Marathon Minute hosts first time filmmakers Janell Grace and Malik Glass in an episode the first of its kind. Janell and Malik join the show just days away from the premier of their short film, Love Conquers All, airing 5/21. Love Conquers All is a film that explores the effects of trauma on an individual and the importance of being aware of your mental health and seeking for help if needed. Not only is it a film, but the story has also been made into a comic book, creating access for kids to learn the importance of mental health and wellness. Tune in to hear what inspired them to write and produce a film and comic book, their experience writing a script together, casting in the DM's, and much more. Bay Area people be sure to check out the premier of Love Conquers All 5/21 at Ciel Creative Space in Berekely! Subscribe, rate, and show some support for the show! Love from Marathon Minute --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marathonminute/support
Liam reveals he had to go to a bathroom boot camp. Woman is upset after she was asked to stop staring at kids. Bay Area cop charged with masturbating in front of family during domestic violence call. Dr Ian stops by the studio. Amber Heard denies dropping a log in Johnny Depp's bed. The Mexican Pizza has finally returned.
Local homeless populations haven't been counted since 2019 due to delays caused by the pandemic. On Monday, new data was released in six Bay Area counties, including Alameda and San Francisco. Chronicle reporters Sarah Ravani and J.D. Morris join host Cecilia Lei to talk about the uneven results across the region, and whether early pandemic efforts to get people off the streets worked. | Unlimited Chronicle access: sfchronicle.com/pod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A Bay Area high school student filled in for Pearl Jam's drummer at Oakland Arena show, Vinnie is having computer issues, Justin Bieber address the Buffalo mass shooting during his concert by holding a moment of silence, Diddy hosted the Billboard Music Awards, Vinnie is going to a Giants game this weekend and might bring his kids to the station, there is a baby formula shortage so a women in Utah is selling breast milk to help mothers, there is a new trend of kids ruining fences by trying to be the Kool-Aid man, and a women caught a man stealing balls from her garden!
Last year, two Bay Area men were arrested and charged with plotting to blow up the headquarters of the California Democratic Party. Prosecutors say the men planned to launch their attack on or after inauguration day. Reporters: Julie Small and Alex Hall, KQED One person, an adult male, was killed and five others were wounded when a gunman opened fire at a lunch banquet at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods in Orange County. The banquet was held by a largely Taiwanese-American congregation. On Saturday, thousands of people showed up in cities across California, in support of reproductive rights. This comes as the U.S. Supreme Court could vote to overturn Roe v. Wade in the coming months.
For the month of May, we are honoring Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Each week, members of our church family will be sharing stories that acknowledge and celebrate AAPI history and culture – from their lived experiences and the world at-large. Listen as Steph Quint, Josh Leu, and Gavin Bennett discuss Steph and Josh's different experiences growing up in predominantly Chinese communities in the Bay Area, their transitions into minority culture, and learning to embrace their heritage again.
What does it take to become a real estate developer? Maya Theuer will pour her insights and experience in today's episode about how to secure an internship in a development company, stand out and be taken seriously in this field, and tips for overcoming the challenges of building multifamily properties. Learn as you listen to this meaningful conversation!Key Takeaways To Listen ForHow to become an intern in a real estate development companyTips for acquiring must-have real estate developer skillsWays to express confidence when making deals and offersChallenges of being a real estate developer and how to overcome themStrategies to meet stakeholders' expectations in a projectImpacts of real estate developers on neighborhoods and people's livesResources Mentioned In This EpisodeFree Apartment Syndication Due Diligence Checklist for Passive Investor About Maya TheuerMaya Theuer graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Knowing that real estate development was her passion, she started in real estate consulting, graduated to real estate private equity, then jumped into development. After delivering several projects throughout the Bay Area, she founded Redwood Residential. She now builds institutional-scale market-rate multifamily projects largely in the Greater Sacramento market. Connect with MayaWebsite: Redwood ResidentialEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo Connect With UsPlease visit our website: www.bonavestcapital.com and please click here, to leave a rating and review!SponsorsGrow Your Show, LLCThinking About Creating and Growing Your Own Podcast But Not Sure Where To Start?Visit GrowYourShow.com and Schedule a call with Adam A. Adams.
California's new 8th Congressional district, which includes Vallejo, Fairfield, Richmond, Pittsburg, and part of Antioch, is the most diverse in the region. It's the only district in the entire state with at least 15% white, Latino, Black, and Asian populations. That's no coincidence. Grassroots activists in Contra Costa and Solano counties pushed for these communities to be included in the same district — and succeeded. Now, there's an election coming. And in the race to represent this district in the U.S. House, the overwhelming frontrunner is Rep. John Garamendi, a white, 77-year old Democrat who doesn't live in the district. So how did this happen, and how do people feel about it? Guest: Guy Marzorati, KQED politics and government reporter and producer Links: KQED Voter Guide for the June 7 Primary Activists Helped Create the Bay Area's Most Diverse Congressional District. Now They're Probably Getting John Garamendi
Bio" I am Sophie Minchilli, half American, half Italian, born and raised in Rome. I have lived here all my life except for my time at university in London. While I loved my experience there, all I could think about was Italy, Italian food, Italian people and Italian markets. I finally realized that although my body was in the UK, my heart and soul were in Italy. I think that while Italy is a country with many challenges, once you experience Italian lifestyle, it's hard to adapt to anything else. So as soon as I graduated, I moved back to Rome. I decided to entirely dedicate my life to food, in any way possible. Soon after, I started working with my mother (now business partner), leading food tours and cooking classes in Rome, Puglia and Umbria. I've recently written a book, The Sweetness of Doing Nothing: Live Life the Italian Way with Dolce Far Niente (Harper Collins April 2022) The book pulls together so much of the Italy I love to share. There are chapters on Family, Friends and Leisure and of course some of my favorite recipes. But it's mostly a very sweet book about how to incorporate the concept of Dolce Far Niente – taking the time to enjoy life – into your own routines." (From Website) Sophie Minchili's Website: https://www.sophieminchilli.com/ The Sweetness of doing Nothing on Amazon This episode is sponsored by Culinary Historians of Northern California, a Bay Area educational group dedicated to the study of food, drink, and culture in human history. To learn more about this organization and their work, please visit their website at www.chnorcal.org If you follow my podcast and enjoy it, I'm on @buymeacoffee. If you like my work, you can buy me a coffee and share your thoughts
Episode #228 - Gorden arrived in the US from India as a college student. Now 15 years later, he owns 17 rental units that produce $5,000/month of cash flow and he is on his way to financial independence. Learn is story, how he got started with house hacking in the Bay Area, why he eventually invested in long distance rentals, how he finds good deals, and more. Companion Article: https://coachcarson.com/longdistancebayarea BiggerPockets Profile: https://www.biggerpockets.com/users/gordenlopes#0 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gordenlopes/ ________________________
Actor Dennis Dun is seared in our collective memories from his iconic role in "Big Trouble in LIttle China" (1986), but before he hit the big screen, he was learning his craft on stages in the Bay Area. In this episode he shares why he jumped at the chance to return to the stage in "King of the Yees," while also recounting how Director John Carpenter cast him in "BTILC," which soon became a cult classic.
When the pandemic began ridership across the Bay Area's public transit system plummeted as offices shuttered and downtown life came to a screeching halt. More than two years later, riders have been slow to return, and now many local agencies are facing a fast-approaching fiscal cliff. So, running out of funds and time, how can Bay Area transit win riders back? Guests: Jeffrey Tumlin, director of transportation, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Therese McMillan, executive director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Host:Keith Menconi
Bio Gourmet articles ranging from; ingredients, techniques, dishes, stories, chef highlights, and investigations. I'm an experienced professional cook in NYC. Nick Hayward lives in a loft space in The City. Covered by paintings of kitchens and architecture. Paint, Write, Food, Repeat is his motto. He's been exploring the culinary landscape of America for ten years; cooking through San Francisco, Los Angeles, and currently, NYC. He's also using his deep food knowledge to write food articles on Medium. Website link: http://www.nickhayward.co/ Instagram link: www.instagram.com/_letsmeetatthetable_ This episode is sponsored by Culinary Historians of Northern California, a Bay Area educational group dedicated to the study of food, drink, and culture in human history. To learn more about this organization and their work, please visit their website at www.chnorcal.org If you follow my podcast and enjoy it, I'm on @buymeacoffee. If you like my work, you can buy me a coffee and share your thoughts
A rebranded Cal Poly Humboldt sees an upward trend in enrollment, County Supervisors and the Sheriff were disputed by Bay Area media after blaming local fentanyl problems on San Francisco officials, a center for local kids suffering mental health emergencies is set to open next year, locals protest in support of federal abortion rights, Arcata City Councilmember Brett Watson denies a report saying he sexually harassed a colleague for years, 2022 is no longer the driest year on record locally, a major film set to shoot here could spend money locally than our last decade of film history, the Netflix series ‘Virgin River' set in a fictitious Humboldt County is returning July 20, Eureka is relocating a protruding surveillance pole by the Old Town gazebo after a public outcry, a mom and daughter graduated on the same day from Cal Poly Humboldt, Cal Poly Humboldt export Katelin Talbert helped lift her Portuguese pro soccer team to a championship, a local serial killer myth is protestable, it's whale viewing season, Humboldt County's redwoods are a potential bucket-list item for someone passing away, the Mendocino scenes in the Oscar-winning movie ‘Nomadland,' our neighbors up north get a nice commendation from Travel + Leisure, local events, and more. Humboldt Last Week is Humboldt County's news podcast brought to you in collaboration with Tiny House in the Redwoods, Beck's Bakery, Belle Starr Clothing, North Coast Co-op, Bongo Boy Studio, Photography by Shi, NCJ, RHBB, and KJNY. Subscribe via Apple, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Humboldt Last Week Radio: Alternative radio with no commercials and local nuggets: humboldtlastweek.com/radio
Bay Area singer-songwriter Sean Hayes has been singing the blues for the last 30 years, but his music seems especially necessary these days. “Pain, suffering, worry meet pain again,” he sings on his newly released album “Be Like Water.” Hayes describes himself as a songwriter who “makes music to dance to or cry to, or maybe both at the same time.” He joins us in the studio to play live from his new album.
In episode 104 of RizzoCast, we are joined by longtime Bay Area sportswriter and media personality Mychael Urban to discuss covering the Oakland A's in the Moneyball era, Kotsay, Zito, Mulder, Hudson, playing baseball in college, working in radio and TV, and his desire to make a media comeback. Follow RizzoCast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RizzoCast Follow RizzoCast on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rizzocast/ Follow Steven on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevenRissotto
Patrick reads email from listener Half-cup of blueberries a day could keep dementia away, scientists say - Study Finds E Frank - What do the six weeks of Easter mean? Calling men 'bald' at work now considered sexual harassment in the UK Netflix Fires Major Warning Shot At Its Woke Employees With New ‘Culture Memo' | The Daily Wire Mary - How would you explain the use of the word harlot throughout the bible. is it biased towards women? Joshua - Hebrews 4:15--Jesus experienced every temptation we did. The Bay Area's video game industry sustains local musicians
The Liberal Menace Billy Sunshine is in to chat about how president Biden called Trump the ‘great MAGA king', claims backers unmoved by food lines. // KIRO Nights own Tarik Ansari stops by to share how Amid the Bay Area housing crisis, tiny bunk bed 'pods' are being offered for $800 a month. // Wife filled husband's phone with child porn in attempt to get custody of children, Oklahoma police say. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
John talks about his Poll Question of the Day: "To deal with the housing crisis in the Bay Area, bunk bed "pods" are being created in some houses, adding multiple additional people to live in one house. Do you think this could have a negative impact on a community?". John talks to Placer County District Attorney Morgan Gire about the House of Oliver facing a 30-day closure for violating state COVID rules.
Bennie, Greg & Nikki set another Love Trap to catch Bay Area cheaters listen to see if they fall for the trap. Support Big Bay Mornings: https://997now.com/podcast-shows/Love-Trap See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Duji and Snitzer are losing their ass in crypto. Bay Area startup offers bunk bed pods in shared home. 1 in 3 would choose their pet over their spouse. Andy Dick arrested for felony sexual battery on livestream. The crew tries to guess what Liam has done in his life. Duji's daughter got braces. Dieter's Conspiracy Corner - The Kardashians are part of The Illuminati.
In the ninth episode of the Bay Area Panthers Paw'd, hosts Marc Grandi and Evan Giddings recap the team's loss to the Duke City Gladiators, focus in on a couple of offensive weapons, discuss Week 9 of the IFL season, break down the team's bye week storylines, and more.
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Sabrina McQueen grew up in Walnut Creek and would often see people driving around in purple limos. The locals call them "Purple People," and she's been wondering about them for decades. The group's official name is Lafayette Morehouse and they're one of the few 1960s-era intentional living communes that have survived the decades. Additional Reading: This Bay Area Sex-Loving Commune Is Still Going Strong Reported by Jon Brooks. Bay Curious is made by Olivia Allen-Price, Katrina Schwartz, Sebastian Miño-Bucheli and Brendan Willard. Additional support from Kyana Moghadam, Jessica Placzek, Jen Chien, Carly Severn, Ethan Lindsey, Vinnee Tong and Jenny Pritchett.
On this episode of the IDEA FitPro show podcast, guest host Kia Williams chats with Billy Polson on his forthcoming 2022 IDEA World presentation, “A Concierge Program to Beat All Sales Tactics.” It's a genuine way to boost fitness business acquisition rates and outperform “greasy” sales tactics. Billy Polson is an established performance coach and fitness entrepreneur. He has a proven track record of consulting and coaching fitness business pioneers in boosting their brand visibility, increasing profitability, improving productivity, and expanding their client base. Have a listen and enjoy building your fitness empire! More about Billy Polson! Billy was named one of America's Best 100 Trainers by Men's Journal, is a fitness entrepreneur, an international presenter and a business consultant for pioneering trainers and fitness studio owners worldwide. In 2004, looking to build an unparalleled training facility and a community of San Francisco's leading fitness specialists, Billy founded DIAKADI Fitness, awarded the Bay Area's “Top Trainers/Gym” for 14 years. His fitness entrepreneur consulting company, The Business Movement, has assisted thousands of fitness business owners with developing the confidence and momentum for achieving their ultimate brands. Connect with Billy Polson https://www.instagram.com/billypolson/ (https://www.instagram.com/billypolson/) https://www.linkedin.com/in/billy-polson-cscs-92828612?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3BS21CUuj%2BTIu%2BQ29pc0UDxA%3D%3D (linkedin.com/in/billy-polson-cscs-92828612) http://www.thebusinessmovement.com/ (thebusinessmovement.com ) Connect with Sandy Webster FB: Sandy Todd Webster IG: sandytoddwebster LI: Sandy Todd Webster TW: @fitnesseditor We will be back in person for https://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/2022-idea-world/?sourcecode=podcast_link&trackingcode=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_campaign=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_2022_april&utm_content=polson (2022 IDEA World Convention) July 20-24, in Las Vegas. Join us and experience the unique, high energy festival of fitness that only IDEA World can deliver. For more information and to lock in this extraordinary pricing, go to https://www.ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/2022-idea-world/?sourcecode=podcast_link&trackingcode=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_campaign=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_2022_april&utm_content=polson (ideafit.com/fitness-conferences/2022-idea-world/). Enjoying our content? Than become an https://www.ideafit.com/ideafit-plus/?sourcecode=podcast_link&trackingcode=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_campaign=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_2022_april&utm_content=polson (IDEAfit+ member) and receive our award-winning IDEA Fitness Journal, the gold-standard publication of the fitness industry. IDEAfit+ members also enjoy: Unlimited CECs Discounted health and liability insurance Digital publications that focus on current challenges, nutrition and behavior change, and the latest insider fitness trends Ungated access to over 15,000 fact-based articles from our award-winning editorial team Access to deals and discounts from IDEA's trusted partners. IDEAfit PRO SHOW is hosted by Sandy Todd Webster, Editor in Chief, IDEA Publications, https://www.ideafit.com/ideafit-plus?sourcecode=podcast_link&trackingcode=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_campaign=pod_ifps-s3-ep13_2022_april&utm_content=polson (ideafit.com); executive produced by Jordan Leeds; produced and engineered by Michael Hilding. Copyright 2022 by Outside Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. IDEA Health & Fitness Association is the world's leading organization of fitness and wellness professionals and has been for 40 years. We deliver world-class content and continuing education to fitness professionals, business owners and allied health professionals via our publications, including the award-winning Fitness Journal; our fitness, business
Sheila Whitescorn, Intuitive Life Coach, joins Yo to discuss Brené Brown's book Atlas of the Heart and how understanding the emotions of Stress, Overwhelm, Comparison (Envy, Jealousy, Resentment) can make us better leaders. This is part 2 of 3 and you can listen to part 1 in episode 15. During this episode we explore the following questions around emotions and dig a little deeper into Stress, Overwhelm, Comparison (Envy, Jealousy, Resentment): · What is the difference between Stress and Overwhelm? · What's a cure for Overwhelm? · Is Comparison a choice? · What is the difference between Envy and Jealousy? · Is resentment part of Envy or Anger? · What's a cure for Resentment? We hope you'll enjoy this episode and will tune in to hear the rest of the series! Here's the line up by episode: Episode #15, Part 1: Empathy and Compassion Episode #16, Part 2: Stress, Overwhelm, Comparison (Envy, Jealousy, Resentment) Episode #17, Part 3: Fitting In and Belonging Here's link to Amazon in case you'd like to get a copy of the book. Yo was honored to be a guest on the Raising Vibrant Kids podcast hosted by Rachael Blair to discuss "Parents as Leaders". We hope you'll take a listen! More about Sheila: Following a successful 20-year career as a Marketing Communications expert with Fortune 500 companies, Sheila became a certified Intuitive Life Coach. She became certified by successfully completing a 12-month program with Atmana Coaching Academy which provided her with a dual credential in both Intuitive and Life coaching. Sheila lights up when she is able to help her clients turn their stresses into resilience and assist them with their transformation into the life they desire. They learn how to recognize and tap into their intuition to align with their true purpose. As a result, they live a more fulfilling, authentic, soul-led life. On a personal note, Sheila lives in the Bay Area with her husband and collie, Rowan. Ways you can contact Sheila: eMail Sheila.A.Whitescorn@gmail.com Link Tree: Linktr.ee/Sheila.a.whitescorn IG: https://www.instagram.com/sheilaWhitescorn Ways to reach Yo: eMail email@example.com Public FB group: Girl, Take the Lead! https://www.facebook.com/groups/272025931481748/?ref=share IG: https://www.instagram.com/yocanny LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yocanny/
On today's 5-11-22 Wednesday show: We go over a list of things to not waste money on at your wedding, a movie star glued his hands to a Starbucks' counter, Adele was spotted in Napa, we have a Bay Area teen on with us to talk about a new Disney+ show he is on, a doctor says you should fart at the gym, Tom Brady gets a massive TV deal, and tons more!
Bennie, Greg & Nikki set another Love Trap to catch Bay Area cheaters listen to see if they fall for the trap. Support Big Bay Mornings: https://997now.com/podcast-shows/Love-Trap See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Serving us a sultry blend of techno, this week we welcome Brick, who laid down some series underground vibes for the series, enjoy! -- Follow @brick909 https://www.instagram.com/brick.909/ -- "Brick is a music producer and DJ based out of the Bay Area. He is one of the co-founders of Perfect Dark, an artist collective and record label committed to creating spaces and communities that share a love of dance music and aesthetically cohesive events. Curating influences from many types of underground electronic music, in this mix Brick flexes his eclectic musical selection and DJing, featuring stripped-back house, breaks, techno, and reminiscent 2000s trance." -- Tracklist: 1. Basics 002 - Kaap 2. Rayna (Shanti Celeste Remix)- Trance Wax 3. Disappear - Eversines 4. Childhood Memory - Rowlanz 5. Yardmaster Pt. 1 - Eden Burns, Nice Girl 6. Captain - Kidoo, Robert Onut 7. Once upon a time - Jamahr 8. Tangie Groove x Illusory (Blenk Remix) - Dustin Zahn 9. Closed for Subsidence - Jeigo 10. Azure - B'Zicron 11. Our Bodies - Truncate 12. Burdens Down (DJ Deep & Roman Poncet Remix) - Scan 7 13. Altai (Rene Wise Remix) - David Löhlein 14. Weekend Jam (V2) - Kai van Drogen 15. All I see (BAUGRUPPE90 Remix) - Anka Schneider 16. Modern Bliss - Roza Terenzi 17. River - Octo Octa 18. Radio 89 - BRICK 19. Orange Blank - Chaos In The CBD 20. We Run - Bailey Ibbs 21. Transmutation (Tresor 30) - Huey Mnemonic
I’m so happy to share today’s conversation and design demonstration with you. My guest is Jennifer Driscoll, owner of Oakland-based Redwood Wild Florals. I met Jennifer last summer at the 2021 Slow Flowers Summit, held at Filoli, not far from her Bay Area backyard. You know how you start following someone you’ve met on social […] The post Episode 557: How an interior designer expanded into floral design, with Jennifer Driscoll of Redwood Wild Florals appeared first on Slow Flowers Podcast with Debra Prinzing.
On this episode of WTF California Podcast, we give kudos to Contra Costa County Fire Protection District investigators for multiple arson arrests over the weekend. We talk Elon Musk and how Twitter could be leaving not only the Bay Area, but California. The water cops could soon be in place while EBMUD ads 8% surcharge for just turning on water. Plus a bunch of other random stuff from across the state. Articles From the Show: Antioch Arson Suspect Escapes, Fire Investigators Nab 4 Arson Suspects 4 Arrested in Connection to 30 Fires in 48 Hours in Contra Costa County Contra Costa County denies request for more funding to fight deportation cases Elon Musk says Twitter's HQ in San Francisco creates 'strong left bias' on platform Sheriff: 15 pounds of fentanyl, $139K in cash seized from car at high school in Oakland Santa Clara County may deploy 'water cops' to catch water waster Water use in drought-ravaged California went up dramatically in March EBMUD adds 8% water surcharge as state warns Californians aren't conserving enough LADWP announces 2-days a week watering restriction Power shutoffs possible for Californians this summer ‘It's Humiliating': Lincoln City Council Censures Member Caught On Video Seemingly Slapping Businessman Matthew Oliver San Jose Officials Unanimously Approve Ban on Ghost Guns Sacramento City Council committee considering cannabis café proposal How many people are homeless in San Francisco? Data reveals a worsening crisis Starbucks employees file 22 unionization petitions in California San Joaquin deputies try to link evidence to possible victims of the 'Speed Freak Killers' ‘Clean Up the Lake' effort recovers 25K pounds of trash from Lake Tahoe San Diego single-family median price up to $1 million, report shows
We used to love watching some of these folks make sketch comedy and random, webcam videos. They definitely aren't still doing that now... but how do we feel about their current content?
Currently, the Bay Area is California's COVID hot spot. The good news? Fewer people are being hospitalized or dying from COVID, thanks to the vaccine and the increased availability of treatments. This wave might also be a window into what life will look like going forward, without the public health mandates we saw at the pandemic's peak. Guest: Lesley McClurg, KQED health correspondent Episode transcript This episode was produced by Maria Esquinca and Alan Montecillo, and hosted by Ericka Cruz Guevarra.
Vacations are always exciting (someone pls implement summer vacations for adults!!!) but part of the fun lies in the prepping & packing process ;-) From packing cubes to travel size toiletries, nothing is sexier than a perfectly planned capsule wardrobe organized neatly inside the perfect size suitcase. Today we discuss all of the hard work that goes into pre-vacation prep work, and discuss how our detailed packing & mental prep can make the actual vacation itself more exciting!Support the show
This episode's interviewee is Michael Fortes. Michael is a writer/culture journalist, admin professional, and a collector of physical media (he has 8-tracks, y'all!) Michael and I met years ago while writing for Popdose. Our conversation covers Michael's love of his home in the melting pot that is the Bay Area. It covers a somewhat challenging childhood in New England where he endured bullying and confusion due to his somewhat inscrutable ethnic identity. We talk about his love of all things media, and we discuss his difficulty in romantic relationships through the years and he offers some advice (or at least some perspective) for those of us still navigating the world of the single person. CW: abuse
— As a happily married, fifty-five-year-old professional woman, Susan Keller had it all—or thought she did—until the day of her shocking diagnosis with stage 4 Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive disease. Within minutes of being admitted to the hospital, her beautifully ordinary life disappeared. How would cancer affect her marriage? Facing a possible death sentence, Susan experienced visions so lucid and beautiful that she imagined she was looking into the foyer of death or a magnificent afterlife. Her mind and body melded into all that surrounded her. Bliss replaced fear. Cancer and spirituality were one. But during the darkest moments, Susan questioned the nature of mortality. Does death have the same shape, sound, and feeling for everyone? Did the father she yearned for think of her the moment he died? What would she think of? Would there be regret, celebration, or nothingness? After months of grueling inpatient chemo, she faced another seemingly impossible hurdle. To survive, she needed a bone marrow transplant. But Johnny—her brilliant, off-the-grid brother—was the only possible donor. But he'd vanished decades earlier. Blood Brother is a family saga of curing an incurable cancer and of the enigmatic events that led to finding a man who never wanted to be found. It also explores why he disappeared and delves into what it means to forgive the parents who abused and abandoned them. Susan survived twice: once a violent childhood and secondly a devastating cancer. Blood Brother is a story of life after a bone marrow transplant. It's a moving tale of rebuilding a family, recognizing the unexpectedly stunning gifts of cancer, and of how to embrace a profoundly generous second chance at life. Valeria Teles interviews Susan Keller — The author of “Blood Brother: A Memoir.” Susan Keller enjoyed a 30-year career as an award-winning medical writer. Her poetry won prizes in regional and national contests. She has a degree in Public Health and Immunology from U. C. Berkeley. This background in science as well as poetry makes the voice in her first book, Blood Brother: A Memoir, both lyric as well as credible. A frequently fatal lymphoma inspired Susan to write Blood Brother: A Memoir. Articles about her story of hope and survival have been published in: Psychology Today; Conquer: The Patient Voice; two Guideposts Magazines; Patient Power; and several newspapers. She is a monthly blog contributor to Psychology Today and CURE Magazine. Susan is a presenter at Dominican University and at Stanford Cancer Center. All links available upon request. She is currently working on a novel entitled Flask. Susan lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Daniel. To learn more about Susan Keller and her work, please visit: susankeller.com — This podcast is a quest for well-being, a quest for a meaningful life through the exploration of fundamental truths, enlightening ideas, insights on physical, mental, and spiritual health. The inspiration is Love. The aspiration is to awaken new ways of thinking that can lead us to a new way of being, being well.
Joe Salvatore joins Joe Castellano to break down game four of the Warriors/Grizzlies series that saw Golden State take a 3-1 lead. They discuss the "code" that has been the talk of the series and how social media has impacted some of the players. The A's struggles, the Giants' recent rebound and Buster Posey's retirement are also topics of conversation. And, we learn more about Salvatore's lengthy career.
Matt George is joined by Bay Area radio and television personality Bonta Hill to discuss Mike Brown's influence on the Warriors over the last six years and how that can carry over to the Sacramento Kings. Plus, there are articles written about Rick Adelman when he was first hired by the Kings that have a lot of similarities to this weekend's Brown hire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Though near the Bay Area, Contra Costa County has very different political dynamics when it comes to climate change. And yet a group of organizations are collaborating to get climate action language into cities' general plans and even getting climate emergency resolutions adopted. We interview Lynda Deschambault, President and Co-founder of Contra Costa County Climate Leaders and Zoe Siegel, Sr. Director of Climate Resilience at Greenbelt Alliance, about their approach and specifically how they're using Sustainable, Mixed-use, Affordable, Resilient, and Transportation-friendly (SMART) housing to make progress.ResourcesContra Costa County Leaders website (LOTS of resources)Greenbelt Alliance websiteThe Resilience Playbook - from GreenbeltContra Costa County Climate Emergency Resolution and Announcement
On today's 5-10-22 Tuesday show: A doctor on TikTok says we are all doing it wrong when it comes to going pee, a mother and a son try to explain why their romantic relationship is normal, "Herping" is a new trend blowing up online, gas prices are back on the rise, Jack Harlow announces tour dates and none of them are in the Bay Area, a man got ab muscles tattooed on his stomach, Mike Tyson won't be charged for punching that guy at SFO, and a woman sparks a debate about where guys should be looking at the gym.
Interview with Hofstra men's goalie and Bay Area native Mac Gates.Free live coaching session with Coach DamonThis Thursday night May 12 7pm ET. Come learn the technique that Coach John Galloway said "completely changed the way I play goalie". Free to attend. Sign up here: https://site.laxgoalierat.com/hop
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Kimberly Grigg welcomes Heather Bernstein of HKB Interior Design out of San Francisco to the show. Kimberly and Heather discuss sustainability in design elements, shifting away from stark white in color palettes, and Heather's love of using stone in design. Heather shares ideas for how versatile stone can be throughout the home. Heather Bernstein grew up with design as second nature, surrounded by her designer mother's work and influence. After graduation she taught English in Thailand for 14 months and came home to work in real estate before spending time in the corporate world. Design proved to be her calling, however, and after working with a business partner on a co-owned design firm, she branched out on her own with HKB Interior Design just over two years ago. Heather describes her aesthetic as very different from her mother's but with the use of antiques and sustainability always at the core. Kimberly's use of color is well known but Heather prefers a more neutral palette and they discuss how when working with neutrals, texture becomes your color. Heather has been working away from stark white recently, embracing warmer tones, and she has a vast knowledge of and love for stone in her designs. Kimberly learns the best sealant Heather recommends for stonework to avoid patina. And Heather shares some inspired design ideas from her own new home, stone elements beyond countertops, and insight from her years of experience with thinking outside the box to create a beautiful vibe. Resources discussed in this episode: HKB Interior Design HKB Interior Design Instagram Quartz and Quartzite Caesarstone MORE AntiEtch About Heather Bernstein: Heather Bernstein, owner of HKB Interior Design, is a master interior designer with over a decade of experience in the industry. Heather's bubbly yet professional personality leaves its mark on every home she touches with her personalized, warm approach to interiors. Heather's love for beautiful spaces originated from her time spent absorbing her mother's skill in interior design and running her independent firm. After graduating college, Heather moved to Thailand to teach English which expanded her senses and empathy for other cultures that commonly shows in her designs. Soon after, Heather accepted a corporate position for a Fortune 500 leading specialty retailer of high-quality products. This experience not only enhances her passion for design but can also be attributed to her well-rounded creativity and organizational skills that now come as second nature. When Heather isn't working with clients, you will find her chasing around her two boys and golden retriever. Heather continues to embrace travel as a necessary pleasure, is constantly seeking out the best sushi on the market, and is frequently socializing in her community, enjoying laughs over a good glass of wine. -- Contact Me: Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Visit my website: www.kimberlygriggdesigns.com Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest Check out my Youtube channel You can find the show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. Transcription Heather Bernstein 00:00 Yeah, and you just said, the, I think, the biggest thing - you said, clients get afraid. So this, I think, is the biggest thing you can do in design. If you really want to elevate your space, be afraid, have a touch of fear that it's too bold or too much. And go for it. Kimberly Grigg 00:23 Welcome to Decorate Like A Design Boss, a podcast for design lovers who want to create beautiful spaces in their very own homes. My name is Kimberly Grigg. And I'm a professional interior designer who teaches design lovers like yourselves how to decorate. And when I say decorate, I mean decorate like a design boss. If you're ready to create a space that your family loves, and your neighbors can't stop raving about, well, buckle up honey, because it's time to design. So hello there design lovers and enthusiasts, thank you as always for being here. And I'm so excited to be bringing you this episode. In fact, I've been talking to my guest ahead of time, and I just learned something that I didn't know about marble. And I'm going to be sharing that with you, as is Heather, and I can't wait. So today's guest is Heather Bernstein of HKB Designs. They're out of San Francisco. And we're going to talk a lot about sustainable design, interior design, and specifically about how to incorporate natural stone into your home and designs and, more importantly, how to take care of it. So welcome Heather Bernstein, glad to have you here. Heather Bernstein 01:48 Thank you. I'm glad to be here. Kimberly Grigg 01:50 Thank you. So I know you've been home battling COVID. Sorry to hear that. And I hope it wasn't horrible. But we forgive you in advance if your throat gets scratchy or whatever. Because, like, that is no joke. I haven't had COVID yet, but seems like everyone I know has, including my children and all that stuff, and I know it's no picnic. Heather Bernstein 02:14 Rough nights, for sure. Kimberly Grigg 02:16 I'm sure. So you're in the Bay Area, as is my number five child. I have six children and number five moved to San Francisco. And I've been out quite a few times, and oh my gosh, what a beautiful area architecturally. Like, wow. I can't even imagine what it's like to actually get to design there. Because the architecture is on fire. Heather Bernstein 02:41 It's amazing. I think the best part about it is that no two projects are the same there. You have sprawling ranchers, you have Victorians that are straight up and down, you have every different kind of home, which is amazing. And especially in Marin, where we are, we're in the mountains. And so all the homes are so different based on where they are in the land. If they're on a hill, it's, you know, they're on stilts, and if there happened to be in the flats, then you know, they build for that. Kimberly Grigg 03:19 Yeah, I actually was in Marin, and beautiful area and intriguing. So do you do different aesthetic styles? Or do you kind of focus on one? Heather Bernstein 03:32 I would say we stay true to who we are. Meaning, we don't like to do anything that doesn't speak to our brand and what we're about and what we love. But we definitely can span from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, depending on what the client wants in the style of the home. I will say, though, our favorite thing is to take a very traditional home. We just did one of the classic Victorians on Steiner Street in San Francisco where 'Full House' was filmed. And we did a very contemporary interior, which was really, really fun to juxtapose against the classic kind of all the wood paneling. And it was just unexpected. And everybody that walks in there is surprised and it's fun and exciting. Kimberly Grigg 04:29 How cool. So how'd you make your way into the design space? Because I think you have a corporate background, right? Heather Bernstein 04:36 Yes. So I grew up actually here in the East Bay, so in the Bay Area but just through the Caldecott Tunnel, in a little town called Alamo, and my mom was a designer all growing up. So for 35 years, it's all I knew. We - and she, when she started out, she did all of her own sewing, all of her own upholstery, she made every window treatment, every roman shade out of our dining room. And I remember being in middle school or even elementary and most kids have to take their shoes off when they go in the house, we had to leave ours on because there was always pins and needles on the floor. And so I just, I grew up with it, and then, I guess it was about junior or senior year, my mom would start - by the time I think I was in college, like I'd gotten into school, so it must have been senior year - she would pull me out of school and say, 'Hey, let's go to the Design Center. You can come help me for the day'. And I just thought it was magical, and getting to shop and put things together for people to make their spaces something that they loved, was really just magical. So then I went to school, I went to Boulder. I graduated, I moved to Thailand for about 14 months, I taught English to high schoolers there, I just wanted to get out and experience something different. And travel, which I did, I spent a month in India, and really just - and that was after my junior year abroad in Italy - so I really tried to, like, just see different places in the world. And then I came back and I got my real estate license. And I was selling apartments downtown south of Market in San Francisco, where it was completely undeveloped, and it was like a ghost town. And now it's the sprawling amazing gentrified neighborhood, which is incredible. But real estate was not for me, I called one of my dear friends who worked at William Sonoma corporate and I said 'I need a job'. And she said, 'Great, come be an assistant, my assistant buyer'. And so I did. And I was there for five or six years, climbed up the ladder to a senior buyer, which was really, really fun and exciting. I for sure drink the Kool Aid for the first three years. And then I started to become a little disillusioned and the world was faltering as, you know, we neared 2008. And then I was laid off and I remember crying the night before they were gonna announce layoffs thinking, this is my chance, if I don't get laid off I don't know if I'll be brave enough to start my design business. And so I wanted to be laid off, which was very counterintuitive, because the world was ending. But I was laid off, with 700 others, and that was in January. And by March, I had started our S corp and I had a business partner, we joined forces and said, 'Let's do this together'. We were both going to start our own businesses, and we just said that's silly. And so I started Nest about 15 years ago. And we worked alongside each other for 12 great years. And then when COVID hit, it just kind of felt like things were changing in my life. I had been through a divorce and met a wonderful man. We joined our families and had a Brady Bunch. And I was really just, like, cleaning house and making sure that everyone around me... and it was it was a positive experience every day. And I wanted to feel that in my work and create that space, and so we both went out on our own, and that's when I started HKB. And it's been about two, two and a half years. And I have one of my oldest employees, who has been with me for 10 years. And then we have an assistant buyer who is amazing. She came from the corporate event space and when COVID hit she she jumped ship and came on to try this whole new world and she loves it, and we love having her, so it's been really positive. Kimberly Grigg 09:08 Sounds like things just kind of lined up. Which always tells me that you're in the right space. And based on your website, you're definitely definitely in the right space. So I got to know, is your aesthetic similar to your mother's? Heather Bernstein 09:26 No. Definitely not. She was like the consummate traditionalist with the fringe and the Sweet Pea wallpaper and the Laura Ashley and very froofy, and so, no, I actually went the opposite. And my old business partner was very traditional, and I just, I think I ran from that and became very contemporary. Anything clean lined, even mid century, modern, I was more drawn to. But now I'm starting to have this appreciation, I don't know if it's getting older, or just learning that having pieces that are from family from, you know, 100 years ago is really special. So I think I'm definitely being able to merge my style. And we just built a house for the past year, my partner and I, to fit all six of us. And it's been such a labor of love. And it will be photographed, hopefully, in the next couple of months once we get our final furniture pieces. But it definitely has a combo of very clean lines, but also some traditional pieces thrown in. Kimberly Grigg 10:55 Sure. And I think that, I'm sure you're experiencing supply chain issues as most of us are, and, you know, my original aesthetic incorporated antiques and older pieces really juxtaposed with modern, and it was always my favorite style. But as I got busier and busier, it was just easier to order than to go antiquing on the weekends, or go antiquing, and just, like, be looking for these pieces. And I... my aesthetic sort of shifted because I was doing so many installations every single week, I didn't have time or energy, except to get it ordered. And I had assistance for all of that. So that's kind of my business in those middle years became all about ordering, tracking, ordering, tracking, ordering tracking. But, now with all of this supply chain, I'm back to my roots, I feel like Kunta Kinte. Like, let's start with that antique, baby. Let's get rid of some of those antiques that are leftover in the warehouse. Let's repurpose, let's rethink, let's re-upholster, let's do all of these things, because I don't have the patience for 28 months for upholster to arrive. And I know my clients don't have that kind of patience, either. So I think that necessity is the mother of invention. And I know that on your site, you do talk a lot about sustainability. And I think that's a, sounds like maybe a really big part of your brand. So talk to me a little bit about sustainability, why it's important to you, and how you incorporate sustainability into your designs. Heather Bernstein 12:38 Yeah, I think just living in the Bay Area, it's kind of been hammered into us for our whole lives. You know, like, we recycled before recycling was even a thing, I think. And so it really allows you to design consciously and with thought and care. And antiques are such a beautiful part of that because there's only one, and it's available, like you said - I'm not, you know, we just got a quote for a client and it said 36 weeks, and I was trying to even calculate that in my head- Kimberly Grigg 13:17 - it doesn't sound that big. But when you're calculating 36 weeks, you're like, whoa! Heather Bernstein 13:24 Yeah, the client was like 'is that a joke?' Yeah, I could make that in 36 weeks. Kimberly Grigg 13:29 Right? Exactly. Heather Bernstein 13:31 And so, I think, really incorporating pieces that are already out there, that don't take any footprint to make, and to just infuse them in our designs is really special, and also conscious for the environment. So I think it's important to think that way and to infuse that in your design, and really be smart about it. Kimberly Grigg 14:02 Yes. So agree. So tell me, Heather, what inspires you? Heather Bernstein 14:08 You know, I just, I love being outside. It's so funny because I had a girlfriend over last night. We're newly friends, she's going through a divorce, so I'm kind of helping her through it. Kimberly Grigg 14:22 Right. Heather Bernstein 14:22 And my partner and I went on a mountain bike ride yesterday for, like, two hours just in nature, huffing and puffing, it was so beautiful. And I was telling her about it - and we had our bikes stolen a couple months ago and so we just got her new bikes, yesterday was our first ride, we were breaking them in, we were so excited - and she was like, 'you mountain bike. I did not know that about you'. And I was laughing. My dad was a mountain bike coach in high school, and I really, I think, am a girly-girl but I love to get down and dirty, and yesterday was my favorite day. We spent three hours in the garden planting, and then got on our bikes and went on a ride for two hours. And it just felt so productive. And the vitamin D, I don't know, there's something, for me, about being outside. And we clearly live, like, in the redwoods, and in this beautiful space where we can do that. And I think that is the number one thing that inspires me. Because, yeah, travel inspires me, but we can't travel every day. But we can be outside every day in nature and take it in and just revel in the beauty of it. And that is... and then, of course, my family inspires me every day. And they're just, we're an evolving, very fun family, you know - the boys are 9 and 10, the girls are 13 and 16 - and just watching their personalities and the hormones and I'm just always so curious. Kimberly Grigg 14:29 It's so true. And I've never thought about it as family being inspiring. Supportive. But, you know, when I think back on things that we've been through - because we're a blended family as well, we're definitely the Brady Bunch. Three and three. And so, three girls, three boys. Heather Bernstein 16:26 Oh my gosh. Kimberly Grigg 16:26 Two were his, two we adopted, and two are biological. So it is, like.... but their spaces in life have really been an inspiration that I've probably just taken for granted as my personal life that does merge with my work life. You know, I don't necessarily know that I process that on a daily basis, until you just said it. But I can think of times when yes, my - like right now, one of my daughters is very much into boho chic. And, you know, it's just a boho chic moment. And yet I have a client with three daughters, and they are in their boho chic periods, and I can do that very well because of the inspiration that I've garnered from my daughter - what she sees on social media, what she likes, what she follows, what she wants in her own spaces, all those things - you know, has brought about an inspiration that I probably wouldn't have been interested in that style. I just wouldn't. It's just not, it doesn't necessarily speak to my personal aesthetic, but I champion being versed in all styles. And I usually get versed when someone asked me to do one. And then it's, like, I study for days and hours, and, you know, when you do this I do think that you can study a particular genre for long periods of time. And you can do it, like it's in us, we have to be a certain amount of chameleon to be able to do what we do, unless we have a particular style that we repeat, and we repeat, and we repeat. That's a little bit different. But that brings me to this question, you know, my listener is, she's not necessarily a DIYer, but she is someone who wants to make her home beautiful. And for whatever reason, she's probably not going to hire a designer, she's going to want to do it herself. She wants to be successful. But she wants her own stamp. And, again, there's many reasons that this person ends up in this space. But I'm curious, do you think that creativity can be learned? Heather Bernstein 18:45 Hmm, I definitely think... I believe in the right brain / left brain, and, you know, the very cerebral right brain and mathematical - which I know did not come easy for me, like, even in corporate America when I lived in spreadsheets, I just, it was heavy. I felt heavy. Kimberly Grigg 19:12 Sure. Heather Bernstein 19:12 And so the left brain creative space, definitely think... everybody has a left brain. And so it's in them. It's just drawing it out. So what is it? You can be creative in your cooking, in your food, and how you plate something or how you think to make something that you're going to put in your body. You can be creative in your garden, and what.... My partner just made this amazing trellis for his green beans - he's so excited about his green beans, and his cucumbers climb on this trellis - that he sat out there for hours and made, and I watched him, like, that's so creative. Like how, I wouldn't have thought of that. So I definitely think there are avenues of creativity that are different for everybody. You know, obviously you think of an artist and you're like, yes, you're creative. I think what we do is definitely, you have to have some creative bones in your body, and your left brain working, but there are so many different ways to be creative. So I think... Kimberly Grigg 20:22 For sure. And I do find, I think this, like, sometimes when people are hiring me to do a job, they don't have confidence in their creativity, or time, you know, it takes a lot of time to do what we do. And so.... but I do think that it's in there, almost with everyone, left and right brain. Like I'm... definitely my left brain is more trained than my right brain, my right brain came out of the womb screaming, 'I'm here and I'm creative' and my other brain is like, 'alright, bring her along, bring her along, you got this'. And I exercise that muscle very often, because I want it, I want the balance of the two. And, as you know, running a business requires the two. But I do find that a person who doesn't necessarily think they're very creative, it's also maybe they're not as passionate as you and I are about the subject. Heather Bernstein 21:28 Or like you said, they're nervous. And once you put one foot in front of the other, and you just start doing, you become more confident in your creativity. Kimberly Grigg 21:37 And I think you can exercise that muscle. And I thought a long time about this, since I teach classes to people who are, who think, who want to aspire to have that beautiful home on their own. And I really had to sit with this, do I think that they can do this? Because if they can't, you're just beating your head against the wall. And if they can, and there's ways that you can do it, then you probably can get somewhere. Heather Bernstein 22:06 Even if they can come away with one or two, like, a-ha moments, it can help them transform one space, and then two, and then three spaces... and do this one or two things. That's, that's beautiful, because they're making their space more their own and more.... Kimberly Grigg 22:27 And I encourage people at that stage, especially if they don't have the confidence yet, 'all right, you do you and you go through the process' but then it's okay to hire someone to consult with you. It's okay to hire a professional to say, 'move this to the right three inches' because you will learn from that experience as well. I think sometimes people are afraid that, you know, someone like you and I are going to come in with all this vast experience and, like, intimidate them in some way. But it really is, like, I know when I'm doing my own work, heck, I come into my office and say to the other designers here, 'hey, what do you think about this?' Heather Bernstein 23:11 100%! Kimberly Grigg 23:12 Like, you know, because it's mine. It's personal. It's intimate, and, like, oh god. Heather Bernstein 23:17 And it's hard. Kimberly Grigg 23:20 It's so hard, so you know, I'm glad you're a kindred spirit in that way. So I'm anxious to hear your answer to this. So here's an empty space, Heather, what's your process? Like, what do you do? Heather Bernstein 23:34 Hmm. Well, in the traditional sense, we put pen to paper and, you know, draw it in CAD and lay it out. But, throw that away because so often we check our measurements from our CAD drawing in the space and we're like, huh, that doesn't feel right. And so then we get out our old fashioned tape measure, which I literally have one every spot I am in. Kimberly Grigg 24:05 It's attached to my fingers. Heather Bernstein 24:08 And we measure it out and we think through, like, how does this person live? How do they entertain? Do they have a family? We go through all the process and we know - whether it's for our client or, I'm just thinking of my home that I just did - and, you know, okay this is our living room but it is not a formal living room, it has a TV, and we want it to be comfy and cozy. And it was like, okay yes a sofa, but how about a day bed where you can literally just lounge with a couple of the kids. So really thinking through who's going to use the space, how the space is going to be used, and then laying it out with your trusty tape measure, and just knowing 'okay, we're going to do a sofa, a day bed, and a pair of chairs, and then maybe we'll throw in a bench or two little benches at the, you know, by the fireplace just to pull up for extra seating because we need that'. Because there are so many of us, there are not eight of us, but there are six of us... so yeah, that's I think. But then if I back up and think through, like, the very first thing we do, is we create a vibe board. And this is the most important step because it dictates the design for every room in the house. And that offers consistency in our designs. And so we start with our vibe board, we send it to the client, we have a meeting, and we go through every image. And it's not like you're going to have this in your home, it's more like, how does this vibe board feel? It evokes a mood and what is that and you love it? And if you don't, we're back to the drawing board. So that is how we start. And then, obviously, you know, our handy tape measure comes into play. Kimberly Grigg 26:18 Well, I tell people, like, they'll bring me plans - I do a lot of design builds, where I'm making all the selections, and it's a year and a half of building, and I love that kind of work - but when it comes to, like, I'll get, you know, into the project, and I inevitably have clients say, 'well, okay, let's order furniture, let's order our furniture right now, right now', we're still 12 months out. And, like, I understand the backlog more than most, however, I start saying it's different on paper than it is in person. It just is. And I want to feel the space before I commit. And yes, this sofa fits, yes, this is probably where we're going with this, however, I want this feeling, this vibe, to feel like you - client - and I also want it to be respectful of the architecture and the home itself. And sometimes you can't get that from a blueprint. And I think that's what you're saying, this vibe board does have this significant role, because this is what - whether every little piece in that vibe board is going in this house, probably not - but it does speak volumes to how this space is going to feel. Right? Heather Bernstein 27:45 100%. We... when we did my home, and I say 'we' because my senior designer, Reed, was such a big part of it. It's so hard to design for yourself, I don't know why, maybe it's just me, but I've learned that from many other designers, I've heard them say the same thing. But we found this image from this amazing artist, and it's this woman with a blank face being hugged by this big, fat, wonderful, what looks like cashmere ,blanket. And I was like 'THAT - that is my home. That is what I want'. I want you to walk in and feel like you are being hugged by a cashmere blanket. And just settle into the comfort of it and the cozy. Kimberly Grigg 28:33 I love this. Heather Bernstein 28:35 And so, I can kind of, I can show you, my - if you can see - there she is. And so this was the start of our vibe. And it just, it all came to, you know, to be from that one image. So often times, you know, we find one image and it's amazing, and just describes the whole thing. Kimberly Grigg 29:02 And I like to say to people, you know, when you're scrolling on Pinterest or whatever, you're not just looking for rooms, like rooms are important. Like, I get a lot from people out of the rooms that they select. But I say don't just look at rooms, look at images that speak to you. Because what you just showed me was more of a piece of art with this woman in this cashmere blanket this big, thick fluffy... that sparks 'How do I want to feel in my home?' Heather Bernstein 29:33 Yes. Kimberly Grigg 29:33 And that's the thing that I sometimes think people miss. They'll bring me a picture of something on Pinterest and I'm, like, so you sort of want me to copy this room? Like, because you got the wrong girl for that. Like, I don't know how to do that very well. I can look at something, I can get a vibe, and I certainly can give you a different version of that that feels that way, but it won't be that. Like, that's just not in me, it's just not. But I think it's more if people can settle into what that space needs to feel like to them, as the people who live there, then I think you tap into something that resonates with a person. And, in the end, I say this, I'm not gonna live here, I'm probably going to come visit you because we will become friends over this, but you're gonna live here.This house should look like you, not me, and get comfortable with that. Because if you don't know who that is, we're going to find out. And it sounds like you have a similar process. And, which, I love that process. I'm not the girl who does this look. And I don't have a look, I have your look. And that's the best I can say about that. So I want to segue, in a minute, into materials. And this is really how we were introduced, is you're kind of known for your use of materials. And I know that you deal a lot in stone. So first define for people what a natural stone is versus a synthetic stone, because I think there's a lot of product in the market and people get confused with materials. Heather Bernstein 31:14 Yeah. Yeah, there's so many options out there, which is amazing and been really wonderful to design with all these options. But yes, natural stone is cut from the quarry, whether it's from Italy, Portugal, South America, it is a block of magnificent stone, cut from a quarry, and then sliced up into pieces. And what you see is what you get, no two are alike, they're like snowflakes. Synthetic stone is conglomerate, so they grind it up and glue it together, and it's very hardy. It can also be porcelain. I do think synthetic materials, synthetic slabs, have come a long way. We used to, you would see like Corian or quartz, everybody's heard of quartz, a lot of people call it Caesarstone. It's like Kleenex versus tissue: Kleenex is the brand, tissue is the thing. The Caesarstone is the brand, is one brand out of millions, it seems like these days, and quartz is the synthetic material. And there's a time and a place for it. And we have to love all materials because we're blessed to get to do many different spaces and many different places. But if you think about it, a man-made material can't live outside. So, like, if we're doing a built-in kitchen outside, we would never put a quartz outside because the heat can do things to it. Whereas a natural stone has already lived outside and it's totally fine outside. So - and there is something about natural stone that we love, that none are the same, and so every project with natural stone is unique. So we love, love, marble quartzite - not to be confused with quartz - limestone, soapstone, slate. We love these natural materials, but, you know, some of them are more porous than others. And that's where the proper sealant comes in, and treating them so that they last a lifetime. Kimberly Grigg 33:39 So before we get into this sealant, I think that this is appropriate to say.... because a lot of people get really, really nervous about using natural stone as countertops. And I understand it, and most vendors that I work with will, you know, they'll terrify my client even though I say do not open your mouth and tell clients. But, like, let's just say I want to use marble on my kitchen countertops. And they're like, oh, no, no, no, no, no, and we won't, and all that stuff. So, first question is: Do you ever use natural stone as countertops? Heather Bernstein 34:22 Every day. All the time. Kimberly Grigg 34:24 Yay girl. That's what I wanted to hear. Heather Bernstein 34:26 I had marble in my last kitchen, I have quartzite in this kitchen, I have a soapstone vanity in my powder room, I have a Calcutta vanity in my master bathroom. And, yes, it's all porous but it's beautiful and there are ways, there are two ways to think about it. One is this is a natural stone. It can be, it can last 1000 years as your countertop and you can let it patina as it will. Meaning you will see rings from water, wine, you will see spots from lemon or lime acid etching it. Think about the oldest bar you've been to in Italy, and that counter is marble and it has been there for 100 years, and it's, that is the patina you will get. The other side of it is, you can seal it and it will look as beautiful as it did on install day, as it does four years later. So do not be afraid. Kimberly Grigg 35:36 What is the sealant? This is so exciting. Heather Bernstein 35:40 It's called MORE AntiEtch. A gentleman named Steve Wolf used to work for DuPont and he had a lot of experience in mixing these compounds, and he left, and said 'I'm gonna make this sealant that you roll on to natural stone that is impenetrable'. And you only have to seal it like once every 10 to 20 years versus every year. And it works. It's a matte finish so it looks, if you have honed stone, it looks just like the stone. I mean you can't tell that there's any sealant on it. And it truly helps stop the effects of citrus and etching and staining, and you can leave coffee and red wine rings on your counter overnight, and then wipe the next day, and it's fine. Kimberly Grigg 36:42 And this is M O O R? Heather Bernstein 36:46 MOOR. MORE AntiEtch. Kimberly Grigg 36:49 AntiEtch. Heather Bernstein 36:49 No, M O R E. MORE AntiEtch. Kimberly Grigg 36:52 MORE AntiEtch. Because I'm going to link it, of course. It'll be in the show notes, everyone. But I have marble countertops in my kitchen and I'm very particular about them, I don't like the patina for that particular area. And someone recently said to me there's a product now that you can use to seal. And I thought I'm gonna wait till I hear a little more about this before - because I have a lot of countertop in my kitchen - but I bet you it's the same product and I would be a fan. When you say matte, how does it work on a glossier finish or does it matte it down? Heather Bernstein 37:30 They have two. They have a polished option and a honed option. Yeah MoreSurfaceCare.com - M O R E. And they have different sealants for the different stones. So I have a different sealant on my quartzite than I did on my marble. So they really honed in on what the product is and created something spectacular. I don't understand what the compound is but I don't need to, I just know that it works. Kimberly Grigg 38:03 Which is so amazing. And when we started this conversation, you've had this product in your homes for, now, a couple of years. So you know it's tried and true, because you tried it and it's true. Heather Bernstein 38:14 Yep. Kimberly Grigg 38:15 Which is so exciting because people will say to me, 'oh my god, I love that marble, but I'm not doing that, I'm too scared, my husband is sloppy, I spill red wine', all those things that, you know... and then I, as a designer, don't want to live with 'oh my gosh, like, I'm gonna get a phone call in three years and you're gonna be upset'. So this is a way to offset that and I'm thrilled to know about it and I'm going to be talking about it a lot too on my show. Because, you know, I love a product that will solve. Design is a lot about finding the best solutions to problems in your home and this solves a problem. And, you know, not spending hours on it, I do have a couple of questions, though, about stone because, like, I think there's also unusual ways to use stone, not just on a countertop. And I noticed on your site, you do some things. Tell me some things, other things, you've done with stone that are beautiful, that, you know, someone could incorporate into their homes. Heather Bernstein 39:23 Yeah, I think our favorite thing right now is doing integrated sinks. So for a powder room just taking a slab and cutting it up to make a sink look like it was carved out of a block of soapstone or marble or quartzite, where the sink is fully integrated, I think is so beautiful. Because it's seamless and it looks like it was just carved out of a chunk of stone, and I love that heft, and that feel. We also use slab for fireplace surrounds all the time. Not only are they so functional because of their heat resistant qualities, but they're beautiful. And there's so many designs you can do with different mantles and, really, you can do anything with stone. It's amazing. Of course outdoor spaces. Even just with a remnant we have leftover, we'll, you know, cut a round top and put it on an iron base for outside. And clients are like, 'oh my gosh, this is amazing, I love our table', and nobody has it. And that's beautiful. So, yeah, that is... we use stone in every room. It's wonderful. Kimberly Grigg 40:42 Yeah. It is wonderful. And I do the same with remnants. I'm doing a top for a coffee table right now. And it was just a little leftover piece, and, you know, it's so pretty, and it's so important. And it can elevate something to an entirely different level. Heather Bernstein 41:01 Yeah. Kimberly Grigg 41:01 And it can make it unique to you. Which are all the things that, to me, scream good design. So in your portfolio, you tend to have more neutral palettes. But... so tell me, how do you insert color? Or do you? Heather Bernstein 41:18 I will say we used to use color a lot more than we did, and something shifted. And I think it was a combination of things. For me, my old business was being dissolved and I was transitioning to this new business where it was mine, solely mine. And then, you know, we're all stuck at home. And I was looking around, and I was - I don't want to say getting sick of - but I was finding myself, like, with really bold colors and patterns. I was... it was jarring to me. And I felt like I just wanted to take it down 10 notches and just breathe in more neutral tones, but lots of texture. And that's where our shift happened. And I don't know, I don't know if it was gradual or if it was one day, but we just started doing these vibe boards that evoked this very calm, soothing feeling. And nothing, like, too bright or jarring. And so that's kind of the direction where we've gone. Like, I'm looking at this as like a rug that's going in my bedroom, it's just, like, soft blue-gray. And then this is the headboard fabric. And the texture is what made us swoon for it. Kimberly Grigg 42:53 You know, I say - especially when someone comes to me for a neutral palette, because I'm known for color, but can I do a neutral palette, I have done bazillions - but if you're going to do a neutral palette, then texture becomes your color. Heather Bernstein 43:11 So do you have certain things that you do in homes that is unique to you, your aesthetic, something more like signature? Heather Bernstein 43:11 100%. I actually think it's harder sometimes than designing with color, because that is like play on play on play, and you're layer layer layer. With textures, it's like, okay, this is velvet, we don't want another velvet, so we need to really think through the next, you know... okay, what is it? Oh, it's a chunky linen. And so really thinking through that is almost harder. But, in the end, it feels so natural and so warm and comfy and cozy. And so we love that. Heather Bernstein 43:55 You know, I would say right now, the past couple of years, we have moved away from white kitchens - white, white, white, white, white - and we are going warm. And so we are doing wrist white oak cabinets, or custom walnut cabinets, or a color like this deep rich almost hunter green that brings in nature. And so I think right now, our signature is not a white kitchen. And I have seen white kitchens on our website because that's how we did it for so many years. Kimberly Grigg 44:44 And it's white kitchen to death. It's white everything today. Heather Bernstein 44:47 And a client will come and say 'I want a white kitchen, I'm coming to you' and we're like 'oh no'. And then we're like, 'well what if we do a soft gray?' and they're like 'oh, oh, can I see what that would look like?' And then they're like, 'oh, that feels nice'. And so, just warming it up, I think, has been... and also, everything has been so stark white for so long, that white, gray, white, gray, that we're really warming it up. So, like, more of, like, a warm white or an ivory. It just, it feels - and I'm saying this as my office is white white - but this canvas, this natural colored canvas, is where we are right now. We're warming it up. Kimberly Grigg 45:44 And probably using warmer whites when you're using white. Heather Bernstein 45:48 100%. So instead of super white. Kimberly Grigg 45:52 Warmer whites. Yes, yes. And then that plays well with other warm colors that are branching off into other rooms and spaces. And I think it's kind of important, because subliminally we're all over-exposed to whatever is trending, even us. I mean, we get, we start seeing so so so so much of something and the next thing you know, we're doing it. And I think the average person is as well. And before you know it, and really by the time you've - not us necessarily - but by the time the person who doesn't do this professionally is incorporating into their homes, this subliminal image, it's already trending out. And, you know, I mean, think of the gray in the last 10 years. Think of the white white white, think of the white with millennial pink. I mean, all my, like, it's everywhere, right? And then I'm so sick of it, like I don't really want to do it, I want to give you something special, even though your heart is set on that white with millennial pink pop. It's the pop that's doing it for you, probably. And it's not that I don't like either color, or it's not that I don't like those looks, it's just been in my face. Heather Bernstein 47:08 Yes. Kimberly Grigg 47:09 And an overexposure. So it does make me, though, want to ask this - because I think about this from the perspective of someone listening to this show and gaining and garnering - like, what are things we can leave them with? So what are tips that people can incorporate that they can elevate their home to more of a designer level? Like what kinds of things can somebody really pull off? Heather Bernstein 47:39 Yeah, you know, I think there are a few just, like, tricks that aren't even tricks. They're just inherent in what we know. But to explain it to someone and someone to say, 'oh, yeah, I never thought, I never knew that'. Like, an area rug. If you have a sprawling living room, you know, family room, whatever it is, and you put a five by eight postage stamp rug in there, your room is going to come crashing in and feel this big. But if you do a 10 x 14 rug, or a custom size to fit the space, your room will feel the size that it is. And so, I think that is something that we see all the time. That we walk in and we're like, 'oh yeah, it feels small, because you have the wrong size rug'. And that helps define your space so easily. It's like dummy proof. You know, like, once you learn like, 'oh, this is the right size rug for this room'. And that's why there are those standard rug sizes - 8 x 10, 9 x 12, 10 x 14 - because those are some standard room sizes. Kimberly Grigg 48:55 And your point - nothing kills a space worse than that 5 x 7 rug in this huge room. And yes, it does support the furniture, perhaps, but it - I've never really thought about, I've never put it into those words, you did it so eloquently - but all of a sudden your room just shrinks. And you've got this pretty massive space. I mean people get afraid to go big. Don't you think? Heather Bernstein 49:23 Yeah. 100% Kimberly Grigg 49:25 Like they'll get these little bitty accessories, or they'll buy this little bitty lamp, and I'm like, 'oh, love, like, we cannot put that lamp by this high headboard'. Heather Bernstein 49:37 Yeah. And you just said, I think the biggest thing, you said clients get afraid. So this, I think, is the biggest thing you can do in design. If you really want to elevate your space, be afraid. Have a touch of fear that it's too bold or too much, and go for it. Do a title that scares you. We, my boys' bathroom - there's no window, we put a skylight in, but there's no window - and I was like, you know what, I'm just going to enhance the darkness and do black. Black tile, black floors, black everywhere with an oak vanity and a big mirror to reflect as much light as I can get in this space. And it is by far our favorite bathroom. Kimberly Grigg 50:31 It sounds amazing. Heather Bernstein 50:33 Yeah, it's so fun. Kimberly Grigg 50:35 So bold. Heather Bernstein 50:36 And even as a designer - and I know everything that's out there, and even the stuff I don't know, I'll learn about and, you know, be like, 'oh, that's so much cooler than what I did' - but even I have to tell myself to be brave sometimes. And, like, yes, do that. Don't play it safe. Kimberly Grigg 50:57 But you know what, I think it's why you're successful. I know that it has a lot to do with my success. Because, you know, we can all pick some things that go nicely, play nicely together. And we can break some rules and, you know, get the scale off a little bit, get this off a little bit. But I think that the reason people use me as their designer - and I have a feeling it's you too - is because we will take that risk. And we'll believe in it so hard that our clients know that if we believe in it that much, that it's worth the risk. And that we'll fix it if it goes wrong. Like, you know, I've taken risks that haven't worked. But I'd rather take that risk than cheat my client out of what it could have been, if I had stayed in the box. And, you know, I think, like, I can't wait to get out of the box when I'm working on a job, like I cannot. But I also have a lot of years of experience. So I'm not afraid to get out of the box. Yet when we don't get out of the box, and I play it safe, the room is flat to me, or the project is flat. And sometimes people just won't let you and you finally just give up in, like, frustration, and you're like, 'okay, if you won't do it, then I'm not gonna lose any more sleep about this, I'm telling you, it would be 1000 times better if you let me do it this way, but you're not doing it so here we go'. And eventually, you can get to that. But when you get to get out - and I can tell the girl that puts black tile all over a dark bathroom, I know you can take a risk, and I love it. Love it. I can't wait to see the photographs of this bathroom. I think it sounds spectacular. So. Heather Bernstein 52:47 Yeah, no. Breaking rules. Breaking the rules is so fun. Kimberly Grigg 52:51 Yeah, exactly. And allow yourself, yeah, allow yourself to do it. So is - obviously beauty is important to you - so, but why? Why should people care? Why is beauty important? Heather Bernstein 53:09 My partner and I have this conversation quite a bit because he's like, 'function is better'. And I'm like, 'no beauty is better'. I mean women were high heels, you think they wear them because they're comfortable? No. We wear them because they're beautiful, right? And they elongate our calf and our leg. And there are reasons for why we do things. And I think I have learned, through this project over the past year, my own project, that beauty - the most beautiful is where it functions and is beautiful. Because that appeals to everyone. Yeah, you can just have beauty. But it also can be functional. It's like a 10 out of 10. And so I've really tried to instill in my gals, like, 'Okay, but how are they going to use that? And does it, will it work for them?' Because just pulling something that's beautiful is easy. But making sure that it works for the people, the place, the space, is the ultimate beauty. And so I've really - just in doing my own project - I've really put a focus on that. And it's been, it's been really helpful. For us and for our clients. Kimberly Grigg 54:38 Well said, well said Heather. So it's time for my signature question, which goes a little like this. If you had a hashtag that really spoke to your legacy of design, what would it be? Heather Bernstein 54:58 So funny. I am looking in my notes because I used to have, when I started this company two years ago, I had this saying... ah, this is it. Are you ready? Kimberly Grigg 55:14 I'm ready. Heather Bernstein 55:15 I should have it memorized. The courage to grow requires the ability to let go. Oh, it is that... let's be brave and mighty and go for it. Then you will grow. Kimberly Grigg 55:33 Yes, Heather. I cannot believe this time has flown. Like, you and I could just do this... Heather Bernstein 55:40 I know. Kimberly Grigg 55:40 I could tell. Maybe when I come to the Bay Area, I'm going- Heather Bernstein 55:44 - it's my roots. My grandmother was from Georgia. Kimberly Grigg 55:48 Yeah. Oh, wow. So there we are. So how can people find you? Heather Bernstein 55:53 HKB Interior Design.com. And I would love to... we travel. We have a project in Denver right now. So yeah, reach out. Kimberly Grigg 56:08 So great. Well, Heather, I thoroughly have enjoyed getting to know you. It's so funny because our introduction was over the sealant. But, gosh, there's many more layers to you, girl. Heather Bernstein 56:21 Oh, thank you. Kimberly Grigg 56:25 Thank you. I appreciate this so much. And you guys got to go take a look at this girl's work. She's spectacular. And I can't wait to get to know you more. And so I'm going to say to our listeners, bye for now and I will see you next time and thanks for listening. And of course be sure to go rate, review, and subscribe to our show. Kimberly Grigg 56:49 Thanks for listening to Decorate Like A Design Boss. If you want more info on how to decorate your space like a pro, visit KimberlyGriggDesigns.com. See you next week!
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