• Frank Friday
  • March 7, 2014



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    House hunting. Have you done it?

    You heard me talk about all the amazing new lifestyle changes that came with moving to this beautiful state. What I haven’t shared much of is our frustrating house hunt. When we made the decision to move here, the real estate market was in a slump and there were tons of fixers just waiting to be redone. I’m looking for an ugly duckling to fix, shouldn’t be hard right? Unfortunately the month we started house hunting the market went on an extreme upswing and before I even saw a property a home would have 5-10 bids from developers making the prices sky rocket. Disappointing to say the very least.

    So fast forward six months – we’re still in our rental. With slim pickings, crazy prices, old school charm with proximity to Luke’s school and the big blue – is hard to come by.  But I’m not giving up!

    This is what a lot of my days look like…

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    Found this sweet fifties house with a charming guest house in there back. Adorable.

    But 5 bids before I even visit, and load traffic noise in the back yard.

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    Thankfully I’m working with a great real estate broker Henry Dodge the LA Realtor and there are tons of jokes and belly laughs along the way. This was an awesome property amazing ocean views but way out of our price range.

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    Henry on the phone hunting down something…

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    A crazy Moroccan fixer than was going in to foreclosure…but one hour drive from Luke’s school.

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    Amazing views in Bel Air though.

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    I bid on this mid century place by the ocean….

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    Felt I could turn it in to a great family home. But it fell through…

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    Could this be an office? Open it up and you have ocean views. Hmm…

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    I’m staying hopeful…and until then we are in our cute bungalow rental in a great part of town.

    Could be worse.

    Are you house hunting?

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  • February 13, 2014



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    I know all of you on the east coast is beng pummeled by snow and rain, and all you European readers have cold, dark days right now.

    So I thought you might enjoy some of the amazing sunsets we enjoy here in Cali every night.  We live 20 blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. And if there is ever a day I’ve been sitting in the office too long, or feeling a lack of gratitude, I jump on my bike and go down to the beach. If you follow me on INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN you know I can’t stop posting them!

    There is never a time it doesn’t leave me in awe of how amazingly beautiful the world is. And seeing the majestic view makes me feel grateful over the simple things.  And  there is no doubt — nature truly is the best designer.

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    The colors…purple, coral, citron, pink…will all end up in some designs.

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    It’s impossible not to be inspired by it.

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    A moody sky by the Pacific Coast Highway.

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    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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  • September 9, 2013



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    I don’t do a lot of giveaways but I couldn’t resist these adorable custom paintings by Michelle Schneider.  Home is where the heart is, and what better way to commemorate it than a sweet painting?
    Michelle specializes in custom house portraits and children’s illustrations.  You can view more of Michelle’s beautiful work HERE.
    FOR ONE LUCKY WINNER — she will:
    PAINT ONE 8 X 10 CUSTOM HOUSE PORTRAIT IN WATER COLOR. Painted  on 90lb Arches watercolor paper
    You can include pets, birds, landscaping, hand lettering and you will need to choose the season in which the portrait is to be painted.
    Here are some paintings Michelle have done for some happy home owners.
    ENJOY!

    HERE’S IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO WIN:

    1. Leave a comment here before SEPTEMBER 16th at 6pm Eastern Time.  Make sure to leave your e-mail address so we can reach you to get your mailing address if you win!

    2. Subscribe to LiveLikeYou if you aren’t already.

    3. You need to like LiveLikeYou on Facebook.

    In case you want additional chances of winning:

    —-share on your Facebook page and come back and leave another comment and let me know you did so.

    —-share on Twitter, and come back here and leave another comment and let me know you did so.

    —share on your blog, and come back here and leave another comment and let me know you did so.

    THE LUCKY COMMENT NUMBER WILL BE CHOSEN BY RANDOM.ORG.

    We will announce the winner here and on Facebook.

    Good Luck!

    P.S. Michelle is also offering LiveLikeYou readers free shipping on all their orders.  Use coupon code “MARMALADE” while shopping in her store. The coupon will expire Sept 23.

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  • December 30, 2012



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    …COMMENT NUMBER # 14.

    You are the winner of one red King size Bang Bang Duvet and 2 Euro shams!

    Our winner Danielle also has a great blog FRESH QUINCE. She has the best eye for vintage finds that you won’t want to miss, particularly if you are in DC. She scopes the best Craig’s list style for you.

    Hope you’re spending the last day of the year the best way possible!

    And I hope all your dreams come true in the New Year (at least most of them)!

    Next year is going to be a huge year of change for me. HUGE. I will share it all here.

    Now turn off the computer and go out and enjoy the day!!!

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