Thursday, October 9, 2014

Got Tomatoes?

 Got tomatoes?
Well, yes as a matter of fact we do!
Beautiful heirloom tomatoes of yellow, purple and red hues.
This is Caprese season--my favorite way to eat tomatoes.

Insalata Caprese
Slice various colored heirloom tomatoes
Slice mozzarella cheese. I like to use Buffalo Mozzarella
Arrange on a platter, layering tomatoes and cheese
Drizzle with olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar
Sprinkle to taste with coarse sea salt and cracked ground pepper
Top with fresh basil, either leaves or diced
Enjoy!

You're welcome!
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Harvest

 I love October!
I think it's my favorite month, particularly because of the grape harvest.

 We picked our grapes finally and I can't believe their beauty.
Huge, heavy clusters of sweet goodness!

Of course Oscar was on had to help!

We filled our harvest basket, and then some.

As we head home from the weekend with our harvest, I'm planning what to do with the fruits of our labor.
The grapes will have to be given away to friends and family this year as there is no time for jelly!
If only I could ship them to you!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vignette Designing In Transition

 While our house was on the market, we have been making do with very little in our San Francisco flat that we're renting.
Every day, I bring more of the things that I love to our flat.

 These are items that didn't go to storage.
Items that make me happy to be around, like my bar cart--the first piece of furniture I purchased for our new home.

  I've been creating little vignettes instead of leaving everything in boxes.
Even if it means layers of clutter.  

 A folding Costco table is a place holder for our dining room table which should be arriving next week.
Notice the chandelier?  I'm thinking of switching it out during our stay.  It's just way too big and dangerous.  Also I hate it!

 It's been over 30 years since we've been renters.  

It will be nice when we get our sofas in the living room as sitting on the wicker settee is getting old!
I'm wondering how to make this flat feel like our home without changing too much.  I'm going for a casual, comfortable and cozy vibe
It's definitely going to be a challenge!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The End Of An Era

I would be lying if I said seeing this sign for the first time didn't make my heart sink.
To be honest, the whole thing has happened so fast that I hadn't prepared for the final result.
After months of hard work--packing and cleaning, painting and staging, we sold our house last weekend.
Just like that!
The good news is we sold it to the perfect family who will treasure our home and raise their family in it just like we did.
And so, we are happy to pass this home on to them.
It is the end of an era but also the beginning of a new one for us.
Stay tuned as we make the transition to our new life!


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Virtual Tour

Seeing the photos the photographer took for the virtual tour made the sale of our home a reality.
There is no turning back now!

I should caption every photo with a personal memory or two.
Like all the Christmas mornings spent in this living room.

Or all the dinners we ate in this room surrounded by family and friends.

The sunroom where we virtually lived!

The kitchen that saw so much activity and was prepared for anything that came its way.





The kitchen dining room saw even more family dinners and most recently, just us two.


Our family room.

The downstairs powder room, tucked under the stairs.
I don't think I ever featured this with its floral paintings.

The laundry room.

A bathroom for overnight guests.


This guest bedroom was where our mothers slept when they came to visit.
Bonnie calls it her room though!


The master bedroom.


Master bath.




Workout room, off the master.
I have no memories here as I never once used any of the equipment!


The upper deck off the master.


This was Alex's bedroom.


This bedroom wore many hats from den to guest bedroom.


This was Aaron's bedroom which became the granddaughter's room when they visit.


The reading room with balcony.


The bathroom that the boys used.
It was the first bathroom I ever remodeled, 15 years ago.


Over the garage is a suite of rooms, an office and two bedrooms.
This was where Ashley lived...






I remodeled the bathroom several years ago.


My favorite "room" is outside under the tent!
Luckily, I can take the tent with us!


Through the arbor...


The hot tub.

So many memories!

This week the kitchen floors are being refinished.
We'll have inspections and then two open houses on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit harberandharber.com
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Getting Ready To Sell


"Our house has been a very very fine house,
with two cats in the yard..."
I've been humming that Crosby, Stills and Nash song for the last two weeks while preparing our house for the market.


And yes, it's been a very, very fine house, but now it's time to say goodbye.


The photographer came yesterday for the virtual tour.
Since I'm the stager, I had to have everything perfect for the photoshoot.
That meant no clutter, no personal items and staged to sell.


So for two weeks, I've been packing all the dishes, crystal, photographs and books.
Boxes upon boxes of stuff went to storage, while our mattress and a few pieces of furniture went to our short term rental.


I'm crossing my fingers that our house sells quickly so we can move the rest of our furniture out!
Stay tuned for the virtual tour and more information about the sale...
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