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Houzz Tour: Collected Comfort in an ’80s California Ranch

Relaxed elegance comes courtesy of a soft palette, meaningful treasures and plenty of room for puzzles Full Story
     Comment   April 6, 2014
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Oops, posted about the cat then read above and realized he passed away. :-(
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Becky Harris
@ethiope, I asked the same question during the interview - it's very sad, but I'm glad the kitty's memory is being appreciated in this story!
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12 Deadly Decorating Sins

Are your room designs suffering from a few old habits? It may be time to change your ways Full Story
     Comment   March 30, 2014
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Agree outright with foyer neglect, lighting, furniture on walls & hoarding.

Personally agree with matchy, beige, one-function DR, wet bar, coordinating sets, but as others have pointed out, those are a matter of preference, not principle.

Disagree on a preference level about fridge (and such) and woodwork -- I love the industrial/professional elements in my kitchen (which is inviting if not cozy) and white woodwork that provides a fresh contrast and backdrop to the colors on the walls and the focal elements as well as a unifying aspect throughout the house.

Wit, IMO, is partly skill and confidence and partly preference and sense of humor. Some people may prefer to take a space seriously; some may think something is humorous that others don't see the humor in. Some may choose poignant rather than humorous.

My goal is to make people (family and visitors) feel at ease in my home, not impressed. That may include having some decor that provides a topic of conversation, but that's better centered on the story behind the piece than the rules that were followed to achieve the look.
March 28, 2014 at 8:46am     
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Dream Spaces: 12 Beautiful White Kitchens

Snowy cabinets and walls speak to a certain elegance, while marble counters whisper of luxury Full Story
     Comment   March 30, 2014
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These kitchens are really beautiful! White is the only way to go, especially in smaller kitchens. I love it because you CAN see anything that spills on them - very easy to give a quick wipe up and keep your kitchen clean. The nice thing about having white as your main palette is that you can use so many great accent colours with it - flowers, fruit, and other displays.
I can understand the reluctance to use marble, but my husband and I chose it for ours and do not regret it. At the suggestion of our installer we had ours dipped in acid and honed. It does not scratch nearly as much as polished marble, and we have no food or wine stains on it. I coat it every few months with a protective spray from the marble company and it is fine. I think the thing people miss with marble is that it is used on many surfaces in France and other European countries, on a daily basis - from baking surfaces to outdoor café tables. We need to lighten up and let it work for us, rather than wanting perfection all the time! As Lisa says though, if you can't abide with the signs of wear and tear, then it isn't for you. In our case we love it.
March 30, 2014 at 8:49am     
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I have wanted marble counters since my first visit to Italy several years ago. We stayed in private homes, where marble counters seemed to be the norm. Their attitude was not to fret about maintenance but rather look at the beauty and utility. Every stain was a memory.
March 30, 2014 at 8:50am     
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Houzz Tour: Updating a Midcentury Aerie in the Berkeley Hills

The setting was splendid; the house, not so much. Now the two are right in line, with high quality to spare Full Story
     Comment   March 23, 2014
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Once I got past the horror of whitewashing redwood (!) I have to admit the home is a lot more welcoming and bright. Amazing how just updating the windows can make such a difference...
April 1, 2014 at 11:32am   
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Kandi Garcia
Beautiful ! My husband and I are in the process of renovating our 1959 mid century home. It's always great to see finished work! Thanks for sharing.
April 1, 2014 at 9:07pm   
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