Inside a Gibson Island getaway

(April Greer / For The Washington Post)

The home is a weekend getaway for an Arlington family of five, designed by Erin Paige Pitts.

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At the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, lotuses and water lilies thrive

At the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, lotuses and water lilies thrive

The D.C. gardens get to shine this weekend at their most popular event, the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival.

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Looking for the perfect paint color? Check your nails.

Looking for the perfect paint color? Check your nails.

Known for its glossy nail products with wacky names, OPI has partnered with Ace to make paint.

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Looking for the perfect paint color? Check your nails.

Looking for the perfect paint color? Check your nails.

Known for its glossy nail products with wacky names, OPI has partnered with Ace to make paint.

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Paint colors with a polished look

Paint colors with a polished look

OPI and Ace Hardware pair up to produce a line of paints.

Inside a Gibson Island getaway

Inside a Gibson Island getaway

The home is a weekend getaway for an Arlington family of five, designed by Erin Paige Pitts.

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A look inside a Gibson Island beach house

A look inside a Gibson Island beach house

An Arlington family creates a year-round getaway, designed by Erin Paige Pitts.

Expert picks, and tips, for outdoor lighting

Expert picks, and tips, for outdoor lighting

If you find yourself in a dark spot, don’t despair. We talked to professionals for some simple ideas.

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Expert picks for outdoor lighting

Expert picks for outdoor lighting

From path lights to lanterns, here are the best options for making a big, bright impact.

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The virtue of lawns and their clippings

The virtue of lawns and their clippings

Gardeners: Don’t decry the lawn, often seen as a useless convention of suburban life. It has its advantages.

How to repair a vintage sewing machine

How to repair a vintage sewing machine

Plus, a reader with birds that leave hard-to-clean marks on paving stones.

House Calls: A balcony makeover

House Calls: A balcony makeover

An Arlington balcony with some daunting design limitations gets a new look.

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At the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, lotuses and water lilies thrive

At the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, lotuses and water lilies thrive

The D.C. gardens get to shine this weekend at their most popular event, the annual Lotus and Water Lily Festival.

Five tips from our chat with Pepco’s Michael Sullivan

Five tips from our chat with Pepco’s Michael Sullivan

Want to keep your energy bills down this summer, or you’re not sure what to do when the power goes out?

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Brussels sprouts: They’re best to start in late spring

Brussels sprouts: They’re best to start in late spring

Unlike a kale plant, a Brussels sprout plant must be mature to head up those little round treasures.

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Hyssops, the elusive summer perennials

Hyssops, the elusive summer perennials

The colorful natives of the Southwest deserts will last a season or two in sunny Mid-Atlantic gardens.

How to find a bulb for an old Tensor lamp

How to find a bulb for an old Tensor lamp

Plus, advice on where to get old plantation shutters repainted.

House Calls: Oscar-worthy visual effects

House Calls: Oscar-worthy visual effects

A couple of movie buffs need a living room makeover.

Forging ahead together

Forging ahead together

Inside the Workshop with artisans Johannah Willsey and Kyle Lucia, owners of Phoenix Handcraft.

Six tips to avoid buyer’s remorse

Six tips to avoid buyer’s remorse

Impulsive shopping can clutter your home and declutter your wallet. Think first. Buy second.

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Ain’t no cure for these summertime blues

Ain’t no cure for these summertime blues

Learn to love comfrey’s blue flowers, because the plant is almost impossible to kill.

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Got milkweed? One man’s research efforts into plant biodiversity.

Got milkweed? One man’s research efforts into plant biodiversity.

Taking stock of the entire known plant life of a region — its flora — is methodical and painstaking work.

House Calls: From an ascetic to aesthetic master bedroom

House Calls: From an ascetic to aesthetic master bedroom

A D.C. couple recently remodeled their bathroom, inspiring them to rethink their bedroom.