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Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot City and a little bit Country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.


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CYNTHIA PALMER, REALTOR, BRE#01445659 | VANGUARD PROPERTIES | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY

CYNTHIA PALMER, REALTOR, BRE#01445659 | VANGUARD PROPERTIES | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY


2017 Kitchen Trends Exposed!

Anytime is a great time to update your kitchen which will likely update your life too! Here are some of our favorite kitchen updates to make work in your home.

Mixed Materials

These days, mixing patterns, fabrics and raw materials is okay if well executed. Mix the color of your cabinets, light colors on the walls with darker cabinets featured on a large kitchen island. Then use the granite, quartz or marble counter top to incorporate the contrasting colors harmoniously.

Under-Cabinet Lighting

Placing lighting under your cabinets to make counter tops brighter and create ambiance, use to be a chore to find and install. Now it's so much easier to find under counter lighting solutions. Turn off overhead lighting and use this energy efficient solution to highlight your kitchens finer details.

All White Kitchens

White kitchens are all the rage. This color choice lends to modern and traditional kitchens alike. White is a color that makes a space appear larger and any type of flooring pares well too. Alter the mood and decoration by changing it seasonally, adding color with towels, flowers, art and even fruit. 

 

Countertops With A Waterfall Edge

This design element takes the edge of marble or other material in a seamless line running from the countertop vertically to the bottom edge of the island. Install your countertop with a waterfall edge for a chic and sleek design.

Backsplashes With Attitude

This is where your personal point of view can shine. With so many materials to choose from like glass tile, natural stone, mosaic and subway tiles and even copper or metallic sheets or squares. Use complimentary patterns or inset a feature wall or area. Choose the color that coordinate's with your kitchen design plan and work with a professional for a more eclectic or ornate design to insure you have a beautiful outcome.

Copper Accents

Old faithful copper has returned as a design accent. Time to hit the vintage stores or online design retailers offering the latest combo of copper and other metals to use as decoration, as part of a back splash and even for cooking.

Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.

How To! Drought Tolerant Gardens

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Installing a drought tolerant garden in your front or rear yard means you will be free from watering, contributing to water conservation and when done, your yard will likely be the envy of all of your neighbors. Drought tolerant landscaping uses natural features (berms, elevations, risers, mounds) and native plants to create interest.

The key item to establishing this landscape is to rent a piece of equipment called a Dingo (a piece of equipment that is like a mini Bobcat). This will help you establish your elevations and berms. Plot your garden on paper, so you know where your landscape will lie before beginning installation. 

1. Find your rocks - Locate your local quarry or rock supplier and determine which kind of rocks you will use for visual interest. The quarry will deliver and then it's up to your Dingo operator to position the rocks and soil. This can take a few days, so be patient as this is the base for your garden. Lay down flagstones for walk ways and watch as your garden matures and plants creep into the cracks. Rock-scaping will yield surprising results when integrating with your plants.

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2. Use a Landscaper - To install your drip system for those plants that require some water, and to install flagstone - it is suggested to use a landscaper. 

3. Choose your plants - Xeric (drought resistant) plants can be found at most nurseries. Think of heights and levels. Choose a few trees (serviceberry, dwarf conifers, a shade tree) and plant your flowering plants around them. Think of plants that bloom at different times of the year so you always have visual interest. Some plants may require some irrigation, so consider planting an "inferno strip" of plants that need zero water. Use a root stimulant to help establish the plants. With perennials, first they sleep and then they creep and leap, so give your garden time to fully bloom and integrate with the other plants before changing plants.

4. Some benefits - Remember xeric plants are desert plants. They can be planted in topsoil (not with compost), and don't need feeding so you can skip the expensive compost or organic mulch. Use gravel and don't use weed fabric. In affect, you will be saving money installing this landscape with out the need for amendments.

5. Some favorite drought tolerant plant varieties.

Inferno Strip:

  • Fernbush
  • Rabbit Brush
  • Apache Plume
  • Penstemons
  • Mirabilis
  • Sulphyr Buckwheat
  • Woolly Speedwell
  • Prairie Clover
  • Globe Mallow
  • Salvia azurea
  • Liatris
  • Poppy seeds
  • Scutterlaria
  • Blackfoot Daisy
  • Salvia Ultra Violet

Drought Tolerant:

  • Creeping Grey Germander
  • Hummingbird Mint - Attracts hummingbirds
  • Salvia
  • May Night
  • Cardonna
  • Walker's Low Catmint
  • Ice Plant
  • Veronicas groundcover (ots of color)
  • Penstemon
  • Dwarf Iris
  • Western Sundancer Daisy
  • Thrift-leaf Perky Sue
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Here are local Bay Area nurseries that grow drought tolerant plants. They are sure to help you determine which plants will meet your landscape design requirements for height, space, water and visual interest.

Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.

COLOR OF THE YEAR FOR 2017

Thinking of painting your walls with the latest trendy color choices? This year Pantone’s Color of the Year is “Greenery”, a color that will revitalize, refresh and rejuvenate. Used with other shades, it becomes a grounded neutral with vibrancy and brightness like fresh foliage. Use it as an accent color, with other neutrals or in accessories, throw pillows or a plant to re-connect with nature in your interior environment.

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Color schemes that pair with Greenery:

FATHOMLESS:

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DEEP ROOTED:

CALM IT DOWN:

Use an eggshell base coat to match the true color of the paint swatch and paint test patches to view your wall color in different lights during the day and evening. Gray, white and beige are still popular paint colors, though shades of green are now gracing the interiors of San Francisco Homes.

For more visit: www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017 (Images Courtesy Pantone.com)

Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.

Front Door Feng Shui Made Easy

Looking for a strong front door for your home, to add that extra something that brings energy into your home? In the Chinese practice of Feng Shui, the front/main door is very important in a home or business. Your home's Chi or energy comes through the front door, so a balanced door is stronger and brings nourishing energy to those living within.

4 Front Door Features:

  1. Open Flow of Energy - Remove dead plants, cracked pots and items blocking the door, keeping it clean of debris. Keep the energy moving.
  2. Looking Good - Show that your door is kept well, no squeaks, new hardware, fresh paint. Remove those old Christmas wreaths. Pay attention to it and it will attract that quality to your life.
  3. Color Matches Direction - To gain energy, choose a color that is harmonious with the direction of your door. Remove rusty light fixture or nails.
  4. Crisp Main Entry - Your front door should open to a clear energy flow where the energy throughout the home begins. Clear the pathway and keep the flow going.

AUSPICIOUS ELEMENTS AND COLORS

Use a compass to determine in which direction your front door is facing and use the corresponding direction and it's ruling elements to determine color and decor to best augment and promote good Chi (energy) through your front door into your home.


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EAST - Wood Element 

Paint your door with these colors:

  • Green, Brown, Blue, Black, Very Light Yellow, All Earth colors

ADD:

  • Lush greenery with vibrant plants
  • Pots in colors of black, blue, green or earthy colors
  • Natural fiber doormat - rectangle shape
  • Water Fountain close to door
  • Surrounding rocks and square shapes

AVOID:

  • Red, Purple, White, Gray, Orange, Strong Yellow, Pink
  • Metal decor -  shiny metal hardware, round shapes.
  • Fire decor - red or purple, triagular and star shapes (Pointed)

SOUTH - Fire Element 

Paint your door with these colors:

  • Red-Orange, strong magenta, purple, pink, strong yellow 

ADD:

  • Lush greenery with vibrant plants
  • Pots in colors of red, purple, green, brown
  • Natural fiber doormat - rectangle shape or with stars and triangles

AVOID:

  • Blue and Black 
  • Clay pots, too many rocks, square shapes, blue or black pots
  • Water decor - no water features or wavy shapes

WEST - Metal Element 

  • Paint your door with these colors:
  • White, Gray and Earthy colors

ADD:

  • Lush greenery with vibrant plants
  • Metal containers/pots in metal finish, white or gray finish
  • Shiny metal door hardware
  • Square shaped mat or with squares in design

AVOID:

  • Red, orange, purple, strong yellow, pink, blue and black
  • Fire decor - red or purple pots, red doormat or triangle (pointed) shapes.

NORTH - Water Element

  • Paint your door with these colors:
  • Blue, Black, White, Gray

ADD:

  • Lush greenery with vibrant plants
  • Metal containers/pots in metal finish, white, gray, blue or black finish
  • Shiny metal door hardware
  • Water feature inside or outside the door
  • Round or wavy shaped mat in blue or black

AVOID:

  • Red, purple, pink, green, brown, earthy tones
  • Wood decor  - red or purple pots, red doormat or triangle (pointed) shapes.
  • Earth Decor - clay pots, rocks, square shapes

However you apply the principles of Feng Shui you are sure to spruce up your entrance and add vitality to your home in a harmonious way.

Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, commercial, viticulture and agriculture property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.


Favorite SF Design and Furniture Stores

Almond Harzog - Lounge Chair by Richard Arthschwager

Almond Harzog - Lounge Chair by Richard Arthschwager

Having been a ranch & winery owner and homeowner several times over, I've grown to love unique design and furniture. Curating pieces that are regional and hand-made, or one of a kind, make your home design your own.

Here are 5 local, cool SF design and furniture boutiques where you will find that special piece.

1. Propeller Modern - Hayes Valley

Featuring furniture and accessories by local, emerging and other North American independent designers, their staff offers plenty of design knowledge, will let you know about each piece and are poised to help!

55 Hayes Street 415-701-7767 Website


2. Almond Hartzog - Bernal Heights

Here's well you can find collectible 20th century furniture and art. Seating, lighting, tables, accessories from the world over. 

111 Rhode Island Street 415-355-1200 Website


3. Dogfork Lamp Arts

From custom design & fabrication to antique lighting restoration, conversions, lamp repair and every type of wiring; the team at Dogfork are craftsmen and designers who provide opinions, fabricate, solve problems and meet all your lighting needs. Have an old something you want turned into a lamp? Drop by the warehouse to witness an ever-changing selection of fixtures, lamps and one-of-a-kind Dogfork designs. 

1000 Quesada Avenue 415-431-6727 Website


4. Heath Ceramics - Mission District

Check out their retail space in the Mission District. The gallery space and retail showroom with newsstand, viewing court, and Tartine for coffee, lunch and snacks is part of their factory where Heath tile is produced. Purchase dinnerware, tableware, tile and tabletop design items. 

2900 18th Street 415-361-5552 Website


5. Industrious Life - Dogpatch

Carefully curated furniture, both vintage and modern, accessories and lighting are featured by Industrious Life whose motto is "Thoughtful design for inspired living" and showcase, handmade minimalist designs. Where art and industry intersect.

1095 Tennessee Street 415-349-3479 Website

There are plenty more places to shop to bring Modern American Glamour to your home, like the Jonathan Adler Boutique on Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights or Z Gallerie on Union Street in Cow Hollow. Connect with me for more referrals.

Cynthia Palmer, Realtor with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home in the Bay Area.


SAN FRANCISCO MARKET UPDATE JULY 2017

Year-to-date performance has been stronger in 2017, as compared to last year. The overall transaction volume is up by 9% to approximately $3.7B, as compared to $3.4B during the same period in 2016. The overall median sale price has risen 4% year-todate, coming in at $1.25MM. The median market time is now measuring at 19 days, as compared to 24 days last year. Sub markets performing particularly well include single family homes in MLS District 5. This category which includes neighborhoods such as Glen Park, Noe Valley, Castro and Cole Valley saw the year-to-date median increase 15% to $2.4MM.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is also faring better, with the latest reading coming in at 3.9%, as compared to 4.15% in January of this year. Inventory levels remain low, measuring at about a 1-month supply, much less than the 6-month level widely regarded as the equilibrium. It is expected to be an active summer selling season, with already over 100 properties going into pending or contingent status since July 1st.

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Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home in the Bay Area.