It is no secret that we are a little obsessed with wallpaper over here. We love wallpaper’s ability to infuse a space with color and visual interest. It can be the perfect accompaniment to an intimate bedroom setting or a public space such as a restaurant dining room. From vintage florals to palm print to modern abstract design, wallpaper is one of the most exciting materials to work with. Here are a few of our favorites:
This 1900s farmhouse in the Santa Cruz mountains had so much potential, but was suffering from multiple remodels that seemed like a mishmash of styles. Paring back the color and material palette let the home's original beauty and detail shine through, while modernizing the space.
The buttercup yellow and stained door gave the farmhouse a dated feel. While cheerful, the color competed with the surrounding beauty. The fresh white paint gives the stately home an elegant and timeless feel, emphasizing the surrounding mountains. The black door and shutters give just enough of a modern edge to update the feeling of this classic farmhouse.
Dark and heavy green stained paneling added visual weight to the living room, the natural light and high ceilings completely lost in the combination of dark beams and dark trim. The light floor pulled focus furthering the illusion of shortened space. White washing the walls, beams, and paneling opened up the living room, letting the inherent elegance of the sitting area come through. The bold black floors and staircase banister anchor the space with a point of contrast. Playful lantern lighting sprinkled across the ceiling is an unexpected touch that modernizes the sitting room. Natural textures and warm neutrals lend comfort and ease to the space, with hints of greenery bringing the outside in.
The bathroom layout left a lot to be desired, with a funky shuttered opening looking onto the bedroom, and a lot of space being taken up by a hallway and small closet at the main entrance to the bathroom.The layout of the bathroom got an overhaul, with the hallway and closet removed to make the bathroom footprint larger. The bathtub bump out was closed off to create a much more functional and accessible closet. Inside the bathroom, a beautiful patterned tile runs along the floor and up a wall, creating the perfect spot for a soaking tub. A rustic vanity with soapstone counters and concrete vessel sinks is the perfect moody addition to the bathroom, with brass accents in the vintage inspired lighting and faucets adding warmth. The new layout even allowed space for a walk in shower, with beveled subway tile adding a classic element.
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A nightstand is probably one of the last elements of our bedroom we think about when picking furniture and décor, but this functional addition lends a lot of style and make a bedroom feel complete. From mid-century to sleek and modern, there are nightstands at every price point that can contribute to your bedroom’s design. Below are some of our favorites.
Most of us have objects we are drawn to, yours may be wooden spoons that remind you of your grandmother’s house or antique pictures of couples on their wedding day. Whatever it is that you find delightful, one way to elevate it from “that pile of stuff over there” to “wow look at that beautiful collection” is to display it in a creative way. By playing with scale, shape, texture and color in your collection, you can create a meaningful display for your home. Below are a few collections we enjoy:
As spring turns to summer, we are heading into May with hopes for warm weather, and weekends filled with adventure. To help us achieve our wish, we have scoured the internet for fun Bay Area events, great recipes, and design articles. Below are our picks for a great May:
1. Bay to Breakers is a long standing San Francisco tradition in which (mostly) costumed runners go from San Francisco Bay to Ocean Beach. They run the length of San Francisco, going through Golden Gate Park and ending up at a celebration by the ocean. For those of us who are not runners, the back of the pack turns into a dance party slash parade that is always a good time. This quirky event takes place May 21. Via Bay to Breakers
2. Green interiors are having a major moment, and we can understand why. Green is a soothing color, and its many hues can be sophisticated, bold, or playful. Take a peek at this list of green and brown interiors over at Design*Sponge to satisfy your craving for green interiors. Via Design*Sponge
3. While Bottle Rock in Napa is already sold out, we just had to post about it. The festival takes place May 26-28 in scenic Napa with food and wine galore accompanying the music. You can still try to snag a pass through the websites ticket exchange or just beg your friend who is going for theirs. Via Bottle Rock Napa Valley
4. This sweet home tour has a lovely subtle color palette throughout, unifying the spaces without feeling “over-designed”. We love the velvet couches and all the hand painted wall treatments. Via A Beautiful Mess
5. Cinco de Mayo is upon us again this year and there are celebrations happening all over the state. This family friendly street fair in San Francisco’s Mission District looks like a wonderful way to learn about Mexican heritage and culture while enjoying food, music, and live performances. This event takes place on Saturday May 6th. Via SF Cinco de Mayo Festival
6. We love a good lunch salad, and right now is a great time to be taking advantage of spring produce. It’s easy to get sick of the same old salad routine. These three warm salads are a great way to whip up a quick, satisfying dinner or lunch. Via MyDomaine.
7. It comes as no surprise that we love a good wallpaper, so that’s why this renter-friendly list of wall decals (that seriously mimic the look of luxe wallpaper) is so appealing. Perfect for switching up your summer style easily. Via Apartment Therapy.
8. We love when a collection is displayed in a well thought-out manner, anything can become great décor when it is elevated through placement and attention is made to color, size, and proportion. This feature shows off some very effective and beautiful plate displays. Via Design*Sponge
Velvet is a timeless fabric, but people often picture their grandmother’s sofa collecting dust in an attic when they think of the material. Not anymore, velvet has made a huge resurgence with so many lovely applications from tufted headboards and sofas to chairs and restaurant banquettes. Velvet adds a layer of vintage, luxurious charm and can also feel modern and exciting with linear upholstery techniques.
Rugs can bring together an entire room, by anchoring a color palette or layering in texture with natural fibers. A rug can be the focal point or fade into the background to let other pieces shine. From modern to traditional, muted tones to overdyed, we love rugs in every category. Check out our picks below, and then follow us on Pinterest for more of our favorites.
The office can often become the part of our home with the most clutter, a dumping ground for our unwanted items. One way to get this space into shape is by adding strategic shelving and storage where your books, papers, and electronic gadgets can live. Doing this will free up your desk space, creating the ideal clean work surface for all your projects. Take your cues from this office found on Pinterest designed by ABD Studio, the beautiful built-ins provide plenty of storage, while the trestle desk and soft furnishings create a sophisticated space. For more on how you can get this look for your own home office, click on the image and links below.
April is bursting with spring energy, from flowers blooming to vegetables growing to flurries of outdoor activity. We are excited for everything that April has to offer, and can’t wait to frolic through the California sunshine this month. Below, our picks for the best events in Northern California and articles from around the web.
1. On display this month, the crochet coral reef at UCSC’s Mary Sesnon Gallery CO2CA-CO2LA Ocean by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute For Figuring brings awareness to oceanic environmental issues and human impact on our oceans. A satellite crochet coral reef will open in May at the Seymour Center, knit by members of the UCSC and Santa Cruz community if you aren’t able to see the one on campus. Via UCSC.
2. In addition to spring eats, we are looking forward to finally being in the mood for frozen treats, like these boozy Lemon Raspberry Sorbet Prosecco Floats. Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a warm spring day. Via How Sweet Eats.
3. Online shopping has made finding beautiful home goods so much easier, but it’s hard when you can’t test drive the sofa that is calling your name. This ongoing Apartment Therapy segment rates the relative comfort of sofas from popular online retailers (like CB2 and West Elm). It is a huge help in deciding which sofa is the perfect fit for your home and your behind. Via Apartment Therapy. Image via West Elm
4. The 2017 Santa Cruz Waves Swellies awards are on Thursday April 20th at 6 pm. The Swellies are also moving to a larger venue this year, the Museum of Art and History downtown for an even livelier event. We are so excited to see if the Stripe stores get any honors, along with many other great local businesses. Via Santa Cruz Waves, Eventbrite. Image via Stripe MEN Santa Cruz.
5. The Downtown Farmer’s Market is bursting with produce, which makes it the perfect time to bust out seasonal recipes. If you need any inspiration to get going, peruse this list of spring recipes that is sure to entice you off the computer and into the kitchen. Via Bon Appetit.
6. Every year since 1977, prominent local interior designers are picked in San Francisco to participate in a Decorator’s Showcase Home. These stately homes are given a complete makeover room by room and then open to the public during the weekend of ______. An interesting way to see how designer’s styles can vary vastly in one home, with ticket proceeds benefitting a local high school. Via San Francisco Decorator’s Showcase.
7. The bay area is home to many wonderful artists, including the largest artist’s studio community, the Hunter Point Shipyard Artists in San Francisco. They are opening their studios to the public in April for an event featuring 125 artists. Original art work is what makes a home special, and it is one key part that takes time and energy to be done well. Events like these make it easier to layer those forever pieces into your home. Via Hunter Point Shipyard Artists.
8. We always love exploring the coastal region we call home, and we also love perusing antiques, so we are excited when these two things come together. The Petaluma Antique Fair takes place on April 30 and seems like the perfect event to have as the center of a weekend wine country getaway. Explore quaint downtown Petaluma and then head into surrounding Napa and Sonoma for the perfect Northern California April mini vacation. Via Downton Petaluma.
A staircase is one of those liminal spaces that can fade to the background, but we enjoy when someone has taken the time to make their staircase a showstopper. Whether they have floating wood clad steps, tiled fronts, brass banisters, or are painted brightly, there are endless ways to make a staircase standout. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Inspiration can come from the strangest places, like when you see a stack of perfectly color coordinated carts against a corresponding wall. The energizing color combination of rusty red, juicy orange, and raspberry is balanced by blue based deep grays. These tones might work well in a restaurant or office. If you feel inspired by this palette, click through their coordinating paint colors in the link below
Our client approached Stripe in 2016 wanting an update to their home office. To maximize the living space in their studio, they had commissioned a built in desk to run along one wall. While functional, the finishes were generic, with a black laminate top and matching handles making the piece feel heavy and dark. The pink terra cotta tile floor felt out of place stylistically from the rest of home, and the blank white walls pulled focus to the television.
While the space did not demand a huge overhaul, an update was needed to pull the room together. First, we presented our client with a rendering of our design. We began by tackling the desk, replacing the laminate countertop with a Caesarstone material. The brown cabinet hardware was modernized with stainless steel bar pulls. We used a Shibori wallpaper from Amber Interiors to create visual interest and had white floating shelves built above the desk so our client could take advantage of the wall space. The shelving also balanced the walls, making the space feel larger by emphasizing the expanse of the wall. Our client was not ready to replace the tiles, so we found a large dusty blush rug to cover the floor space, tying together the tones in the desk and the wallpaper. To top it off, we added a lovely fabric desk chair from Restoration Hardware that is both beautiful and functional.
Today, the home office is a serene and inviting space. Sometimes a client will have a great idea (like a built-in desk) but will ask us to help them bring the room together. With the right finishes and decor, any project large or small can become the space it was always meant to be.
An entry way welcomes people into your home, but often they can be cramped or awkward spaces. To create the right balance, all it takes is a few key pieces. Some of these pieces may already be in your home, so re-styling your entry way or hall could be as simple as pulling together the right vignette. This elevated cabinet scenario has lovely balance; with just a few items creating a personal and curated look that isn’t overdone. If you have vintage prints or décor that you just don’t know what to do with, take your cue from this inspiration image we found on Domino. Click on the image and links below to find out how to get this look in your own home.
March marks the official beginning of spring on the 20th, and we feel very ready to embrace all that the season has to offer. The rain has felt almost never ending so we are excited to seize any sunny day opportunity. From local workshops to our favorite cocktail recipe for the month, we are pleased to share all of our picks for the best of this month.
1. Our love for tile is no secret, and we are still in the time of year where blogs are speculating about which trends will be huge. Lucky for us, that means we get to look at more tile, like these patterned beauties from Apartment Therapy’s list of tile trends for 2017. Via Apartment Therapy.
2. This month we are looking forward to making fresh and juicy cocktails. As citrus season is nearing its end, this blood orange cocktail seems like just the ticket. Refreshing and beautiful to look at. Via Holly and Flora
3. Santa Cruz is blessed with a lot of creative entrepreneurs, and the NEXTies celebrates individuals doing great work in Santa Cruz County. We are looking forward to this inspiring event on March 24th. We are always excited to learn about local people with innovative enterprises. Via Event Santa Cruz. Image via American Conservation Experience.
4. Indigo dyed textiles are incredibly beautiful and the process of making them seems intriguing. 17th Avenue studio in Santa Cruz is hosting an indigo and shibori workshop on March 25th that takes you through the entire process, from how the plants are made into dye to making your own indigo creations. Via Evenbrite and 17th Avenue Studio, image via Eye Swoon.
5. Greenery is Pantone’s color of 2017, but not everyone is in love with the bright hue. Domino has compiled a shoppable list of other gorgeous greens that will please any interior loving person. Via Domnio.
6. With great spring weather already here, we can’t wait to be in the great outdoors. That’s why heading up to San Francisco on the first Tuesday of March to get into the conservatory of flowers for free sounds wonderful. Then spend the rest of the day wandering around Golden Gate Park, visiting the DeYoung or Academy of Science. Via San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers.
7. It can be a frustrating prospect to pick out a bedroom set that isn’t matchy-matchy. That’s where this list of perfect bed and night stand combinations from Emily Henderson comes in. She has taken all the guess work out of getting the right proportions and style combinations. Via Emily Henderson.
8. While it is always nice to peruse the beautiful dream bathrooms of Pinterest, our own bathrooms often have a much smaller footprint than the ones we see on inspiration sights. That’s why we love this list of attainable chic and small bathrooms chock-full of great small space ideas. Via MyDomaine
This February we are swooning over rich jewel tones and serene blue walls. This bedroom, found on Katrina Lee Chamber's design blog , combines both to great effect. The luxurious green velvet headboard mixed with bright metal and antique accents creates a plush space for a cozy respite. The graphic bedding adds a modern touch to complete this scene. Click on the image and links below to find out how you can achieve this look in your own bedroom sanctuary.