Browsing Archive: July, 2011

Gone Surfing!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, July 26, 2011,

I've been gone for a week already...while working just a bit.

But now...I'm immersing myself the water!

I'll be back to you all on August 2nd.

Have a great week!

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Design Rules!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, In : Design Rules 
There are many rules of design, most of which are meant to be broken.

It is still good to know some of the basic rules though, which more often than not, are a good standard to use.

Here are just a few...


When deciding on window treatment, whether drapes or roman shades, by hanging them as close to the ceiling as possible you can actually make your ceiling appear to be higher than it is and the room look larger than it is. It's all an illusion. As you will find, most design tricks are.



A dini...
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I Found My Marbles!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, July 19, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 
Make yourself a beautiful pair of marble lighting masterpieces.

First check Craig's List and e-Bay. I found these little beauties on e-Bay and stuck with my initial bid of $25 for the pair!

Believe it or not, when you least expect it, your bid will be the high one. They arrived 10 days later in perfect condition.

Now you'll need a gold base to spiff them up just a bit. It's just like adding piping to a throw pillow.

Once you have received your bases, just treat them with a quick coat of gold R...
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Oh My Darling, Clementine

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Thursday, July 14, 2011, In : Flowers 

I'm talking about Clementine, the lovely little flower boutique on the sleepy end of College Avenue in Rockridge...not the folk ballad!  

Natalie, the shop owner, will be celebrating Clementine's 1-year anniversary in a few weeks, and she is happy to say that the business is doing very well. 

Natalie started working with flowers at the now closed Impressions in the Orinda Theater Square. If you don't already know, Impressions happened to be the most eclectic, fabulous, and unusual flower shop ...
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Snuggly Toes

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Tuesday, July 12, 2011, In : Rugs 

 I have been asked several times over the past few weeks for rug recommendations. The most important part of these requests is that the rugs need to be modern, interesting, and SNUGGLY!

People want rugs that their entire family can sit on and play board games, chat, watch TV, and feel cozy.

I have found the MOST snuggly rugs.

Elle Decor 
They are classic but modern and would fit in any setting.

These rugs are originally from the Beni Ourain and Neighboring tribes in the Northeastern Middle...
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Spotlight on...Gina Dominguez

Posted by Janelle-Renée on Friday, July 8, 2011, In : Tile Mosaics 
Lori and I recently had the pleasure to sit down with Gina Dominguez who owns Snapshot Mosaics in Montclair Village, Oakland.

Gina Dominguez in her tile mosaic shop. 

Janelle: How did you get started in mosaics?

Gina: I've always done art on the side, even when I was growing up, ever since I was very young. Art was a big passion for me. It was always one of my favorite subjects in school--that along with math, believe it or not. For some reason I think they go together.

Gina: I completed high s...

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Light Up The Night

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Monday, July 4, 2011, In : Outdoor Lighting 

Now that the weather is cooperating it's time to fling open the doors and start dining the backyard.

When the sun goes down and the warm breeze picks up you'll need some ambient light to help you see the barbecue and your food, but nothing too harsh.

Perhaps something that will bring back some memories of your summer in Italy or that small European cafe.

Traditionally, in the more popular big box stores, these industrial outdoor lights can run approximately $300.  

But there are a few s...
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Create Your Own Masterpiece!

Posted by Lori Pepe-Lunche on Friday, July 1, 2011, In : DIY (Do It Yourself) Projects 

Last week I visited
Aaron Brothers for some great frames for kids art. At the same time, I picked up a few canvases that are also on sale through 1 get 1 for one cent. It's the perfect time to create a colorful masterpiece.  

Either you or your child can do it...or you can all make a fun project out of it.

There are two easy ways to make a colorful masterpiece.

The first one is the fastest and most fun. All you need to do is channel your inner Jackson Pollock!

Blick Art Supply carries...
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