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November | December 2011

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Debra Janes

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The Dominion

A Heartfelt Thank You! As we enter another busy holiday season, I want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to the residents of The Dominion. For those that I’ve worked with over the years, “Thank You!” for awarding me with your trust and confidence. It is an honor to represent so many fine homes in this community, but even more of a pleasure to know many of you and count you as valued friends. Thanksgiving is earmarked as a day to give thanks and to be grateful. In the spirit of the season, I extend my own wishes to you and your family for a holiday and an upcoming year filled with happiness and joys that come from the simple pleasures in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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20 Esquire $2,750,000

Year Built: 2007 Bedrooms: 5 • Baths: 5.5 Living Area: 8224 Sq. Ft. Lot Size: .56 Acres

Listing Your Home During the Holidays Is it Wise?

Authentic Cuisine d’Italia Zocca’s Lasagna

Debra Janes 210.573.4040 dj@gvtc.com

DebraJanes.com If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

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to embrace all those who enter, and add a dramatic dimension that flat walls can never emulate.   Trained and seasoned artisans can apply these products in hues of every spectrum of the rainbow. The use of metallic paints, plasters, waxes, and glazes are becoming increasingly popular and the possibilities for the use of metallics are seemingly endless. For instance, waxes can be applied as topcoats to other finishes such as an existing Venetian plaster which results in added depth and character.

Featuring Zocca Cuisine D’Italia 210.444.6070 | ZoccaRiverWalk.com

LASAGNA LASAGNA MEAT 1.75 lb. of Italian sausage 1/4 cup diced carrots 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 cup diced delery 1/2 cup tomato paste 2 T. minced garlic

take your home from dull to dramatic! Custom faux finishes in your home can add that extra bit of sophistication; a sense of opulence that ties everything in your home together beautifully. “It’s like the finishing touch of a holiday bow on a festively wrapped gift,” says Cindy Leech, co-owner with Carol Rollins, of CC Custom Finishes (www.CCCustomFinishes.com). Known for their exquisite custom wall finishes featured in some of today’s top lifestyle and décor magazines, Leech and Rollins have transformed many homes from “so-so” to spectacular! Some of the more common faux painting finishes are: MARBLE FAUX FINISH – This is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques. WOOD FAUX FINISH – This technique is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties. STRI – This comes from the French word meaning “stripe” or “streak.” It is referred to as a negative glaze technique. SILK FAUX FINISH – Replicates the appearance of silk. RAGGING – A glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern. BRICK FAUX FINISH – The look of brick and also stones are a popular style in Old World decor. TROMPE L’OEIL – French for “trick the eye,” this is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions. The applications range from small powder rooms to virtually every wall, ceiling, nook and cranny of a spacious estate. When artisans execute this specialized finish, the transformation is amazing. The smooth or textured walls of your home will allow the light and shadow of the room

1. Lightly sauté the sausage breaking it up into small pieces. 2. Add the vegetables and continue cooking until soft. 3. Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes more. 4. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the sausage and tomato are smooth. LASAGNA CHEESE 1.5 lb. ricotta cheese 6 oz. half & half 3 oz. grated asiago cheese 1.5 oz. grated parmesean cheese 2 T. mixed fresh rosemary, oregano and sage, chopped 1. Start with the ricotta in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. 2. Add the asiago, parmesean and herbs. Continue to mix slowly while adding the half and half. 3. Adjust the seasoning and refrigerate. LASAGNA 2 lb. fresh egg pasta sheets 4 cups lasagna cheese 4 cups lasagna meat 4 cups marinara sauce 4 cups provolone cheese, shredded 1. Spray the sides and the bottom of a baking dish with a nonstick spray, and cover with one layer of the pasta sheets. 2. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the pasta, and sprinkle with one cup of marinara and place the lasagna meat on the surface of the cheese. Sprinkle with one cup of the provolone. 3. Cover with the pasta sheets, press gently, and repeat the process twice creating three level lasagna. Top with the last cup of provolone and marinara. Wrap tightly in plastic, then aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow the lasagna to set up 10 minutes prior to cutting and serving. Serves: 4

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2011

Rich gold, bronze and copper metallic plasters and glazes can add authenticity to Tuscan and Old World interiors giving your home that “lived-in” look of an aged European estate. Metallic pewter, charcoal, silver, lime, or even purple can create a gorgeous shimmering background for contemporary, industrial, and modern settings.   An entry way is the perfect place to use metallics. The minute your guests enter your home, their eyes are drawn upward by the rich depth and dramatic presence of the ceiling. Tray ceilings adorned with metallic finishes will “wow” visitors as the soft flickering reflections created by a gorgeous chandelier shimmers in movement. Small powder rooms can be transformed into amazing “eye candy” that will be the envy of all who enter. Even the smallest of rooms can appear larger due to the reflective qualities of the metallic products. Leech adds, “Often, guests will be so intrigued by what they see, they can’t help but touch the walls!”   Because kitchens are inarguably the heart and soul of a home, use wall finishes to turn your kitchen into the most celebrated room of the house. Plain range hoods can morph into a pleasing aged copper or bronze finish. A stencil motif along a backsplash or accent wall gives added vibrancy to the background finish and an island or bar looks magnificent with a rough, aged plaster with patches of monotone or metallic highlights. In addition to amazing walls and ceilings, faux finishing can be used for furniture and accessories. Leech notes, “We have made use of metallic products to enhance lamps, vases, pots, statues, mirrors, tables, and cabinetry.

The Nutcracker Majestic Theatre, Nov. 25th – 27th and Dec. 2nd – 4th 210.554.1010 | SASymphony.org Take your sweetheart, take a friend, take the whole family to this beautiful holiday tradition. With the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers, this fairy-tale-like evening will transport you to an enchanting world that will delight young and old alike. Presented by Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony.

Often it’s in the smallest of items or details that create the biggest impact.” If your home isn’t making the statement you had hoped, perhaps the relatively simple renovation achieved with wall finishes is just what your interiors need!

Shopping, entertaining, parties, decorating the house, charity work and so much more. For many of us, the holidays are already overloaded with seasonal obligations. Who in their right mind would add “sell house” to their already busy list? Well, it’s not such a bad idea after all. Consider this: Year in and year out, the real estate market begins to slow after Halloween and doesn’t start picking up again until late January. In fact, it’s not unheard of for home sales to be down 30% or so from December to January. Many people will take their home off of the market during this time, which leaves a fantastic opportunity to really stand out from your competition. With fewer homes available for sale, your home will receive more attention. With a reduced number of listings and condensed inventories, you’ll have more buyers’ agents that want to show your home to their clients. Additionally, many people that list their home during the holidays find that they receive better attention not only from agents, but lenders, appraisers, title companies and home inspectors. Those professionals aren’t as busy this time of year either. Besides having fewer homes for sale, there are also fewer buyers. But don’t let that overly concern you. Buyers who are shopping for a home during the holidays tend to be

more

Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony River Walk, Nov. 25th 210.227.4262 | TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com As the official kickoff to the Paseo Del Rio Holiday festivities, the lighting of the twinkling canopy over River Walk is a Texas-sized celebration and a “wouldn’t miss” tradition for many. The parade features illuminated floats, bands and plenty of holiday revelry. Let the season begin!

motivated. These buyers are serious, and you’re less likely to be contacted by those that are “only looking.” Plus, with many families having vacation days and time off work, it’s a great opportunity for typically busy people to find time for house hunting. We have another advantage here in our market. Many of our neighbors as well as homeowners from across the city entertain out-of-town houseguests for the holidays. What a great opportunity to present your home to people that may very likely decide (or have already decided) to move here! Lastly, isn’t your home always beautiful and inviting during the holidays? You’ve cleaned and decorated and put on all the finishing touches indoors and out. Having potential buyers view your home during this warm and welcoming season allows them to better picture their own family life in the appealing environment you’ve created. So don’t hesitate to list during the holidays – it just might work to your advantage!

Grand Western Shindig Cowboys Dance Hall, Dec. 6th 210.334.2455 | Shindig.MissionRoadMinistries.org Dust off your boots, don your jeans and be sure to join your friends for a night of great food, auctions, raffle, live music and dancing. No black tie attire at this fundraiser – boots and jeans are required! Proceeds benefit more than 700 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Bazar Sabado San Antonio Museum of Art, Dec. 10th 210.978.8100 | SAMuseum.org Ready for a fun-filled day of treasure hunting? Just in time for holiday gift giving, the 25th annual Bazar brings you ethnic jewelry, small painted furniture, nativities, clothing, textile and accessories for the home. You’ll never know what the artisans and craftsmen will have on hand – but you can be assured it will be unique. 2011 Poinsettia Ball The Westin La Canterra Resort, Dec. 13th 210.785.5850 | FriendsOfHospiceSA.org Sponsored by Friends of Hospice San Antonio, this holiday fundraiser includes dinner and dancing along to The Rick Cavender Band. Your attendance will aid uninsured hospice patients – a gift to many families that is more appreciated than you might ever imagine. Jingle Bell Run/Walk University of the Incarnate Word, Dec. 17th Arthritis.org Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Now’s your chance to help fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.


to embrace all those who enter, and add a dramatic dimension that flat walls can never emulate.   Trained and seasoned artisans can apply these products in hues of every spectrum of the rainbow. The use of metallic paints, plasters, waxes, and glazes are becoming increasingly popular and the possibilities for the use of metallics are seemingly endless. For instance, waxes can be applied as topcoats to other finishes such as an existing Venetian plaster which results in added depth and character.

Featuring Zocca Cuisine D’Italia 210.444.6070 | ZoccaRiverWalk.com

LASAGNA LASAGNA MEAT 1.75 lb. of Italian sausage 1/4 cup diced carrots 1/4 cup diced onion 1/4 cup diced delery 1/2 cup tomato paste 2 T. minced garlic

take your home from dull to dramatic! Custom faux finishes in your home can add that extra bit of sophistication; a sense of opulence that ties everything in your home together beautifully. “It’s like the finishing touch of a holiday bow on a festively wrapped gift,” says Cindy Leech, co-owner with Carol Rollins, of CC Custom Finishes (www.CCCustomFinishes.com). Known for their exquisite custom wall finishes featured in some of today’s top lifestyle and décor magazines, Leech and Rollins have transformed many homes from “so-so” to spectacular! Some of the more common faux painting finishes are: MARBLE FAUX FINISH – This is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques. WOOD FAUX FINISH – This technique is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties. STRI – This comes from the French word meaning “stripe” or “streak.” It is referred to as a negative glaze technique. SILK FAUX FINISH – Replicates the appearance of silk. RAGGING – A glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern. BRICK FAUX FINISH – The look of brick and also stones are a popular style in Old World decor. TROMPE L’OEIL – French for “trick the eye,” this is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions. The applications range from small powder rooms to virtually every wall, ceiling, nook and cranny of a spacious estate. When artisans execute this specialized finish, the transformation is amazing. The smooth or textured walls of your home will allow the light and shadow of the room

1. Lightly sauté the sausage breaking it up into small pieces. 2. Add the vegetables and continue cooking until soft. 3. Add the tomato paste and cook for 5 minutes more. 4. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the sausage and tomato are smooth. LASAGNA CHEESE 1.5 lb. ricotta cheese 6 oz. half & half 3 oz. grated asiago cheese 1.5 oz. grated parmesean cheese 2 T. mixed fresh rosemary, oregano and sage, chopped 1. Start with the ricotta in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. 2. Add the asiago, parmesean and herbs. Continue to mix slowly while adding the half and half. 3. Adjust the seasoning and refrigerate. LASAGNA 2 lb. fresh egg pasta sheets 4 cups lasagna cheese 4 cups lasagna meat 4 cups marinara sauce 4 cups provolone cheese, shredded 1. Spray the sides and the bottom of a baking dish with a nonstick spray, and cover with one layer of the pasta sheets. 2. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the pasta, and sprinkle with one cup of marinara and place the lasagna meat on the surface of the cheese. Sprinkle with one cup of the provolone. 3. Cover with the pasta sheets, press gently, and repeat the process twice creating three level lasagna. Top with the last cup of provolone and marinara. Wrap tightly in plastic, then aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Allow the lasagna to set up 10 minutes prior to cutting and serving. Serves: 4

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2011

Rich gold, bronze and copper metallic plasters and glazes can add authenticity to Tuscan and Old World interiors giving your home that “lived-in” look of an aged European estate. Metallic pewter, charcoal, silver, lime, or even purple can create a gorgeous shimmering background for contemporary, industrial, and modern settings.   An entry way is the perfect place to use metallics. The minute your guests enter your home, their eyes are drawn upward by the rich depth and dramatic presence of the ceiling. Tray ceilings adorned with metallic finishes will “wow” visitors as the soft flickering reflections created by a gorgeous chandelier shimmers in movement. Small powder rooms can be transformed into amazing “eye candy” that will be the envy of all who enter. Even the smallest of rooms can appear larger due to the reflective qualities of the metallic products. Leech adds, “Often, guests will be so intrigued by what they see, they can’t help but touch the walls!”   Because kitchens are inarguably the heart and soul of a home, use wall finishes to turn your kitchen into the most celebrated room of the house. Plain range hoods can morph into a pleasing aged copper or bronze finish. A stencil motif along a backsplash or accent wall gives added vibrancy to the background finish and an island or bar looks magnificent with a rough, aged plaster with patches of monotone or metallic highlights. In addition to amazing walls and ceilings, faux finishing can be used for furniture and accessories. Leech notes, “We have made use of metallic products to enhance lamps, vases, pots, statues, mirrors, tables, and cabinetry.

The Nutcracker Majestic Theatre, Nov. 25th – 27th and Dec. 2nd – 4th 210.554.1010 | SASymphony.org Take your sweetheart, take a friend, take the whole family to this beautiful holiday tradition. With the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers, this fairy-tale-like evening will transport you to an enchanting world that will delight young and old alike. Presented by Ballet San Antonio and the San Antonio Symphony.

Often it’s in the smallest of items or details that create the biggest impact.” If your home isn’t making the statement you had hoped, perhaps the relatively simple renovation achieved with wall finishes is just what your interiors need!

Shopping, entertaining, parties, decorating the house, charity work and so much more. For many of us, the holidays are already overloaded with seasonal obligations. Who in their right mind would add “sell house” to their already busy list? Well, it’s not such a bad idea after all. Consider this: Year in and year out, the real estate market begins to slow after Halloween and doesn’t start picking up again until late January. In fact, it’s not unheard of for home sales to be down 30% or so from December to January. Many people will take their home off of the market during this time, which leaves a fantastic opportunity to really stand out from your competition. With fewer homes available for sale, your home will receive more attention. With a reduced number of listings and condensed inventories, you’ll have more buyers’ agents that want to show your home to their clients. Additionally, many people that list their home during the holidays find that they receive better attention not only from agents, but lenders, appraisers, title companies and home inspectors. Those professionals aren’t as busy this time of year either. Besides having fewer homes for sale, there are also fewer buyers. But don’t let that overly concern you. Buyers who are shopping for a home during the holidays tend to be

more

Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony River Walk, Nov. 25th 210.227.4262 | TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com As the official kickoff to the Paseo Del Rio Holiday festivities, the lighting of the twinkling canopy over River Walk is a Texas-sized celebration and a “wouldn’t miss” tradition for many. The parade features illuminated floats, bands and plenty of holiday revelry. Let the season begin!

motivated. These buyers are serious, and you’re less likely to be contacted by those that are “only looking.” Plus, with many families having vacation days and time off work, it’s a great opportunity for typically busy people to find time for house hunting. We have another advantage here in our market. Many of our neighbors as well as homeowners from across the city entertain out-of-town houseguests for the holidays. What a great opportunity to present your home to people that may very likely decide (or have already decided) to move here! Lastly, isn’t your home always beautiful and inviting during the holidays? You’ve cleaned and decorated and put on all the finishing touches indoors and out. Having potential buyers view your home during this warm and welcoming season allows them to better picture their own family life in the appealing environment you’ve created. So don’t hesitate to list during the holidays – it just might work to your advantage!

Grand Western Shindig Cowboys Dance Hall, Dec. 6th 210.334.2455 | Shindig.MissionRoadMinistries.org Dust off your boots, don your jeans and be sure to join your friends for a night of great food, auctions, raffle, live music and dancing. No black tie attire at this fundraiser – boots and jeans are required! Proceeds benefit more than 700 children and adults with developmental disabilities. Bazar Sabado San Antonio Museum of Art, Dec. 10th 210.978.8100 | SAMuseum.org Ready for a fun-filled day of treasure hunting? Just in time for holiday gift giving, the 25th annual Bazar brings you ethnic jewelry, small painted furniture, nativities, clothing, textile and accessories for the home. You’ll never know what the artisans and craftsmen will have on hand – but you can be assured it will be unique. 2011 Poinsettia Ball The Westin La Canterra Resort, Dec. 13th 210.785.5850 | FriendsOfHospiceSA.org Sponsored by Friends of Hospice San Antonio, this holiday fundraiser includes dinner and dancing along to The Rick Cavender Band. Your attendance will aid uninsured hospice patients – a gift to many families that is more appreciated than you might ever imagine. Jingle Bell Run/Walk University of the Incarnate Word, Dec. 17th Arthritis.org Jingle Bell Run/Walk is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others! Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Now’s your chance to help fight arthritis, the nation’s most common cause of disability.


November | December 2011

For everything real estate...call

Debra Janes

Featured Listing In

The Dominion

A Heartfelt Thank You! As we enter another busy holiday season, I want to take this opportunity to extend my gratitude to the residents of The Dominion. For those that I’ve worked with over the years, “Thank You!” for awarding me with your trust and confidence. It is an honor to represent so many fine homes in this community, but even more of a pleasure to know many of you and count you as valued friends. Thanksgiving is earmarked as a day to give thanks and to be grateful. In the spirit of the season, I extend my own wishes to you and your family for a holiday and an upcoming year filled with happiness and joys that come from the simple pleasures in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

Add Richness & Warmth

20 Esquire $2,750,000

Year Built: 2007 Bedrooms: 5 • Baths: 5.5 Living Area: 8224 Sq. Ft. Lot Size: .56 Acres

Listing Your Home During the Holidays Is it Wise?

Authentic Cuisine d’Italia Zocca’s Lasagna

Debra Janes 210.573.4040 dj@gvtc.com

DebraJanes.com If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing.

Featured Listing in

All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Produced by UpscaleRealEstateMarketing.com • 877.660.0996

The Dominion


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