Every time I visit the Alameda home of our in-house designer, Brandy Graham of Market & Nest, I feel like I am in a new place. The woman reorganizes the furniture in her house at least once a week. When my house feels “stale” I shop online and try to spruce it up. Brandy has a different philosophy—to use what you have but mix it up a bit. She transforms the Dining Room into the Living Room and the chandelier is now held up by a strong S hook so you can walk underneath it. Every lamp gets moved to a new spot and she pulls the art off the wall and moves it to a new location. It always feels refreshed and flowing and she hasn’t purchased anything new. Now she comes to my house to do it and it makes me so happy every time it happens. I feel like I have a whole new house with a whole new vibe. Rearranging what you already have reinvigorates your love for all your treasures and resets your mood and allows you to use space in a whole new way.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—throw pillows are critical. If they look cheap, it all looks cheap. Don’t go monochromatic—your photos won’t pop! Don’t show the spines of books. They are too interesting. No cream colors on the walls—go white. Don’t show a dirty garage floor. Paint it! It makes a huge […]
My husband has a dozen hobbies. Skiing, Climbing, Racing, Soccer, Surfing. He is adventurous and interesting and lives on the edge. I was feeling like I was “less than” because I’m not really interested in anything like that. I thought I could take up tennis or crocheting so that I too could have hobbies, but […]
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