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Where to watch the big game in L.A.

Where to Watch the Big Game in L.A.

We don’t know who will be playing just yet, but it’s not too early to make plans for the big game next month!  This year the much anticipated event will take place on Sunday, February 5th, 2017, in Houston, Texas.  You can enjoy the game right here in Los Angeles with your family and friends.  Here’s a list of some of the local places where you can catch the big game.

Basement Tavern: This speakeasy style lounge, located in the basement of a 19th century Victorian style home, offers a more laid back vibe for game watching.

Super Bowl Showdown! This event at The Avalon benefits the Hollywood Police Activities League.  Bring your friends to watch the game in a private VIP booth, or enjoy the Super Bowl from the club’s top deck while participating in a foosball tournament. Games, prizes, and goodwill available at this fundraiser.

Super Bowl 51 Tailgate Party:  Red Bar and Lounge in Irvine is offering patrons an all you can eat tailgate party.  Game day favorites like chicken wings, bratwurst, and chips & guac will be available, along with $2 beers.

Girls Guide Super Bowl Party:  Combine activism with your love for sports at this fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.  Hosted by Jordan Zucker, this event features an open bar, food, auction prizes, and lots of televisions to watch the game on.

Dog Haus:  Old Pasadena Biergarten:  An extensive tap and televisions throughout the place make this a fun place to hang out while watching the game.

The Big Game Party and Car Show: If you love sports and cars, then head to the NOS Center.  Over 900 people turned out to the event last year, and this year the organizers are looking to double that number. This party will be huge!

Super Bowl Entertainment Industry Mixer Party:  This adults only event is hosted by The Ladies of Body/Heat VIP.  A buffet and bar is available, along with performances by various VIP guests.

Bludso’s Bar and Que:  This restaurant is always a fun place to watch sports and made our list of top barbeques in the Los Angeles area.

Super Bowl Cruise 2017: The ultimate Super Bowl party might be this three day fiesta at sea! Depart from Long Beach with other super fans on a Carnival Cruise.  Enjoy cocktails at sea while you cheer for your favorite team.

What’s your favorite spot to watch the big game in Los Angeles?

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

The new year is a great time to get organized.  Many of us work from home, or bring our work home with us regularly, so a home office is a must.  Here are five things for you to consider when designing the best home office for organizing.

Group Like Materials Together

Shelves or storage boxes are a great way to sort and organize items.  Group like items (such as disks, documents, cords, etc.) together and label the materials so you can easily find them when you need them.

Color Coded File System

Every home office has lots of paper to sort and organize.  A file cabinet is perfect for keeping various documents sorted and organized.  Color coding and labeling folders provide a quick visual cue to help you find what you need more efficiently.

Hard Floors

Having furniture on wheels, both chairs and file cabinets, will help you rearrange your space more easily.  When you’re working on different projects you can wheel the correct files to your work table.  Carpeted floors make it hard to move wheeled items around, and they’re more difficult to keep clean. Check out these gorgeous hardwood floors at 9585 Hidden Valley!

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

Use Space Creatively

Place shelves in unexpected places, like over the door.  Turn space under windows into storage cubicles.  Even the back of the door can be used for storage!  The curved  custom shelf at 11531 Orum is a great example of creatively using space to get organized.

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

Let there be Light!

You’ll get a lot more done, and you’ll enjoy your home office more, when there is lots of natural light.  Choose a room in the house that has large windows.  This beautiful expansive window at 1218 Benedict Canyon is a great example of allowing natural light into your home.  If the room you are in doesn’t have many windows, opt for beautiful home lighting to enhance the space with.

The Best Home Offices for Organizing

Once your home office is organized, you’ll be able to get your work done more quickly and efficiently.  And less time working in your office means more time to enjoy the other parts of your home, like the pool!

How to Prep Your House to Sell

How to Prep Your House to Sell

First impressions are so important and this is especially true when selling a home!  There are several simple steps you can take to make prospective buyers feel like your property is an excellent investment.  Here are ten tips for prepping to sell your house quickly and profitably:

Improve your landscaping. You only get one chance to make a great first impression.  A great front yard is a huge selling point. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant bright flowers.

How to Prep Your House to Sell

Boost the curb appeal. An uninviting exterior can lead buyers to believe that the interior will be just as poorly maintained.  Fix peeling paint, remove clutter from the driveway and walkway, and clean the gutters.  Don’t forget to buy a new welcome mat to place at the front door!

Make repairs. Very few people are looking for fixer uppers.  To get the top dollar for your home, take on all the unfinished items on your to-do list and get them done!

Clean, clean, clean! From the mantle to floors and everything in between, clean every inch of your home.  If this task is too big, hire a cleaning company to come assist you.

Declutter and depersonalize. You want potential buyers to envision themselves in this home, and it’s hard for them to do that if they are distracted by lots of clutter and personal items.  Rent a storage locker if needed to hide excess furniture and clutter.

How to Prep Your House to Sell

Organize closets and drawers. Messy storage spaces look smaller than they really are.  By having closets and shelves organized, buyers can focus on the storage space instead of the mess.

Repaint walls with neutral colors. While you may love bright, bold colors, it may turn away buyers.  Neutral colors are visually relaxing and allow buyers to focus on the room and not the color of the walls.

Eliminate bad odors. Keep pets and litter boxes outside if possible before showings, and don’t make strong smelling foods.  Baking cookies is a nice way to mask odors, as well as provide a welcoming scent.  Fresh flowers are another way to add color and fragrance to any room.

Update the bathrooms.  You can create the illusion of a spa on a small budget by adding new towels, candles, and new floor mats to the bathroom.  Don’t forget to keep the toilet seat down, too!

How to Prep Your House to Sell

Let the light in!  Open shutters and curtains to let lots of light into your home.  A bright room looks larger and more cheery.

Let our team guide you through the process of listing and preparing your home to sell.  With years of experience, we can deliver personalized service and impressive results.

Green Holiday Decorating When the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy the beauty of nature by bringing it indoors! There are several ways to “go green” with your holiday decorating this year.

Green Holiday Decorating

When the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy the beauty of nature by bringing it indoors!  There are several ways to “go green” with your holiday decorating this year.  Here are some of our favorite ways to bring natural elements into your holiday home decor.

Live Christmas Tree

This may already be a tradition in your home, but many have never experienced having a live Christmas tree for the holidays.  The National Christmas Tree Association offers several tips for choosing and caring for your live tree.

Green Holiday Decorating   When the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy the beauty of nature by bringing it indoors!  There are several ways to “go green” with your holiday decorating this year.

Fresh Garlands

Fresh garlands are a superior alternative to plastic big box store garlands.  Gardens of the Blue Ridge is one site that specializes in fresh holiday garlands.  They sell their product by the foot, so you can buy just the right amount.   Their box wood garland (pictured) is especially stunning.  The “extra thick” size of this garland would be perfect for the mantle or used as a unique table runner!

Green Holiday Decorating   When the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy the beauty of nature by bringing it indoors!  There are several ways to “go green” with your holiday decorating this year.

Floral Centerpieces

Add sparkle to your holiday table with a floral centerpiece. Spray paint pinecones silver or gold to add a touch of luxury to your Christmas table. Add Dusty Miller, known for its snowy white color, for the perfect complement to any Christmas centerpiece.  This stunning centerpiece from FTD Fresh is one of  seven floral Christmas centerpiece ideas on their site.

Green Holiday Decorating   When the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy the beauty of nature by bringing it indoors!  There are several ways to “go green” with your holiday decorating this year.

Fireplace with no Fire

Fill your fireplace with LED candles instead of wood logs to create a soothing, intimate setting.  Accent the candles with lush live wreaths or fresh garlands.  Fresh flowers make great accents, too.

Green Holiday Decorating   When the temperatures drop, you can still enjoy the beauty of nature by bringing it indoors!  There are several ways to “go green” with your holiday decorating this year.

Dried Fruit Wreath

A dried fruit wreath is great for doors, of course, but it would also make a beautiful centerpiece or mantle topper.  The Citrus Fruit Wreath from Williams-Sonoma is handcrafted from fresh fir, spiral eucalyptus and seeded eucalyptus with air-dried spruce cones, pinecones, sliced and slit oranges, and cinnamon sticks. Bring the scent and spirit of the holidays alive with this California made wreath.

Poinsettia

This list of green holiday decor wouldn’t be complete if we left out the poinsettia!  Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season, and they bring a splash of red and green festive color to your windows, doors, and mantles.  Keep your live plant healthy for as long as possible by following these tips from HGTV.

From our homes to yours, we wish you the best this holiday season!

Dining Rooms for Holiday Entertaining - Juliette Hohnen

Gorgeous Dining Rooms for Holiday Entertaining

The temperatures are dropping, and the holidays are approaching.  It’s the perfect time to gather friends and family to our homes for entertaining!  Whether you are house hunting, remodeling your home, or redecorating, we’ve got some tips for your dining space.  Here are four things to consider when choosing the best dining room for entertaining.

Space for Everyone

 Gorgeous Dining Rooms for Holiday Entertaining

Rectangular rooms that can accommodate long tables make for ideal dining spaces.  While cozy little sitting areas are great for chatting, when it’s time to sit together and dine, it’s lovely to have a long table that can seat all of your guests together.  The length and dimensions of this dining room, at Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, are perfect for a long dining table.   This property also features a chef’s kitchen with butler’s prep area and walk-in pantry, which leads to both the formal dining room and a sun-drenched breakfast room. What a great setup for entertaining at home!

A Gorgeous View

Gorgeous Dining Rooms for Holiday Entertaining

Large windows or glass doors help open up the dining area and provide the space with lots of beautiful natural light.  Gorgeous views of gardens and greenery enhance any dining room!  Check out the lovely view from the dining room at Verde Oak Drive in Los Feliz!  With a perfect indoor-indoor flow, this view encourages guests to linger at the dining room table long after the meal is done.

Room for Storage

 Gorgeous Dining Rooms for Holiday Entertaining

Entertaining guests also means having lots of tableware and decor, as well as someplace to store all those items!  A dining room with a built in buffet ensures that entertaining necessities are always close at home.  This beautiful formal dining room at Orum Road, Bel Air features a gorgeous built in wall unit that will not only hold all of your fine china and flatware, but it can also double as a bar for after dinner cocktails.

Round and Round We Go

 Gorgeous Dining Rooms for Holiday Entertaining

If you’re a fan of unconventional design, look outside the box and consider a room and dining space that are anything but square!  A large round table can seat many guests at once, and no one will feel like they are left out at the end of the table.  This type of arrangement is perfect for family style meals, with dishes arranged on a Lazy Susan turntable. This beautiful dining space found at Hidden Valley Road, Beverly Hills is an excellent example of a stunning round dining room, and it also features a gorgeous view!

Space, storage, and scenic views…three important things to consider when designing or shopping for a home with the best dining space for entertaining!

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