Junipers

Junipers

Argh! Every house we’ve purchased has featured some quantity of junipers in the landscape motif. To their credit, junipers are hardy. Unflinching in broiling summers and subzero winters, they tolerate the high desert clime. They are also hospitable to all kinds of crawling and scurrying things. The Pontiac house had nearly been swallowed by the acrid, (yet nicely sculpted), ameboid monsters encroaching the drive and eclipsing access to...

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Blue Blazes, or rather Glazes

Blue Blazes, or rather Glazes

I wish I had been the mastermind that developed this glazed brick. It’s a solid product beautifully standing the test of time. Nearly 50 years since installation, it still looks new, vibrant and glossy. It has a handmade-pottery-like variation to the glaze that give depth and character so often lacking in modern uniform creations. Simple and sincere, I find it very welcoming. Someone told me once that Middle Easterner’s like to...

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The elephant not in the room

The elephant not in the room

I have this thing about refrigerators. While I appreciate the technology, I prefer not to feel as if I’m being stalked in my own home. (Cat aside.) I’m not small, but having such a huge appliance looming nearby makes me uneasy. The Pontiac kitchen was my first opportunity to nest the refrigerator within an entire wall of pantries. The gloss white panels were very slimming. I hardly knew it was there, and yet its a like a Super Dome...

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Kitchen

Kitchen

When the time arrived to layout the Pontiac kitchen, we collaborated with Marcel and Tandi Venter. The ample workspace and open dining concept was perfect for family gatherings and multiple chefs. Slab bamboo, glossy white and aluminum/glass framed UltraCraft cabinets provided massive yet accessible storage. Modwalls glass tile backsplash in “linen”, and retro-flecked quartz countertops nod to MCM with modern performance.

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