In The PRESS! "One Good Turtle" Children's Book

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In The PRESS! "One Good Turtle" children's book takes on #bullying!

This is a fantastic article by Stephanie Sadowski on Pennlive.com about the book and it's important message, featuring the Author, step-son Stefan Burns and his father, my husband Lee Burns and how community, teachers and readers are responding.

Use our hashtag #onegoodturtle

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#stefanburns #nobullying #antibullying #childrensbooks #amazon #lifelessons #earlychildhoodeducation #globalvalues #inclusionism #kindness #stopbullying #education #positive #rolemodels #school #positiveleaders #kind #acceptance #positiveinfluence #bullybuster #bullying #bekind #endbullying⠀

Old Interior Design Becomes New in 2018!

Photo: Nicolas Huk / Flickr

Photo: Nicolas Huk / Flickr

I love when Vintage features from interior design of the past are updated and included in today’s homes. Here’s a few examples of what is “back-in”, allowing us to borrow from yesteryear to emphasize the charm of any size space in your home

Wallpaper is back, having left our design ethos years go. Used in living spaces and bedrooms, with a variety of colors and patterns it allows you to customize the space! Choose peel and stick for easy DIY installation.

Cozy is back, with smaller well appointed spaces featuring small kitchens and dining nooks or open plan dining for condos and smaller homes fulfills the needs of budget conscious homeowners.

Linoleum is back. Think bathroom checkerboard. It’s water-resistant, perfect for bath and kitchen. Paired with vintage inspired brass or metal faucets and fixtures and a claw foot tub; the old becomes new.

Still - shag carpet is still not the best choice, though updating vintage design with newly minted vintage options makes for a fresh turn on old design. 

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#design #homedecor #interiors #interior #decor #home #homedesign #interiorstyling #luxury #cynthiapalmer #vanguardproperties #sanfrancisco #healdsburg #homesforsale #listingagent #homesellers #dreamhome #househunting #buyersagent #homebuyers #winecountry #napa #sonoma #country #city #luxury #condo #vineyard #homesweethome #vineyardproperty #dedicatedtoyou

Citizenship Ceremony - A Time to Celebrate!

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A big day at my dear Egyptian girlfriends’ #citizenship ceremony at the #paramounttheateroakland.

Gives me goosebumps witnessing this citizenship ceremony where 88 Countries are represented and 810 people are receiving their formal certificate of immigration. It took 16 years to get to this day! Egyptians are labeled as “Arab”, which lengthened the process even though they are a different culture. Congrats are in order!!! Every American should attend one! It makes me appreciate our country even during these challenging times to realize how blessed we are! 

#diversity #globalvision#inclusiveness #usa

CYNTHIA PALMER | Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor DRE# 01445659 | Dedicated to You!

6 Things Every Homeowner Should Know

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Congratulations on being a homeowner!

Here's a list of 6 often forgotten tasks to keep you on top of your homeownership.  

1. Save for Rainy Days. Unexpected problems like appliances breaking down can be costly. Create a rainy day home emergency fund of 1% to 3% of your homes initial price per year.

2. Form an Inspection Habit. Make an annual habit of inspecting your home. Check your basement, attic, insulation, and roof. You can hire a professional home inspector to make your annual home inspection. Give us a call for a vetted referral.

3. Get to Know Your Appliances. Know the age of your appliances and machines to estimate when they should be replaced. Having a heads up can help with the process of saving up.

4. Reap the Benefits of Tax Credits. As a homeowner, you should be aware of certain home-related tax incentives to take advantage of the; like the installation of solar panels or having Energy Star appliances in your home.

5. Start Keeping Records. Did you know that caulking your bathtub boosts your home’s resale value? Every improvement or repair you make on your home does as well. Keep tabs and file all documents concerning your home improvement and repairs

6. Boost Insurance Coverage. Most standard home insurance coverage plans don’t normally include flood, earthquake and fire protection. Take a good look at your insurance policy and check for any relevant gaps and make adjustments.

CYNTHIA PALMER | Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor DRE# 01445659 | Dedicated to You!

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Design Lighting for Your Home

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DESIGNING LIGHTING!

The very first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night is turn on and off your lights.  

Designing lighting for your home is as important as choosing paint colors for the walls, furniture and accessories. Lighting should be comfortable, easy to control and energy efficient.

Lighting Types:

Ambient:  General lighting that illuminates a room with uniform light. This can be achieved through ceiling mounted or recessed fixtures, wall sconces or floor lamps. Include integrated lighting like cove, soffit and valance lighting.

Task:  For a particular area in a room, this lighting serves a specific function. Think counters in the kitchen, your desk, under cabinet, or a table lamp.

Accent:  Is for highlighting to draw attention to an object like artwork, bookcases, plants or even outdoors to a fountain, tree or beautiful landscaping. Recessed or track lighting that is adjustable provides this type of lighting.

Lighting can be costly for more artfully designed fixtures, or affordable when purchased from a big box retailer like Costco, Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, or  Ikea who provides modern alternatives at affordable prices.  Enjoy illuminating your home!

CYNTHIA PALMER | Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor DRE# 01445659 | Dedicated to You!

Happening Now in SF!

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Happening Now in SF! I love this City and it’s  fabulously diverse entertainment! Enjoy!

5 SEP - 30 SEP | Phantom of the Opera at SHN Orpheum Theatre

“The Longest Running Show in Broadway History” Andrew Lloyd Webers romantic opera with a spooky composer in a Paris Opera House and the beauty who falls in love with him.

Tickets from $55


8 SEP - 9 SEP | Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival - Ghirardelli Square - Noon-5PM

23rd Annual benefiting @ProjectOpenHand with Demo’s, live music, Ice Cream Sundae Eating Contest. 30 food booths/samplings! YUMMM!

Tickets from $26.95-$55 


11 SEP | San Francisco Botanical Garden | FREE ADMISSION DAY - 1199 9th Avenue | San Francisco | 7:30AM-4PM

Always free for SF residents, but on this day - FREE for ALL! 

Urban oasis of 55 acres landscaped and open spaces with over 8,000 different plants from around the world. >more info

Photo Courtesy AndrewSteinmetz.com


11 SEP | Avocado Con | SoMa StrEat Food Park | 428 11th Street | San Francisco

Avo enthusiasts can enjoy a day devoted to fun, food and drinks from food trucks with avocado as the star. DJ, All you Can Drink Craft Beer (11am-3pm). Dogs welcome!

Tickets $0-$35

 

CYNTHIA PALMER | Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor DRE# 01445659 | Dedicated to You!

Under the Bridge

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Hope everyone had the greatest Labor Day!

Of course, here I am on the Embarcadero under the Bay Bridge! #beautifulsf #lovemytown

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Fave Quotes on Real Estate

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Here are a few favorite Quotes by famous and non-famous alike that ring true:

"The house you looked at today and wanted to think about until tomorrow may be the same house someone looked at yesterday and will buy today." - Koki Adasi

"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

"Home staging is no longer optional in this real estate market, it's a must." - Barbara Corcoran

"Buy land.  They're not making it anymore." - Mark Twain

"Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The best Investment on Earth is Earth." - Louis Glickman

"Home ownership is the cornerstone of a strong community." - Rick Renzi

"Now, one thing I tell everyone is learn about real estate.  Repeat after me: real estate provides the highest returns, the greatest values and the least risk." - Armstrong Williams

"The problem with real estate is that it's local.  You have to understand the local market." - Robert Kiyoasaki

"If I am going to get in a cab to go home, and I see a sign for an open house, I will go in.  I like real estate because I am the boss." - Lorraine Bracco

Whatever your favorite quote may be, everyone has an opinion.  As long as you are given local market knowledge to work with and choose expert guidance, the dream of home ownership or real estate investment can be yours, so that you may make "The best investment on Earth...."

CYNTHIA PALMER | Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor DRE# 01445659 | Dedicated to You!

#cynthiapalmer #vanguardproperties #realestate #sanfrancisco #healdsburg #homesforsale #topproducer #listingagent #homesellers #dreamhome #househunting #buyersagent #homebuyers #winecountry #napa #sonoma #country #city #luxury #condo #vineyard #homesweethome #vineyardproperty #dedicatedtoyou 

Thanks for my Happy Birthday!

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Thank YOU!

....to all you all for your fabulous birthday wishes! It warms my heart! It's been a great weekend with a jaunt to Half Moon Bay and celebrations near and far. I'm home again and basking in much love with gratitude!

#birthdaygirl #celebrate #happybirthdaytome #birthdayfun #life #selflove #friends #happiness #happy #love #birthday

CYNTHIA PALMER | Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor DRE# 01445659 | Dedicated to You!

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10 Favorites at the Legion of Honor Museum

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Here are my favorite paintings from "Truth & Beauty: The Pre-Raphaelites & Old Masters" Exhibition at Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.

The Pre-Raphaelites were disrupters of their time during the mid 1800's, reinterpreting and harkening back to Old Masters painters, while choosing to paint with more vivid colors and including lots of textures, textiles and an homage to nature. Can you tell which paintings are old masters of the 14th Century and those of the 18th Century?

Taking time to experience art, learn and get my culture on inspires my design in preparing listings for market! I truly love this museum and their wonderful exhibitions. Make sure to catch this one through September 30, 2018

CYNTHIA PALMER | Vanguard Properties | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY | Realtor DRE# 01445659 | Dedicated to You!

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