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August 16, 2008|David A. Keeps

ARCHITECT Melinda Gray and husband Bill Borden, a home improvement hobbyist, share a few cards from their Rolodex of decor resources.

Wall finishes: The thick, irregular adobe walls and arches demanded equally textural paint. For the interior and exterior, Gray chose lime washes from Portola Paints & Glazes applied with a wide brush in diagonal strokes. 12442 Moorpark St., Studio City; (818) 623-9053; www.portolapaints.com.

Concrete kitchen: The couple and their sons built the forms and poured two cast concrete islands and the sink, adding decorative touches such as colored inlays and foreign coins. Supplies came from Bourget Bros., 1636 11th St., Santa Monica; (310) 450-6556; www.bourgetbros.com.

Shelves: Borden, who has taught woodworking at his children's school, and Gray replaced space-gobbling kitchen cabinetry with open shelving made from apple ply, a maple-veneer plywood. A 4-by-8-foot sheet of 1-inch-thick apple ply is $189.95 at Anderson Plywood, 4020 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; (310) 397-8229; www.andersonplywood.com. The family also constructed rolling side tables from Baltic birch plywood, also from Anderson, and rubber wheels from Culver City Industrial Hardware, 5429 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; (310) 398-1251; www.culverhardware.com.

Statement lighting: After working with metalworker Tadeusz Torzecki on doors and windows, Gray commissioned the artist to make the umbrella lamp that hangs over the loggia's Biedermeier table and Swedish chairs. (323) 244-1825; www.tadeuszdesign.com.

Functional art: Borden and Gray added architect Eva Sobesky's Pebbles, sculptural seating carved from stacked plywood. Each costs $400 to $2,200, depending on size. EIS Studio, 1348 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 392-8887; www.eisstudio.com/pebble.

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