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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

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Our 10 Favorite California Homes

Even though I now call Brooklyn home, I have a soft spot in my heart for the architecture of my birth state. I love the tiny beach bungalows, the ranch homes in South California, the Victorian apartments of San Francisco and the Spanish-style architecture throughout the state. There is just something about the quality of…

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Monday July 21st, 2014

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A Tiny Cottage in Venice Beach

Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Winkleman don’t let size define their tiny cottage in Venice Beach. It might only be 362 square feet but they’ve managed to make use of every square inch of space. In designing the space, Whitney put her experience as a stylist and designer to work.  She is inspired by simplicity…

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Monday June 9th, 2014

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Creating Memories at Home in Los Angeles

The three years that Simone Le Blanc and Ross Jacobson have lived in this Los Angeles home have already been filled with pretty special memories – like when Ross proposed to Simone at a friend’s art gallery and then the couple drove home for a “simple” dinner and Simone discovered that Ross had invited 50…

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A Backyard Studio in Oakland

One of my favorite things about California bungalows are the little detached garages that you often find in the backyards of these homes. I’ve long thought that if I had a setup like that, I’d turn that garage into the ultimate workspace. I’m not alone in this vision, because when Alison Yin and Adm Golub…

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Monday June 2nd, 2014

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 May 12th, 2014

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Living with Less in California

It was no easy task for Taylor Kitto to find a pet-friendly rental in San Luis Obispo, California. When her lease was up on her last apartment, she was on Craigslist multiple times a day trying to find a place that was safe and dog friendly, with a yard for a garden. Finally, she found…

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Living with Textiles in Laurel Canyon

Carrie Olshan is a former New York City school teacher – and mother of two young boys – who transformed her passion for textiles into a full-time business. She started slowly, using her summer vacations from school to explore the world of textiles, traveling to Mexico and Europe, before finally taking the leap to start…

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Monday April 28th, 2014

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A World Traveler Creates a Home Base

A former corporate attorney, Rena Thiagarajan spent seven years with start-ups in Silicon Valley, funding her travel obsession before she started her own travel-inspired company, Project Bly. Named for turn-of-the-century reporter Nellie Bly, who went around the world in less than 80 days, Project Bly is an online shopping site that allows visitors to explore…

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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 24th, 2014

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A 1920s Spanish-style home in Los Angeles

Just six months ago, after a nine-month-long renovation, graphic designer Megan Garrett moved into this 1924 Spanish-style home in Altadena, California (just 14 miles from downtown Los Angeles). When it came time to decorate, Megan had just returned from an amazing trip through Africa (including Morocco) and came back with lots of inspiration (and a…

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Monday March 10th, 2014

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An Oakland Home Filled With Travel Mementos

Emily Nathan and her husband, Jake, moved into this Oakland, California home eight years ago. Emily is a photographer and Jake is an artist, so the couple’s home is filled with color (they have a pink Pantone-inspired wall!), unique finds and art. They both love modern with a little bit of baroque touches mixed in….

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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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Thursday January 9th, 2014

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A California Juice Bar with a Scandinavian Feel

It’s a new year, and with so many resolutions to be healthier we had to share a peek inside Juice Served Here. Designers Barbara Rourke and Jason St. John of Bells & Whistles – who started out as artists and furniture makers and evolved into a full-service design studio – wanted to achieve a very…

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Monday January 6th, 2014

Monday December 16th, 2013

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Vintage Modern in San Francisco

Kate Davison and Jesse Hayes have only lived in this apartment for two months, but they’ve already created a home here in San Francisco’s Mission District. The house was built in 1908 and is imbued with a deep sense of history. The couple used the apartment’s bones as a backdrop for their own personal aesthetic…

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Monday December 2nd, 2013

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A Tiny Southern California Beach House

When designer Julia Long moved into this home in San Clemente, California, she was downsizing from 1,000 square feet to 400 square feet. Julia spends her days designing décor pieces, sourcing products overseas and scouring flea markets near and far so for her own home she lives quite minimally,  with pieces that have been passed…

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Monday November 25th, 2013