Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Outdoor Pillows - Ikat and more

Good news and bad news.  The good news is, that it's so warm in Northern California on March 11th, that you can sit outside in the early evening and enjoy a lovely glass of wine without being freezing.  The bad news is, global warming is alive and well.  It's hard to celebrate the warmth when you know that we are in a drought crisis and that our little earth is changing!

But, despite the fact that I feel guilty (#californiadrought), I thought I'd do a little post on the cool outdoor pillows that I've been eyeballing lately.  

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know I love pillows!  Pillows are the easiest way to transform your space!!!

   However, my pet peeve is 'traditional outdoor pillows' -- you know, the ones that have 
'anchors' or 'stripes' or 'fish' on them.... :)  

   Your outdoor space is an extension of your indoor style.....so let it reflect who you are!

   Me?  I love ikat.  I love wild colors.  I love making a statement.

   Here are my picks for some 'out of the box' outdoor pillows that I'm mulling over for my 
personal outdoor space........


Cheers!  (But I feel guilty!)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Styling a coffee table: Tray of the Day and..... where I've been!

Greetings!  I know it's been a while!  I've been swamped with work (and a quick trip to Hawaii to see my high school friends).  But if you've been wondering what I've been up to.... follow me on Instagram (@pricestyleanddesign)!  I signed up about a month ago-- yes, I'm a little slow on the social media stuff --- but all of my posts on Instagram focus on original art, lighting finds, styled vignettes, pillows and fabric and pretty things for your home!

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I'm obsessed with using trays as a styling device on a coffee table.  It's a great platform to arrange a vignette!

I post a bunch of my Tray of the Day vignettes (#trayoftheday) along with other interior design inspired pics on Instagram.

Here are a few of my recent Instagram posts on coffee table styling:

In other news, (and I'll do a bigger post on this soon), my new Etsy Shop is up and running.....Here's a sample of the goodies I'm selling:

And the real estate market in Northern California is going CRAZY....  so the staging part of my business is keeping me obscenely busy! 

Here are a few pics of homes that I've staged recently:



Email me if you'd like help with your home!  pricestyleanddesign@gmail.com


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ceiling Medallion -- Just in case you are looking up

I don't know about you....but I don't sit down.  Not until it's time to go to bed.  On the weekends, I wake up and think, 'what am I going to create this weekend?' 

If you remember, a while back, I made this light fixture using a drum shade from Ikea, and oregami papers, using this as inspiration, but.....

Something was missing for me.......the ceiling still looked a little empty.

So hello, HomeGoods and a super inexpensive sunburst mirror....

A little white paint, and here we are:

Now, next weekend, I'm going to paint the green wall, black!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Affordable Original Art -- 6 ways to jumpstart your collection

Have you ever wanted to own original art but thought that art collecting was only for the rich and famous?  Many people think that buying original art is too expensive, but I disagree!

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I like to promote the acquisition of original art for home design.  You've got to start looking locally in your area, researching the type of art that inspires you, or even venture to create your own!

Here are 6 ways to curate a beautiful art collection in your own home...

Check your area for galleries featuring local artists.  Often times they are called 'artist studios', and some areas even have what's called 'open studios', where art is displayed in private residences.  Prices are usually very affordable and you may even have a chance to meet the artist at one of the venues, which would be wonderful!

Special Bonus:  Some galleries let you 'rent' the art for a period of time to see if you really, really love it in your home!

In San Francisco, we have the Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery (which is located at Fort Mason and not in the museum downtown), where artists are carefully vetted before their work is selected -- and the prices are amazing!

Flea markets are an awesome way to find vintage art, and integrate it into your collection.  Look for similar colors and hues and create a gallery wall with your finds.


You might be shaking your head at this one, but I recently scored an awesome original painting by one of my favorite artists, Michelle Armas, on Craigslist in San Francisco for a FRACTION of the price.  

To search on craigslist, type in 'original art' in the search area and then click 'gallery view' - so that all the photos come up and you can search quickly by what catches your eye!  

(This is the Michelle Armas painting that I scored on Craigslist!)

4.  ETSY
Etsy.com has become one of my top choices when sourcing affordable art for my clients.  The easy way to search, is to type in the genre (abstract, figurative, impressionist, etc.) and then add in the color and size for which you are looking.

5.  DIY 
Choose colors that you love (or create a color scheme using color theory) and then go for it. :)

(This is a little series of paintings that I've been working on.....)

This, my friends, I could do for hours!  Google, Pinterest, Houzz, Blogs....the list goes on and on, in terms of ways to search for original art.  What inspires you?  Color, concept, history, shapes, animals, light, landscape, culture.........the ideas are endless!

Personally, I'm a huge mid-century modern fan, and my favorite gallery is Lost Art Salon in San Francisco.  They have a FABULOUS website, here

As luck would have it for my readers, Serena & Lily curates much of their art collection from my friends at Lost Art Salon, so you can view more beautiful images, here.

I hope this has inspired you to find art that you love!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Good Price...GREAT Style

Welcome to my new blog series, Good Price.....GREAT Style!

Good design is a mix of high and low items, which creates a well curated look.  These items are not super pricey, but they have such style!  And don't be fooled......one of these items is from Target.....I'll tell you at the end of the post. ;)

Aren't those lamps just fabulous?  Yes, they are from Target!!! Swoon worthy!  The rug is from Urban Outfitters, and I recently spotted it in this darling kitchen makeover.  The pillow is an awesome steal at $24 from One Kings Lane.  It would be so cute tossed on a bed or side chair.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I'm posting lots of vignettes of decorative items on trays. I love this little blue one!  And finally, a bar cart that I think is so cute -- it's the highest priced item  on today's list, but still a great value and so swanky!

Thanks for stopping by!  Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Etsy Shop and Apartment Therapy

Hi all!

Happy New Year!

I thought I'd pop in and let you know that my new Etsy shop is open!  It's a long (well, not too long of a story) but I used to have an Etsy shop under my old business name (Lekalia Interiors) -- but after rebranding my business and naming it Price Style and Design, I had to create a brand new shop! And it's just taken me a while to do so. :)

Anyway, there are just a few things in it right now (as a couple of things sold over the weekend!), but keep watching as I'll keep adding one-of-a-kind items in there soon.

Here's a teaser of what you'll find so far.....

In other news, one of my projects was selected by Apartment Therapy as one of the 'most inspiring projects of 2014'. I'm very honored!  Click here for the article.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas!

May you sparkle with joy!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday!  See you in 2015!