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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, Orange County. 

Curves Ahead
Furniture with curved edges and rounded corners work well in modern interiors while giving the space a retro twist. Look for bubble light fixtures, round mirrors and wavy design accessories, all of which were front and center at Milan Design Week 2019. 

Go Gold
Warm, rich and inviting, gold works in nearly every part of the home. Try adding gold-framed mirrors, framed pictures, faucets, handles or gold-legged end tables. 

Canopy Beds
Create a truly serene space with a canopy


While Orange County may not get the wintery temps other regions experience—you win, Park City—the season still brings cooler days with fewer hours of sunshine. So why not make home the coziest, happiest place to be? Here, we spotlight decor tips to keep your SoCal home welcoming and stylish all “winter” long. 

Layer Soft, Touchable Accents
Layer in soft accessories that add comfort to common spaces—think cashmere or velvet throws for the sofa, faux fur blankets for your bed or big lounge-friendly armchairs. Fold the blankets over the sofa or chair back when not in use, or roll them up and display them in a large, bountiful basket.

Bask in Candlelight. Or Go Flame-Free
A small grouping of candles on a coffee table, side table or countertop adds ambiance to a

Outlook 2020—from emerging markets to increasing demand, low interest rates to competitive pricing—our team of agents from Turks & Caicos to the California coast weigh in on the real estate trends to watch in the new year.   

Michelle Schwartz | The Agency Sherman Oaks


We have continued to see an increased demand for single-family residences under the $1.3 million price point in the Valley. As such, I anticipate more northern areas such as Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Lake Balboa continue to grow, develop and thrive as developers continue to buy, fix and flip, as first-time homeowners relocate into turnkey properties. With interest rates super low, turnkey properties are ideal – across all price points, I’m noticing buyers valuing the amortization


Whether you’re drawn to glitzy Gatsby-themed galas or prefer an evening of relaxation at a local spa, Orange County has plenty of options to help you usher in the New Year in absolute style and comfort. 

Gatsby's House, OC New Year's Eve 2020 - Kick-off 2020 with an upscale New Year's Eve Party at Huntington Beach’s Pasea Hotel & Resort. The party will be stocked with top-rated local DJs, an open bar, two rooms of music and complimentary party favors. Tickets start at $125. 

Orange County NYE Block Party - Newport Beach is home to the official Orange County New Year’s Eve Block Party, which takes place at three local hotspots—Bosscat, TEN and Envy Lounge. Buy tickets to kick back at just one or pop for all-access and party hop until the ball drops.

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Yes, you can win at gift-giving. It’s all about getting creative and staying true to the individual’s interests. Here, we spotlight four locally-inspired gift ideas that promise to be very well received, from cool antiques to food tours, deep-sea fishing and more.  

STANDARD COURT ANTIQUES - Whether you’re in the market for high-value collectibles or just some unique decorative items, this San Clemente antique mall will impress. It boasts a broad selection of furniture, lighting, crystal, china, porcelain, fine silver, paintings, posters and more. 

DEEP SEA FISHING TRIP - Know a bonafide ocean-lover? Gift them a half-day, full-day or overnight deep-sea fishing trip from Newport Beach-based Davey’s Locker. Perfect for novice and experienced fishermen,


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

SEE REINDEER FLY HERE - This year’s Winter Fest OC will offer dozens of wintry activities from December 19 through January 5 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. Take to the slopes for unlimited ice tubing down a 150-foot, eight-lane mountain of ice, play in the snow (it’s brought in fresh every day), explore exquisitely-lit pathways and enjoy nightly tree lighting celebrations with fireworks and flying Santa with his reindeer. 

TOAST THE SEASON HERE - The 8th Annual OC Santa Crawl Newport Beach will kick off on Saturday, December 14 at 1pm on Woody's Wharf in Newport Beach. This charity pub crawl weaves through Newport Beach and will benefit The

 
The Agency joined forces with Giveback Homes in Orange County, California to help construct an all-new residence for a family of three. 

Agents and local SoCal staff picked up hammers and nails and manned drills and wheelbarrows to help construct an all-new home for a single mother and two young girls. Having struggled with high rent prices for several years, the family will move into a new single-level, three-bedroom, two-bath home, which will provide the safety and stability of homeownership.

The Agency is a proud supporter of Giveback Homes, an organization comprised of real estate professionals who help fund and build homes for families and individuals around the globe, from Los Angeles, Phoenix, Chicago and Houston to villages in Nicaragua.


EAT HERE - For a farm-to-table experience, stop by Farmhouse at Roger's Gardens, which supports all kinds of local farmers, fishermen and wine and spirits makers). Order the Farmhouse Vegetable Bowl and the  “Teqkillya Highball” made with grapefruit tonic and tequila blanco. For a steak served in a cool, old-school-style, swing by Five Crowns, a replica of one of England’s oldest country inns and a true Corona del Mar landmark. Start with the Five Crowns cut of steak and finish with a hot fudge sundae. Soak in the views at Summer House on PCH, which serves up American-style comfort food with hand-crafted cocktails. Opt for a comfy booth or people watch from an open-window perch. For a posh meal, head to CdM, which boasts a picture-perfect, ever-changing

REAL Trends Inc. has released a special report ranking the 50 top real estate professionals and teams based on average sales price and volume, and The Agency is proud to have five agents and two teams ranked among the best in the nation.

Santiago Arana ranked #15 with an average sales price of $9,450,689 and a closing sales volume of $340,224,828. Paul Lester was ranked #29 with an average sales price of $7,126,317 and a closing sales volume of $149,652,660. Aileen Comora came in at #35 with an average sales price of $6,632,072 and a closing sales volume of $152,537,660. Blair Chang made the list at #37 with an average sales price of $6,413,784 and a closing sales volume of $96,206,760 and Sandro Dazzan ranked #48, boasting an average sales price


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

CELEBRATE LIFE HERE - Gather to honor those who have passed on at the Dia de los Muertos Fiesta at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton. Enjoy live music, fresh food, family art activities, arts and crafts and bring along a few marigolds to place on the ofrendas (altars). 

GET CREATIVE INSPO HERE - Toy collectibles, designer apparel, pop and urban art—it’s all on deck at DesignerCon, a convention created to bring together artists, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the vinyl toy and collectible figures market. Taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center’s November 22-24, this large-scale event will boast 700 vendors. And more than 300