Meet the girls


    Mak and Jill have been friends since seventh grade. They both were lucky to have creative mamas who encouraged their artistic sides. 

  They have 45 years experience between the two of them upcycling furniture, creating works of art, styling and interior design. They have a beautiful store "The Abode" - located on Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente, where you can find their upcycled furniture, unique finds, and so much more.

They are stockists of Chalk Paint® decorative paint and offer furniture painting workshops, teaching others what they have learned over a lifetime.






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Patti Polucha's Painted Piano

It's time I started sharing some of the latest Mak & Jill creations.  We have been super busy with lots of fun projects lately, and the blogging has gone by the wayside. 

One project that I did manage to document was the transformation of my good friend Patti Polucha's piano.  She, like many of you, was given her old family piano.  It was a nice piano, but a little dated.  And as is often the case, there wasn't room for it anywhere.  The only spot for it was right in the entry way, so it needed to be a show piece.  So.....we took that sad, dark, dated piano and added a Annie Sloan Old White/Provence mix, and created this:



Here's the before.




 If you have a family piano that you would like to give a new look to, you can do one of two things.  Call Jill, the piano painting specialist! I can come to your home and figure out the perfect color for your space, and paint it right there.  Or come to one of my painting workshops.  There you can learn everything you need to know to go home and transform that piano yourself. There is one going on tomorrow in Long Beach at Warehouse 1333 from 1-4 p.m.  There are a couple spots left.  If that doesn't work, check the schedule.  We hold workshops in Long Beach and San Clemente regularly. Call me with any questions. (949) 412-4499.



"The Mermaid"

We are off to " La Casa Verde de Granada" in San Clemente, for the day! I need to get her back to the sea....

Come by and say Hi, she LOVES attention.

I know this because, she is always wearing these sparkly outfits.


August Rosebowl Highlights

There is always too much to get done before Rosebowl! It is a big, giant, exhausting push. 

My most favorite piece by far this time is this bed. Isn't it too cute!

 Turquoise was the color of the show for me, all shades. I did lots of mixing colors.  I replaced the tired wrought iron "leaves and acorn" motif with these beachy, beadboard slats and painted them up in my custom colors. Mixing is one of my favorite things to do.

Look at that amazing Anthropologie knob on there!

There was a bit of a war over this coffee table, so I will be doing another this week for Tara in Studio City.

These vintage lightbulbs were quite the find. Yes they all work!

So I had some Non Turquoise items for the neutral fans out there.

One coat of paint. You have to love Annie Sloan Paint! Although it is a bit addicting, so watch out, if you try it. You will be hooked.                                                              

Can you find the turquoise?

The customers favorite by far are the girls! *NOT FOR SALE* I think they will get there own tags next month so I don't have to keep answering that question.

It was a good show. I hope to see you next month.......MaK




Quirky Shopping - Featured in this month's Sunset Magazine!

Check out "One Perfect Day in San Clemente, CA" in the current issue of Sunset Magazine!!

La Casa Verde is a co-op specializing in high quality vintage, used, reconditioned and enhanced furniture, home and garden accessories, art, crafts and vintage and hand made jewelry and accessories.


You can find MaK and Jill's latest furnishings, trappings & paraphernalia at La Casa Verde de Granada.

  The store is open every day. Mon - Sat 10 - 6, Sun 10 - 5. We're at the store every Wednesday, stop by, we'd love to see you.   


Enjoy a fun, creative afternoon with us!

Chalk Paint Workshops


The Annie Sloan Techniques

Sunday, July 31st 

Enjoy an afternoon at La Casa Verde de Granada in San Clemente, learning 4 different painting techniques using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Waxes. This incredible paint allows you to easily create inexpensive effects that look like a million dollars, on virtually any surface with virtually no prep work.  This is a great course for the professional or the novice.




All workshops include materials needed for the class.  Additional materials can be purchased so you can go home and finish all your projects!

Wear your paint clothes and be ready...this is the paint you've been waiting for!

Registration required
. Please register online at or call Jill at 949-412-4499.  

4 Chalk Paint Techniques include:
Two Color
Lime Wash
 All supplies provided
Includes snack
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