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Hillcrest Historic Remodel



This gem was originally built in 1910. I wanted to give it an updated look while maintaining the home’s vintage feel. In the kitchen I used a beautiful glazed ceramic tile for the full backsplash in a classic brick pattern with quartz countertops in Calacatta. Dark grey cabinetry with polished nickel hardware and retro inspired light fixtures add to the vintage vibe. Hardwood floors match the original hardwood which we were able to preserve throughout the rest of the home.


Notice the beautiful woodwork original to the home!

The master bath is done in Bianco Venatino marble with mosaic floors, wainscot and marble tiled shower. A claw foot tub completes the look.

The secondary baths all continue the theme with brick patterned ceramic tile and contrast grout.

Home Staging by Astoria West.


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Encinitas Custom Home


Just completed!  This gorgeous custom coastal contemporary home is located in Encinitas, California and has fabulous ocean views!

In order to lend the home a casual coastal feel and to balance out the more contemporary features of the home, I opted for Siberian Oak hardwood for the main living areas flooring.

The stacked stone fireplace wall adds drama to the focal point of the room and separates the indoor/outdoor living spaces.









For the main back splash in the kitchen I used a large format porcelain tile in a cement look and a mosaic glass and stainless back splash on the adjacent wall. I kept the open feel by using a combination of stainless open shelving with barn door hardware and glass panels, and upper cabinets with aluminum framed glass paneled doors. Easy care Quartz counter tops and a large island with two levels for casual dining completes the look.

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The master bath features a glass tile wall, floating vanities, and an enormous shower!

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Gorgeous sunset and ocean views!!

Staging by RBR Style


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Sophia La Marca

Sophia La Marca

I will admit I am a sucker for all things coastal! Since I live by the sea I tend to gravitate toward design elements inspired by the sea! It’s only natural, right?

Soft linens, light colored woods, colors which hint of the sun, sea and sand… Ahhh, I can feel the waves washing over my toes!

I know, I know, coastal inspired design is soooo overdone, but I have yet to encounter a single person who doesn’t appreciate and instantly relax in a well designed coastal inspired room and  it will never go out of style! So please bear with me and my self indulgence as I share some of my latest finds.

Keep it simple and sophisticated!

  • Keep it organic by incorporating reclaimed woods, metals like zinc, and glass in your furnishings
  • Think about using Limestone or Quartz for countertops
  • Utilize natural linens and cottons for window treatment and upholstery fabrics. I prefer to keep the main fabrics soft in whites and creams and accent with colorful pillows and a custom chair or two in great print! A couple of slip covered pieces will add to the relaxed atmosphere!
  • Search for interesting artwork in bright colors inspired by the sea, sun and sand or perhaps find a local photographer who specializes in black and white images of your coastal town and have them framed in driftwood frames!
  • Keep walls soft: Some favorite paint colors are Dunn Edwards Riverbed and Your Bluff, Sherwin Williams Jogging Path and Sandbar; Also consider covering the walls in a grasscloth.
  • Find interesting light fixtures in clear or vintage glass, reclaimed metals or woods.
  • Reclaimed oak wood floors are beautiful, Throw down area rugs in a colorful flat weave or a natural jute, sea grass or sisal.
  • Accessorize with vintage glass, natural wood or rock elements and coastal plants
  • Keep it clean and uncluttered!


Now breathe in that salty air, kick back, relax and enjoy!

Branch out with Agates and twisted woods!

Bring the outdoors in with twisted woods and Agate!


Perfect Harmony!


Assortment of vintage glass jars in colors from the sea!

Round Oak tables! Clean and sturdy!

Round Oak tables! Clean and sturdy!

Bring in some color with this nature inspired artwork!

Bring in some color with this nature inspired artwork!

Succulents in a Shell!

Shell planter filled with succulents!



Reclaimed Oak Stool! Love it!

Reclaimed Oak Stool!
Love it!

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Reclaimed Wood Square Dining Table!

Reclaimed Wood Square Dining Table!


Whale Pillow, Adorable!


Framed Sea Fan, classic and elegant!


Love this mirror!



Framed Sea Fan in Blue!




roost recycled glass terrariums

Love these terrariums!

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Aqua Glass Lamp Arteriors

Aqua Glass Lamp

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What’s Old is New Again…. Refurbish and Recycle!

In our efforts to lessen our carbon footprint, there is a growing trend toward refurbishing old furniture rather than throwing it out!  Unfortunately, with so many inexpensive furniture items on the market it is difficult for many of us to justify spending money on an old piece of furniture when we can easily replace it with something shiny and new… often times at a lesser price!  Yet, we know deep down that this “new” furniture item is not built to last and is most likely  constructed from materials which do not contribute to good indoor air quality.

Thankfully, people are starting to take an interest in construction and materials when selecting furniture.  We want our furniture to last, to not give off toxic gases, and to be beautiful and functional!  Is it possible???  You bet!

Here are some tips to help you select quality, used and eco-friendly furniture!

  • Shop your local thrift stores, antique stores and estate sales! There are so many fabulous treasures out there just waiting to be discovered, and hunting them down is half the fun!!
  • Make sure you are buying quality construction, especially when buying upholstered pieces that will be used on a daily basis! Look for solid hardwoods such as ash,birch, maple or gum, and examine the joints. Wood joints should be mortise-and-tenon (where one piece slides into the other, as Tab A fits into Slot B for a toy or model) or dovetail (finger-like projections that fit together like gears do) and secured with glue. They are stronger than butted and screwed joints or glued joints. The joints should fit tightly with no gaps. A frame stapled together or poorly fitted is a sure sign of inferior construction. Look for sagging! Sagging means the piece does not have proper bracing or support. Take a look at the coils. The coils in the seat (and sometimes back) of an upholstered piece give the piece firmness and stability and determine how long it will last. Zigzag, wave-shaped, or interwoven bands are more likely to sag and lose their shape than regular spring-shaped coils. Steel coil springs that are hand-tied where they meet the adjoining coils and frame offer the best stability.
  • Make sure to test for comfort! If you are buying an upholstered piece, test it out!  Does it fit your body?  Will it offer the comfort level you are looking for?
  • Don’t be afraid to haggle a little! Take into account the cost of materials and work you will need to put into a piece to bring it back to life.  Does it fit into your budget?

This vintage dresser is from the 1920’s and is as solid as they come!  It cost $100.00 and with a simple, custom crackle finish, it looks amazing!

No Wood Composites Here!

A pair of refurbished side chairs with custom upholstery can really add  pizzazz to a sunny guest room!

Five Great Reasons to Reuse Furniture

(Although I’m sure I can think of more reasons if I try!)

  • You get a custom piece that nobody else will have!
  • You get quality furniture at a fraction of the cost of a new, comparable piece!
  • When you’re ready to move on, you take comfort in knowing that a quality piece of furniture can always find a new home and not end up in a landfill!
  • Any off-gases from your antique will have been emitted long ago.  Even if you put a new finish on it, it will emit less harmful gas than if you were to buy a new piece (especially if you use a low v.o.c. finish)!
  • You can take pride in knowing you have just lessened your carbon footprint! How great is that?!

Sophia LaMarca C.I.D. (Owner/Designer)

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