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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Have you considered illuminating your landscape?  Here are a few tips for planning and creating a beautiful and enjoyable landscape lighting plan for your home. Landscape lighting has the power to transform your outdoor space into a magical retreat, enhancing its beauty, safety, and functionality.  Whether you’re looking to highlight architectural features, create ambiance for outdoor gatherings, or improve security around your home, strategically placed lighting can make all the difference.  Like the photo above, lighting can create both ambiance and drama.    Designing Your Lighting Scheme: Before diving in, it’s essential to develop a plan that considers both aesthetic and practical considerations. Start by identifying key focal points in your outdoor space, such as trees, shrubs, pa...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
In my opinion.. these are what I would consider the top ten new home construction “Design Mistakes”. Over the years, in both my interior design career as well as my real estate career, these would be the mistakes that stand out the most and affect the overall satisfaction and livability for the home buyers.  When it comes to building a new home, every detail matters.  However, even the mostexperienced builders can make these common design mistakes that will detract from the overall quality and appeal of a property.  1. Poor Space PlanningInadequate space planning can lead to cramped rooms and inefficient layouts. Builders should prioritize thoughtful floor plans that optimize both functionality and flow.  Sight lines are extremely important too. I have often seen homes where you are sit...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Celebrating EasterA Joyful Reminder of Renewal and Hope As spring is blooming with vibrant colors, and the air fills with the scent of flowering trees, we celebrate another renewal, Easter.  This joyous holiday is much more than just colorful eggs and delectable chocolates; it's a time of reflection, renewal, and hope. Easter holds deep significance for millions around the world, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's a celebration of life triumphing over death, light dispelling darkness, and hope conquering despair. As we gather with our loved ones and friends and celebrate the festivities, we are reminded of the enduring power of faith and love.  Beyond the festivities and traditions, Easter serves as a reminder of the importance of hope.  Our world is filled with challenges a...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Azaleas are the Springtime Stars in Florida GardensAs a homeowner in Florida, one of my favorite things about spring is the burst of color that comes with the blooming of azaleas in my garden. These beautiful shrubs are like little bursts of joy, dotting my landscape with vibrant shades of pink, white, and purple.What I love most about azaleas is how easy they are to care for. They seem to thrive in our Florida climate, soaking up the sunshine and occasional rain showers. I simply make sure they have enough water and a bit of fertilizer now and then, and they reward me with a stunning display of flowers every spring.Another great thing about azaleas is their versatility. Whether I plant them in the ground or in containers, they always seem to find a way to brighten up my outdoor space. ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Sustainable Living TipsHere are some sustainable living tips to incorporate into your daily lifestyle:1. Reduce single-use plastics by using reusable alternatives such as water bottles, shopping bags, and food containers.2. Conserve energy by turning off lights and unplugging electronics when not in use, and opting for energy-efficient appliances.3. Minimize water usage by fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, and using water-saving devices like low-flow faucets and toilets.4. Choose locally sourced and organic foods to support local farmers and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation.5. Compost kitchen scraps to reduce waste and create nutrient-rich soil for gardening.6. Opt for eco-friendly transportation options such as walking, biking, carpooling, or using public ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Buying a new home is an exciting adventure, but can also be overwhelming, especially when it comes to selecting the right features that will not only meet your family's needs, but will also enhance your lifestyle as well.Over the years, I have had the pleasure of decorating many homes and working with home buyers to select their color pallet as well as interior finishes and features.   There is no doubt that this can cause a great deal of stress on the part of the homebuyers since these decisions will be for the long term.Whether you're a first time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner looking for a change, here are ten essential tips to help the process of selecting those important features for your new home. 1. **Prioritize Your Needs**Start by making a list of features that are essentia...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Ideas for creating an Eclectic Interior with the "Grandmillenial Trend" and Influence. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of decorating many homes with a unique blend of southern charm while incorporating traditional touches.  The past few years there has been a surge in popularity of what is known as the "Grandmillenial" stye.  So what is this all about? The Grandmillenial style or trend embraces nostalgic pieces that your grandmother cherished.   It's not so much of a trend, but a wave of "Grandmillenials" who have an affinity for those stuffy or outdated chintz prints, ruffles, monogram linens, chinoiserie, sterling silver, sparkling crystal, tufting, fringe, antiques, and wicker pieces. In today's fast-paced digital age, there's something undeniably comforting about surrounding...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Here are my "Top 10 Must Have Features When Buying a Home" As a Real Estate professional as well as Interior Designer, I have worked with hundreds of home buyers over the years. I understand firsthand the importance of finding the perfect home (or as close to it as possible), that meets both your needs and desires.  When shopping for a new home, there are certain features that buyers should prioritize to ensure they're making a wise investment.  Here are a list of my suggested top 10 must-have features to look for: 1. **Location, Location, Location**: It's often said that location is everything in real estate, and for good reason. Consider factors like proximity to schools, medical facilities, restaurants, shopping centers, parks, and public transportation. A convenient location not onl...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Almond TeaRefreshing, especially in the summer months.Almond tea ingredients4 cups strongly brewed tea3/4 cup water1 can (60 ounce) frozen lemonade, thawed1 cup sugar2 teaspoons almond extractCombine all ingredients.  Stir it until the sugar is dissolved, and serve over ice.Garnish with fresh mint and or/lemon Mint Tea16 cus water7 tea bags7 sprigs fresh mintjuice of 7 lemons2 cups sugarBring half the water to a boil.  Add the tea bags, mint and lemon rinds, steep for about 10-15 minutes.  Add the lemon juice and sugar to the remaining 8 cups of water.  Mix with the tea and serve over ice.Serve from a pretty glass pitcher with assorted tea sandwiches.This is the perfect tea to serve on your beautiful front porch. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
It's really no secret that here in the south, we love our front porches.  Many sweet memories have been made on front porches.Front, side, or back porches, it really doesn't matter.  We love our outdoor spaces since we consider them an extension of our home.   Front porches come in all shapes and sizes, each one with their own charm and special features.Sitting outside on your porch is true Southern type enjoyment since we can spend so much of the year outside due to our mild climate.  Even in the hot summer months, sitting outside in the evening is a sweet respite from the heat of the day.If you're lucky enough to have a front porch, you know what I'm talking about.Most people tend to decorate their front porches with beautiful hanging pots, planters and an abundance of comfortable sea...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Great shopping awaits you at the Tanger Outlet Mall, in Daytona Beach FL.You can shop at over 75 designers and brands such as: Michael Kors Coach Kate Spade H&M GAP Banana Republic American Eagle Express Guess Vera Bradley Under Armour J. Crew and many more!  The Tanger Outlet Mall is situated on I-95, exit #265 at LPGA Boulevard, Daytona Beach FloridaThis is an outdoor open air mall with plenty of beautiful palm trees and tropical foliage throughout.  Come have fun and experience incredible fashion at affordable prices in a relaxed, lush and modern oasis. Join TangerClub for rewards including coupons, offers, VIP Parking and special perks throughout the year.  http://www.tanger.com/tangerclub
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The Lilian Place Ghost & Spirit Tours & Special  Events Visitors are always impressed with Lillian Place. It is a beautiful historic home on a lovely riverfront property on the Halifax River. Tours through Historic Lilian Place 1884 Victorian Museum Admission $5.00 per person HPTrust Members and children under 12 free admission No reservation needed, enter at riverside entrance Hours: Open 1-4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday closed Monday & Tuesday closed for special events Tours of the museum are approx. 30 minutes, please arrive between 1-4pm For more info email: admin@lilianplacehc.org 2.5 acre water-front grounds open daily - 9am to 5pm
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Lillian Place, Daytona Beach FL  My daughter Megan Marsh, and I enjoyed the Afternoon Tea at the historic mansion in Daytona Beach    Tours through Historic Lilian Place 1884 Victorian Museum  Admission $5.00 per person / Afternoon Tea additional    HPTrust Members and children under 12 free admission No reservation needed, enter at riverside entrance Hours: Open 1-4:00pm Wednesday through Sunday closed Monday & Tuesday closed for special events Tours of the museum are approx. 30 minutes, please arrive between 1-4pm For more info email: admin@lilianplacehc.org 2.5 acre water-front grounds open daily - 9am to 5pm  
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
How do you make people feel? Everyone wants to feel special... As Maya Angelou reminded us in her famous quote, most likely the people that you meet aren't going to remember what you did, or what you said, but they will most definitely remember how you made them feel...  "I've learned that people will forget what you said,people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel"  Maya Angelou Will your clients remember how you made them feel?  Do you make people feel special? Do you show patience and understanding? Consideration?  When working with buyers, sellers, lenders, inspectors, title companies, how do you treat them. Do you try to show appreciation for all of their hard work and effort to get the deal done and closed? Will your colleagues remember how...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The new Riverfront Esplanade, along the Halifax River is now open in Daytona Beach Florida  This is a beautiful area across from the downtown Daytona Beach shoppes and restaurants.Spanning a mile of Intracoastal waterway, the Riverfront Esplanade is a premier gathering space and botanical garden in the heart of Daytona Beach. Composed of more than a mile of waterfront running trail with comfortable benches and swings overlooking the Halifax River. The Riverfront Esplanade also features a dog park with an agility course and a start of the art splash pad.  (Photo courtesy of Daytona Beach).🏖️  https://www.daytonabeach.com/listings/riverfront-esplanade/1264/
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The long awaited Costco Wholesale Club is finally coming to Daytona Beach Florida!The Costco Wholesale club store at One Daytona is nearing completion. The new building will have a race theme checkered facade to coordinate with the Daytona International Speedway theme. Costco headquarters is in Issaquah, Washington.  This  membership only warehouse club chain is slated toopen its first Daytona Beach location across the street from the Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22, 2024.Local residents are very excited about this since we have been traveling out of the area to shop at other Costco locations. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
What Inspires Me...The late Zig Ziglar has had a profound impact on me over the course of my life and many of his famous quotes inspire me.I had the opportunity to hear him speak in person on several occasions, and the one quote that resonates with me the most is this one... "You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want" It is such a simple concept really... By focusing on others, and helping them get what they want, you end up getting what you want in the end anyway. Practicing gratitude and helping others inspires me to do what I do, and to keep on doing it. When people are grateful for the work you do, and  appreciate your efforts, then it makes it all worthwhile.  It's much more than just a paycheck or commission check.  Seeing...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
The National Association of REALTORS®’ 2023 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers showed that people of all ages have been moving shorter distances. In 2023, sellers moved a median distance of 20 miles to a new home, down from 50 miles the year prior, according to NAR’s survey. Significantly fewer moves in 2023 involved crossing state lines than in 2022. Further, the most commonly cited reason for selling a home in 2023 was the desire to move closer to family and friends (23%), the NAR survey shows.New Families Prioritize Family TiesAs young adults start families of their own, they may want to live close to their parents for extra help. Nearly three-fourths of young parents with children under the age of 18 cite help with child care as an important reason to live near family, according to ...
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
"Clutter isn't just the stuff in your closet, it's anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living"Peter Walsh Many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions and many  of those are focused on dieting.  The illustration above is a quote from Peter Walsh and has a wonderful message for us.  Now would also be a good time to take advantage of the new year and do some major decluttering. Start the new year off with a more organized clutter free home.As you are packing up your Christmas decorations, discard any of those that you no longer need and are just taking up space.A great time to go through closets and make a donation box.  Living in a clutter free home is refreshing and exhilarating. 
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By Joyce Marsh, Joyce Marsh Homes
(Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC)
Saving it for good…Do you find yourself saving things for good?  I know I have.  Many of us are guilty of saving our fine china, cloth napkins, fancy tablecloths, crystal stemware, best towels and linens for either special occasions or for when company comes.   Many times we save these items and never end up actually using them.  What about that special jar of homemade jam that you didn't want to open and then it expires without even opening up the jar.  Or that new outfit that you bought for a special occasion and never ended up wearing it.  It still sits in the closet with the tags on.  Or, that beautiful sweater or scarf that you received as a gift that was just too pretty or expensive to wear.  They sit in the drawer with the tags still attached.  Never enjoyed. We create beautiful ...
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