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February
22

DIY Tips for Your Home Library

Richmond Home Library

A home library is a great way to add a touch of elegance to your home while showing off your books. Plus with so many wonderful bookstores around Richmond, it's no surprise if you've accumulated quite the collection! 

Whether you're looking to convert an entire room into a library or just simply looking to set up a reading nook, our real estate agents pulled together a list of tips to help you create your own DIY library.

  1. Choose The Right Location
    The best location for your library is largely dependent on how much space you have available. It's also somewhat contingent on the size of your book collection. Those with a lot of space to spare and a lot of books may want to convert an entire room into a library. If you're looking to display a small number of books, consider placing them under a staircase or on a living room shelf. With a couple of bookshelves and a comfy chair, you can also convert any bedroom or living room corner into a cozy reading nook.

  2. Arrange Books By Color
    Organizing books alphabetically can create a stuffy look. Instead, why not arrange your books in a more creative way? Grouping books by colors can really create a vibrant look, especially if you have a lot of bright covers. You can also consider arranging them by size, or by separating horizontal rows with vertical stacks.

  3. Comfortable Seating is a Must
    Figuring out how to display your books is only one component of creating your own library. You also need a comfortable place to sit. Whether it's a big couch or your favorite recliner, be sure to add a comfortable surface, so you can curl up with your favorite read.

  4. Make Sure There Is A Table Nearby
    A good table is a key part of any library. If you've transformed an entire room into a library, try to add a long center table to the middle of the room. If your library is more of a reading nook, a smaller end table can add a nice touch.

  5. Add A Ladder
    Nothing creates a library vibe quite like a ladder attached to floor-to-ceiling shelving. If your library is big enough, definitely consider adding a rolling ladder into your library design, so you and your visitors can reach that top shelf book.

  6. Optimize Your Lighting
    Your home library shouldn't be in a dark area of the home. If your bookshelves aren't getting enough natural light, consider adding additional lighting fixtures at the top of each shelf so you can easily read the titles. You'll also want to make sure there is adequate lighting for reading so you don't have to strain your eyes.

Looking for the perfect home among the Richmond homes for sale to display your book collection? We're here to help!

For more tips on interior design or help finding your dream home, contact us today!

February
15

Margarita Day in Richmond: Where you Can Celebrate

Richmond Margaritas

Pass the salt! National Margarita Day is on Monday, February 22nd, and our real estate agents are ready to celebrate. While the Richmond area is known for the local breweries and cideries, the margarita selection certainly won't disappoint. Whether frozen or on the rocks, order a margarita at these local spots around Richmond. 

  1. Plaza Azteca — 12020 W. Broad St., Henrico, VA 23223
    Plaza Azteca is your shortcut to Mexico and a great place to celebrate National Margarita Day. A plate of OMG Nachos and a fresh margarita will give you plenty of time to peruse their menu full of delicious quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos. If you're in the area checking out Henrico homes for sale, Plaza Azteca is now offering margaritas to go so you can order takeout and enjoy National Margarita Day at home.
     
  2. Lalo's Cocina Bar & Grill — 2617 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    If there's one place you need to visit on National Margarita Day, it's Lalo's Cocina Bar & Grill. They have not one, not two, but twenty different margaritas to choose from. The Jalapeno will spice up your night while the Swirl mixed with Red Sangria combines the best of both worlds. Perhaps it's best to order a three-flavored Caribbean margarita and pretend you're celebrating National Margarita Day on a Baja beach.

  3. Tio Pablo — 1703 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Trust us, Tio Pablo won't let you down on National Margarita Day. Though they're still closed for in-person dining, their Tio To Go menu includes the Tio Pablo Margarita and their flavor-of-the-day margarita. Pair either with house specials like pupusas, camarones rancheros, and chille relleno. Add a cheesecake habanero, flan, or tres leches cake and end the night with a full stomach.

  4. Little Mexico — 1328 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    If you can't make it south of the border on National Margarita Day, Little Mexico is the next best destination. Authentic cuisine awaits including pollo Yucatan, enchiladas verdes, and Texanas fajitas. Wash everything down with a frozen margarita mixed with sangria or upgrade to a premium margarita like a Mezcal Mule.

  5. Maya — 525 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila culture make Maya a wonderful RVA stop for National Margarita Day for one magnificent reason: five-dollar margaritas during their happy hour. Charred octopus, lamb sliders, ceviche, and flautas will fill your table with authentic flavors.

  6. Andrade's International — 7 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    The finest cuisines from Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Peru, and Bolivia come together at Andrade's International Restaurant. From modern recipes to your favorite traditional foods, Andrade's International near many great Petersburg homes for sale delivers exceptional taste with dishes perfect for pairing a margarita with. Though they are closed on Mondays, why not celebrate National Margarita Day a little early with their Sunday brunch?

Searching for a home within a safe walking distance or short rideshare away from the best restaurants and pubs in the RVA? Let us help you. Contact us today to tour our Richmond homes for sale.   

February
8

Date Night in Richmond: Restaurants Perfect for Takeout

Romantic Restaurants in Richmond

Richmond is home to many fantastic restaurants perfect for a romantic dinner! Skip cooking this Valentine's Day and leave the cooking to the talented chefs in the Richmond area. It's easy to create a charming, intimate atmosphere at home! Set the table, light some candles, and order a delicious meal from one of the area's best restaurants. Here are a few local hot spots that our real estate agents recommend. 

  1. Kirin Cafe: 302 N. Robinson St., Richmond, VA 23220
    If you and your significant other love sushi, you can't go wrong with an order from Kirin Cafe. They offer a huge selection of sushi rolls, entrees, and lunch specials. For a romantic touch, consider ordering the Sweetheart Roll, a heart-shaped presentation made from a spicy tuna roll wrapped with fresh tuna. Kirin Cafe offers both pick-up and delivery options with convenient online ordering. This makes it the perfect choice for planning a date night after a busy day of exploring Richmond homes for sale

  2. 821 Cafe: 825 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Dates don't have to be fancy, and they don't have to involve dinner. 821 Cafe has a great breakfast menu, including decadent items like a Bacon and Brie Omelet or Nutella Stuffed French Toast topped with bananas. A great option for starting out your Valentine's Day morning! They also serve a full lunch and dinner menu with items like sub sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and more. 

  3. Lunch.Supper!: 1213 - 1215 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
    Lunch. Supper! has been pleasing guests in the Richmond area since 2012. This classic southern smokehouse offers various meats that have been cured, brined, and smoked in-house. Consider trying the Pork Rind Nachos, Shrimp & Grits, or Boneless Braised Short Ribs.
     
  4. Tavern 19 Kitchen & Taphouse: 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
    Located at the Independence Golf Club, Tavern 19 Kitchen & Taphouse serves classic American food, including burgers and hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza, tacos, and dinner entrees. Whether you want something simple, like a Tavern Burger or Chili Dog, or a more upscale meal, like their Bacon Shallot Ribeye, you'll find exactly what you're looking for here. If you've been looking at Midlothian homes for sale, this restaurant is sure to become one of your favorites. Make sure you check out their daily specials and sign up for their new loyalty program so you can get rewarded every time you dine in or order takeout. 

  5. Alexander's Fine Food: 101 West Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    An area favorite since 1977, you can always expect a stellar meal from Alexander's Fine Food. The menu features various Italian, Greek, and American cuisine, including classics like Spanakopita, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, and Souvlaki Sandwiches. It's also located nearby some of the most beautiful Petersburg homes for sale. We recommend taking the scenic route home so you can get to know some of the great nearby neighborhoods. 

Love is in the air, and there's no better time to find your dream home. Our real estate agents are here to help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

February
1

Renovating? 5 Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe

Richmond Pet Tips

Home renovations can be stressful for the whole family, as you shift furniture out of the way or temporarily lose access to important parts of the home. It can be especially hard on the furry members of your household, who struggle to understand why their favorite spot by the window is suddenly off-limits. But with some careful planning and reassurance, you and your pets can get through the renovation process comfortably. Follow these tips to make the process less stressful for your pets. 

  1. Communicate With Your Contractors
    Ask the contractor what areas of the home the workers will need access to for the renovation and for approximately how many hours of the day. Note that this may change slightly, as projects can take unpredictable turns. But you'll be able to know which areas of the house to keep your pet out of most of the time. Let them know how many pets you have and where they will be while they are working. Clear communication will help ensure your pet isn't let out of the house accidentally while the renovation is in progress. 

  2. Give Them a Spot 
    Choose an area well away from the noise and mess for your pet to seek refuge. This area should have their food, water, favorite toys, and a bed or blanket. Your bedroom may be the best room for this, but if yours is one of the Richmond homes for sale getting a new master bath downstairs would be better suited for your pet's space. 
     
  3. Take Them Away from the Noise
    Getting out might be the best strategy for large or noisy projects. Visiting a pet-friendly store is a great chance to get a new treat or toy as a reward for putting up with all the mess. Stop by a dog park, or if your backyard isn't full of lumber and tools, a day closer to home might work well. If your renovation project is extensive or your pet is especially nervous around strangers, you may want to consider boarding your pet for a portion of the project's duration. 

  4. Don't Forget Their Routine
    Change is always stressful, and the antidote to stress is routine. As much as possible, keep feeding times and other important rituals as closely as possible. Remember to take them on their daily walk or other activities they enjoy.

  5. Examine the Space
    When the work is completed, do a thorough inspection of the area. Look for small tools or bits left behind that could harm your pet. Make sure there are no chemicals left behind, and any paint or lacquer is at least dry to the touch. The "after" of a home renovation looks amazing, but for a pet, it's a maze of unfamiliar sights and smells. Ensure that these aren't overwhelming as you and your pet get used to the new look. 

Our real estate agents love seeing all family members enjoy their home, four-legged family members being no exception. If you have any questions about keeping your pets happy through home renovations and projects to complete before listing your home for sale, contact us today. 

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