This is a teardown… or is it

I looked at this building with one of our clients the other day. In the description of the property there was the phrase “potential teardown”. From the photos it didn’t really look like there was anything obviously wrong with the building, you can see some slight sagging in the center of the facade, but it doesn’t look major – so I was definitely curious. Usually if the pics look fine and someone is saying – don’t bother saving this one – it means one of two things: there are big time problems that you just can’t see yet this is just…

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Beware the gut rehab…

The These days it seems like everyone and their brother is buying and flipping houses. What am I talking about, this has been going on for a while now. I’m pretty sure HGTV is completely responsible for this horrible trend… all that DIY shit everywhere you turn… house hunters, flip this, remake that.. making it look so easy and like you can do an entire renovation in a weekend. Not. True. It is 100% possible to do a spectacular job on a gut renovation/rehab, and there are lots of people who do spectacular work.. but, there are also lots of people who…

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Love and affinity -it might just be the biggest deal

I’ve been thinking a lot about affinity lately.. you’re love for something. And how much of it we have {or not} in our everyday life. Have you ever walked into a space, met someone, or discovered something in life and your whole self kind of falls in love in a whole new way? You feel excited, inspired, different parts of you awaken and you feel like you discover a new level of how much you can love and feel for something? You can’t always explain it or make sense of it, but you know it when you feel it. It’s…

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My reunion with ‘The Big C’, and why it was the best gift ever

In September I found out that I had cancer – again. I had the big C for the first time when I was 27, almost ten years ago. Back then I had just started my real grown up life the year before, with my big official architecture job at a big well-know firm. Then – during birthday month no less – I get the worst surprise ever. The big C. Melanoma. Back then things like meditation or thinking about the energy of something or even having a connection to my intuition weren’t anywhere in my realm of living. I only took one…

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{someone hates me} I’ve finally made it!

I think I experienced a significant milestone on the blog last week, my first hate comment. It was so exciting! What made it even more amazing was that it was a comment on my post about meditation. Seriously. Not super zen. In that very post that elicited such a strong response I talked about growing up a serious people-pleaser. For most of my life I sought validation from making other people happy, and I felt wrong and like I wasn’t enough if someone was unhappy with me, like I’d failed as a person somehow. I grew up and went into a creative profession,…

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Uptown Renovation Wrap-up – Living Room Options

Eugenia’s renovation was a little bit of a two step project. There were the big projects that needed to be completed before the move in – refinishing the cabinets, painting the space and installing the new lights and ceiling fan, and then there was planning for the rest of the space in a way that Eugenia and her husband could implement over time at their own pace. There were several pieces that were coming along with the move, the sofa and the dining table and chairs {and one train table not shown that is a cute, but temporary, toy/play space…

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Uptown Kitchen – Final Photos!

Here they are, final pics of Eugenia and her family’s kitchen renovation! It’s hard to even remember the before space, much less imagine that it’s all the same cabinets under that glossy new paint. This is definitely one of my favorite projects for a huge transformation of a space while working with a lot of the existing conditions. It’s easy to make a huge change when you can tear everything out, move walls and really start over, but you can also completely transform a space with a few strategic moves and a great team. I feel so lucky to have…

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Maybe you’ve never thought about meditation… but maybe you should!

  I don’t usually advertise events here, and I’d be perfectly happy keeping my meditation school my own little magical secret, but this place is pretty awesome, and so if you were ever thinking about maybe checking out a meditation class – this is the one to take. InVision is offering their signature Psychic Meditation Class for the last time this year starting this week. I started to write some of my own story to share what a profound impact it has had on my life. But then it got really long. So I’ll save that for some other, maybe a few other,…

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Please don’t buy {or build} an ugly house

When you’re buying a new house it’s important that the inside space really works for you. But it’s also important that the outside doesn’t look like shit either. Sometimes I look at a building and I honestly don’t know – 1. what the person who designed it was thinking, or 2. who on earth thought it was great looking and what an awesome idea it would be to buy it. In one way I can totally get behind the idea of ‘to each their own’ and that everything is beautiful in some way… to someone… but also – some buildings…

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You’ll never really be ‘ready’, so what are you waiting for?

I saw this quote the other day and I thought – yep, he pretty much nailed it. Except that now is better. Always. I’ve started several new things this year, and am getting the momentum that I want in some areas more than others… so I’ve been really looking for myself at where have I been taking steps and where have I been a little afraid or hesitant? I’m realizing that, at least for myself, often when I’m thinking of what I want to create, what I’m picturing is that thing more fully developed than the next step I will literally…