Holiday. Celebrate. Miller & Smith Style.

Miller & Smith communities 4th of July

There are so many perks of being a resident of the greater Washington D.C. Metro area, probably heading up that list is the proximity to the Capitol Fourth Celebration hosted on the National Mall.  Picture this. Fourth of July viewed live from the country’s most spectacular stage. The brilliant colors, the patriotic sounds of the National Symphony Orchestra all set against the most Patriotic background our country has to offer. However, if you don’t feel like battling the masses on the holiday known for just kicking back, here are some alternative ideas and local to some of our very own Miller & Smith communities.

Red, White and BRAM 2014

Saturday, June 28th 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Brambleton Town Center

42395 Ryan Road

Ashburn, VA 20148

The celebration starts early at Brambleton’s pre-4th of July celebration. Our Ashburn, VA residents at Brambleton and One Loudoun can come out to enjoy live music, family friendly games, contests and tournaments and other fun-filled activities. Food, vendors and, of course, a fireworks show also will be on-site.

Frederick’s 4th of July

Friday, July 4th 12:00 – Dusk

Baker Park, Frederick, MD

If you live in The Orchard at New Market, Gallery Park or Grapevine Ridge at Clarksburg Town Center, you’re not going to want to miss Frederick’s 4th of July celebration. This all-day event features regional and national entertainment beginning at noon on two stages. Families from the surrounding region can enjoy a day packed with rides, activities and live entertainment. Dunk a Frederick celebrity or race a bathtub down Culler Lake. There is a little something for everyone. Fireworks will be shot at dusk from Parkway Elementary. Grab your seat early because the park fills up quickly!

All American Cookout & Fireworks Waterpark Beach Party

Friday, July 4th 6:30 p.m.

Fredericksburg, VA

Residents of Embrey Mill can enjoy the holiday, just a short drive away, from Pratt Park in Fredericksburg, VA. Come grab a great seat early to ensure you’ve got a viewing spot worth celebrating.

Howard County July 4th Festival and Fireworks

Friday, July 4th 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Columbia Lakefront

Maple Lawn residents can check out the family fun and fireworks at the Columbia Lakefront. Perfect for entertaining the kids, there are no shortage of fun-filled activities like body painting, wild and crazy hairstyling and live, kid-friendly entertainers.  Adults, aren’t forgotten either. Come early to enjoy the live sounds of, Capital Style.




Chill Out & More Summer Savings.

One of these things is not like the other: gulping a glass of icy, cold lemonade, a refreshing dip in the swimming pool and kicking your feet up and lounging under a fan in your living room. With a good book, of course. Yes, all of these things are great ways to tame the dog days of summer that are upon us, but only one of these things can save you money in the process. Not only can the addition of ceiling fans in your Miller and Smith home add comfort and style, but they can also help to lower your energy costs, too. If you don’t take our word for it, listen to the experts, our partners at Progress Lighting. Here are the top five reasons why life truly is so much easier when you just chill out.

1. Ceiling fans lower energy costs

Ceiling fans can help lower your electric bill by up to 30 to 40 percent. While a ceiling fan doesn’t actually decrease the temperature of a room, the draft makes the room feel cooler – allowing you to raise the thermostat and be just as comfortable.

Fan Available in Miller & Smith Home

Design Tip: Energy Star-rated fans, such as Progress Lighting’s AirPro P2530-09 fan (shown above), are 60 percent more efficient than conventional fan and light units, offering additional energy savings.

2. Ceiling fans are a style driven accessory

Ceiling fans are available in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes to complement your unique interior style. Fans are more than just functional; they can serve as a statement piece or focal point of a room.

 Miller & Smith Ceiling FanDesign Tip: Interchangeable blade sets – such as the Progress Lighting Palm Blade Set (shown above) – allow you to easily reinvent the design of your fan without replacing the entire unit.

3. Ceiling fans offer versatility from room-to-room

Whether a living area, bedroom, screened-in porch or kitchen, ceiling fans contribute to an enjoyable environment in almost any room of the home. Plus, the more fans used throughout the home, the greater the savings on your energy bill.

4. Ceiling fans provide beautiful and functional illumination

Ceiling fans with lights allow you to contribute to the layered lighting design of your room. Select a fan with a built-in light, or easily install a fan light kit, for general illumination benefits.

Miller and Smith New Home Fan

Design Tip: Choose a light kit that coordinates with the fixtures and appliances in other areas of your home. Many of Progress Lighting’s light kits are part of larger lighting families, such as the Trinity collection, (shown above), taking the guesswork out of the selection process.

5. Ceiling fans add year-round value

Many people are unaware that ceiling fans can be used to circulate warm air during cooler months of the year. By running the blades clockwise, ceiling fans push warm air down from the ceiling without creating a draft.


Ceiling Fans at Miller & Smith

Design Tip: Select a fan equipped with a reversible motor, such as Progress Lighting’s Trevina fan, to easily change the direction of your fan blades to create a comfortable living environment any time of the year.

Miller & Smith Homes has partnered with Progress Lighting to bring you the latest ceiling fan designs and offer you all the functional benefits these units have to offer.

To learn more about ceiling fans, and for other design tips and inspiration, visit, or connect with Progress Lighting on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and Instagram.

E(Sea) Living. Starts This Weekend.

Not many people can call their primary residence their vacation home. That is, unless you’re one of the lucky ones who call Millville by The Sea home. Whether you’re staying in, or taking the short four mile shuttle to popular Bethany Beach, either way, you’re sure to relax, unwind and feel a world away, even if you’re sitting in your own living room. It’s where flip-flops, Bermuda shorts and sunscreen are the preferred uniform. It’s where staying in is just as much fun as going out. It’s where the biggest decision you’ll make all day is whether to walk across the street to your Lifestyle Center pub or meet your friends at the local “Crab Shack.” Only a stone’s throw from your front door. This weekend, you can see for yourself what living a true Staycation lifestyle really feels like at the Millville by The Sea model court Grand Opening. 

Millville by The Sea by Miller & Smith

Miller & Smith will debut the new Summerhouse Collection of single-family homes with three new floorplans to uncover. These contemporary, open layouts offer 3-4 bedrooms in one and two-story designs and up to 2,174 square feet. Perfect for recent retirees, all of the homes feature first floor master suites, which complement the easy living, low maintenance lifestyle that will leave you with more than enough time to explore all the new attractions in and around your new neighborhood. A Miller & Smith signature, these homes also boast Top Chef kitchens with Infinity islands, as well as the opportunity for screened porches and decks.

There’s just so much to do here. Plain and simple. There’s the Lakeside Lifestyle Center complete with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, Dance Studio, Pub and Crab Shack with screened pavilion. There’s a resort-style pool featuring splash zones and a “water walk” for the kids, expansive decking, umbrellas, tables, lounge chairs and a covered pavilion. Let’s not forget your own Lake Summerwind. Perfect for paddle boats, flat boats and fishing. Last but not least, the pis de resistance. Bethany Beach. Oh yeah, that. And you’re only four miles away (and did we mention with free shuttle access.)

Stop by this Saturday, June 14th from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tour four new decorated models, enter for giveaways and prizes from Classic Rock’s WGBG 98. 5 and sea see for yourself why Millville by The Sea is the perfect home for a vacation that never ends. 

A Few Perfect Dates. One Loudoun-Style.

Dressing up or slipping on your comfiest slippers. From filet mignon and a dozen oysters on the half shell to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s eaten straight out of the container. Two spoons. The guy who cleans up to resemble a J Crew model or a girl who shows up dressed like any one of the Disney princesses, but the pint sized version, that is. The perfect date looks different to each and everyone. At One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA, a perfect date is just around the corner. And we mean that literally.  When you live at One Loudoun, New Urbanism is a way of life. And thankfully for us, that means more date nights in the future.


Perfect For a High School First Date:

elevation burger one loudoun in ashburn va

A weekly allowance payout from Mom & Dad can only go so far. Especially when you’re treating for two. Luckily, when you’re a teenager living in One Loudoun, your money will stretch so much, you might even have some leftover for dessert. No matter if you have a drivers permit or if you have permission to take mom’s minivan, it doesn’t matter! Your One Loudoun date night is completely walkable. Start by grabbing the perfect all-American meal at Elevation Burger. I mean who doesn’t love a cheeseburger and fries? For the environmentally and health-conscious 17-year-old patron, the Elevation Burger is 100% USDA organic, grass fed and free range.  What that means to the average teenager is it’s a darn good burger. Sweeten the evening and swing by The Meadows Original Frozen Custard. If you end up sharing a waffle cone, you know it was a success.


Perfect For The New Parents:

alamo drafthouse cinema one loudoun in ashburn va

Ahhh…the first months as new parents are truly magical, but they have a way of putting a 7 lb 8oz wedge between you, your partner and a real date night. Luckily for you, at The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, every Tuesday before 2 p.m. is Baby Day, otherwise known as a good excuse to grab a beer, a bite to eat and a matinee. The sound will be turned down a bit as to not awaken your little bundle and the lights will be a little brighter to keep the zombie, sleep-deprived patrons from dozing. Dinner, drinks and movies all in one place. For new parents, Tuesday afternoon is the new Saturday night.


Perfect For A Girls Lunch Date:

zoe's kitchen one loudoun in ashburn va

At Zoe’s Kitchen in One Loudoun, the name itself evokes the idea of comfort and conversation. Fresh ingredients and recipes designed around the Mediterranean way of life. According to Zoe herself, mealtime is a reason to share, celebrate and savor life with friends. According to us, when you can grab a healthful salad and a great glass of wine or two or three, you already have the staple ingredients for the perfect girls lunch date. And don’t worry when the conversation lasts the afternoon, Zoe’s Kitchen has your family’s dinner covered, too. Take home tubs in the pint or quart size. The perfect and guilt-free date.


Perfect for Daddy Daycare:

tropial smoothie cafe one loudoun in ashburn

Mealtime for any parent can cause moments of sheer panic and waves of anxiety, especially when you’re managing this territory. All. Alone. What will he eat? How much food will actually end up ingested by the dog, instead? Tropical Smoothie Café is a parent’s best friend and not a bad lunch date idea for daddy daycare. Arrange for a picnic at the Sports Plex or along the paved pedestrian pathways. The food at Tropical Smoothie Café is easily portable and they offer both delivery and curbside pick-up. What’s more is each kids meal is nutritionally balanced and complete with a delicious smoothie (defined to parents as the only way to get your kids to eat their fruit). Dads, you can get one, too. Just be sure to ask for the extra “energizer” supplement. 


Perfect for a Romantic Date Night:

bar louie one loudoun in ashburn

Known for its unique, handcrafted signature martinis. We know we can stop right there. This eclectic, urban bar surely can set the mood for a romantic evening starting with the drinks. Bar Louie brings the chic style and flavors from an urban establishment to the heart of One Loudoun. Schedule your date night for Thursday and you’ll enjoy live music while deliberating whether you’re in the mood for the ‘Effen Good or the Original ‘Cin martini. Talk about some serious nightcaps.

There are opportunities of all kinds at One Loudoun in Ashburn right outside your front door. Leave your car at home, put your walking shoes on and make it a date.

Stop on by and visit us at our Downtown Collection model featuring 4 bedrooms and a loft, 2.5 bathrooms, 2-car garage and up to 3,800 square feet. Don’t forget to ask the Sales Manager about the benefits of New Urbanism on your quality of life and, more specifically, the ease of going on more dates.