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A Day in San Juan Capistrano
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A Day in San Juan Capistrano

Each March hundreds of thousands of swallows fly into San Juan Capistrano to relax in mud nests and enjoy the warm coastal climate. I don’t visit the city as often, but when I do it’s always a fun and rewarding experience. Some friends and I began a recent getaway to the town at Mission San…

Griffith Park, A Little Something for Everyone
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Griffith Park, A Little Something for Everyone

“It must be made a place of recreation and rest for the masses, a resort for the rank and file, for the plain people. I consider it may obligation to make Los Angeles, a happier, cleaner and finer city. I wish to pay my debt of duty in this way to the community in which…

How to Hire (And Work With) a Designer
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How to Hire (And Work With) a Designer

If you’ve ever done your own design project, you know that it can easily become frustrating, leaving you collapsed in a heap of catalogs, fabric swatches and paint samples. Whether you are mired in fabric choices and furniture selection, don’t know any vendors, or can’t stick to your budget, a design project can be a…

Big Bear Lake is Fabulous in Fall
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Big Bear Lake is Fabulous in Fall

Everybody knows that Big Bear Lake is a wonderland in winter, perfect for skiing, snowboarding, memorable Alpine vistas and more. But as I recently learned, the mountain resort is equally fantastic in fall, when leaves change colors, fish are biting, mountains trails beckon, and beer flows from large Oktoberfest mugs. I began a recent fall…

The House of Mirrors
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The House of Mirrors

Mirrors are not only practical, but they are also decorative. They are a great way to reflect light in a dark space, fill a bare wall, add space visually, and add a dash of shimmer and glamour to any room. Mirrors always create a visual interest in a space. Hung over the fireplace or on…

Decorating for Two: The Challenge of Uniting Styles
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Decorating for Two: The Challenge of Uniting Styles

I was recently contacted by a couple that had just moved in together and was having a difficult time incorporating their different design styles in the new home. This is a common issue for couples who begin the exciting adventure of cohabitating. We all know that a big part of relationships is learning to compromise….

The Art of Hanging….Art
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The Art of Hanging….Art

Hanging art is the final touch, the last piece of a puzzle to making a room beautiful. And it is, well, an art form. It can also be the most difficult and frustrating part of decorating. But with a few simple pointers, and lots of daring creativity, you can feel confident to pick up that…

Accessorizing With a Conscience
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Accessorizing With a Conscience

You recycle. You pick up trash on the sidewalk. You make every effort to tread a bit lighter on this earth. But what can you do when it comes to decorating your home? For home accessories, there are plenty of sustainable and recycled products that will satisfy your inner decorator and support your eco-conscious lifestyle….

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