​Solful among first cannabis dispensaries in Sonoma County to open for recreational use in 2018 by Dynamic Designs NW

 Host Alex Jackson checks-in Hanna Chort at Solful cannabis dispensary in Sebastopol, on Tuesday, Dec. 19., 2017. (Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat)

Host Alex Jackson checks-in Hanna Chort at Solful cannabis dispensary in Sebastopol, on Tuesday, Dec. 19., 2017. (Beth Schlanker/The Press Democrat)

Sebastopol’s regulations will allow its two current dispensaries, SPARC — formerly Peace in Medicine— and Solful, to sell to anyone 21 years of age or older — no longer to just those who possess a medical card. 

Courtesy: Kevin Fixler, The Press Democrat |  December 19, 2017

Leipheimer-Gunn remodel creates 'edgy' space with classic country touches by Dynamic Designs NW

 Levi Leipheimer and Odessa Gunn recently remodeled the kitchen of their Santa Rosa home.

Levi Leipheimer and Odessa Gunn recently remodeled the kitchen of their Santa Rosa home.

When Levi Leipheimer invited his new cycling pal Dan Boyle over for some expert advice about sprucing up his aging kitchen, his vision was pretty limited. Maybe some fresh paint over the old oak cabinets, he figured, would at least help lift the room out of the ?80s.

But one suggestion led to another and another. When the dust settled months later, Leipheimer and his wife, Odessa Gunn, had a completely new kitchen.

?It wasn?t so bad before,? the laconic Leipheimer says, ?but it?s a lot better now.?

The race to remodel became a team effort, but in this case Leipheimer, one of the world?s top cyclists, was happy not to take the lead. Boyle?s wife, Lauren Brandwein, a designer, wound up leading Leipheimer and Gunn through what can be a difficult and time-consuming course. Undertaking a major remodel means making a plethora of decisions beginning with the most fundamental of all: Just what is the overall look you want to achieve?

The first challenge, says Brandwein, was finding a way to marry Leipheimer?s minimalist tastes with his wife?s ranch-girl lifestyle.

Courtesy: The Press Democrat  |  October 22, 209

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Highly efficient but expensive, LED lighting has improved enough to make it a practical alternative by Dynamic Designs NW

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Rarely has technology so old advanced so far in so short a period of time.

Within the past two years, LED lights -- first developed a century ago but long thought of only as those little red lights that made your radio, calculator and VCR glow in the dark -- have taken a giant leap forward.

Now, the light-emitting diodes (LEDs) formerly used as beacons for electronic buttons and flashlights are bright enough to illuminate an entire room -- and not just with colored lights, but with a quality of white light that is making designers, architects and electricians, suddenly take notice.

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