are significantly different, the window is not balanced and you should only choose the Wall Mount.

Trim Mount: When you mount the hardware brackets directly to the trim, it highlights the actual size of your window.

Inside Mount: If you want your molding to show, you’ll want to use an Inside Mount. The hardware should be attached just inside the frame.

Wall Mount: For a more dramatic look for your window, use this option. Mount hardware brackets 3 inches beyond and at least 4-6 inches above the window trim.


Measuring for Curtains:

Determine Length:

1. Your curtain rod should be installed 4″ above the window opening, for a more traditional look. Measure from 4″ above the window opening to approximately 1/2″ above the floor to get curtain length.

2. To achieve a more dramatic look with “pooling” of curtains on the floor, add 6-8 inches to your length.

3. To give the impression of higher ceiling height in the room, position the rod 2-3 inches below the ceiling. Keep in mind, this application may expose the top of the window opening and some of the wall above. To avoid this look, you’ll have to position the rod at the standard height.

Determine Width:

1. Measure the width of each window. Include the molding or trim in this measurement if you want the curtains to cover them.

2. To identify the number of panels you need to order, follow these simple equations:

  • For a more tailored curtain look, multiply window width by 1.5 to 2. To determine the number of curtain panels you require, divide the total by the width of a single curtain panel.
  • For a full, opulent look, multiply window width by 2.5 to 3 and then divide your total by the width of a single curtain panel.

 Come and see this stunning new Gramercy Park model at Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center to see for yourself how this home literally shines from the inside out.