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    My Dinner with Miles

    My Dinner with Miles

    If you were asked to create the guest list for a fantasy dinner party, whom would you invite? Dreaming up interesting combinations of dinner companions is one of my favorite…

    10 Common Pitfalls of Remodeling (Part Two)

    10 Common Pitfalls of Remodeling (Part Two)

    We are told at a very early age to learn from other people’s mistakes, good advice that some of us follow better than others. In remodeling, there are many things…

    10 Common Pitfalls of Remodeling (Part One)

    10 Common Pitfalls of Remodeling (Part One)

    It is true in remodeling, as it is in world history, that people are likely to repeat the mistakes of those that have gone before them. To help address this…

    Ring Them Bells

    Ring Them Bells

    Since June is upon us and Gay Pride and marriage equality are on my mind, I am taking a break from remodeling to share some of my favorite ideas for…

    Remodeling Return on Investment

    Remodeling Return on Investment

    Return on Investment (ROI) is a common financial term that can be easily misinterpreted when used in a remodeling context. The simple definition of ROI is “the profit or cost…

    Remodeling Trends for 2014

    Remodeling Trends for 2014

    Have you noticed all of the construction sites appearing around the Bay Area these days? The pent-up demand from the recession has resulted in a building boom that is projected…

    The Ripple Effect

    The Ripple Effect

    By Mark Penn “The direction of a big act will warp history, but probably all acts will do the same thing in their degree, down to a stone stepped over…

    Over the Tabletop

    Over the Tabletop

    Each year, my partner Philip and I kick off the Holiday Season by attending DINING BY DESIGN, the annual fundraiser sponsored by DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS diffa.org/. Over…

    And the Winner Is…

    And the Winner Is…

    On Wednesday, October 16, I had the honor of being one of the hosts and presenters at the design and remodeling awards event known as the REMMIES. The REMMIES are…

    Health, Connection, Balance and Beauty

    Health, Connection, Balance and Beauty

    The San Francisco Decorator Showcase is one of the Bay Area’s premier design show house events, featuring the work of top designers and raising funds for the San Francisco University…

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