Maximizing Small Spaces

Trying to organize and decorate a small space can be stressful when there isn’t much to work with. All you need to tackle it is a little creativity and these 11 tips!

1. Create Zones

Think about all the things you do in your home – now, where do you do them? Establish separate zones for those activities. Leave sleeping for the bedroom, eating for the kitchen, and hanging out in the living room.

2. Embrace Change

Finding pieces of furniture that can multi-task will make the room. Find a table that can function as a desk and dining table. Or, get a deep sofa that can be used as a guest bed. You can also get the cushion cubes that serve as a coffee table or seating for extra guests.

3. Trick Your Eye

Create the impression of a larger room by decorating in illusions. Use floor-to-ceiling curtains to make the walls seem taller, see-through furnishings to make it seem wider, and mirrors to expand the space in the overall room.

4. Make It Count

Choose furniture that has high functionality in minimal square footage. Instead of one large coffee table, get two small ones that can be moved around to create more walking room.

5. Use Bigger and Fewer Pieces

Decorating a small space with just a couple large pieces can make the room feel grander. Choose a large bed with some extra storage underneath. While it may be clunky, that’s one less dresser you need in the room.

6. Create Calm Continuity

Soothing, even-toned rooms make a room feel more spacious than it is. Infuse the furnishings with subtle patterns and textures to keep the space from falling flat.

7. Customize Storage

Storage nooks, built-ins, and furniture tailored to your needs can utilize every available inch of space. When it’s a part of the walls, you won’t have to sacrifice square footage.

8. Create a Jewel

Some splurges can help create grandeur vibes in the home and make it feel larger. Give the hallway hanging artwork or library-like books. Statement wallpaper and a unique light fixture is all you need for a powder room.

9. Think Vertical

It’s crazy to think how under-utilized space is between the tops of furniture and the ceiling. Hang things and take bookcases or cabinets all the way up.

10. Create Sight

Tear down walls, enlarge widows, or swap solid doors for glass ones to open up views and connect spaces together.

11. Remember to Edit

You don’t have to display everything and fill every inch. Group collections but give them room to breathe. Nothing makes a room feel smaller than clutter.

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Coastal Country Beach Home on Noma Lane

A coastal country home near the Gateway to Encinitas and the Capri Elementary School, this listing is not so far from the beach and Grandview surf beach. This gorgeous home located at 1675 Noma Lane in Encinitas in the Leucadia community also offers a nearby locations to restaurants and stores.

Currently listed at $1,397,00, this home has been completely renovated from top to bottom, sitting on a 10,100 square foot lot. With over 2,00 square feet, this country beach home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a re-built, oversized 2-car garage.

While this beautiful home was built in 1978, it has been completely renovated from the inside all the way to the backyard. In the living area, there are amazing vaulted ceiling, there’s an updated kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, and hardwood floors. You’ll have a home with charm and character!

The backyard also has a pool that’s been remodeled with pebble tech finish, along with new landscape and hardscape from the front and back. There is even new drainage, irrigation, and an electronic gated entry and fencing. Check out the listing for yourself!

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Luxury Listing in Cardiff-By-The-Sea

One of my current listings is a luxury home, located in Cardiff in the heart of the Composer District. Built in 2001, this custom, contemporary home located on a .8-acre gated estate. A private, serene detached house with an expansive ocean and westerly views.

There are many unique features that come with this gorgeous home. On top of the wine cellar, there is a rear loggia with an outdoor fireplace, BBQ area, 2 large upper decks, and a relaxing pool. Just imagine the ocean breeze slipping through the landscaped trees while relaxing in the pool with the smell of BBQ.

For those colder, rainy nights in this Southern California, you can huddle inside in any of the rooms with a fireplace like either living room or the master bedrooms. Enjoy the updated and custom furnishings that will make this place your home.

Overall, this home comes with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 5,600 square feet. It is also split into an East and West wing which allows for 2 separate living spaces all with their bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms. Going for $3,999,000, you won’t only get this wonderful home but the advantages of the surrounding Composer District.

The Composer District is a neighborhood of homes developed in the early 1900s by Victor Kremer, a music publisher and land developer. He was very fond of music, so all the streets in the area are all named after composers like Anton Rubenstein, Gershwin, Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Verdi, Chopin, Vivaldi, Haydn, Schubert, Rossini, and Brahms.

Conveniently located near the Cardiff downtown, it may be small, but it has a good number of restaurants and shopping all in walking distances of one another, as well as beaches nearby. The George Berkich Park offers a place to relax and play ball. For those with children, those K to 3rd will attend on the Cardiff Elementary School, grades 3 to 6 will attend the Ada Harris Elementary School, and beyond grade 6 will go to Encinitas schools.

For more information on the Rubenstein listing or to see more pictures, visit 1366rubensteinave.com!

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Colorful Front Doors and Plant Pairings

Looking for a new look for your front door and porch this summer? Here are some great ways to pair your front doors with plants to make your home look amazing all summer long.

1. Craftsman

Paint: Sunny yellow and sage trim
Flower: “Imogen” roses

With a white craftsmen exterior, it can pair well with the pastels of the sunny yellow door and sage trim. Pairing it with the “Imogen” rose with it’s button eye, the lemon-yellow buds add as an accent to the door, even as the petals turn creamy.

2. Cheeky & Chic

Paint: Tulip red
Flower: “Red Riding Hood” Tulip

A red door will always pop against your siding, regardless of the color. If you can, adding black to the trim creates a chic touch to the exterior home. Adding a window box with the tulips can really make the flowers pop against the trim.

3. Vibrant

Paint: Pop of pink
Flowers: Hot pink hydrangea

A pale pink door with a welcome mat and hydrangeas will liven up your porch instantly, especially if you pair the hydrangeas with different layers of pink throughout the porch.

4. Traditional

Paint: Mint green
Plant: Lamb’s ear

A classic color scheme with just a hint of color is the traditional look while still adding some personality to the home. The Lamb’s ear brings a sleek and luxe botanical touch, it’s unique texture creating a soft and airy feel to the home.

5. Southwest-Meets-Midcentury Modern

Paint: Deep teal and matte black
Plant: Succulents

Create a cool feeling around your home with the deep teal and frosty succulent accents in black pottery. With the cacti and succulents, it’ll create a southwestern feel. The leaves of the succulents will also create a striking accent against the door.

6. Classic

Paint: Vibrant yellow
Flower: “Autumn Belle” Azalea

When pairing the vibrant yellow door to blue or gray siding, your door becomes the focal point of your curb appeal. With lush greenery, some pink peonies will create just a touch of contrast that will make your home noticeable.

7. Statement

Paint: Lime
Plant: Haworthia & Aloe

A lime green door will surely make a statement as a head-turning curb appeal, especially with green shrubbery in neutral toned planters. The Haworthia and Aloe are both perfect plants for more modern homes, and the spiky Haworthia leaves will be a striking pop against the darker tones and complimentary to the lime green door.

8. Elegant

Paint: Aqua
Flower: “Busy Bee” rose

A pop of color can be elegant, especially when it’s enhanced with pretty peach and coral flowers. A light, aqua colored door can work great with most siding colors.

9. Fashionable

Paint: Hot coral
Flower: African violet

Any fuchsia flowers will be a fashionable accessory to the coral color door. It will create attraction to your porch and front door.

10. Striking

Paint: Turquoise
Flower: Gardenia

A turquoise door will be bold against any sidings against an almost-white pastel color. When you pair it with snow white gardenia, it adds a polished look that is combined with the intense fragrance of the gardenia.

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Spectacular Custom Home in Cardiff!

This spectacular custom home is loaded with top notch finishes and is just 2 doors down from Rosini Canyon. This absolutely beautiful home is located at 425 Warwick Ave in Cardiff in the composer district adjacent to the Rosini Canyon and trails that lead to Cardiff Elementary and the Seaside Market Village area.

Currently listed at $2,695,00, this home has everything you’d ever need: 4 bedrooms each with on-suite full paths and a powder guest bath, a 4.5-car garage with storage, and over 3,700 in square feet! Enjoy ocean views and the ocean breeze from the backyard or upstairs deck.

The home has been completely finished with cherry hardwood floors and cabinetry, not to mention the two fireplaces in the living room and family room. This home also has an owned solar system, high end kitchen appliances, and home automation that includes the pool in the backyard and the security system, outdoor lighting, and HVAC.

If you’re an entertainer, this backyard will call to you! The previous owner invested about $250,000 in a brand new backyard with the lovely seating and wonderful pool and spa with waterfalls! It also has a fire pit and BBQ area for cooking.

Check out this listing for yourself!

425 Warwick Ave

Cardiff, CA 92007

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7 Budget-Friendly Backyard DIYs

Trying to spruce up your backyard for the summer? It’s never too late to start a project that can give your backyard the oomph it needs.

1. Plant Lemongrass

You can buy a lemongrass plant from the grocery store, and plant it in a glass jar of water. Place it in the windowsill and let it sit for a few weeks. It should develop roots, and then you can plant it to keep mosquitos away.

2. Yard Chandelier

Replace the bulbs in an old chandelier with inexpensive solar lights. Hang it from a tree branch and you’ll have a glam yard without providing any electricity. It creates beautiful lighting and a vintage vibe if you get the chandelier from a second-hand shop.

3. Bigger Yard

If you want to create the illusion of a bigger yard, put mirrors on the fence. Using upcycle, old windows, replace the glass or empty spot where the glass used to be with mirrors.

4. DIY Chair Swing

Turn an old wooden chair into a tree swing by grabbing a few pieces of plywood and some string.

5. Glow-in-the-Dark Planters

Create instant night lighting by painting your planters and pots with glow-in-the dark paint. Create fun designs with regular paint and add a touch of design to the light.

6. Rainbow Fire

Make your bonfire flames rainbow with this pack of two rainbow fire crystals. This is the perfect addition to a party or when you have company over for a nice night.

7. Wine-Tiki

If you have some old wine bottles laying around, repurpose them as tiki torches to ward off mosquitos. Just fill them with citronella oil to keep them away.

8. Tree Stump Deco

If you’ve recently had to cut down a tree or you have a tree stump in the corner of your yard, make it into a table or planter, or cover it in flowers and moss to make it look pretty.

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Top 5 Summer Activities for Kids in San Diego

Need something to do with your kids for this 4th of July week? Whether you’re off with the kids for the summer, for a long weekend, or just for the typical weekend, you can take them to any one of these activities and they’ll surely love it!

1. San Diego Zoo (Balboa Park)

The world-famous San Diego Zoo has lots of things to do for kids in itself. It houses over 3,700 rare and endangered animals, as well as a beautiful display of over 700,000 exotic plants across 100 acres. You can just walk around and enjoy the exhibits or keep an eye out for kid-themed events happening on weekends.

2. LEGOLAND California (Carlsbad)

With the success of the LEGO Movie, LEGO Batman, and more, LEGOLAND California is a great choice for the kids. It has the largest selection of LEGOs in the nation at The Big Shop, as well as the entire resort:

  • LEGOLAND California
  • SEA LIFE Aquarium
  • LEGOLAND Hotel
  • LEGOLAND Water Park
  • CHIMA Water Park

You can visit for half of a day or take the weekend and stay at the resort and hotel.

3. Aquatica Water Park (Chula Vista)

The only water park in San Diego features a wide range of attractions for multiple levels of swimming like wave pools, lazy river, water slides, interactive water plays, and more.

4. Belmont Park (Mission Beach)

The seaside amusement park of San Diego is the perfect adventure for a half-day. The historic roller coaster, an arcade, many rides, ice cream, zip line, laser tag, and more brings fun for everyone. Located right on the beach, its also home to some pretty good restaurants to eat once you’re done.

5. Old Town San Diego

Old Town is a fun place to run around. On top of the variety of shops and restaurants, there is a great park and many historic sites. The Whaley House is a haunted house, the Seeley Stables is an old stagecoach shop, and the Serra Museum showcases the Kumeyaay Indians Spanish and Mexican exhibits of San Diego History. Filled with even more history, the Old Town often has mariachis and people dressed in different costumes from different time periods for entertainment.

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Spectacular Home at Terraces of Cantebria

Located in the beautiful community of Terraces at Cantebria, this former model home is my newest listing – 311 Via Andalusia in Encinitas! This spectacular home offers high ceilings, tons of natural light, and a backyard view that you won’t want to miss.

Currently priced at $1,195,000, this gorgeous home is a prime location sitting on the hilltop. With a backing open space, this home comes with panoramic mountain views. With over 2,700 square feet, this home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a stunning and large backyard area.

When entering this home, you’ll be welcomed by its grand, open foyer that has natural sunlight sneaking in through the skylights above the staircase. The newly remodeled kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and beautiful countertops. On top of the additional newly remodeled bathrooms, the house as tasteful, laminate flooring. In the new master bath, you’ll be able to indulge in the soaking time, travertine, and walk-in closet.

Not only are there amazing panoramic views of the mountains, this backyard is incredibly HUGE and grassy. It comes with an outdoor BBQ, fireplace, fire pit, and lush landscape. The house also has a finished, 3-car garage.

The backyard is a tropical paradise! There are all the plants on this large lot as well as an underground pool with a spa. On top of all the plants, there are multiple fruit trees:

This home is absolutely spectacular and a great, prime location. Check out this listing ad view even more pictures on the virtual tour!

311 Via Andalusia

Encinitas, CA 92024

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Botanical Paradise in Encinitas!

One of my newest listings – 309 Cerro St, Encinitas - is nothing short of gorgeous! You’ll want to see this botanical paradise and all the fruit trees located on this large lot.

Currently priced at $1,145,000, this amazing home is bursting with color and texture, surrounded by fruit trees, garden beds, and other foliage. With almost 2,016 square feet, this home comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a bonus room with tons of natural light.

Built in 1974, this home is newly remodeled with modern finishes, new kitchen and bathrooms, modern carpet, whole house solar (paid), whole house fan, new paint inside and out, and a re-tiled roof. There is a fireplace in the living room, as well as high ceilings and skylights that allow so much natural light to come in.

The backyard is a tropical paradise! There are all the plants on this large lot as well as an underground pool with a spa. On top of all the plants, there are multiple fruit trees:

 

  • 3 peach
  • 3 loquat
  • 2 fig
  • Apricot
  • Mandarin orange
  • Guava
  • Mexican lime
  • Tangelo
  • Grape vines
  • Passion fruit
  • Kumquat
  • Pomegranate
  • Macadamia nut

 

With no HOA fees, this house really brings a lot of amazing qualities! You can view the listing or come visit me this weekend and experience this gorgeous home for yourself.

309 Cerro Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

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Stone Canyon Location in San Diego!

Looking for the perfect location in San Diego with a home in an amazing community? Located in the Stone Canyon Community on the park and sunny end location, this lovely home is at 4757 Caminito Diablo in San Diego!

This home is currently priced between $1,049,000-$1,079,000 and it has the greatest location in San Diego. With a park and sunny end view, this home is in the award-winning Carmel Valley school district. This home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 remodeled bathrooms, and over 2,000 square feet of space. You’ll find hardwood downstairs and laminate flooring upstairs, as well as a freshly painted interior. Conveniently, the laundry room is located on the second floor.

Built in 1989, this home has been completely updated and the kitchen has been gorgeously remodeled. The exotic granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances really make this kitchen look amazing! From the kitchen, you can also go straight into the family room where there is a fireplace.

The backyard is just as beautiful at the home with a brick patio that has fruit trees, garden beds, and a firepit. It is perfect for entertaining. On top of the location by the park, the Stone Canyon community also has a pool, the park, and a spa for residents. You can visit this listing online.

4757 Caminito Diablo
San Diego, CA 92130

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