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VITAE is a collection of new, modern homes now under construction in Costa Mesa.

Planet Home Living and Villa Real Estate are proud to announce Vitae, a new modern home community coming soon to Costa Mesa. Villa's very own Sean and Lisa Casey have been named the exclusive agents for Vitae's 20-home development currently under construction. Vitae will fill a hard-to-find requirement of home shoppers looking for something new in a walkable location close to it all. Vitae, near Bernard Street and Harbor Blvd., will feature two and three story homes with a modern design.

Being developed by Planet Home Living, an Orange County-based development firm that specializes in small lot, single family residences, Vitae will start in the high $700,000's. The

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Two words: Mimosa Bar.

Even though Spring technically started on March 20th, we all know sunny springtime isn't really here until you're brunching al fresco with a mimosa in hand. And what better time to break out the bubbly than Easter Brunch, when you're gathering with family and friends you haven't seen since New Year's Day?

But before we dive into creating the perfect Mimosa Bar, let's curate the right environment by making sure the rest of the brunch party is set to go.

Take a few tips from HGTV's 35 Easter Decorating Ideas, House Beautiful's 30+ Beautiful Easter Decorating Ideas, or Elle Decor's 20 Best Easter Decorations for People Who Like to Keep Things Chic.

Elle Decor

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Spring is here! And Easter is right around the corner. With that comes a whole new set of decor trends and ideas. One of the best ways to get into the spirit of this brightly-colored and pastel season filled with bunnies, eggs, and flowers is to refresh your home decor accordingly. To help, we’ve put together this guide and compiled articles from top trendsetters to help you elegantly traverse this Springtime. As expected, flowers are a huge recurring theme in Spring Decor.

With a well-done Spring themed wreath on the door, your home will surely make a great impression on guests and radiate with the bright, welcoming impression of Springtime. Here are 30 Spring Wreaths from House Beautiful. Use these to draw

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The term “Chef’s Kitchen” gets used a lot, and means different things to different people. To some, it means having the perfect flow for indoor/outdoor entertaining. To others, it means having the perfect restaurant-style layout. And to others, it could simply mean having the best tools and appliances available to work with. No matter your personal definition of a “Chef’s Kitchen,” we are confident you will find something you like in our Pinterest Board Kitchens for the Chef. 

Here, we are giving you an inside look at some of our favorites.
5 Dream Kitchens for the Home Chef:

Listed By: Juli Ackerman

This stunning Lido Isle home is the perfect balance of an entertainer’s dream and a private retreat. The

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Have you ever been looking through listings and seen images of a home where the home's layout and decor just look so nice, perfect even? Chances are, that home has been staged.

According to a study done by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), 96% of Agents representing buyers agree that home staging positively affects potential buyers' view of the home. 81% of buyers say that it is "easier to visualize the property as a future home" when it has been properly staged. And we know that when buyers can visualize their lives in the home, they are much more likely to make an offer. When properly staged, even a flawed home has hope. Almost a third of buyers (28%) are willing to "overlook property faults" when the home is staged.

Staging is designed

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What’s better on a relaxing late weekend morning or early afternoon than brunch? There are few better ways to enjoy a weekend than by getting together with friends and family to grab some delicious food and possibly mimosas. At Villa, we love brunch and decided we wanted to find the best places to hang out and eat brunch. And now, we want to share the results of our research with you.

Much like our post about the best coffee shops in OC, our somewhat-unscientific research consisted of surveying seven different local publications, aggregating all the findings, and then compiling our own list. Our research yielded eight places for the best brunch and six honorable mentions.

So, here’s the list; where to get the best brunch in Orange County:

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With our post about the upcoming Home Decor Trends for 2017, we started a series of more detailed articles about specific trends. Continuing on with that series, copper inspired home decor is next. It is a beautiful trend that has been building momentum for the last several years and continues to reach new heights of popularity in 2017.

We created a Pinterest board for your reference. It is full of great ideas for incorporating copper into your home decor. Feel free to take notes as you browse through the designs. Pinterest: Copper Inspired Board.

For this post, we pulled some examples of using copper in home designs and decor from that Pinterest board. Here are 10 ways to use copper in your home design.

Invest in some

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Sunday, March 5th marks the start of the ninth annual Orange County Restaurant Week! So we've compiled a list of some of the most enticing menus for you to add to your dining list during this week of epicurean adventures! Our picks range from Anchor Hitch, the hip seafood restaurant at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo, to The Winery, the sophisticated and award-winning restaurant overlooking Newport Harbor and serving California regional cuisine, OC Restaurant Week offers something for everyone. Plus, they are even doing a "Chef's Table" event. If that interests you, you can read more about that here.

The prix fixe menus are priced at $10, $15, and $20 per person for lunch, and $20, $30, $40, and $50 per person for dinner, plus a few special $80 Luxe

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Warren Buffett, the legendary “Oracle of Omaha”, has listed 27 Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach, California, with one of our own Villa Real Estate Agents, Bill Dolby for $11 million. Buffett purchased the six bedroom, seven bath home with ocean views in 1971 for $150,000 and has used the property for family vacations over the past 46 years.

Built in 1936 and later renovated by the Buffett family, the 3,588 square foot home is ideally located just steps away from the sand near the south point of Emerald Bay's exclusive enclave. Five of the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms, and two of the bedrooms have their own entrances, ideal for visiting guests.

27 Emerald Bay Laguna Beach Ocean views balcony 27 Emerald Bay Laguna Beach Ocean views living room

A spacious family room with an oversized ocean viewing deck is separated from the main

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Every year Pantone predicts colors that will be popular seasons in advance of the latest fashions hitting the runway. Before interior designers begin selecting paint, finishes, and décor for a new home, remodel, or simply a room refresh. Pantone recently released its hot picks for Spring 2017 and they appear to be fresh, nature-inspired hues that will make you want to plan your next resort vacation. The season’s must-have colors include an earthy-green named “Kale,” a calm and cool blue dubbed “Niagara,” and even a vibrant and sunny yellow called “Primrose Yellow.” But before you book your next escape, check out these colors and think about incorporating them into your home.

Here’s the full list, straight from Pantone:

PANTONE 17-4123
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