Monday, June 27, 2011


Some of you may have seen a few of these pictures on my website but I wanted to add the entire series from the photo shoot of this home with Ashlee Raubach.
I love the burst of Orange in this color scheme and the fact that the "Great Room" is stylish yet comfortable for this family of 6! 

Friday, June 24, 2011


I have been asked several times where the name "Belmont Design Group" originated.  The most common assumption is that Belmont is a family name.  The truth is, I was living on Naples Island (an island of homes adjacent to Belmont Shore,CA) and was in love with my town!  My husband and I were young and childless and having a great time (oh, the memories....sigh)!

I began working on residential projects while living in Belmont Shore so Belmont Design Group just fit.  I have such fond memories of that time in my life and I love that I still have a piece of it!
Directional sign in the median in front of Von's

I would go for morning runs around these canals.  I don't know what is more shocking, the fact that I would go on morning runs or the fact that I actually lived so close to these canals!!  We lived in a glorified bird house built in 1942 and spent three long years re-modeling it...we were so in love with the location we decide our "tear down" would be a fun project (did I mention we were young and clearly naive)!

There is a wide range of shopping and restaurants on 2nd Street.  If you live locally it is a great day trip!

~Home Sweet Home~
 This was our lovely kitchen in need of some TLC.

 My favorite thing about this kitchen was the pot filler!!!

I can still smell the salty air mixed with old moldy walls looking at this picture!

~The Journey~

 For MONTHS we would come home from work and start ripping down our walls until we would fall asleep.  We did everything ourselves and lived in this mess!  I would never attempt this kind of demo again unless I had somewhere else to go to GET AWAY!

 My sweet nephew spent the weekend at our house and we even put him to work!

My husband and I literally took this house down to its studs and re-built it.  I would never do it again but it was a great learning experience....about re-modeling AND relationships! ;)

Friday, June 17, 2011


I recently stumbled across this INCREDIBLE product and am in love with these objects!

These permanent botanical sculptures are from Krislyn Design in Los Angeles.
I love their unique alternative to house plants and floral arrangements.  Most of their products are made of dried and preserved natural materials which require no maintenance.  They also do custom events, weddings and fresh floral arrangements.

My next trip up to LA will definitely include a trip to their design boutique!!  

I would love just about all of these on a large Cocktail Table!!

 Love the tall dried grass!

 A great centerpiece idea!

I LOVE this unique wedding floral idea!

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