The refurbished pizza oven in the backyard is a party-starter. “The process of making pizza involves everyone,” Kele says. “You get going three hours ahead to start the fire, then spend the afternoon outside while you wait. It’s such a fun ritual.”
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Mexican Mango Stacks
Think of this as mango salsa, reimagined as a more substantial and just-as-refreshing summer bite.
Recipe:Mexican Mango Stacks
Curious about the numbering? It’s because these floor pillows are one-of-a-kind, made from a piece of a mid-20th-century Turkish rug.
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On the spectrum of real estate heartaches, falling for something that’s not on the market is a tough one. Christina and Kele Dobrinski were in the middle of a house hunt in the San Francisco Bay Area when they found themselves in Sacramento touring someone else’s newly acquired 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival. “We didn’t say anything while we were walking through it,” Christina says. “But we were definitely elbowing and eyeballing one another.” Feeling they could talk the new owner into letting it go, Kele picked up the phone: “Hi, Dad.” Kele’s father—a general contractor who had purchased the house as a flip with Kele’s mother—not only agreed to sell but signed up for a major remodel too. “Looking back, I think that was his plan all along,” Kele says.The original 1,900-square-footer (just a mile from Kele’s parents) was in need of a sweeping remodel, it possessed an architectural style that they were drawn to—not to mention a yard with tons of potential. So the Dobrinski clan got to work to create a home that reflected its historical roots and their own personal style, with unconventional choices like a pool in the front yard.
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