From Ugly Duckling to Sustainable Swan: A Bay Area Home

Earth plasters, reclaimed wood, wheatboard, bamboo and handcrafted décor turn a nondescript 1940s Bay Area cottage into a home full of warmth and comfort.

Earth plaster allows for fun moments such as this medallion. Kelly applied a thick layer of earth plaster, then let it set up slightly and pressed in the pattern with a shaped piece of 1/4-inch-thick Masonite. She used a hammer to create the scalloped edge, then colored the medallion with clay-based paints.
Photos By Barbara Bourne