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Winter is in the air…we’ve had a few storms bringing a dusting of snow to Tahoe in the high peaks with a little more in the forecast for this Monday. The mountain biking and trails have been exceptional with the rain. It is fun to see the weather start to turn in anticipation of a scheduled opening for Northstar of November 20th – snowmaking to begin on November 1!


The Spooktacular Halloween Parade sponsored by the downtown Truckee Merchants and Truckee Donner Park & Rec district will take place today, Friday Oct 30th, between the hours of 4:30 – 6:30. The parade through downtown starts at 6pm and the best spot to gather is the Train Depot around 5:45. If you have little ones they will be certain to have a good time.


When showing homes to clients, I realize it can be difficult for some to envision their style of furnishings in the space to make the house fit their taste and lifestyle. Many times we find a house in the perfect setting, but it needs to be tweaked a bit to be updated or made one’s own. I have a friend and colleague who specializes in working alongside homeowners to envision, design and oversee a build or remodel to help them achieve the look that they desire. With a background that blends construction and interior design, Andrew Parkhill helps to navigate a successful remodel that can otherwise be a stressful endeavor. Below Andrew shared with me how to create a successful design with his basic principles.

Design Principles By Andrew Parkhill

When designing a room, be it your bedroom, living room, kitchen or office – there are a few basic principles that one must follow to create a successful design. What constitutes a successful design? A space that is functional, balanced, has a rhythm and is harmonious. Tastes and styles vary person to person and a truly successful design adheres to these principles as well as reflects the personality of the owner.

Balance – When a sense of visual equilibrium is achieved in a room. Balance in a
room can be achieved symmetrically or asymmetrically.

Rhythm – the organized repetition of elements in a design scheme constitutes
rhythm. This brings unity and continuity to the space. The elements must share a
common theme, such as color, but should also be varied to create visual interest.

Harmony – Exists when both unity and variety are present in a room. Color,
pattern and texture combined carefully produce a unified whole. Subtle variety is the key
to creating a harmonious unified whole. This contributes vitality and excitement. Too
much unity creates a boring atmosphere.

Finally, always ask yourself “does it work?” Beauty becomes obsolete if either the arrangement or floor plan is not functional. The ability to move freely and go about your daily business is paramount to living in a home that satisfies you, inspires you and ultimately creates happiness. These principles are the basics to designing successfully. One can take these principles how ever deep they want to go and really create a story that speaks to all who enter the space.


The Olympic Estates is a new area at Squaw Valley that will have a vibrant feel with new construction that appeals to many of the buyers looking for Mountain Modern or Progressive Contemporary properties in the mountains. “Base Camp” is a 4 bed, 4 bath 2 car garage 3 story contemporary mountain loft that is light, bright, spacious and adaptable. The Base Camp Loft was designed and built by Sage Modern – known for their many progressively designed homes in Martis Camp over the years. This home is nearing completion and will be ready for a family to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner and the upcoming winter season. There is a furniture package designed as well that can be purchased with the home.

107 Smiley Circle | $1,495,000

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