Tel:  650.743.4983
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We are passionate about helping you to realize your vision of comfort, livability and beauty in your home. Our aim is not to put our "design stamp" on your home, but to create a home environment that expresses your personality and lifestyle.

  • Full Service Interior Design
  • Renovation Design/Build
  • Kitchen & Bath Design
  • Custom Furnishings
  • Paint, carpet, fabric selection
  • Project Management - all phases of construction
  • Selection of Interior Hardscape
  • Editing & Organization
  • Refresh, rearrange existing furnishings
With our expertise, your home will stand out above the competition to bring the highest return on investment in the shortest amount of time. We are sensitive to the needs of both Seller and Realtor in the marketing process, especially where timing and budget are concerned, and want to partner with you to ensure a successful transition.

  • Project Management on all facets of property preparation
  • Full Staging Design & Installation - we have a large warehouse of unique, high quality furnishings
  • Color Consultation
  • Landscape Staging - Interior and Exterior floral
  • Partial Staging - Edit/Refresh Owner occupied rooms
Capitalizing on the lovely Craftsman architectural details of this Palo Alto home, we created a soft, sophisticated color palette that toned in with the existing hand painted tile featured in the kitchen and family room. We carried those same colors throughout the home, creating a harmonious and serene sanctuary.
This Spanish Colonial Revival home had been remodeled several times over the course of its long life, mostly to its detriment. Its new owner wanted to bring it back to its Spanish roots, keeping true to its original architecture with authentic detail. Our client loved the original hand painted Mexican tiles that were inlaid on the stair risers, so we sought to incorporate this detail into our overall design. All original fireplaces in the home were refaced to mimic Mission and Spanish architectural style. Without completely gutting the unfortunate 80's "Country French" kitchen, we were able to salvage cabinetry by painting and glazing it to an Old World finish. Handpainted Mexican tiles, farmhouse sink and oil rubbed bronze hardware completed the transformation. Custom bathroom cabinets were made with hand carved Spanish detailing. We ordered a handmade wrought iron Spanish chandelier to grace the beautiful beamed ceiling in living room.
Santa Cruz Staging
This older Santa Cruz home needed a vacation feel to make it market ready.
Hillside Aptos Remodel
We helped the owners transform this newly purchased home in the Aptos hills that needed some serious updating, into a family friendly beach getaway with colors inspired by sand and surf.
We brought a beach feel to the furnishings with sand colored cotton duck sofas, sisal rugs, nautical striped pillows and beach style accessories. Kitchen cabinets were repainted bright white, counter was replaced with Coast Green granite, and we added a nautical style pendant light over bar. All bathrooms were redone using light beach colored travertine tiles with sea glass colored accent tiles. We created a tropical feel in the Dining Room with cane chairs, a glass topped table, Tommy Bahama rug, and a large tropical fresh floral centerpiece. Guest bedroom was repainted a soft gray ocean blue, and the bed was dressed with a seagrass headboard and an ocean inspired duvet. We added a weathered "driftwood" mantle to the fireplace. We reconfigured the odd angles in the Master Bath, adding a deep jacuzzi tub faced with sand toned travertine tile. Adjacent shower was updated to mesh seamlessly, with clear glass frameless door and multiple shower heads. Old tile counter tops were replaced with marble, and beach colored glass tile backsplash. Cabinets were repainted bright white, and the walls painted a soft, sea blue. We replaced the old Corian counter in guest bath with marble and oblong glass tile backsplash in colors of the ocean on a foggy day. The outdated fireplace was given a lift through the use of a blue-gray limestone tile that mimicked ocean hues.
This family wanted to create a cozy, vintage inspired cottage for their parents from a separate two car garage on the property. In a 500 sq. ft. area, we transformed this cluttered garage into a Craftsman charmer. Complete with large kitchen, pantry, spacious living room, bedroom, built in washer and dryer, and plenty of extra storage space! We created a spacious kitchen with Absolute black granite counters, custom wood cabinets, a full pantry, and full sized french door refrigerator. Schoolhouse ceiling lights completed the retro style. While only 50 sq. ft., we managed to make this bathroom seem ultra spacious through the use of bright Carerra marble, white porcelain subway tiles, white wainscotting and frameless glass shower doors. Most of the windows and doors were re-purposed from salvage, and the floor is a rustic, engineered hardwood laid directly over the original slab.
In marketing this 1890's Palo Alto home, we sought to highlight its Arts & Crafts style to suggest a Cape Cod bungalow. We used weathered wood and colorful mission style chairs in the kitchen, along with nautical details. Using the owner's original New England artwork, we brought that cheerful coastal feeling into the den with nautical stripes, an oversized and stuffed white sofa and seagrass side chairs.
This home in the Santa Cruz Mountains had been sorely neglected, but had some wonderful California Ranch detailing like re-purposed barnwood flooring, exposed beam ceilings and heavy wood cased windows which inspired its new owners to restore its architectural intention. To carry through original detailing like natural beams and heavy wood cased windows, we completely reformed an unsightly fireplace surround with a more architecturally interesting and authentic shape, inlaid tile, and a salvaged wood mantle. The original kitchen in this home was gutted to create an open Great Room with large island fitted with wine bar and shelving for for the owner's cookbook collection. Bar seating spans one side for easy entertaining. Custom tile frames the new gas range, and custom cabinetry is framed in Old World style solid wood Cherry. A Farmhouse sink and oil rubbed bronze vintage style faucet replaced its funky predecessor. Breakfast Nook with Saltillo tile floor. Older baths were upgraded with granite, custom cabinets, lighting and bronze fixtures.
Eichler style homes proliferated in the Bay Area in the 50's and 60's, and revolutionized California lifestyles. There is now a resurgence of that mid Century style. These clients wanted to maintain the "open air" spaces that are the Eichler hallmark, while bringing the homes up to current standards with insulation, updated kitchens and baths. This atrium Eichler had the hallmark large kitchen/family area, but its Corian peninsula was outdated and prevented good flow. We installed a large island to replace the peninsula, new contemporary cabinets and granite counter tops. We relocated the laundry area that was behind louvered doors in the kitchen, and replaced it with a large french door refrigerator and double oven, expanding the kitchen even further. An older, brass screened fireplace was re-done using limestone tile squares all the way to the ceiling, for a cleaner contemporary feel. In helping to market this older Eichler style home, we suggested de-cluttering, repainting, and updating two older bathrooms. The home sold with multiple offers substantially above asking price. The family room was painted in a washed out, pale blue that made the room feel cold. We repainted with a neutral gray-green that warmed up the space, and furnished with complementary colors. In the kitchen, we recommended new, contemporary ceiling lights, and a fresh coat of paint on walls and cabinets. Bathrooms also just needed a fresh coat of warm, neutral color and to be de-cluttered. All this airy Eichler needed was a coat of paint on the old brick fireplace, freshly painted walls, and new carpets. Contemporary furnishings and lovely original artwork brought out its innate charm.
California townhouses and condominiums have been increasing in popularity with the new generation of upwardly mobile young adults as well as baby boomers who are scaling back. From luxury townhomes to modest, cozy condominiums, we've brought these beauty's back to life with contemporary upgrades like new kitchens, bathrooms, re-faced fireplaces, paint and flooring. This lovely Palo Alto townhome needed only a fresh coat of paint in a soft, neutral color, that coordinated with existing tile surfaces, and furnishings to highlight its warmth and upscale sensibility. Renovated Los Gatos Townhome Fresh carpeting and paint, along with contemporary furnishings make this space both inviting and livable. The same limestone treatment to living room fireplace completely contemporized the townhouse. To market this home effectively, we tore out the outdated kitchen and installed new cherry cabinets, granite counters, new appliances, new engineered hardwood flooring. Move in ready! In the Master Bedroom, we re-faced the old brick fireplace with limestone, a relatively low cost fix with huge results. El Camino Real
Contemporary furnishings were all this small condominium needed to show off its easy livability.
In all of these homes, our clients wanted to create kitchens that were modern, practical and that fit their individual lifestyles. Our promise is to work within each defined budget to make it all happen with the least amount of upheaval. We reconfigured walls to open up the space between the kitchen and family room, re-arranging counters and appliances and creating room for a large island, and huge sub zero refrigerator. We created a custom tile design behind the six burner range with "4x4" slate tiles and mosaic accents. Without changing the original kitchen layout, we created a spacious, open feel in this Palo Alto kitchen with light marble counters, a neutral, receding color palette, and sleek stainless appliances. Randomly placed accent mosaics of glass and granite accentuated the warm colors of the Bianco Romano granite counters. Spanish Colonial Kitchen Renovation This client wanted to re-create the feel of her grandmother's warm & cozy kitchen without breaking the bank. We refaced and repainted her cabinets, installing glass front doors on one side, and used the same counters and backsplash as her Grandmother - timeless Carrera Marble. A new stainless French Door refrigerator and gas stove completed the clean but vintage look. A small peninsula with built-in shelving for cookbooks & alcove for trash separates the breakfast nook from new kitchen. Simply paint, new counters and appliances transformed the look of this Santa Cruz kitchen. Complete remodel for this Palo Alto Eichler

"Mimi has been fantastic to work with! We initially hired her to do all the paint color selections in our home, and ended up hiring her to do the kitchen remodel in our downstairs apartment because we loved her sense of style and professionalism. She is approachable and easy to work with - she listened to all of our concerns and wishes, and made suggestions that made sense both functionally, aestheically and economically. Best of all, there were no surprises with budget and timing! We will definitely use she and her team for all our future projects."

Paula Collins 

"I recently worked with Abode, specifically Mimi, to redecorate one of our rentals. I was very impressed with her design and her professionalism. The job she did for us was completed in a timely manner and under budget. I would highly recommend her to anyone wishing to remodel or redecorate their property."

Lynn Felsch 

"What a joy to work with Mimi and her team! They transformed our home prior to sale. Their design, project management and staging work resulted in a stunning home that inspired multiple buyers to bid substantially over our asking price, and a final sale price beyond our wildest dreams. They jumped in again to make our new home a stunner...!"

Beth Broderson 

"Mimi has been highly instrumental in obtaining the highest price for my Seller's properties. Their strength is in their ability to analyze what is needed to create an effective staging plan and implement it seamlessly and professionally, always sensitive to budgets and the stress Sellers feel when preparing their home for market. I have the utmost trust in her recommendations for capturing that most important "first impression." Mimi is a resource I highly recommend to my clients as part of my marketing toolkit."

Geraldine Asmus 
Coldwell Banker

"I have worked with Mimi on multiple projects over the last 4 years prepping the homes for resale or living. Mimi has an eye for design and colors which brings elegance and style to the home. All the projects we work together on are fun.

We worked on projects in Capitola, Palo Alto and Menlo Park with us installing new counter tops to bring the kitchen counters up to date. Mimi is a true professional bringing experience to her clients and partners."

Michael Mok 
Vice President
Artistic Stone Kitchen & Bath

"Mimi - ...we have a contract pending.. Your work - so perfect for the house - undoubtedly helped us get an early, excellent offer.
Use me as a reference any time!"

Connie Mitchell