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American Craft Council San Francisco Show 2014

Korean pottery, West Elm vase, lady head planter, heath ceramic vase, more Korean pottery

One of the unique features in our living room is a long, narrow display niche. I don’t know what the niche will ultimately hold, but for now it showcases various “blue” objects that came out of the moving boxes.  Things like the Korean pottery M.J. picked up in Seoul when he was a Mormon missionary [...]

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Alonzo King on Creativity

I’m always interested in how successful artists create their work.  A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to hear four different “creators” talk about how they do what they do at a discussion on the “Structure, Art and Expression of the Creative Process” at the innovative San Francisco showroom Coup d’Etat. Panelists included designer [...]

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Remodelista and Gardenista Design Contests

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As I’ve been putting this new house together, the home renovation site Remodelista has been my go-to source for design inspiration and resources and I’m certain that Gardenista will be just as instrumental when it comes time to renovate my garden.  (Can’t wait to “dig in” come fall once the days are cooler and there’s [...]

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Home Making

Stuff to be sorted

This past month I’ve been playing a complicated game of hide & seek hoping to find just the thing I needed without unearthing too many other objects that would make the hunt harder. With each passing week more things have found like things and I can now go to the closet where I stashed pillows and [...]

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Moved!

Living Room almost in order

Hello! I’m finally reporting in from the other side of the move.  We only uprooted 2.4 miles—a longish stroll, really, but a move is a move and even a short one can make you feel like you’ve traveled a very great distance. The move itself went smoothly but was exhausting.  Six professionals did the bulk [...]

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Moving On: Odds & Ends

White Heron by Benjamin Moore for the exterior color

So here we are at the end of this crazy month of remodeling.  I just left the new house after taking a peak at the glossy grey floors, the final coat still shiny wet as it begins to cure.  The new coat of exterior paint (White Heron by Benjamin Moore—more white!) glowed against the clear [...]

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Moving On: Bits & Pieces

“You’re moving in next week ?” said Jill, my trusted move-in/move-out house cleaner as we toured the new place.  Looking at the paint splattered floors, unmoored broken appliances and piles of wood shavings,  I understood why she thought that seemed iffy. Would the house be ready in a little over a week for us to move [...]

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Moving On: Nuts & Bolts

This week we’ve been working on the guts of the house—and by we, I mean our handyman Gustavo Portillo with M.J. assisting at times and me peeking over their shoulders trying not to panic when things get ripped out to Make Things Work in our kitchen and bathrooms.  Take a look. We knew the refrigerator [...]

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Moving On: Walls & Cabinets

Week 3 and there’s clear progress in the house. Most of the rooms are painted, the kitchen cabinets and front door are refinished, and the kitchen and powder room renovation projects are coming into focus.That said, there were enough hiccups this week that I ended up one evening pretty much in a fetal position. No [...]

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Ten Top Designers’ Favorite White Paint Colors

Neutral Table - Inspiration Photo from Benjamin Moore

In my quest to find the best white to paint the interiors of our new house, I asked ten designers participating in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase to tell me about their favorite white paint colors.  Here’s what they had to say: “Any color from Benjamin Moore’s* Color Story Collection is good—they have so [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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