• The Good Life

    The Good Life

    For John and Patty Packowski, happiness is a house that blurs the line between indoors and out. By Marybeth Bizjak Photography by Michelle Drewes Building design: John Packowski, John Packowski Design Construction: Gai Kirkegaard, Gai Kirkegaard Construction AFTER LIVING IN A 1927 Dutch Colonial in East Sacramento, John and Patty Packowski were ready for a […]

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  • Fresh & Easy

    A home makeover shows off the beauty of casual living. By Catherine Warmerdam Photography by Kat Alves Interior Design: Katie Denham Interiors BOB AND JEAN BONAR of Carmichael had lived in their 1975 Streng home for 25 years when they decided an update was in order. “We were at that point where we hadn’t done […]

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  • Landscape Artists

    ‘Scape Artists

    By Mari Tzikas Suarez Photography by Charlene Lane Insider tips and trade secrets from five of the region’s leading landscape architects and designers. David Gibson David Gibson was already a licensed landscape architect when he decided to take his traditional education and expertise one step further—at Harvard Graduate School of Design, no less. So expect […]

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  • Kitchen Crush

    The Kitchen We’re Crushing on Right Now

    By Marybeth Bizjak Photography by Kat Alves Design: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab; Lori Brazier, lead designer Countertops: Dekton by Cosentino Appliances: Ferguson Custom Range Hood: Modern-Aire Pendants: Rejuvenation Barstools: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab Paint: Benjamin Moore’s Balboa Mist (walls) and Kentucky Haze (island) WHEN YOU HAVE three small children and two dogs (including a puppy!), […]

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  • Force of Nature

    Force of Nature

    By Marybeth Bizjak Photography by Kat Alves Architect: Matthew Lechowick, Matthew Lechowick Design Contractor: Don Murphy, Kinetic Partners Cabinets: Platinum Construction Concrete Contractor: Jeremy Gyori, Gyori Development Corporation Tucked into a verdant hillside, this Newcastle home provides endless views of the great, wild outdoors. WHERE MOST PEOPLE ZIG, others zag. Ryan Vanni has been going […]

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  • Ain't IT Grand

    Ain’t IT Grand!

    by Catherine Warmerdam Photography by Kat Alves Architect: Popp Littrell Architecture + Interiors General Contractor: Mills Builders GOOD BONES. That’s what Randy Reynoso and Martin Camsey saw when they first stepped foot inside the stately but neglected Monterey Colonial that they purchased in 2010. “We saw it independently for the first time and we both […]

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  • Marimba LED Pendant

    Seeing LEDs in a New Light

    by Catherine Warmerdam THERE WAS A TIME when LEDs were all about function with little regard to form. In other words, great for saving energy but not much to look at. Thankfully, that’s all changed. Advancements in lighting technology and design mean you no longer have to sacrifice good looks for energy efficiency. Unleashed from […]

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  • Urban Oasis

    Two architects transformed an infill lot into a leafy haven for their young family. by Catherine Warmerdam Photography by Kat Alves Architect: Serrao Design/Architecture In 2007, Jay Serrao and Melissa Szpik were running a successful architectural and design practice in San Francisco and living in a not-quite-family-friendly loft with their two young sons when they […]

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