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Caroline Dinsmore

What inspired your career journey?

I was in tech for 10 years prior to getting into real estate. I always loved the idea of being in real estate and having a more flexible schedule. More importantly, as a woman, I didn’t like that there was a glass ceiling hovering over my head when I was in tech. I knew I was smart enough and a hard worker. So if I took the leap and started my own business, I knew that if I failed, I only had myself to blame. And if I succeeded, I could pat myself on the back.

What do you find most satisfying about your work?

Helping others. Seeing my clients’ faces light up when they find their dream home. Conversely, knowing my sellers always get the highest possible price with the best possible terms.

What motivates you in your life?

My “why” for the past 15 years has been my kiddo. She is on the autism spectrum and has taught me a lot about neurodiversity—the challenges and gifts that come with it. I’m her biggest fan and fiercest advocate.

Tell us about your own health challenge?

I almost died from a severe biotoxin illness brought on by an uncommon gene I have but my story will help change the way we approach health care. It will also help countless people who are suffering from chronic illness like MS, autism, lupus and auto immune disorders

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Caroline Dinsmore

The Caroline Dinsmore Group │ Engel & Völkers

(650) 566-9060

DRE 01458457

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NorCal Compass team jumps to Coldwell Banker

The team operates in Silicon Valley

Top performing Northern California-based real estate team Caroline Dinsmore & Co. left Compass and affiliated with Coldwell Banker Realty.

The team, led by Caroline Dinsmore, featured in RealTrends’ America’s Best Real Estate Professionals in 2022, closing more than $102 million in sales volume in 2021. Other team members include Director of Operations Shelby Lovecchio, Transaction Coordinator Kate Maria and Marketing Analyst Rob Jimenez.

“With Coldwell Banker’s longstanding reputation of supporting agents and providing worldclass tools, we can invest more time to providing a high-level of customer care to every one of our buyers and sellers,” Dinsmore said in a prepared statement.

The team’s combined experience spans more than three decades. Dinsmore’s professional career includes a four-year stint at Compass and another four years at Sotheby’s International Realty. Prior to these companies, she was a Realtor at Keller Williams and at Coldwell Banker Realty. The team has sold several homes in Silicon Valley. Dinsmore, a fifth-generation California native, was born and raised in Burlingame, which the statement says helps her navigate the community and understand the market.

“Caroline and her team are known for their superior market expertise and amazing service they provide their clients. We are excited to welcome Caroline Dinsmore & Co to Coldwell Banker and look forward to supporting their continued business growth.” said Alan Scearce, regional vice president of Coldwell Banker Realty in Northern California.

In a similar move last month, residential real estate team McNair Group, which was also formerly affiliated with Compass for four years, rejoined Coldwell Banker Realty’s Northern California unit. The team, which has been featured in RealTrends + Tom Ferry The Thousand
and America’s Best rankings, is led by Billy McNair and focuses on Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Redwood City and Atherton.

The Northern California branch serves markets from Carmel to Tahoe. Currently, Coldwell Banker Realty has approximately 56 offices and about 4,000 affiliated agents. It is owned by a subsidiary of Anywhere Real Estate Inc.

In December, Ryan Gorman stepped down as Coldwell Banker CEO and Sue Yannaccone, president and CEO of Anywhere Brands, expanded the portfolio of brands she oversees to
include Coldwell Banker.

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Spring Decor Ideas – 6 beautiful ways you can decorate your home for spring

As we slowly leave behind the shady days and hibernation of winter, it is the perfect time to focus on spring decor ideas, and how you can give your home a joyful refresh for the season.

Color, pattern, and lightness of materials are some of the key decorating ideas to focus on for spring decor ideas. Introducing floral and botanical prints, as well as styling with plenty of fresh foliage and beautiful spring flowers is also important, establishing a synergy between the inside and out.

We’ve spoken to the experts for their top interior design tips for bringing a springtime feel to your home decor. From simple accessory additions to transforming a feature wall, start your interior seasonal shift with our collection of spring decor ideas.


Swap Over Your Soft Furnishings

A quick, easy and inexpensive way you can transform a room to feel fresh and colorful for spring is to style your space with new soft furnishings, such as pillows, cushions, blankets and throws.

Mary Jo Major, founder and principal designer at Rise Interiors, ‘you can never go wrong with floral pillows or pillows that have brighter colors than you normally have out. For a big impact, switching up one or two pillows with pops of pink or patterns that pull from nature to automatically make the room feel different for springtime.’

When styling your soft accessories for springtime, Molly Mahon advises, ‘I find a room full of textures, layers and colors exciting and uplifting and for this reason, I love to mix, match & pile my cushions high. As a guide, the best-sized cushions are 50x50cm for sofas, 60x40cm for beds, and small little frillies for armchairs and gifts.’

Reserve soft furnishings in thicker, cozier materials for winter and use lighter materials with brighter color palettes or floral and botanical printed designs for spring.


Focus On A Feature Wallpaper

For a spring decor refresh, wallpaper ideas are an easy way to turn plain walls into a celebration of the season by adding instant pattern and color. Turn to floral room decor as your first option.

‘Nature-inspired wallpaper is a great way to achieve the biophilic look for spring,’ says designer Tom Kennedy from wallpaper and fabric brand Divine Savages. ‘Introduce flora and fauna in abundance, with delicate shades of pastel pinks and peppermint green to create a botanical statement that’s perfect for the season.’

Keeping the background of the wallpaper white is a wise move for brightening naturally dark room. Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and Lead Designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group says, ‘If a room is feeling dark and dingy in the spring sunshine, we paint the ceiling and trim our favorite white, Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. It works well in every home we have put it in.’

For the full effect, complement the wallpaper with colorful furniture and an eye-catching floral display, like in this room which features a beautiful V&A wallpaper design by 1838 Wallcoverings.


Lighten Up Your Window Treatments

We pack away our heavy winter clothes once the days get warmer and brighter, so let’s use the springtime shift as a catalyst to switch our homes’ ‘closets’ to something more appropriate to the season.

‘Ditch the dark and heavy winter drapes and change to lighter curtain ideas in pretty tones for spring,’ suggests Andréa Childs, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors magazine. ‘Not only will you add a pop of color to your scheme, your curtains will shift in the breeze if you leave the window open, bringing a fresh and airy feel to your room.’

‘Replace heavy window treatments with lighter-weight fabric, or take down the curtains altogether in public rooms to let in as much light as possible,’ suggests Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design, located in Manhattan Beach, California.


Fill Your Fireplace With Foliage

When you don’t have a fire lit, your fireplace can soon turn from a focal point to an eyesore. The easy fix is to give it a spring makeover, with fresh foliage or flowers – and gorgeous artwork or a feature wallpaper that draws the eye for all the right reasons.

‘Style your mantel with a piece of artwork with soft pastel colors such as pink, blue, and lavender to bring in the spring season. It can be an abstract painting or floral print,’ says interior designer Alice Chiu, principal of Miss Alice Designs in the San Francisco Bay area.

Add a vase of flowers on the hearth, to cover the space where the fire would be. And indulge in some spring mantel decor ideas too.


Refresh Your Artwork

Too often, paintings and photographs become permanent fixtures on our walls – and when they stay the same, we tend to stop noticing them. But just like an art gallery will put up a new exhibition to generate excitement, you can shift or swap your artworks to bring a new visual dimension to your interior decor. For an even faster fix, buy a new print online and display it in your existing frame.

‘Your art can definitely reflect spring, too,’ says interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home, based in the San Francisco Bay area. ‘Change out or rotate your artwork with pieces that reflect what spring means to you. It can be a bright, happy color, a subject or a place.


Decorate With Potted Plants And Flowers

Bring uplifting greenery and florals inside with vases of flowers and houseplants, as well as style your outdoor spaces with flower baskets, potted plants and containers.

‘When spring flowers start blooming, I love to pick them up at the market and sprinkle them throughout our homes in vases,’ explains Brooke Wilbratte, Founder and lead designer at Texas-based Tribe Design Group.

We love this versatile Fluted Planter from Serena & Lily, which can be used both indoors and outdoors to house beautiful botanical displays; ideal for on a console or dining table, or for use outside beside a front door or on a balcony, terrace or patio.