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Il Regalo is Italian for "The Gift".  We've named the house Il Regalo because we believe this very special place is a gift from God.  We're Del and Diane and we live in Northern California on a beautiful hillside looking out over the San Ramon, Amador, and Livermore Valleys.  The sunrises from our home are truly inspiring and a constant reminder that "His mercies are new every morning".

Because both Del and I love to entertain and share this gift with others, we built an outdoor kitchen and entertainment space.  Check out Del's Outdoor Kitchen Project website for the whole story.

I love beautiful things and I love to decorate.  However, I also want to be a good steward of the resources God has entrusted to me.  In addition, I grew up with some very thrifty parents, especially a Dad that was always making "something from nothing".  So, I am an avid bargain-hunter.  I love to make something look like a million bucks and do it for pennies on the dollar and I'd love to help you do the same.  I've found that the best way to do this is by garage saling.  Before you turn up your nose at the thought, let me hasten to add a few stipulations.  This only works if you live within easy driving distance of some wealthy neighborhoods and are willing to invest some real time on Saturday mornings.  Check out my Garage Sale Decorating page and you'll see the pay-off.

Del has rekindled his love of photography and I am also enjoying it.  I have several albums I've saved on Picasa (which is a very user friendly program to do basic editing of your photos and a great way to share it with friends).  Here's the link:           http://picasaweb.google.com/DianeMorissette