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In The Design Studio: The Insiders Guide to Bathroom Design

This is a sponsored post by Anna Gibson, owner of AKG Design Studio and an award-winning, certified kitchen and bathroom designer. AKG Design Studio is a boutique design firm specializing in kitchen, bathroom designs and cabinetry sales. Contact Anna at 571-989-2541 or [email protected], and follow her work on HouzzPinterestFacebook and Twitter.

Choosing the right bathroom design for you and your family can seem overwhelming as the number of choices to pick from can seem endless. To help narrow down your options below is an insider’s guide to bathroom lighting, paint colors, storage and flooring.

Lighting — Although, you may dream of beautiful light fixtures in your bathroom the reality is if you pick the wrong one, you could look an unattractive yellowish-green color while putting on your makeup. Instead, we suggest trying to use as much natural light in the bathroom as possible. Alternatively, if you love the appeal of a romantic sconce lighting, don’t use this as your primary light source, add some recessed lighting overhead.

Paint Colors — Similar to lighting, paint color can affect the look of your skin color, so be careful with paint selection that would make you look sickly or you have a bit too much makeup on. When choosing the right color for your bathroom, white never goes out of style. If you love the idea of white but need some color in your life, you can always do white cabinets, sinks or toilets, and paint your bathroom something brighter like Sherwin-Williams Organic Green, which is part of the 2018 Sherwin Williams Color Swatch.

Flooring — With the frigid temperatures, the country has been feeling, this is the perfect time to talk about heated flooring. Heated flooring is relatively inexpensive and easy to install under the tile. Heat flooring is usually a mat with coils in them. They are installed under tiles and often come as a kit. Many kits have temperature controls, so you can set the heat to be on from during the time you and your family take your showers to when you are ready to get in and out of the shower. When your floor is warm, you stay warm, allowing you to save on your heating bill, because you will not be required to use as much forced heat.

Storage — When designing a small bathroom, it is important to remember to use all the space wisely. The first step to design is matching the storage space to your lifestyle. So, first ask yourself if you need everything your bathroom is currently storing? If you do not, lighten the load and design for a space where you can comfortably get to everything you need and want in your bathroom.

Utilize the wall space above the toilet by adding floating shelves. If you do like to hold a lot of your makeup and toiletries, along with towels for yourself and guests in your bathroom, we suggest a vanity with drawers where you can add various sized baskets organize your things.

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Weekend Discussion Topics

Before we head off into 2018, let’s take a look back at the biggest stories on Reston Now in recent days.

Major crime incidents, which received hyperlocal and national attention, topped the list this week. Many details remain unknown about the murder of Reston couple last week and a car crash that sent seven people to the hospital, including five children, on Wednesday night.

The following articles were the five most-clicked links on Reston Now this past week.

  1. Lorton Teen Charged with Murder of Reston Couple
  2. Update: Couple Killed in Shooting Reston Home
  3. Longtime Business Leaves Reston Town Center
  4. New Details Surface in Murder of Reston Couple
  5. Police Pursuit and Crash in Herndon Sends Five Children, Two Adults to Hospital

Feel free to discuss these topics, your weekend plans anything else that’s happening locally. Have a great weekend and see you next year!

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What’s Going On This Weekend Around Reston?

(Editor’s Note: This is just a limited list of all the events taking place in the Reston area this weekend. If you have an event you would like to ensure is listed on the website, be sure to submit it to our Events Calendar.)

  • Family Splash at Reston Community Center Pool: Drop in for a night of family fun at the family splash the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center from 7 – 9 p.m. today.  The entry fee is $13 for Reston residents and $26 for all others.
  • New Year’s Day 5K: Kick off 2018 with a run from Reston Town Center, which includes music, food, awards and a celebration to end the race. The program begins at 10 a.m.
  • Paulina Peavy – A Message to Paulina: In this exhibit, Paulina Peavy’s work will be on display through Feb. 17 at Greater Reston Arts Center. Peavy gave up control of her brush to an alien entitty named Locamo after attending a seance in 1932. Her work includes paintings, films and texts that she used to better channel Lacamo’s energy.
  • Far East Echoes – Broad Brushstrokes and Loving Details: See 50 Chinese brush paintings powered by expressive lines and gestural movement embodied in plants and animals at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Road) through January 4. The exhibit features local artist Tracie Griffith Tso.
  • Last Sunday Brunch Adventure Ride: The Reston Bike Club will host its final adventure ride for the year on sunday from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will meet at the intersection of Old Reston Avenue with the Washington & Old Dominion Trail.
  • New Year’s Eve Party at Clyde’s: Celebrate the beginning of 2018 at Clyde’s (11906 Market St.) from Sunday at 10 p.m. through 2 a.m. on Monday. Tickets are $125 per person and include food, drinking, dancing, party favors and midnight champagne toast.
  • Lake Anne Coffee House Special: Enjoy a four-course dinner special at Lake Anne Coffee House on New Year’s Eve. Email [email protected] for reservations.
  • Annual Pajama Brunch at Mon Ami Gabi (11950 Democracy Drive): Dine in your pajamas and receive a gift certificate the value of the your meal for a future visit on Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The last seating of the pajama brunch is at 3 p.m.

Memorial Service Set for Couple Murdered in Reston

On Saturday, a memorial service will be held for Scott Fricker, 48, and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, the Reston couple who were shot and killed in their own home last week.

The service will begin at 10 a.m. at Herndon’s Trinity Presbyterian Church.

The couple was shot in their home on Friday, Dec. 22. Police believe a 17-year-old Lorton boy, whose identity has not been released, shot the couple and turned the gun on himself. He remains in the hospital with life threatening injuries.

One family member believes the teenage boyfriend of the couple’s daughter killed them after they learned of his Nazi views and encouraged their daughter to break up with him. The shooting took place on the 2600 block of Black Fir Court.

Fricker had a Ph.D from the University of Maryland and worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Kuhn-Fricker specialized in estate planning and elder law.

Police are investigating the suspect’s alleged Neo-Nazi connections.


Most-Read Reston Stories of 2017 (#1-5)

We’re counting down the top 20 most-read articles of 2017 this week. Here’s the final list of our top five stories.

5. The first lawsuit filed regarding Boston Properties’ paid parking system at Reston Town Center in late March had 10,970 views. The suit was initiated by Jackson’s Mighty Fine Food and Lucky Lounge (11927 Democracy Drive). Paid parking continues to challenge local businesses, according to several tenants. Just this week, Appalachian Spring, one of the first tenants of Reston Town Center, announced plans to shutter its Reston location partly due to limited foot traffic that a business representative believes decreased partly due to paid parking.

4. Continuing a similar theme, Boston Properties’ plans to modify its parking system five months after instituting paid parking drew 11,078 views. The company rescinded the payment requirements for users of RTC parking garages after 5 p.m. and also allow one hour of free garage parking for sessions that begin before 5 p.m.

3. An article about where to watch one of the most anticipated professional fights in history gained 14,374 page views. Undefeated box champion Floyd Mayweather went toe to toe with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

2. The brutal killing of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was killed as she walked to her mosque after night prayers during the month of fasting gained nationwide attention and sent reverberations locally. Darwin Martin-Torres, a 22-year-old, is accused of raping and sexual assaulting Hassanen. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The article gained 15,575 views.

1. A rundown of where to spot Fourth of July fireworks took the top honors of the year with more than 16,000 page views. Turns out finding places to complete the American tradition was especially popular among readers.

It’s been quite a year and we look forward to bring you more stories in 2018.

Photo courtesy of Rick Collier

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Friday Morning Notes

New Year’s Eve Glow Skate at Reston Town Center — Glow sticks will be available from 6 – 11 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at the RTC Ice Skating Pavilion’s ‘Glow Skate.’ [Reston Town Center via Facebook]

‘Color Me Happy’ at Reston Regional Library on Jan. 10 — Relax, unwind and color your cares away at the library’s adult coloring session. Coloring pages and pencils will be provided. The session takes place from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in Reston Meeting Room 2. [Fairfax County Government]

A Look Inside: One Reston Town Center — Akridge, a commerical real estate company, plans to deliver an “iconic landmark” at 1760 Reston Parkway that include a six-story atrium lobby, an outdoor plaza on the seventh floor and a rooftop lounge and terrance. [Washington Business Journal]

Where to Eat, Shop and Explore in Reston and HerndonThe Washingtonian breaks down the best place to have a bite or swing by shopping the local area. Top picks include ArtSpace Herndon, Frying Pan Farm Park, Herndon Historic Walking Trail and Scrawl Books. [The Washingtonian]


McFarland, USA Plays at CenterStage on Jan. 8

Reston Community Center Hunters Woods CenterStage is playing McFarland, USA, a film from 2005 that follow novice runners from McFarland, on Jan. 8 at 10 a.m.

The movie follows runners from an economically challenged town that rests in California’s Central Valley. The runners attempt to build a cross-country team under the direction of their coach, who is played by Kevin Costner, a newcomer to the predominantly Latino high school.

The film, which is based on a true story from the late 1980s, includes a free continental breakfast beginning at 9:30 a.m.


Reston Artist’s Exhibit ‘Lost in the Woods’ Begins at Lake Anne

Lake Anne’s Jo Ann Rose Gallery (1609-A Washington Plaza) will display the work of a local artist from January 9 through February 4.

The exhibit by Rudy Guernica, a Reston-based artist who studied at Maryland Institute College of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, is titled “Lost in the Woods.” It features paintings inspired by hiking local trails and digital art created by passing photos through art filters from graphic programs that transform source photos into artistic media and styles.

Guernica says his work questions the perception of the creative process and the role of the camera and computers in making artwork.

The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sundays form 9 a.m. to 8 pm. A reception to launch the exhibit is set for Jan. 14 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The artist can be reached at [email protected] His work can be viewed online.

Photo courtesy of Rudy Guernica


Most-Read Stories of 2017 (#6-10)

We continue to count down the top 20 most-read articles of 2017 this week. Here’s the breakdown for list #6-10.

10. Confirmation by the National Weather Service that a small tornado touched down in Herndon drew 8,688 views. The tornado was classified as the lowest level on the scale with a top wind speed of between 60 and 70 miles per hour.

9. The beginning of paid parking at Reston Town Center remains a hot topic, marking the first time the retail and residential complex, which opened in 1990, will require parking fees. ParkRTC began on January 3. Nearly 9,000 people signed a petition to stop new parking fees at RTC. The post drew 9,107 views.

8. Progress on phase 2 of the construction of Metro’s Silver Line drew 9,441 views. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is overseeing construction of the 11.4-mile phase 2 extention of the Silver Line from Reston through Dulles Airport in Ashburn. As of March, the project is 56 percent complete.

7.  An announcement about the opening of Willard’s BBQ at 11790 Baron Cameron Ave. had 10,117 views, continuing a theme of high-ranking stories about business closures and newcomers.

6. A report about an anti-Muslim exchange at Trader Joe’s in Reston received 10,934 views. The video, posted by comedian Jeremy McLellan, appeared to show a woman making anti-Muslim comment while in line at the store and attracted worldwide attention.

Look out for the final #1-5 list on the countdown tomorrow.

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Longtime Business Leaves Reston Town Center

When David Brooks opened up Appalachian Spring, a handcrafted gifts and handmade jewelry store in 1990, Reston Town Center was nothing but a slab of concrete.

Now, as residential buildings touch the skies and redevelopment plans aim to revitalize the core of the area, Brooks is closing his Reston store on 1187 Market St. and shifting his focus to the Rockville location.

The business decided to not renew its lease because customer traffic reduced considerably over the last few months. Paid parking, which was instituted earlier this year, accelerated limited customer traffic, said Brooks, president of Appalachian Spring.

“We’ve seen this for a while. The parking probably accelerated it. I can’t be sure that parking is the complete reason, but a lot of customers have told us that they weren’t happy about that,” he said.

Appalachian Spring was one of the first businesses to come to Reston Town Center. It began in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. in 1968 with the goal of bring a collection of handcrafted products to the community, according to its website.

The location in Union Station (50 Massachusetts Ave.) will also close in the coming weeks.

Brooks said he enjoyed keeping his business in Reston. All items are 20 to 50 percent off in both stores beginning today. The business is expected to close by the end of January.

“We’ve enjoyed being in Reston all these years more than anything. It’s been a major part of our company. We’ve sort of grown up with the town center and the community has driven our business as it goes along. We are thankful to all of our wonderful customers for supporting us all these years,” he said.

Photo courtesy of Appalachian Spring


Police Pursuit and Crash in Herndon Sends Five Children, Two Adults to Hospital

(Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 3 p.m. to include new information).

A man allegedly assaulted a child, carjacked a pick-up truck and led police on a chase that culminated with a car crash that sent eight people to the hospital late Wednesday night. The suspect, a woman and five children remain in the hospital.

Brendan Stefon Vinson, 28, of Adelphi, faces multiple charges, including carjacking, speed to elude, two assaults on police officers and receiving stolen property. Police were called for back-up at the hospital as the suspect attempted to wrestle out of his handcuffs.

The incident began when the Fairfax County Police Department  responded to a report about a child being assaulted on the 6100 block of Early Autumn Drive at around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday. They learned a man randomly knocked on the door of a home and hit a young child who was at the door, police said. The suspect fled the area in a stolen car that police believe was taken from Hyattsville around 6 p.m.

A flurry of events continued as the suspect crashed into a pick-up truck at Stone Road and Lee Highway and carjacked the driver.  Police believe he then stole a trailer and attached it to the pick-up truck. When police began chasing the vehicle, the suspect ran a red light at the intersection of Centreville Road and Frying Pan Road. He then rammed into a mini van in the intersection, sending five children and a woman to the hospital. One child was ejected from the car and flown to the hospital. The child remains in critical condition.

The suspect attempted to escape by foot at the intersection. As police caught the man, he injured two police officers in an attempt to ward off police. Both victims who were assaulted by the suspect also sustained minor injuries.

Police said they are still investigating multiple scenes relating to this incident. Police officers injured in the incident are recovering and expected to return to work, police said.


Photos via FCPD


Thursday Morning Notes

How Family Tried to Keep Suspected Neo-Nazi from their Daughter — People magazine published an in-depth piece about the Reston double murder on Friday, including details on how the family attempted to keep the suspect, who turned the gun on himself, away from their daughter. [People]

Escape Herndon Donates Tickets for Charity — The business is donating proceeds from all tickets sold for New Year’s Eve to Starlight, an organization that aims to bring joy and comfort to hospitalized children and their families. [Escape Herndon]

Reston Library Holds One-Hour Sessions to Build Computer Skills — Adults seeking to improve their computer skills can register for a one-hour session with a technology volunteer to improve their computer skills and get help with navigating the Internet and e-books. Individuals interested in participating should call the library to make an appointment. The session will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. today. [Fairfax County Government]


Home Share Program in the Works for Herndon and Reston

Home share, a nationwide housing program, is offered in just 16 states, according to the National Shared Housing Resource Center. The program, which allows individuals to exchange housing for help in the home, is coming to Fairfax County soon.

GraceFul Homeshare, a family-owned organization that offers in-home care for seniors and older adults with disabilities, is in the process of establishing a home share program for Herndon and Reston. The organization is currently seeking homeowners interested in participating, tenants and volunteers.

The system allows homeowners to offer accommodation to a homesharer who agreed to provide money and/or  help with household tasks in exchange for housing. Advocates say home sharing is an efficient use of existing housing stock, helps preserve the fabric of the neighborhood and lessen the need for care services and long term institutional care.

Examples of homesharers include senior citizens, people with disabilities, working professional and individuals at risk of homelessness.

Interviews and background checks will take place before introductions are arranged. Each part will pay an application fee. If the application is accepted and a match is made, the homework will pay a fee for the service.

For more information about the program, email Dan Flavin at [email protected] for more information. GraceFul serves Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties in Virginia, Maryland’s Montgomery County and surrounding areas.



Crime Round Up: Resident Drives into Highway Barrier

The murder of a Reston couple on Friday rocked the local community and sent nationwide reverberations. Other crime reports continued to come in over the holiday weekend.

A 21-year-old was charged with driving under the influence around 1:20 a.m. today. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office arrested Billan Waberi, a Herndon resident, along Route 28 in Sterling after receiving a report of a driver losing control of a car and striking a highway barrier.

FCPD’s Reston District Station also reported the following crimes in recent days:


12900 block of Centre Park Circle, package from front door

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, cell phone from vehicle

11200 block of Chestnut Grove Square, property from vehicle

2200 block of Gunsmith Square, coat from vehicle

12300 block of Sunrise Valley Drive, copper from business

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from vehicle

12100 block of Sunset Hills Road, purse from business

11900 block of Market Street, cell phones from business

11900 block of Market Street, cell phones from business

11400 block of Washington Plaza West, cash from business

2300 block of Woodland Crossing Drive, purse from vehicle


None reported.

Herndon’s police department did not report any major incidents in recent days.

Anyone with information about any of these crimes should call 703-691-2131 or 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), or text “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).


Pet of the Week: Louise

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Meet Louise, a young basset hound mix available for adoption.

Here is her adoption and information page at Safe Haven Puppy Rescue.

Are you and Louise a match? If so, let us know and our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, will send you some treats and prizes.

Want your pet to be considered for the Reston Pet of the Week?

Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least 3-4 horizontally-oriented photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a sample of dog or cat treats from our sponsor, Becky’s Pet Care, along with $100 in Becky’s Bucks.

Becky’s Pet Care, the winner of three Angie’s List Super Service Awards and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters’ 2013 Business of the Year, provides professional dog walking and pet sitting services in Reston and Northern Virginia.


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