Every time I visit the Alameda home of our in-house designer, Brandy Graham of Market & Nest, I feel like I am in a new place. The woman reorganizes the furniture in her house at least once a week. When my house feels “stale” I shop online and try to spruce it up. Brandy has a different philosophy—to use what you have but mix it up a bit. She transforms the Dining Room into the Living Room and the chandelier is now held up by a strong S hook so you can walk underneath it. Every lamp gets moved to a new spot and she pulls the art off the wall and moves it to a new location. It always feels refreshed and flowing and she hasn’t purchased anything new. Now she comes to my house to do it and it makes me so happy every time it happens. I feel like I have a whole new house with a whole new vibe. Rearranging what you already have reinvigorates your love for all your treasures and resets your mood and allows you to use space in a whole new way.
What is pickleball, you might be wondering, and why are so many people talking about it? It’s the fastest growing sport in the country and it’s loads of fun! Invented back in the summer of 1965 by a group of Dads in the Pacific Northwest to keep their kids from getting bored, it’s sort of […]
For anyone who enjoys riding a bike, the East Bay has something for everyone. From the gentle, level streets and paved paths in Alameda to the steep challenging road rides available in Oakland and Berkeley, there is no shortage of places to ride. But I think one of the best things about living in the […]
Zillow, one of the most popular Real Estate databases online, is used by buyers, sellers, Realtors, appraisers—and anyone curious—to estimate the value of a home. It is a computer-generated estimate based on available data. While Zillow uses a formula to create a monetary value, we have found that not all factors (and often very important […]