Sunday, July 31, 2011

Neon Lights

I've been daydreaming about bright tropical interiors to get me out of this gray summer SF funk. 
Look what I found!  Touch Interiors featured in Adore Home Magazine- woo ha!  Poole has a way with using white as a backdrop on staple pieces and popping vibrant colors into the textiles, paint & accessories.   Bright neon and stark white- I love it! 

This is just one of their awesome projects.  No it's not in the Caribbean, it's in Queensland!  click here for better images.


Hand me a Mojito!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

a J.Crew family

I just received the August J.Crew catalog yesterday.  I'm loving their vibe right now!  It's still a tad preppy for me but I love how they mix colors and make a little conservative cashmere sweater look uber cool.
I think the kids styling is the best, it helps that their kid models are beyond adorable! 
I would love to integrate some of these interesting color combinations into my interiors!  Hopefully I have a project coming up where I can do just that!   
Let's see what got me giggly with design juju yesterday. Imagining my family as a J.Crew family...
What would your outfit look like?
my 'mom' look with canary yellow, olive green, vibrant red, and dusty rose...
I'm all about layering, so why not on your kids too?  Adding bright yellow laces to spice up some chuck taylors.

Again, layers, layers, layers!  It works like that for interiors too- accessories!  A cool combo of deep fall greens and navy with pops of pink and lime green!  I also love the silver clogs.
My hubby would look so handsome in this outfit!  I love seeing a man in purple!
Be sure to check out their blog too,  I enjoyed looking at some of their look books!  I love finding inspiration in unexpected places, Thank You J. Crew

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cecile's Kitchen before/after

I am lucky to have such an amazing circle of talented friends.  One of them is a former colleague Cecile Lozano who started her own firm a few years back.  She's got great taste and an eye for transforming a space from ordinary into spectacular.  When a friend and neighbor of hers needed to freshen up her tired kitchen, Cecile knew the best way to liven it up, with just a few quick changes.  Check out the before/afters.  {originally featured on design*sponge in January}

A persimmon painted wall, a fun wall clock, painting the cabinets, fun accessories & "voila" a fantastic retro kitchen!

My favorite detail is the stencil she did in lime green from Stencil 101 by Ed Roth.  So groovy.

Friday, July 22, 2011

yellow yellow yellow

I have been goo goo for yellow since I changed my logo last month.  This is definitely a new obsession as I have not been drawn to yellow like this in the past.  What is it?!  There is something that gets me about the crispness and simplicity of yellow, especially paired with bright white.  Integrating it into your home as a bold wall statement or in a fun pop of art.  And for sure in summer shorts!
  • Bold yellow sliding door between a bedroom/bathroom. 
  • Fun silhouette pillow embroidered on jute.  
  • Yellow stair risers, Yes yes, Yellow!
  • I also love bringing it into fashion, yellow shorts, pants, or shoes.  {Yes, I own a pair from the Gap which my sister-in-law likes to call my 'banana pants'}.  
  • And lastly, yellow diamonds from Tiffany, need I say more?  I was so close to getting a yellow diamond for my wedding band.  Oh to dream...maybe for a right hand ring.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

wine and relaxation

My family has been going on a lot of little trips this month.  When I travel with the kids, I often feel like I need a vacation from my vacation!  So we did just that.  The day after we returned from our last excursion, my hubby took off one extra day so we could have a day together, alone, without kids!   We drove up to Sonoma {It's only 45 minutes away- yeah!}. 
We could not have asked for a better day, beautiful clear blue skies, sunshine, luscious vineyards all around, peace, quiet and some tasty wine! 
We stopped at Ravenswood and, my new favorite, Gundlach Bunchschu Winery!   Don't I feel lucky to live so close to wine country!?  They let us sneak around the vineyards and get a closer look at the fields.  I wish I had a private tour but it was fun checking out the different varieties of grapes, leaves and sizes of plants.
Feeling so relaxed...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

outfit a room

I know it's been done before...what was that reality show where they turned someones 'inspiration outfit' into a room in their home??  Oh yes, Dress My Nest with Thom Filicia!   What a great idea! 
As I was flying last week, I was flipping through House + Garden and saw a page of cute summer bohemian outfits.  Got me thinking... "that would be transpire into a great room!"  I've had my eye on a fun pink chevron rug & this embroidered pink shirt from J.Crew, and that is where it started.  

necklace   shirt    bracelet    wedge   clutch    skirt

I love the shirt color, funky wedges and bold necklace; bringing a pop of gold & teal into the ensemble.  Ahh, lusting after the bold clutch! 

sofa     lamp     table    wing chair    pillow    art     tray    rope door stopper    rug

Happy Friday!  I'm off to a mini vacation in San Luis Obispo to see family (and sunshine)!   Ye ha!

master bedroom re-do

I recently had the pleasure of consulting with Kassin Laverty {founder of Interior Design Fair} on a fun project in San Francisco.  The client was a young newlywed couple who recently moved into the husbands home.  It was a bachelor pad to say the least.  We were hired to create a cohesive look and add few feminine touches.  I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like!

before images of bed & sitting area

Project Inspiration Board for Master Bedroom


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

hipster craft fair

It was a gloomy weekend here in San Francisco.  I had the pleasure of taking my family out to the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason.   It was nice to get out and have a healthy distraction from the 50 degree weather in the middle of summer.   I love the bay views from Fort Mason and it was wonderful to get some design inspiration!  I was a bit overwhelmed with all the amazing talent but here area few of my favorites!!


{i live in a 'scarf city', I thought this would be a cool statement piece}  

{look at those needles!}  
I have been on a Pouf hunt for my own home, so I was stoked when I came across these!  I think they are so fun and crazy at the same time!   Cara is a writer by day and crafter by night and so full of talent.

Hilary had so many fun prints of SF scenes, usually inspired by photography of this wonderful city.  She does workshops too, check it out!

{cupcake break- Crap Cakes- really!?  Yum!}

One of my hubby's favs as well, a mid-century inspired creation with a unique twist!  Their moto "This studio believes that chairs can be diverted from the waste stream to become 'en route' again to new homes."  Yes to that!

{i always love a good hand-printed card or tea-towel}
LINEA CARTA is Italian for 'paper line' or 'paper collection'.  Diva offers a comprehensive eco-friendly (and eco-cute!) line of luxury stationery and gifts for your wedding, your home, and your baby.

{noticing a theme of feathers, leather and native american inspired crafts right now}
Julia (from Canada) who was originally a ski racer, went to art school in Nova Scotia and long story short- fell in love with leather!  She handcrafts leather belts & accessories full-time out of her studio in Whistler.   I like what she has going on.

{they have some crazy pillows, baby with elephant head.  my son thought these were pretty awesome.}

{I was really drawn to the monochromatic arrangements in different shapes.  I appreciate the simplicity}

Sara was introduced to pottery while she was forced to take a class for a teaching degree.  After spending many years moonlighting as a potter in her basement studio, she is now lucky enough to pursue her love of pottery full-time.  Spread the word, Sara's got talent!

{what an interesting technique, I'd love to decorate an entire wall with these pieces}

Dave Marcoullier is a certified arborist and landscape designer, and much of his work is an extension of those two disciplines.  As no two wood grains are the same, each and every piece is unique.

{loving the photos mounted on woodblock, too many good ones to choose from!} 

I hope you are able to check out Renegade when it comes to a town near you!

Monday, July 11, 2011

feather your nest

I was looking for desk accessories for a client who loves birds.  During my shopping I kept coming across very interesting decorating items with feathers.  I thought, wouldn't it more be fun to just use an element of birds?  The feather, which seems to be so cool and trendy right now.   I have my eyes on a few of these items for my home now.
Quill pens, a journal, a bronze tray & magnifying glass. 
I want to order her a set of these letterpress cards, I love the simple outline and colors of white & grey.

So why not continue to carry the theme throughout the room?!  It's subtle and not too obnoxious, right?!  I especially love the hand printed feather pillow from Etsy.  pendant, wallpaper, tray, pillow, art

I love the colors of this peacock feather card!


Friday, July 8, 2011

she's got the look

My new website is LIVE!  Yeah!  I spent many hours hunched over my lap top getting my new site up.   I wish I could say I hired a fabulous web designer {maybe next time} to make it happen but at this point, it was all me!  {thank you iWeb}  I have to give props to Jenna @ q.a. design for helping me get my logo to where I want it to be.  I love my new look and I hope you do to!   Be sure to check out all the wonderful things Jenna has created, she's amazing!
 Check out the site and also 'like' me on Facebook!   Oh Joy! to Social Networking! 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

my country style

I had full intention of blogging while I was out of town in Denver.  But instead I completely let myself check out of reality and enjoy every moment there with my family and friends.  I soaked up  the sun,  summer rains, even the 100 degrees firework fiesta into the wee hours of the morning.  My children were so happy there, running in the yard, eating dinner outside, breathing fresh mountain air, riding trains, seeing tractors, playing in kiddie pools, & seeing wildlife.  I very much  appreciate the simple life there, that is for sure!

I always wonder what it'd be like to raise my children in the same place where I grew up. 
So got me thinking... what would I want my Colorado home to look like??

{It's all about outdoor living , I would make my porch & backyard the best part of the home!}   porch, rocker

{I see myself being very domestic, gardening, preparing awesome salads from my garden, oh what I would do for an awesome kitchen island!}  kitchen, flowers, table top

{I love the bright white and stained, painted woods.  Mixing natural elements with modern touches.  Very fresh & clean.}  egg chair, bed, living

{My kids would have the coolest rooms in town!  I love the large mountain wall treatment and the barn door for a backdrop in the nursery!}  mountain wall, nursery
{I think I would live out here as much as possible.  Maybe use the barn as an indoor/outdoor space to entertain and play!}  barn, tabletop
I'm still on my Rocky Mountain High.