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Best of the DC Suburbs: 2012 Winners by I AM Modern Magazine

Best of the DC Suburbs: 2012 Winners  by I AM Modern Magazine

With so many choices, deciding the best for you and your family can be a difficult process. Which orthodontist should you take your kids to? Where can you go to get the best facial in town? Who has the best hot dog? I am modern is here to ease at least some of the burden of the decision-making for you. After an exhaustive month long voting process, we've compiled our second annual “best of the dc suburbs” issue as chosen by you.


H&M to Open in Downtown Silver Spring

H&M to Open in Downtown Silver Spring

The Swedish have been quite busy in 2012. In April, H&M signed a lease to occupy space in Chevy Chase, and now they are headed to downtown Silver Spring.

The fun and trendy clothing store, which carries men, women, and kid's apparel, will take over 18,000 square feet of the former Borders location at the corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.

Get ready for great fashion finds at low prices, as H&M should make its debut in fall 2012!

Marika Meyer Demystifies When to Hire a Design Pro

Marika Meyer Demystifies When to Hire a Design Pro

Along with two other top designers, Marika Meyer discusses reasons to hire an interior designer

Hiring an interior designer has often been thought of as a luxury. But in reality, a designer can save you time and money.

Interior Designer Marika Meyer joined designers Barbara Hawthorn and Skip Sroka at the Washington Design Center last week to Demystify Interior Design. Moderated by Washingtonian Senior Editor Sherri Dalphonse, the discussion focused on when and why you should hire a designer.

According to Meyer, designers offer:

Local IKEA Blue Bag Giveaway

Local IKEA Blue Bag Giveaway

Need a large beach bag? IKEA has you covered.

IKEA plans to help people prepare for Memorial Day weekend by giving away free IKEA blue bags on Thursday at The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The large, reusable bag is lightweight and easily cleaned, making it an ideal summer bag for trips to the beach, the pool or a backyard BBQ.

This initiative is part of IKEA's National Random Acts of Life Improvement campaign, which is a program designed to help inspire and empower people to improve their lives, as well as the lives of others in their community.

For more information on the local IKEA Blue Bag giveaway, follow the local IKEA store on Twitter at @IKEA_Woodbridge

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Eighth of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th. The DC Design House benefits Children's National Medical Center.

Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.victoriasanchezinteriors.com, was inspired by her own children for the design of Space 21, the Teenager’s Getaway. “I looked to their likes and dislikes, and their wants and desires as I created this design,” says Sanchez, who is excited to part of the Design House but also knows the amount of work that had to be completed in a short period of time.