Styling Delimmas

Lately I’ve been forcing myself to focus on styling my own home. With a seven year old and two dogs, it’s easy to just let the clutter and toys pile up, enveloping all of the personal touches you’ve made to your living space. I have to admit, styling doesn’t come easy to me. Surface materials, […]

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Decorating on a budget

I was talking to a friend last week who is building a new home for himself and his family. It’s fairly contemporary in style but their current home is traditional. He was saying how he’s most worried about their furniture not looking like it belongs in the new house. With all the expenses of building […]

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Renovating a renovated kitchen

Back in 2007, during the house flipping craze, homes all over LA were bought and then cheaply “renovated” before going back on the market a month later for double the price. Having spent the good part of a year searching for a mid-century modern home within our price range and being outbid on some homes […]

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Field Trip – Clifton’s Cafeteria

For years I’ve been hearing about the famous Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. One of several southern California cafeterias owned by the Clinton family, each with a theme decor, Clifton’s Brookdale opened in 1932 on Broadway. Since this is a design blog, not a history blog, I’ll spare you the historical details and direct you […]

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Field trip – The Gamble House

One of the best things about Los Angeles is the variety of architectural styles. From Santa Monica to Pasadena you’ll find amazing examples of Spanish colonial revival, storybook, mid-century modern, French Normandy, tudor, and of course American craftsman style. I’m embarrassed to admit that last week was my first time visiting Greene & Greene’s Gamble house […]

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Heath Ceramics – Obsession worthy

Ah, Heath Ceramics. Where to begin… When we first began thinking about the work we wanted to do on our house, adding ceramic tile from Heath was at the top of our list. Started in San Francisco in 1948 by ceramicist Edith Heath, Heath quickly became known for their range of shapes and beautiful glazes […]

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Estate Sale Finds

One benefit to living is Los Angeles is the access to many Estate Sales. Estate Sales are essentially really great garage sales in which every item in the home is for sale. Companies are hired by families of recently deceased, or incapacitated people who can no longer live at home, to clear a house before it’s […]

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