How to Feng Shui your Art!

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You don’t have to severely compromise the artwork in your home to create the ideal feng shui space. In order to maximize the flow of positive energy, putting up the right kind of art is more important than you think. Here are some Do’s and Don’t’s when it comes to decorating your walls with art utilizing the power of feng shui: Do’s 1. The best feng shui energy should support a specific activity intended for that particular room. Choose art according to the feng shui energy you need, such as soothing and sensual in the bedroom, or active and vibrant in the living room or office. For instance, if your bedroom walls are a showcase for … [Read more...]

Summer Picnics in Napa Valley

Summer Picnics in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is one of the best places for picnics on the planet. Just think about it; with its great food, wine and scenery, why not enjoy lunch in the great outdoors at one of our lovely wineries or peaceful parks? First, the food. There are several gourmet markets, food stores, delis and restaurants from Carneros to Calistoga were you could buy all the fixings you need for the perfect picnic. Some of my personal favorites include NapaStyle with tasty panini and salads in Yountville, Genova deli, eateries at Oxbow Public Market, Vallerga's Market in Napa, Addendum at Ad Hoc in Yountville, Oakville Grocery, Dean & DeLuca and many … [Read more...]

HALL Wines Captures the Essence of Napa Valley

HALL Wines Bunny Foo Foo

We all know that Napa wineries take great pride in creating a multisensory experience for visitors. The look and feel of the entire vineyard estate, including the interior design of a winery, can be just as important as the color, the aroma, and the flavor of the wine it serves. Take one of my local favorites, HALL Wines, which represents critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from two Napa Valley tasting rooms and winery locations in both St. Helena and Rutherford. Owned by Craig & Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. HALL’s highly rated … [Read more...]

Socializing helps you live longer?

socializing in Napa Valley

Did you know that socializing helps you live longer? That's right, the time you spend socializing with your friends, family members and even strangers just might help you live longer. No wonder Napa Valley is one of the healthiest places to live. In a recent blog post, I listed my 10 favorite annual events in Napa Valley. From wine and food extravaganzas featuring local and international chefs and cult wines, to cultural events starring world-famous artists in our vineyards, caves and stunning wineries, the Napa Valley is the perfect place to get out and socialize. In fact, just last year, CNN designated Napa one of the 10 healthiest places … [Read more...]

Does Napa Valley Cabernet Pair With Fitness?

fitness in Napa

It’s not surprising that most people explore California's Napa Valley from the seat of a tour bus or limo, but there’s a new trend in the valley: pairing Napa Valley cabernet with fitness. A story in the Wall Street Journal, “In Napa Valley, Cult Cabernet Pairs With Fitness,” journalist Jen Murphy shares the details of her cycling adventure in Napa Valley and looks at other local places where residents and visitors can enjoy wine AND play in the great outdoors. In fact, there are many local companies that specialize in creating the perfect adventure where you can sip, swirl and sweat. Here are some of my favorites from the article: The … [Read more...]

Rosewood Hotel Group’s ‘Calistoga Hills Resort’ Sets National Record

Calistoga Hills Resort

The planned Calistoga Hills Resort project sold to Foothill Land Acquisition, LLC in December last year.  The property was owned by Jacqui Safra, a billionaire banker who also owns Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena. The project, previously known as Enchanted Resorts, set a record as one of the highest “per key” hotel land sales in the country. Land Acquisiton, LLC is a private investment arm of the Hong Kong-based Cheng family. According to Forbes magazine, Patriach Cheng Yu-tung, whose estimated net worth is said to be $12.7 billion, controls one of Hong Kong's largest conglomerates. A story in the Registry, “Calistoga Hills … [Read more...]

The future looks great for the Copia Cultural Food and Wine Center!

The Copia Center

In a recent blog, “Finally a Future for the Copia Cultural Food and Wine Center,” I shared the good news from the Copia Center’s new owner, Triad Development of Seattle, and the company’s plans for redevelopment. According to a story in the Napa Valley Register, “Culinary Institute offers new life to vacant Copia building,” the property in downtown Napa will soon be reborn as the “Culinary Institute of America at Copia.” The center will be ancillary to culinary arts with plans including: Improve the amphitheater to use as an auditorium again. The theater will also show movies and be used for other public access. Adding a large … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Getting More Done Every Day: from Star of Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran


I am always interested in learning tips from expert business leaders, so when I came across Barbara Corcoran’s 5 tips for getting more done every day, I thought "I have to share this!" The popular judge of TV’s 
Shark Tank, who built her real estate business into a $65 million dollar business with 1,000 employees, shared her great ideas on how to get more achieved in a day in an interview with, “Barbara Corcoran on What It Takes to Get More Done Every Day.” Here are my favorite tips from this real estate legend: •      The thing that kills any great idea is a lack of focus. Knowing the difference between what you need and what you … [Read more...]

Creating a Luxury Interior: Design Ideas for Your High-end Home

Design Idea for Your High-end Home

Creating a luxury interior for your high-end home is easier than it sounds. All you have to do is follow these simple tricks from leading interior designers across the nation. Here are my top 3 ideas on ways to update your luxury home and keep the high-end look you want: 1) It’s all in the details If you like the 'traditional look', think custom made when it comes to decorating your luxury home. For instance, the simple addition of crown molding will make a room look complete while bringing the ceiling and walls together in an elegant way. Choose the widest trim for the ultimate in glamour, and try adding all types of molding: crown, high … [Read more...]

4th of July Fireworks in Napa Valley

4th of July Celebrations in Napa Valley

There’s a plethora of 4th of July fireworks to choose from in and around Napa Valley. Personal fireworks of any kind are banned, however, everywhere in the county except St. Helena. For those interested in spending the 4th in St. Helena, “safe and sane” state approved fireworks can be purchased at the city’s well-known fireworks stand on Highway 29. Revelers can find a variety of fireworks that will satisfy their Independence Day rush but don’t explode, move along the ground or travel through the air. Local fire officials are especially concerned this year due to the ongoing drought and are urging residents to be even more cautious when … [Read more...]