Author Archives: Shira Abel Shvo

Home Tour: Francis House in Jerusalem

Architect Pe’era Goldman has worked with her client (a lawyer for non-profits) to create an absolutely stunning space. I fell in love with this apartment from the moment the door was opened.
Ok, admittedly the first thing I noticed was the handsome face with amazing blue eyes and sandy blond hair of the owner as he opened the door – I am human after all (and of course I checked, being the Jewish mother that I am… ladies, he’s not married).
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I love these stairs – the design allows for the stairs to take up a narrower space at a harder angle than a normal set of stairs. Not child friendly, mind you – but upstairs is only a loft bedroom and a bathroom – so babies don’t need to go up.
This home is one of the many fantastic spaces I saw during the Houses from Within – Jerusalem tour a few weeks ago. I’ll be featuring apartments and homes from the tour for the next few weeks.

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Store review: Bae in San Francisco

Bae is this incredibly sweet little home decor shop in San Francisco. Unlike one of the places on Sacramento Street (the place shall remain nameless) the person working at Bae was really nice and friendly. Even the people shopping were lovely (got to chatting with the bored husband and he was impressed that a Kellogg MBA was doing something that didn’t involve banking.)
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Of course, I did fall in love with a few things in particular…

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Home Tour: Somewhere in Israel, part 3

Apparently the Home Tour of Somewhere in Israel Part 1 and Part 2 has stirred up some controversy – mainly because some of my friends can’t understand why I like this house so much. Granted, these are all exhausted mothers who look at the house and think what a nightmare it would be to dust – but the united opinion among them seems to be that the Somewhere in Israel house is too cluttered.
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Pish posh I say. Which means nonsense in British but also happens to be a lot of fun to say. Seriously – say “Pish posh”. You have to smile. Especially if you’re American.
How can you not love a house with an upstairs balcony overlooking an amazing view with an outside shower and outside kitchen?

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Home tour: Somewhere in Israel, part 2

Part 1 of the “Somewhere in Israel” Home Tour was posted on Monday.
From the living room we go into the kitchen, which has as much visual activity as the rest of the house.
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I love the drapes instead of doors. The color is vibrant and wonderful. These drapes also looked especially crisp, like they had just been ironed.

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Quicky Post – Tchochke was the word of the day

This was too great to not pass on… Word of…

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Home tour: Somewhere in Israel, part 1

By request of the owners of this home I’m restricted from using their names or location – but I can show my pictures – so I’m good with that. As such, for this post I’m calling the woman W and the man M. Yes, I know, original.
From the moment you get to the iron gate blocking their front door from the backyard you can see that this is no ordinary home.
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They have a gnome watching out for them. However, whatever expectations the gnome gives you for their home – I doubt you would expect this…
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I took so many pictures (over 160) this post will be continued on Wednesday and Friday this week.

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Tchochkes is on Twitter

Tchochkes has actually been on Twitter since January 2008 (a…

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Studio Pa’am

Pa’am in Hebrew means something like “long ago” or “once upon a time”. Studio Pa’am (site is in Hebrew only, unfortunately) is located in Jerusalem and creates wooden furniture and metal decorative objects in a way that looks like you just found it in a barn and yet it’s still in great condition.
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The studio is run by a couple whose style is consistent, and while I wouldn’t decorate an entire house with their work, I would love several pieces from their collection.
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Like this blue rocking chair. I love the color and the simplicity of the design.

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Home tour: Rachel and Keith’s California bungalow

Rachel Petersen is my cousin and lives with her husband, Keith Petersen (a photographer – his work is a must see) and their two stunning children in an adorable bungalow with hard wood floors and arched doorways. Honestly, I was swooning through their whole house.
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The entryway leads into the living room and on through to the dining room, kitchen and hallway. The walls are this dusty blue which works as a nice contrast for the brighter colors splashed around the space.

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Store review: Juxtaposition in Newport Beach, California

I knew I was going to like Juxtaposition before I even walked in the store. All it took was a look at the sign out front.
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I didn’t know how much I was going to like it though. When I walked inside, I gasped.
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