January 19, 2015

Vegas, Baby!

For the next few days I will be in Las Vegas, attending Las Vegas Market, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and checking out the NAHB International Builder's Show (IBS).

Come, see what I'm up to and follow along, here on the blog, and at Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

I hope you'll join me!

January 8, 2015

Events: Design San Francisco

Save the date for Design San Francisco, an annual event held at the San Francisco Design Center. This year's dates are February 4 - 6, 2015.  Along with two keynote presentations, attend seminars and workshops hosted by SFDC showrooms.  See the full schedule, here.

January 7, 2015

Get the Look: Nous for You

Peruse through any decor blog, and you are bound to find a get the look post -- a post displaying a photograph of a professionally designed room showcasing furnishings sold to the trade only, or priced outside the average human's budget.  In addition to the photo, a selection of items proposed as substitutes are suggested to help the reader create a similar look, or feel, for a lower price.  I've done my own version, here, on this blog.
Last fall, I met the team at nousDECOR, a website and online tool to help individuals create beautiful rooms. On their site, you can browse through rooms of every type and shop the items curated by the site's designers, or other members, right from the screen.  The site also allows you to shop alternative or additional items within the same aesthetic, but at different price points with their "same look, different price" tool. Have an inspiration photo of your own?  Upload it and shop items within their database, or add your own.  Not sure where to start, or which items work best to create your room? Chat with one of the site's decor specialists who will work with you.  

Now, you can take nousDECOR with you using the mobile app that launches today in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Download it from iTunes, and comparison shop on the go.  When you find an item you're interested in, snap a picture and search nousDECOR's library of over 8 million pieces. The database consists of products from online retailers, boutique retailers, flash sale sites, and vintage sources such as Crate & Barrel, Target, Serena & Lily, One Kings Lane, and eBay.  Find something you like?  Buy it right through the app.

NousDECOR makes creating a look easy.  Happy decorating!

January 6, 2015


I recently came across the following image on the internet -- a kid's room by a designer in the UK, and highlighted in House and Garden in 2013.  Does it look familiar to you? It sure did to me.
It looks very much like the room Kelly Wearstler designed for her son, Oliver, which she featured in her book Domicilium Decoratus, published in 2006.
As a designer, I don't see a problem with using another's work for inspiration.  I do it myself. I will recreate a color palette, or try to find a match to a particular furniture piece. But, this is not that.  This is taking the main features of someone else's creativity, and using them as one's own. You may be thinking, "But, they aren't exactly the same," and no, they aren't, but the similarities are obvious.

I would love to hear your opinion.  Is this design thievery, or just a form of flattery?

January 5, 2015

A New Year: Cleaning Up & Clearing Out

Avon Wallpaper Design by William Morris | 1886

Hello 2015!  With the new year comes resolutions, goals, and good intentions.  In my line of work, decluttering and organization often coincide with space planning and new layouts.  As a design professional, each new project typically involves assisting clients in editing and purging their possessions, while creating solutions for those items deemed relevant, and deserving to remain.
Over the holiday break, I read Marie Kondo's New York Times Best Seller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpThe Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.  The KonMari Method is a category by category decluttering method that begins by going through items that are the easiest to make decisions about, and gradually working through harder categories, ending with things that hold sentimental value.  With this method, Kondo states that none of her clients have relapsed into their formerly cluttered lifestyle.

Kondo's method reminds me of the William Morris quote above, which is a motto that I myself try to live by. She believes that "we should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of," and should only keep items that "spark joy," -- those things that I would describe as useful (or necessary) and beautiful.
If like many others, you have declared this the year to tackle your hoard, here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when determining what to keep and what to get rid of.
Kondo states that her method "helps us identify our values and reduces doubt and confusion in making life decisions.  If we can have confidence in our decisions and launch enthusiastically into action without any doubts holding us back, we will be able to achieve much more."

I'm ready to start achieving.  How about you?

October 23, 2014

Repost: Orange and Black Interiors

Although last night's performance was disappointing, we San Franciscans have not lost hope for the home team.  Buildings are once again lit up in orange, and Giants gear can be seen throughout the City.

The following was originally posted on October 26, 2010.

San Francisco mayor, Gavin Newsom, has declared it San Francisco Giants Pride Week. Buildings are flooded in orange lights, and there is now a shortage on orange film (stuck on the lamp to create the colored glow). Giants banners are hung in windows, and flags are flying -- A fire engine screamed by me yesterday with Giants flags waving in the wind.  Even my son's preschool sent out a flyer asking that the kids be dressed in Giants gear and/or in orange and black on Wednesday.  The City is buzzing with electricity and excitement. It's contagious, and I am jumping on the bandwagon.

Here is my tribute to the Orange and Black. Let's Go Giants!
Steven Gambrel
Ken Fulk via The Style Saloniste | Shiela Bridges
Kelly Wearstler | Windsor Smith
Ned Marshall
Miles Redd | via Martha Stewart
Mary McDonald

Don't Stop Believing!

October 20, 2014

WestEdge Design Fair: Wrap-up

Catching a plane on Friday morning, I took a day-trip to Los Angeles to attend the 2nd Annual WestEdge Design Fair.  I returned to San Francisco with new product obsessions, and a love for a skeleton floor lamp named Philippe.

Brandon Smith, Founder and Editor of theTwentySIX; Ty Pennington and Canadian interior sylist, Janette Ewen
and Jaime Derringer, Founder and Editor of DesignMilk.  Images via Instagram: @dcoopsd and @ziapriven

It seems I wasn't the only fair goer enamored with Philippe, and while he managed his celebrity status with photo op after photo op, I took in the rest of the show's fabulous offerings.
There were so many innovative and beautiful things being shown, and although I wasn't able to see them all, what caught my eye, I shared via Instagram.  As a media sponsor of the show, theTwentySIX will be curating a "best of" feature for its upcoming holiday edition.  Subscribe to be notified of issue releases, or view past issues, here.