Author: DCL

Medallion Authentication

I love a great medallion. Scouring through old Victorian era homes I find original plaster medallions everywhere and many can be saved with a few simple tricks and talented drywall contractor. Authentic reproductions are ideal but can be pricey and

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Swedish Sublime

Inspiration is everywhere and, quite often covered with layer of dust or grime. Using an older (or quality made to look older) piece adds character and instant history to any space. A little old can go a long way. Accessorizing

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What’s Your Style?

Every time I meet a new client the conversation always surrounds real estate, architecture, art and design. It’s what I do and what I love to talk about more than any other subject. Sharing what I know in a way

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5451 Lawton St, Oakland, CA

Pre-Sale Recommendations EXTERIOR Paint Repaint upper (painted) steps and porch: Benjamin Moore Passion Vine 1504 (Porch and Patio) Find trim paint in basement and touch up around front (and back) door. Repaint front door: Benjamin Moore Country Redwood EXT. RM

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Making the most out of what you have should be your objective when you make improvements to your home. I’ve flipped many homes over the years. Sadly so much of my time and money is spent undoing prior owners’ improvements.

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Window Seat Retreat

Built in window seats are great way to gain additional seating, storage, and add value to any home. Maximize space and expand function in your pass-through rooms and on landings.   Radiators or HVAC ducts are normally located beneath windows.

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Sarah’s Uptown Kitchen

Sarah lives in a gorgeous landmark pre-war building built when kitchens were not priority. Elements of furniture reporposed/mixed in with cabinetry to create a completely unique look. Great buys can be found at auction and a skilled cabinet maker can

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Cape Cod Summer Inspired

Classic simplicity of this lower Cape Cod cottage makes it the perfect summer get-away. Provincetown has been a thriving artist colony since Charles Webster Hawthorne opened the Cape Cod School of Art in 1899 where he taught Impressionism painting the

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Sterling and Plate – Silver Is Great!

Collecting silver can be a challenge since the price of silver shot up but there are plenty of places to find hidden treasure. Although I’ve found amazing deals on plated flatware at auction, you are not likely to find any

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Flow Blue China Collecting

Auctions are a great place to find large collections or a few pieces to start your collection. Once you find a patter you love, do a little internet research to identify the manufacturer’s mark. These marks changes over the years

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