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By Donna Richardson | Broker in Moorestown, NJ
  • Let's Get Creative!

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Moorestown, Remodel & Renovate in Moorestown, Design & Decor in Moorestown  |  August 7, 2012 7:28 AM  |  256 views  |  No comments


    Sometimes I get the feeling where I wish I was one of those super crafty people, who can just whip up something beautiful, and unique within a matter of minutes! Well lucky for myself, and all the other creative wannabees in the world, the internet has a plethora of information, and ideas to use. Many of my clients have children, and when looking for a home want a dedicated space, or room in the home that can be strictly for their children, and all of their "stuff". However, the play area can easily become cluttered, disorganized, and an eyesore. My children are all grown now, but I now have grandchildren, and get the opportunity to spend time with them in their homes, since most of them live close. Therefore, I know all too well the dilemma of what to do with the play area, and how to decorate it to look as nice as the rest of the home. I absolutely love the website houzz.com, as I am sure many of you reading this do as well. I use it as an inspiration for my own home, and ocassionally get lost in the moment, and venture into other rooms that I have no use for anymore (i..e a children's playroom). However, I thought I woulld share these pages that hold over 2,000 ideas for playrooms, some extremely elaborate and expensive looking, others more simple and very "doable". I will post the link below, if you have children (or are thinking of having children), I urge you to take a look and get your creative juices flowing! Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer!

    http://www.houzz.com/ideas-for-children%27s-playroom

  • New Year New Home!

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Moorestown, Remodel & Renovate in Moorestown, Design & Decor in Moorestown  |  January 9, 2012 6:46 AM  |  925 views  |  No comments

    I have heard the phrases "I just do not have a knack for decorating", or "I never know what to put where...and what colors to use" many a time.  I myself am far from an interior decorator.  However, I do have the luxury of seeing many homes, and grabbing little ideas here and there.  Nonetheless when it comes to my own home I often look around and think...hmmm what am I going to do when I decide to remodel?....or How should I decorate this room?  The internet is a great resource for all things decorating.  Althought there a few catches with looking for ideas on the internet, it can be time consuming, and you run the risk of forgetting that truly awesome website and never finding it again.  So you ask, where am I going with all of this decorating, and internet idea talk?  Well, the purchase of my Ipad in September has opened up a whole new world of Apps and possibilites.  One day I was fiddling with it, and stumbled across this great App called Houzz.  Houzz is a gold mine of decorating, and remodeling ideas.  All you have to do is create an account, and then begin your search.   You can store all of your favorite rooms, or ideas in your ideabook to reference at a later time.  Some of the rooms are way over the top, and only found in million dollar homes, but there are smaller, everyday rooms as well.  Trust me when I say it is truly an awesome site for anyone looking for ideas for their home.  I am including a link below for those interested.  Also, please comment on the blog and share your home decorating/remodeling websites that you love and frequent.  Sharing is the only way we will all learn and grow!  Hope your 2012 is off to a healthy, happy, and prosperous start.

    http://www.houzz.com/

  • Swim amongst the water lillies

    Posted Under: Agent2Agent in Moorestown, Remodel & Renovate in Moorestown, Going Green in Moorestown  |  November 15, 2011 9:36 AM  |  1,009 views  |  No comments
    I know that we are going into winter, and many of you feel like you just finished closing your pools, or do not even want to start thinking about summer projects.  However, if you are thinking about installing a pool now is the perfect time to start slowly doing your research, and gather quotes.  Although I have never had a pool, it is something I think I may enjoy once I am able to retire and truly enjoy the lazy days of summer.  However, my one major gripe with pools are the chemicals involved in maintaining a healthy bacteria and Ph level.  Thus, I started my google search for more natural, and eco-friendly options.  I found many natural options that I found truly interesting.  The most intriguing of the bunch was the option to install a plant-based eco-system, with either a mud, or gravel bottom.  At first I was very turned off by the pictures of water lillies, and other natural vegetation that you would be swimming amongst.  However, as I went further into the slide show I was delighted by the options that actually looked like your standard inground pool, with the eco-system completely out of sight.  I have also heard of salt water pools, and other non-chlorine options.  If you are going to install an inground pool, and do not want to go the traditional route, my best advice is do your reasearch!  Get quotes from a few companies, go online, talk to friends, but whatever you do educate yourself.  I am including links at the bottom to websites about natural pool options.  I hope you enjoy the sites, and maybe by summer you will hear sounds of "cannonball" in your new eco-friendly pool.

    Plant based eco-system http://www.houselogic.com/photos/pools-spas/natural-swimming-pools-9-myths-busted/slide/myth-1-theyre-expensive/#myth-1-theyre-expensive

    EcoSmarte Pool http://www.ecosmartepool.com/products.html

  • Sooner rather than later

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Moorestown, Remodel & Renovate in Moorestown, Going Green in Moorestown  |  May 3, 2011 6:32 AM  |  503 views  |  No comments

    Many see our economy taking a dip as only a negative.  I whole heartedly agree that it has had devastating affects on our job market and our nations financial affairs. However, I am a firm believer in trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel.  A large portion of our population since the downturn have looked to coupons, and other ways to save money, which is a great thing all the time, even in a booming economy.  There is never a wrong time to save money.  So, I thought to myself, what real estate information can I find to share and help my clients, friends, and family save money?  I then started to think about costs associated with a home, and began my internet search for ways to save money on your monthly utility bill.  During my search I stumbled across a great article in the online Wall Street Journal http://www.smartmoney.com/spending/deals/13-simple-ways-to-lower-your-electric-bill-22933/ .  Please take 5 minutes to read the article, you will be pleased, and maybe save some money (you can thank me later by taking me out to dinner with your saved money!…just kidding!).  I hope you all are enjoying spring finally.  As always, remember Donna Richardson, for all your real estate needs.

 
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