Sunday, November 16, 2014

Things I'm Loving.....GIFTS!

The holidays are almost here and I've just begun to think about my gift giving options.  One thing I know for sure is that the Dogeared Luck Elephant Necklace will be a gift I'm going to give a few of my family members (don't worry, they don't read my blog!).  I actually already own the Luck necklace, and every time I wear it, I get so many compliments!  So, I figure, why not pass the joy along! :)

The Free People Bangles are super affordable and I love how the eclectic mix is already picked out -- making it look like you've curated a beautiful collection of bracelets.

I just ordered this J.Crew vest in Navy.  (And J.Crew is offering 25% off right now!) I may have to wrap it up and put it under the tree for myself (does anyone else do that?) But, I think I may need it sooner than later!

Furbish Studio always has the coolest gifts (I keep emailing her and asking her to open up a shop in San Francisco!). These cachepot candles are so sweet.  I want one for my powder room!

Gold antlers are the perfect gift for someone who is a 'collector' and likes to style up their coffee tables (I have a friend, who I know when she reads this, will know who I'm talking about!)  They are available at One Kings Lane right now, and frankly, they are a steal!

And finally, my latest obsession is from Serena & Lily.....the new color block throw! The colors are so fresh and fun!

In  other news, I'm off to San Francisco on Tuesday to meet Serena & Lily -- yes, the actual people, in person at a SF Design Center Event!  Woot woot!

Have a happy day!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Quartz Kitchen Counter LOVE! Before & After Kitchen Remodel

Hi there!
I thought I'd share a "before and after" of a kitchen renovation that I just completed for a client in San Francisco.
It's a petite condo in the Marina District that has a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge and of Alcatraz.

Here is the "BEFORE" pic:

This photo was taken with my iphone right before demo, so of course it's not the greatest.

Oak cabinets, parquet wood floor (partially demo-ed here in this pic), white tile, and a fridge that stuck out about 6 inches past the counter, made this small kitchen look even smaller.

And now for the "AFTER":

The overhead hanging cabinets were removed on one side, which made a huge difference in light and airiness in the space.

The countertop is a beautiful quartz called Quartz Concerto, and the counter is 2 inches thick instead of the usual 1 1/2 inches, which makes for a fresh and contemporary look.

The new refrigerator is now counter depth and the 2x8 subway tile add a simple and light backsplash.  We used shaker style doors with oversized hardware for visual impact.

We chose Quartz for this project because of it's durability and because it does not require sealing, re-polishing or reconditioning.

I just love the way this kitchen turned out!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

One Room Challenge: Project Office REVEAL!

The final week of the One Room Challenge is here!  Thanks so much for following along with my progress for the past six weeks, while I created an office space in our staging warehouse.

The entry wall to the left of the office is complete!
The chairs are from Ikea.
Pillows were made (by me!) with vintage fabric. 
The artwork is from The Pink Pagoda.
The mirror, lamp, elephant and small books were thrifted.
The small framed art on the table is an estate sale find.

As you know from last week's post, I made the kilim bench with a vintage rug that I found on Ebay.
The bookshelves were thrifted and painted white.
The lamp and pencil holders were also thrifted.
The sconce and white drapery are from Ikea.
Using this tutorial, I made the screen partition to block off the back part of the office area.

The workspace is bright and happy!
I also love the teal colored rolling cart that I snagged from Ikea.  I'm using it to hold tile and additional fabric samples.

My bookcase shelves are styled up pretty:

Ikea was a life saver in terms of affordable, clean lined and white office accessories!  The Lack shelf unit offers storage for the coffee table books that we use in our staging business.

DIY art and some thrifted side tables serve as a colorful storage area for my fabric books.

And finally, it wouldn't be a 'real' office without a business sign!
Welcome to my new digs!

To see what the office space looked like HERE!

Many thanks for all your kind words and support!

To see all the other ORC participants, click HERE!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Updates around my house

Occasionally, I find the time to do some updates around my home.

I just added this new light fixture to one of our bedrooms.

The wooden beads read nicely with the vintage wooden screen I scored a while back at the flea market.
Oh, and I painted the nightstand chartreuse green.  I can't help myself!

Here's what it looked like before:

I love how a light fixture can change the whole look of a room!


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge: Project Office

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge, where, thanks to Linda from Calling it Home, bloggers are invited to transform a room in 6 weeks and showcase their work on Linda's wonderful blog!

If you're new here, I'm transforming a little nook in our staging warehouse to create an office space!

This week, I added some desk accessories.  These colorful pencils are from an Etsy shop that I'll be profiling in an upcoming post.  I love the bright colors and the happy etched 'summertime quotes' on each pencil.

Next up, I made a kilim bench out of a fab rug that I scored on Ebay.  Yes, you read that right, I made it myself.  It will be a great place for my clients to kick their feet up ....when we are discussing interior design plans! (And, yes I'll do a tutorial, coming soon, on this easy-peasy DIY)

I found myself with a little situation, still needing to disguise our art storage from sight when walking into the office.  I could have continued the drapery along the ceiling............

But I decided to create a colorful screen using more vintage Brunschwig & Fils fabric.

Pretty right?

Still to do....find a place to hang these darling prints I purchased from The Pink Pagoda.

Plus, I still need to hang a sign on my new office door, telling everyone where I am! :)

See you next week for the final reveal!

Click here to see all the other participants of the One Room Challenge!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Week 4 of the One Room Challenge

Seriously, this is going fast and furious and it is so fun!  Thank you Linda from Calling it Home for creating the One Room Challenge, where bloggers transform a room in 6 weeks!

Here we are at week 4 already!

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know, I love abstract art, I love painting, designing, sewing, reupholstery, and I could go on and on and on.....

So last week's link is here, and I am getting really close to finishing this sweet little office makeover.
When I was at the Salvation Army picking up the bookcases that I highlighted last week, I also found a couple of old oak side tables that would be perfect for holding my fabric books.  After painting them a glossy white, this is what they look like:

And of course they needed a piece of art to be placed above each one, so I did some painting and framed them in Ribba frames from Ikea.

Here's how it started:

I used Frog Tape to tape out my dimensions, and then started painting strokes in my chosen colors from Golden Fluid's.  I'm a huge fan of acrylic paint!

Pretty colors make me smile!  

Tune in next week, when I debut some more art from The Pink Pagoda and a DIY kilim bench!

To see all the other One Room Challenge Linking Participants, click here!


Thursday, October 16, 2014


Week 3 of the One Room Challenge Linking Event (created by Linda of Calling it Home -- where participants are challenged to design a room in 6 weeks) is here!

Truth be told, this project is buzzing along, and I'm almost done and it's only week 3!  I do have a couple of DIY's that I'll be sharing in the coming weeks, so hang in there with me!

Remember the funky bookcases I shared about last week from the Salvation Army?
Well, here they are now, painted with white gloss paint and styled up on the side wall of my office!

In case you missed it, this is where I started:

One of my favorite things to do is style shelving.  This little guy was found at an estate sale.

I love my green cheetah print that I got from The Pink Pagoda on Etsy.  I framed it in a gold textured frame from HomeGoods, perched it on a stack of vintage books (covers torn off) and tied with twine! The sweet monkey is also an estate sale find, and the faux grass is from HomeGoods.

Yes, another close up of another shelf!

Remember this photo from Week 1?

It now looks like this!

The chairs and table are from Ikea, and I made the little lumbar pillows out of my inspiration fabric. The mirror was thrifted and had a boring oak frame, so I painted it white to match all of the other furniture.

The Lack Wall Shelf Unit from Ikea, now greets people who enter the door.

Stayed tuned for next week, when I hope to share a simple DIY bench project along with some fun finds from a consignment shop!

To see all the other ORC Linking Participants.  Click here.