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With Summer Behind Us, Time To Get Organized
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With Summer Behind Us, Time To Get Organized

Summer is over, the kids are back in school, and life seems to have suddenly gone into overdrive as calendars quickly fill up with the kids’ activities and fall events. A house that was once efficient and organized in the lull of the summer months can at once become cluttered and disorganized. It’s not an…

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A Surefire Way to Boost Farm Exports: Sell to Cuba

                                                                                                         Illustration by Thom Gastelum U.S. farm income will drop 38 percent this year due to global economic woes and because “demand for exports has tailed off, with few options available to expand marketing elsewhere,” according to a Department of Agriculture report issued last month. Actually, there’s a small but surefire option to boost American…

Defeating The Dorm Room Doldrums
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Defeating The Dorm Room Doldrums

Dorm room décor has changed a lot since I wandered the hallowed halls of matriculation. Back then, it was all we could do to cover up the cinderblock walls with Janes Addiction or Johnny Depp posters (he has staying power, no?). Generally speaking, decorating a dorm room is pretty simple, since much of the furniture…

Kick up your Home Decor in Extraordinary Ways
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Kick up your Home Decor in Extraordinary Ways

I am taking the opportunity this week to answer some readers’ design questions. From a kitchen that needs freshening, to a home that just needs a few added accessories to really make it look great, there are simple solutions for everyone. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get into it. Katie has a small,…

The Powder Room – Your Chance to get Really Creative
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The Powder Room – Your Chance to get Really Creative

Last week I shared the experience of a budget-friendly update to an outdated kitchen. Now it’s time to address the client’s old and drab powder room. The powder room is a perfect space to really let loose and get creative. Generally, guests spend less than five minutes in the powder room, so they don’t have…

Rescuing A Kitchen From The Grips Of Bad Decorating
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Rescuing A Kitchen From The Grips Of Bad Decorating

One of my first and dearest clients told me she was finally ready to tackle a much-needed update of her kitchen, which had last been remodeled in the early 1990s. Two years ago, when we first discussed the idea, our plans for the kitchen were grand! But since then, the economy has tanked, and my…

The Dog Days of Summer – Time to Spruce Up Your Home!
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The Dog Days of Summer – Time to Spruce Up Your Home!

I recently received a call from a friend who was at wit’s end with her adorably small, but dingy apartment.  With the heat of August came a restlessness and the urge to do some serious sprucing up in her apartment.  She wanted to make her environment productive, peaceful and beautiful. With the desperation of Princess…

Make Your Guests Feel Like They’re At Home
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Make Your Guests Feel Like They’re At Home

Every summer, without fail, there is a steady stream of visitors to our house. This means we have a revolving door when it comes to our guest room.  There is nothing more thoughtful than offering up a nice retreat for your visiting friends and family. With this in mind, and a few extra little luxuries,…

News, Opinion

Op-Ed: SCAG Decision Should Not be Based on Scare Tactics and Misinformation

The only area city that is not a member of SCAG is Temple City.
So for a nominal membership dues fee, Sierra Madre can participate in planning its future, or it can choose to save that money, and have SCAG dictate to it what it has decided Sierra Madre is going to do (or not do). Seems kind of like a no-brainer, right? Why should we surrender our opportunity to provide input into the future of this region?

Design Budgets And The Diet Of Spending
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Design Budgets And The Diet Of Spending

Sticking to your design budget can be as difficult as sticking to a diet. That gorgeous antique console you discovered and just can’t live without is the equivalent of a double fudge brownie staring back at you from the bakery case. And it could blow everything if you indulge. It gets tricky managing a design…

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