Thinking about Yellow? I did

The wall doesn’t go all the way up. It’s at the top of a staircase that only I use to get to my bedroom. The color is very loud, but it’s used sparingly as a secret ray of sunshine as you walk by. Color gives that otherwise overlooked corner of the house some architectural interest. […]

Midcentury Mexico City inspires my house

Mexico City was not on my mid century architecture radar. But around every corner, residential and business districts, flat roofs and boxy shapes popped out in bold color from under bougainvillea and graffiti. The bold color gives off the best energy. A month before I left for this trip, I was debating whether I should […]

Wet Bar DIY

Before: I added resale value to my house for about $20. This corner of the family room was under used and not defined. Areas that don’t have a purpose drain your resale value. The more value you can add the better! So I took this space and gave it a purpose. Cocktail hour for grown […]

Ghost Chair Newest Purchase

BEFORE: yikes. Catchall surface. AFTER: Ahhh! So simple and fresh. I got these chairs from http://www.Stackchairdepot.com Carrie Diaz is a Los Angeles realtor who has an eye for the best real estate. She is an LA native who specializes in a fully catered and custom experience for every client. She is part of a local […]

To Paint or not to Paint- Shiny New Steps

I held off painting my back porch steps for years. I loved the texture of the flagstone, but they didn’t really go with the style of the house. After putting drought tolerant landscaping in, the steps sort of just felt even more blah against the gravel. As the painters put the finishing touches on our […]

Turn your kitchen into a Parisian cafe in one step

This is easiest way to add menus and messages for the whole family. Never forget to feed the Dogs and even the simplest grocery list becomes chic. What you’ll need: Dry erase board and pens Frame that fits your board 3m Command Strips Done! Enjoy!

Before and after Black n Blue

The story goes that I wanted to paint my house black about 6 years ago. Such a bold statement didn’t sit well with the rest of the family, so we settled on a very neutral tan. The complete opposite of bold. Once all the drought tolerant landscaping went in, there wasn’t enough contrast between gravel […]

Before and after. White is the new black

Going from black to white has done More for my mood than for the house I think. We see this big garage door from the bustling kitchen. A constant dose of black is a sub-conscience downer I’m just realizing today, as white takes over. Instead of absorbing the light, this big surface reflects the California […]

How to Rope Finials Before and After

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with nautical knots; it’s a life long thing actually. So, recently I decided to add the monkey fist to my decor as finials in my bedroom. Turns out sailors have many talents because tricky, albeit useful, knot tying must be one of them. After researching how to monkey fist […]

How to Cut the Draft under the Door

I’ve learned that improving one thing in my house often leads to other things needing an update. In other words, an endless can of worms. This is why I usually clear a weekend before starting even the smallest project. The draft coming from under the laundry door for example. How did it get there? Well, […]