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Making a Makeover- Working with a great team

One of the reasons I enjoy working with CertaPro Painters is that I can trust them to take of everything- the paint, the hard to paint places, the homeowners, and their homes... they care for their clients the way I do... They keep going even when we're clearly in the way! I mean seriously- they can get anywhere... [caption id="attachment_6440" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Joe and Lisa Costa own the CertaPro branch here in Greater Lehigh Valley. They did a terrific job of managing their crew, caring for the homeowner, and working with my design ideas."][/caption] With everything under control, I was free to go shopping! You know how much I love shopping and decorating with vintage. For me, it's not about...

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My Village People- part 2

For all of you who run your own business, you know this moment: You want this big project; this amazing client. So, you make the calls, do the sales pitch, negotiate the contract, re-work the bid, even picture yourself doing it... and then you get it- you get the project! You celebrate! You feel special! Even a little giddy... And then it hits you... you've gotta lot of work to do. How will you ever get it done? Finally, you gather your energy,  your courage and you rally. Let's do this!!!! That's exactly what happened when DIY Network called wanting videos of fresh how-to paint projects. But I caught my breathe pretty quickly because I have a fearless posse: Stephanie...

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Willa Home Photo Shoot

Recently, I teamed up with AnneMarie, owner of Willa Home in Burlingame, a gorgeous shop laden with vintage furniture and paintings, artisan jewelry, soaps and candles, fresh linens, and beautiful dishware. Working together with her faithful employee Katie, and photographer Lana McNaughten, we spent the day creating beautiful vignettes. The new site isn't quite up yet, but I thought you'd enjoy some action shots and a sneak peak at some of the photos you'll see when her site goes live. We made a great team. But even better then these photos would be a visit to her adorable store. I bought my sofa from her just in time for my Apartment Therapy shoot!

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I love the Gorgeous Little Things in BellJar!

BellJar on 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero is a gem of a shop. Check it out: [caption id="attachment_1443" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="3187 16th Street between Valencia and Guerrero. This area of the Mission district is probably my second favorite in the city. It's full of independent vendors and creatives with urban sensabilities and very individual taste.."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1444" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="It's true, you can buy a sofa, books, pillows AND clothes at Costco, but really- could any of it look this good?"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1446" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="With displays are a beautiful as their goods, everything looks like a necessity. And looking at these black shelves and tub, I suddenly wanted a little more black in my bathroom!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1447" align="aligncenter"...

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Tips for Buying Vintage!

Finally! I found a beautiful vintage sofa- exactly what I was looking for- just up the street at a local shop. The price started at $3,500, but after a few visits and inquiries with the shop owner, we settled on $1800! Of course, I calmly paid for my treasure and sauntered down the street singing to myself, "I'm bad, I know it, I'm bad, shamone!" If you're considering buying vintage here are a few tips that might help: 1. Buyer takes all- buying vintage usually means no returns. Some shops will let you take the piece out on approval with a credit card (this isn't usually an option at Flea Markets or online sales). Bring paint colors, photos, etc. from...

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