Kendra Boutell



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California Homes Magazine: Shaken Not Stirred

A Sexy Showhouse on Telegraph Hill

California Homes Magazine: Restrained Elegance

Antonio Martins Modernizes a Historic Home in Cow Hollow

California Homes Magazine: A House In Mill Valley

The Home of Photographer David Duncan Livingston and his wife, interior designer Florence Choux Livngston

Jennifer Robin Interiors Designs a Sonoma Retreat

California Homes Magazine: Stairway To Heaven

Designer Paul Wiseman and Architect Aleck Wilson Create Serenity in the Los Altos Hills

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My writing career began during the Great Recession. Before the downturn in the economy, I worked in sales and marketing for elite San Francisco antique dealers and top "To the Trade" furnishing showrooms. I now utilize my knowledge to write for and about the interior design industry. In addition to being Marketing Director at COUPAR Consulting, I am Editor at Large of California Homes Magazine and contribute to various other outlets.


Dream tonight of peacock tails, 

Diamond fields and spouter whales. 

Thomas Pynchon












Kendra is an outstanding writer and editor with extensive knowledge of the history of design, antiques and the current design community. With her excellent eye for design and long standing relationships in the design community Kendra has been an extraordinary asset to California Homes Magazine. In addition to scouting, writing and producing she has proven to be an excellent manager and mentor to the CH staff. 

Heidi Gerpheide. Puplisher

Holy, Holy, Wholly fulfilling. I'll never leave you unopened, I'll never delete you, no matter what you find, say or show. I'm above board--and never down a hole.

Craig Leavitt, Founder

Your blog Porcelains and Peacocks is perfect and wonderful. Sophisticated, informative, insightful, classy, excellent illustrations, knowledgeable, intelligent, first quality and finally, not egocentric.

Kelly Hartgraves, Gallery Director

"Belle Époque", so aptly named, is what you evoke Kendra, time and time again.

Kimball Diamond, Founder

Dear Kendra, brilliant is all I can say.  I did look at the writer website a few days ago and have been trying to find the words and the time to tell you how Impressed I am at your abilities and your insights. These words "cartoonish mediocrity" say it perfectly, where we have landed.  I look forward to all you have to say to remind us of this gigantic misstep in attitude to all that is precious in the craft and art of interior design.  Brava! 

Carole Carbonella, Cousin

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Aubrey Beardsley, English, Illustrator

Le Morte Darthur, J. M. Dent & Co., London, 1893-1894


Paul Augé, French, Editor and Lexicographer

Larousse du XXe siècle: en six volumes, 1928


Willy Pogany, Hungarian, Illustrator

Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales by Ignácz Kúnos, 1913


Kirk Phillips, Friend

Photo taken in The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles 


Jay Van Everen, American, Illustrator, Designer, and Muralist

The Laughing Prince, Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 1921


Contemporary Museum of Calligraphy, Moscow

​International Exhibition of Calligraphy, kinds of broad-nip pens


Harry Clarke, Irish, Illustrator and Stained-Glass Artist

The Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, 1916 

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