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October 2, 2015

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“Some people grumble that roses have thorns ; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

My Parents


I am a LUCKY girl.  How many times do we feel “off,” but chalk it up to being tired, or thinking we just have a headache or pulled muscle?  Sometimes this is the case, but this time it was different.  After months of ignoring and denying, and convincing myself  that what I felt was nothing, I had to admit that I was scared…for the first time in my life, I was scared of knowing the truth.   Racing from one day to the next, living this beautiful life at the speed of sound, I was finally still, on our annual family vacation this past Spring.  Sitting by the pool in the hot desert sun, I turned to my Mom.  Memories of childhood came flooding, as I thought about how my parents have always been there for me, through triumphs and tragedies throughout my life.  My biggest fans, my advocates, the first loves of my life, and the best grandparents you could ever want your children to have.  In her early adulthood my mom was an R.N., and to this day friends and family call upon her for advice.  She either talks you off the ledge, or tells you to get your butt into the doctor immediately.  “I need you to tell me if you think this feels like more than just a ‘lump,'” and I raised my arm.  It felt different than anything I had felt in the past, but I, like millions of women have very dense breasts. In other words, they sort of have a lumpy life of their own.  But somehow, this one felt different. Deep, deep down, I knew it.  My mom, never showing her internal fear, calmly told me not to worry and that she was going to make some calls.  Two days later I was in the land of mammograms, which did not pick up my 3.8cm lump.   The next step was an ultrasound, then biopsy which quickly detected the mass.  The next day I was at a client and got “the call.”  [READ MORE…]


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“Dancing – however you do it, even if it’s in your living room – is a great work out.” – Ciara BEFORE | LIVING ROOM After transforming the entry and game loft above, it was time to dig in to the living room in our Woodland Hills complete home remodel.  Tired of old furniture and […]

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“Sometimes the beauty is easy.  Sometimes you don’t have to try at all.  Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake.  Sometimes there’s poetry written right on the bathroom wall.” – Ani DiFranco POWDER ROOM | BEFORE We love a good challenge and this guest bathroom was no exception.  How do we keep […]

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“I find I clash sometimes with people who like to plan things and book you in for lunch.  I’d rather someone call me up and say ‘Are you free tonight and do you wanna go to the roller-disco?  Or play pool?’ ” – Rosamund Pike After remodeling the foyer of this Woodland Hills home, we […]

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“Every doorway, every intersection has a story.”  – Katherine Dunn BEFORE | ENTRY WAY Welcome to one of my favorite home remodels…ever!  We were thrilled when we came to scope out this 1960’s, very Brady Bunch-esque abode hidden behind the trees of Woodland Hills.  A family who loves to entertain and host guests on a […]

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