El Dorado Hills: on the Brink of Change

El Dorado Hills, once on track to be one of America’s best towns, still has an opportunity to lead the movement toward more thoughtful development.…

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Exporing Touraine in the Loire Valley

The city of Tours and Château d'Artigny was a good starting point for our self-guided driving tour throughout the Loire Valley of France. Our day's agenda took us through the region of Touraine, to Château de Chenonceau and Château d'Amboise. We first arrived at Chenonceau, one of the loveliest and most romantic of all the chateaux... Beautiful Château Chenonceau stretches across the Cher River; next to…

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Chateau d’Artigny

Upon leaving Chartres, France, we headed off to Château d'Artigny near Montbazon, a few miles away from the city of Tours. Sitting along the Indre River in the heart of the Loire Valley, this near-replica of the 18th-century château at Champlâtreux was completed in 1928. We called it home for a few days while we took in the local sites. However, this…

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Chartres Cathedral

In addition to enjoying rich cafés, fresh local cuisine, regional wine and chévre cheese, we set out to experience the home to some of the world's greatest architecture... the Loire Valley. This fertile terrain is rich in scenic antiquity and France's aristocratic past. Abundant with historical fortresses, chateaux and churches, high on my list of places to visit was the UNESCO World Heritage…

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Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia (meaning "Holy Wisdom" in Greek) has remained one of the most profound wonders of my study of architectural history and one that I always dreamed to visit in person. Fortunate to make this reverie a reality, I was struck with awe by its massive size, vast interior space covered by a 184-foot-high dome, antiquity (you…

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Follow the Creation of a Dream Kitchen!

Step 1: Smart planning is the first key step in developing a successful kitchen. An effective plan promotes increased organization and efficiency. After my initial meeting with a client, I get to work developing layout options that meet their goals and desires. Here, I follow my redesign and renovation process for a client's kitchen. BEFORE…

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Clean Design

Uncluttered, bold, and sophisticated. Timeless simplicity in its lines, yet warm and livable. There are a lot of great sources out there for great design. From them, I have found my own inspiration. Below are a few of my favorites that I thought that I'd share. Kreiss has some really nice furniture with wonderfully clean, contemporary…

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