Danville Express

Newsfront - July 6, 2007

HGTV zooms in on Blackhawk shop

Featured couple shops California Living

by Natalie O'Neill

Call it California chic. When it comes to interior design, Blackhawk Plaza is at the forefront of style.

Just ask Home and Garden Television, who shot its upcoming series "Find Your Style," hosted by Karen McAloon from HGTV's Design Remix, at California Living in Blackhawk Plaza last week. Arlene and Milt Capsimalis, Oakland clientele who are getting their bedroom made over, browsed the store for lamps, chairs and candles while commenting on the originality of the furnishings.

"(The host) comes into your house and inspects for clues to bring out your personal design style," said spokeswoman Shelbi Okumura, explaining the new series.

McAloon, an interior designer, helps everyday people bring out a personal room theme and come up with a plan and get them started. Then she sets them loose to shop for their new room using $2,500 from HGTV's pocketbook.

Owner of the Blackhawk store Eric Olea, who designs the Tuscan and Mediterranean-influenced furniture himself, said California-home style is as diverse as the people who live here.

"It's a melting pot, just like California. There are all types of people and all types of styles," he said, noting the rich woods, glazing and attention to detail.

All of the furniture is made in California, rare considering most similar furniture is made in China and Indonesia, he said.

The show is currently being filmed in the Bay Area and will air in August.


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