Geometric Accent Wall for Your Home

Artistically painted accent walls are very on trend. Add some color and eye-catching design to your living space by creating a geometric wall. This painting trend takes time to create, but the payoff is worth it. If you love the look of asymmetrical art, or even organized neat lines, then there is a geometric design for you.

  • Negative Space

For a simple artistic feel, create disorganized lines on a white wall. For a bold temporary look, use colored washi tape to create mismatched lines that intersect every which way. For permanent art, use painters tape to map out lines to be painted. Once the tape is secure, paint in between those designated lines of tape. Make sure to peel off the paint immediately, as the painted lines can crack once dry.

  • Colorful Shapes

Rather than bold lines, this paint idea is focused on colorful shapes. Best on white walls, this artful look is easy to create. Use painters tape to map out the shapes you want painted. You can create a cohesive look with one shape, in one size. Various shapes of one size. Or even one shape of various sizes. Paint the entire wall in one color or many, and then peel off the tape. What’s left is a unique accent wall that draws the eye.

  • Fan Pattern

If you like the idea of a pattern, this look is for you. Reminiscent of The Great Gatsby, this golden ombré accent wall is breathtaking. Map out giant squares with tape. For truly straight lines, use a lever or a ruler. Within each square, create square spirals. The direction of the spirals change with each shape, so change direction with each neighboring square. Once everything is set, paint the inner fan shape a light gold, and switch to a darker gold as you paint outward. Remove the tape once done.

  • 3D Shapes

This art look looks beautifully intricate but is relatively easy to recreate. Start by creating a line of triangles side by side. Make another line at the top, so the triangles are interlocking. Then, within each triangle, create 3 smaller triangles that meet in the middle. Once your designated painting area is mapped out, you can start painting. This look requires 5 different paint colors. Each triangle is going to be a different color, but this look is still cohesive. The secret lies in the pattern. Once complete, your accent wall be appear to pop out!

  • Hexagon Honeycomb

If you love the look of cohesion, why not paint your walls like a beautiful honeycomb? Create a hexagon shape on cardboard or sturdy paper, and use the shape as an outline. Once your accent wall is ready to be painted, simply go ahead and color each hexagon with your color of choice. In this demonstrative video, the painter chose to use three colors. But feel free to use as many or as few colors as you like.

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Client Experience Feedback

Working with people is the best aspect of my job as a realtor. I love helping families find their dream home and obtain top market value for their beloved house in the beautiful city of Encinitas.

Occasionally, my clients will submit comments or feedback about their experience working with me. Shari Barman and Jane Stratton, two recent clients, recently submitted feedback on my performance as a realtor. Brian Freeman, the Branch Manager for the Coldwell Banker, Encinitas office received the following comment:

“In 2018 Linda Moore not only sold our Cardiff home for a very good price but she also found us a new home in Cardiff within a couple of months. Linda is extremely knowledgeable, detailed oriented and can think outside of the box. Even after all transactions have been completed, Linda continues to stay in touch and follow up with any loose ends. She’s the consummate professional and we cannot think of a better representative for any of our real estate needs.”

I am so thankful for their kind words and elated that their experience was exemplary. I strive to make each clients’ experience just as noteworthy and special. If you are looking for a home in the gorgeous coastal city of Encinitas or the surrounding area, please contact me by calling (760) 310-0234 or sending an email to

I would love to help you find the perfect beach home or sell your current one. There’s so much vivacity in this California town, you would absolutely love it here!

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5 Feel Better Soup Recipes for Cold and Flu Season

You may have noticed a lot of people have been getting sick recently, and it’s no surprise why. The common cold and flu virus is most common in the fall and winter seasons, even extending into the spring. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Adults have an average of 2 to 3 colds per year, and children have even more.”

And when people get sick, they often eat soup to feel better. Chicken noodle soup is one of the most popular soup choices when fighting an illness, but any soup will help combat sickness. The ingredients in soup help strengthen the immune system, provide hydration, and stimulate nasal clearance. A hot bowl of soup is just the thing to help soothe the body and ease a throbbing head. So, if you’re feeling less than 100%, try one of these delicious soup recipes to feel better.

1. Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

This hearty soup might be the answer to a quick recovery. With a lemon base, this chicken and rice soup is robust savory. A great introduction to Greek food, this soup is a traditional favorite. This recipe is ready in an hour and serves 16.

2. Quick Delicious Ramen

When you’re sick, you don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. You just want to curl up in bed and watch some TV. This delicious ramen recipe can be made in 20 minutes, and you only need a couple of ingredients. Enjoy a delicious bowl of ramen in little to no time.

3. Italian Orzo Soup

Yet another quick soup recipe, this Italian soup recipe will fill up your stomach and warm your heart. Make this flavorful soup in just 30 minutes. This soup is packed with vegetables to help build up your immune system, and herbs to fight nasal congestion.

4. Miso Shiitake Soba Soup

This recipe is vegan and gluten-free! Soups that contain ginger are best for fighting off illnesses. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve sore throats and kill rhinoviruses. And the shiitake mushrooms will provide potassium and zinc to restore electrolytes.

5. Cabbage, Sausage, and Potato Soup

Packed with protein, carbohydrates, and nutrients, this pleasing soup recipe is bound to make your insides sing with joy. This recipe is extremely hearty and comforting. The total cooking time is 45 minutes and serves 8. Make a bowl of this soup, and relish the “smoky, garlicky flavors.”

Not only will making these soup recipes help ease any ailments, but your home will also be filled with the delicious aromas of herbs and spices! So go ahead and feel better with a pot of soup!

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Kick Those Post-Holiday Blues

The month of January can be melancholic for many, and how can it not be? The glitz and glam of the season is over, the beautiful lights have been taken down, and the “most wonderful time of the year,” has ended—it’s now back to mundane living.

If you find yourself feeling blue after the holidays, you’re not alone. Many people find it hard to transition back to the normal, everyday routine after months of celebration. But there are ways to kick those post-holiday blues! After all, a new year means new beginnings and new opportunities.

  • Make Plans with Friends

Once the holidays are over, your calendar may seem empty. After all, there are no more parties and no more boisterous family get-togethers. But just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean your social life has to be. Make an effort to get together with friends and try new things. Try a new restaurant or take a painting class with your girlfriends. Start the new year by exploring a new side to you.

  • Take Care of Yourself

It’s normal to feel out of sorts by mid-January. The stress is diminished, but you may still feel exhausted from a month of lively partying. Take time to treat yourself and indulge in some pampering. Visit a spa and melt away your blues. Try a new hairstyle, get your nails done, or even try skin rejuvenation to treat your skin.

  • Expand Your Mind

Albert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” By taking a few minutes every day to learn about something new, you could slowly and gradually increase your understanding of a subject. Whether its politics, social issues, or learning a new language—Duolingo provides free language courses in a fun, stylized app.

  • Volunteer

Volunteering means providing a much-needed service to others. Consider using your time to help further a cause or provide aid. Help Habitat for Humanity fight back against the housing crisis by building, renovating, or repairing a home. Help distribute food to those in need with Feeding San Diego. Or if you’re a pet lover, volunteer at a Humane Society to help animals in need of love and care.

  • Limit Social Media

Our phones are practically glued to our hands—after all our lives are contained within them. But consider limiting your use of social media browsing this year. There are quite a few negative effects of social media use, from sadness to feelings of loneliness. If you’re finding it hard to kick the habit, consider using an app to track screen time to see just how much time is spent browsing Instagram or Facebook.

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Natural Air Fresheners for Your Home and Health

Everyone wants their home to smell nice. Choosing a scent for your home is simply another way of personalizing your space.  Scents are powerful mood changers, scents can energize or produce calming effects.

But when deodorizing the home, a lot of people use canned air fresheners—which are hazardous! Air fresheners such as aerosol sprays, diffusers, and even candles can be detrimental to a person’s health.

According to the Ackerman Cancer Center, air fresheners contain “hazardous chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, propellants, solvents, benzenes, and synthetic musk’s…”

Long term exposure to these chemicals could cause damage to a person’s organs and central nervous system—which could increase the risk of certain cancers and reproductive problems.

So rather than risk your health, consider using one of these natural air fresheners:

  • Eucalyptus: Laurels of eucalyptus are great for hanging around the house or in the shower, as the steam will release the invigorating scent from the leaves. Use wire to secure a branch of eucalyptus into a laurel. Feel free to add a sprig of rosemary or bay laurel as well.
  • Rose Water: The smell of roses is loved by many. The scent is sweet and yet not overpowering. Add a few drops of rose oil into a small bowl of water. Then add a few drops of solubilizer to combine the oil and water.
  • Lemon: The scent of lemon is known to be energizing by promoting concentration and calming effects. Simmer lemon slices and some cloves in water to tackle lingering kitchen scents.
  • Bamboo Charcoal: A bag containing bamboo charcoal can be a natural deodorizer. And the best part? The charcoal comes in a bag that you could place anywhere—your car, closet, by the cat litter box. One bag covers 90 square feet, and they help prevent mildew by absorbing excess moisture.
  • Pomander: Pomander is a sweet-smelling ball of perfume. Make your own by studding oranges with whole cloves (feel free to make your own designs). Set the oranges close together, but evenly spaced. Display the gorgeous pomander as a centerpiece.
  • Lavender: If you like the effect of calming scents, lavender is perfect for relieving tension and easing nerves. Make an easy air freshener by filling a spray bottle with a ¾ cup of water, 2 tablespoons of real vanilla extract, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and 5 drops of chamomile essential oil.
  • Jasmine: This flower scent is calming like lavender, but also uplifting and energetic. Make an air freshener by filling a small spray bottle with ½ cup and 5 drops of jasmine essential oil (use more or less based on your preference).


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Indestructible House Plants to Increase Your Health

Plants offer a lot of benefits to homeowners: they freshen the air by removing toxins, help improve concentration, reduce stress, and more! If you lack a green thumb, maintaining greenery around your house may sound tedious—especially if you know you’ll forget to water them. But it doesn’t have to be! There are numerous plants that are easy to care for and hard to kill—not to mention they provide some added health benefits to your home.

  • Aloe

Aloe plants have many uses and are lovely to look at. The best part? They require only bright light and minimal water! Which makes this plant super low maintenance. The gel inside the leaves of the aloe plant can be very versatile. The gel helps alleviate minor burns and cuts, can be used to soothe dry skin, and can even be used as a makeup remover.

  • Snake Plant

Known as one of the most tolerant plants, the snake plant can be neglected for weeks and still maintain its vivacity. They require low light and minimal water. This plant has also been proven by NASA to remove air toxins, including formaldehyde and benzene from the home.

  • Air Plants

Air plants are beautiful to look at, and they don’t require any soil! There are so many unique ways to display air plants, they can be hung from the ceiling or placed in a terrarium. If you’re prone to forgetting to water your plants, not to worry. Simply soak these plants in water every 2 weeks—that’s it!

  • Money Tree

This plant resembles a mini tree and is oh so cute. Not to mention, some say its lucky! Since it’s on this list, you already know its super easy to care for! This plant requires full or partial sunlight and doesn’t need much water. Water your money tree only when the soil looks dry, which can be once a week or even once every two weeks.

  • ZZ Plant

This easy to care for tropical plant is both gorgeous and tough. They require low light and infrequent watering. They could even survive in dark rooms! Which is why the ZZ plant is a popular office plant. This tall plant grows to be about 3 or 4 feet tall.

  • Bamboo

Bamboo is aesthetically pleasing and adds some good Feng Shui to your home. This plant requires little sunlight. They soak in water, so just make sure to replace the water every once in a while, and you won’t kill this lovely plant!

  • Peace Lily

This flowering plant is lush and pretty. It grows well in low light and can go weeks without water. When you notice the leaves are starting to droop, make sure to water the plant and it springs back to life!

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The Coziest Way to De-Stress This Winter

You may have heard about weighted blankets, but why are they so popular? Weighted blankets are blankets filled with material to make them heavier: glass beads, plastic pellets, etc. They are scientifically proven to be therapeutic. The magic lies behind the deep touch pressure (DTP) provided by the heavy blanket. This pressure, which mimics a hug, calms the nervous system by releasing feel-good chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin. Because of the calming sensation to the body, weighted blankets offer the following benefits:

  • Ease Insomnia

A lot of adults suffer from insomnia, about 10% of the U.S. population. If you find yourself feeling tossing and turning due to restlessness at night, a weighted blanket could be the answer to a good night’s sleep. The calmness provided by the added weight of the blanket helps soothe the body and ease the mind. Deep touch pressure helps the body release serotonin, which regulates both mood and sleep cycles. So that active brain of yours could finally get some downtime.

  • Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety is incredibly common, affecting 40 million adults in the U.S. If someone struggles with anxiety, a weighted blanket could help them sleep better at night and provide much-needed comfort when they need it. Wrapping oneself in a blanket could be a comforting coping mechanism. In a study, 63% of adults experienced lower anxiety when using a weighted blanket due to its calming sensation.

  • Reduce Stress

Stress keeps us on edge, and it messes with our quality of life. Too much stress can be bad for the body, as it can lead to restlessness, headaches, fatigue, and more. There are many ways to reduce stress but using a weighted blanket may be an easier way to relax. Simply wrap yourself in a blanket while you work from home, read, or watch TV and watch your body unwind.

Weighted blankets aren’t just beneficial for adults, they’ve been shown to help children as well—especially those with ADHD, autism, and anxiety. Help keep your little ones feeling extra cozy. As a guideline, a weighted blanket should be approximately 10% of a person’s body weight. The blanket should be comforting, not smothering or excessively heavy.

If you know someone who suffers from anxiety, insomnia, stress—or someone who simply enjoys self-care products—consider buying them a weighted blanket. Check out some of the best weighted blankets to gift—or to buy yourself!

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5 Tips for Minimizing Clutter in Your Home

There are many articles and books about the positive aspects of minimizing clutter in the home. The book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo started a cleaning craze around the world. People started becoming more conscious of their purchases and limiting the items allowed in their home.

Decluttering the home has been proven to have many positive benefits. Including having increased confidence, reduced anxiety, increased energy, and more. Having less can actually mean having more. If you want to declutter your home, follow these 4 helpful tips to get started.

1. Tackle Clothes First

There are many categories of items that may be currently cluttering your home. Start with clothing first, because it is usually the easiest place to start. Spring clean your entire wardrobe. Consider what clothes and accessories you love, what you stopped wearing, and what you are simply holding onto. If you haven’t worn an item in the past year, then donate it.

Clothing items should have a designated space in your home. If you have items balled up on shelves or overcrowded in the closet, then it may be time to consider limiting the number of items you have.

2. Avoid Nostalgia

When spring cleaning or decluttering your home, it can be easy to fall into a hole of nostalgia. You’ll find items you forgot you had, and mementos that you thought were long gone. Don’t become overly nostalgic about these items. A lot of people find it hard to declutter due to a desire to hold onto letters, clothing items, and other nostalgic objects. But look at what you have objectively. You can’t save everything. If it has no practical purpose—if you can’t use or wear it now—then let it go.

3. Folding vs. Hanging

Though we may hang a lot of clothes in the closet, folding items can actually save up a ton of more space. There are plenty of different ways to fold and organize larger clothing items, such as tees, bulky sweaters, and jeans. And rather than shoving underwear and socks in a drawer, fold them with purpose. Roll your underwear and “army fold” your socks into military tidiness. Not only will you have more space, but your items will be easier than ever to find.

4. Respect What You Own

The key to minimalism is to only own items that have a purpose—including giving you happiness. If you find your home is cluttered with knick-knacks, then gather them up and rethink how you want your home to look. What design elements are you trying to convey? What are you simply holding onto? Give your items the space and appreciation they deserve. In no time, your home will feel brand new and you’ll have the newfound confidence to tackle 2019!

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Charming Highland Homes in Encinitas

Located in a destination neighborhood, 1010 Arden Drive in Encinitas features not one, but two charming homes on one spacious lot! In the midst of gorgeous Highlands, these head-turning homes could be yours for $1,499,000 – $1,549,000. These two beautifully detailed homes are newly remodeled, and move-in ready!

The front home features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, with approximately 1,100 square feet. The home located in the back has 2+ bedrooms, and 2 baths, and approximately 1,500 square feet.

Surrounded by luscious green flora and blooming trees, both homes have their own personal grassy yard areas. The spacious lot is measured at 9,147 square feet. Homeowners will have a lovely space to play with their pets, set up an outdoor sitting area, or even start a garden.

These stunning homes are located in the coveted Highlands neighborhood of Encinitas. These homes are also located near several beaches, shopping districts, parks, and high rated restaurants.

This property would make a great investment property, a primary home, or even a vacation home! For a closer look at this unique and stunning listing, click here.

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Fabulous Garden Paradise in Crestview

This gorgeous house is located in the beautiful city of South Encinitas. 568 Crest Drive can be found near the end of a cul-de-sac located in the neighborhood of Crestview Estates. This house has a plethora of desirable features perfect for families looking for a home akin to paradise.

This spacious home located on 0.25 acres contains a 4 bedroom floorplan, and 3 bathrooms. For comfort and warmth, there are 2 stunning brick fireplaces. One located in the master bedroom, and the other in the family room. There is a 3 car attached garage. One of the cool features of this house is that it has its very own renewable energy source, a solar system! This home comes complete with a new furnace, A/C, and water heater.

Paradise can be found right in the backyard. Luscious greenery throughout, where kids can play and pets can roam free. There is an attached patio pergola where you can relax in the cool shade. A calming spa and sparkling waterfall feature can be found among the palm trees and adorning rocks. The backyard truly is a garden utopia.

Homeowners don’t have to travel far to find what they need. This gorgeous house is located near Sprouts Farmers Market and Trader Joes, restaurants, shopping stores, LA Fitness, award winning schools, as well as several parks, nature preserves, and scenic beaches.

This garden paradise could be yours! Currently listed at $1,050,000 – $1,070,000, this house is perfect for modern families of all sizes.

Check out the listing for yourself, and envision yourself living in the fabulous coastal neighborhood of Crestview Estates!

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