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.
At the end of January our team ventured to Las Vegas for the home goods market that takes place there twice a year. We were very excited to see the trends (many continuing and growing from 2016) throughout the market. Below, we break down what we were excited about (and sometimes not as excited about) from the market.
2017 is shaping up to be the year of moody interiors, with dark tones, especially green and blue, featured in many showrooms either as a wall color or in soft furnishings and décor. It was interesting to see many showrooms embracing the darker hues of green (which we adore) instead of the predicted bright greenery from Pantone. While there were some brighter pops of color, rich jewel tones took precedent across the market.
Woven materials and rattan were on display, with many furniture companies incorporating texture into benches, chairs and tables. “Jungalow” style, a term coined by interior designer/ blogger Justina Blakeney, seemed to influence many show rooms, and her wares were also on exhibit from rugs to furniture. We love textural materials for their ability to give visual interest in a neutral space, and bring a touch of laid back style to any room. Baskets and rugs were another popular item with woven texture, from shallow bowls to belly baskets and woven jute to chunky knit rugs. These materials add a lived-in quality to an interior, taking the edge off of stark minimalism. They also mix well with the ever popular mid-century furniture silhouettes, lending an eclectic vintage vibe.
Indigo dyed and mud cloth fabrics were everywhere, with many places using the textiles on floor cushions or benches, as well as on pillows of all shapes and sizes. We especially like the use of vintage versions of these textiles, as they lend authenticity to an interior. Velvet was another huge trend, with the luxurious fabric on everything from sofas to chairs to pillows. We loved the deep tones many of the velvets were shown in, often on button tufted furniture with a refined, vintage look.
Bringing the outside in was ever present as we walked around the market, from large scale indoor plants in baskets, to every kind of hanging and wall planter. Many showrooms used the beautiful forms to make installation art style displays cascading from the ceiling or along a wall. One plant trend we didn't love was the resurgence of faux plants. Although they require a little more maintenance, the real thing is much nicer.
Across the market, modern brass pendant lights and fixtures, as well as basket pendants were a mainstay. Oversized lighting seemed to be the most prevalent trend, and often the light fixtures were larger than the furniture underneath them. We think the oversized trend might work nicely in a commercial setting but prefer a more balanced look in our home.
We are so excited to offer a giveaway for our Instagram followers in conjunction with the Stripe Stores. First the fun part, the prizes! From the Stripe Stores, you will be getting a $100 gift certificate to help decorate your new space (or whatever else you’ve been eyeing there) and from Stripe Design Services, an entire room (of your choice) design through our E Design Service. To enter the giveaway:
2. Like the contest giveaway photo.
3. Tag at least 2 friends, the more friends you tag the better your chances. The giveaway ends on February 22, 2o17 at 9am PST.
4. Once the winner is announced, please direct message us with your email and we can begin the E Design process with you.
But how does E Design work? We’re so glad you asked, here is the run down:
E Design is a way of working with our team without committing to the full design service, this is an affordable alternative and a great option for people living outside of Santa Cruz County. To get started, we will have you fill out a questionnaire and provide us with photos and measurements of the space you would like us to design. After it is approved we will produce a mood board, a space plan (including a rendering) and a shopping list.
Here is a sample project to give you an idea of how this works:
You will send us before photos like these (this project was for 2 spaces- dining and living room):
In addition to a floor plan with dimensions (including window and ceiling height):
Make sure to send us inspiration photos or add us to any Pinterest boards you have started for your space:
We will then have a detailed conversation with you about your hopes and dreams for your space. We will find out things like how the color orange makes you sweat and how you've had a love affair with woven textiles from a specific country. Now is the time to tell us we have to accommodate your grandmother's 16th century Welsh dresser. We really get to know you.
Normally, next we would send you a bid. For this giveaway all we will need is your budget for the room. Please keep in mind that you don’t have to buy the items all at once, and allow a reasonable budget so that we are able to deliver a creative and complete design to you.
Once that is signed off, the fun begins and you will receive mood boards like these:
We will include a shopping list and a paint schedule:
And will supply drawings for any custom furniture we have designed:
We give you absolutely everything you need to move forward. It is that simple. We will be here along the way if you have any questions or need guidance. We are looking forward to working with you.
Click here to see “After” images for the completed design of this space.
Kitchen/ Dining Room
Before: For our client’s kitchen, the goal was to refresh the space using the existing layout. Although the cabinets were in good shape, the generic finishes throughout this area were in need of an update.
The dining area off the kitchen was rarely used for dining and the fan above the table was inconveniently located.
After: The kitchen cabinets are now a muted blue tone with modern stainless steel pulls. Quartz countertops have replaced the dated granite and an elongated subway tile now reaches the full backsplash height. The ceiling no longer has the 80s popcorn texture and the floors are a smooth vinyl wood plank flooring that is not only more aesthetically pleasing than the laminate flooring but is also really functional for dog owners.
A gorgeous mobile brass chandelier is now centered over the reclaimed dining table and bench. The Panton inspired chairs create a nice contrast to the rustic-farmhouse feel and are also incredibly comfortable.
Before: The fireplace was crying for an overhaul. The yellow paint and matching kitchen granite slab were less than pleasing to the eye. The sitting area, which was never used, felt unloved and impractical without a table nearby.
After: The fireplace brick now rocks a bold charcoal paint color. The granite slab has been removed and a reclaimed mantle piece now floats above the fireplace. The mod log holder echoes the mid century style of the Panton chairs nearby. Across the room, a sleek new leather sofa furnishes the room with a modern Danish-inspired coffee table. The textured rug and patterned pillows bring this corner to life.
Before: This room, although functional, left a lot to be desired. The media corner felt cluttered and the two large sofas overwhelmed the space.
After: After the new flooring was laid and the walls were painted, we furnished the rest of the space with updated furniture and accessories. A large sectional is now anchored by 2 lovely tropical prints framed in reclaimed wood. The new tv and cable free sound system is now centered on the opposite wall above a low profile console. Neutral linen drapes soften the window wall while the woven chair and kilim rug add a layer of texture and color.
Check out the video walkthrough we created for our client below. We find that these walkthroughs are critical for our clients to visualize their space before making any decisions.
To view more photos of this space after the remodel, go to our Portfolio page and click on Santa Cruz Residence.
Hexagon tile is a timeless shape that looks good in any iteration. Large format is a modern application, while smaller sizes add a vintage feel. Although we are particularly fond of black hexagon tile, as you can see from the kitchen at Pearl Auto or this lovely bathroom we designed, hexagon tile comes in every size and color under the sun. Lately, we have been seeing novel applications, from leaving variation in the tile edge to bar fronts, which make it clear that hexagon tile is here to stay.
For more hexagon tile inspiration, follow us on Pinterest
The weather is beginning to change, and we are so excited that the days are getting longer. While the rest of the country may still be in deep winter, California is already feeling the Spring thaw. We are looking forward to everything that the month of February has to offer, from fun local events to reading up on favorite design ideas and delicious recipes that utilize seasonal produce. Join use below as we review the best of the month.
1. This month, San Francisco’s Fort Mason hosts the SF Chronicle annual wine tasting competition, the largest competition of American winemakers under one roof. Head that way to enjoy tastings from over 7,000 winemakers. Don’t worry, there are food pairings with every tasting, just in case you indulge a little too much. Via Fort Mason, San Francisco Chronicle, image via IACAC.org
2. It can be easy to get swept up in a fad. It’s always a good idea to step back and make sure that you have created something true to your personal style that will outlast any “trendy” elements that have been incorporated. It’s refreshing to see a blog post about making design mistakes, and how to course correct to make something enduring. Via Eye Swoon.
3. We aren’t necessarily the cheesy Valentine’s day types, but we do appreciate any chance to get out into nature, so this guided hike through Big Basin is right up our alley. The cheeky tour guides you through the courtships of our local flora and fauna, so it’s the perfect fun and off-the-beaten path date. It’s happening February 12th at 11:30 am, and it only costs $10 for the day use parking. Via santacruz.org, California Department of Parks and Recreation.
4. Laughter really can be the best medicine, and sometimes laughing at ourselves can lighten up irritating tasks. As interior enthusiasts, we are also cleaning neat freaks even though it can be tedious. Since spring cleaning is right around the corner, we thought we would share this hilarious list of cleaning related tweets that take the sting out of the process. Via Apartment Therapy
5. With spring right around the corner, we are seeing a crop of delicious seasonal vegetables popping up at the Farmer’s Market. There is broccoli, leeks, kale and incredible citrus, just to name a few. Enjoy all the end of Winter cozy vegetables with these 50 easy winter dinners. The cod with broccoli and lemon seems especially delicious. Via Delish.
6. We are suckers for gorgeous wall treatments, so we never tire of looking at lists of wallpaper. These 13 wallpapers over on Design Sponge are all incredibly beautiful, it is hard to choose which one is our favorite. Although this mustard and floral pattern is hard to beat. Via Design Sponge.
7. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, If you need the perfect romantic gift for your guy or gal, come down to the stores to peruse their selection. We are especially loving a locally made Scott French cuff (shown) or a Corral Made apron for that special someone. Via Stripe Santa Cruz
8. The great Santa Cruz tradition comes back to the Boardwalk this February. It’s the Santa Cruz Clam Chowder Cook Off, which is a friendly competition with both amateur and professional chefs. Clam chowder is synonymous with our wharf and beach front, so this competition is a great way to show case all of our community’s great local talent. Grab a tasting spoon and cup (all proceeds benefit our city’s Parks and Recreation department) and head down to the Boardwalk the last weekend of February for this tasty event. Via Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Matte black finish has made a big resurgence in interiors, whether as a faucet or paint finish, or on window trim and lighting. We love the way this finish adds a touch of drama and modernizes any space. It is equally at home in a rustic interior as it is in a contemporary one. Black is a timeless color, so this choice will age well in any kitchen or bathroom, like this showerhead we specified in our client’s bathroom. Click below to browse some of our favorite matte black inspiration photos. Then follow us on Pinterest to see all the matte black applications we are loving.