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August 19th, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Nature might just be the ultimate design muse. It makes perfect sense – nature is vast, ever changing, continuously offers new perspectives and allows designers to work in a variety of dimensions. Concepts can come from vegetables, animals, shapes, textures, etc. The possibilities are endless. Elements of nature can have a calming, peaceful and welcoming effect in the home and are an essential part of creating a one-of-a-kind design aesthetic. Accomplishing this in your own home may be easier than you think.

Start by looking at your own walls. Do you have any exposed stone or brick? Using your natural walls as a backdrop is a great way to add texture to any room.

Bring the outdoors into your living room with this stand out coffee table. Not only does it add color and vitality to your room, but it will also be a topic of conversation

EW Coffee Table

Emily Wettstein

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August 15th, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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Nicki Marcellino

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices reported that the La Jolla office was #1 for sales production through the first half of the year, out of the company’s vast network of offices in North America. The results point to another year of dominance for the La Jolla office, which has ranked #1 nationwide for nine of the last 11 years.

“We always expect a strong performance from our team in the La Jolla office, yet they always find a way to surpass our expectations,” said David M. Cabot, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. “I would like to thank our agents and staff for the teamwork and perseverance they display on behalf of our clients.”

The La Jolla office has topped the residential marketplace in San Diego and La Jolla for 14 years running, for all real estate brokerages serving the areas.

“I am very proud of the agents who tirelessly strive to be the best they can be and have earned the recognition for this office,” commented Nicki Marcellino, manager and vice president of the San Diego County region. “Consistency like this is the result of a team effort, with everyone taking personal responsibility for the experience our clients have with their transactions.”

“The La Jolla market has traditionally been stable and it will continue to remain an extremely desirable area,” adds Cabot, “but that could never be the sole explanation for such a remarkable track record. Our agents and staff deserve a tremendous amount of credit for this achievement.”

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August 15th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Vendors from all over the world come together at the Anaheim Convention Center on August 22-24th for the annual Anaheim Home & Garden Show. This weekend-long event showcases products and services for home improvement, interior design, outdoor living and just about anything in the home services industry. The home show is presented by Steller Expos; a company that has produced over 250 major home shows. The show will feature a market place and gift pavilion, designer rooms, eco-friendly products and services and how-to demos of simple projects and repairs.

Show Hours:

  • Friday 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission:

  • Adults – $7
  • Seniors (62+) – $5
  • Under 18 – Free with paying adult
  • Military – Free with ID

For more information about the 2014 Anaheim Home & Garden Show visit http://www.stellarexpos.com/.

 

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August 15th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

When creating a centerpiece for your home dining room sticking with traditional classics like flowers and fruit is a safe bet. However, a centerpiece can also represent your design tastes, personality and creativity. Look beyond your garden and find inspiration in your own style, interior design and other elements of nature.

Start by examining your room. Is there a certain design theme (nautical, safari, modern, rustic, etc.)? Look for ways to incorporate your current theme into your centerpiece. Take for example the Nantucket dining room featured on Houzz.com. The designer further incorporated beach style into the centerpiece by using rope knots.

Beach Style Dining Room by Nantucket Interior Designers & Decorators Christopher’s Home Furnishings of Nantucket, Inc.

Unique centerpieces can also showcase or add a pop of color. If you’d like to enhance certain colors already featured in the room, create a centerpiece in those same colors. If your room is more neutral toned, add a bright color to your table. (more…)

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August 14th, 2014 at 3:29 pm

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By now it’s no longer news to anyone living in Southern California that residents are in the middle of an extreme drought. New restrictions have been enforced and government and community leaders are urging residents to conserve whenever possible. Although the need to comply with new restrictions is paramount, don’t miss out on the potential savings opportunities available to you for your conservation efforts!

Our current drought is one of the worst in California’s history and we are currently depleting our reserves. Conservation is the key to getting through the drought and recovering quickly. In an effort to encourage conservation participation local and state authorities are offering rebates and incentives for residents that meet certain criteria.

To see if you qualify for rebates or incentives, start first with your appliances. High-efficiency washers, toilets, rotating nozzles, weather-based irrigation controllers and soil sensors may all qualify. If your home uses turf grass, now is the time to replace it! Turf removal rebates start at $2.00 per square foot from SoCal Water$mart, but other local authorities, such as The San Diego Water Authority offer additional rebates. If you’re going to replace your turf be sure to apply for all qualifying rebate programs. (more…)

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