Picking the Wrong Size Furniture for Your Home

When it comes to finding different furniture for your home, it’s hard to determine what it’ll look like and how it’ll fit. These are some of the trickiest items to scale for your home, and how to judge it best.

Sofas

When it comes to your sofa or couch, you should be measuring before you buy. If you don’t, you’ll mostly likely end up with a couch that’s too big. If you have a lot of extra room and you get a smaller couch, you can always add accent furniture if the room seems to bare rather than a giant couch. For measurement, most living rooms fit a 75-80-inch piece, but there should be about 24-36 inches of clearance between the furniture in the room.

Lamps

Limit the size of your table lamps to the size of the table. But, if it’s too small, it could be a mistake and get swallowed by the table. The best rule of thumb is to make sure the bottom of the lampshade is at the seated eye-level.

A floor lamp is between 5-6 feet in height for a home with the average 8-foot ceiling. With higher ceilings, you can adjust the height be a foot or so taller and follow the same scale for the height of your ceiling.

Area Rugs

For an area rug, start with 8 feet by 10 feet, or even 9 feet by 12 feet if your room is large. Aim to place the front legs of the chairs and couches on the rug – or all 4. Whatever the size of the rug, make sure you have 2 feet of space from the rug to the wall.

Dining Room Tables

Not only will the size of your family determine your dining room table, but there are also some judgements you can make to help with that decision. You’ll want 42 inches of clearance between the table and walls. If you buy a table that expands, make sure you’ll be able to exit with however many leaves you will need to add.

Beds

Beds are also a tough decision to make, mostly based off of what size bed you are looking for. At the least, allow 2 feet of clearance so you can change the sheets without an awkward shuffle. If your bed is still a tight squeeze, you can eliminate dressers, nightstands, and lights. You can put any clothes from your dresser into the closet, and floating shelves work great as a nightstand as well as suspended lights.

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Must-Have Counter Top Appliances

Choosing small appliances for your kitchen isn’t just deciding where to put it, but how to fit it in your lifestyle. For example: a bread maker may not be the best option if you don’t eat a lot of bread. Here are some of the essentials and some of the must-haves!

1. Blenders

If you enjoy smoothies, you should have a blender in your kitchen. You could use it to make adult drinks, smoothies, milkshakes, soups, and even crush ice to make syrupy cones!

2. Slow Cookers

Slow cookers can help in many ways. When you are gone all day or know you won’t have time to prepare dinner, you just throw your ingredients together and let is slowly cook itself and stay warm all day. It works great for stews, one-pot meals, and potluck dinners.

3. Stand Mixers

Stand mixers come in handy when you least expect it. They help you make anything that needs baking but gives you the freedom of multitasking. Whether it’s a cake, cupcakes, brownies, or something that normally could be mixed by hand, using a mixer can also save a lot of wrist-aches.

4. Coffee Makers

Coffee makers are lifestyle dependent. If you are a big coffee drinker, not only is it convenient to have a coffee maker, but you’ll wind up saving a lot of money instead of taking trips to the coffee shop.

5. Espresso Machines

Just like the coffee maker, whether or not you would need an espresso machine depends on the type of coffee drinker you are. Having a nice, high-quality machine that focuses on just espresso can make a world of difference. Chain coffee shops tend to water down their espresso, so you get what you need at home without having to pay per shot.

6. Food Processors

Food processors are indispensable for all types of tasks around the kitchen. The processor makes slicing, chopping, blending, pureeing, and kneading a lot easier.

7. Toaster Ovens

A good convection-powered toaster oven is more than just a luxury. Beyond reheating food and making toast, you can bake small portions like cookies, cakes, pizzas and pies without having to heat up an entire kitchen.

8. Wine Coolers

For the wine-connoisseurs, a great wine preservation system isn’t just a gadget. You can maintain the appropriate temperatures for separate bottles and even dispense your wine.

9. Soda Makers

If you’re trying to go green while reducing sugar and sodium in your home, a soda maker could be your next appliance. These gadgets turn out freshly-made flavored sodas with less additives than mass-marketed products.

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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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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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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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Coastal Country Serenity in Encinitas

If you’re looking for a home in Encinitas that offers the rural feel of Rancho Santa Fe while you can still enjoy the coastal climate, this charming farmhouse style home could be for you! Located on Crest Drive, this custom home is nestled on a 1.53-acre lot with proximity to the beach, town, schools, and shopping. What more could you want from such a spectacular home?

Originally priced at $2,350,000, this home has now dropped down and the seller is entertaining offers from $1,999,000 to $2,199,000. This home is located in the canyon rim with breathtaking panoramic mountain views. With almost 3,000 square feet of space, it has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a lot of multipurpose space – perfect for the family!

Built in 1970, everything about this home is modern and updated. Hardwood flooring and a modern fireplace in the living room are just some of the qualities this Encinitas home has to offer. Not only is there a multipurpose room, but you also have a sunroom that looks out into the backyard and gives you a great view of the mountains.

The backyard has gorgeous landscaping, a picnic area, and a BBQ grill right in the center of it all. With a three-car garage and long, massive driveway, this home is perfect for anyone who loves entertaining or throwing big family festivities.

Check out the listing with even more pictures!

1285 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

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