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20 Tips to Make Your Home Feel Bigger

Jessica Richardson Real Estate , Tips

1. Paint or wallpaper the ceiling.  Anything that draws the eye upwards makes a room feel bigger. 2. Paint light colors on walls and floor. While dark colors make a room stand out, they also absorb light instead of reflecting it which makes the space feel smaller.  Opt for lighter colored flooring as well as wall colors to make the …

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This Year’s Hottest Kitchen Trends

Jessica Richardson Real Estate , Real Estate Trends , Remodeling

You can’t upgrade your kitchen every year based on the latest trends, nor should you. But if you are thinking about making changes or just want to spruce things up for resale, you may want to incorporate some of the ideas below from ZillowDigs. Tuxedo kitchen cabinets: We’ve been seeing two-toned cabinetry for a while so the “tuxedo” concept should come …

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Why You Need House Plants Today

Jessica Richardson Blog , house envy , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

Incorporating house plants into your decor is a quick and powerful way to add new color, shape and style to any space.  Nobody does this better than my friend, Shiloh, who has artfully woven fun and interesting plants into the decor throughout her home.  She has them in all kinds of interesting containers.  You can really feel their presence in every room and they make …

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Greenery – Color of the Year for 2017

Jessica Richardson Tips

Pantone’s 2017 Color of the year is “Greenery” and I am really digging it. Pantone describes, Greenery as  “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, symbolic of new beginnings.  A life-affirming shade,  emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.” Considered nature’s neutral, Greenery really speaks to me this time of year when everything outside is dull and grey.  With spring …

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Focus on: Old Town, Alexandria in Virginia

Jessica Richardson Listings , Local Lifestyle , Our Areas , Real Estate

Old Town is the commercial center and the historic heart of the City of Alexandria. The Old Town lifestyle is extremely walkable ~ you can park your car and have most everything you need with a short walk or bike ride. Residential streets are surrounded and, in some areas, intermixed with retail and commercial businesses. King Street is the main …

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From Drab to Fab in Beverley Hills

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Remodeling

When some of my favorite clients purchased this home in Alexandria’s Beverley Hills  neighborhood 3 years ago, they knew they would eventually have to do something about the kitchen. The floorplan was a little awkward and the kitchen was small and closed off from the living and dining rooms. It was also dated with 90s style pickled cabinets, mismatched appliances and …

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Why You Really Do Need a Realtor

Jessica Richardson Blog , Buying , Real Estate

Occasionally I come across someone who wants to buy or sell without using a Realtor. Knowing what I do I wonder why anyone would want to do that.   But with so many real estate listing websites and advertising channels readily available one might think, “Do I really need a Realtor? I am here to tell you that yes, unequivocally  you do need a Realtor.  And here …

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2017 Real Estate Outlook

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

While there may be a lot of uncertainty about the upcoming changes in Washington DC, there is one thing that seems to be trending in a positive direction: a strong and robust real estate market. Despite the holiday season typically being a slower time of year for real estate, we had a strong finish to 2016 in the DC area. In November contract …

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Save Money Money on Heating Your Home

Jessica Richardson Blog , Real Estate , Real Estate Trends

Heading into the winter months, most of us begin to see an increased energy bill.  With fewer hours of daylight we turn on our lights sooner, and cold weather forces us to crank up the heat inside. Winter and summer are typically the most energy-intensive times of the year, but there are steps you can take to reduce costs while …