Innovative Home Renovation Ideas

Stainless Steel Slide for Stairs

I just read this article in the daily newsletter, PopSugar called “9 Dream Home Renovation Ideas You'll Want to Pin,” and just had to share it with you. After scouring Pinterest, the editors rounded up some amazing design ideas that radiate with originality. Here are my favorites: Stainless Steel Slide for Stairs Turett Architect, a boutique architecture and interior design firm in New York, recognized for creating exquisite urban residences, came up with this stainless steel slide for stairs when turning a two-story East Village duplex penthouse into a perfect place for both work and play. The newly constructed … [Read more...]

2014 Napa County Crop Report Is In – Grape Prices are on the Rise!

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As Napa vines spring to life ahead of schedule this year, the annual Napa County crop report shows that last year, local vintners and growers set a valuation record. The preliminary report from the California Department of Food and Agriculture shows that Napa County’s 2014 grape crop earned growers $706 million, which is an all-time record high. This is welcome news for growers with contracts that adjust annually depending on the previous year's Napa Valley average sale price. Overall, the report shows that although our statewide tonnage was down, prices were up in 2014, a trend mirrored here in Napa County. The valley’s most recent … [Read more...]

What are the latest color trends for your Napa Valley home?

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Are you considering painting your Napa Valley home in 2015? Want to know the latest color trends? I read this great article in Elle Décor and thought you might find it helpful.  “The 2015 Color Trends You Need to Know Now.” Their Editors asked top interior designers to share their favorite hues and shades, and how to incorporate them and here's what they had to say: 1) GREEK BLUE "The blue of the Mediterranean, and the tops of the churches in Santorini. It's so rich and fabulous, perfect when paired with a grey or pink," explains Sara Story, a leading designer who draws inspiration from her extensive travels and love of contemporary … [Read more...]

Consumer Confidence Index reaches 7½ year high

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Good news from The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®: the index rose sharply in January, to its highest level since August of 2007. According to Lynn Franco, Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, “Consumer confidence rose sharply in January, and is now at its highest level since August 2007 (Index, 105.6). A more positive assessment of current business and labor market conditions contributed to the improvement in consumers’ view of the present situation. Consumers also expressed a considerably higher degree of optimism regarding the short-term outlook for the economy and labor market, as well as their … [Read more...]

Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County Benefit: “A Wild Night at the Castle”

Posey the Opossum

Get out your favorite wine country chic and get ready for the inaugural “Wild Night at The Castle,” the Wildlife Rescue Center of Napa County benefit. To be held at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m., the soirée will be an opportunity for attendees to enjoy sumptuous and savory delights throughout the evening, along with premier Napa wines. Stroll the Great Hall and Courtyard while listening to live period music. Meet some of the organization’s wildlife ambassadors up-close and personal including owls, hawks, raptors and Posey the Opossum. This event is a perfect opportunity for locals to learn about the … [Read more...]

Auction Napa Valley 2015 Registration is Now Open

Napa Valley Wine Auction

Auction Napa Valley 2015 registration is available and ready to admit you to the magic, celebrating the spirit of our unparalleled Napa Valley. That includes the wines, hospitality, vineyard and hillside scenery, and, ultimately, the generosity of both guests and vintners. It all comes together to make the seemingly impossible possible, and it takes place June 4-7, 2015. I love this opportunity to mingle with my friends, clients and colleagues while enjoying our extraordinary Napa Valley wines paired with delicious meals; while taking in the beauty of our landscape; basking in the music and design; and, of course, experiencing the thrill of … [Read more...]

What does the new Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report have to say?

Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report

Sotheby’s International Realty® and Wealth X have just released the inaugural edition of the Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report 2015. I am proud to be associated with the Sotheby's International Realty® network, which provides access to luxury real estate and homes for sale worldwide. Wealth-X is the world’s leading ultra high net worth (UHNW) intelligence and prospecting firm, with the largest collection of curated research on UHNW individuals, defined as those with net assets of $30 million and above. Together they have compiled the report offering an insight into the spending habits of luxury residential property owners and … [Read more...]

Are California vineyards a good investment? Harvard University thinks so.

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Are California vineyards a good investment? Harvard University thinks so; in fact, the University’s famed $32.7 billion endowment fund (the largest of any U.S. University) has made a substantial investment in California vineyards. That info from Harvard Management Company, (HMC) the in-house management firm that oversees the University’s investment strategy in natural resources. The prestigious university spent $10.1 million for more than 7,500 prime vineyard acres in the sunshine state. The investment was recently featured in Wine Spectator’s article titled “Harvard Invests in vineyards on California’s Central Coast.” The news of the … [Read more...]

What are Economists saying about the 2015 Housing Market?

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What are economists saying about the 2015 housing market? Plenty! Chief economists from some of the nation’s most popular real estate websites are enthusiastic about the state of the housing market this year. Why? The experts site an increase in home sales combined with low mortgage rates and gas prices as the main reasons for their optimistic outlook. Overall, the economists had a 65 to 90 percent confidence level in a better housing market this year. “Home prices are going to rise more slowly this year than last year, but faster than incomes,” said Jonathan Smoke, chief economist for Realtor.com. “Roughly 42% of Millennials say they … [Read more...]

Homes for Sale Featuring Wine Storage: California Leads the Nation

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With all our amazing wine regions here in California, including Napa and Sonoma Valleys, it’s not surprising to learn that this state leads the nation in homes for sale with wine cellars and other wine amenities. What is surprising is that Orange County, California has the most homes for sale featuring wine storage, and Napa and Sonoma Valley didn't even make the top 10 list. According to the Wall Street Journal, a recent analysis looked at the percentage of 2014 for-sale home listings that included a wine related feature. Roughly 2.4% of the listings in Orange County included wine information, which is more than 10 times the amount as … [Read more...]