August 9, 2020

Hey house, you had me at pea gravel.   Looking at listings in my old Portland (OR) neighborhood, I stumbled upon this 1928 traditional house in a wonderful leafy street.   A bright yellow door, interesting windows and an amazing courtyard, filled with pea gravel.  What's not to love?  Let's take a closer look. 

A Mediterranean front courtyard and custom ma...

July 10, 2016

If you were given three acres in which to "play in the dirt," what would you do?  Back in 1971, Ruth Bancroft, in her 60s at the time, knew exactly.  Having collected succulents since the 50's, she set about creating an amazing garden in Walnut Creek, CA.  Yesterday morning, with friends Sue & Paul, I went to check it out.

 Dinosaur size succulents

This red flo...

May 23, 2016

Just above Fisherman's Wharf, the 2016 San Francisco Decorator's Showcase put me in sensory overload. Built in 1929 for $30,000, this Telegraph Hill house sold last August to a developer for $9,998,000.  After this month's show, he's looking to sell it for around $15M.  Mind you, it's a 3 bedroom with a quirky floor plan but the grounds are a Mediterranean wonder.  Let's circle around the exterior of the...

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