Articles by: Jennifer Volland

Green with Envy: Six Sensational Spring Paint Colors

Green with Envy: Six Sensational Spring Paint Colors

Saint Patrick’s Day kicks off the season with an infusion of green. But don’t limit yourself to a token pair of green underwear. Instead, fully immerse yourself in a soothing, cheerful space. You’ll not only avoid a pinch, you’ll be the envy of all your friends. 1. Spring Leaves by […]

Heath Tile Overstock – One man’s seconds is another man’s treasure

Heath Tile Overstock – One man’s seconds is another man’s treasure

Heath Ceramics is a Bay Area institution. The company’s skilled craftsmen have been producing exquisite tableware and tile at the Sausalito factory for over 50 years. Lucky for us, they are only human. Because the tile is made-to-order, they often churn out pieces that don’t pass Heath’s strict standards and […]

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

I was so impressed by the proactive approach used in the Melnick/Burton kitchen remodel that I could not let the series end without getting some general pointers from Steven (listed here, in his own words): 1. Design it yourself and design it for yourself (but show your plans to anyone […]

Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two

Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two

If you followed the first installment of the Hollywood Hills kitchen remodel, you know that Steven and Melissa saved a lot of money buying previously owned and gently used appliances on Craigslist. But the couple’s dictum has always been, “pay retail where it counts.” Here’s where they splurged: 1. Cabinetry […]

Where to Save: Kitchen Remodel, Part One

Where to Save: Kitchen Remodel, Part One

Los Angeles. Las Vegas. Dallas. New York. Sound like the highlights of a cross-country road trip? Think again … these cities are the original destinations of the appliances in this Hollywood Hills kitchen. After a pipe burst and flooded their house, Steven Melnick and Melissa Burton embarked on an extensive […]

Off the Wall: The Expanded Field of Wallpaper

Off the Wall: The Expanded Field of Wallpaper

I’m a big fan of wallpapered accent walls and wallpapered headboards. Even more, I like it when the two are used together. Look at how much depth and visual interest is gained by applying the same wallpaper to a two-dimensional surface and a three-dimensional object. Miranda and Greg Stratford decided […]

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Bamboozled? Turn Excess Cuttings into an Ornamental Border

Did you know that bamboo grows faster than any other plant on earth? The owners and tenders of this perennial evergreen understand this fact all too well. Not only can giant varieties reach heights upwards of 100 feet, but also bamboo has been known to surge two feet or more […]

Streamlining: Stylish Trailer Storage

Streamlining: Stylish Trailer Storage

If you need extra room, but can’t commit to a major remodel, consider parking a trailer in your yard. Oakland residents Zach Moser and Erica Gomes didn’t have adequate space in their 2-bedroom, 900-square-foot Oakland bungalow to accommodate Zach’s photography studio. So they drove lonely country roads and attended farm […]