Simple Luxuries & Small Indulgences!

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Throughout our career as luxury real of real estate brand strategists we have encountered the misconception that luxury is only about the lifestyle of the rich and famous. But, that is just what gets the most press. It is the simple luxuries, the small indulgences that represent the heart of luxury.

 

Memorial Day Weekend was the official start of BBQ season for most of the country. However, here in Santa Barbara, California we are fortunate to able to BBQ practically all year long. Ours has a 13.5-inch grill that is perfect for 2 people when we also grill locally sourced organic vegetables, which we do frequently. Or, for 4 people when we just cook the main course.

 

Recently, we picked up some absolutely fabulous fresh swordfish at our local seafood store, Kanaloa. This fish was caugh right off our coastline the same morning we grilled it for dinner. We were told that to enjoy the rich flavor of this firm pink fish to the max we ought to thoroughly clean our grill first so that the fish does not stick to the grill or taste like other previously grilled foods.

 

So, we brought it into the kitchen and proceeded to make a complete mess of the sink, the scrubbing sponge and our $10 kitchen gloves. There had to be a better way for future BBQ meals!

 

The “light bulb” went off when we discovered that a new replacement grill only costs $10. So, it is scour-no-more for us. We went out and bought 3 of them and that should last us until next Memorial Day Weekend.

 

Spending $10 on a new grill is a small indulgence that saves us time and hassle. It is one of the simple luxuries in our life.

 

What are some of the simple luxuries in your life? What small indulgence can you partake in today that will make your life more luxurious?

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ABOUT:  Napa Consultants, International specializes in the art of local niche marketing in affluent communities and they are the leader in brand strategy for the luxury real estate industry.  Working exclusively with entrepreneurs and professionals who are passionate about gaining or sustaining market leadership, they help their clients become the breakaway brand in their marketplace.

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Although I eat primarily a plant based diet, I do love swordfish and have it now and then. I'm actually craving it now thanks to you! May have to get some this weekend!

May 31, 2017 06:36 AM #8
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
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Smart cookies are Ron and Alexandra Seigel to save time and messes. Hope the swordfish was delish?

May 31, 2017 06:40 AM #9
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Alexandra and Ron -- "shower curtain liners" --- definitely not a luxury item but the luxury of saving time is priceless.   

May 31, 2017 07:00 AM #10
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 that swordfish was amazing.  I am going over there later on this morning to buy more.  The local swordfish resembles the Hawaiian version with the same light pink color.  

May 31, 2017 07:08 AM #11
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Very true my friend, a luxury to one may not seem like a luxury to another.  Spending a little bit of money is often worth the hassle it avoids, haha.

May 31, 2017 07:09 AM #12
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Sally K. & David L. Hanson thank you for the suggestion, and it makes sense.  However, our grill got beyond that stage where you could burn it off.  Now I have to make a trip to Williams Sonoma to buy my favorite kitchen gloves. 

 

May 31, 2017 07:09 AM #13
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Michael Jacobs I am in complete agreement with you on this one.  Luckily we have glass doors, or I would be doing the same.  Happy Wednesday!  A

May 31, 2017 07:11 AM #14
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I learned that same thing about the metal stove pans when I was a renter and we had to clean the whole house perfectly to get our deposit back.  Buying replacements was well worth the time we saved not scrubbing and bleaching them, and that was back when we had very little money.  This is also a reason we hire someone to clean our house.  It's a choice that we originally made as a way to leverage our time, spending it working rather than cleaning but it also gives us the luxury of time off doing things we would rather do on the weekends, including working out in our yard.  It's a minimal costs to us for the benefit it provides to us. -Kasey

May 31, 2017 07:12 AM #15
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Dorie Dillard How wonderful to have that delivered to your door.We are firm believers in saving time to enjoy life.  These are support systems that we value.  Lately, I have made a point of booking our travel via Santa Barbara Airport.  I may require a stop, but that is nothing compared to driving to LAX and allowing 3-4 hours to get there, park and long TSA pre-check line.  Here there is a line when 5 people are ahead of you.  A

 

May 31, 2017 07:15 AM #16
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Kasey & John Boles we so agree with you.  Our time is better spent in doing what we do best, and enjoying the leisure time that generates.  Thank you for your comment.  A

May 31, 2017 07:17 AM #17
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thanks for sharing your experience and your timely solution.

Enjoy your grilling!

May 31, 2017 08:03 AM #18
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Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Ron & Alexandra - I'd also recommend a good wire brush, applied once the grill gets hot, and then rubbing the grill with a bit of cooking oil. My Weber is 15 years old and good as new (well, not really - Mary wants me to buy a new one, but I'm fiercely loyal to reliable equipment : )

May 31, 2017 10:13 AM #19
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Dick Greenberg yes, we have a good wire brush, and I am sure Ron has done that and used it on several occasions.  He wanted it really pristine for the swordfish.  By the way, I just got home from Kanaloa with more of that great fish for dinner.  A

May 31, 2017 10:21 AM #20
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Christina Steinhaus
Coldwell Banker Residential Property - West Palm Beach, FL
Real Estate Agent serving the Palm Beaches

True! Little luxuries mean so much.  I'm making a list some that will make my day easier. They are also great for client's gifts.

May 31, 2017 10:27 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Christina,

Thank you for your comment, what a great idea for client's gifts.  One of our clients whose client has just delivered her baby a few day after closing on her new home, has a meal delivered to the new home upon her arrival enough for the whole family who greeted her.  I always thought that was such a great personalized gift.  A

May 31, 2017 10:43 AM #22
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Ron and Alexandra, luxury doesn't always cost money. I have someone come to my home to detail my car weekly on Saturday mid-day when I'm usually home, convenient and so worth it.

May 31, 2017 06:13 PM #23
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I do similar things.  Sometimes the convenience is worth the small expense.

Now, that being said.  One of the quickest ways I know of to clean a grill, is to take two trash bags, put one inside the other, put the grill inside with about a cup of ammonia Put a twist tie at the top of the bag to seal it up..  Place it out on your driveway in the sun, and after about an hour it is clean.

May 31, 2017 06:22 PM #24
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Myrl Jeffcoat  What a great solution, I just could not talk Ron into doing this.  As long as he is the master of the grill, I will happily spend the $10 to keep him content and grilling away.  No point in annoying the Grill Master!  A

May 31, 2017 08:56 PM #25
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing

Beth Atalay when we had our commercial real estate offices in a high rise, we had Nelson who was the attendant for our level who used to wash both cars once a week and wash and detailed them once a month.  He was the best, and one of the nicest people.  He took car of our cars as if they were his own.    A

May 31, 2017 08:59 PM #26
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Lise Howe
Long and Foster - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

luxury to me is probably time spent quietly.  I just got my deck cleaned and restained and put the cushions out. The flowers are coming along nicely in their pots and it is now a little oasis of enjoyment.  A glass of wine and a good book or magazine before dinner.... who needs to leave town!

Jun 13, 2017 03:33 AM #27
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