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Tue

21

Oct

2014

Spooky Arrangement

Halloween is approaching and we wanted to make an arrangement using all the interesting flowers we come across on our weekly trip to the flower mart. 

Our spooky elements include: (Clockwise from top left) The feather like texture on this flower reminds us of the hair on a tarantula. The berries look like deadly fruit or tiny pumpkins. The soft orange plant looks like it resembles brain matter. And then we have some black peppers.

We rounded out the arrangement with some black flowers, cat-tails, and large black leaves line the inside of the vase 

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Thu

29

May

2014

Traveling towards Inspiration

Traveling almost always provides me with a wealth of inspiration to take back to my design practice.  I was surprised by this lovely elevator floor on a recent trip to Kauai - it is an intricate pattern of hibiscus flowers with a 'woven' border made entirely of limestone. So warm, and pretty, and perfectly appropriate for Hawaii.  Fortunately my husband is accustomed to my insistance that I photograph whatever strikes me as a beautiful addition to my 'Inspiration File.' 

Most often I'm drawn to the smaller details in my surroundings - like the details on this iron fence at the royal residence in Norway. We are often called upon by clients to create a special detail for stair or terrace railings and it's nice to have images of actual rails to for inspiration.

Last year found us returning to Iceland for a vacation (we lived there many years ago.)  It was lovely to revisit the country and explore the many changes since we left.  I stumbled across this home as we wandered through the capital city of Reykjavik.  I found this house sized portrait so charming.  I wondered about the story behind the painting.  Who is it?  Who painted it?  I'm looking forward to incorporating some quirky portraiture in a future design project!

Sometimes it's nice to just stand back and observe how different shapes interact with each other and with the light.  Inside this lighthouse in Virginia Beach I was captured by the light and shadow, the curves, and the repetition of the paned windows and stairwell.  The hard edges, the bright blue of the sky, and the texture makes this feel like art to me.  

 

Design magazines and books are wonderful resources for jumping off points for design projects - but remember to look around you for unusual ideas.  For me traveling is all about learning about and observing my destination and sometimes that can be the best source of inspiration.

 

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Tue

28

Jan

2014

Jewels, gems, and stones...oh my!

The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita & Beyond, 1950–1990

Today we popped over to the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park to see the Bulgari exhibit and it was amazing! We now have our Valentine's lists typed up for our sweethearts. Diamonds are a girls best friend!! (Emeralds and sapphires are a pretty close second.)

Oddly enough we got a little hungry while we were there - but that could be due to all the candy imagery. Even the cafe lighting looks like treats. Yummmm!

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Sat

21

Dec

2013

Our Favorite Things!!

per·fume

Chanel #5 – I’ve used this perfume since I was 16 years old and I still love it.  Occasionally I will attempt to use a different fragrance but I’ve never found one I like nearly as well.  Timeless, classic scent. *SUZY

Kate Spade's Beauty- The only problem with this scent is that it was discontinued. I have a secret stock pile because, like Suzy says, when you find your scent it's hard to let go. It's a 'pretty' scent of gardenia, honeysuckle, lily of the valley, tuberose and jasmine. *JESSICA 

gad·get noun \ˈga-jət\ : a small, useful device

Kindle – especially on a plane or car trip.  I’m forced to sit still for several hours and I can lose myself in a wonderful book without guilt over not doing other chores. *SUZY

Camera- Any kind. I love vintage cameras with real film but I also have more than one instagram account, so I am by no means a purist. If you want to see my pictures you can find some here: www.flickr.com/photos/friend1998  *JESSICA

sea·son ˈsēzən/ noun plural noun: seasons

Summer – my partner, Jessica, and I fall on opposite sides of the fence on this but I LOVE summer.  The color the sky, the warmer days, and the feel of freedom make me feel like a kid again. *SUZY

Fall/Winter- Suzy is right. I love the crunch of leaves while wearing boots, or bundling up by the fire with a good book and some hot cocoa. Besides, my birthday is in December *JESSICA

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Thu

12

Dec

2013

'Tis the Season

Stay tuned we are currently writing some wish lists...
Stay tuned we are currently writing some wish lists...
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Fri

30

Aug

2013

Summer Loving

Today's post is inspired by my favorite skirt. Summer is in full swing in San Francisco and it is time to embrace it with surfers and color.

Today's design would be perfect for beach cottage or a surfers room. First take an old surfboard and turn it into a headboard, just turn it on it's side and mount it to the wall. Bedding is easy with some tie dye fabrics. Wall art could be a paper mache shark and of course a print of a curly blue wave. Add a shell planter and a laid back chair and it is a place that will evoke the sound of waves and the feeling of an endless summer...now I need to apply lots of sunblock and enjoy this weather (pass me some pink lemonade).

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Tue

30

Jul

2013

Gallery Walls

We love gallery walls. The overall look appears as one whole piece, a large art statement. I collect black and white photos as travel souvenirs. Seeing all the places I have been and love always brings a smile to my face. Creating a gallery wall doesn't have to be a hard process. As you can see from the images above, they can include more than just photos and paintings. I love that a TV can be hidden in the mix instead of standing alone as a black hole on a blank wall.

To create your own gallery wall in an easy three steps:

1. Gather all the images and objects you want to include. Also grab old paper bags (craft paper will work), scissors, painter's tape and a pencil.

2. Trace the outline of the frames or objects onto the bags, then cut the outlines out. Mark on the paper outlines the location of the wire or teeth on the back of each frame.

3. Tape up the bag outlines and move them around until it looks right to you (this can take awhile~ I left it for a fews days standing back and tweaking a little here and there). When you are ready just put a nail through each piece of paper where you marked the hanging point(s) earlier.

 

Stand back and enjoy.

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Thu

23

May

2013

Update

Sorry we haven't posted in awhile, we have been a bit busy. Above is the current state of a clients house (from left to right), a picture from a favorite room at this years Decorators Showcase (more on that in a future post) and a fun polka dot backsplash we had installed just waiting on grout. More to come...

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Tue

19

Mar

2013

Shades of the Sea

I grew up near the ocean so colors that remind me of the beach or the sea are soothing; like going home. So here are some pieces I found that I love for a bathroom or a daring kitchen. The countertop material even has mother of pearl and fossils in it. It would be hard not to relax in a place like this, I can practically smell the salty breeze.

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Tue

26

Feb

2013

Sour Apple

We are loving this acid green color, a glimpse of brightness spring brings. It should be used sparingly: a teapot, throw pillow, piece of art, or an accent wall connecting to the colors outside in the garden. A cheerful touch of this green will brighten any space. Let us know how you made it work in your space. Apple martini anyone?

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Thu

21

Feb

2013

Bar Carts!

The success of 'Mad Men' has influenced the design world, bringing mid century design to both fashion and interiors.  Bar carts are a fun way to bring this infulence home.  There are a vast array of new and vintage bar carts out there.  We've selected a few with very different design aesthetics - we love the fun curves of the plexiglass cart, the cheer of the gilded cart, the simple elegance of the mid century cart, and the 'homey' style of the industrial cart.  Surely there is a bar cart for every design style.     

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Tue

15

Jan

2013

New Year, New Tile!

We have been working on a lot of bathrooms recently. So we have spent a fair amount of time in tile showrooms, slab yards, and plumbing and fixture stores. We are fans of classic elements: basket weave in stone, neutral colored marble (grey is a neutral). But the new accent items are like the jewelry for your bathroom. The latest waterjet cutting can make intricate designs with stone, tile, and glass. These custom pieces are like works of art. And our other new favorite is the shattered glass tiles, the way they catch the light is pure beauty. Time to relax in your own private spa! Ahhh, Happy New Year indeed.

 

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Tue

20

Nov

2012

Lighting: Now

The lighting trends today are quite beautiful, each fixture is almost a work of art. I love the filament in an exposed edison bulb. For those who have energy guilt the LED spike ball would give you the same industrial edge, with a fraction of the energy used. And the bubble glass fixture reminds me of one of my favorite things: bubble baths. 

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Tue

23

Oct

2012

San Francisco love

Feeling the San Francsico love today. Last night the giants made it into the World Series, again. But the love for the local sports team isn't the only thing in the air, a crispness that is fall makes it perfect for adding another cozy layer and heading off to the farmers market. With some fresh fruit, veggies, and flowers the only thing that could complete the lovely excursion was some Blue Bottle hot chocolate.

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Thu

04

Oct

2012

New Materials: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

We stopped by the new materials bbq at Fox Marble last week and visited all the new deliveries from all over the world. We saw some lovely new soft colored, sparkling marble counters that would look perfect in a bathroom, kitchen and laundry space. We also spied some crocodile stamped material that we would couldn't in good conscience recommend in any application. We like the idea of the backlit agate stone in a bar or accent installation; but were left wondering if they would end up as an over-used trend soon to be regretted. 

 

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