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Being back in Mexico I’m reminded of my long-time affection for the Equipale chair. It’s funky yet comfortable and when the leather fades a bit — looks incredible. Now, with the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles giving it so much attention, as well as places like Venice Beach and other cities along the California Coast, it’s had a rebirth and I’ve never seen it look so good! Below, are some gorgeous ideas on how to use this very cozy & versatile chair.

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Have a wonderful Monday!

~ Shannon

Two years ago I had the pleasure to work with a client on a project along the coast of Central California. We landscaped the backyard first and then several months later worked on the front yard. Recently, my client was kind enough to send me updated photos on the project’s progress.

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INSTALLATION

AFTER

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BACKYARD BEFORE

BACKYARD AFTER

SEVERAL PLANTS I USED ON THIS PROJECT

 Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

It’s always exciting to illustrate how a few uncomplicated changes can transform your home. Although we’ll still add a courtyard in front, I’ve been anxious to share this Austin project with you.

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AFTER

1.PAINT + NEW PATHWAY

Since the original pathway was a bit narrow I really wanted to open it up to allow for more walking space. We then dressed it with ‘Silver Mist’ flagstone and added a decomposed pathway to the left. Eventually, we’ll add another pathway on the right leading towards a sitting area.

2.PLANTS

I chose plants with a lot of structure, and once established, are reasonably drought tolerant; plants like Dwarf Yaupon Holly, Nellie Stevens, Boxwood and Agave.

3.EXTERIOR SHUTTERS, NUMBERS + HARDWARE

Some of my favorite things to add to the exterior of a home are light fixtures, hardware and anything that will give it a bit of character. Here we added the address which will be lit at night, exterior shutters and beautiful light fixtures that will softly light the walkway to the front door.

 

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Because I’ve been working on this project since 2010, starting with the interior, it’s going to be really hard to let this one go. It’s been so much fun working with the clients, I wouldn’t mind if the project went another 7 years!

Next time — before & after photos of a landscape project along the California Coast.

  Cheers!

~ Shannon

It’s all about bedrooms today and I’m sharing my three favorites, along with ideas on how to create the same look in your own home.

BEDROOM 1:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

 

BEDROOM 2:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

BEDROOM 3:

1 | 2 | 3 |

All these bedrooms are fantastic! They have a casual elegance, yet still fill luxurious — all while beckoning you to retreat and relax.

Have a great Thursday!

~ Shannon

BRANCHING OUT

One of my favorite ways to add a little beauty and drama to a home is by using large branches. I’ll clip them from pretty much anything and place them in vases, jars or even my favorite piece of pottery. Not only are they fun but they can last much longer than flowers. Below, are some of my favorite examples.

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Some of my favorite branches to use are Magnolia, Olive, Willow & Cherry Blossom. Have a wonderful Thursday!

~ Shannon

 If you didn’t read my last post, this townhouse is a project my husband and I worked on together. He purchased it and then handed over to me to renovate it. Below, are before and after photos of the bathroom.

The inspiration for the townhouse bath.

Before

I wasn’t able to see the upstairs on our first visit, but once the townhouse was cleared out I was able to shoot these photos of the upstairs bath.

After

Before

After

If you like before & after photos as much as I do, check out yesterday’s post for before & after photos of the living and kitchen.

Next time, I’ll be sharing before & after photos of my recent Austin exterior project.

~ Shannon

TOWNHOUSE PROJECT

Out of the 14 years that I’ve been renovating homes, this project could possibly have the most dramatic before and after photos. Though I do love working with my private clients, my husband and I also purchase and renovate homes together. Typically he purchases a property, and then hands it over to me to renovate. This is one of those projects.

Before

I wasn’t sure if I should share these before pictures with you because it’s a bit of a shock. The photo above is the first glimpse my husband and I saw of the townhouse.

Before

Once the townhouse was cleared out, the plan was to knock down most of the wall between the living and the kitchen; then, add new drywall, recessed lighting and flooring. We did discover a small half bath, to the right, after the clean out. Now it is a sweet little powder room.

Checking on the progress with my daughter, Iris.

After

THE KITCHEN

After

I have an affection for rehabbing townhouses because one of the first projects I ever did was a townhouse in San Antonio. We knocked down walls removed flower wallpaper in the kitchen and raised the ceiling to really open up the space. For this townhouse, I knew with only two windows, I wanted it to feel bright & airy.

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I love rehabbing houses and sometimes the uglier the better because of the challenge at the beginning and the impact at the end. Next time, more before and after photos of the rest of the townhouse.

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