Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NBA Season Opener with Derrick Rose & Slim Chin

Last night was the NBA season opener with a doubleheader on TNT.  Game one was Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics and game two was LA Lakers vs. Houston Rockets!!!   Even though I live in LA my son and I are huge Celtic fans (sorry to all my blogger followers that are Lakers fans).  As you can imagine, we were so excited they won 88-80 (close game).  As we were watching the games, my client Ken Jeong’s  Adidas commercial was played as least three times.  He plays rapper Slim Chin and wears  a metallic gold sweat suit and is so hysterical.  Check it out below!!!

Even funnier is the Music Video with Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and Slim Chin!!  You can watch that as well below.

In keeping with my sports themed blog I wanted to include another one of my client’s home office.  He is a complete sports fanatic!  I worked on this house a couple years ago and finally got around to photographing it about a month ago.  I thought it would be appropriate to share with you his office with all his sports memorabilia in honor of the NBA Season Opener.


This is just a small part of his collection!


I love his collection of all the vintage radios!


I hope you got a good laugh like I did……


Friday, October 22, 2010

All good things must come to an end sometime……

After two years my Padaro Lane project in Carpentaria, California is finally finished!!  I have blogged about the interior over the past couple of months, but the second phase of the project, the exterior, is finally done!!!  As I have mentioned in previous blogs, this project was one of the most incredible for me from start to finish. 

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The original house never had an entry.  To get to the back two bedrooms, you either had to go through the master bedroom and master bath or go out the front door onto the porch and enter from outside.  One of the first things I did was change the floor plan to create an entry, adding 105 sq. ft. and enclosing the porch to create a hallway to the back two bedrooms.  I was able to close off the door in the master bath making the space more usable, but most importantly, more private.  The same with the bunk room bathroom, we closed off the door leading to the back guest bedroom which enabled space to install a tub/shower.  My clients have grandchildren so this new arrangement proved very helpful to them.  The guest bedroom did not have a bathroom so we turned the closet into a bathroom.  To substitute closet space, I added a built in armoire for hanging clothes, which was sufficient enough for my clients as they use this house as a vacation home.  I converted the water heater to a tankless one and moved it from the entry to the side of the house.  Relocating the water heater created space to add a powder room.


As you can see from the floor plan, this is not a large house so I had to make sure that every room and every nook and cranny was well thought out.  My client’s bring their children, grandchildren and friends there so I had to squeeze in as many beds as possible.  The bunk room sleeps six, each bunk bed has a pull-out trundle.

Let’s get back to the exterior…..  Originally, the entire house was painted gray.  I wanted to brighten it up and make it look more like a cottage in the Hamptons.  I fell in love with the idea of painting the house white and the trim black… what a beautiful, dramatic contrast it turned out to be!  The exterior lanterns came from The Federalist and can hold up to the outdoor elements, which need to be considered in a beach environment.   The gutters and downspouts are copper and I can’t wait until they patina with age!

We tore out the existing brick in the walkway and replaced it with a gray/black flagstone.  A curve was added to make it more interesting as well as a small curved porch with a step, which was lacking  before. 

I worked with Thierry from Paysage Landscape in Santa Barbara, California.  He was a dream to work with!!  Thierry and I both selected the type of plants that we thought would grow best in a coastal environment and keep the Hamptons Cottage style. 


Don’t you just love the Australian Tree Ferns!!!


We also added a barn on the front of the property, but I think I will save that for another blog!!!

Stay tuned, more to come!



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Harvest

Have I mentioned that I love fall?  It’s my favorite season of the year, it makes me really happy. One of reasons I love it so much is that my son JD’s birthday is October 20th which kicks off the season, Halloween follows then Thanksgiving…….

I went to the remnants of the past antique show in Nipomo this past weekend and I just had to buy this French garden cart and fill it up with pumpkins that I bought at the Avila Valley Barn.  I love the Provence blue!














At the show in Nipomo they were selling the most beautiful pumpkins with inspiring quotes etched in them. Everyone was buying them like hotcakes!

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While I was up north we went to the most amazing pumpkin patch in Avila Beach that my good friend Mica told me about. IMG_0554



If you are heading up to Northern California I would highly recommend stopping at the Avila Valley Barn, they have the largest selection of pumpkins that I have ever seen.

Happy Fall everyone.