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Ocean Front Remodel in Solana Beach – Before & After

At this beachfront home, sandy neutrals get a kick from bright coral and blues without competing with the ocean view. This seaside escape for homeowners Peter, retired Clinical Psychiatrist & Neurologist and Monique, practicing artist, was created as their retirement retreat. The overhaul included enlarging the kitchen by 90% to accommodate all the latest Subzero and Wolf appliances for Peter's aspiring gourmet cooking needs.  A serene beachy feel was the aspiration…
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before and after fireplace

Contemporary Before & After Remodel – Phase 1

Summer is coming to an end and it's time for kids to go back to school. September is a great time for new beginnings. With that in mind, I want to share one of my smaller remodel projects with you. In this contemporary before and after, we remodeled this small 1100sf ocean front condo in 2 phases. In the first phase we refreshed the kitchen, tiled the floor and replaced the…
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Interior Design for Outdoor Living Areas -kitchen, living, dining, fireplace

Is This a Housing Bubble: Should You Invest in Interior Design?

As an Interior Designer I always consider resale value when helping a client remodel. In this crazy housing market, I asked 3 realtors for their opinion on where the market is, what they think the market will do and are people still renovating? Claudette Blanchard Berwin, Gallery Properties, Lajollaestates.com Angela Hamann,Carrington, Real Estate Services, SanDiegoHomesForSale.com Micah Logan, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, MicahLogan.com Q. What percentage have home prices gone up/down over…
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outdoor living area

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Furniture – 6 week summer series

In this final post of interior design and decorating for outdoors, I will cover outdoor furniture and fabric. This is another don't skimp zone. Get high quality furniture like Janus et Cie, Century, Gloster, Modern Outdoor, Brown Jordan and other designer brands available through design professionals. The photos in this post are all of projects I have completed for my clients in San Diego using high-end, quality furnishings. I always tell…
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Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Lighting & Fire – 6 week summer series

Interior design and decorating for outdoors part 5 of my 6 week summer series - today I will cover outdoor lighting, fire pits and fireplaces.  There are 3 basic forms of lighting: task, ambient and accent. For outdoor this can be to light pathways and plants, or to provide lighting to cook by, or lighting that creates warmth. Task lighting is critical near the grill so you can make sure your…
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outdoor cabinets for kitchen

Bringing the Inside Out: Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry – 6 week summer series

In week 4 of my 6 week summer series, about interior design and decorating for the outdoors,  I will cover outdoor cabinetry.  There are 3 main options in outdoor kitchen cabinetry: stainless steel, wood and polyethylene. WOOD: Probably the most vulnerable to the elements is wood for outdoor kitchen cabinets. It's important to select a wood that can hold it's own against mother nature - woods like teak, ipe, cypress, thermally-treated…
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REDinterior

Ocean Front Remodel in Solana Beach – Before & After

At this beachfront home, sandy neutrals get a kick from bright coral and blues without competing with the ocean view. This seaside escape for homeowners Peter, retired Clinical Psychiatrist & Neurologist and Monique, practicing artist, was created as their retirement retreat. The overhaul included enlarging the kitchen by 90% to accommodate all the latest Subzero and Wolf appliances for Peter's aspiring gourmet cooking needs.  A serene beachy feel was the aspiration and inspired the tan and blue pallet. Pictured above, Peter and I are discussing the surround sound system installed and how he listens to classical as well as live radio from Germany and Switzerland, our respective homelands MASTER BEDROOM Here we removed the boxy fireplace and replaced it with…
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before and after fireplace

Contemporary Before & After Remodel – Phase 1

Summer is coming to an end and it's time for kids to go back to school. September is a great time for new beginnings. With that in mind, I want to share one of my smaller remodel projects with you. In this contemporary before and after, we remodeled this small 1100sf ocean front condo in 2 phases. In the first phase we refreshed the kitchen, tiled the floor and replaced the fireplace. REMODEL PHASE I THE KITCHEN In an effort to keep costs in check we decided to paint the existing cabinets. Existing white appliances dictated our selection of gloss white which gave us a built-in look without the cost.  While I don't normally recommend keeping older cabinetry because of…
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Interior Design for Outdoor Living Areas -kitchen, living, dining, fireplace

Is This a Housing Bubble: Should You Invest in Interior Design?

As an Interior Designer I always consider resale value when helping a client remodel. In this crazy housing market, I asked 3 realtors for their opinion on where the market is, what they think the market will do and are people still renovating? Claudette Blanchard Berwin, Gallery Properties, Lajollaestates.com Angela Hamann,Carrington, Real Estate Services, SanDiegoHomesForSale.com Micah Logan, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, MicahLogan.com Q. What percentage have home prices gone up/down over the last year? Claudette - In La Jolla, median home sales have increased 20.6% over last year! As of May, 2015, the median home price in La Jolla is $1,000,000, compared to May of 2014 when the median was $829,500 according to Sandicor. Angela - San Diego prices have…
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outdoor living area

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Furniture – 6 week summer series

In this final post of interior design and decorating for outdoors, I will cover outdoor furniture and fabric. This is another don't skimp zone. Get high quality furniture like Janus et Cie, Century, Gloster, Modern Outdoor, Brown Jordan and other designer brands available through design professionals. The photos in this post are all of projects I have completed for my clients in San Diego using high-end, quality furnishings. I always tell my clients not to skimp because it's not worth it but, I regretfully tested my theory last summer. I was in a pinch, as we had just rented out our house for the summer, and needed an outdoor table and chairs. The high end line I wanted was weeks…
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Modern-Fire-Pits-Outdoor

Bringing the Indoors Out: Outdoor Lighting & Fire – 6 week summer series

Interior design and decorating for outdoors part 5 of my 6 week summer series - today I will cover outdoor lighting, fire pits and fireplaces.  There are 3 basic forms of lighting: task, ambient and accent. For outdoor this can be to light pathways and plants, or to provide lighting to cook by, or lighting that creates warmth. Task lighting is critical near the grill so you can make sure your chicken isn't raw in the middle. Halogen lamps are small and stand up to higher temperatures, which make them perfect for outdoor cooking areas. free movie down load site . If you have a ceiling over your outdoor area you can add fans and can lights. Bring a little…
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outdoor cabinets for kitchen

Bringing the Inside Out: Outdoor Kitchen Cabinetry – 6 week summer series

In week 4 of my 6 week summer series, about interior design and decorating for the outdoors,  I will cover outdoor cabinetry.  There are 3 main options in outdoor kitchen cabinetry: stainless steel, wood and polyethylene. WOOD: Probably the most vulnerable to the elements is wood for outdoor kitchen cabinets. It's important to select a wood that can hold it's own against mother nature - woods like teak, ipe, cypress, thermally-treated poplar and mahogany. While wood has a wonderful warm feel it does require regular care and maintenance. STAINLESS STEEL A popular choice, if you chose this route look for commercial grade 20-gauge stainless steel. Stainless steel is one of the safest surfaces for food preparation because it has no…
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