Entries by kpfinley

Olympics Fever

For the last few days, I have been sitting on the couch consumed with watching the Olympics.  There are some sports I love to watch – gymnastics, track (not so much the field part), and swimming/diving.  Then there are sports that really make you question the governing body that determines what is an Olympic sport. […]

Custom Shelving: A Reluctant DIY (Part Deux)

When we last visited my saga with the custom shelving, I was sitting pretty having just completed my shoe closet. After finishing the closet successfully, it was time to tackle the much larger project of the living room shelves. First, we had the entire room painted with a contrasting color for the fireplace and nook. […]

Custom Shoe Closet: A Reluctant DIY

In our previous home, the living room had 19′ ceilings with loads of natural light and a fireplace.  It was a fantastic room and the only room we had available to relax and watch television. The fireplace wall was screaming for shelves to bring in storage and add definition to the space.  We also decided […]

Crushing On: Nanawall Doors

Sorry to have been away this week.  (Not sure if anyone gives a damn but I care :))  I got pretty sick over the weekend and just didn’t feel like doing much of anything design-related for the last few days.  But now I’m feeling better and ready to get back into the swing of things. […]

Design Files: Modern Home Office

I had the pleasure of working on a home office project that allowed me to use different products to deal with a tricky wall of mirrors. This client was really fun but truly had no clue about the type of design she wanted in the room.  The only direction she gave me was that she […]

House Hunters LA

For our first year in LA, the hubby and I decided to rent an apartment so that we could figure out the landscape and neighborhoods (since we heard you can lose friends by moving too far away). We have been renting a great apartment on Ocean Blvd in Long Beach (the LBC as it’s commonly […]

Obsess Much: Colored Kitchen Cabinets

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about kitchen cabinets and my ideal kitchen. Our kitchen on Joy Street and the kitchen in our rental in Long Beach contained the same shaker style maple cabinets with darker granite counters. These cabinets are perfectly fine but I am a little tired of blond cabinets and speckled granite. […]

Almost Good As New

While my hubby spent the weekend in Vegas, I enjoyed the time at home playing with Nala and finishing/beginning a few home projects. Several years ago, I bought an inexpensive ottoman in brown “leather” for use as a coffee table in our living room.  It served its purpose well but recently it started to show […]

To Live and Design In L.A.: Fabric Resources

One of the biggest problems with moving to a new area is the lack of knowledge about the resources available.  This is especially a problem when starting a new business and trying to figure out where to shop for clients.  While everyone now spends a good amount of time with online shopping, there is still […]

Obsess Much: Herringbone Hardwood Floors

My current obsession is herringbone hardwood floors.  Herringbone floors are composed of pieces of wood of equal size arranged in a zig-zag pattern.  They are fairly traditional in Europe but are used less rarely in the U.S.  The key to the beauty of these floors is the fact that they are installed piece-by-piece in various configurations. […]