Backyard Teepee

Fun in the backyard. 3 generations enjoying what a few branches can make. Carrie Diaz is a Los Angeles realtor who has an eye for the best real estate. She is an LA native who specializes in a fully catered and custom experience for every client. She is part of a local team of experts, […]

New York still stuck on you

On 5th Ave, a brisk cold day in March, “licking the windows”, as they say in Paris! I love that the city’s architecture is caught in the glare. A must for me for every NYC visit in my future will be a stop into Trash and Vaudeville in the East Village on St. Mark’s. said […]

Garden Section is my Get Away

The garden section of hardware stores is one of my favorite mid week activities. I’ve done a lot of traveling all over the world and this simple pleasure feels like a private escape without having to check my luggage. It’s a great place for kids to stretch their legs and enjoy some roaming around time. […]

Open house 2012 Retrospective

Weekly home tours are a perk of being a Los Angeles realtor. With 2012 coming to a close, I realized my I Phone was full of photos from a year’s worth of open houses and pre-views in and around Los Angeles. Erasing all the photos seemed liked a shame and a waste of an insider’s […]

Before & After Black and White Inspiration

Before & After The taupe chairs were…well, taupe. Some things are great in taupe but this pair of mid century chairs is not one of them. The buffalo check & unicorn covers are the novelty in an otherwise all grey and white room. I was inspired by Jonathan Adler’s wild sense of pattern mixing and […]

Paint my House- how to choose a color

One of the hardest choices I’ve had to make as a home owner is what color to paint the exterior. The time is now to choose again. I’m very excited to go dark this time. The mysterious contenders: I think the left one is too bright, the middle one too blah, and the right one […]

Bobs Big Boy Burbank

Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank was a surprise stop on our walk…that’s one bonus of living in Burbank. A larger than life landmark like the Bob’s Big Boy statue can be a surprise bonus on the treasure map you make with your son one day. Don’t you draw treasure maps? One can get pretty creative […]

Monets Garden

I still dream of returning to Paris. I need to see Versailles in Spring, seeing those gardens all covered up in winter is not as impressive.  Although, it is an unusual sight not everyone has seen.  To avoid landing in front of a CLOSED sign, I usually try to make detailed travel plans to take […]

Balboa Island Newport Get Away

Balboa Island is prime waterfront real estate. Most houses are year round vacation rentals in Newport that are weekly rentals or monthly rentals. My family rented this beach house, 331 Crystal Ave, to celebrate my mom’s promotion at work. This Balboa Island rental has the perfect mix of styles and full of easy beach house […]

Modern Landscape Idea

Mid-century Monday! I am inspired by this photo every time I see it, so I’m sharing it with you to share the inspiration. I know it’s unusual, but that’s exactly what I love about it. Most yards and interiors are overly masculine with square rooms and linear furniture. This design can change all that… Circular […]