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It’s a new year and a new decade—now is the perfect moment to refresh your space. 

Here are a few looks that are gathering momentum for 2020, culled from a range of trend-setting sources, from design fairs to fashion runways and beyond. Happy (re)decorating, NorCal.   

Mixing Metals
Silver, gold, tin and copper will be shining in 2020. It’s been predicted that retro tin panels will gain traction as kitchen backsplashes while the mixing of contrasting metals like iron, gold, and bronze will become more common. The only rule? Try not to combine more than three metals in a space, such a blend could end up being overwhelming.

Warm Earth Tones
Try working in colors and textures that mimic wood, metals and foliage and apply them to furniture and home accessories.


After a day out and about in San Francisco, trekking the trails in the Marin Headlands or exploring the scenic landscape of wine country, there’s no better feeling than coming home to a cozy space. Here, we share hot tips to keep your Northern California home warm, welcoming and stylish all winter long. 

Rearrange Furniture for Gatherings
Create spaces to facilitate cozy, intimate conversation by bringing chairs, ottomans and seating poufs away from walls and into comfortable groupings. Floating furniture eight to 12 inches away from walls can create a feeling of space and lightness and prevent guests from feeling drafts from outside.

Bring Home the Green 
Add some easy-to-care-for plants—like succulents or cute cacti—to your space. These touches of green add


Whether you’re drawn to glitzy yacht parties on the Bay or relaxing spa treatments in Carmel, Northern California has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

New Year's Ski Party and Fireworks in Lake Tahoe
Head to the mountains for the annual New Year's party at the Main Lodge at Mt. Rose—the peak with the highest base elevation of any Lake Tahoe ski resort. Spend the final day of the year on the slopes before heading to the evening party, complete with a Snow Cat Parade and fireworks just before 6pm.

New Years Day at Carmel Valley Ranch Spa
Book a night at the Carmel Valley Ranch and spend New Year’s Eve day at Spa Aiyana, which offers an herbal hot rock massage, honey lavender manicure and much more. And


On a crisp December evening, Northern California agents, their clients, friends and family gathered in downtown Healdsburg to celebrate the latest addition to The Agency’s growing network of offices in the region. Located on North Street, the outpost joins the firm’s new locations in Noe Valley, Danville and Marin. Additional Northern California offices are set to be unveiled in the coming months. 

KR Catering provided snacks for a crowd that topped more than 250 by the end of the night. 

The Healdsburg office will be led by local real estate industry veterans Bob Besancon and Taso Tsakos, both of whom have extensive experience in the region. 

“Healdsburg was a natural part of our strategic expansion, and we are delighted to partner with industry


It’s the season for making, sharing and enjoying delicious drinks, cool cocktails and flavorful mocktails. Here, four of The Agency’s own from our Danville and Noe Valley offices share their go-to winter beverage recipes, perfect for warming up wintery nights. 

Sean Mauser’s Santa's Little Helper
- 2/3 oz (2 parts) coffee liqueur 
- 1 2/3 oz (5 parts) vodka 
- 1 oz (3 parts) eggnog

To make Sean Mauser’s punchy holiday-themed cocktail, start with a rocks glass and fill it with ice. Then, pour in the coffee liqueur, followed by the vodka. Top with the eggnog and serve promptly. 

Zach Knapp’s Apple Cider Old Fashioned
- 1/2 cup of ice
- 2/3 cup apple cider
- 2 shots of whiskey 
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Apple slices, cinnamon 

Zach Knapp’s recipe for an apple cider

The holidays are upon us, and the gifts just keep coming. Coverage for our properties and personalities are front and center in top publications and news networks, from the Wall Street Journal to Departures and Forbes. Unwrap some of the month’s most exciting media moments below.

THE AGENCY HEALDSBURG & YERBA BEUNA ISLAND - Inman spotlighted the debut of The Agency’s new Healdsburg office, which joins our roster of Northern California outposts - Noe Valley, Danville and Marin. The Agency founder and CEO Mauricio Umansky noted that Healdsburg was “a natural part of our strategic expansion” and that the company is delighted “to grow our footprint in Sonoma County.” The article also spotlighted the new residential community at Yerba Buena Island, for


Yes, you can win at gift-giving. It’s all about getting creative and staying true to the individual’s interests. Here, we spotlight seven locally-inspired gift ideas that promise to be very well received, from city-specific stocking stuffers to surf and skate gear, from top-tier food tours to spa getaways and more.  

Sunset Dinner Cruise - Get family or friends together and gift them a special private San Francisco Bay cruise on one of six yachts, which range in size from 65 to 124 feet and can accommodate 10 to 400 guests. See the city skyline light up after sunset and enjoy cocktails on the bay—it’s an experience you and your guests will treasure for years to come. 

Carmel Food + Wine Tour - The three-hour Classic Carmel-by-the-Sea Food Tour guides guests

New renderings released by Yerba Buena Island provide a first glimpse inside the residential community taking shape on the naturally formed island in San Francisco. Located minutes from Downtown, Yerba Buena Island features a collection of 266 condominiums, flats, townhomes and custom estate homesites. The residences are surrounded by miles of parks, trails and beach while moments from the new Treasure Island ferry terminal, which will provide daily commuter service to and from Downtown San Francisco. 

“Yerba Buena Island is a unique place—a spectacular wooded island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay,” Chris Meany, partner at Wilson Meany, told Forbes. Wilson Meany is developing the residential community in partnership with Stockbridge Capital


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

GET YOUR SANTA FIX HERE - Every December, SantaCon comes to San Francisco. It’s an iconic, free event known for the surreal spectacle it produces—thousands of men and women dress as Saint Nic and engage in some light-hearted “Santarchy” around the city. Now celebrating its 25th year, this global phenomenon will kick off in San Francisco on Saturday, December 7.  

ENJOY CRAFTS BY THE SEA HERE - Marin’s 2019 Muir Beach Holiday Arts Fair has been a beach tradition for more than 40 years. Originally started by the Muir Beach Quilters, today’s fair—taking place at the Muir Beach Community Center Saturday, December 7 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, December 8


Don’t enjoy the epic Thanksgiving meal prep? Not interested in hosting? No problem. There are many ways to celebrate the holiday—including making a reservation, grabbing amazing takeout and volunteering at local charitable organizations. Here, we spotlight some fresh ways to mark this special holiday in and around Northern California. 

Cocotte - Known for its expertly roasted rotisserie chicken and menu filled with hearty French comfort foods, this Russian Hill restaurant’s three-course Thanksgiving meal is sure to hit the spot. From noon to 9 pm on the holiday, Executive Chef and co-owner, Mikael Audry, will be serving up braised turkey breast with herb stuffing, seared black cod and filet mignon (among many other mouth-watering dishes). For dessert?