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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

Thursday September 8th, 2011

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

Thursday July 28th, 2011

Thursday July 21st, 2011

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: 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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Thursday April 28th, 2011

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Thursday February 26th, 2009

Thursday February 12th, 2009

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before & after: serena’s living room

well hello, beautiful built-ins. i always wish we had the space (and budget) to have custom shelves built and d*s reader serena from the farm chicks is currently living with my dream arrangement- floor-to-ceiling storage. we have more books in our home than anything else so the ability to have so much storage like this…

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Thursday February 5th, 2009

Thursday January 29th, 2009

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before & after: angela’s kitchen

this beautiful kitchen remodel comes from d*s reader angela in boston. she bought an old victorian house (circa 1880) with an unfortunate 70’s style kitchen stuck on the back. so last year (pre-recession) she decided to update the room. using google sketch up during her afternoons off from work at harvard medical school, angela designed…

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