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home maintenance checklist // does your home need a check up?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

Debbi DiMaggio -021As we enter into the Fall and Winter Seasons, you may want to take care of a few things around your home. Here is a Home Maintenance Checklist to consider.

One of the most common issues that arise as we are getting our properties ready for market is that the Sewer Lateral is broken, off-set or cracked.  This is something that will eventually need to be addressed when you sell your home, but more importantly, cracks are evident you will want to replace the Sewer Lateral for the well being of your family.  Learn more on the EBMUD website.

Do you have a CO Detector on each level of your home? [Read More..]

debbi’s hot summer picks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

First Off

My Latest On-line Find,

Cuyana features luxurious clothing, totes, handbags & accessories.

Cuyana is an online boutique with luxurious must-haves!  I recently purchased a few of their bright colored cosmetic travel cases as birthday and graduation gifts.  The next few items were all mine.  They were just too hard to resist and their prices, also very good.  The soft leather tote is ideal for my MacBook, so it was definitely a Must Have!  When I was in Beverly Hills a few people asked if it was Celine.  When I got back to the hotel I looked at my Pinterest Handbag Board and found the Celine Bag — a dead ringer!  On to my next two purchases for mua:  And, yes, another gift for me, I purchased TWO weekender overnight bags.  The second has not arrived as it hasn’t yet been manufactured.  I decided against taking the one I did receive on my trips to LA and San Diego as I did not want to check it in as it was too heavy to carry on and also just too nice and clean!  The weekender will, however, be perfect for our local overnight retreats to Sonoma, Napa, Carmel and Lake Tahoe.

Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua and every piece they design is imbued with their love for quality, timelessness, and beauty. They want to make pieces that make you smile- and that make you love your closet.

Take Note

The Lean Closet Movement as per the Cuyana Designers & Owners – I love it!

“A lean closet enables a fuller life- for ourselves and for others. Our Lean Closet movement challenges us to collect fewer, better things, and to donate the pieces in our wardrobes that are merely taking up space to those who need them. Sometimes when things aren’t adding up in your life or your closet, it’s time to start subtracting.”

How serendipitous that I just discovered Cuyana.  As tomorrow I meet with my organizer, Gail Kezerian, to begin purging what we don’t need, organizing what we have and donating what we can.  I can’t wait! Freedom!!


Understated Elegance in Beverly Hills

L’Ermitage, a Viceroy Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Beverly Hills on the beautiful tree-lined, Burton Drive — Best described as Intimate Luxury with Exceptional Service.  It was exactly the same as I had experienced upon my first stay just a few years earlier.

L’Ermitage is one of my favorite hotels in LA.  The service impeccable, the design – clean lines – and the entire experience can be described in two words, understated elegance.

Ideally located just a few blocks from Rodeo Drive to the left and Robertson Blvd to the right.  L’Ermitage is a full-service hotel that lives like an intimate boutique hotel but with all of the services and more of a larger hotel similar to my other favorite, the Beverly Wilshire.  Amenities include a spa, steam room, roof top pool, restaurant, lobby bar and gym.  I am moved to repeat myself by saying, the attentive service provided by each and every person in the hotel was truly stellar!  Thank you!!

L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

New Found App

MOVES for iPhone, By ProtoGeo

I just downloaded this app on my iPhone.

Are you always on the move like me?

Now your iPhone can tell you how much you move.
Moves automatically tracks your everyday life and exercise. Just carry your phone in your pocket or bag.

My first day I forgot to keep it on me at all times. I kept putting my phone down as I continued to move. Imagine all that time undocumented.

Keep on Moving! And Enjoy your Summer!!  XOXO! Debbi

Moves App


PS. Be sure to share your favorite finds with us too! Comment here or email me at

what the buzz! by the accidental techy // that’s me!

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Debbi DiMaggio

What the Buzz!

By me, the Accidental Techy

Appropriately named, by a real, self-proclaimed nerd.  But all in good fun!

I went out the other evening with my single gal pal, obviously cool and in the know, and in just one hour I learned about two awesome Apps.  Of course, Charity is always on the top of my interest pile, so I was pretty excited to learn about CharityBuzz.  Be sure to implement CB into your next charity event or fundraiser.  Also be sure to check out my Travel App.  Just in time for summer!  All Apps can be downloaded on your smart phone or laptop.

Learn more:

Need a ride but don’t want to drive or take a cab?  Give Uber a try.  Request a ride from anywhere, anytime.  Simply download the App on your iPhone or Android and whala your private driver is on his/her way.

Why drive yourself, or hassle with traffic and parking when you can arrive in style. Choose from a Taxi, Hybrid, SUV or Black Luxury Sedan.


Travel Luxe USA Getaways in 4 Days

★ Dream in Luxury, Travel in Style in 4 Days ★

Travel Luxe USA Getaways in 4 Days features a list of luxurious resorts, restaurants and what’s fabulous in the US destination of choice*

Passionate about travel and everything fabulous this App will take you behind the scenes to the best of everything. Choose from the hottest, hip or posh hotel, casual chic or five star restaurant, must see places to visit, things to see and of course, shopping and spa’s. Once you have selected your destination, sit back, relax and click away to excellence in luxury.

*Although many of the venues are child friendly, family resorts are not featured in this App.  Click here to download on iTunes.




An online auction site where you can bid on incredible experiences and other unique items.  The best part is that the proceeds go to a designated charity.

It’s Genius!!  Check it out!

Here’s what one pleased partner had to say: This was our first time partnering with an online auction house to raise money for one of John’s favorite charities, and we were very pleased with the work done by CharityBuzz. They took our event to the next level, helping us to raise significantly more money for our cause. We look forward to a long and continued relationship.

— Donna Faircloth, VP of Marketing, John Varvatos


Share your favorite App with us. Thanks for stopping by! XOXO! Debbi

what’s hot in home design // inspired by fashion and art

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Debbi DiMaggio

Thank you to Michael Friedes Design for an inspiring presentation!

A quick recap of what I heard that day. Love it!  As did our HIGHLAND PARTNERS agents.


What’s in Style:

The 70’s era has made its way back in home design today.

Hot Colors Now:  Orange and Purple

Purple Purple Purple

Purple In Nature: Lavender

Pop of Purple In Fashion

Variations of Purple


Gray is the New Beige

The Look:  Simple, Clean, Fresh



  • Eco Chic
  • Recover old pieces you inherited or purchased at a thrift shop or flea market Reclaim, refinish or distress oak wood furniture  ( believe it or not , oak is back! )
  • Lots of Texture
  • Pop of color mixed with neutrals
  • Gray is the new beige
  • Hot colors – orange and purple
  • Hang Art, Gallery Style
  • Restoration Hardware
  • 70’s Look and Style


Combine a recovered, re-purposed chair with a brightly colored, textured print in a room with neutral accents and wall color.

Start with your favorite color and print, as captured in the photograph below…..then repeat it in your favorite couch or chair.

Home Design Inspired by Fashion and Lifestyle
Texture on the Walls
Texture on a Sofa, Chair or Ottoman
Nail-heads or Tufted
Texture is
What’s Hot Now!


Fabulous Robin’s Egg Blue, Faux Leather Door Detailing with Nail-heads


Black and White with Natural Floor Coverings

Pop of Color

Accessorize your space with colorful Flowers, Lamps or other Accessories


What’s Hip in Kitchen Design

It’s back and never seems to go out of style. (I love it and never tire of that look.)

Carrera marble counter-tops mixed with dark wood cabinets, glass back splash or subway tiles and polished chrome.  …contrast of light and dark.

Color Meanings

Blue is a color we all need in our life.  Paint your bedroom or office blue… read why.

Blue is serene and tranquil, the color of peace and contentment. Thanks to its calming effects, blue is the color choice for many hospital nurseries, and studies show that when sitting in a blue room, most people report feeling quiet and settled. If blue is your favorite color, you love harmony, are capable, reliable and sensitive and always make an effort to think of others. Blue is often the chosen color by one that is generally more conservative in nature. (Reprinted from Michael’s handout.)

Relax and Renew with Blue
Deep navy walls, white furniture and white detailing…Clean, Fresh and Relaxing
Eco Chic – Natural Elements with Neutral Tones

From the Earth

and finally….
Wallpaper is Back
Patterns, Murals or Theme – Make Small Spaces Interesting with Wallpaper
There is so much more!!
Ask Michael to send you the color meaning print out or call Michael for a consultation for your home or office.

Luxury Home and Lifestyle // Resources and Services // Compliments of Debbi DiMaggio and Adam Betta

Monday, August 13, 2012
Debbi DiMaggio

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The following is a list of our loyal service providers included in our Luxury Home and Lifestyle, Your Community Resource Guide as well as other dedicated service providers who support us each and every day – We are grateful for their dedication and expertise.  Each of the providers listed below have supported Adam, myself and our clients for many years and continue to do so.

Dr. Jill Martenson, DDS, MB Jessee Professional Painters,  All-Ways Painting, JB Painting, Morfin Painting, Laura Martin Bovard Interiors, Kelley Flynn Interior Design, William Anderson Design, Nest Home Design, Wendy Daniel Interior Design Studio, Ron Morgan, Printed Affair, Polish Spa, Wm. F. Holland Architect, Kaplan Architects, Allstate Insurance, Farmers Insurance – Ruth Stoup, Amy Griffith – Embrace Health and Nutrition, Katy Dion – English Tutor, Piedmont Post – Gray Cathrall, Shades of Gray Jazz Ensemble, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Northern Lights Electrical, Earle’s Lo-Cost Electric, Marlene Wharmby – Staging, Studio D Home Staging, Shaddle Construction, Ideal Roofing, Macy Movers, Anna Scott Consulting, The DAILEY Method, TPO Financial – Tammy Plotkin-Oren, CFP, MBA, Highland Partners Mason-McDuffie Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Piedmont and Montclair, Twilight Solutions, Dianne Crosby – La Salle Financial, Eric Ladrech – Citi Mortgage, Security 1 Lending – Marty Appel, J.T. Hettinger – Robineve Cole Designer, McCutcheon Construction, Clear Point Construction – Hardwood Floor Services, Harry Clark Plumbing and Heating, East Bay Structural and Termite, Mancheno Insurance Company, Jerry Ostrander, Financial Advisor – Edward Jones, Felix @ Strauss Carpet, Gail Kezerian – Organizer, Roberta Streimer – Organizational Diplomacy – Professional Consultant, Kelly Banks Interiors, Rue Atelier Clothing Boutique, Rob Bond – Half Full Press Publishing, Quentin Bacon, Photographer / Director, Jenn-Fox, Photographer, Toula Victor, Marketing and Social Media, Michelle Baakken – Graphic Design, Rasheed Alli – X2Media, Debbi DiMaggio PR, The Carneros Inn, Carol Leslie – SPECIAL EVENTS and the Sequoyah Country Club.

If you would like to be included, please give Debbi a call to introduce yourself.  We are always seeking talented professionals to join our network.

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