Project Reveal: Rincon Entry Before and After

Entry-ways and foyers are so fun to design because they're the first impression of a home. Whether they're grand or small there’s always a way to layer in character, while also keeping them functional. In this home, the goal was to lighten up the space and even though...

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2017 Design Trend: Wood

Wood is making a come-back. Okay, wood never really goes out of style of course, but in recent years we've seen a lot of painted cabinetry in kitchens and baths along with alternative furniture finishes like stone, metal, glass and acrylic. Don't get me wrong, I'll...

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Design Trend: Green for 2017

I hope your new year is off to a great start. Mine is and because we've officially launched Graham Hill Design!  It's been a labor of love and has tested my patience more than once, but I'm excited to start 2017 with a goal that's been on the horizon for a while. If...

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THANKFUL

So sorry for the long pause!  I had to set aside blogging in October to focus on a few big projects.  Mainly, finishing up a client project, working on a re-design/re-brand of my website and design business and re-modeling my master bathroom.  Hate to leave you...

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Making an Entrance

Alight well, summer is officially coming to a close next week. I love the idea of fall with the leaves, pumpkins, sweater weather, college football and all that, but the reality is this also means the holidays are right around the corner. Gulp! Of course the holidays...

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Bathroom Plans – Classic with Character

I'm zeroing in on final plans for our bathroom renovations. You may have seen my post from a few months back showing my master bath finishes, but now I'm working on the hall bath because as crazy as this may sound, it looks like we are going to do both bathrooms at...

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The Coffee Station

I blinked and all of a sudden it was back to school time! That means getting back into the morning routine, getting up earlier and packing lunches. (Plus blogging more!) I could do none of this without my old friend coffee. Since the very first thing I do in the...

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I Could Move Right In: Saltbox by the Beach

I recently stumbled upon this amazing coastal home located in New England. It's a renovated saltbox by the extremely talented Lisa Tharp Design.  You know I'm a sucker for a beautiful beach house and couldn't wait to share this one with you. It's an...

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10 Ways to Get the Beach House Look

It's Memorial Day weekend and that means the unofficial start of the summer season is upon us. For me, summer is synonymous with the beach. I'm lucky enough to live within a 10 minute drive to the ocean and I've always loved the light and airy beach house aesthetic....

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Loving Lately

Light and airy with layers of texture and pops of black or blush. That's the thread that runs through my recently pinned inspirations. Love how these black cone pendants stand out and compliment the black door frame in this mostly all white kitchen by House of Jade....

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New Bath, New Clients and New York City

I simply can't believe we are diving head first into March already. Not that I'm complaining or anything. The weather in these parts has been beautiful and signs of spring are everywhere. But, February went by in a blink and I've hardly had the time to blog so here's...

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Rincon House: Master Bedroom

Happy Sunday everyone. I don't know about you, but in our house, Sundays are made for lounging in bed with coffee and iPad in hand. (For reading design blogs of course!) Speaking of lounging in bed,  I'm excited to share my master bedroom with you today. I've been...

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I Could Move Right In: Etherial in Napa

Step inside this Napa home designed by Kara Mann featuring layers of white and cream, soft linens and hints of black. This time of year when the skies are dark and gray, I find this color palette warm and inviting, not to mention it's a total classic combination that...

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An Organized New Year

I'm going to make this one quick today because I've got clutter control and organization on the brain. I woke up this morning and realized that my house has become victim to the slow creep of disarray. Much of it is due to holiday gifts that need to find permanent...

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Rincon House Tour: Living Room

New Year's resolution #1 is to finally share some of our remodeling progress with you. I know, shame on me! It's one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. It's been over two years now since we moved into our home and as I've mentioned before there's a...

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Cheers to 2016

Can you believe it's 2016 already? I hope you've enjoyed some quality time with friends and family just as I have. Tomorrow the tree will come down. As much as I try to savor all of the holiday decorations and festivities, I'm ready to pack it up, de-clutter and...

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Family Holiday Activities

Are you feeling the panic that comes with knowing Christmas is only 5 days away? I certainly am. I'm not ready. I'm just barely going to get the holiday card out and the gifts wrapped on time, but I really am trying to keep that panic level in the mild zone as I know...

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The Spirit of Christmas

It's full-on festive mode around here with Christmas parties and my daughter's 13th birthday this week -- it's been one celebration after another. I can't believe I'm about to be a parent of a teenager, but that's a post for another day.  Even though its a crazy time...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2015: Green, Gold and Winter White

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We spent our weekend shuttling our girls back and fourth to the theater where they were both performing in The Nutcracker ballet, but it was well worth it in the end and a great way to kick off the holiday spirit!  We're...

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The Hunt for New Exterior Lighting

I've been looking for some new exterior lighting for our house and for a while I was in a serious analysis-paralysis. If you've read my very first blog post, you know that when we bought our home it needed to be rescued from the 80's.  I've been shopping around and I...

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Manor Fine Wares and A Weekend in Portland

Last weekend my husband and I took a quick trip up to Portland, Oregon. He travels there a few times a year for business, but it was my first time. The trees were sporting all sorts of beautiful autumn shades of orange, red and yellow and there was a crisp feeling of...

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I Could Move Right In: Catherine Kwong Design

Today I'm excited to be sharing the work of San Francisco based designer Catherine Kwong. To me, her design approach is perfectly elegant and tailored. She effortlessly mixes modern with vintage in a way that is refined, graceful and elegant. I can't recall exactly...

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A Simple Fall Front Porch

Are you ready for the all the house guests that come with the holiday season? No? Okay I'm not either. I'm trying not to get overwhelmed thinking of all the cleaning, organizing and dragging down of decorations that will ensue. For now, let's focus on one thing at a...

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My Camera and The Sunday Six

I'm a big fan of photography. Always have been and always will be. My husband gave me a great Nikon camera last year for our anniversary. I had been hinting for a while that I wanted one and being the supportive guy that he is, he delivered. And then well... I'm a...

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Modern Florals

It's still hot around these parts and mother nature is not exactly behaving like Fall. During a recent pinning bender, I came across some dramatic modern florals in the form of wall paper, fabric and art that really made me want to curl up with a book and a cup of tea...

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Feelin’ Fall

Finally! It feels like fall around here. Cloudy skies, a few rain drops and leaves on the ground. Have I mentioned how much I love fall? Except I could do with out the Pumpkin Spice lattes. Don't get me wrong, I love the idea of them, but the taste, not so much. Okay...

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I could move right in… Brooke Wagner Design

Continuing my love affair with Southern California designers this week is Brooke Wagner Design, of Corona Del Mar. My jaw about hit the floor when I flipped through the pages of her portfolio which features stunning homes designed to the tune of absolute beachy...

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Kitchen Personality

A couple of weeks ago I received my long awaited, custom made, roman shades for our kitchen french doors. Cue the heavanly music... they are all that I dreamed of and more!  I've been holding off on posting more photos of my completed projects because I'm trying to...

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I could move right in… Kelly Nutt Design

It's always fun to stumble upon an unfamiliar designers's website and swoon over the eye candy. My dear friend Erin will sometimes send me a blog post of something wonderful with the exclamation that says "I could move right in"! So in honor of that sentiment, I'm...

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Designer Spotlight: Caitlin Wilson

As much as some days I love soothing colors, today I’m excited to write about the bold design aesthetic of Caitlin Wilson, an interior and textile designer based out of Portland, Oregon. Countless times I’ve spotted pretty rugs and fabrics on Pinterest and Instagram...

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The tranquility of La Bella Cabina

Busy. That's the best word to describe my life these days. I don't use that word as a badge of honor though. I once went along with a friend from work to hear a sociologist talk about the science and practice of happiness. It was fascinating and one thing that stuck...

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Wallpaper Beauty

Wallpaper is back! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know this is not headline news. But I’m actually pretty excited about it. I love to see the way design trends get reinvented when they come back in style. I don’t want to give away my exact age,...

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Designer Spotlight: Cecy J Interiors

Summer is officially here. Today was the last day of school for my girls. The last three weeks have been a sprint to the end of 1st and 6th grade with tons of end-of-the-year activities and last minute summer camp and vacation planning -- which is a long winded way of...

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Summer Lovin’ Beach Homes

Happy weekend. This being Memorial Day weekend and the un-offiical start of summer, I thought I'd write about summer homes.  Today I'm craving the east coast vibe. Think everything from luxurious coastal estates in the Hamptons to charming beach cottages in Nantucket...

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Sneak Peek: My Living Room Re-design

Happy Friday you guys! I'm excited to announce, my new sofa and coffee table were delivered today. So, as promised, here's a sneak peak of my updated living room.  I'm still waiting on the custom chairs, rug, side table and a few small odds and ends so until then......

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Day dreaming

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve put up a new post. Want to hear my excuses? Okay well the first was because I’ve been trying to “tidy up” the blog layout a bit. I was sort of in “soft launch” mode previoulsy, trying to find the time to figure out all the bells and...

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Designer spotlight: Evars + Anderson

Most days I would describe my style as California cool, with a touch of East Coast tradition. I gravitate more towards the classic side with an appreciation for homes with a soothing color palette and those with a bit of a beach vibe (think Hamptons). However, the...

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Rincon Remodel Progress = Christmas in April

It felt like Christmas at my house yesterday. I came home to discover the lighting I had ordered a few weeks ago had arrived on my doorstep. As you know from my previous post, we completed our kitchen remodel last summer. Since then, I've been plotting my next move....

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A Sunday at Serena & Lily

Last Sunday I took my family on a little day trip up to San Francisco. We decided it would be fun to take the girls to the vista point on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate bridge and take in the breathtaking views of the city and the bay. It could have been cool,...

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I do not have a green thumb

There, I said it. Let’s just say my watering habits are sporadic at best and if there were a CPS for the plant world, I would have been reported long ago. Nevertheless, I love them. You will always find some kind of greenery in my house.  I’m a fan of succulents and...

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What’s gold is new again

If you follow home design at all, you've noticed that gold and brass finishes are back in a big way. We’re seeing it everywhere from fixtures to cabinet hardware to utensils, wall paper and more. I love the way it can add a little warmth and glam without going over...

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Rincon Kitchen Remodel

About 9 months ago we dug into our kitchen remodel. My husband made me swear that I would not tear into any remodeling until we had lived in this house for a least a year. Exactly one week shy of our one year anniversary in the home we came to the end of our...

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Been thinking about launching this blog… For Like Ever!

And today's the day. I’ll be the first to admit, the world does not need another design blog, yet here I am. I've been contemplating the idea (call it procrastinating if you want) for so long that I’m sure thousands of new blogs have sprouted while I stood on the side...

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