BlinkNow | Holiday Giving

This year I am hoping to raise $500 to send to help the Kopila Valley women and children and I need your help! Every little bit counts, and every penny helps!

From the very beginning of their story, they built this community together. Every red brick, every hot breakfast, and every amazing breakthrough – all made possible by dedicated people like us. There are many ways to get involved, create something, and build a brighter future for the children and women of Kopila Valley.

There are so many needs in this world, and this young woman gave everything she had and then she gave more. And with gratefulness. There’s no chance that in this life I will be able to be this brave, but I am honored to help her in every way that I can.

Introducing: The Seattle Condo Group

The new website for The Seattle Condo Group

The new website for The Seattle Condo Group

I’m so freaking excited to introduce this incredible website! Featuring a carefully curated collection of condos that possess the exacting standards that we expect for our clients. When we talk about the luxurious lifestyle of downtown Seattle, this is what we're talking about.

Full page ad design in Luxe Magazine, announcing the release of TheSeattleCondoGroup.com

Full page ad design in Luxe Magazine, announcing the release of TheSeattleCondoGroup.com

Dreaming of Kitchens

I love kitchens; I’m not completely useless in a kitchen, but outside of the best toast and coffee that you’ve ever had it’s not really my forte. Meanwhile, the man that I love is constantly in the kitchen trying new things. Smells of slow roasting garlic, fresh spices and simmering something on the stove that makes me drool.

Needless to say, I’m much happier on the other side of the dining bar with a drink and a good story while he cooks. But I still love a good kitchen. Here are a few of my favorites from this year.

I had a client who did a big half day clam bake with nearly 30 brokers. They laughed and ate and talked and took photos and posted it on their social media. The house sold within 2 weeks. It’s a great way to showcase a home and property, especially as the season slows down.
— Deep Thots with Jesse Gibbs

Listed by Olga Dyckman, Windermere | 737 Olive Way #2705, Seattle

Condo kitchen are always a challenge, but Olive 8 certainly does them well. Pedini cabinetry, neutral colors, inset lighting and soft finishes play with the open spaces and the floor-to-ceiling windows. This kitchen makes me dream of dabbling in fine cuisine, puttering over buttery sauces and warm breads while soft holiday music plays in the background.

Pending by Marilisa Vergottini, Marketplace Sotheby’s | 24280 NE 26th Court, Sammamish

I love the modern lines, the subway tiles and the use of both light and space in this kitchen; I just envision lots of laughter, tiny conversations going on throughout the room, Holiday music blaring and someone yelling not to let the dog out.

SOLD by Scott Whittlesey, Marketplace Sotheby’s | 4020 94th Avenue NE Yarrow Point WA

There’s something magical about including the outdoors as part of your kitchen; not only does it add an entirely new space to the inclusion, but it also brings nature into your home. My husband enjoys cigars and we both enjoy the outdoors, so to be able to finish dinner and head to the patio to curl up next to the fire for a hot toddy and a cigar? Smashing.

Listed by Jamie Michaud, Realogics Sotheby’s | 28 Forest Glen Lane, Lakewood

The granite countertops are the most delicious shade of sunshine and the glass subway tiles mirror the color and bring warmth to the entire kitchen. I love the french window cupboards with glassware and lighting; the shape of the kitchen could easily become cramped, but the skylights, curated lighting and use of different textures creates an open and welcoming space.

Significant Sales | Olga Dyckman

Selling the Skyline of Seattle | The Seattle Condo Group

Selling the Skyline of Seattle | The Seattle Condo Group

As the holidays approach there’s a rush to showcase sold properties and to highlight the work that the year has wrought; it’s my favorite time of year because it’s not about selling - it’s the celebration of a job well done, a highlight of happy clients!

Making at Impact

Who doesn’t love getting mail? I mean, really? Not the bills. Not the random coupon papers that inevitably fill the box. But real, actual mail. There’s always something magical about it. Someone thought of you. Someone cared enough to stick a stamp on something, walk out to the mailbox and connect with you in what has become a unique way.

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At this point in time, only my Aunties send cards in the mail, usually with a sweet note and a photo or two that they found in their rummagings. But it always makes me pause. There’s the moment of surprise - what? A handwritten note with my name on it? Me? Wow.

Then there’s the walk into the house where I ignore everything else and turn the letter over to see if there’s any indication of the why I received such a gift. I am always in a wonder, excited to get inside and open it up. Junk mail goes in the garbage and then I get to focus on anything fun that came that day. (Anything from Amazon is a happy surprise too! A box for ME?)

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Standing Out

Anyone can send a postcard; what makes yours different? Is it the high-end paper? Is it the custom design? The size? The shape? The textures? The headline? There are a myriad of options and customizing your connections with your clients adds a magical touch to something that might just as well have ended up in the trash bin. My clients work with high end stunning homes and the designs that they require need to be just as beautiful.

Postcards for Jason G. showcasing an awesome sale in only a week.

Postcards for Jason G. showcasing an awesome sale in only a week.

Event Postcard for Scott W. highlighting his stunning Clyde Hill listing.

Event Postcard for Scott W. highlighting his stunning Clyde Hill listing.

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My Favorites

This season, I’m in love with simplicity, elegance and whimsy. It’s the time of year where a cup of coffee and a good book are high on the priority list, so if something shows up in the mailbox, it had better be worth curling up with.

Signature Sales XL Postcards for Mary N. and Kathy M. celebrating their amazing 3rd quarter this year.

Signature Sales XL Postcards for Mary N. and Kathy M. celebrating their amazing 3rd quarter this year.

Introducing: Interlaken Drive Manor

Interlaken Drive Manor - October 2018.jpg

The Interlaken Drive Manor has six fireplaces, a ballroom, wine storage, china storage, a laundry room and hot water boiler heating system with vintage radiators. The home includes four bedrooms, three full-baths, two half-baths plus the pool house, exterior shower, wet bar and half bath. The home includes an incredible, custom in-ground pool and hot tub along with a smashing pool house.

Owned by the first female architect in the state of Washington for many years and spent nearly 40 years under the ownership of Ann Wilson, lead singer of the award-winning 1980’s band, Heart, this gated property is nestled in the hub of Queen Anne. I designed a website, brochure and email campaign that was adopted by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty and disseminated it to their extensive mailing lists.

 
“It shows the exquisite beauty of the space and the land to perfection!”
— Ann Wilson, Heart
 
Vertical brochure and email campaign for Interlaken Drive Manor, Seattle

Vertical brochure and email campaign for Interlaken Drive Manor, Seattle