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. […]

New York Style

New York  is one of the best known places for more than just its tourist attractions.  Small living space is the hot topic whenever I bring up this big city.  Conversations before my trip made me curious to see if renters really do live in apartments the size of closets and store their shoe collections […]

To Paint or not to Paint- Shiny New Steps

I held off painting my back porch steps for years. I loved the texture of the flagstone, but they didn’t really go with the style of the house. After putting drought tolerant landscaping in, the steps sort of just felt even more blah against the gravel. As the painters put the finishing touches on our […]

Turn your kitchen into a Parisian cafe in one step

This is easiest way to add menus and messages for the whole family. Never forget to feed the Dogs and even the simplest grocery list becomes chic. What you’ll need: Dry erase board and pens Frame that fits your board 3m Command Strips Done! Enjoy!

Before and after. White is the new black

Going from black to white has done More for my mood than for the house I think. We see this big garage door from the bustling kitchen. A constant dose of black is a sub-conscience downer I’m just realizing today, as white takes over. Instead of absorbing the light, this big surface reflects the California […]

How to Rope Finials Before and After

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with nautical knots; it’s a life long thing actually. So, recently I decided to add the monkey fist to my decor as finials in my bedroom. Turns out sailors have many talents because tricky, albeit useful, knot tying must be one of them. After researching how to monkey fist […]

Before and After my Bathroom

Before and after. I can’t believe I lived with that bathroom for so long. I think it was over 2 years after we moved in and I still have to remove the old gross shower door for a new one. But the new look makes this little bathroom look glamorous while really increasing resell value. […]

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 […]