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I just want to take a minute to wish all our Eichler and Mid-Century Modern friends a merry Christmas. Hopefully you’ve finished up your shopping, your guests have arrived – or you have had safe travels to your destination, and you are ready to settle down with your loved ones and enjoy the wonder of the season.

I appreciate each and every one of you. We share so much more than the love of Eichler homes and MCM sensibilities that has brought us together; and I send you all heartfelt wishes for happiness and health this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Merry Christmas!

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The holidays are here and the houseguests are coming. Prepping for your overnight visitors during the holidays doesn’t need to take long – and most of it can be done well ahead of time. Just like Santa, all you need to do is make a list and check it twice to see that all is nice for your company!

  • Make up the guest room: Put on clean bedding and set out an extra blanket. Vacuum and dust. Guests always appreciate an empty drawer or shelf if you’ve got the space. It’s always nice to set out a bottle or two of water, a couple of magazines, and snacks for the midnight munchies.
  • Ready the bathroom: Clean the tub/shower, sinks, mirrors and toilets. Empty the trash and make sure there is extra toilet paper. Put out extra towels and toiletries for
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We all love holiday lights. Most of us have gone on evening drives to enjoy particularly festive neighborhoods, participated in tree or menorah lighting ceremonies or watched local parades and celebrations. This year, why not try something a little different? Why not go to the zoo? Two Bay Area zoos are lighting up for the holidays and in Southern CA, the Los Angeles Zoo is celebrating with lights, reindeer, and Santa.

The LA Zoo Lights holiday party will run through January 3 (with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, when it will be closed). Lights, music, Santa, and reindeer are all part of the fun. There will also be a spectacular New Year’s Eve extravaganza with dinner, rides, and live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop. For

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Are you stumped about the perfect Christmas gift for those much loved pets in your life? I’ve run across some great ideas that will pamper your pets with style and make their Christmas just a little bit merrier!

If minimalism is your pet’s style, the SquareMeal, available in 3 sizes, will allow your dog or cat to dine with flair.

For your four legged friends that are into casual dining, Alessi has got some playful dinnerware. I especially like this cat bowl, perfect for your favorite feline.


Time for a snooze? Try a daybed or hammock from Pet Lounge Studios, an ever so cozy Burrow Bed from MajesticPet, or the ultra modern Hepper Pod Cat Bed.


Creature Comforts of San Rafael has great gifts for the treat connoisseur

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Have you ever stopped to think about how much Americans seem to love their automobiles? I know when I was growing up, my mom and dad had a little green VW bug that seemed like it was part of the family. It was a feature in many family photos – and when my parents sold it we were sad, feeling as though we had lost a family friend. Looking back to another generation, an old family album has a photo of my grandmother and grandfather circa 1949 (looking very Mid-Century and much younger than I ever remember them) standing proudly beside their new car, with my 1-year-old mom perched on the hood. It was from photos like this that Marin County artist Gale S. McKee drew her inspiration for an exhibit that is opening Saturday at the Marin Museum of

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If you watch the news during the holiday season, sooner or later you’ll hear about some group of thieves who do their gift shopping by following UPS, FedEx and other delivery services and helping themselves to packages that are left at the front door of unsuspecting recipients who are away from home when the delivery is made. While I don’t know how to stop the thieves, I’ve come across a wonderful doorbell that will help give you the upper hand.

RING doorbell has an integrated video camera and intercom that allows you to see and communicate with whoever is at your doorstep – even when you aren’t home! When UPS shows up, just activate your smartphone or tablet and you can give delivery instructions. If package rustlers follow in UPS’s footsteps, the

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They’re cute and they’re cool. They are showing up in movies, on TV, and at home & garden shows. Pinterest loves them and design websites showcase them. Some are nomads on wheels and others bloom where they are planted. Always a man ahead of his time, Joseph Eichler even got in on the act. One Walnut Creek Eichler homeowner has a mini-Eichler, built by Eichler himself, in the backyard. Once considered as backyard studios or guesthouses, tiny houses have become a way of life for some and are redefining the meaning of home.

A tiny house is, as the name suggests, small; generally less than 400 square feet – basically a tricked-out, luxury tree house on the ground. Sometimes they have wheels but many tiny houses are built using the same building

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I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and let you know how much I appreciate each and every one of you: friends, clients, and our stellar real estate team. You mean a great deal to me, both personally and professionally. I couldn’t do it without you!

In the spirit of yummy food (which you all know I am also thankful for), I’d like to share a family favorite recipe for cranberry sauce. It is super easy and makes a great addition to the turkey dinner. (And the best part is that you can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week.)

  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 2 Tblsp. orange zest

Sort through the berries and discard any funky ones. Mix everything in an 8” square

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The holiday season is beginning and for many of us that means travel is on the agenda. Whether it is a trip to Grandma’s for a few days or a long anticipated vacation to an exotic location, I think we all worry about leaving our home unattended – and never more so than during the holidays.

While having (and using) a home security system is at the top of the list, there are a few simple precautions you can take to help secure your home and give yourself peace of mind.

  • Let your neighbors know you will be away. Even if you don’t know them well, give them a heads-up so they can keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. You might want to share your contact info with them as well.
  • Don’t tell the rest of the world you will be gone. Social
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Here’s a heads up to all you Mid-Century Modern fans out there. It isn’t too early to set your plans in motion for the granddaddy of all Modernism festivals. Although the 2016 Palm Springs Modernism Week isn’t until February, tickets are on sale now. Every year the show gets bigger and better – and this celebration promises more of the same.

Events will include cocktail parties and dinners, films and lectures, shows and sales, and just about every kind of tour imaginable. Party where the Rat Pack played, join Shari Belafonte for dinner, tour homes designed by MCM architect Bill Krisel, check out a collection of vintage trailers, play pinball on classic machines, have Martinis on the Mountain, and do some Mid-Century Modern shopping at the 16th

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