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New View, New You: Want to Reinvent Your Life? Start at Home

(17) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 8:00 AM

Change happens. Sometimes it happens to us, visited upon our lives by an external source, and sometimes it happens within us, as a new dream or an impulse that expands our outlook.

Sometimes the change is something we wanted, like a new job. Sometimes it is something we thought that...

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A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 3:44 PM

Director Carolyn Coal and producers Cynthia Childs, Noam Dromi and Susan Munro followed the journey of seven older adults as they attempted to secure a home in Triangle Square, the nation's first affordable housing facility for LGBT seniors. The resulting documentary, A Place to Live: The...

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Ask Xorin: Studio Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 5:03 PM

"Ask Xorin" is a weekly home and self improvement column created by award-winning architectural conservator, designer and philanthropist Xorin Balbes and best selling author Sandra Bark. For more info visit the official TempleHome website.

Dear Xorin,

I am a green marketing consultant, and when...

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Ask Xorin: Backyard Bliss

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:56 AM

"Ask Xorin" is a weekly home and self improvement column created by award-winning architectural conservator, designer and philanthropist Xorin Balbes and best selling author Sandra Bark. For more info visit the official TempleHome website.

Dear Xorin,

In a busy city, I consider myself lucky...

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At Home With Love

(2) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 4:55 PM

Happy post-Valentine's Day to all my fellow SoulSpacers.

For those of you who are new to my column, last month I wrote about the 8-step home/self-improvement process I developed for the clients of my architecture and design firm TempleHome.

I explained it in this way --

The...
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Ask Xorin: 1+1 = 3

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 10:34 AM

"Ask Xorin" is a weekly home and self improvement column created by award-winning architectural conservator, designer and philanthropist Xorin Balbes and best selling author Sandra Bark. For more info visit the official TempleHome website.

Dear Xorin,

My husband and I met in business school,...

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Ask Xorin: Back to the Present

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 12:15 AM

Ask Xorin is a weekly home and self improvement column created by award-winning architectural conservator, designer and philanthropist Xorin Balbes and best selling author Sandra Bark. For more info visit the official TempleHome website.

Dear Xorin,

I'm writing in for my mom, who would...

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Ask Xorin: Loft Life in Brooklyn

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 4:35 PM

Ask Xorin is a weekly home and self improvement column created by award-winning architectural conservator, designer and philanthropist Xorin Balbes and best selling author Sandra Bark. For more info visit the official TempleHome website

Dear Xorin,

My boyfriend and I just closed on a new loft....

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Open House/Sowden House

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 11:52 AM

As some of you may know, I'm the owner of Sowden House, a home designed by Lloyd Wright, son of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Last month I took the TV show Open House LA on a tour of the property to share a little...

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Roots and Flowers

(7) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 11:49 AM

I was at a dinner at one of my favorite restaurants when the young woman seated to my right asked me a question. This question went way beyond the usual "where are you from" or "what do you do." What she wanted to know was what she should do.

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