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New Cambria Galley in San Francisco

Wine (1)

Last week, I was invited to attend the grand opening of Cambria Quartz’s new San Francisco Galley. Located in the SoMa district, off the corner of 8th and Bryant, it’s a large 2-story brick and beam building. I arrived early with another designer to this, but it really was a lucky shot… Inside, the party […]

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A note on grout

Tile backsplash

One of the challenges of design is that products and materials and construction methods are always ever changing. For you and me, it means to be wary of new product + limited reviews + actual real life scenarios. Case in point: A few years back, I switched grout to a higher grade grout that is […]

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PSA: If you like curry…

By Sanjay Acharya - en-wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0,

(Note to subscribers: Missed the Wednesday deadline so here’s the pre-weekend edition. Happy weekend to you!) Do not select white or light-colored cabinets for your kitchen (or at least be forewarned!) If you’ve been following along on my Facebook page, you may have already seen this, but I thought I would expand on the subject […]

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600th Post!

HAPPY 600th

I was a bit startled to discover that this makes my 600th post since I started blogging.  If you’d told me back then that I’d one day write that many…well, I would have laughed, to be honest. In any case, I think it deserves a celebration — or at least an acknowledgement from me that […]

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Spring Design Inspiration

Pastel Picks

Happy spring! I thought we could all use a blast of color around this time of year. When Americans think of blues, yellows, mint, pink, the image that comes to mind first is that of a baby’s room. However, other countries embrace these colors as a way to brighten up the home.  When I was […]

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Checking under the Zephyr hood (fan)


Back last November, I attended a blog retreat with Zephyr hoods in San Francisco, where I was invited to see the latest in hood ventilation design, California design, and, course, Napa Valley and wine country. Since then, I haven’t had the opportunity to spec the very striking Lucé Wall and Island hoods with ICON Touch […]

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