Home of Camilla and Marc Designer

Home of Camilla and Marc designer, Camilla Freeman-Topper, is the perfect display of feminine ease. The home is a mix of old and new with a few French antique pieces that have been mixed with some modern pieces, contemporary art and pieces that have been collected from her travels. The mix of  textures, colors and prints throughout the house add layers that create a feeling of warmth, making it feel very homey and lived-in (my two favorite characteristics of any home!).

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Sofa vs. Couch

What’s the difference between a sofa and a couch you ask? One might think that there isn’t much difference since they both have the same function and they both come in many colors, shapes and sizes. Historically, the word couch comes from the French word “couche”, which means it is an armless piece of furniture. It was a piece very popular during the Victorian period and was known as a “fainting couch”. The couches were used in order to provide a place for women wearing tight corsets, which restricted their breathing, and who needed to “sit a spell”. Today, I refer to this type of seating as a chaise.

The word sofa comes from the Arabic term “suffah” which means something along the lines of “a bench” or some place meant for reclining or sitting, but not laying. Sofas are known to have two arms and a uniform back.

Debates over the true difference between a sofa and couch could probably go on an on, but from what I have learned as a designer is that professional interior designers/decorators should always refer to anything resembling a sofa/couch as a sofa. This was something that was drilled into my head from all my design studio teachers over and over again. Students would literally get whipped if they ever said the word couch…ok, not really, but my instructors did make you feel like a hillbilly designer if you used the word couch. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to feel like a hillbilly, so I have and will always refer to this seating invention as a sofa.

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Tropic Thunder

Pineapples have long been a symbol of warm welcome, friendship and hospitality. I actually never knew this until a few years ago when my Williams Sonoma rep gave me a gift which was adorned with a pineapple cookie mold. She told me what the deal was. Did you also know that back in the day in larger, well-to-do homes, the hostess would keep the dining room doors closed to heighten visitors’ suspense about the table being readied on the other side? At just the right  moment, and with the maximum amount drama, the doors were flung open to reveal the evening’s main event. Guests confronted with pineapple-topped food displays felt particularly honored by the hostess who obviously spared no expense to ensure her guests’ dining pleasure. Since those colonial times, the pineapple motif has been used in architecture, furniture, textiles and as you can see here, lighting and some amazing wallpapers. Who knew that the prickly pineapple had so much history!

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Reunification Palace

Of course, I made the rounds and saw the sites that all tourists should see while in Saigon and my favorite stop was definitely the Reunification Palace. It was an interior designer’s dream! Seriously, every room I walked into went something like this…”oh my god”, “look at that”, “that’s so amazing”, “look!”. Not only was the design and architecture a sight to see, the history of such a significant building really hit home. There’s a famous photo of the North Vietnamese tanks crashing through the front gates which signified the fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975, the same day my parents and sister fled the city to come to the United States. I’ll let you take a look for yourselves…

Year of the Headboard

Eclectic Colorful Pattern Print Mix Stripes Toile Bedding

This is the year! The year I finally get a headboard! Here’s the thing, I’ve been wanting to DIY my headboard ever since moving into this apartment (it’s been a bit over a year now), but as with many DIY projects, I’ve procrastinated because there’s some major jerry-rigging that needs to happen. My bed sits in front of a window so there will be no installing of the headboard into the walls, so I’m a little befuddled as to how I’m going to do this. I have this bed from Ikea which is completely functional and hidden by my current bedding, but how does this bed marry the headboard?? Some professional help may need to be enlisted. Either way, a headboard is going to happen…this is the year!

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Vintage Spaces

Midcentury Modern Retro Green Sectional Curved Sofa

I’m back from my vacation and I can’t wait to share all my pix! But right about now, all I wanna do is lay on a sofa like this since I’ve been up since 3:45am. Back in the saddle again…

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Happy Weekend

Art Deco Design Furniture Light Fixture Chandelier 30s Streamline Armchair

Always lookin’ forward to the weekend…think I’ll make my way over to the new Uniqlo (finally here, woohoo!), go see Looper, or maybe Argo, and bundle up for Treasure Island Music Fest this weekend. Hope you’ve got some fun plans, too!

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Vintage Spaces

Mid-Century Retro Interior Designs 60s 70s Bold Warm Color Red Yellow

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New Chair and Footstools

I am beyond happy with how this chair turned out! You can see the before here. Of course, like always with all of my re-loved pieces, I want to keep it for myself, but it’s already prepped for delivery. Chair goes to the highest bidder!

And aren’t these footstools fun times?!?

Mend MendEtc Etsy Handmade Footstools Pattern Color Floral Chevron Crafty

Loft Life

It’s been over a year since I left my loft life behind and although I love SF apartment living, there’s a part of me that really misses all the space!  I thought I was over living in a loft without a door to shut, but I would strongly consider moving back into one if it was as cozy and airy as this one.

I have a lot of dream kitchens and this one is definitely one of them. Love the modern white cabinets in contrast with the exposed brick.

Plenty of room on this sectional for me, hubs-to-be, my two rascal dogs, and then some.

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