Spring 2019 Home & Garden

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Savacool and Sons works with appraisal experts in most fields from rugs to precious stones and everything in between. “Having lived in this space for almost a decade we have a pretty good feel for values and in cases where we don’t, we use the same tool certified appraisers use, the Internet,” Savacool said. What ultimately makes Savacool and Sons different than other similar businesses? He has a definitive answer: “We sell 99 percent of all items we list and never have the problem after a sale of finding a dealer to buy out all of the contents we didn’t sell. We offer shipping and have recently shipped to Moscow, Russia, London, England and Manhattan, NY.” It’s customers are as diversified as the items up for auction. “Over the years we have organically established a large local database of buyers who are mainly end buyers, but we do have quite a few dealers. Clients seek us out to sell their belongings’ a lot come from word-of-mouth and referrals. We are known for doing the job right and take pride in our work. “I tell clients that we are in the entertainment business just as much as we’re in the Savacool and Sons helps its clients sell evbusiness of retail. It’s a very connected social erything within a short window of time for the experience for our buyers especially during the most money. In some cases, it consigns the items. final hours of a sale when items are closing; In others, it buys out the contents of the estate. that’s when things start to get interesting. It’s Either way the items end up in its online auca rush of adrenaline we all need from time to tions. It doesn’t keep anything or sell on eBay; it time.” For more information please visit www. just passes things along, Savacool said. savacoolandsons.com. packed antique store in south Oceanside occasionally selling on eBay and ran traditional tag estate sales. “Running a traditional estate sale where every item is priced is equivalent to trying to sell the contents of an antique store in a weekend; you’re setting yourself up for failure. It was determined that online auctions were the most effective way to sell everything quickly for the most money based on feedback from East Coast customers and extensive research,” he said. So, he split the store and dedicated half to auctions but quickly liquidated the entire store and focused 100 percent on auctions. The model works well. “Over the years we’ve established a large local following with little advertising spent, working hard to perfect the model before growing. We’re moving a lot of product and we’re getting recognized so much other local brick and mortar businesses are following our lead and switching to our model. A lot of our customers are repeat customers and we treat them like family,” he said.

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Accomplished urban designer renovates Inn at Moonlight Beach By Carey Blakely

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ENCINITAS — Shangwen Chiu Kennedy refers to herself as an “accidental innkeeper.” With degrees from Harvard and Cornell and work experience in large-scale urban design, the desire to renovate and run a five-room inn in Encinitas is not what immediately comes to mind. But after speaking with Kennedy, who purchased the Inn at Moonlight Beach with her husband, Mike, in 2017, one begins to understand why it’s exactly what she wants to do right now. “I have the drive and passion to create places that support people’s well-being and foster the joy of connection — whether that is with another person, with oneself or with nature,” Kennedy explained. With certain long-term projects, Kennedy watched with dissatisfaction how particular concepts didn’t quite come to fruition, which she likened to “an illustration book that wouldn’t get realized in full.” In other cases, she didn’t get the TURN TO MOONLIGHT ON 8





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style website, recently selected the Inn at Moonlight Beach as one of 12 “Best Micro Getaways for Design Lovers” in the nation. Emily McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza, the site’s brand editor, told The Coast News via email that the inn “was unlike any other hotel or guest house we saw in our research and through our nominations.” McCrary-Ruiz-Esparza continued, “The ultra airy, Zen-gardenlike setting paired with the custom breakfast baskets and beach bikes was so quintessentially Southern California.

We loved the attention to guests’ health and wellness — a nice surprise often overlooked in the hospitality industry.” When the couple first purchased the Inn at Moonlight Beach, many of the property’s plants were dying and the soil was depleted. The first step, then, was to make what Kennedy referred to as a “huge energetic shift from dying to revitalizing.” She looked at what was thriving, like succulents, and planted more of them and removed what was dying, like certain cedar trees. She reused the cedar

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Chance meetings give passion and purpose to local realtor REGION — A little bit of luck and a lot of hard work can change your life. Real estate agent Kelli Woodard knows this firsthand. When she decided to move to San Diego in 2015, she had little direction other than knowing she wanted to live near the beach. She had no idea that a few chance meetings would shape her entire career. “I was born and raised in Phoenix and I stayed there until I was 18,” Woodard said. “I went to the University of San Francisco, then transferred to Grand Canyon University on a full soccer scholarship, and was bored after graduation in 2012. I had a little money saved up and decided I wanted to be near the beach. I posted on Facebook that I was moving to San Diego, and a good friend I went to San Francisco with reached out and offered me a place to stay with her in El Cajon in a father’s five-bedroom house. So that was how I ended up here.” The friend she was staying with ended up moving suddenly to L.A., and Woodard found herself with no idea what was going to happen to her. She reached out to her friend’s father to let him know she had been living in

wanted to be involved in his house. “He asked me, ‘Why the bigger transactions don’t you manage the properSan Diego has to ty?’” she said. “I had no idea offer. “So I went to what that meant. It was this Sotheby’s in La Mesa huge house with amazing and signed on,” views and he said I could she said. “Nothing start by renting out the happened for six rooms. He showed to eight months. I me how to run credit ended up meeting and background someone. He checks and next lived in the UTC thing I knew, I area and our was managing leases were both the property. He up so we ended didn’t charge me up moving in rent, and he even together. I had paid me on top my rescue pit of that.” bull, and one She ended day we were at up managing a dog park and another property Kelli Woodard that’s where I in Scripps after met Christie Gray with Big Block that, and in the middle of 2016 he asked her if she had ever considered Realty. We got to talking, and she was building a team she wanted to becoming an agent. “I asked him what that entailed,” Woodard said. bring me onto as a buyer’s agent. Our “He told me to take the classes, pass team of four decided to call ourselves The Honest Agent. In the first year I the test and try it out. So I did. I passed the test on my second try and, did about four deals and made about $40,000.” voila! I was an agent.” In 2017 the prominent Green Early on she realized that she

Group joined forces with The Honest Agent and Woodard saw her income triple. In 2018 she won Rookie of the Year with Big Block Realty and purchased her first property. She now averages three to four deals per month, and the sky is the limit. The market is heating up, and Woodard has advice for anyone looking to sell or buy. “My advice for sellers is to sell within the next 90 days. Buyers are coming out of hibernation, and you’ll get multiple offers and top dollar. For buyers, I say buy ASAP. The competition is getting steeper by the day.” Currently Woodard has a listing for a condo in Solana Beach at 211 Turf View Drive, and actually sold her first property ever in Oceanside. Woodard credits her success to both Christie Gray and to The Honest Agent Sales Manager Erick Gydesen. “I give a lot of thanks to them and how they have impacted my life and career,” she said. “You can sell houses for the rest of your life, and I plan to do this until I die.” For more information about Woodard, visit www.kelliwoodard. com

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Saving the last drops With more rainfalls still on their way, Galey points to rain barrels as a useful way of capturing the last of that nutritious winter rain water and putting it to good use. “I let no water leave my property, I capture it all,” Galey said. Rain barrels will hold about 50 gallons of water, but Galey also outfits her barrel with a hose during a heavy rain, taking advantage of excess water in order to deep water her fruit trees. The San Diego County Water Authority’s Sustainable Landscape Guidelines advise adding a rain barrel or cistern to the bottom of your home’s downspout to collect stray rain, rather than letting it become surface runoff on its way to our bluffs and beaches. TURN TO WATER ON 12

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‘Water deeply and infrequently’ Welsh recommends gardeners water “deeply and infrequently, not shallowly and often,” and use drip irrigation to help cultivate vegetables in raised beds, for example. Drip irrigation is a micro-irrigation system that gets water right to the roots of a plant — unlike spray irrigation, which may distribute water inefficiently. “It’s really the best because you can put water exactly where you need it,” Galey said, advising that plants are watered in the morning so the water doesn’t evaporate as quickly.

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What to plant, and where? Welsh recommends avoiding a “spotty” garden, and instead opting to plant big drifts of “spectacular, drought-resistant” plants such as pride of madeira, clivia, wisteria and bougainvillea. She also suggests using native plants that are well-suited for gardens, such as California holly, California lilacs or western redbud. “Let the backbone of your garden consist of colorful, drought-resistant Mediterranean plants and California native plants,” she said. As for annuals, Welsh points to plants that reseed themselves annuIt’s all about the mulch ally with the rains — like paludosum Mulch: it might look like just a daisy or madeira geranium. pile of twigs but it could be the key Galey recommends pairing to creating a healthy garden. Blanket- thirsty plants with thirsty plants — ed over the soil, mulch helps the soil creating zones for plants that need hold in water and protects it from more water, and likewise, separate excess sun exposure. areas for those that need less. “Mulch is like a roof for your For more information on rain garden,” Galey said. “ … mulch is the barrels or creating a more eco-friendbest way to save water in Southern ly garden, visit https://www.solaCalifornia. nacenter.org/, or check out the San According to the Solana Center Diego County Water Authority’s website, mulch not only saves water Sustainable Landscape Guidelines.



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alking amidst rows of plants in various stages of growth in San Diego Botanic Garden’s propagation area, SDBG’s Former Horticulture Manager Liz Rozycki thinks for a moment before answering the question, “Why purchase plants from a local nursery instead of a big chain store?” “You really wouldn’t want your yard looking like the plant shop at Target or the local dentist’s office, would you?” Rozycki quips. “And, more importantly, a local nursery has a knowledgeable staff, with a wider variety of California natives and other species of plants that will grow well in Southern California, making your yard look more interesting and unique.” Locally-owned nurseries can also guide buyers, both novice and more experienced, to plants that will do well in a targeted area of customers’ yards. Rozycki recommends that home owners landscape one area of their yards at a time. “That way you can focus on what you need in a given area,” elaborates Rozycki. “What hydro zone is it in? Is this space south facing? Getting full sun? If so, you’ll want to purchase tough, water-wise plants.” Plants purchased to be used in smaller zones in yards, can also be put into the ground in a reasonable amount of time, so the back yard gardening project home owners have taken on for the weekend isn’t so overwhelming.

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business she said: “still want natural fibers, organic materials and no chemicals in their sofa. Futons also aren’t just one-size-fits-all as they range from “very firm to very soft and come in twin, East Coast Queen or California King.” She manufactures 45 different configurations and said: “Our futons are more like mattresses.” Futons might also last longer than your typi-

if you’re looking for a sleeping cushion to last more than a few months. “We manufacture our futons from the ground up. Buying wool and cotton from farmers and doing our own felting, So, we are farm to futon. This cuts out the middleman and makes our mattresses very affordable. Diamond also sells organic sofas, that are traditional looking but made of organic and natural materials instead of Dacron polyester and polyurethane foams. She also sells platform bedroom groups made from natural woods with linseed oil finishes instead of varnishes and paints. “We make custom cushions for Bay windows, boats and RVs. We handcraft bed and decorative pillows, out of natural fibers, slip covers, and cushions covers in hundreds of fabrics,” she said.

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cal mattress, Diamond added: “Polyurethane foam, memory foam, gel, all disintegrate with age. As polyurethane foam ages, the chemical particles become airborne and can be absorbed into the bloodstream causing a variety of diseases.”

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The best thing about owning and sleeping on a futon Diamond said is that you can have a chemical-free sofa that turns into a comfortable bed. You can also take off the slip cover and wash it or replace it, and if you want a new look, simply change the cover. And if you’re wondering if Diamond practices what she preaches and sleeps on a futon herself, the answer is a resounding yes: “Of course I do! I sleep on the Dawn mattress.” If you’re ready to try a futon Diamond said: “come in and tush test them. We’ll ask if you are a back sleeper needing a firmer bed, or a side sleeper, needing a little more support of hips, shoulders and knees. Also, how much do you weigh, are you sleeping alone or with someone else? Do you co-sleep with your children?” In the end, a futon can give you an honest sleep and one you won’t soon forget! THE COAST NEWS | SPRING HOME & GARDEN 2019


A different way to mattress shop

OCEANSIDE — Considering that you spend about a third of your life in bed, choosing a mattress is a big decision. The team at BoxDrop Oceanside recognizes this, and aims to alleviate the stress related to such an important decision. “Everything we do here is low-key. We are not a retail store,” Assistant Tina Kimbrough said. “This is a wholesale mattress warehouse. And we do things differently.” BoxDrop specializes in clearances and closeouts. They buy direct so everything is warrantied from the manufacturer. “We only meet with one family at a time,” Kimbrough said. “This allows us to accommodate our customer's schedule while providing a friendlier, less-stressful experience. It also enables us to eliminate the expenses of employees and an expensive storefront and we pass those savings directly to our customers. Everything we have is 60 to 80 percent off of retail store prices.” Another huge difference with mattress shopping at BoxDrop Oceanside is that not only do they expect you to shop around, they encourage you to. “We want people to come in here knowing what

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