Contemporary gray paint color in this living room

Find the Perfect Color for your Home

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

Picking a paint color is hard.  Is it just me or are swatches getting smaller and smaller, and who really wants to buy 3-5 samples, paint different parts of the room with each, and wait 2-3 days to see how the colors look at different times of day?  Not me. Houzz photo by ProRail Systems Ltd Houzz photo by tvizz Narrow …

Willowsford Kitchen

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 …


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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From Dark to Dazzling: A Kitchen Reveal

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

These clients purchased their charming Colonial about five years ago and although they loved their home the kitchen became an issue. The cabinetry was dark and outdated, the tile floor was cracked and although spacious, the layout left something to be desired.  When they decided it was time for a remodel they thought long and hard about changing the layout …

Willowsford Kitchen

Thinking about New Countertops?

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends , Remodeling

If you are thinking of changing your countertops – either for resale or as part of a kitchen remodel, you may want to consider Quartz.  For more than a decade granite has dominated the kitchen landscape but that trend is beginning to shift. According to the National  Kitchen and Bath Association, last year Quartz was favored over granite as the top …


Make Your Kitchen Feel Like a Model Home

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

There is nothing like walking into a model home. Designers pull out all the stops to dazzle homebuyers from the moment they cross the threshold.  With the today’s discerning homebuyer demanding bigger and better kitchens with high-end finishes, we’re seeing model homes turn out some truly magazine worthy kitchens. According to Pulte Home’s design team, here are the top kitchen design trends …


These Home Improvements Will Pay Off in 2016

Jessica Richardson Real Estate Trends , Remodeling

When thinking about selling their home, people often tally up the price they originally paid for the house along with all of the money they’ve ever put into improving it and hope to get it all back when they sell.  While most home improvements won’t add up to 100% of the return, it’s a always a good idea to know which improvements add …


Ring Video Doorbell for Smartphone

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

This is one of the best smart home products I’ve seen in a while. Leave it to my friends, Rob and Jill, to recommend another awesome product – the Ring Video Doorbell for Smartphone.  This is a doorbell that acts as both a camera and intercom so that you can see who is at your door and talk with them …


The Best Home Decor Apps

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

After I bought my first house I poured through decor magazines like it was my job, cutting out everything I loved and saving it in my “inspiration binder.”   I never felt this way about my condo but there was something about having my own house that made me feel like the decorating possibilities were endless. I still have that …

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Cabinet Refresh

Jessica Richardson Remodeling

We are a few weeks into the remodeling project and so far its going well. The powder room has been removed, new hardwood replaced tile and the gigantic window has been switched out. For me, the kitchen refresh is the most exciting part of the project.  I call it a “refresh” because the appliances stay and I just could not …