From my home to yours, may you have a Happy New Year!

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Homeowners

Show your home some serious love in 2022 with these 10 easy home improvement New Year’s resolution ideas.
While losing weight, exercising more, and getting finances in control are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions, you might consider making a home improvement resolution. Your home, after all, is one of your biggest assets and the place where so many treasured memories are made.

  • Check Your Furnace Filter Every Month
  • Survey Your Foundation
  • Test Your Soil
  • Test Your WaterTackle that Junk Drawer (or Room)
  • Clean Neglected AreasDo a Curb Appeal Project
  • Up Your Fire SafetyStop Drafts in Their Tracks
  • Cut Your Home’s Carbon Footprint


12 Living Room Trends That Will Be Everywhere in 2023

A look at designers’ top trend predictions

While the kitchen may be the heart of the home, the living room is where all the relaxing happens. From cozy movie nights to family game days, this is a room that needs to serve a lot of purposes—and ideally, look good at the same time.

With this in mind, we turned to some of our favorite designers to ask for their best predictions for living room trends in 2023.


6 Garden Trends That Will Be Huge in 2023, According to Experts

Some garden trends—like manicured lawns, rows of evergreens, and enchanting cottage gardens—will never go out of style. But sometimes we want to branch outside of traditional landscaping ideas, try something different, and create a beautiful space in our yard to better suit our lifestyles. Turns out, we’re not the only ones who feel this way: Katie Tamony, Monrovia’s chief marketing officer and trend spotter, says this craving for more personalized landscape design is growing tremendously.

Tamony says, “Personalization of your outdoor space can take on specific design attributes, but in a lot of instances, it’s more than that. Our research is telling us that gardening offers a unique connection. It could be a connection to the environment–interest in pollinators like bees and birds. For some, it is creating a functional and beautiful space that allows them to connect to family and friends. For others, it’s about developing a calming sanctuary to relax and unwind.”

Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

JUST SOLD – 410 Cypress Dr. Rio Vista

Very popular Catamaran style home in Trilogy on the golf course with eastern views! This home has 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a den with doors, an open floorplan, 10′ ceilings throughout, a 2.5 car garage, owned solar, and a large covered patio overlooking the 14th tee! Trilogy has many amenities including 2 pools, golf, clubhouses, and much more! READ MORE

JUST SOLD – 404 Riverwood Ln. Rio Vista

Big Sur model & no rear neighbors!! Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy. Relax in this lovely backyard & watch the wildlife. 2 bedrooms/2 full baths and a den with double doors. Both the master bedroom and den have bay windows that provide a more open feeling. Master bath has walk-in shower & closet, double sinks, white tile counters, Dark kitchen cabinets, Corian counters w/tile backsplash, black appliances & tile floor. The stove is electric, however, is plumbed for natural gas. The dining area overlooks the backyard. Patio with the all-weather cover, great for BBQ in the rain. The garage has storage cabinets. Just bring your furniture and enjoy the activities, tennis, bocce, new gym, 2 pools & spas. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 710 Pinehurst Dr. Rio Vista
2bed/2bath/2,065sqft/5,345sqft lot

$454,000 – Solar owned & No Bonds!! Can’t get much better, this Hatteras model located in the Rio Vista Active Adult Community, Trilogy, offers drought-resistant landscaping & cozy backyard. Start the day with coffee on the patio & watch the sunset on the front porch. This home has 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with blinds throughout. The home has a living room/dining room combo and a family room/kitchen with tile floors in the kitchen/nook. Full patio with cover & is very private. The laundry room has a sink, washer/dryer convey with the sale, as well as refrigerators. Walking distance to Delta clubhouse, pro shop & Monarch Restaurant. Trilogy offers 2 swimming pools/spas, a cafe & restaurant, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickle ball, billiards & more. Just bring your furniture and enjoy your retirement life. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 689 Waterwood Dr, Rio Vista

2 bed/2 bath/1,837sqft/5,436sqft lot

$585,000 – Breathtaking views as you step into this beautiful home, located on the 11th green & pond. Popular Reflect model with quartz counters, white cabinets, 5 burner gas stove top & refrigerator are included. Tile floors with carpet in bedrooms. A double-sided gas fireplace makes for a cozy den & living room. The primary bath has double sinks with a walk-in shower with w/bench seating. Shutters throughout the home. Walk out either slider onto the covered patio that is the full length of the home. Small piece of turf for your pet, low maintenance landscape (front & back) & fenced. The backyard is lovely & a great place for a BBQ. Washer/dryer are included & there’s a laundry tub in the garage. Prepaid solar lease, transferrable to the buyer for the remaining years of the lease. Just bring your furniture and enjoy all the amenities, such as 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce ball courts, tennis & pickle ball courts, horseshoes, billiards, a library, a computer room, etc. So many activities to enjoy, you can be as busy as you want or idle. There is a club for just about all your hobbies. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 181 Cedar Ridge Dr. Rio Vista
2 bed/2 bath/1,433sqft

$540,000 – Look no further!! This Clipper model is like a new home, completely renovated, from new sheet rock to all new cabinets throughout, new baths, laminate flooring, quartz counters, appliances, and new interior & exterior paint. Located on the 11th fairway, bring some patio furniture & enjoy the scenery. This model provides a living room/dining room & a nook/great room. Trilogy provides so many amenities, including 2 swimming pools/spas, bocce courts, billiards, tennis courts, pickleball, gym & more.

FOR SALE – 295 Sage Meadows Dr. Rio Vista
3bed/3.5bath/2,367sqft/6,669sqft lot

$559,000 – Calistoga model, with private courtyard, located on a corner lot. New interior paint (including garage) & tile/grout cleaned, gives this home a fresh look. Island kitchen with granite tile, black appliances, w/5 burner gas stove top & maple cabinets. Open floor plan makes this a great home for entertaining & the fireplace makes it cozy. Large master bedroom has bay window, upgraded tile in bath (walk in shower & tub). Den has been enclosed as well as another room, so this could be 4 bedrooms. One can be your den, other can be your craft/sewing room. 2nd bedroom has full bath, with courtyard entrance. Laundry room has sink, cabinets & folding space. Full patio & fencing secures this backyard for your family pet. Trilogy offers many amenities, from tennis, bocce, billards, pickle ball, golf, 2 pools & spas and even playground for grandchildren. Just bring your furniture & make new friends.READ MORE

PRICE CHANGE – 718 Allender Wy. Rio Vista
3 bd/2 bth/1346sf

PRICE CHANGE $514,999 – Gorgeous home, shows pride of ownership, and has been renovated since purchased. 3 bedrooms & 2 baths with all new flooring/baseboards, interior paint, light fixtures, etc. The kitchen has newly painted cabinets with quartz countertops with an island. Auxillary electric heaters in 3rd bedroom & living room. Whole house water filter with under-the-sink reverse osmosis. The front yard has been totally relandscaped with a new walkway to the front door, with drought-resistant landscaping, a drip system & timer. The driveway extended as well as the sidewalk to the backyard. The backyard has a sprinkler system as well as a patio. Just bring your furniture and enjoy!! Rio Vista is a quaint town located on the Sacramento River, close to SF, Sacramento & bay area. READ MORE

PENDING SALE – 1536 Michigan St. Fairfield
3 bed/2 bath/1,260sqft/4,792sqft lot

 $475,000 – This is a great starter or retirement home, close to shopping, Hwy 80 & Amtrack & perfect home for a commuter. This 3 bedroom & 2 bath home has new interior paint, carpets, laminate flooring, light fixtures, dual pane windows, tankless water heater & newer roof & air condenser. Master bath has new vanity & flooring. Kitchen has new flooring, appliances, stainless sink, painted cabinets, & resurfaced counter tops. Home has a large family room, perfect for entertaining. Patio is the length of home. Although 1 car garage, home has carport for at least 2 cars & RV parking on side. Larger lot & drought resistant front yard & shed. Just bring your furniture, home is move in ready. READ MORE

PRICE CHANGE – 623 California St, Rio Vista
2 bed/1 bath/934sqft/4,792sqft lot

Price Reduced to $395,500 – Adorable cottage/bungalow, 2 bedroom, 1 bath and has been updated. Larger backyard with patio & raised garden beds for your vegetables. The kitchen has been remodeled & there is an inside laundry & single car garage. Convenient location, walk to town for breakfast, snack, and/or dinner. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Weekend

Black Tie New Years Eve Dinner and Fundraiser


Dec 31, 2022, 7:00 PM – Jan 1, 2023, 12:30 AM
Sunrise Banquet Hall and Event Center, 620 Orange Dr, Vacaville

Black Tie New Years Eve Dinner and Fundraiser for Walt Simon is happening on Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 07:00PM PST at Sunrise Banquet Hall and Event Center with tickets starting at $100.00

Purchasing a table includes 2 bottles of wine per table, a drink ticket per person, 5 tickets per person, and a ticket per person for our two special drawings! READ MORE

New Year’s Eve Dance Party

Sat, Dec 31, 6:30 – 10:00 PM
Delta Club, 990 Summerset Dr, Rio Vista, CA

Celebrate New Years with New York City and have a fun filled evening of dancing!

Matt Applin and the Midnite Band will be performing Doors open at 6pm


New Year at The Garden in Walnut Creek

Sat, Dec 31, 2022, 7:30 PM PST

1719 Bonanza St 1719 Bonanza Street Walnut Creek

Join us in celebrating the New Year at The Garden. Music by DJ Rich Era! Walnut Creek’s biggest celebration is right here at The Garden. There will be casino gaming with a poker table and black jack table from 8 – 11 pm. Photobooth fun too! READ MORE

Jackie Greene – NYE!

Dec 31, 2022, 9:30 PM – Jan 1, 2023, 1:00 AM
Crest Theatre, 1013 K St, Sacramento, CA

Americana and roots singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is a jack-of-all-trades, and an artist who can croon over soulful piano ballads as much as he can shred a bluesy guitar solo (like he did as the lead guitarist for The Black Crowes in 2013). READ MORE

NOON Years Eve Party in Lodi

Sat Dec 31 2022 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ginger Bugs, 2 W. Oak St.,Lodi

Ring in the New Year with the kiddos at NOON! We will have all the fun of a new year celebration but counting down to 12 noon… just in time for the kiddos to nap! Join us for
Games, food/treats, photo ops, playtime, music & videos with a countdown and balloon drop at noon!
This is a favorite for families who want to keep naps and bedtimes but want to ring in the new year in a kid-friendly way! It’s always a ton of fun… (then no guilt going out later and getting a sitter. LOL)

-This IS NOT a drop-off event, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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