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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Holiday Shopping at the 2015 Red Barn Holiday Boutiques

Holiday Shopping at the 2015 Red Barn Holiday Boutiques

We have wonderful clothing, jewelry, craft and other merchants coming to the Red Barn Holiday Boutiques at the Camarillo Ranch Barn this Sunday, December 13th. Entry to the boutiques is free and open to the public. Stop by anytime between 10am and 5pm to find the following merchandise: Amasor Jewelry The jewelry designs vary from ethnic to elegant to everyday. The designs are handmade with unique quality beads, stones and findings. Annie V’s Custom Jewelry Jewelry includes fashion earrings, rings, abalone and turquoise pendants, stretch bangles, turquoise bracelets, fashion necklaces and more. Cathy Frields Scentsy Scentsy is an international leader in fragrance, offering a variety of home and personal fragrance products. Their scented, wickless candles heated in decorative ceramic warmers, provides a better alternative to burning wicked candles. Debbie’s Handmade Blankets Debbie Hallinan of Camarillo makes handmade and no sew blankets ranging from infant size to Teen/Adult. Other products include quilts, theme blankets and pillows, Christmas stockings, aprons, decorations, scarves and pillowcases. DBD Designs Custom Flip Flops for Toddler...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

The Featured Homes on the 2015 Homes for the Holidays Home Tour

The Featured Homes on the 2015 Homes for the Holidays Home Tour

The 37th Annual Homes for the Holidays Home Tour is coming up this weekend on Sunday, December 13th. We are excited to have you view these four wonderful homes, decorated for the holiday season. Curious about the homes? Here is what you can expect at each residence on the tour: THE SQUIRE RESIDENCE Experience a one-of-a-kind palatial Roman villa in Spanish Hills designed by a renowned architect, William Squire, and build by Dirk Squire. This architectural masterpiece, with over 10,000 sq. ft. of interior living space, showcases master craftsmanship integrated with exquisite interior design by Cheryl Collins. This is truly a world-class home with numerous magnificent ornate columns, architectural moldings and marbles imported from around the world. You will be awed by the magnificent entry as you walk upon a custom marble sunburst leading to a drop-down coliseum styled living room. As you gaze outward, the views of the pièce de résistance swimming pool, designed to emphasize elements of the Trevi Fountain are breath taking. This villa includes a...

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Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Holiday Goodie Bags and Treats for Family, Friends and Co-workers

Homemade candies, chocolate and cocoa mix are wonderful presents for the string of holiday parties lined up for you this December. We found some great ideas to help you prepare yummy treats to spread some holiday cheer! Click on any of the photos for more information. The Domestic Rebel provides a guaranteed people-pleaser with a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs. Every component of these tiny bites are classic favorites. Add this to your dessert table or in your treat bags. A budget-friendly idea comes from Taste of Home with a recipe for homemade cinnamon hot chocolate mix. Make it a holiday gift by putting the mix into a bag, topping it with miniature marshmallows, and tying the bag with a ribbon. If you have a little more in your budget you could include a holiday mug. Make individual bags of Betty Crocker’s Oven Caramel Corn to put a smile on someone’s face. There’s nothing like homemade caramel corn during the holidays. We found Alton Brown’s recipe...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Black Friday: 2015 Best Technology Gifts

A GUIDE TO TECH GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS It seems like there are always too many choices for holiday tech gifts and every year the list of new gadgets grows even bigger! These products promise to help you with time-saving advantages that will make your life easier at home or in the office (after you’re done reading the manual). Long ago Tech used to mean mostly computers, but now Tech categories can include Audio, Video, Car Gadgets, Gaming, Home Theatre, Smartphones, plus more. Here are some Tech products you might find useful … WHAT’S On TV? WHAT IS TV? Apple TV (3rd Generation) ‑ 1080p ‑ Wi‑Fi ($149-$199) The 3rd gen Apple TV adds voice remote, a new operating system called tvOS, the ability to play games, and it has apps like HBO NOW, WatchESPN, Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes (of course). The previous generation Apple TV has been reduced from $99 to $69. Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku for those who have an iPhone, iPad...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Holiday Blog, Homes for the Holidays | 0 comments

Creative Family Photo Ideas for the Holidays

Sure, everyone knows the traditional family Christmas card poses—the family by the Christmas tree, all wearing the same color, by the fireplace mantel with Christmas stockings, in a nice outdoor setting, maybe on vacation, and more, but how about something a little more creative this year?   Bulb Reflection This is a very creative idea from Camerasim. A little photo editing work was done on this picture to remove the camera from the reflection. Pictures in a Picture These pictures in pictures will require some big poster-sized prints (or very clever image editing). Visit your local office printing shop for printing your digital images on a large format inkjet printer. You can mount them on posterboard and take a sequence of pictures to create an effect like this one. Life’s A Beach at Christmas If you are going to do the more traditional family outdoors picture (and everyone wear the same color) you might go to the beach. Get your tripod and self timer going or hire a professional...

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