Global Influences, Local Design


Dedicated to staying current in the design world, Elisa DiNallo, principal/lead designer of Truckee-based DiNallo Designs, headed to two interior design shows happening simultaneously in Paris, in late January — MAISON&OBJET, known as the “major event for professionals working in the art of living,” and a spin-off fabric show called the Paris Deco Off. The former brings together a 360-degree product offering for decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances, tableware, and more. While there, DiNallo attended workshops with a renowned Hermès designer and fabric design house Pierre Frey, and toured countless showrooms highlighting the latest products and ideas in the world of interior design. The Pierre Frey show was the first-ever public event hosted in the legendary Paris Men’s Automobile Club.


DiNallo reports that there is a strong African influence permeating the field and expects that it will trickle down to fabrics and furniture in the coming year. Info:

County Building Permits Now Available Online


In an ongoing effort to improve service and ease the process for obtaining building permits, Placer County has launched an online permitting process. Now available on the Building Services Division’s online permit portal,, the service will allow licensed contractors to obtain permits for heating and air conditioning installation, re-roofing, water heater replacement, solar installation, window change-outs, and other minor plumbing, mechanical, and electrical work.

Obtaining these permits will no longer require a trip to the county’s building services offices in either Auburn or Tahoe City.

In an upcoming expansion of online permitting, licensed contractors will be able to submit small projects such as decks, patio covers, swimming pools, and even single-family dwellings in tracts where a master plan has been approved. Later this year, all permit types will be available online for both homeowners and contractors.

Premium Value Placed on New Product


“Among the more notable dynamics fueling a sensational 2016 for Tahoe/Truckee real estate was the premium value placed on new and innovative product,” says Jeff Brown of Tahoe Mountain Realty. “The stereotypical Tahoe home may be a 1970’s era A-frame with a filtered lake view within an easy drive to any number of mountains or trails. While this romantic notion remains, the functional obsolescence of these older homes has grown until finally hitting a tipping point in recent years. With overly restrictive regulatory requirements around redevelopment in and around the Tahoe Basin, this stock of homes has not kept up with consumer tastes.”

Brown says new products are selling for up to 400 percent more than older vintage properties, and even more than lakefront properties.

Coldwell Banker Donates More Than $100,000 to Local Charities


Throughout 2016, the philanthropic arm of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Sacramento/Tahoe gave back to its communities via time, money, and collection bins.

The company’s Community Cares Foundation collected more than $50,000 in cash donations, while agents and offices provided additional contributions of materials, supplies, and labor for a total estimated annual donation of more than $100,000. Local benefitting organizations include

Boys and Girls Club of Placer County, Sierra Senior Services, and Tahoe SAFE Alliance.
In addition to raising funds, the foundation also worked with company offices to collect a total of 455 items for Toys for Tots and 648 pieces for the One Warm Coat holiday charity campaign.

Further, the foundation hosted a number of events, from playing blackjack at Monte Carlo Casino Night to teeing off golf balls at a charity golf tournament, bringing together independent sales associates, staff, family, and friends for worthy causes.


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