Gold Notes
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS
San Diego, CA

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Six Design (and Life) Lessons from my Mother

23 July 2014

Six Design (and Life) Lessons from my Mother

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My mother, Sandy Trief, was not a professional designer.   What she did have was a wonderful eye for putting a home (and herself) together.

I learned so many valuable lessons growing up as her daughter – though I didn’t appreciate them all at the time!  This Sunday would have been her 78th birthday, falling  each year within Gold Notes’ month-long anniversary observances.

This year, I thought I’d combine celebrating my blog’s Sixth Anniversary with my mother’s birthday by sharing six of my favorite “Mom-isms.”

6 Mom - DR

The chairs, table and chandelier I grew up with
(Photo Courtesy:  Christina Chung/Coldwell Banker)

Six Favorite Homes

16 July 2014

Six Favorite Homes

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July is always a great month, as I spend it celebrating the launch of Gold Notes in 2008.  Happy Sixth Anniversary to me!

It’s fun coming up with favorites lists.  I hope it’s fun – and informative – reading them, too.

This week, I’d like to share six of my all-time favorite homes, and what makes them my faves.  I’ve listed them in reverse chronological order.

Macapa residence

This home was designed by Gold Notes’ Architectural Adviser, Dean Larkin, AIA.  I love how it flows easily between indoors and outdoors, and how Dean maximized the view.

While honoring the architect who designed the iconic Los Angeles home, my friend gave it an update full of light, innovation and style.

I had the pleasure of touring the house with the American Institute of Architects this Spring.  Wow, is all I can say!

6Homes - Macapa - DLD

Hilltop classic by Dean Larkin Design
(Photo Courtesy: AIA LA)