Year: 2015

5922 Acacia Ave, Oakland, CA

Pre-Sale Recommendations Curb Appeal Replace missing coach light. Add mulch to planting beds and continue drought tolerate plants (same combination of grasses) around the side of the property along Quail Lane. Removed raised veggie bed, repair fountain, and add mulch

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Creston Road, Berkeley, CA

Pre-Sale Recommendations Landscape (Garden To-Do’s) Power wash front steps, walkway, and driveway. Plant Japanese Feather Grass along the first set of steps to hide the exposed juniper branches. Plant 9 of these (ASAP so they have time to fill in)

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Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites

I just received my copy of Beekman 1802 Style: The Attraction of Opposites. After months of anticipation I knew exactly what was in that box left on my doorstep from Sharon Springs, New York. I sat down and gave it

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Grasscloth Glitch ‘n Fix

 Florence Knoll Rosewood Credenza, 1st dibs.com Hanging grasscloth wallpaper can be a little tricky. Wallpaper paste cannot be allowed to seep out between joints because it cannot be wiped off like typical wallpaper. Cutting corners is challenge because heavier grasscloth

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13049 Brookpark Road, Oakland, CA

Pre-Sale Recommendations Curb Appeal Remove television antenna from roof. Power wash front walkway and driveway. Remove hose from front of house and add bench/cushions. Replace door hardware (Home Depot, Kwikset $46) Add color spots (white creeping Phlox) to palm planters.

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Elements Chandelier

This jaw dropping chandelier (Elements) was created Corbett Lighting. The piece is designed as thoughtfully as a precious jewel and the perfect balance of whimsy and sophistication. I’m a mixed metal nut and the jacks-like playfulness of this piece really

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940 Regal Road, Berkeley, CA

Pre-Sale Recommendations Replace lattice with updated with more sophisticated version as shown below This fence is just around the corner on Hilldale. Lattice is perfect in scale as it is more open. Looking for inspiration in the same neighborhood is

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Color Tied

Mixing furnishings and accessories from different eras is essential for creating depth and character in a timeless design.                         Tying it all together using accent colors is simple and allows you to add and update in years to come.

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Does Curb Appeal Really Matter?

The short answer is yes. Most sellers have a limited budget for sprucing their curb appeal prior to listing their home are usually ill-equipped to make those important design decisions. Making the right choices will result in the home appealing

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2265 Alva Ave, El Cerrito, CA

Pre-Sale Recommendations Landscape Dress side garden and parking strip with a layer of new mulch (not bark) after weed removal and trimming. Replant a mature shrub (or add new) to screen “dark hole” under porch . I have not seen

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