Knew It! Dishwasher Do’s + Don’ts

By November 4, 2015 @ 1:28 pm


I knew it!

Fork tines up or down?  Rinse or scrape?

Here is a few dishwasher do’s and don’ts:

  • DO: use a rinse aid – it helps relieve dishes of pesky water spots and allows them to dry quickly
  • DON’T: place smaller plates behind larger ones – they will be missed by the spray
  • DO: organize utensils by type with forks and spoons face up to save time unloading
  • DON’T: leave food in the garbage disposal while running the dishwasher
  • DO: run the dishwasher at night so you save on utility costs
  • DON’T: wash knives, non-stick pans and cookware, wood or cast iron in the dishwasher
  • DO: unload from bottom to top to avoid spilling any water from the top shelf onto the bottom shelf

and finally, what we have been telling our friends and family for years…

  • DON’T: rinse your plates – scraping is better.  Even though it may go against every dishwashing bone in your body pre-rinsing wastes water and isn’t necessary if you run the machine within a day.  And today’s machines can handle food residue.  One exception?  Rice.  Rice can clog the drain hose so it is worth rinsing off every grain.

Creative Recycling + Advertising

By October 28, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

Ever wonder what to do with your kids’ old crib, the one that no longer meets the safety requirements and therefore shouldn’t be passed on?  I had one of those.  I decided to tear it apart and turn the pieces into something useful.

For this one I took the bottom of the crib, where the mattress sat, and took off all of the hardware.  It was sanded, primed and painted with chalkboard paint – voila!  Instant chalkboard.

Chalkboard art is all the rage right now.  I took my new chalkboard and decked it out with some fancy writing – voila!  Instant invitation into my open house for people walking by.


krista’s home office also fronts as an art studio. perfect spot to do creative real estate marketing.

Spotted at the Marin Fountain in Berkeley

By October 26, 2015 @ 10:41 am


Marin Fountain, Berkeley

Snow in Berkeley in October?  Looks like someone was playing a prank!

New Listing: 730 Stannage, Albany

By October 20, 2015 @ 6:31 pm


730 Stannage in Albany

We first met the seller of 730 Stannage back in early June of this year.  Her dad had just passed away and she was looking for guidance as to what to do with the family house.  Her family moved into the house nearly 60 years ago.  It was home to many family parties, neighborhood “Solano Stroll” parties, eating guavas from the tree in back, enjoying an afternoon cup of coffee on the front porch, and creating wonderful projects in the large basement.  Birthdays were celebrated, grandchildren played, and the neighborhood grew.

She was faced with the decision to keep it, sell it, or rent it.  And would it need to be fixed up?  The house had (has) an amazing energy in it, but it was not updated.  What to do?

We were brought in to help her weigh her options.  Over the course of the next few weeks we presented her with various costs, advantages, disadvantages.  We discussed budgets and best return on investment.  But the first step was to help her empty out the house, which was full of decades worth of memories.

We brought in our amazing “she can help you get rid of all of this” person but it turned out that the belongings weren’t worth much money and the seller would be better off having an estate sale.  So that’s what she did.  She enlisted family and neighbors, and we lent her some signs.  For four days people came in and picked out their own little gems.

After the estate sale we took over.  There was still a lot of stuff left so we took what we could to good will, El Cerrito Recycling, and donation centers.  We brought in Nurture Source Designs, a fabulous stager, and with their help we transformed the home into a modern gem.  Now it was a home with good energy, AND it looked good too.  We painted, re-finished floors, remodeled the kitchen and bath, had windows cleaned, landscaped the yard.  The entire process took just over four weeks.  It is now on the market and looking for its new owner, perhaps someone who will live there for the next 60 years.  For more information please visit

dining room 1 before

Dining Room BEFORE


dining room 1 after

Dining Room AFTER


kitchen 1 before

Kitchen BEFORE


kitchen 1 after

Kitchen AFTER

Wondering whether you have options?  We would be happy to meet with you to discuss as well.

Krista + Rosie



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By October 15, 2015 @ 2:12 pm





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