A Set Table

So, my goodness it is already November. I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone. Lauren and I are preparing to throw a baby shower for my oldest daughter at the beginning of December. So, with that hot on our “to-do” list, it seemed fitting to write a post about event or table decorating. It also made me think about the upcoming holiday season and has me thinking about how I may set the table for some family events coming down the pike.

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Understanding the Design Process: Step Two

The second step in our process is Space Planning. It is the foundation of our work and is often an overlooked piece of the design process. You may not know what is wrong, but you know when something is not right. With 20 plus years of experience, we have seen just about everything and we know how to fix floor plan problems with realistic planning.

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Why Working With A Professional Interior Designer Can Save You Time, Stress, and Money

“The only thing more expensive than hiring a professional, is hiring an amateur.” - Red Adair

I love this quote. I love it because it is so true. Often clients think that they can handle a renovation on their own and often it’s because they just don’t know what is truly involved in embarking on a full scale project. The quantity of choices, options and selections can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate.

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To Market We Go

I head to Las Vegas each January to the World Market Center to participate in the furnishing show and this year Lauren joined me. We treated ourselves to first class for the hop over to Vegas, arriving early on Sunday for the first day of Market. I look forward to this show every year. It’s our opportunity to visit current trade vendors and experience products first hand – to see, touch, and get a sense of quality so we can source and specify

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The Art of the Plate Display

I consider one of my design signatures to be plate displays and I will often incorporate one or more into my projects. They can bridge the gap between a piece of furniture and an expanse of blank wall. They can be used instead of a piece of art or a mirror in a space that needs something with color, texture or a bit of the unexpected.

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My Science Of Design

I’ve had a little time to reflect on our recent move and wanted to share a post on what I call the “science of design.” I’ve been thinking a lot about why I do what I do, what comes easy to me, where my talents and gifts lie, and what is really important to me.

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The Love List

Now that we are in our new space and settled in, we are beginning to work on a calendar of pop-up shows to host in our new showroom. We want to be able to invite vendors that offer product that we love and enable our clients to meet the artists, touch the product and see what we see in all its glory.  Be sure to add yourself to the mailing list so you never miss an event!

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A Vintage Revival

I just completed an extensive remodeling and furnishing project that the firm started work on in the Fall of 2014. We were called in to renovate a ranch house set on a gently rolling twenty acres on the East side of Santa Rosa at the foot of Hood Mountain. 

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Remaking of the Main House at Knowlton Farms & Vineyard

An unusual project for me, I was called in to completely furnish the two story, 2200 square foot main residence set in a bucolic and really a darn near perfect six acres just outside of Sebastopol. That in and of itself is not really unusual for us, but usually it occurs with a full renovation and over the course of a year or sometimes two. This needed to be done quickly and by quickly, I mean four weeks. 

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Meet the Team

Meet our growing team. The last year has brought many changes to Tama Bell Design. We are preparing for an office move to a much larger space in downtown Sebastopol, which will enable us to better provide for our design clientele.

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European Fresh Take

Sometimes a renovation story isn’t just about prettying things up. Often, the story starts with eliminating architectural elements that create a “moment in time,” are dated, or hold back the look of a space. In the case of this kitchen renovation, the client wanted a new kitchen with a traditional, timeless look.

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