Accents, Accessories, Bathrooms, Entryways, Home, Tabletop, Wallpaper

Going deep on color

LOVING this entryway designed by Janet Gridley. The combination of saturated blues in the wallpaper and high gloss ceramic foo dogs says WELCOME in such a bold, elegant way.

It’s also comforting to have the symbolic foo dogs protecting your entryway. In the Chinese tradition, they are placed in pairs — one is female, the other is male. The female represents yin, and symbolically protects the people dwelling inside the home, while the male statue, representing yang, protects the structure itself.
You can find lots of foo dog fun facts on Houzz.

Thank you Janet for the inspiration, I’ll be using my own set [a flea market find in Rome] as the centerpiece in my new and improved powder room.

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Accents, Accessories, Centerpieces, Dining Room, Florals, Flower Arrangements, Holiday Decor, Home, Tablescapes

Fall is in the air…

Leaves are turning and there’s a chill in the air. Fall has officially arrived in San Francisco!
This is absolutely my favorite time of year. It’s when I bring out the cedar and fir scented candles [“Fir and Firewood” from Anthropologie is the BEST], throw fur blankets everywhere, dust off the holiday decorations, and pull my UGG boots and cozy sweaters out of the closet.

It’s also the time for Fall florals with a gorgeous new palette of colors like his arrangement overflowing with Ranunculus, Orchids, Garden Roses and Eucalyptus. It’s the perfect blend of acid greens, oxblood, blush and persimmon.

So inspired by this arrangement, I’m going try my hand at replicating it for a centerpiece in my dining room.

So it’s an early morning trip to the flower mart tomorrow where I’ll hopefully find all of these ingredients, including the container🤞🏻🙏🏻🤞🏻

Will post a pic of what I come up with, wish me luck! 

Accents, Accessories, Breakfast Nook, Breakfast Room, Centerpieces, Home, Kitchen, Kitchen Nook, Lighting, Plants & Green Life, Tablescapes, Tabletop, Wall Paint

In Love With Color!

I cannot get enough of color and these breakfast nooks bathed in bright shades of yellow just shout HAPPINESS!

This design from Krista Ewart achieves a beautiful balance between classic and modern, and I’m sure inspires the most lively and warm gatherings around this table…

Also LOVE this kitchen nook with banquette and built-ins designed by Lindsey Coral Harper. I mean, where do I start?!

The over-sized pendant light fixture with drum shade, the round table and upholstered round stools create a through line for the eye, with multiple shades of yellow popping here and there, making this space sheer perfection!

I’ve always been obsessed with the color Green (inherited from my mother), but this Granny Smith apple green island and gingham ceiling from Gideon Mendelson is nothing short of genius. 


And you can never go wrong with a tableau of plates to tie it all together. Don’t you agree?!

Accents, Accessories, Bedroom, Entryways, Furniture, Home, Living Rooms, Outdoor Dining, Plants & Green Life, Table Lamps, Wall Art, Window Treatments

New Design Project and AirBNB Conversion

Excited about my new Brookside Project and AirBNB conversion. Located in Portola Valley surrounded by soaring redwoods, this guest house will provide calm and serenity as well as convenient proximity to Stanford and Silicon Valley. When the project is completed, guests from all over the world will want to stay…

Accents, Entryways, Floor Coverings, Home, Instant Makeovers, Stairway, Wall Paint

Stairway Transformation

Home projects week 5! 

Excited for the stairway transformation underway in my new townhouse…

Step I. Paint palazzo stripe walls for dramatic entryway that greets guests with a warm Welcome!

Step II. Replace black rod iron stair railing with lighter more modern cable rail system

Step III. Paint stairs all one color for continuity and a neutral foundation underneath the carpet runner

Step IV. Install stair runner for warmth and cozy comfort under our feet (esp the new puppy we’ll be bringing home in two weeks)


I’ll share all the steps here as they happen. So more pics to come soon!