Tips to Brighten and Lighten Your Home

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Brighten up your space for spring with these simple tips.

1. Let The Sun Shine In. Swap those heavy, dark drapes for a light, sheer fabric. If your room gets a lot of sun, opt for light colors that won’t fade. The most recommended lightweight fabrics for panels are cotton, linen, and silk blends because they tend to hang well.

2. Use the Right White Paint OK, so maybe white paint is a no-brainer for perking up gloomy interiors, but picking the right white? Easier said than done. To make sure you’re picking the right shade of white, check out this list of favorite white paint colors chosen by top interior designers.

3. Opt For Open Shelving Open shelves can add depth to a small room, and feel less heavy than dark cabinets. If you’re going to try this look, make sure to edit glassware, decorative accessories, or anything else that will be on display. Baskets can be a great way of adding storage without visual clutter.

4. Add a Mirror Mirrors can visually expand a room and also reflect light, making any space feel bigger and brighter.


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Weekend Events

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 1.17.30 PMHere are some fun ideas for an outing this weekend – all located nearby in our beautiful city!

Spruce Street Harbor Park – I’m sure you’ve heard of this place by now!  The beloved pop-up park will continue to invite visitors to lounge on its signature hammocks, enjoy food on its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk. Read more here.

Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square – brings more than 150 artists from across the nation to the sidewalks of Rittenhouse Square for its sixth year in a row. The three-day juried fair showcases unique pieces that range from ceramics and furniture to jewelry and clothing. You’ll also find a new, emerging artist section set-up in the center of the show, as well as on-going and free, hands-on activities.  May 13, 14 & 15, 2016. Fri & Sat // 11-7pm. Sun // 11-5pm. more

Chinese Lantern Festival Through June 12, 2016
As part of the celebration of Franklin Square’s 10th birthday, Historic Philadelphia is lighting up the landmark park with the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival to occur in the Northeast United States. The square at 6th & Race streets is glowing with 25 illuminated lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Nightly performances will also take place. read more

Opening of Creative Africa Exhibition Creative Africa brings an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building through a series of five special exhibitions. From contemporary photography and fashion to architecture and centuries-old sculpture, museum-goers can explore a wide range of mediums from a variety of time periods.

 


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South Street Spring Festival

Check out the South Street Spring Festival this Saturday, taking place between Front and 8th streets. The fantastic outdoor celebration is a pedestrian paradise of food, music and family-friendly fun. Coinciding with the South Street Spring Festival, Maifest brings a bevy of German beers to try at Brauhaus Schmitz as well as traditional music and authentic dancers who gather around the city’s largest maypole.

Saturday May 7th, 11AM-8PM, Free Admission! South-Street-Spring-Festival-2-780uw-780x480


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Head to XFINITY Live! this Saturday, April 23rd for SpringFest

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XFINITY Live is holding their annual Craft Beer and Live Music Festival. Grab your friends and listen to live bands all day with unlimited samplings of 150+ great beers (including spring and early summer brews).
Enjoy the music, contests, games, food trucks & much more!

FREE parking is available in Lots S & T near Citizens Bank Park.

VIP entry at 2pm. GA entry at 3pm.
Event held at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia.

More Info


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Celebrate spring by exploring some of South Philly’s finest outdoor spaces!

 

FDR Park – 1500 Pattinson Ave. Philadelphia PA 19145. Featuring a golf course, sports fields, fishing lakes & the American Swedish Museum.

Marconi Plaza – Oregon Ave & Broad St. Take in the beautiful greenery, public art and architecture.

Girard ParkS 21st St & W Shunk St, Philadelphia, PA 19145. It’s pretty hard to imagine that South Philadelphia once consisted of rich, fertile farmland, but such was the case in the waning days of the 18th century, when Stephen Girard established his 580 acre farm in the area that is today’s 21st and Shunk Streets. The house still stands in a lovely park that bears his name, surrounded by gorgeous, giant trees and quirky, splotchy grass. Great spot for a bike ride.

 


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Popular Art Events & Exhibitions This Spring

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Explore the exceptional art events and exhibitions that Philadelphia has to offer this spring! From graffiti to pop culture art to wooden masterpieces, Philly has it all. See which exhibits you want to visit before they close:

1. International Pop Exhibition offers bold, colorful and thought-provoking images representing all of the social, political and cultural changes from 1956 to 1972. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the exhibit displays 150 works such as paintings, sculptures, prints, collages, film and more! Artists from 20 different countries are highlighted and an interesting look into history. Located at Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway and open until May 15th this year.

2. Black Matter takes street art off the streets and puts it on display for everyone to see at all together. NYC graffiti artist EKG returns Philadelphia for an indoor show of his work. Located at WP Gallery, 1611 Walnut Street and available until April 30th this year.

3. Chromarrhythmia displays the amazing wood painted surfaces of artist Michele C Kishita. Her motivation comes from nature to bring the palettes to life with color and patterns. Located at Central Tattoo Studio, 171 W. Girard Avenue and open until May 29th this year.

These amazing exhibits are close to the Judd Builders’ community, Siena Place, to do something different with family and friends! There is nothing ordinary about these displays and you will be wowed by their beauty and creativity. 


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Spring Home Maintenance Tips

 

iStock_000064841963_SmallHomes need to be maintained between each season, even the switch to the warmer spring season. Harsh winters can cause damage that you should check for, and there’s also small tasks to complete to assure that your home stays running smoothly and looking its best! Check out these home maintenance tips to know exactly where to start when preparing your home for the spring:

1. Clean your gutters if you haven’t done so already to make sure they are working properly before all the April/May rain comes in. You need them to be able to handle any rain that comes in to carry it down and away from your home.

2. Re-caulk windows that need it. Harsh winters can wear the caulk down, and redoing it will help keep cool air in and warm air out, which ultimately will help your air conditioner run more efficiently. This can be done on your own with ease and is worth it!

3. Pack soil around the base of your home so water will run out and away from it rather than puddling right by your home, which could cause damage

4. Clean out the air conditioner before you start using it. It hasn’t been too warm out yet this season, and definitely not consistently, so it’s not too late to do this! Cleaning it will help it run better and allows you to check for any damage as well.

5. Tis the season for outdoor water sources, so check that your hose and outdoor water systems are running properly and no dry rot or winter damage has formed.

6. Replace outdoor lighting such as porch and flood lights. You will be using them much more during the spring and summer than you did in the winter, so you might as well make sure they are in good shape. Check that the wires are damage free and the bulbs are changed and working.

7. Check the attic after the winter for any signs of rodents such as chewing marks or holes as well as for mold. Address both of these issues immediately if you find signs of them to prevent any further damage.

8. Inspect the roof for any damage, which can be done by a quick scan from the ground. No need to go on the roof, and if you see a problem, call a professional to take a look. This will prevent leaks and other possible problems from occurring.

9. Look for rotting wood around windows and door frames and repair if needed. This will seal up drafts and keep out pests, not to mention maintain proper support to your home.

These simple home maintenance tips can be done by anyone and will get your home in great shape for the rest of the season! It’s very important to keep up on home maintenance to avoid any long term problems.

 

 


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Philadelphia Special Events This Weekend

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More awesome events will be taking place in Philly this weekend! More food, excitement and exploring the city! Make room in your schedule for what’s coming up:

1. This Sunday, April 10th, visit the StrEAT Food Festival in Manayunk for delicious food and drinks covering the main street. The festival will have over 50 of the city’s most popular food trucks and local vendors, and the shops and restaurants surrounding the event will offer special menu items and deals. The food trucks and vendors offer a wide variety of unique and amazing food, so whatever type of food you’re looking for, you’ll find at the StrEAT Food Festival! The event will be held from 11 am to 5 pm on Main Street, Manayunk with a pay as you go cost.

2. Art Museum Restaurant Week is starting on Sunday, April 10th but continues until Saturday, April 16th for plenty of time to get a taste of it! Spring inspired prix fixe menus ranging from $15 to $35 will be offered at participating restaurants in the Art Museum area. Experience all types of food and atmospheres like a large tap and bottle menu at Belgian Cafe or even high quality Ethiopian food at Era Bar and restaurant. Enjoy all the food, drinks, music and friendly interactions this event has to offer!

3. Craft Beer Express is a beer lovers paradise, taking guests from bar to bar for deals on drinks and more at Frankford Hall, Varga Bar, Brauhaus Schmitz, Pub on Passyunk Eat and Urban Saloon. Don’t miss out on this entertaining event on April 9th from 11 am to 6 pm starting at Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue for $10 in advance or $15 at the door for bus access and pay as you go drinks.

 

These exciting events are near Judd Builders community, Siena Place. Whether you want to spend a day strolling the streets tasting food, go out for a nice meal at a discounted price or tasting the tops beers of the city, Philadelphia has it all!

 

 

 

 


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Exciting Events In Philly This Week!

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Now that April is here, spring festivals and events are popping up everywhere! In Philadelphia, some crowd favorites in spring activities will be making an appearance this week, which ones will you go to?

1. Meat Week at Percy Street Barbecue is a big promotion that offers delicious smoked meats at a major discount. Percy Street Barbecue charges $45 a couple to build their own special and tasty barbecue meal. Couples can choose 3 meats from pork belly, to brisket to ribs to chicken and more. The meat is served with collard greens, burnt end beans, cole slaw, potato salad and potato rolls, yum! You don’t want to pass up this great deal for amazing food! Meat week is happening  from April 4th to 10th at Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street.

2. Attention all skaters, Philly Radness, an interactive pop up skatepark, is opening from today April 5th until May 22nd for everyone to skate along the projection-mapped, generative art sculpture. The sculpture will be complemented by a photo and video show created by Philadelphia-based skate videographer Chris Mulhern, to create a multimedia representation of skateboard culture in Philadelphia. Anyone can come watch and of course skate, if they you how. The exhibition is free and open to the public Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. An opening reception and skateboarding demonstration will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m.

3. Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall is perfect if you’re looking for something educational to do. Tomorrow, Wednesday April 6th, local experts will talk about all kinds of interesting topics from superheroes to information about genetics from fruit flies. It’s just $5 per person and starts at 7:30 pm but is a very popular event, so doors open at 4 pm. Be sure to get there early and claim your spot at the show at Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue.

4. Philly Wine Week is happening until Sunday April 10th will awesome events all throughout the city of Philadelphia such as a wine and cheese showcase at the Convention Center, a barbecue at American Sardine Bar, a 10th birthday celebration at Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro and a power lunch at Lacroix. Participate in all the locations and events you want with delicious food and wine!

5. Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free PopUP Concert is presenting family friendly music for everyone to enjoy on Thursday April 7th at 6:30 pm. Pre-show activities begin with an interactive Conduct Us event at 5:30 pm and you must register for tickets in order to enter. Tickets are now available as of 10 am this morning, so get them before they’re gone! Address: Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

All of these events are near Judd Builders’ gorgeous community, Siena Place. Don’t miss out on all of the fun events that go on in Philadelphia all year long, especially the ones during the spring and summer in the beautiful weather!

 

 

 


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