5 New Homes For Sale In The Walnut Creek Area

5 New Homes For Sale In The Walnut Creek Area

Looking for a new home, and want the latest scoop on what’s available near you? Perhaps you could use some help finding the perfect place for you and your loved ones? Not to fear! To keep you in the game, we here at Patch have compiled an up-to-date batch of five new listings nearby.

Here’s a list of the five newest homes to hit the housing market in the Walnut Creek area — including one with 2 beds and 2 baths for $649,900, and another with 6 beds and 4 baths for $1.5 million.

Like what you see? Just click on any address in the list to get additional pics and details. Happy house hunting!

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What’s trending in bathrooms for 2019What’s trending in bathrooms for 2019

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Beautiful design and materials aren’t just for giant, resort-style master bathrooms. Indulging in a quartz countertop or designer tile in your powder room won’t break the bank, and lets you experiment with out-of-the-box designs without splashing out for a full bathroom remodel.

Warm metal fixtures

Warm metals are back. Brass, oil-rubbed bronze, or gold fixtures come in a variety of modern, traditional, and transitional styles to match your preference.

Turn up the tech

The longer any technology sticks around, the more affordable it becomes to have installed in your home. In the bathroom, that means radiant underfloor heating and temperature-controlled medicine cabinets.

Floating vanities

Furniture-style vanities have been all the rage for years, but not everyone has a vintage sewing machine or credenza to repurpose, and furniture-style vanities can look clunky in a small space. A floating vanity gives your bathroom a sleek modern look without taking up much room.

Hack your storage

You don’t have to limit storage to linen cabinets or the space under your sink. There are all kinds of tricks to use up the wasted space in your small bathroom. Hang baskets behind the door or mount a ledge shelf above your vanity to take advantage of all your spare space.

Organic materials

Natural stone or wood-look porcelain tile will add a little warmth and serenity to your bathroom. Adding a plant, like aloe vera or bamboo can also give your bathroom a peaceful, spa-like feel.

Accent walls

Whether you choose to use paint, wallpaper or tile, an accent wall is a great way to liven up any bathroom. Consider using the wall behind the sink or even one of the shower walls to add something a little extra to your life.

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12 designs awarded for British furniture innovation and excellence at Design Guild Mark

Paul Kelley’s Magnetic Copper Cube series that won the Jonathan Hindle Prize for Excellence

Every year, the Design Guild Marks (now in its 10th edition) celebrate the excellent craft, creativity and ingeniousness which lie at the heart of the British furniture industry. This year’s awards honour 12 designs representing both the domestic and contract furniture market, and both new creative ideas as well as design classics.

‘It is very interesting to meet the very passionate designers and their product, ranging from domestic seating through to complex desk systems, presented to the judging panel,’ says the award chairman Rodney McMahon, head of a jury which included Twentytwentyone’s Simon Alderson, designers Terence Woodgate and Rodney Kinsman and journalist Barbara Chandler amongst others.

‘The quality and diversity of the applicants provided for a wholly stimulating range of presentations,’ adds Alderson. ‘It was interesting to consider the longevity of historic designs alongside the contemporary. The enduring quality of good design demands careful consideration of materials, process and form.’ The variety of styles and periods is evident throughout the dozen Marks, which range from classics such as Ernest Race’s Antelope chair to new designs, namely Philippe Malouin’s Group seating for SCP and Benjamin Hubert’s chair for Allermuir.

For the Jonathan Hindle Prize for Excellence, the jury chose the work of designer-maker Paul Kelley: from his South London workshop, Kelley created a furniture system based on a magnetic copper cube, which can be arranged in geometric compositions to create furniture and accessories around the home. ‘The standard in design, thinking and making of this year’s Design Guild Mark was not only hugely inspiring, but left me feeling proud of our British furniture industry,’ said Sebastian Conran Associates creative director Tom Pearce, a thought echoed by most of the jury members. ‘Design for me is a mix of art & technology,’ added Woodgate. ‘And we certainly experienced designs at both ends of the spectrum.’

Nail salons used as a front for modern slavery

The police have warned that British high street nail salons are operating as a front for organised crime, including trafficking and slavery.

The salons – particularly Vietnamese nail bars – are using their cash-only structure to launder money from cannabis farms and prostitution. According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), they are moving child slaves between branches in order to avoid detection.

The nail bars are also linked to illegal immigration, the NCA says. The agency is currently carrying out 500 investigations into modern slavery. Albanians, Vietnamese and British nationals are the most common potential victims, the Daily Mail says.

According to Adam Thompson of the NCA’s modern slavery and human trafficking unit: “Nail bars are one of the most prevalent areas where we see Vietnamese victims, usually quite young adult males, around 18 or 19.

“The gangs… recruit them from Vietnam. People will be told, ‘Come to the UK you will get a really good job, you will be paid lots of money which you can send back to your family.’

“They will then typically use the services of an organised immigration gang… up through China then Russia and into Europe and then into the UK – usually clandestine in the back of a lorry. Then they will be linked up with the gangs in the UK who will put them to work in a network of nail bars.”

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) – the body that monitors modern slavery in the UK – reports that instances of shops forcing people to work for free to pay back extortionate debts have increased by 35% since last year.

Police recorded 2,255 cases of modern slavery in the last year but estimate there are “tens of thousands” of further offences that go undetected, the Huffington Post reports.

“The barbaric nature of modern slavery means it destroys the lives of its victims, which is why we introduced the world-leading Modern Slavery Act 2015 and increased the GLAA funding by £2.6 million a year to tackle modern slavery and wider labour exploitation,” Victoria Atkins, minister for crime, safeguarding and vulnerability, said in early May.

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Wayfair Unleashes Archie & Oscar Exclusive Line of Furniture and Accessories for Pets

Wayfair unleashes Archie & Oscar, exclusive line of furniture and accessories for pets. (Photo: Business Wire)

(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wayfair Inc. (NYSE:W), one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, today launched Archie & Oscar, a new Wayfair-exclusive line of furniture and household accessories for pets. Available now at Wayfair in the U.S. and Canada, Archie & Oscar features more than 500 unique and stylish items ranging from aquariums and gerbil cages, to food and toy storage containers, to outdoor chaise lounges and murphy beds thoughtfully designed for dogs and cats.

“For many Wayfair customers, pets play an integral role in the notion of home and family, often spending just as much time on the furniture as their owners. We’re excited for this new offering of affordable and fun solutions that make the home more pet-friendly,” said Steve Oblak, chief merchandising officer, Wayfair. “With Archie & Oscar, Wayfair customers will find everything they need to create a comfortable home that can be enjoyed by everyone in the family.”

To develop the line, Wayfair consulted pet experts to curate a collection that provides shoppers with a variety of products and styles that can easily match their existing decor. With options ranging from a modern sofa lounger with clean lines, to a traditional wooden coffee table with a built-in bottom bunk bed, Archie & Oscar furnishings add personality to any space without compromising on style.

To celebrate the launch of Archie & Oscar, members of the Wayfair Pet Squad, a network of influential animal stars, have provided their paw-of-approval on their favorites finds from the new line.

Pet Squad Picks

Envy, Zain and Trek: Trio of huggable Border Collies who are most recognizable for their affectionate poses.

  • Dominic Ecoflex Murphy Pillow Dog Bed
  • Wall Pet Station Organizer
  • Dionne Double Bowl Elevated Feeder

Lionel The Hedgehog: A resident of Charleston, South Carolina, this African Pygmy hedgehog loves selfies and rattan Peacock chairs.

  • Darrius Wood Dog Bed
  • Ceramic Pet Treat Jar
  • 100% Cotton Toy Bin

Nala the Cat: This seven-year-old rescue Siamese/Tabby mix is a Guinness World Records holder for “Most Popular Cat on Instagram” based on number of followers.

  • Fran Modular Cat Tree
  • Alfie Litter Box End Table
  • Foxy 2 Piece Cat Perch Set

Tibby the Corgi: A resident of Ontario, this Pembroke Welsh Corgi who is full of fluff and smiles is nuts for peanut butter and colorful furniture to snooze on.

  • Lula Entryway Dog Bed
  • Angelica Puppy Paws Cotton Pet Mat
  • Apollo Sophisticated Decorative Dog Love Seat with Curved Back

Venus the Two Face Cat: Known as the two-face cat, this rescue feline is famous for its distinct facial markings; one half is solid black with a green eye—the other is orange striped with a blue eye.

  • Blanca Scratching Post
  • Dobbs Cat Bed
  • Algonquin 60″ Modern Folding Cat Tree

To view the Archie & Oscar collection on Wayfair and learn more, go to: https://bit.ly/2KpbigI.
Follow along on social with #ArchieAndOscar.

About Wayfair

Wayfair believes everyone should live in a home they love. Through technology and innovation, Wayfair makes it possible for shoppers to quickly and easily find exactly what they want from a selection of more than 10 million items across home furnishings, décor, home improvement, housewares and more. Committed to delighting its customers every step of the way, Wayfair is reinventing the way people shop for their homes – from product discovery to final delivery.

The Wayfair family of sites includes:

  • Wayfair – Everything home for every budget.
  • Joss & Main – Affordable discoveries for gorgeous living.
  • AllModern – Unbelievable prices on everything modern.
  • Birch Lane – Home of classic designs and fresh finds.
  • Perigold – The widest-ever selection of premium home.

Wayfair generated $5.2 billion in net revenue for the twelve months ended March 31, 2018. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with operations throughout North America and Europe, the company employs more than 8,700 people.

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These Are The Hottest Trends In Bathrooms For 2019

Eric Roth

If you’ve been contemplating that bathroom reno for a while now, it’s time to take the next step. The new year is bringing with it a a bunch of new design trends, and some things that have been around for a decade (hello, wall-to-wall mirrors) are being replaced with new, fresh, and fun ideas. Interior designer and Creative Director at Emily Henderson Designs, Brady Tolbert, let us in on what’s hot for bathrooms in 2019, and you’re going to want to copy everything on this list.

1 Storage Ledges Are Happening
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Eric Roth

You know that catchall niche you use for literally every product you need in the shower? It’s opening up, and making room for the ledge. “It’s a cleaner look, and one that can be used in almost every bathroom, no matter the style,” Tolbert says.

2 Expose Your Hardware
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Industrial design fans, this ones for you.”Exposed hardware and piping is coming into the bathroom in a very beautiful way,” Tolbert says. “We used to see it a lot in older and antique homes, but it has come back in a more clean lined and sleek way.”

See more at Nicole Franzen.

3 Concrete And Plaster Are Getting A Makeover
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We know—concrete and plaster are notorious for being cold and stark, but forget everything you think you know about them, because in 2019, you’ll see them looking way more refined. “Concrete and plaster are seeping into bathroom design, bringing the once ‘cold’ material into a new form that feels sleek and warm,” Tolbert says.

4 Stick To One Material
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“We’ve seen subway tile for years, but the sizes and shapes are changing, and it is now on every surface of the bathroom,” Tolbert says. “Using a simple tile in a big way gives a lot of impact, without having to break the bank.” Subway tile all day, every day, and we’re totally here for it.

See more at Nicole Franzen.

5 Make A Statement With Your Mirror
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William Abranowicz

You could stick with your basic wall-to-wall mirror, but 2019 is making a case for choosing something a little more interesting. “It might not be for everyone or every bathroom, but an impactful mirror can make a statement and create something that feels personal and unique in your home,” Tolbert says.

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These Are The Hottest Trends In Bathrooms For 2019

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Eric Roth

If you’ve been contemplating that bathroom reno for a while now, it’s time to take the next step. The new year is bringing with it a a bunch of new design trends, and some things that have been around for a decade (hello, wall-to-wall mirrors) are being replaced with new, fresh, and fun ideas. Interior designer and Creative Director at Emily Henderson Designs, Brady Tolbert, let us in on what’s hot for bathrooms in 2019, and you’re going to want to copy everything on this list.

1 Storage Ledges Are Happening
image

Eric Roth

You know that catchall niche you use for literally every product you need in the shower? It’s opening up, and making room for the ledge. “It’s a cleaner look, and one that can be used in almost every bathroom, no matter the style,” Tolbert says.

2 Expose Your Hardware
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Courtesy of Nicole Franzen

Industrial design fans, this ones for you.”Exposed hardware and piping is coming into the bathroom in a very beautiful way,” Tolbert says. “We used to see it a lot in older and antique homes, but it has come back in a more clean lined and sleek way.”

See more at Nicole Franzen.

3 Concrete And Plaster Are Getting A Makeover
image

TREVOR TONDRO

We know—concrete and plaster are notorious for being cold and stark, but forget everything you think you know about them, because in 2019, you’ll see them looking way more refined. “Concrete and plaster are seeping into bathroom design, bringing the once ‘cold’ material into a new form that feels sleek and warm,” Tolbert says.

4 Stick To One Material
image

Courtesy of Black Lacquer Design

“We’ve seen subway tile for years, but the sizes and shapes are changing, and it is now on every surface of the bathroom,” Tolbert says. “Using a simple tile in a big way gives a lot of impact, without having to break the bank.” Subway tile all day, every day, and we’re totally here for it.

See more at Nicole Franzen.

5 Make A Statement With Your Mirror
moroccan bathroom

William Abranowicz

You could stick with your basic wall-to-wall mirror, but 2019 is making a case for choosing something a little more interesting. “It might not be for everyone or every bathroom, but an impactful mirror can make a statement and create something that feels personal and unique in your home,” Tolbert says.

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Local Veteran, Glenn Smith, Will Be Given a Bathroom to Say ‘Thank You’ for Serving Our Country

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​This Veterans Day, Reborn Bath Solutions, Southern California-based home remodeling company specializing in bathrooms and kitchens and a division of Reborn Cabinets Inc., is teaming up with ten home improvement companies from across the country on an initiative called Baths for the Brave. This one-day special event is planned for Thursday, Nov. 8, and will provide 10 veterans from across the country, including Glenn Smith from Orange, California, with a brand-new tub or shower system, free of charge, to help improve the lives of those who sacrificed so much for our country.

Glenn Smith was enlisted in the Air Force and served from November 1954 – November 1956. He was stationed in Clovis, New Mexico, now known as Cannon Air Force Base. Glenn had a dream to be an airman but his dreams to fly were shattered when his vision wasn’t strong enough to be airborne.

Not one to let a setback keep him from pursuing his purpose, he took the role of being an officer and a gentleman to a new level. Known for his excellent character, communication, and being an encourager, the 23-year-old was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and led a team of 20.

Smith recalls those days of service as ‘being hard times’ as the F-86 was just being released and 13 pilots lost their lives including his neighbor, a 36-year-old General who died while trying to land a test plane at Clovis. His commitment to keeping morale up during tough times landed him in a coaching position for the Air Force Base’s Volleyball and Basketball teams, where he was able to use competition and team comradery to help his fellow enlistees navigate the pain of war time losses. His passion for service continued as he served as a Reserve for 8 more years.

Fast forward to the present, Smith shared with Reborn Cabinets how losing many of his financial resources while caring for his late wife of 43 years who lost her battle to dementia changed his life. Losing a partner after a lifetime of love and memories is a huge obstacle to overcome, but being the encourager he is, he presses on. He fondly looks back at all the good memories and wouldn’t change any of it. He built a legacy of perseverance and leadership for his 3 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. No matter what happens in life, character is something no one and no war can take from you.

Reborn Cabinets salutes Glenn Smith for his service and commitment and is honored to present him with a new bathroom.

This year, Reborn Cabinets, along with the other ten home remodeling companies, will be posting the Baths for the Brave crash live all day on Facebook and Instagram.

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Pizza Shop Owner Apologizes For ‘Caitlyn Jenner’ Bathroom Sign

Pizza Shop Owner Apologizes For 'Caitlyn Jenner' Bathroom Sign

A pizza shop owner has apologized after catching flak for signs he hung outside the bathrooms in his restaurant.

To identify the two bathrooms at D’Acosta’s Pizza Bakery on Millbrook Street in Worcester, owner Marc Felicio posted a picture of Bruce Jenner on the men’s room door and Caitlyn Jenner on the women’s room door, he explained on the company Facebook page. The post contained an apology, clearly referring to reaction from customers who were offended.

“It was never our intention to ridicule a celebrity who, for many, is the face of the transgender community,” said Felicio in a statement shared with Patch. “What we wanted to say is that we accept and welcome everyone regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

The bathroom signs, which have been up for 2 1/2 years, referred to famous transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner. Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-winning decathlete turned reality TV star revealed herself as a trans woman to Vanity Fair in 2015. Later that year, her gender change and name officially became Caitlyn Jenner.

The incident at D’Acosta’s comes less than a week after Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly voted yes on Question 3 , which upheld the country’s first statewide referendum on transgender protections that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law in 2016. Nearly 70 percent voted “yes” on the ballot question in Tuesday’s election.

The law added the term “gender identity” to the list of groups protected against discrimination in places like hotels or stores, a list that now includes race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex disability and ancestry.

The act relative to transgender anti-discrimination does not dictate language to be used to label a business’s facilities, but protects the right of a person to use either bathroom.

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Marketing for the modern age: Every Hotel Should be ‘Remarketing’ itself

We’ve all seen those ads that seemingly ‘follow’ us around the internet. One second, you’re browsing for a new pair of shoes, five minutes later you’re being unwittingly followed by that very pair of shoes on a website completely unrelated.

If it’s not happened to you yet with footwear, it’s almost certainly occurred on your web browser as a result of searching hotels on Expedia or Booking. Minutes, hours or even days later, that hotel you liked the look of in the Cotswolds for the weekend break you’re planning is displayed in front of you again, complete with price, image and a ‘book now’ button.

Google refers to this form of advertising as remarketing – so named as they are ads fed to you only once you’ve visited a particular website or webpage, and literally re-marketed back at you, in a bid to encourage you to return and complete your purchase. Facebook also runs something similar across its network of both Facebook and Instagram.

Needless to say, it’s an incredibly effective way of reminding hotel bookers to return and complete their booking – especially leisure bookers who are looking for that special-occasion stay and perhaps wanting to spend a little more than usual.

Consumers have more choice than ever before, which has inevitably meant the time taken to successfully choose and book a hotel has become longer in recent years. In some cases, leisure bookers are taking weeks to choose the right hotel, on the right platform that represents the highest value based on their own individual booking criteria.

This is why remarketing is so effective – you only need to have a potential booker visit your website once, and Google will allow you to follow that customer for as long as 18 months – for free!

Seems too good to be true, but here’s how it works: a simple piece of coding is placed on your website, dropping a cookie on the user’s web browser. That cookie then triggers your hotel’s ads on a pay-per-click (PPC) basis on websites across the internet. Impressions (views) of these ads cost you (the advertiser) absolutely nothing.

Let’s put this in more pragmatic terms: using this form of advertising, you’ll be able to advertise back to anyone that has previously visited your website in excess of 40,000 times, for about the cost of £40 per month. That would be the equivalent of running advertising all the way around Chelsea Football Club’s stadium, full of potential customers that have shown some interest in your hotel in the last month, and paying just £40 for the privilege.

The reason it’s so inexpensive is primarily due to the click-through-rate (CTR) being extremely low. These ads will appear in the background, gently reminding your potential customers about your hotel but few will click (and you only pay when someone clicks). Rather, they’ll probably need to see your ad 30, 40, 50 times before any action is taken.

Despite the cost being so low, and the targeting being so high, the real magic of this form of advertising, arguably is that so few hotels take advantage of this clever platform. It’s rare to see an individual or an independent hotel advertising in this way. This ultimately means that implementing this form of advertising can give your hotel a distinct advantage over your competition, not to mention the online travel agents!

In terms of the design of these ads; simple is best. An eye-catching image, your hotel’s logo, a ‘book now’ button, and on some of the larger-sized ads, a ‘book-direct’ message is advisable. These ads shouldn’t be a platform to sell all the benefits of the hotel, rather an opportunity to remind the potential customer of your business and hope they return to complete their booking.

At present, Google allow you to run these ads for a maximum cookie duration of 540 days. This means that your ads can be shown to each individual web-browser for up to 18 months, or until they decide to clear their cookies. Given the low cost of this advertising, it’s advisable to utilise this maximum length, as it can never hurt to gently stay in touch, reminding the web-browser that you exist and are open for business.

Typically, best-practice dictates that the style and design of these ads changes every few months, and these ads can even be animated to really catch the eye of your next hotel guest.

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