Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating with family and friends! What are you thankful for this year?

How to Take Your Couch From Furniture to Focal Point

Your couch is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your home. It provides a space to curl up and watch a movie, to catch up with a longtime friend, and even to share a meal during those weekend take-out nights. If you want to make your sofa more of a focal point, these smart tips will show you how.

  1. Update your throw pillows. The easiest way to take your sofa from basic to stylish is by adding fun, vibrant throw pillows. Choose a few in complimentary colors, mix and match patterns or even go with a geometric, black and white scheme for a hip, retro, look.
  2. Add a blanket. Take a tip from the pros and casually drape a throw across the ottoman or folded on the back of the sofa. Choose something that pairs well with the rest of the room’s color scheme, or go with a classic knit throw for a cozy feel.
  3. Switch up your rug. Choose a vibrant area rug that extends a few inches wider than your sofa, and make sure that it’s large enough to tuck under the sofa’s front legs.
  4. Add a gallery wall. Finally, create a designer-worthy gallery wall directly behind your sofa by framing your favorite family photos, wallpaper swatches, and art prints.

Before & After: How to Style Your Sofa [Elle Décor]
Style a Sofa 5 Different Ways [HGTV]
How To: Style A Sofa [Glitter Guide]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from IO Piazza! In observance of the holiday, our offices will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. The shuttle service will not run on Thanksgiving Day and our Concierge will have extended hours on November 26th and 27th.

Naked Pizza: Putting a Healthy Spin on Your Favorite Take-Out Fare

If you're wondering about the "naked" part of Naked Pizza, it's pretty simple: "naked" simply means all natural, unprocessed, and unmodified. In other words, this Arlington pizzeria serves a pie you can almost believe is health food. The 10-grain crust is fortified with probiotic agave fiber and probiotics, while the toppings are fresh and ethically sourced.

Try a classic pie with red sauce, mozzarella, and basil, or go for a fun variation on the traditional flavors, like barbecue sauce topped with grilled chicken and caramelized red onions. The restaurant serves plenty of salads for those who prefer lighter fare. The Mediterranean salad, for example, arrives with baby spinach, olives, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes and is a perennial favorite. But whether you get a salad or a pizza, regulars advise you to be sure and save room for a house-made cinnamon roll for dessert.

Naked Pizza
1101 South Joyce Street
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 412-3777

Cider Tasting In Old Town Alexandria This Weekend!

Enjoy a cider tasting as part of Virginia Cider Week! Cider is a product of both Virginia and the Caen region of France and was a common drink at Gadsby's Tavern in the 18th century.

Check out http://www.visitalexandriava.com/event/cider-tasting/8476/ for more details!

Shirlie’s Open House Tomorrow!

Shirlie’s November Holiday Open House

Join The Village for holiday decor & shopping, recipes & chef tips, holiday fare & drink sampling & more at Shirlie's November Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 14th from 11am-4pm!

Schedule of Events

Ah Love Oil & Vinegar
Our halls will be decked and our bells jingling welcoming you to a festive holiday wonderland. Sip, shop & preview a delicious array of holiday gifts. Meet local makers and taste their wares.
Caution: Watch for elves bearing coupons!

Aroma Restaurant
Check out our NEW Winter Menu! Delightful dishes including:
Kandhari Lamb Chops
Khatta Meetha Baingan
Masala Lobster
Salmon Puff Pastry
& More!

Busboys & Poets
Books galore! Check out some of our favorites:

Poetry: Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems
Fiction: Dolen Perkins-Valdez: Balm
Non-Fiction: Bryan Stevenson: Just Mercy
Cookbook: Lolis Eric Elie: Treme
Young Adult: Kwame Alexander: The Crossover
Children’s: Pio Peep by Alma Flor Ada

Enjoy our Hot Apple Cider paired with our Mini Apple Pie as a wonderful fall treat, too!

Cafe Pizzaiolo
Purchase a $50 Gift Card and receive a complimentary $10 Gift Card.

Capitol City Brewing Company
$5 holiday drink specials:
Pumpkin Pie Martini
Apple Cider Mimosa
Peppermint Pattie Martini
Candy Cane Cocktail

Free samples of our infamous pumpkin cheesecake! Plus, delectable adult coffee drinks at the bar.

Copperwood Tavern
Sneak peek of our wonderful Winter food and drink offers! Stop by and enjoy a few new winter menu items before they are officially released!

DAK Chicken
Sample our tasty chicken strips!

Dogma Bakery & Boutique
Preview our holiday treats! Meet and greet with Lucky Dog Animal Rescue's pups from 12-2pm. 15% off sale of all gift items to celebrate our 15th Anniversary!

Illusions of Shirlington
Holiday Blowout! Book your holiday style appointment and receive a complimentary gift plus stocking stuffer sales all day.

Le Village Marche
Hot cider & 40% off all Fall candles & decor.

Annual Fire and Safety Inspection November 16th and 17th

Dear Residents,

We will completing our annual building fire and safety inspection Monday, November 16th, 2015 and Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 from 8am-5pm. Alarms may be going off periodically during these times. Also, please expect delays for elevator service during this time. We apologize for the disturbance and appreciate your patience.

Thank you,

The Io Piazza Team

These Chili Recipes Help Warm Chilly Evenings

All it takes is a homemade dinner of something warm and comforting to get you into that cozy fall feeling. Here are a few chili recipes that you’ll love to make on those chilly autumn evenings.

Pumpkin Chili [oliviascuisine.com]
While you’re likely used to seeing pumpkin in every cookie, coffee, and pie as soon as summer is over, this recipe for pumpkin chili will show you a new and exciting way to use everyone’s favorite fall gourd. It can be made on the stovetop or in the slow-cooker if you’re pressed for time, and it becomes even more festive if you serve it inside of a small, hollowed pumpkin.

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chili With Three Beans [bhg.com]
If chocolate in chili seems too good to be true (and maybe a little bit strange), you’ll become a believer once you taste this unique recipe. Best of all, you can make it in the slow-cooker, so you’ll come home from a long day at work to a warm, home-cooked meal.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili [allrecipes.com]
A healthy turkey chili cuts down on fat and calories compared to the traditional beef version, and this one is also very easy to make. Just toss all of the legumes, veggies, and spices into the slow-cooker and you’ll have a hearty and nutritious meal in just over four hours.

Happy Veterans day!

Today is a day to honor the men and women who have bravely fought and continue to fight for our country. Thank you for your service!

Happy Veterans Day

Thank you to all of those who are serving and have served our country!

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