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. […]

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Yesterday, I spent the morning at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, “one of the most famous markets in the world” (as stated on their website).  It’s a very large space with some interesting characters (clowns walking on stilts) and vendors selling everything from furniture, accessories, art, decor, and antiques. The idea of going to a flea […]

What’s In A Name?

One question I often get is why is the name of my business is Joy Street Design.  My husband and I bought our first home in San Francisco about six years ago.  It is located on a 1-block “street” named Joy Street in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Joy Street was one of those great San […]