Thursday, February 27, 2014

Heavy Metal

I was recently asked what my favorite metal finish was.  Like any other trend, metal finishes come and go.  I've been seeing a lot more gold showing up in interiors and fashion as well. Currently my favorite metal is rose gold. The bow ring is adorbs!  I would love to see more of this pop up in Interior finishes!  A rose gold pendant light... yes, please!

Rose gold heart earrings, Spike pendant, Rose gold bow bangle, Orbit ring, Hammered ring
Weeping willow chandelier, Pendant lights, Gold chandelier, Burst fixture

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One Kings Lane Picks

one kings lane, radiant orchid home decor, em design interiors

Pink Agate BoxBookendsPillowVaseTurkish RugVelvet Pillow, Storage ContainersWatercolor Print

One Kings Lane is one of my favorite websites to visit for a wide array of decor and furniture. I love that it's a one-stop shop with something for everyone, and I'm constantly learning about new brands. With spring around the corner, I created a board with some of my favorite items from One Kings Lane in none other than the color, radiant orchid. Aside from being named the color of the year, I'm a huge fan of the color myself and think it's the perfect color for spring decorating!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Love is in the Air

It's the season of love!  I hope you aren't tired of all the DIY Valentine's craft ideas or sweets inundating your desktop. Valentine's Day has a new meaning to us since we moved to Sonoma last year on V-Day. It's become more of a celebration of our family in our new home and not so much a mushy holiday with hearts and romance. With that said, I am still a sucker for fun color schemes and love the combination of Red + Pink. They are great colors to brighten up a room and make it feel cheerful.  Whether you like an entire room covered in pink or just a small dose, here are some inspiration photos to spice up your home!

1, 2, 3, 45, 6

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Best of Houzz 2014 | Customer Satisfaction

interior designer san francsisco, bathroom inspiration

A couple months ago I was interviewed for an article on Houzz sharing my tips on how to hang a family photo wall.  Houzz is such a great place full of inspiration from fantastic designers, I was so honored when they notified me this week that I was voted Best of Houzz  2014 for Customer Satisfaction by the community!  Awards are based off client reviews and other factors relating to my profile. Last year I was voted Best of Houzz in Design, so I am so excited to share both awards from the community. Thank you for all your support!

Photography via

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ruby's Girly Bedroom

I am so excited to share today's post with you!  After completing this project in San Francisco, the last room to tackle was the family's 4 year old daughter's room.   We had decorated every inch of the home except Ruby's room.  After some hesitation, she was finally ready to move into a new space once she realized what the end result would be.
Her mom decided to show her my various design lookbooks until she was really drawn to a particalr color combination and style.  Upon seeing the ideas of the yellow headboard, pink walls with pops of fushia, she was sold!
We haven't shot the room professionally yet, but here are a few snapshots.

For the dresser, we tackled a DIY project, turning a basic white dresser into a unique and customized piece! We found overlays for an affordable price, spray painted them pink, applied adhesive to the back, and adhered them to the dresser. It is such an easy and affordable project that even the kids can help you complete! The overall room turned out wonderful and Ruby absolutely loves it.  She was in awe when she saw her new room!

Serena and Lily Bed, Serena and Lily Sheets, Serena and Lily Duvet, Land of Nod Blanket, Caitlin Wilson Pillows

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

CB2 Spring Favorites

With most of the US in the middle of yet another polar vortex, spring couldn't feel farther away. Warm sunny days and an afternoon spring rain are only a faint memory.  For those stuck in the frigid temperatures we could use a little pick-me-up, and what better way to escape the cold than dream of spring re-decorating?  Every season I get excited to switch out decor and update my home for a fresh look.  With fashion, we dress for the season, and I think it's fun to do the same with our homes as well!

CB2 came out with an amazing spring product line. Everything is fresh, fun, and colorful -- exactly how I picture spring days with my family! A space truly affects our mood, so I am looking to bring in bright colors, comfy pillows, and functional storage pieces. Re-decorating doesn't have to mean all new furniture. Sometimes switching out throw pillows and rearranging wall art is all you need! I chose a few favorite pieces from CB2 I have my eye on.

stella cabinet, scope rug, starlit pillow, imprint pilloworange tribal pillow, embroidery pillow, floor cushion, quad stool, sectional, cart, jack side table, mango wood set, metal basket, koi vase

Thursday, January 23, 2014

NYC Experience

My sister & I obsessively posed in front of all the incredible graffiti walls around NYC & Brooklyn!

Benches at Washington Square Park

Chelsea Market

Highline Park #selfie

Views from Highline Park

Reconnecting with my childhood Best Friend Mimi at a Brooklyn Brownstone.

Brunching It

Brooklyn Bridge w/ my Fave Yellow Hat.

Pinkies UP


Last week I was in NYC with my sister for a spontaneous girls trip.  Luckily we hit a stretch of decent weather and were able to explore without trudging through ice & snow!  I haven't been back East in over 4 years, needless to say, we had an absolute blast!  It was incredible having an entire week to ourselves, being able to explore the city without business meetings, kids, responsibilities and schedules.

We stayed at the most adorable Airbnb apartment in the East Village.  The unit was designed to the 9's, it was awesome staying in a home vs. a hotel, it really made us feel like a New Yorker- if even just for a week.
While we were there, we had no agenda.  Just window shopping, exploring and wandering.

Exploring the villages and Soho were definitely highlights.  High line part was still incredible even though all the plants were dormant for the winter.

And let's not forget our obsession with Momofuku.  Yes, we ate there 2 days in a row.

Counting the days until we can go back!  NYC we LOVE YOU!

all images courtesy of: Portraits to the People

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Master Suite Before and After - Details

Last Wednesday I shared before and after pictures and the inspiration behind an elegant master suite renovation I did for a client. What did you think? I  love how calming and elegant the whole room is! It's the perfect retreat for Allyson and her husband. Today I'm sharing more details and sourcing some of the items we used.

The first thing we did was remove the wall to wall carpet and installed wood floors in a dark hickory brown and paint the walls a warm grey to modernize the room.  The couple no longer wanted a step-in shower so we removed the tub and installed a glass door walk-in shower. One of the wish list items for the couple was powder blue tiles, so we added Walker Zanger accent tiles in the shower. Another wish list item in the bathroom was a beautiful cabinet style vanity from Restoration Hardware with a carrera marble top. Then we installed oversized mirrors to really emphasize the high ceilings.

In the bedroom we replaced the fan with a gorgeous orb chandelier. We chose mirrored side tables for an elegant touch and silk curtains for added glam.

Bedroom: Orb Chandelier , Silk Curtains, Table Lamps, West Elm Bedding, West Elm Sparkle Pillow, Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal, Benjamin Moore Cliffside Gray, Mirrored Jewelry Box

Bathroom: Vanity Sink, Sconces, Mirrors, Walker Zanger Accent Tile, Marble Tile, Anthropologie Towels,