10 Kitchen Styles To Consider

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Today’s kitchen looks very different from yesterday’s kitchen – just like tomorrow’s will look different than today’s! The point is that every year and every generation sees some kind of change in the design and style of any room. Kitchens are a big one, and this – from Better Homes and Gardens – is a helpful guide to what is “in” right now.

There are so many great styles to choose from when remodeling your kitchen. These 10 are pretty popular and all come with their own descriptions and keywords that make them unique. Check it out:

Traditional kitchen (credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

Traditional: traditional kitchens tend to be formal and ornate; they evoke feelings of elegance, sophistication, and timeliness.

Modern: modern kitchens are simple, functional rooms. Sleek and low-maintenance aspects of a modern kitchen give off a warm vibe.

Contemporary: a contemporary kitchen will often be more trendy, and might even have newer technology included in its appliances. They are typically dramatic and striking, while still maintaining a bit of minimalism.

Contemporary kitchen (credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

Transitional: not to be confused with a “traditional” kitchen, transitional kitchens are modern, simple, relaxed, and often informal.

Scandinavian: as one would expect from Scandinavian design, these kitchens are serene, low-maintenance, and functional.

Organic: exactly as it sounds, an organic kitchen is bright and clean with natural and classic elements.

Industrial: again, exactly as it sounds; an industrial kitchen is often large, gray, open, and unpolished. It is a very practical choice for those cooking a lot.

Cottage kitchen (credit: Better Homes & Gardens)

Cottage: a cottage kitchen is often described as sweet and bright. They can also be vintage, charming, and decorative.

Farmhouse: farmhouse kitchens, much like farmhouse homes, are warm, sunny, and rustic. They have simple, soft elements that invite guests in.

Country: a country kitchen is also a warm, casual environment with “worn” elements; don’t be fooled, these are also cozy and inviting kitchens!

What is your favorite kitchen style? Let me know in the comments!

Zillow Quiz: How To Add Value To A Home

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I found this quiz from Zillow a while back and thought the findings were pretty interesting. Even as a professional realtor, I scored 70% on this, so it’s not easy! Fun, but not easy. Can you guess which features add value to a home? Take the quiz here.

Come back when you’re done!

Credit: Zillow

Okay, good job. How did you do? Comment your score below. For me, I didn’t realize beverage fridges were more popular than wine fridges, nor that rounded counters and plant shelves add value. Personally, I don’t care for those things, and don’t see much of that in newer California homes, but of course, Zillow is nationwide and those may be hot in other locales. Personally, I think plants shelves just collect dust!

Luckily for you, I do know my way around homes and home value. It’s my job to help you add value when selling and save money when buying. So, if you want to work with a longtime realtor in the East Bay with a track record of success, I’m your gal. Give me a call next time you are looking to buy or sell!

Summer Is Here (Pretty Much)!

Most local schools let out this Friday for summer, meaning the best part of the year is almost here! Below, I’ve shared some quirky summer events, plus some more summer-related ideas.

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Most local schools let out this Friday for summer, meaning the best part of the year is almost here! Below, I’ve shared some quirky summer events, plus some more summer-related ideas. I don’t know about you, but I welcome the consistent sunshine-y days we’ll be getting here in the East Bay!

Quirky Summer Events

One of the best local outlets, 7×7, shared this guide to quirky summer festivals in Northern California and it is just so Bay Area I had to share it. From jumping frogs to artichokes, to crawdads, to accordions, you can’t go wrong with looking into some of these hilarious and quirky summer events.

Handel’s Ice Cream

Handel’s Ice Cream – first created in the summer heat of 1945 Youngstown, Ohio – is now in Walnut Creek! Alice Handel, who used fresh fruit from her own garden and personal recipes to start her business nearly 80 years ago, started an ice cream legacy. They still make each batch fresh daily using Alice’s original methods and you can try some right next to the movie theater downtown.

Despite a lot of competition in Walnut Creek (Lottie’s, San Francisco Creamery, and even Shake Shack – not to mention all the yogurt!), Handel’s has a very eclectic flavor list. I ordered Spouse Like a House on a cone and enjoyed it a lot! I would change their rule about the two smaller scoops that come in a size small only being allowed to be one flavor – I wanted to try another!

Other Summer Fun

As I mentioned above, Walnut Creek definitely doesn’t lack in frozen dessert options – perfect as we roll into summer. One of my favorite places is The Yogurt Spot, which I have written about previously. There’s also the Creamery and so many other delightful choices. What is your favorite?

Finally, make sure to check out the Art & Wine Festival at Heather Farms this weekend! This Walnut Creek staple has been going for 41 years and is always a treat. Best of all, it’s FREE! More info here.

The Art Of Rightsizing

This piece I wrote was originally published in the April issue of TBD.

Are you tired of the constant upkeep of a sprawling property or the daily stair climb? It might be time to embrace the transformative power of Rightsizing and step into a world of newfound independence.

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This piece I wrote was originally published in the May issue of South Walnut Creek Living Magazine.

Are you tired of the constant upkeep of a sprawling property or the daily stair climb? It might be time to embrace the transformative power of Rightsizing and step into a world of newfound independence.

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What is Rightsizing: In a world where minimalism and flexibility are life goals, Rightsizing stands out as the savvy approach to shaping your surroundings for a fulfilling second act. Unlike downsizing, which focuses on reducing space and
possessions for simplification and financial reasons, Rightsizing offers a comprehensive strategy to optimize various aspects of life, including work, health, and family dynamics.

Americans are increasingly prioritizing simpler living with less clutter and square footage, whether it’s in a condo, townhome, or a house with a tailored layout, such as fewer bedrooms but a larger plot for gardening. Rightsizing isn’t just about saving money; it’s about gaining freedom, reducing stress, and creating a space with less clutter to enhance psychological well-being.

When determining quality-of-life decisions, research your desired location, property type, and budget to ensure a seamless Rightsizing experience. Don’t let market timing dictate your decision—improve your quality of life and daily enjoyment now. When choosing the right home, consider a range of wish list items. Envision the life you want, not the one you have now. Dream about the day-to-day and how your new home can make those dreams a reality.

Expert Tips for Rightsizing:

  1. Don’t expect a windfall from selling your belongings; cherish memories over
    possessions.
  2. If it’s free pickup, go for it.
  3. Life is easier with less.
  4. Skip storage units; keep only joy-sparking items.
  5. Start sorting a year ahead.
  6. Document valuable items for heirs with the amount and receipts.
  7. Use color-coded sticky notes for organization—keep, sell, donate, or throw away.

Leverage the expertise of real estate agents as partners in the Rightsizing process. They provide valuable resources, connections, and guidance for a smooth transition, even if it’s a year or more away.

Ready to start your Rightsizing journey? For more insight and a free consultation, give me a call. Your future of freedom, simplicity, and fulfillment awaits!

Now Listed: 3141 Ferngrove Way (Antioch)

Welcome to your dream home on a serene, quiet street! This stellar, well-maintained property is ready to impress with its array of upgrades and features.

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Welcome to your dream home on a serene, quiet street! This stellar, well-maintained property is ready to impress with its array of upgrades and features. Enjoy peace of mind with newer dual pane windows, a fully paid-off solar system at closing, and newer A/C, heater, and ducts.

Garage doors have LiftMaster motors and battery backup. Step outside to your private oasis featuring a wisteria-covered patio, fruit and redwood trees, and an oversized, permitted shed, perfect for extra storage. The finished garage, complete with drywall and epoxied floors, adds both utility and style. 

Inside, the eat-in kitchen seamlessly flows into the family room, creating an inviting space for casual gatherings. For more formal occasions, the elegant dining area boasts vaulted ceilings. This home offers the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and charm. Don’t miss the opportunity to make it yours!

Open House Sunday 1-4 pm. See you there.

New Go-To Dumpling Spot

I had never heard of BaoBao dumplings, but I went with a friend recently to the Concord location and was blown away by the food!

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I had never heard of BaoBao dumplings, but I went with a friend recently to the Concord location on Treat & Oak Grove and was blown away by the food! BaoBao doesn’t have much of an online presence, but they have six locations and some delicious dumplings. Just check out the pictures below!

Technically, the restaurant is named 88 BaoBao Dumpling House, and I’m not sure why! But I am sure that I’ll be back next time I need my Asian street food fix in the East Bay. We got some shrimp chow mein and, of course, some dumplings.

Luckily I went with my colleague, Phuong, and she knew how to order and to add the sauce she mixed up (soy sauce and the chili sauce) onto the chow mein. It was spicy, but delicious. I enjoyed every bite of my meal at BaoBao, but better yet was the company and knowing what to order.

Next time you want a fresh steamed dumpling, check it out!

Happy New Homeowners Day!

Hey, I didn’t know this was a thing! But it’s an awesome celebration of all those who are new homeowners today.

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Hey, I didn’t know this was a thing! But it’s an awesome celebration of all those who are new homeowners today. I know firsthand the long slog and the struggle in finding the right home, budgeting, getting a loan, doing all the paperwork and inspections, and then finally settling into the home of your dreams.

I am so honored to represent all my incredible clients who have recently (or ever!) taken the exciting step into homeownership. Congratulations to all of you for achieving such a wonderful milestone. And here’s to countless cherished memories in your new homes!

If you’re thinking about moving soon, give me a call. The home-selling and buying processes are not for the faint of heart, and that’s where I come in with over 21 years of experience! Whether you’re moving across town or to a whole different part of the East Bay, or even out of the area, I can help your homeownership dreams become a reality.

Happy New Homeowners Day to everyone!

Happy (Late) Earth Day

This year, on the weekend before Earth Day, I participated in Parkmead’s Annual Earth Day clean-up of the neighborhood.

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This year, on the weekend before Earth Day, I participated in Parkmead’s Annual Earth Day clean-up of the neighborhood. We checked in many families that came to help clean up trash in the Parkmead area, along the entrance to the Olympic freeway entrance and along South Main.

The Clean Up Crew (see above) also lent some supporting hands. It was a great time for a great cause and it always feels good to clean up the place where I live and the town I love so much! Earth Day is a really important holiday, as it reminds us to take care of this one planet we all call home.

I also thought this was a timely and interesting article, which includes all the full moons and meteor showers we’ve had and can expect. Check it out if that kind of stuff interests you! A gift from Mother Earth! Did you do anything fun for Earth Day? Did you volunteer anywhere? Let me know in the comments!

Thank You, Clients!

I just want to take a moment to thank my clients – many of whom have become friends! – for helping me achieve an Emerald Elite Award at Better Homes and Gardens.

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I just want to take a moment to thank my clients – many of whom have become friends! – for helping me achieve an Emerald Elite Award at Better Homes and Gardens. Our parent company gives out awards based on how successful each realtor is in a given year. I am proud to receive this award for 2023.

My colleagues and support staff have also been instrumental in my success, as has Better Homes and Gardens. I love working in the East Bay and helping everyone buy or sell homes here. It is worth all the long hours and hard work to have educated and happy clients who know they are well-represented.

Cheers to my clients, to being a trusted advisor, and to more success in 2024!

Just Listed: 1831 Jefferson St. (Concord)

Just Listed: 1831 Jefferson St. in Concord. For Instagram users: to learn more, click on the blog link in my bio.

Just listed in Concord: a 4-bed, 2-bath, 1,719-square-foot home in Bishop Estates. This beautifully-remodeled home includes a reconfigured kitchen with sleek quartz counters, a Bosch dishwasher, and a charming breakfast bar flowing into the family room.

You can entertain in style with a cozy living room and wood burning fireplace, gather for intimate meals in the formal dining room, and enjoy a true sense of community with your neighbors in friendly Bishop Estates. The primary suite offers an updated bathroom and all bedrooms offer hardwood floors.

Outside, enjoy privacy on the patio with no rear neighbors and spacious side yards. Safe, confined, and low-traffic streets make it perfect for children to ride bikes. Open Houses are occurring this weekend (April 13-14 from 1-4 p.m. each day), so come swing by!

Another bonus about Bishop Estates: it has cherished traditions of open porch nights, weekly Macaron Mondays, and events at the Cabana Club. It is suburban bliss! All of this and more for just $949,000. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in buying this wonderful home, please reach out!