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FunDay MonDay

Well, really my FunDay was yesterday, but I am telling you about it today (which makes it FunDay MonDay). So, yesterday I went to Green Home Tour in San Diego. There were a total of three homes in which are either in the process of achieving their LEED certification or have already gone above and beyond the required LEED points. The locations were Point Loma, La Jolla, and Encinitas.

The Point Loma residence is in the process of acquiring their LEED Platinum certification (The highest certification that you can get!). This home was the least appealing on the exterior and the interior. The home is domed shaped and had the biggest echo I have ever heard in a home. The space was about 2,235 sq.ft. with 3 (possibly 4) bedrooms, and 2 full baths. The one thing that really got me (besides the echos), was that the second floor bedrooms did not have ceilings, so you could hear everything that was happening in the entire home (and vise versa). Not ideal. But the rest of the homes integrated sustainable designs was very fascinating and really cool.

Point Loma

The La Jolla home was designed by a designer that I actually know. It was amazing seeing such a talented designer at the same age as me designing such a wonderful and beautiful home. Of course, the house was located in La Jolla and had the beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and a great roof top deck. The first floor featured the bedrooms and the second housed the living room, kitchen and deck, the third or rooftop deck housed the bbq area, patio, unobstructed views of the ocean and a dinning set.  This home is perfectly designed for my current lifestyle (meaning… having an almost husband and no kids), featuring 2 bedrooms and 2-1/2 baths all in 1,800 sq. ft. The house may seem small but the bedrooms were very large and gorgeous. What an ideal home to live in.

La Jolla

The third and last home the I visited was my favorite. This is a great home to have a few kids in and enjoy life. The exterior of the home was so basic and contemporary with a wonderful use of wood. Encinitas is another coastal community in San Diego County and this house had another fantastic view of the Pacific. The kitchen was a dream come true. The master suite was located on the top floor as well as the living space (to utilize the view as much as you can). I would really never have to leave the top floor. The first floor featured the three other bedrooms as well as the living room and an office space. PERFECT! This house is for sale and man, if I had the money I would totally buy this place. The main floor (again the second floor) had the large balcony with the ocean view. Ugh man…such a great house. The four bedrooms and 3-1/2 baths are spaciously placed in this 3,229 sq. ft. home.





Born and raised in San Diego, we tend to forget what is available to us out here in our own city. Yeah sure tourists fun almost anything and everything to do, but when you live here all that fun seems to dissipate. Being a member of the USGBC (Untied States Green Building Counsel) and working on achieving my LEED Green Associate certification, I have found one thing to do on November 7th.

Green Home Tour : This tour features three homes in San Diego that have met the Green Building Standards (Green Certified, Silver Certified, Gold or Platinum Certified). I am going to this event and am very excited to see how the designers and architects have utilized our resources in a green way.

See you there! And remember to Reuse, Renew, Recycle. 

Not Such a Mundane Monday

Good Morning! What a beautiful morning it is here in San Diego…going to be 95 degrees at our local beaches and 107 inland! WOW~ our summer came so late this year. Glad to see you.

Well, on my morning web search for the usual…I found the top 10 kitchen trends that have hit our homes. Here they are:

1- New family rooms

2- White Cabinetry

3-Stainless steel appliances

4-Work zones

5- Walk-in pantries (wish I had enough room to create a walk-in pantry)

6- Save and splurge strategies (save here but splurge there)

7- technology

8- Eco-Friendly products

9- Integrated appliances

10- Layered lighting

Friday’s Found Fun

If I didn’t have a dog who likes to climb things (I swear he thinks he is a cat sometimes) and has nail that grow like weeds, and fur that seems to get into everything….I would have these stones somewhere in my house. If I did not have a space for them, I would make one. These can be found on Etsy (as well as other felted wool accessories), VivaTerra, and can even be found in some local decor and furniture stores.

Color of the Week

Grass Green.

I am growing quite fond of the grass green color. Every time I drive by a field of grass and smell that odor, it takes me back to the wondrous time of my childhood and all the soccer games that I had either played in or watched from the sidelines. To me this color is refreshing and wholesome. In this modern day and the environment being on everyones minds, grass green could not be more appropriate.  Love it!

Green is a color, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 520–570 nanometres. In the subtractive color system, it is not a primary color, but is created out of a mixture of yellow and blue, or yellow and cyan; it is considered one of the additive primary colors. On the HSV color wheel, also known as the RGB color wheel, the complement of green is magenta; that is, a purplecolor corresponding to an equal mixture of red and blue light. On a color wheel based on traditional color theory (RYB), the complementary color to green is considered to be red.

The word green is closely related to the Old English verb growan, “to grow”. It is used to describe plants or the ocean. Sometimes it can also describe someone who is inexperienced, jealous, or sick. In the United States of America, green is a slang term for money, among other things. Several colloquialisms have derived from these meanings, such as “green around the gills”, a phrase used to describe a person who looks ill.

Culturally, green has broad and sometimes contradictory meanings. In some cultures, green symbolizes hope and growth, while in others, it is associated with death, sickness, envy, or the devil. The most common associations, however, are found in its ties to nature. For example, Islam venerates the color, as it expects paradise to be full of lush greenery. Green is also associated with regeneration, fertility and rebirth for its connections to nature. Recent political groups have taken on the color as symbol of environmental protection and social justice, and consider themselves part of the Green movement, some naming themselves Green parties. This has led to similar campaigns in advertising, as companies have sold green, or environmentally friendly, products.

Found everywhere in nature!

What’s for Dinner?

Not much around the frig, or for that matter, even the pantry. Looking and looking…hmm a can of vegetarian chili and look a huge bag of rice. What can be as simple as that.

The best vegetarian chili that I have had so far as been the 365 brand from Whole Foods. It has great kidney and white beans, as well as red bell pepper, jalopenos, corn and a few other ingredients. Great.

The only problem I have is that my boyfriend complained that there was no meat….uh, “VEG-E-TAR-IAN”….hello!

Not Such a Mundane Monday

Hawaiian style can be very over done. I have a client located in Northern California who has recently purchased a home. This client is originally from San Diego and loves the San Diego laid back lifestyle. They both loved the beach and the style it lends itself to.

here is an example of a home that lends itself to the style of ‘hawaiian’ but is overdone nor is it suggesting something else. The colors are great and fun and I love the area rug. Great inspiration.

Friday’s Found Fun

Well, since I live in San Diego and am really trying to save some money I thought that I would let everyone know about some fun things to do in San Diego that are FREE. That is right…FREE!

The sun is shinning again and the weather is getting warmer… So here is a list of some great activities to do in San Diego:

1. Head to San Diego’s many beaches.

2. Visit La Jolla Cove.

3. Visit downtown San Diego’s Seaport Village.

4. Stroll through the 16½-block historic Gaslamp Quarter.

5. Mission Bay Park

6. Enjoy free organ concerts at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Spreckels Organ Pavillion in Balboa Park.

7. Visit Old Town.

8. Bike or jog along Mission Bay Park’s.

9. Visit the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

10. Stargaze outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park on the first Wednesday of every month.

11. Take a scenic, one-hour drive to Mt. Laguna.

12. Step back in time with a stop in Julian, and eat some pie.

13. Grab your picnic basket and head to Torrey Pines State Park.

14. The 59 Mile Scenic Drive allows travelers to take in all of the must-see places in San Diego.

15. Rollerblade, skateboard or bicycle along the Mission Beach Boardwalk.

16. Visit Mission Trails Regional Park.

17. Go scuba diving or snorkeling off San Diego’s shores and see spectacular creatures of the sea. La Jolla Cove is the best.

18. Go bird watching at the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

19. Stroll through Balboa Park. a

20. Visit other museums around town that offer similar free days. In its La Jolla facility, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is free on the third Tuesday of each month; the downtown facility is free daily.

21. Gather family, friends and firewood for a cozy beach bonfire at one of the beaches in San Diego County, including Coronado Beach, La Jolla Shores and Mission Beach.

22. Explore the tidepools in Point Loma.

23. Drive to the top of Mt. Soledad in La Jolla for breathtaking, 360-degree views of San Diego, including the gently curving La Jolla coastline and Mission Bay. Spectacular views of San Diego’s East County communities also await guests at the top of Mt. Helix.

24. Visit the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and experience the natural beauty of the desert.

25. Take a scenic walk along The Big Bay, San Diego’s “largest attraction.” With 27 miles of waterfront featuring bayside parks, marinas, hundreds of shops and restaurants, and miles of promenades and bikeways, the Big Bay appeals to all ages and interests.
—All this information was found on the San Diego’s website. San Diego.org

Other things that I like to do….jog around Miramar Lake (a 6 mile trail hike)

– View at the top of Mt Helix

– Bike the trails of Lake Hodges.

– I even enjoy walking through La Jolla Bird Rock residences and take a look at the homes.

-Walk along Sunset Cliffs at sunset.

Not such a Mundane Monday

I am in love with this eco-friendly room. The colors are just enough for interest. I am not so sure about that coffee table, however, I would have some serious issues trying to keep everything within a circle. Hello OCD!

What I would change: The coffee table (maybe something with hidden storage) and the wall color. Sherwin Williams Muslin color comes to mind.


Happy Earth Day to all.

I just wanted to share some of my favorite websites for green living, shopping, etc. This is our future. Get use to it now!

GreenLiving.com VivaTerra.com Whole Living Garden.org

GreenLivingTips.com Whole Foods Body and Soul Pristine Planet