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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The Closet Audit

I love organizing. I use it in my day to day work, as design is also a form of organization. I find it harder to get the ball rolling when it comes to my closet. It can be overwhelming. But, I like all of my spaces to be both beautiful and functional. So today, we talk closets!

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Farmhouse Revival

This is a "coming soon" story, the story of what I am calling a farmhouse revival. A project that I have been working on since October 2014. It is a story of a very large renovation of a house set on a spectacular 20 acres on the east side of Santa Rosa.

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The Basics of Monograms

There is a basic etiquette to monograms which I will be touching on today. Monograms truly make nice things nicer, they elevate and add a little extra and also add a layer of personalization and comfort. It can be confusing about how and when to use.

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Top Kitchen Trends for 2016

The trend for kitchens in 2016 are for kitchens that work hard as well as delivering beauty and comfort. Fussy is long gone and in its place is clean, pared-down and clutter-free. I say, it's about time! The focus is on function, easy entertaining and comfortable gathering spaces. Here are some top trends that Traditional Home sees shaping today's kitchens.

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