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If your window sills are blank, you have the perfect spot to expand your home decor. Here are some great ideas to get your started.

Window sills are not just home spaces that collect dust. If you have window sills, you have hidden gems that can increase your home's functionality and design appeal. Although often overlooked, window sills offer a variety of solutions for great home improvement ideas.

At AveryHess, our real estate agents show numerous properties with unique features that attract home buyers. Many Arlington homes for sale are built with large windows and deep window sills that create additional, useable space and endless design opportunities for creative homeowners.

  1. Create a Window Garden
    Live plants and greenery add natural beauty and oxygen to indoor spaces. Window sills provide the perfect place for sunlight and fresh air that is necessary for healthy plant growth. By decorating your window sills with clay pots, glass jars, or colorful containers and baskets, you can showcase your green thumb and add organic design appeal to your home.

  2. Grow Herbs and Vegetables
    If you're kitchen windows get sun and natural light throughout most of the day, you can grow a variety of herbs and vegetables that will flourish, even during the winter months. If your kitchen gets minimal sunlight, grow lights are ideal. They are available at most home improvement stores, hardware stores, and nurseries in a variety of designs, sizes, and prices.

  3. Design a Sitting Nook
    Many Arlington homes include impressive decorative details like heavy crown molding, elaborate window trim, bay windows, and window sills that are 2 to 3 feet deep. This makes it easy to design a comfortable sitting nook where you can enjoy your morning coffee, curl up with your favorite book, or seat guests at parties, family gatherings, and special events.

  4. Display Your Favorite Books
    Window sills provide a great place to display your favorite books, especially if you're an avid reader with limited editions or special collections. Whether it's in your family room, master bedroom, child's room, or kitchen, books on display provide convenient access for reading, as well as visual appeal from vibrant colors and textures on book covers and jackets.

  5. Exhibit Your Family Photos
    If you have an abundance of family photos, you likely know that displaying them presents some problems. Even in a large home, you may have limited wall space to hang framed photos. Window sills are a great place to showcase groups of framed photos in various frame styles, colors, and sizes. You can create eye-catching displays, but make sure you don't completely block your view from the window.

  6. Display Holiday and Party Decor
    When the holidays arrive, your window sills provide a great space for festive holiday decorations. You can use your window sills to display small Christmas trees, holiday wreaths, twinkling lights, decorative ornaments, Thanksgiving pumpkins, candles, and candy, or festive flags on the 4th of July. If you're throwing a party, you can fill your window sills with snacks, party favors, or presents for your guests.

  7. Give Your Pets a Sunny Spot
    Window sills can provide your pets with a cozy spot for warm sunshine and long afternoon naps. Dogs, cats, and birds love windows that offer a view of the outdoors, natural light, and a cool breeze of fresh air. While dogs will likely watch for you to return home or run to the window when the doorbell rings, cats and birds will find a comfortable spot for relaxing throughout most of the day.

If you're interested in buying or selling a home in Arlington, contact us about available properties and prices in desired communities. We have a variety of properties that may be the perfect fit for your lifestyle.


Arlington is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here are the local places you must stop by.

Craving a sweet treat? Nothing beats the initial smell of freshly baked pastries, which is why our real estate agents love walking into our local bakeries.

Bakeries serve an important role in every community. They bring people together by serving as both a community gathering spot and also supply baked goods that help us celebrate some of the best moments in life. Arlington has no shortage of wonderful bakeries, so it's difficult to pick a favorite. If you're in the area, check out this list of our top choices.

  • Heidelberg Bakery - 2150 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA 22207
    Delicious cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and other pasties for any occasion can all be found at Heidelberg Bakery. This Arlington destination has been serving the capital area since 1975, and has also gained a reputation for making the most beautiful, delicious wedding cakes in the area. Need some sweet treats for a graduation party? Heidelberg Bakery also offers an endless variety of assorted party trays. The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Bakeshop - 2150 N Culpeper St, Arlington, VA 22207
    The first thing you'll notice when walking into this amazing bakery is their extensive menu of cakes, cupcakes, pies, macaroons and their dozens of flavor varieties. They also make over 20 different types of bread. Bakeshop opened in 2010, and since then, has been making some of the most color, creative baked goods in the Arlington area.  The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Pastries By Randolph - 4500 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA 22207
    For a wide assortment of breads, pies, and pastries that are both elegantly decorated and delicious, we recommend trying Pastries By Randolph. They also have a reputation for making some of the most beautiful cakes in the area. Whether you're celebrating a wedding, birthday, or holiday, Pastries By Randolph can provide treats for any occasion. The store is open Monday through Saturday.

  • Livin The Pie Life - 2166 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207
    If you love pie, you'll love Livin The Pie Life. This unique scratch bakery offers over a dozen varieties of pie. From sweet to savory, this shop offers traditional fruit pies, vegetable pies, and meat pies, so you're sure to find something you love on their extensive menu. All pies are made fresh each morning. Stop in or order your pies online. Livin The Pie Life is open Wednesday through Sunday. On your way home, be sure to check out some of these beautiful Arlington homes for sale.

  • Bayou Bakery - 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201
    Bayou Bakery is a bakery, coffee spot, eatery, and most of all, an enjoyable gathering spot. Whether you're celebrating an event or simply looking to catch up with friends, Bayou bakery is a counter-service destination that serves up a little bit of everything. In addition to some traditional baked goods, they also offer a number of Louisiana-inspired menu items including Buttermilk Biscuits and Chicken and Smoked Sausage Gumbo. They also serve up some delicious coffee. Bayou Bakery is open 7 days a week.

If you have a sweet tooth, The Arlington area has no shortage of delicious bakeries. For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.


Pie in Fredericksburg

There are many things to love about the holidays, and ending a delicious meal with a piece of fresh-baked pie is one of our favorites. While nothing beats grandma's homemade desserts, a few of our local bakeries come pretty close. 

We asked our real estate agents where they were planning to get their holiday pies this year, and, not surprisingly, the same names came up time and again. If you're ready to start a tasty new tradition, consider ordering your holiday pies from one of these popular area bakeshops. 

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DC Dog Parks

If you're looking for a place near the D.C. area to spend some quality time with a canine pal, then you're in luck! There are many fun dog-friendly places to visit in the surrounding area. Our real estate agents have found some great places to explore with your dog in and around town. 

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DC Seafood Restaurants

Washington D.C. is a remarkable place to call home, and there's plenty to see in surrounding towns and cities like Falls Church and Arlington. D.C. homes for sale truly are in the middle of it all – an exciting place to live with truly world-class amenities.

Its position on the Potomac means the D.C. area has always been known for seafood. Combine that with how attractive it is for leading chefs to open restaurants there, and you are sure to find plenty of mouth-watering dishes to suit any taste.

From lobster to shrimp to choice catches from the Atlantic and beyond, seafood is on the menu at many great local restaurants. What better time to celebrate the best of it than during National Seafood Month, which takes place every year in October?

Let's look at some of the top places to enjoy your favorite seafood dishes around Washington D.C.:

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DC Coffee Shops

Does the day really begin before your morning cup of joe? We won't argue if you want to call every day National Coffee Day, but there is a special day devoted to everyone's favorite morning pick-me-up. The official National Coffee Day takes place every year on September 29th, and there are plenty of great coffee shops around D.C. where you can celebrate. Our REALTORS® have the delicious details on 5 great coffee shops located near D.C. where you can enjoy a delightful drink.

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Arlington Pickleball

Are you up for a game of pickleball? Our real estate agents sure are! Pickleball is sweeping the nation, becoming the new favorite sport for men and women of all ages. This game is a combination of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Two or four players play on opposite sides of a net and use solid paddles to hit a pickleball back and forth. Despite being quite a fun and competitive game, it's becoming just as popular in schools as it is in senior centers. If you're hoping to play a few rounds of pickleball this summer, head over to these local pickleball courts.

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