Friday, September 23, 2016
Debbi DiMaggio
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John Savage and Me! A great guy!
We chatted real estate. I have had the opportunity to cross paths with him twice now.
I still recall watching Deer Hunter when I was in Junior High with my friend MaryAnn.
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On asked, why I have attended Doris Bergman’s Style Lounge 3X!
Here’s Why..
I always love to throw a ball at the wall and see what sticks.
I love to try new things, experience new adventures, I’m pretty open to anything and everything, well, not beyond reason! However, meeting, inspiring and connecting with others is what’s deep in my heart and what drives me. So attending Doris’ event was just par for the course.
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Ross Marquand, Actor | Currently on the Walking Dead – 7 years running !
I’ve been a top producing Realtor for over 20 years, and in the past 7 years a Partner in our real estate firm with a passion for helping others.
Whether that’s by helping people buy and sell real estate, through my charity work or my blog and books. I’ve written 3 books over the past few years. Each book upon completion was debuted at Doris Bergman’s Emmy / Oscar Events. I’ve continue to meet new celebrities and have gotten to know ones I met at previous event’s a bit better. It’s about becoming familiar.  Over the years I’ve connected with a few celebrities on social media and support their online presence as they have done for me. By being a part of this or any network you just never know what might happen or who you’ll connect with. That’s the most exciting thing about life and being open to experiences.
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We sortive look alike! Well, I suppose, we are both Italian.  Vincent Spano ( Rumble Fish ( 1983 ) and so much more. )
I’ve get asked the question Why quite often.
Why do I go? Why do I help? Why, why, why? What do I get. I just don’t have an answer. I lead by my heart and intuition and the rest follows.
What’s possible having attended this event?
Perhaps another book offer, or I sell a home to or for one of the celebrities I’ve met, I get a part in Million Dollar Listing LA or even my own real estate / design /  show, or something completely unknown… just might happen.
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 Gotta Love Dot! ( Glee, of course! ) Now our second or third meeting. The first year she took a photo with my first book, Contained Beauty, Photographs, Reflections and Swimming Pools.  As always, thanks Dot!
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For me my life is about experiences. You put out to the world and you’ll be surprised what comes back your way.
On asked about my latest significant property, The Ghirardelli Mansion..
The Ghirardelli Mansion listed just over $5 Million Dollars is a historic and extraordinary home built by the Ghirardelli family in 1907. It has 7 bedrooms and is over 6400 sq feet plus a guest house over the garage. The detailing throughout the home is simply stunning. Take a tour through this exquisite masterpiece and an overhead tour of our small town Piedmont at www.636highlandavenue.com
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I did have the opportunity to speak with Jane Lynch about my book #RealEstateRules! 52 ways to achieve success in real estate. Most everyone I know is interested in homes, buying or selling, investing or home design. So it’s easy to chat about with almost anyone. I explained to Jane, although my book is focused on Realtors ( as the primary characters ) Real Estate Rules! is great source for anyone interested in marketing, sales or branding of self or a product. It’s a really great hand guide for an actor too!
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Jane Lynch, Actress | Glee, ETC…
What makes your heart sing?
IMG_7805 Pictured above, Will from Wednesday’s Child. An organization who places children in forever foster care homes.
I’m a huge philanthropist and love being involved in multiple charities. “Helping Others”  would be a tattoo I’d wear on my forehead if I had to choose a phrase to describe myself. Thus I shared my new affiliation, Give Back Homes. Give Back Homes is one of my newest partnerships. Give Back Homes is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity and through their partnerships with Realtors and Real Estate Company owners allows them to do such amazing and inspiring work in and around the world. Jane was very interested. So many like her care about our country, our world and our local communities. Jane could not have been more attentive and kind, as were the other celebrities I had the opportunity to chat with.
What an adventure, always and adventure, now off to sell a home and make new connections.
Go forth into the world with open arms and an open heart and just see what happens.
XOXO Debbi
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Thank you Doris Bergman ( pictured here ) and Liz Kelly, Publicists to the Stars!
Making New Friends… This vendor from Utah, Shop Pretty Places, lovely and fragrant candles.IMG_7848
Tired after a long day standing and socializing on my feet!
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Walking The Red Carpet, Where Else then in LA!
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PS. I just have to close in saying, I adore Angela Gotts! ( Met her last time and saw her again at this event. ) She is not following my Rule — Utilize Social Media – no matter what business you are in. Let’s get her more friends and followers, she is lovely inside and out. Truly gorgeous!
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More photos to come!
Thanks to Liz Kelly and Goody PR and Goody Awards for the awesome photographs!
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Debbi DiMaggio

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Guests filled the Piedmont Center for the Arts last Wednesday evening, September 14th, 2016, for the Piedmont Business Network Fall Mixer. Neighbors, business-people and representatives from various groups and charitable organizations mixed, mingled and exchanged business cards.
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Among new attendees included Robert Ogilvie, Oakland Director of SPUR Oakland (above ) Mathew Pease, Board Member of the Salvation Army, Giovanna Tanzillo of Uptown Body and Fender ( below ) and Corinne Kinczel Welpton owner of Rocky’s Market and Two Local Girls who catered the event. Councilman Bob McBain (above ) and Jennifer Cavanaugh shared a few words about their respective campaigns. ( Pictured Above, Piedmont Councilman Bob McBain, William Andersen, Interior Designer, SPUR Oakland Director, Robert Ogilvie and Lisa Oyama, Piedmont Volunteer. )
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The event began at 6 PM. Guests gathered, mingled and enjoyed a glass of wine and a bite to eat and by 630 PM Laura Martin Bovard, Interior Designer and business owner introduced the PBN as I had to excuse myself to catch a plane to Los Angeles where I was attending the #BergmanEmmys Style Lounge to gift the 2016 Emmy nominees and other celebrities my latest book, Real Estate Rules! 52 ways to achieve success in real estate. ( See next Blog to preview images from Doris Bergman’s 7th Annual Style Lounge )
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Each guest took the stage for one minute to introduce themselves, describe what they do and shared their favorite charity. This time reducing speaking time from 3 minutes to 1 in order to give guests ample time afterwards to connect one on one.
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The energy was electric. This fall we tried something different in order to grow the network which seemed to work well. Five sponsors / hostesses assisted in planning and promotion of the event. Many of the sponsors had BNI members to draw upon; certainly a dynamic group of passionate business people.
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Past attendees and Piedmont Business Network supporters included neighbor Peggy Huntington, Designer, Michael Friedes, Ruth Stroup of Farmers Insurance, Frank Silver, FJS Projects, Alex Hodgkinson of McCutcheon Construction and William Andersen Design, to name a few.
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A huge thanks and gratitude to host/hostesses Pam Fullerton, Realtor at HIGHLAND PARTNERS, Michele Duffy Feng Shui Consultant, Nadja Pentic, Kitchen and Bath Design, Dr. Liz Dobbins of The Shine Center, Lori Solay, Solay Creative, Dale Marie Golden, Private Banker, Laura Martin Bovard, Interior Designer, Susie Garcia, Landscape Design and to our wonderful volunteers, Laura Cirolia, event graphics, Stacey Hansen, wine purveyor, Lily Dong Photography and my right hand man, Rob Terry, HIGHLAND PARTNERS.
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The Piedmont Business Center ( 801 Magnolia Avenue across from Piedmont High School, down the street from Highland Partners Residential Real Estate office ) was formed in 2012 in order to provide a venue for local business people, charities and neighbors to connect and exchange ideas.
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If you would like to sponsor our next event please contact me at 510.414.6777 or debbidimaggio@gmail.com. Keep in touch Facebook.com/PiedmontBusinessNetwork.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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Real Estate is obviously a passion of mine.

From helping our clients to redesigning homes, I just love it! So when it came to making our move after the children flew the coup I knew exactly what I wanted.

It started with a vision. I knew I wanted low maintenance with a loft like open floor plan. I envisioned freedom and space and lots of white.

When our son left for his Freshman year at CU Boulder following in his sister’s footsteps I began to re upholster the furniture one piece at a time. Before I knew it all our dark furniture was pink! Or some shade of pink. I researched textiles, fabrics, wallpaper, re-upholstery providers and more. I leafed through magazines and immersed myself in Pinterest. The ideas were rampant.

By the time Chase returned home for Thanksgiving break his home had evolved. Tired of the things from our Scottsdale home — all of the oversized and brown furnishings….  pink and white and gold began to take over.

And by the time he was gearing up to head back to CU for his Sophomore year we were moving out of Piedmont ( where I had lived my entire life, except for a few interruptions ) to the home we visualized, discussed and successfully found. We shipped all of Chase’s favorite furniture to Boulder for him and his 5 other roommates to enjoy, while we kept ‘our’, rather, ‘my’ favorite things. Since I loved the style and design of the remaining pieces I re-purposed everything I chose to keep. I found a great re-upholstery tradesman and fabrics I fell in love with! From bench seat cushions and a sofa to ottomans and chairs, I recovered and re-purposed it all!  Reuse, re-purpose, recycle.

Beyond the furnishings, the interior renovation was next. It was nice to have so much time before actually moving in so I was able to have all the furniture re-upholstered and ready for placement when our new home was complete, rather then moving in and starting from scratch.

I had it all planned, every last detail.

I had visualized everything over and over again — had all the pieces ready, so once we completed the renovation and remodel everything was ready for placement!

The walls of the townhouse were awful — puffy, popcorn textured walls which took two weeks to sand, flatten and paint. It was a dust bowl!

Removing the wall to wall carpet was next.

Since I had everything pinned on my Pinterest Boards I knew exactly what I wanted. All I needed to do was hire the team and begin the work.

Creating Our Desired Look

Wide plank bleached white hardwood floors replaced the carpet on the first two levels which included an entry way, hallway and two bedrooms on the main level plus the main staircase, living, dining, kitchen; and powder room on the master bedroom level. The biggest impact came, as we worked to create our new look from Traditional to Modern Contemporary, was by removing all handrails and banisters. By removing the banisters and handrails the home opened up nicely and created a much more open and spacial feeling. The dramatic vaulted ceilings didn’t hurt either.

Eventually we will be adding lucite or acrylic hand-railings and a glass banister which will line and divide the stairwell from the living room.

Our son really wanted a plush carpet in the bedrooms. So I had our carpet guy, Felix, drop off sample after sample until we found the most plush, most comfortable, softest thick pile carpet. Nirvana!

The carpet was installed – last – in our master bedroom as well as in our wall-to-wall lined mirrored closet and in the third floor loft. We knew that would be where Chase would hang out while home from college.

The loft, with it’s stupendous San Francisco Bay Views and large picture window, a huge flat screen TV plus his two favorite cushy bean bags, he’s had since childhood, quickly became the perfect spot to relax and recline. We have had those furry brown bean bags for over 10 years no doubt — when he was ten and now at 20, he and his friends still play video games and watch TV immersed in those two bags of fluff today. Such wonderful memories and good times.

 Once the space was opened up, painted and new floors installed the kitchen and bathrooms were next.

For now we are going to live with the current kitchen configuration but we did replace the counters with Carrara marble and once our contractor frees up some time ( I have him pretty busy working on all of our listings for our clients ) will be back to install the shaker cabinet doors to match the newly installed shaker doors we added throughout – swapping out the original Traditional doors, baseboards and moldings to create our new, more modern look.

We remodeled two bathrooms with our master bath to follow once we gain a second wind.

Resources & Inspiration

Our tile came from Siena Tile and Stone in Danville and my ideas inspired by scrolling through multiple Pinterest Boards.

Restoration Hardware sink in the powder room, Toto toilets in all three bathrooms and Carrara marble and 9 x 36 porcelain tile from Siena Tile and Stone adorned respective bathroom floors.

First Floor Full Bath: Cabinet and Sink by Duravit, plumbing fixtures from Rubenstein Plumbing in Oakland.

Built-in lighted shelves discovered on Pinterest implemented by my trusty tradesman Jose and team.

My favorite – Z Gallerie – spherical chandelier appoints the dining room while sparkling crystal lighting from Lamps Plus complement the foyer and upper hallway.

When Your Kids Move On, Life Changes

so having a project really helped me during this transition. And it was really quite exciting to watch my vision become reality.

I just love our new home — it’s everything I’d imagined.

For those experiencing the empty nest, although life is different, you still do see your kids. And if you are anything like us you visit often, no matter where they venture.

Whether visiting Bianca in Australia or in Florence, Italy or meeting up with Chase during family weekend or on the road to catch a lacrosse game in Scottsdale, Arizona, Newport Beach or Boulder, Colorado or joining them for a ski weekend in Vail.

We are there!

Or as things go, this week…  Adam departs SFO to Tokyo to visit our daughter in Japan!!

So I guess the “Empty Nest” isn’t so bad after all.

XOXOX!

For suggestions, questions, resources or inspiration email me at debbidimaggio@gmail.com

Happy Designing!

and share your empty nest stories with us too.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
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Downsizing.

Over the last four years my husband and I have been pondering the question what to do after the kids went off to college and beyond to live their adult lives. In the beginning we considered moving back to San Francisco and put in an application at a private woman’s club. After many trips back and forth and lots of visualizing we decided against it. Traffic to, from, in and around the city proved too much to bare, the thought of wasting our time in all that congestion wasn’t something we found appealing.

Visualizing how we pictured our future life we came up with a plan.

Work is a key factor in what we do and who we are and that wasn’t going to change. We knew we wanted to be close to work so we can meet with our clients and visit our properties with ease.

Proximity to the Oakland Airport a must. Travel is something I live for whether for pleasure or to visit our children.

Between the increasing traffic and congestion of getting in and out of San Francisco, the farther we got from our goals.

We knew we didn’t really need to continue to reside in Piedmont when the kids left and having grown up in Piedmont really wanted a change of pace. LA, Beverly Hills has always been on my bucket list of places to own a home.

After making our list and visualizing our day to day life in different neighborhoods after the children moved on we began to see ourselves in Hiller Highlands.

  1. Sits on Top of the Bay Area with an awesome three bridge view ( Golden Gate, Bay Bridge and San Rafael Bridge )
  2. Within Close Proximity To Our Offices in Piedmont and Montclair
  3. Nearby but still felt different with the change I was seeking
  4. Close to the Oakland Airport
  5. Although I wanted to ( and still do ) live in a doorman building, our townhouse in Hiller Highlands still allows low maintenance living.

 

Saturday, August 27, 2016
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Before and After photographs of the historic Ghirardelli Mansion in Piedmont.

Piedmont is certainly home to top-rated schools, K-12 but more then that, anyone who resides in Piedmont knows Piedmont is more then a town, it’s a small community with spirit and passion. When you buy into Piedmont not only do you have the luxury of private fire and police departments dedicated to its citizens but you will come to enjoy a lifetime of connections and experiences.

Begin your legacy here just as we have.

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