Furniture Finds- Pottery Barn Warehouse

I never thought Pottery Barn on a budget was possible until I discovered the Pottery Barn Alameda outlet. Located off the shores of Alameda Point, this hidden gem is filled with Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and West Elm furniture at 50-70% off the original prices. As it stands most of the furniture we’ve purchased has been from the outlet. Although the drive can be somewhat of a pain and you have to frequently check to see what they have, there’s a special feeling you get when you find the exact furniture you were pining after for a fraction of the cost! Continue reading


Solid Hardwood Flooring- What I Wish I Knew

hardwood-floorsFlooring can be one of the most prominent details in a home and can completely transform the feel of a space. Before the remodel we went with engineered bamboo flooring, so after the remodel we opted for trendy and beautiful dark stained solid hardwood floors. The process of installing and staining the solid hardwood took about a month from start to finish. To my surprise¬† (and disappointment) the solid hardwood has proven to be way more delicate than our previous engineered hardwood floors. We’ve only had the floors installed for a few months and they are already covered with light, visible scratches!

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Choosing the Right Lighting

A photo by James Bates. lighting may come as an afterthought to some it’s an essential part of every room that can add ambiance and completely change the tone of your space.

After the house renovation I was in charge of choosing the lighting for each room. At first this sounded like a simple and fun task, but after browsing hundreds of options I felt completely overwhelmed! The main retailers I chose to look at were Wayfair, Joss & Main, Pottery Barn, and a local lighting showroom. Continue reading