Browsing Archive: April, 2011

A Fresh New Look for Under $100

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, April 29, 2011,

You can get a fast fresh new look for your home for under $100.  

One way to do it is a fresh coat of paint, but that’s not fast and can sometimes run more (depending on how large your room is)


The quickest way to do it is a few new throw pillows for your couch.  This can usually get pricey, but I have found some fabulous, colorful, beautifully handmade pillows at bargain prices.


Lily Belles Garden - Etsy


It’s quick, easy, a...

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Score! on a Detour

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

This is a bit of a detour from home furnishings, but I thought you might appreciate a little tip about one of the best used clothing stores in the Bay Area.

I was in San Francisco doing some interiors shopping for a client when I decided to swing by one of my favorite spots, Goodbyes on Sacramento Street in Presidio Heights. It never fails to disappoint. They have been in business for 19 years offering the best deals in men's and women’s designer apparel.

Goodbyes has two stores that sit ...

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They Clean Up Well!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, April 22, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Remember the pair of old, tarnished, dirty, brass lamps I found at the Alameda Flea Market and Antiques Fair? I’ve finally had a chance to polish one up, and wow, it looks great!

Brass is quite easy to clean up.  While it looks almost new, the brass takes on a time-worn glow (patina) that you can’t find on new lamps.  Here’s how to do it:

First, make sure that your item is actually brass.  You can do this by testing a magnet on it.  If the magnet does not stick, it is brass.  If your ...

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A Trip To Morocco...Just Down The Hall

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Monday, April 18, 2011, In : Bathroom 

I thought that I would show you the progress on one of my clients bathroom renovations today. It’s always so exciting to be able to completely start over with something that you have been living with but wanting to change for a very long time. It’s even better if that space can become an escape to another world!

These are the before pictures of the small master bathroom:


The goal of this renovation was to make the space feel as open and light as possible and add a bit more room in the...

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Take a Walk in The Meadows

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, April 15, 2011, In : Flowers 

The Meadows that I am referring to is the charming little flower shop on College Avenue on the Berkeley/Rockridge border.

The owner of The Meadows since 1989 is Patrick Ansari. He works hard to run a sustainable business by supporting local farmers, providing flowers that are grown outdoors (not in hothouses that use more energy and resources which in turn make them more expensive as well), treating his flowers with care so they last longer, and of course taking care of his valuable staff.


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Kitchen Island?...Perhaps a giant cutting board instead.

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Kitchen Islands 

I have always wanted lots of counter space.  More specifically, cutting board space to slice and dice without the onions and garlic falling off the board and lodging between my toes and the tomato juice dripping over the edge.  

House Beautiful (like the simplicity)


Despite having remodeled my kitchen 9 years ago with the achieved goal of lots more counter space (even putting in all under counter refrigerators so as not to lose that precious 30” of horizontal counter heaven), I still want...

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Fabric Store Notions

Posted by Janelle Renée on Friday, April 8, 2011, In : Fabric Sources 

Bolts and bolts of fabric...

If you live in the Bay Area and sew, you are probably no stranger to Discount Fabrics.

One of its two locations is just a block away from Urban Ore in Berkeley. The other one is in San Francisco. I have not yet been to the one in San Francisco, but according to Christine Allen, the selection is impressive and "huge".

Beautiful and inspiring fringe.
Marked: "Regular price of $29/yard; Discount Fabric price: $19/yard"

The store in Berkeley isn't huge, but the selection ...

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Spotlight on... Christine Allen

Posted by Janelle-Renée on Tuesday, April 5, 2011,

Good designers, especially residential designers, are a personable bunch. After all, they design living spaces for people. To be effective, they have to understand their clients’ tastes and personalities, as well as how they function within their environment. This understanding can only be obtained through personable communication.

I believe that great designers go a step further. They seek out quality products for their clients because they know that although the costs might be higher in th...

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In the Eye of the Beholder

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, April 1, 2011, In : Art 

Art does NOT have to be expensive to be impressive!  

Horizon Series #6 - Liz Maxwell "Hang Art"


Iceberg - Jeff Dikio "Hang Art"

Do you have an empty wall that you'd like to cover or do you just want to change the look of your living room, family room, or entryway?

One of the easiest things to do other than painting your walls, is placing a painting on the wall.

While working with clients to find that special work of art, I’ve come across a few resources that I would love to share just in...

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As an Interior Designer, I am constantly looking for new ways of re-purposing and re-using what people already have as well as finding new resources for affordable furnishings. This is just a place to share great resources, ideas, information about the trades, and ways of doing things yourself to help make your own home fabulous! 

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