Archive for February, 2015

Home Staging on a Budget

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

We’d all like to live in a dreamy home that could be featured in Dwell. Or afford to buy only furniture that comes from Pottery Barn. But budgets are very real constraints and most of us make do with what we can afford. But don’t look at that negatively. With a little creativity, you can make your ho-hum place light up like one you’d see in Better Homes & Gardens. If you’re home staging on a budget, these tips can make your home look like a million bucks. Even if you only have $500 to spend.

bedroom with six pillowsImage: Flickr


Best Spots to See Live Music in San Diego

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

gaslamp quarter signImage: Wikipedia

Known for its great weather and myriad of outdoor activities ranging from boating to visiting the world famous San Diego Zoo, San Diego is also a great place to listen to live music. Whether you are a visitor staying at a vacation rental complete with furnishings, working in the city temporarily, or lucky enough to be a resident, the city has some terrific places to rock out. While we could go on and on, and list hundreds of places in the San Diego area to listen to music, we’ve chosen a few of the best spots to see live music in San Diego below:


Choosing and Arranging Wall Art

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

If some walls could talk they might say: “Decorate us.”

Empty walls — regardless if they are in a large McMansion, a luxury apartment rental, or a small bungalow — are downright boring.

Any way you look at it, they should scream “someone lives here” and reflect the resident’s individual style. Where do you begin? Choosing and arranging wall art can be daunting but it doesn’t need to be. Use your creativity and unique perspective to decide how it should be done. It’s easy and fun to make it happen with a few simple decorating tips.

blue walls with artImage: Pixabay 


5 Myths About Home Staging

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Forget what you think you know about home staging. Plenty of myths abound and can cloud your judgments. But fear not. We’re here to debunk those 5 myths about home staging and help your home sell in no time. Before you know it, you’ll be drinking Champagne to celebrate your home sale. Clink! Clink!

living room with televisionImage: Flickr


A Day in Mission Valley

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

If you’re going to spend a day in Mission Valley, San Diego consider spending two. In fact, while you’re at it, why not stay for a week? The area is ripe with lavish shopping centers, elegant restaurants, relaxing golf resorts and don’t forget the home of the San Diego Chargers, Qualcomm Stadium. Mission Valley also has the additional bonus of being incredibly close to two of the city’s most cherished destinations, Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. And no matter where you are in Mission Valley, you are fortunate enough to be in close proximity to the awe-inspiring Balboa Park.

san diego mission church

Image: Wikipedia


Here, Fishy Fishy: Best Spots for Sushi in San Diego

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Just about everyone knows that San Diego’s fish tacos and burritos are superb. Few places can top those two dishes. But the city’s sushi scene is highly underrated, and not to mention delicious. If you’re new to town or have just had your fill of tacos (we love ‘em, but it’s easy to get sick of them when you eat them every day), here are some of the best spots for sushi in San Diego:


Image: Steven Freeman


Sealing the Deal: Selling Your Home in the Off-Season

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The consensus among realtors is that the winter months tend to cause a dip in homes sales. While the numbers definitely back up that theory, and depending on what figures you consult, home sales are typically down eight percent in November and twenty-seven percent in January, that doesn’t mean that a winter home sale is impossible. In fact we would even argue, that if you properly home stage your place of residence during the freezing months, you’re more likely to stand out on the market place than during the busy season. Here are our thoughts on selling your home in the off-season…

for sale sign in snowImage: Serving St. Louis Realty


Curb Appeal: Water-Wise Gardening Tips

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

If your home is about to hit the market, you probably already know that having a well-kept garden is one of the easiest ways to increase its appeal. A garden makes for a great home. Buyers will be drawn to your pretty plants and will delight in imagining how they can create their own gorgeous garden. But if you don’t normally maintain a garden, you probably don’t want to waste a ton of water maintaining it. But fear not, these water-wise gardening tips will save you water and money. Now, watch as your garden grows.

water wise gardening tipsImage: Flickr