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The Man Cave: “Imagine the luxury of it."

February 1, 2016

“It is the loveliest study you ever saw…octagonal with a peaked roof, each face filled with a spacious window…perched in complete isolation on the top of an elevation that commands leagues of valley and city and retreating ranges of distant blue hills. It is a cozy nest and just room in it for a sofa, table, and three or four chairs, and when the storms sweep down the remote valley and the lightning flashes behind the hills beyond and the rain beats upon the roof over my head—imagine the luxury of it.”

- Mark Twain in a 1874 letter to William Dean Howells

Twain spoke ecstatically of his man cave to Howells, and there’s a reason why: he loved it!

You should love your man cave too.

Does Your Powder Room Have Enough Pizazz?

January 25, 2016

Does your powder room have enough pizazz?

As small as they typically are, powder rooms provide the perfect opportunity to show off your sense of style and creativity.

Don’t hold back.

Since guests often use them, they are autonomous from other room’s design, which allows you to experiment with bolder colors, patterns, and textures. 

4 Sophisticated Appliances that Tackle Tasks With 'Done-for-you' Style

January 19, 2016

There is no question that we live in a service-based society where we will gladly pay a premium for convenience.

Speed and efficiency are rewarded all in the same. If a product or service makes our lives easier, hassle-free, saves us time and even money, then we are all in.

This extends to the home - particularly now that technology has provided homeowners with sophisticated appliances that can increase productivity and save on the amount of time spent on household chores and various functions.

Technology has given us the ability to ask our appliances to help out around the house.

6 Smart Tools for Your Smart Home

January 11, 2016

You exit the front door for work with a cup of coffee in hand, get in your car and venture into the chaos of Los Angeles traffic.

Midway to your office, you begin to question whether or not you shut the coffee maker off? You are pretty sure you did, but not 100% sure. 

While you are at it, you also start to question whether or not you set the security alarm. The worry and anxiety begin to set in. 

What if you didn’t? How can you be absolutely sure?

Even the Dog (Dundee) Loves Every Room!

January 4, 2016

The Concept:
After moving in the homeowner (and his dog) wanted to update almost every room in this condominium. The remodel included the living and family room, fireplace, kitchen sink and countertops, a new barn door to the bath and new flooring.

Location: Playa Del Rey, CA
Space Remodeled: 500 sq. ft.
Style: Transitional

Outdoor Kitchen Checklist: 18 Tasks to Tackle In the Design Phase

December 21, 2015

There is no better way to enjoy the Southern California lifestyle than setting up your own outdoor kitchen.

Remodeled Inside and Out

December 14, 2015

The concept was to remodel the entire home to create a comfortable yet eclectic space to entertain guests.

Location: Marina del Rey, CA
Space Before Remodel: 1722 sq. ft.
Space After Remodel: 2513 sq. ft.
Style: Modern Mediterranean

From Flat Screen TV to Full-fledged Media Room

December 14, 2015

It is no secret that moviegoing has been one of America’s greatest pastimes over the years. Enjoying a nice night out with friends and family, sitting back with some popcorn and soft drinks - that never gets old.

Some movie theaters even cater to avid moviegoers by offering an upscale viewing experience with plush recliners and push-button service.

(Those in the South Bay area don’t have to venture very far for this type of entertainment. CBS-Los Angeles ranked the AMC Marina 6 Dine In, in Marina Del Rey, one of the Best Luxury Cinemas in Los Angeles!)

Even still, some of us are just fine sitting in the comfort of our own recliners at home, watching a Netflix Original Series on a stand-alone flat screen TV.

For those film buffs wanting to bring a piece of luxury viewing experience into their home, the home theatre is where it all starts.

But there is another option: the media room.

What Your Houseguests Want from Your Guest Bath

December 7, 2015

One of the many benefits of living in the South Bay area is being able to share your home with out of town friends and family.

Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach… anywhere close to the beach is going to make your houseguests smile - especially if they are from the East Coast!

What makes the whole experience even better for them is the wonderful guest bath they will be using during their stay in your home.

It keeps them comfortable, happy and impressed with your taste - and it won’t encourage them too overstay their welcome.

Your houseguests will want comfort and accessibility during their stay at your home.

Work Triangle Basics: Getting the Most Out of Your Kitchen

December 1, 2015

Even in a city as laid back as Playa Del Rey, efficiency can be valued as much as lifestyle. When it comes to the kitchen, where space can sometimes be limited, efficiency might even be valued more.

Efficiency in the kitchen used to be measured in steps; now it’s measured in minutes.

Mom grabs a muffin as she dashes out the door in the morning. Bobby races home from basketball practice and throws together a sandwich, munching it along the way to rehearsal for the school play.

American kitchens have to be equipped to handle this fast-paced, everyone-for-themselves shuffle, as well as other modern needs, such as multiple cooks, kids, and crowds.

As a result, the 40-year old commonsense concept of the work triangle (a path linking the three major kitchen components: refrigerator, sink, and cooktop) is undergoing revision. Even thought the basic concept is still sound, designers are beginning to talk about designing a triangle within a triangle to handle both large and small meals.