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Field trip to Abbot Kinney Blvd. to oggle Hasami Japanese porcelain dishes at Tortoise General Store

Field trip to Abbot Kinney Blvd. to oggle Hasami Japanese porcelain dishes at Tortoise General Store

If you follow me on Instagram you know exactly what I'm up to in real time. But for those of you who do not, I wanted to check in and give you a little status update on the roster of super cool projects I have stirring in the pot...

First up we have a kitchen remodel in Pacific Palisades. A couple of creatives who are recent transplants from NYC engaged me in December to design a modern kitchen with nods to both the home's midcentury architecture and the earthiness of the California crafts movement. This kitchen and adjoining living room turned out to be like nothing I have ever completed before - equal parts modern and vintage inspired, natural and edgy. We are finishing up the final details and I can get the beauty shots this summer.

Color blocking kitchen cabinets mixed in with mahogany fronts

Color blocking kitchen cabinets mixed in with mahogany fronts

I'm still working with a very sweet newlywed couple on the house up North in Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. Working remotely means I can't micromanage affairs as closely as I would like and things move slowly. But they are easygoing about it and don't mind the pace. I flew in for the day to see how things were coming along. It was a gorgeous day - no fog in Fog City. They are indeed putting their outdoor lounge furniture to use.

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There is a new luxury high rise in town called Ten Thousand and I was lucky enough to be tapped by a previous client's sister to do her bachelorette pad. Another departure from my typical style into glam territory. Its good to get out of your comfort zone and try on new styles to see how they fit. This one is looking pretty dope. Airy, light, ethereal, and glam.

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A bachelor pad in Echo Park is coming along. Its funny to work on a bachelor pad concurrently. This place is obviously masculine, Nordic, spartan. The yin to the yang of the Ten Thousand project.

Did I tell you I was working on a juice bar in New Jersey???!! Its thrilling to be involved on that with the owner who I now consider a friend. Her dream of being a shop owner is coming to life and helping make it happen for her is very fulfilling. There has been a considerable amount of push back from the (male) architects and contractors she is working with telling her she "can't" do this or that in my design (because they don't get it). I'm glad she is pushing back and insisting on getting it built per my vision, and that I can be her advocate. Girrrl power. Opening this summer....

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These are the only projects I have progress i-Phone snaps of to share so you can assume professional glamour shots are not far behind. There is handful more in development I can't share yet. But the biggest, most important project of all is that we bought a HOUSE and I am currently living in and overseeing my own massive remodel. 

The brokers, Ilana, and I on our inspection walk through.

The brokers, Ilana, and I on our inspection walk through.

Its a midcentury diamond in the rough that needs a lot of attention - every surface will be updated, every light fixture and hardware, bathrooms and kitchen, the whole nine yards. Besides the mechanical, plumbing, electrical, roof, exterior, landscaping, etc. etc. I love this house so much and have seen a huge transformation in the 6 weeks we have been working on it already. More months to go. The before and afters will knock your socks off. Its truly a dream house with insane architectural features (double sided lava stone fireplace, corner glass window condition, floor to ceiling glass panels, high post and beam ceiling, interir zen garden). I walk around and I still can't believe its my house and I get to live in it - muddy construction crew foot prints, plaster dust everywhere, clothes in suitcases, furniture stored in the garage, no kitchen, and all. Its got a long way to go but its a keeper.

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