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Monday May 26th, 2014

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Bright & Cheerful in San Diego

Like most creative people, Heidi Andrews juggles a lot of different activities. Together with her twin sister, she runs True Birds, a Los Angeles-based jewelry company. She’s also the co-author of a children’s book series and mother to little Capri. Three years ago, Heidi and husband Paul started house hunting for a space that they…

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Monday April 21st, 2014

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A Childhood Home Transformed

Chris and Amber Earl have only lived in their home for two years, but Chris’ history with the house goes back all the way to his childhood. In the 1940s Chris’ grandparents built this North Hollywood tract home and he spent many a summer playing in the back yard. Now he shares it with his…

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Monday March 3rd, 2014

Monday January 27th, 2014

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A Retro California Home that Pops With Color

Graphic designer Chelsea Brink has lived in this apartment in Long Beach, California for almost two years. The location, just off of Retro Row (an area known for its vintage shopping), is a perfect fit for a vintage lover like Chelsea. She says she is drawn to mid-century furniture, big pops of color and, as…

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Monday January 6th, 2014

Monday November 4th, 2013

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The California Home of a Parisian Jewelry Designer

Hortense Bonneau is a French jewelry designer who has called California home for the past 11 years. Hortense has always had a love of jewelry, but her professional career began as a photo editor before going back to school to learn how to make jewelry. Starting out, she worked under two designers as both a…

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Monday September 23rd, 2013

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a modern textile-filled home in Los Angles

There are more windows than wall space in Sonja Rasula and Jonathan Sager’s home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, which means, no matter where you find yourself standing, you have a view of the trees, the hillside and the sky. During the two years the couple have lived here (with their two…

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Monday June 10th, 2013

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A Seaside California Home Layered with Inspiration

Chris and Christy Thiessen moved to the Bluff Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, California three years ago. Coming from Atlanta, Georgia, they decided to start fresh by leaving their furniture behind rather than bringing it along for the cross country drive. This bold move allowed them to re-evaluate their style and simplify. Two years after…

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Monday May 20th, 2013

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A Mid-century Modern Eichler Original

This home, in the San Francisco Bay area, is a mid-century modern aficionado’s dream. When Carolyn Piotroski and her husband Joseph found this 1964 custom Eichler, it was so neglected that Carolyn didn’t even want to get out of the car. But when Joseph persuaded her, and she found herself entering the home through a…

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Monday May 13th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Jessie Webster

Jessie Webster is a photographer specializing in lifestyle and interiors, and the blogger behind Sweet Thing where she shares photography as well as her love for fashion and interior design. Today’s peek inside her Silverlake, Los Angeles home is so together, it makes it hard to believe she’s only lived there since Valentine’s Day. As soon…

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Monday April 29th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Chelsea & Forrest Kline

With a shared love of historic Craftsman architecture, Chelsea and Forrest Kline knew they had found their home in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California seven years ago. Brimming with Craftsman details and built-ins, this charming abode won them over and they knew that no matter how they filled the space it would…

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Monday April 15th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Aileen Cheng & Kevin Will Chen

Aileen Cheng & Kevin Will Chen live in Sunnyvale, California where Aileen is a freelance graphic designer and art director with a studio specializing in branding, while Kevin started his career in retail design at Nike and is currently an art director at Apple. They moved to the Bay Area from LA a year ago and chose…

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Monday April 8th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Nicole Sutton of Workhorse

Nicole Sutton has called this apartment in Miracle Mile, Los Angeles home for the past ten years. During that time it’s been shared by her sister or ex-boyfriend or a combo of the two, but these days, it’s her very own bachelorette pad. Though she started out with no furniture, she recognized that the apartment…

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Sneak Peek: Ali & Jonny Price

Ali and Jonny Price bought their San Francisco home in the Mission District just before their wedding 2.5 years ago. They feel so fortunately to live in a great neighborhood along a palm tree lined street just blocks away from their favorite restaurants, bars and parks, in an area full of sun and great light….

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Monday February 18th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Claire Cottrell

After just six short months in her home, Claire Cottrell has achieved the look she strives for, “minimal a la modern Japanese,” specifically inspired by the Japanese architecture firms SANAA and Atelier Bow-Wow. While she dreams of having an all white space, she’s incorporated soft pastel colors punctuated by rich natural hues via handmade textiles,…

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Monday January 14th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Derek James and Kristin Korven

When Derek James moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to be closer to his band, The Entrance Band, he rented space in this Laurel Canyon home. The house was home to an ever-rotating group of roommates, who all bonded over music. Finally, Derek was the one who had been in residence longest (he’s bunked in nearly…

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Monday January 7th, 2013

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Sneak Peek: Rebekah Carey McNall of A & B Creative

Husband and wife Alex and Rebekah (or Alex and Bekah, as they’re known to friends) have lived in this Oakland, California, cottage for the past two years. The home was built in the early ’20s and retains much of its original detailing, such as kitchen built-ins, original doorknobs, a working fireplace, octagonal bathroom tiles and…

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Monday July 30th, 2012

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sneak peek: leslie lewis sigler

Leslie Lewis Sigler, her husband, Nathan, and pups, Peachy and Skip, have called this Spanish Colonial in Santa Barbara, California, home for four years. Leslie works as both a painter and a graphic designer — through Lilly & Louise she creates custom stationery, and as Design Porch she does print work for non-profit, corporate and small businesses. Like…

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Monday July 16th, 2012

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sneak peek: raya carlisle

Raya Carlisle is a wedding photographer and occasional lifestyle blogger raised in Santa Cruz and now living in Ventura, California, with her husband, Forest, their kids, Baker (age 4 1/2) and Genevieve (1 1/2), and dog, Maisy. About seven years ago, the family bought this 1951 cottage that is approximately 1300 square feet including the…

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Monday July 9th, 2012

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sneak peek: lauren barr

Lauren Barr is a freelance graphic designer who specializes in packaging and dabbles in printmaking and ceramics. Her modest circa 1910 apartment is north of the panhandle, on the edge of the fog belt in San Francisco. Lauren is forever battling between accumulating and paring things down, while learning to deal with a major lack…

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