Some of our favorite OC Designers and friends from the 2009 ASID Design Tour including Natalie Umbert, Rick Campos, Jolene Ballard, Amanda Malson, Steve Jones and many, many more have teamed up with some of their fab LA counterparts to bring you the FIRST OC Designer Tag Sale.

With NOTHING OVER $200, you will be able to find some fantastic pieces for unbelievable prices. And, the mini-consult you can get from the participating designers is your Gift With Purchase!

Check out the write up from Lisa Boone @ the LA TIMES -- http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2009/10/the-deal-designer-tag-sale-saturday-in-costa-mesa-.html

GREAT DEALS FROM GREAT DESIGNERS, who could ask for more!! Shop early and pass the word!!

Going Green With Steve Jones of bettershelter

5 Fun & Easy Things to Incorporate Green Interior Design on a Budget:
1. Grow a garden – use a wall if you have to.
2. Use old record albums as framed art
3. Use your old books as a plant stand
4. Antique stores and flea markets are the ultimate in “going green”! Not only are you recycling this item, but after you are through with it you either sell it or pass it along to someone else. “I LOVE VINTAGE THINGS,” says Steve. “They add authenticity to a home.”
5. Shift around your furniture to update your look, use what you have

The ABC’s of Going Green:
A: Will it “AGE” nicely? - You should only buy things that can stand the test of time and you will want to take with you from home to home. Items should age with you.
B: Does it “BELONG”? - When in doubt, “THINK IT OUT”. Wean yourself from being impulsive. Stop buying things then storing them in the garage when they don’t work in your home.
C: What will my “CHILDREN” think? Americans equate BIG with better. Change that way of thinking for your kid’s sake. You want the environment to be better when your kids are adults so help teach them about re-using and re-cycling now. And what better place to start than your own home?

6 Easy Ways to Be Green:
1. SUPPORT green companies and products
2. KISS (keep it simple, stupid)
3. Re-purpose and re-imagine things you already have
4. Think locally, act globally. Support local vendors (having it shipped on a container from China doesn’t help reduce your carbon footprint!)
5. Be AWARE, stay informed
6. SMALL IS THE NEW BIG! Homes that are smaller use less resources, have a smaller carbon footprint and can help you keep some of your hard earned cash. Big houses mean big money when it comes to upkeep.

bettershelter's 12@ELDEN, Steve Jones and the bettershelter green awards

12@ELDEN, the eco-friendly development of 12 homes in Eastside Costa Mesa, is about to officially open.
In time for the opening of 12@ELDEN, bettershelter, the cutting edge development team behind 1.7 Ocean and 12@ELDEN, will be hosting the first annual bettershelter green awards.
Be on the look out for more informaiton about that later. In the meantime, check out the latest press profiling bettershelter's style-maker Steve Jones.

Steve Jones of bettershelter to be seen on KABC - September 25, 6 & 11 a.m.

Steve Jones, one-half of the visionary team behind cutting-edge real estate development company Bettershelter will make his television debut on LA's KABC (Channel 7) this Thursday, September 25 at 6 & 11 a.m. providing his expertise and insight on how to incorporate Green Design on a Budget into your home. Steve will take KABC reporter Jane Monreal to some of his favorite shopping spots, then to Bettershelter's hot new "Hybrid Housing" development, 12 @ Elden in Costa Mesa to show how going green doesn't have to mean spending a lot of green.

bettershelter + 12@Elden = green living at its best

12 @ ELDEN

Costa Mesa, CA –- bettershelter development, the cutting edge design team behind 1.7 Ocean, the highly- touted Westside Costa Mesa enclave, are pushing the limits of design inspired by going green while interpreting their coastal modern aesthetic with their latest effort – 12 @ Elden.

Located in Eastside Costa Mesa, 12 @ Elden is a prime example of smart design coupled with green building techniques and materials, resulting in a home that is timeless in both design and philosophy. For the 12 California bungalows on the property, every detail from the building process to the interiors and the grounds were thought of to give home buyers the total green experience including two community organic gardens.

“What we have with 12@Elden are great homes in an ideal community context,” comments Steve Jones, bettershelter partner. “We like working with what is already existing and enhancing it by applying our design aesthetic. It is the ultimate in “green building” – re-using and recycling have less of an impact on the environment than any type of new construction.”

In an effort to encourage the sense of community living within Costa Mesa and minimize the environmental impact of their development, bettershelter is maintaining the original footprint of the Elden bungalows built in 1963, with each home undergoing a frame-off redevelopment to be rebuilt using environmentally friendly materials such as recycled flooring, low VOC paint, energy efficient windows, doors and electrical wiring systems, options for solar energy and more.

bettershelter principals Steve Jones and Pete Zehnder believe that the preservation and renewal of existing buildings is an affirmation of the enhancement of neighborhoods and communities. This philosophy serves as the framework for every project they undertake and is most evident in 12@Elden.

For the design savvy buyer, the two-bedroom bungalows at 12@Elden will incorporate such features as a fireplace, custom kitchens and bathrooms, dutch doors and open floor plans. With lot sizes ranging up to 2000 square feet, each of the homes also boast a private patio area perfect for entertaining year round.

Scheduled to be completed in Spring 2008, the models for this new development are scheduled to open May 15 with the first phase of homes being released for sale shortly thereafter.

Bettershelter is a full service development company that focuses on providing unique and affordable housing for those who appreciate architectural design in Orange County. To learn more about the company, which is located in Newport Beach, log on to the website at
www.bettershelter.com or call 949-777-5643.
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