Columbia, South Carolina - Big Town, Small City

June 18, 2018

How to Turn a New House into a Warm, Welcoming Home



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How to Turn a New House into a Warm, Welcoming Home


Now that you have bought a new house, you may feel that the newness and neutral nature of the home are less-than comforting. While the blank slate of beige walls and minimal decor from when the house was staged for sale may have drawn you to make an offer, you’re probably looking to personalize the home for your own needs and comfort. Sure, over time your home will take on your family’s personality, but rather than waiting for a yearlong wearing in process, use some of these techniques to make your house feel like your home.

Add personality to the entrance
Even if you do not use the front door as your primary entrance way, this area is the perfect place to add some personality that you will see every day. Start with the front door. If the home is otherwise neutrally colored on the outside, such as with white, grey or beige siding, paint the front door a bold hue. Brick red, mint green, or royal blue will get everyone’s attention and infuse your color preference. Pick whatever color speaks to you. It’s just a door, and you can always repaint it later.

While you are painting the door, there are additional curb appeal-focused jobs that can be conduits for your personality. Jazz-up the front landscaping with some of your favorite plants. Add a planter, garden bench or seasonal wreath to the front porch. 

Create comfort indoors
The most impactful personalization for your home will occur inside, where you will spend most of your time. Focus on comfort zones - in areas such as where you will watch television, use the computer, read, eat or relax. Spend some time trying different furniture arrangements until you find the ideal setup for your favorite activities. Add throw pillows and blankets to your couches and chairs. They are functional decorations that reflect your taste and provide a cozy spot for napping.

Create warmth with photos and art
There once was a time when homes were adorned with photos. Now, more people carry their photo libraries around on their phones, rarely printing their memories. Make a photo collage on a frequently traveled wall in your home, such as in a stairway. Buy an assortment of photo frames and fill them with memories old and recent. Pay homage to relatives and pets, or just grab your favorite Instagram posts from the last few years.

Add some color and inspiration to your walls through your favorite artwork. Visit local art galleries to enhance your home with some unique, one-of-a-kind art. Coffee shops often feature the work of local artists and depending on your town, so you may be able to get something special for around the same cost as a framed print from furniture or home decoration store. If your family enjoys a particular vacation tradition, you can bring some of the art from that location to your walls. Whether it’s a mountain scene or a beach vista, you can recall comforting and relaxing memories that carry meaning for your entire family.

Add real warmth with a fireplace
If your home doesn’t have a gas or wood-burning fireplace, you can replicate the look and feel inexpensively with an electric fireplace. Electric fireplaces add warmth and save on heating bills since you switch them on only when you need their heat. Installing these features now, well before the cold of winter, is ideal. You may find off-season deals and contractor schedules will be much more open. These fireplaces come in a variety of sizes and can be paired with all sorts of mantle and surround designs.

There are many ways to bring your family’s personality into your new home quickly. You will enjoy making your home a reflection of your style.


Article provided by Natalie Jones from Natalie enjoys writing about home buying and hopes to inspire homeowners of all stages enjoy the perks of homeownership!

Posted in Weekly Blogs
June 15, 2018

The Heart of Irmo


By Brandi Clarkson


Where Saint Andrews Road ends “The Heart of Irmo”, Friarsgate begins. Once the largest neighborhood in the country and home to the Elite of Irmo,  Friarsgate offers many options from starter homes to a place to live your golden years. With its diverse population from young families to retirees friendly faces are what you will see. New Friarsgate offers sidewalks and well lit streets and even it’s very own school , named after Hap Corley,

H. E. Corley Elementary. District Five is top in the state, any of their schools are first rate!


Friarsgate Park is also nestled inside with baseball fields (Home of Irmo Little League), a playground and basketball courts inside.


There’s plenty of shopping and restaurants near. You will catch lots of yard sales on Saturdays. Friendly neighbors walking their dogs or playing ball with the kids in the yard. Wal-Mart is just around the corner and Chick Fil A too. Freddy’s will even open soon!

Irmo has beautiful parks, Lake Murray and Harbison Blvd too. Our own Irmo Police Department with Chief Perry leading the way. Our officers stop in the road to get balls for kids outside to play. Community events are always happening and don’t forget the Okra Strut Festival with bands and lots of good food.



The home values have increased in the last several years with days on the market becoming slim especially this time of year. If you have any questions please let me know. I grew up in Irmo and still live here. There is no better time to buy or sell in The Town of Irmo!

Posted in Neighborhoods
June 8, 2018

Jim Spence Islands

Every year, Drift Jam is hosted at Jim Spence Islands on Lake Murray. This set of islands is made up of three islands right off the coast of Spence's Point, the closest populated area. These islands are owned by SCE&G and are the location of both Drift Jam and Reggetronics, the two floating music festivals hosted in Columbia, SC.


Drift Jam 2018 was Headlined by Almost Kings, a rock band hailing from Atlanta, GA. Below are some pictures our customers and friends have submitted to our photo contest. Take a look! Our contest starts next week!



We hope you enjoy! Don't forget to vote next week!











Posted in Lake Murray
June 4, 2018

Guild Mortgage

Thinking you're ready to buy a home but not sure where to start with financing? Look no further than Guild Mortgage and their multitude of lending options.

During their lunch and learn for realtors, Guild invited Claude Spurlock with SC Housing to explain options for home buyers. Spurlock explained options including Palmetto heroes, for first responders, nurses, teachers, and veterans, Mortgage credit certificates, and the Palmetto Home Advantage program, coming to South Carolina this June.

For more information on these programs or to find out if you qualify for one of these programs, contact us at J King Real Estate or the team at Guild Mortgage. We will be happy to help you!

Posted in Weekly Blogs
May 25, 2018

328 Beulah Lane, Irmo, SC 29063

328 Beulah Lane, Irmo, SC 29063

Welcome home!


You'll love this magnificent home with a very spacious backyard containing fruit trees on one side and tall evergreens on the other with a majestic stone & metal fence along the rear property line just steps away from the neighborhood pool. 

The full-length custom built covered back porch with wraparound bench seating will provide many days & nights of comfortable outdoor lounging & relaxation and is perfect for socializing & backyard entertainment. 

The spectacular entrance to this home is awe-inspiring, highlighted by a grand vaulted ceiling & beautiful chandelier, multi-level tri-directional staircase with landing & catwalks offering a peek into one of the upstairs lofts overlooking the foyer.


The interior boasts rich, cherry wood cabinetry and a combination of flooring surfaces including hardwoods in the entrance ways, tile in the bathrooms and soft touch carpet in the living areas & bedrooms which feels fantastic under bare feet! 

Special custom features unique to this home include UV filtering window treatments for energy conservation, an extended parking pad addition to the driveway, custom built floating wall to wall shelving in the garage for additional storage, a phenomenal surround sound system in the family room and a mirrored wall upstairs bonus room perfect for exercise or dance! 

Definitely a one of a kind must see home listed at an amazing price per square foot bargain! Call our agent, Jason King, today so you don't miss your chance to take a look at this fantastic house while it is still available! 

328 Beulah Lane, Irmo, SC 29063

Posted in Listings
May 25, 2018

* Price Reduced* 228 Glennbrooke Circle, Columbia, SC 29204

228 Glennbrooke Circle, Columbia, SC 29204

Welcome Home!


This is a fully renovated traditional 3 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home in the Forest Glen neighborhood. It is zoned for the award-winning Richland School District One, and is just minutes from downtown and the interstate. Living right in the middle of the state allows for short driving distances to both the mountains and the beach.

When you walk in front door you will feel right at home with the high ceilings, hardwood floors in the formal living and dining rooms and a natural gas fireplace. 

The kitchen also has hardwood floors and matching stainless steel appliances. The eat-in kitchen, granite counter tops, and island create the perfect space for cooking. The downstair's half bathroom is great for entertaining guests. 

The large owner's suite has vaulted ceiling, a private bath with double vanity and whirl pool tub, and walk-in closet. 

You will also have 2 additional rooms and another full bathroom. The sun porches and 3rd full bathroom add so much to this home, providing a nice place to relax and unwind or entertain. 

You will also have a deck and low maintenance back yard. The key factor in this home is natural light. You'll notice the windows in every room allow for a beautifully lit home.

This home is move in ready. To view this home or any like it, call our agent, Katie Schurg.

228 Glennbrooke Circle, Columbia, SC 29204

Posted in Listings
May 15, 2018

**SOLD!** 707 Laurel Hill Lane, Columbia, SC 29201

707 Laurel Hill Lane, Columbia, SC 29201

Welcome home!


Located in the Laurel Hill subdivision nestled within historic Earlewood, this charming 3 bed, 2 bath bungalow is recently updated and move-in ready. Built in 1999, this home boasts an open floor plan, yet has the charm and character of a historic home with high ceilings, big windows, and hardwood floors. 

Enjoy the inviting front porch as you get to know your neighbors or relax in the quiet privacy of your screened in porch that backs up to a serene creek and beautiful wooded area. In addition to the fenced-in yard, there is an enclosed area under the back porch for your pets. 

Beautiful updated kitchen with new stainless appliances, subway tile backsplash, and quartz countertops. The master bedroom has a private bath with a newly tiled garden tub/shower and walk-in closet. The two guest bedrooms share a full bath. 

Don't miss out on this low maintenance, amazing home conveniently located near downtown Columbia, offering dining/shopping, Main Street, The Vista, USC, hospitals, Fireflies stadium/Bull Street Project, I-26 and I-77, Riverfront Park & Earlewood Park. Call our agent, Jenn Brock, today to view this beautiful home.

707 Laurel Hill Lane, Columbia, SC 29201

Posted in Listings
April 21, 2018

Real IDs

October 1, 2020: the day that's changing most of our lives. Kind of. If you fly a lot or enter military bases often, on or after October 1, 2020 your South Carolina ID (or permit or license) will no longer be your key card to get on the plane or base (or into federal buildings that require ID).


Real ID's are being issued at DMVs in South Carolina. Your Real ID will cost $25 and will require you to present the original or certified copy of your proof of identity/date of birth/US citizenship, proof of social security number, two proofs of current SC address, and documents supporting any legal name change(s). If you received your first SC beginners permit, license or ID after November of 2010, the DMV should have the documents on file.


When flying, a child under the age of 18 is not required to carry a Real ID if the adult they're flying with has one. To purchase a Real ID for a child between the ages of 5 and 16 is $5.


Good times to change your ID over include when changing your name (marriage) and when changing your address (selling/buying a home). This allows you to avoid another two hour wait at the DMV.


If you have any questions about Real IDs, you can visit If you have any questions on buying or selling a home, visit We look forward to serving you.

Posted in Weekly Blogs
April 17, 2018


#DriftJam2018: 1 month, 2 weeks, and 2 days away, but who's counting? We are, that's who. Lake Murray's biggest floating concert and party and we will be out there partying with you! The concert is located at Spence Island (see map) on June 2nd this year. Music starts at noon. 

If you don't have a boat but would like to attend, the Drift Jam Cruise has 50 tickets for sale at $200 a piece. Reserve your tickets here.

All proceeds from Drift Jam go to Hidden Wounds, helping heroes battle the invisible war at home.


We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted in Events
April 16, 2018

The Cornbread Festival

Welcome to the south, where a few specific things are very important to us: food, friends, and family. The 6th annual South Carolina Cornbread Festival will bring together music, food, family and friends for one day of family-friendly fun and games in the historic Earlewood Park. We've got all the details for you:


When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 -- 11am to 7pm


Where: Earlewood Park, 1111 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC


Who's Playing: Gas Money, David Rodrigues & The Latin Caravan, Jordan Igoe Band, Danielle Howle, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O'Blues


What's going down: Cornbread eating contest, cornbread traveling museum, cornbread brunch, petting zoo, amusement rides, bingo, cornhole


Will we see you at this down-home party in the park? Hopefully so, it'll be a lot of fun. More information can be found on the SC Cornbread Fest Facebook Page.


Posted in Events