Browsing Archive: February, 2011

Made in Italy

Posted by Janelle Renée on Monday, February 28, 2011, In : Italian Design 

When I came upon this window display on an evening stroll in Milan, after my initial "Wow! Now, that's fabulous!" reaction, I couldn't help but shake my head.  Leave it to the Italians to design a bathtub in the shape of a shoe.  My attention was immediately captivated and saw that everything about this tub screams Made in Italy.

This tub is designed by Sicis which was founded in Ravenna, Italy.  Ravenna has long been famous for tile mosaics, going as far back as the 5th century, as a number o...

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The Pits!.....(Turn Pits Into Pretty Platters)

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Do you remember the garden fire pits that were all the rage a few years ago? It sounded wonderful and warm for one of those spring or summer evenings in the garden under the stars. Some people still use theirs, but I think for most, it was just a little too much trouble for not enough warmth, not to mention the risk of instant hair loss while trying to warm your hands over the fire.

Actually, I never purchased one, but a friend of mine who was one of the first to purchase hers at Smith and Haw...

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Join Us! **Updated**

Posted by Janelle Renée on Monday, February 21, 2011, In : workshop 
**Please note that Lori and I changed the time for this event.  For more details, please visit the Meetup page.**

Do you have a blank wall that is begging for something unique, or is it time to finally put a lamp on that bedside table to complete the look or help you to read at night? Join Lori and me on March 6th at the acclaimed Alameda Antiques Point Faire to search for fabulous finds and treasures; plus, get tips from us on how to re-purpose or restore any item you might find!

For more i...

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Spotlight On...Deals and more at Urban Ore.

Posted by Janelle Renée on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, In : Second-hand shops 

Urban Ore on Ashby Ave. in Berkeley hasn't changed too much since my first visit there nearly 10 years ago.  It still has an earthy smell twinged with the smell of "old"--not unlike the smell of the home your grandparents have lived in since 1953.

Urban Ore's website claims that on an average day, they save 20 tons of material that would have otherwise been lost at a local dump.  Granted, some of the items you find at Urban Ore might feel more at home at the dump, but then again, one ...
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Succulent Fun

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Monday, February 14, 2011, In : Garden 

Although the weather here in California could not be nicer, especially for this time of year, it is still a bit too cold to be planting wonderful summer vegetables and beautiful spring flowers.  It certainly feels like spring though; so why not do a quick spruce up of your containers and planter boxes?

I’ve found that keeping some containers filled with succulents satisfies me year round.  They are virtually effortless and extremely forgiving: they grow in the shade, if you forget to water t...

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Spotlight On... Architect Ken Martin

Posted by Janelle Renée on Friday, February 11, 2011, In : Architects 

Welcome to our first ever "
Spotlight On..." interview.  Today we have the pleasure of presenting an interview we had with Ken Martin, an architect from Berkeley. 

Lori met Ken about 15 years ago when she moved to her home in the Elmwood District of Berkeley.  He was working on several home renovations on her street at the time, including his own.  Lori describes Ken as thoughtful, generous, and witty, with a very dry sense of humor.  Above all, she said, he is very down to earth and accessibl...
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Posted by Lori and Janelle on Wednesday, February 2, 2011,
Welcome to the Design Salon Blog!  We hope to inspire you to create the home you've always wanted with our Monday and Thursday weekly posts where we will cover just about anything and everything related to residential design.
The glue of the Design Salon Blog will be our "Spotlight On" series:

Spotlight On... Artisans, Tradesmen, Contractors:  Each month we will interview at least one independent artisan, contractor, or skilled person of a trade, like a tile mosaic artist, a metal craftsmen, c...
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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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