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September
28

7 Backsplash Ideas You'll Want to Try in Your Kitchen

Backsplash Ideas

As you consider kitchen updates, the first projects that probably cross your mind involve updating large items such as your appliances, flooring, lighting, and cabinets. Leaving your kitchen backsplash as an afterthought. However, you shouldn't ignore this important element! A new backsplash can make a big visual impact in exchange for a minimal investment.
  
Our REALTORS® suggest the following 7 backsplash ideas you'll want to try in your kitchen:

  1. Mix Materials and Match Colors  
    Try sticking with one main color and a few accent colors while mixing up the materials in your backsplash. Different shades and finishes or metallic tile with inspiration drawn from your lighting or hardware finishes create an interesting look. And get inspiration from your countertop to pull in small tiles with granite or marble to incorporate these colors and materials without having just a boring stone slab.
      
  2. Add a Modern Touch with Glass 
    Glass backsplashes can add a modern touch with a shine to your kitchen since it has a sleek, modern appearance. The options are numerous, including glass tiles in iridescent sea glass, a stunning starburst design, or ones that are made with some crackle or frosted finish. As an added bonus, it's usually a reasonably priced option and is also easy to clean.
      
  3. Give Subway Tile an Update
    Subway tile is always a popular kitchen backsplash choice, and it's easy to improve upon by using some creativity. Try breaking up its color by adding two bold stripes of another color, and enhance the entire look by adding some white floating shelves.

  4. Try Shapes
    Shapes can add visual interest to your backsplash, and the possibilities are nearly endless. You'll be able to choose from elongated octagon tiles, chevrons, and many more. Or use the tiles themselves to create a unique abstract backsplash that can create a stunning focal point.

  5. Add Texture with Penny Tiles  
    Penny tiles are back in style, and they'll suit almost any style of kitchen décor, from mid-century modern to industrial. Although you may be used to seeing them in bathrooms, they add interesting texture to your kitchen and come in a variety of colors and shades.

  6. Don't Forget the Impact of Grout   
    It's easy to focus on the pattern, color, and materials used in your kitchen backsplash and think of grout as an afterthought. Not only does grout serve an important function, but it also can add visual interest to your kitchen. For example, try a touch of gold grout to add an instant dose of warmth and elegance.

  7. Go Faux
    Faux finishes can fool the eye into thinking your backsplash looks like something in a much more elevated style other than what it actually is. For example, a rough-hewn terra cotta tile made to look like brick can make your kitchen look as though it has exposed brick, even when it doesn't.

Contact us to learn more about popular design trends in Richmond homes for sale. Updating your kitchen backsplash can make one of the most important rooms in your home much more attractive without investing much money.

September
21

5 First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes You Should Avoid

Homebuyer Mistakes

Purchasing a first home is one of the largest financial decisions most people make in a lifetime. The process can be an emotional roller coaster -- stressful, exciting, and overwhelming at the same time. For inexperienced homebuyers, it can be difficult to know what to expect and it's common to make mistakes during the house-hunting process. However, with a little preparation and research, you can avoid costly pitfalls and prevent major issues from popping-up down the line. Below are some tips to help you make the best decision when purchasing your first home.

  1. Don't Look at Homes Before Applying for a Mortgage
    While it may be tempting to dive right in and start viewing these beautiful Richmond Homes for sale, your first step should be to apply for a mortgage. Being pre-approved sends a signal that you're a serious, qualified buyer. Not only will this help you understand how much you can afford, but you'll be in the right position to make an offer once you do find the home you love.
  2. Consider Multiple Lenders
    Sometimes first-time homebuyers will accept a mortgage from the first lender they meet with instead of shopping around for the best rate. This can be an incredibly expensive mistake. Be sure to compare rates and evaluate at least three lenders and a mortgage broker to be sure you're getting the best deal.
  3. Draining Your Savings
    While putting down 20% is usually a good idea, it's also important not to drain your savings. Owning a home can come with many unanticipated costs, so it's a good idea to have some cash on hand for emergencies. If you barely have enough cash to make the 20% down payment, you might be better off putting a smaller amount down so you can be better prepared for emergencies.
  4. Forgetting About the Neighborhood
    Remember, you're not just buying the house, you're also buying a piece of a neighborhood. It's common for first-time homebuyers to fall in love with a house, only then to later realize the neighborhood isn't what they expected. Be sure to buy a house in an area that has the location, and amenities that are the best fit for you and your family. 
  5. Making an Emotional Decision
    Because purchasing a first home is such a major life experience, it can be easy to fall in love with a particular feature or amenity. It can be easy to envision some of life's great moments happening in a specific home. While it might be difficult, it's important to try to remove emotions from the decision making process and instead, make sure your future home checks all the right boxes.

Buying your first home can be an intimidating experience, but our REALTORS® can help. If you're a first-time homebuyer, contact us today for assistance. 

September
14

National Coffee Day: Coffee Shops in Carytown

Coffee Shops Carytown

Let's be honest: for java lovers like our REALTORS®, every day is coffee day. But Tuesday, September 29 has been officially declared National Coffee Day, so why not celebrate? Luckily, there are plenty of local coffee shops serving up delicious roasts in our area! Get your favorite drink or try a new one at one of these popular Carytown coffee shops around Richmond homes for sale

 

  1. Sugar & Twine - 2928 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Sugar & Twine isn't satisfied with simply offering the finest locally roasted coffee. They want to satisfy your sweet tooth with a mouthwatering selection of muffins, croissants, cookies, and other freshly baked goodies. If you prefer something more hearty, go with the breakfast sandwich on focaccia bread or cheddar biscuits. Stop in on the weekend and unwind with a cold beer or glass of wine. 

  2. Roastology Coffee - 2701 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    With a name like Roastology Coffee, you know they're serious about their craft. Top-quality coffee beans are roasted in-house to create every day and seasonal blends. and you can even purchase ready-to-use half-gallon jugs of iced lattes and cold brew. Turn your beverage into a light breakfast or lunch by pairing it with one of Roastology's sandwiches, salads, or pastries. Order ahead on the website or just stop by the shop's convenient roll-up window. 

  3. Lamplighter Coffee Roasters - 116 S. Addison St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Few things are as satisfying as a cup of joe, but maybe you're in the mood to try something adventurous. Lamplighter Coffee Roasters features specialty drinks such as Thai coffee, lavender latte, and a black eye, which is drip coffee turbo-charged with a double shot of espresso. Feeling hungry? Breakfast burritos come in regular and vegan varieties, or you can opt for a sandwich on a locally-made Cupertino bagel. 

  4. Alchemy Coffee - 814 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    The country's great coffee revolution originated in the Pacific Northwest. When Eric Spivack relocated from Portland to Richmond, he brought some of that coffee culture along to found Alchemy Coffee. In true pioneering spirit, the shop's mission is blending a scientific approach with people's emotional relationship to coffee. Fittingly, Alchemy's website features a flowchart of different coffee preparations, both hot and iced. Coffee is sourced from a rotating list of top local and regional roasters.

  5. Rostov's Coffee & Tea - 1618 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Variety is the name of the game at Rostov's Coffee & Tea. With more than 50 years in business, family-owned Rostov's is the oldest coffee roaster in Richmond. Choose from an incredible 40+ blends, sourced from the world's top coffee-growing regions, in a wide range of flavors and intensities. Rostov's also carries 60 types of teas, including herbal, decaf, black, green, and flavored. Call in your order at least one hour ahead and it will be ready for pickup. Orders can also be shipped for a flat fee of $4, with a 25 percent discount on shipping for orders over two pounds. 

After all those cups of coffee, we can't wait to put our energy to work fulfilling your real estate needs. If you're buying or selling a home in Richmond, contact us at Joyner Fine Properties to get started. 

September
11

Become A Tourist In Your Own Town

Take a Look at RVA in a new light!

Richmond at Dusk
It's easy to forget about Richmond's many museums, historic sites and attractions when you're scrambling to keep up with the day-to-day. But why not take a break and explore the city as a tourist would?
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many of us indoors for extended periods of time, but the good news is we live in a beautiful city with lots to see all from the comfort of our own vehicles! If you can do so in a safe way, many of these destinations offer a great opportunity to get out and stretch your legs while taking in the views.
 
We've outlined a few traditional sites to enjoy, plus a few you may not have experienced yet!
 
Top 10 things to do on your day trip:
    1. Have a picnic lunch at Maymont Park
    2. Grab your bike and head for the Capital trail
    3. Take a walk in the Fan or Church Hill and point out your favorite homes
    4. Use a mural map and bike the city taking pictures of your favorite murals along the way.
    5. Search for a secluded spot with a little privacy and just breathe the fresh air, or spend some time meditating
    6. Be your own tour guide as you cruise through Hollywood Cemetery
    7. Pick a classic Richmond restaurant for takeout like Shagbark, Stellas, or Gelati Celesti
    8. Catch a sunrise by the Nickel Bridge or on the James River and capture that quintessential Richmond photo
    9. Sketch the city from the vantage point of the Virginia War Memorial
    10. Finally, grab a local growler to-go and toast your favorite town

Wherever you decide to go, there's no need to leave town to take a vacation — there's plenty to discover right here in RVA.

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Inspired by: Richmond Magazine
Photo: Adobe Stock

September
8

Where to See The Leaves Change Colors Around Richmond

Richmond Fall Leaves

Exploring the natural beauty around Richmond is an especially pleasant pastime in autumn when the air is crisp, the sun is shining, and the changing leaves are fluttering with the breeze in a dazzling display of colors. Whether you visit a local park, take a long, scenic drive, or head out for a hike deeper into nature, there are so many different ways to enjoy the fall foliage this year. Our REALTORS® are ready for the show, and we've got all the details on where to see the leaves change color around Richmond this year.

  1. Maymont Estate – 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Every entry on our list can be easily reached from Richmond homes for sale, and the historic Maymont Estate is the perfect place to start. This beautifully maintained estate is a treat to visit during any season, but if you love fall foliage then there's no doubt that this is the best time of year to visit. Take your time as you tour the 100-acre estate, which features gardens, lakes, an arboretum, and mature trees with leaves in a kaleidoscope of colors. 

  2. Byrd Park – 600 South Blvd. Richmond, VA 23220
    Conveniently located in the Near West End of Richmond, Byrd Park has long been a favorite outdoor destination for Richmond residents. This 287-acre park offers a little bit of everything – and a lot of changing leaves during the fall season. There are three beautiful lakes to explore scattered throughout the park, along with walking trails that will allow you to enjoy the foliage from every angle. Be sure to visit the historic monuments at the southern end of the park, to see reminders of the city's past framed by the fall foliage of the present.

  3. Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, VA 23227
    One of Richmond's largest and most popular parks, Bryan Park is sure to be a hit for fall foliage viewing. The park is home to thousands of mature trees of many types, which ensures a diverse palette of colors during foliage season. There are ample walking and hiking trails that weave through the park, along with an expansive azalea garden that is home to some great colors in the fall.

  4. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center – 400 Sausiluta Dr., Henrico, VA 23227
    Searching for the colors of fall close to Henrico homes for sale? Then just head for Three Lakes Park and Nature Center, where you can see the colorful leaves reflecting off of the surface of beautiful lakes. This park also features ample family activities, from playgrounds to an educational Nature Center, so you can turn your visit into a full-day event.

  5. Forest Hill Park – 4201 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
    Having once served as a quarry, an estate, and an amusement park at separate times, Forest Hill Park is a unique slice of local history. It's also a great place to check out the changing leaves in the fall, with more than 100 acres to explore. Take a stroll around the lake, stop for a picnic in one of the shelters positioned throughout the park, and visit the historic buildings located around the park while they are surrounded by the spectacular colors of autumn.

When you live in Richmond, your next outdoor adventure is always waiting close to your front door. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

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