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Pure Energy Design Renovation Project: 1002 10th Street

Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 10:03am. 2904 Views, 0 Comments.


This gorgeous new home just hit the market! Stop by the open house this Sunday, 05/25 from 2-4pm to check it out.

Located in the Fairlawn neighborhood of Laurel, this stunning 4BR, 2BA Ranch has been completely renovated, offering top-to-toe new features throughout, including Energy Star double pane windows, fresh paint inside and out, all new light fixtures, recessed lighting, ceramic tile floors and carpet, refinished hardwood floors, new kitchen with granite counters, cabinets and Energy Star stainless steel Maytag appliances and renovated bathrooms with all new fixtures. The main level features open plan living and dining, three bedrooms and a full bath. The lower level offers a fourth bedroom, second full bath, laundry and a spacious, completely

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Meet The Donna Kerr Group

Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 5:16pm. 2858 Views, 0 Comments.

For nearly 20 years, you have known us as “The Pure Energy Team”. Some called us the “Purple Paper People” due to our bright purple mailers sent out monthly to neighborhoods of Silver Spring. It’s been a wonderful ride and we’re so thankful for all the success we have enjoyed, but for 2014 we felt it was time for a change. 

Coming soon, you will see Pure Energy become co-branded as a separate staging and design firm, with the ‘Donna Kerr Group’ being the title of the real estate business. Pure Energy Design will continue to operate as it always has, working in conjunction with the Donna Kerr Group to ensure that every house we list for sale stands out above the competition aesthetically and through the marketing materials. We hope you will

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New Silver Spring Community Events Calendar!

Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 1:24pm. 1795 Views, 0 Comments.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Me too.

I was looking for upcoming events in Silver Spring the other day and although I came across a few different websites with lists and calendars of activities, each of the websites had differing events and layouts, making the the process much more confusing than it needed to be. Cross referencing across several different websites to find fun things to do in Silver Spring can be tedious, so we have done the legwork for you by creating a Silver Spring events calendar that features the biggest and best variety of events we have scoured the web to find.

This interactive calendar will be updated at the start of each month with community events in the Silver Spring area. Here you will find detailed

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Let's Talk Basements!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 3:55pm. 1313 Views, 0 Comments.


Basements are often a neglected area of the house, but when finished, they can add square footage, monetary value and additional living space to a home. We have put together a gallery of basement transformations (all by Pure Energy design) which illustrate just how much appeal a basement can have to a prospective buyer when it is presented in an inviting and functional way.

Basement tips from Pure Energy Design:
 

  • Make sure your basement is dry!  If it feels or smells damp we highly recommend that you use a dehumidifier.  Buyers are very wary of homes with wet basements and are generally concerned about mustiness and moisture.
  • Unless your basement has abundant natural light, carpet is a good choice for floor coverings as it adds an element

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UNDER CONTRACT IN 6 DAYS, $54k Over List price: 8006 Glenside Drive

Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 12:15pm. 1121 Views, 0 Comments.

This gorgeous updated Colonial is SOLD! Under contract in just six days, it sold for $54k over the list price! Pure Energy Design played a significant role in netting the clients more return. Check out the before and after photo gallery below.

This gorgeous 4BR, 2.5BA Colonial has been lovingly updated and maintained. The main level features an open living and dining room with wood burning fireplace and French door access to sunny screen porch, a charming kitchen boasts all stainless steel appliances and butcher block counters. The upper level features a spacious master bedroom, second bedroom and updated full bath, while the main level has a large third bedroom with private en-suite. A huge lower level offers additional living space including a large

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JUST LISTED: 9607 Lorain Avenue

Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 11:45am. 1008 Views, 0 Comments.

This fabulous home just hit the market yesterday! Stop by and check it out at the open house this Sunday 03/16 from 2-4pm.

Beautiful 3BR, 2.5BA Rambler in the North Hills neighborhood offers top-to-toe updates including fresh paint, energy efficient double pane windows throughout and stunning custom hardwood, tumbled natural stone and slate floors. The entry foyer has an open flow into the living room featuring elegant niches and a custom natural stone fireplace, an elegant dining room and gourmet eat-in kitchen boasting granite counters, cherry cabinets and professional grade stainless steel appliances, screen porch with walkout access to yard, master bedroom with remodeled en-suite bath two good sized bedrooms and an updated hall bath. The lower

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Color of the Month: Inky Navy

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 1:27pm. 8580 Views, 0 Comments.

Lately navy blue has been popping up everywhere in home interiors. Historically, navy blues have generally been incorporated into interior decor in a more classic sense, portraying traditional, masculine or nautical aesthetics. This makes sense considering the color psychology of navy can mean regal, naval, academic, scholarly and seriousness. Over recent years, navy has been given a bit of a makeover and has moved into a contemporary context where instead of the color feeling heavy and traditional, it has become a popular hue, particularly as a paint color which is both daring and refreshing.

Inky navy's can be easily coordinated with a multitude of colors to create many different styles- modern, transitional, coastal, high end, mid-century and

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Let's Tackle Dining Rooms!

Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 1:06pm. 1046 Views, 0 Comments.

DINING ROOMS: the latest room of the house to join our expanding galleries on Pinterest.

Dining rooms play an essential role in day-to-day living. Whether you have a casual space you eat every meal in, or a formal dining room reserved for entertaining guests and special occasions, it is important that this space exudes an inviting ambiance (especially when you are trying to attract prospective buyers).

Here are some tips and considerations to take on-board before updating your dining room:

  • If you have a chair rail, we suggest painting the lower half (including the chair rail) white and selecting a contrasting color for the upper half of the wall. This will provide a good balance of color and lightness, particularly if the wall color is dark

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Free Interior Design Inspriation: Room-by-Room

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 3:10pm. 1225 Views, 0 Comments.

The Pure Energy design team has transformed countless interior spaces, from a simple spruce up with paint, to full blown gut-it and start from scratch renovations. An archive of our home renovations can be found on our website, categorized by property (check it out if you haven’t already). However, if you are looking for ideas and inspiration for a particular room of the house, we are happy to present our new room specific galleries on Pinterest. Bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, home offices and kids spaces are a few of the galleries you will find brimming with fun, creative and cost effective ideas to apply in your home.

We will be adding more room galleries periodically, so keep checking in at our in at our Pinterest page to view new posts. Coming

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Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: RADIANT ORCHID!

Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 2:07pm. 2223 Views, 0 Comments.

Pantone's color of the year for 2014 has been announced... And the verdict is RADIANT ORCHID! We are fans of this vibrant hue (as those of you who receive our monthly mailers can probably tell) and although this color is prevalent in fashion and beauty, many people are not big fans of it, as this shade of purple can be a tricky color to incorporate into home interiors.

We believe that every color can look great in the right context- it is all about the application and percentage it is used in. With that philosophy in mind, we have put together this blog post to inspire creative ideas and offer advice for how you can integrate Radiant Orchid into your home’s existing color palette. 

Here is what Pantone had to say about their chosen color for

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