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Thursday November 10th, 2011

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before and after: antique kitchen update


I’ve seen a lot of beautiful, modern kitchen projects lately, and I have to be honest — they’re making me quite envious. I understand how major an undertaking like this can be, even when the owner is also a talented architect, as is the case with this amazing kitchen from Suzanne and Greg Damant. Suzanne…

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Thursday October 27th, 2011

Thursday October 13th, 2011

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before and after: airy kitchen redo

This kitchen renovation from Lauren Zerbey of Chezerbey proves a very valuable design lesson in my mind: “All-white” does not always necessarily mean “all-light.” The decision to vault these ceilings and add a sky light must have been a huge commitment, even for a couple of architects, but it completely opened up and lightened this…

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Thursday September 29th, 2011

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Thursday August 18th, 2011

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before & after: home renovation

As someone who lives in an apartment with a lack-of-light problem, I feel particularly appreciative of this modern and bright renovation by Canadian-based design consultant Kirsten Marshall. Kirsten achieved an incredible level of light in each room; blended black, white and color beautifully; and brought in some great unexpected details, like that amazing light bulb…

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Thursday August 11th, 2011

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before & after: elegant bathroom makeover


My friends tease me for this, but I will go on record as saying that I think the bathroom should definitely receive the most love and consideration when renovating a home. I’ve seen scores of inspirational bathrooms, but this extensive renovation by graphic designer and illustrator Anile Prakash comes close to my vision of a…

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Thursday August 4th, 2011

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Thursday July 14th, 2011

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before & after: two backyard renovations

People are definitely getting outside and making the most of summer, and as a result, we have two awesome backyard renovations to share today. Landscape designer Nick McCullough recently completed this garden for a client, and it is quite an impressive transformation. I love the multiple levels and the dark, dramatic plants, not to mention…

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Thursday June 16th, 2011

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before & after: salvaged-wood wall

I don’t think I will ever tire of the salvaged-wood wall trend happening right now. How could I? There’s something visual happening with the texture of the varied wood boards and the dimensionality of these walls that is just very appealing, and I don’t think that will go away any time soon. Sarah’s wall is…

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before & after: beach house redo

I’ve been having so much fun with Grace and Amy here on the West Coast, and I have to say that the San Francisco weather has been on its best behavior for their visit. As luck would have it, not only is this beautiful beach home from Elizabeth just a short jaunt from here in Stinson Beach, but…

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Thursday June 2nd, 2011

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before & after: renovated studio space

There’s nothing more exciting than the potential of an empty space, and I love seeing creative entrepreneurs translate their vision into their workshops, offices and studios. This incredible studio was designed with its location in mind, and according to Zak Davis, the creative director for Juliet Zulu, the rustic materials, simple palette and minimalism were…

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before & after: paneled wood wall

I might be very biased when it comes to wood, but currently, I’m in a phase where wood can basically do no wrong in my mind. Wood floors? Always amazing. Wood furniture, wood accessories, wood grain on anything? I’m all for it. Needless to say, I think covering an entire wall with dark, beautiful panels of…

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Thursday April 28th, 2011

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