Another new year is upon us. I’ve started the year off as I usually do with a cleanse to give my body a bit of a break from all the indulgence that happened over the holidays. I’m back to beginning each day with meditation and yoga/pilates and it feels oh so good. There are always some feelings of sadness with the holidays and vacation being over, but the renewed sensation of a fresh start is always so invigorating. I think it’s going to be an interesting year. I’m not quite sure what that means yet, but I’m looking forward to the adventures and discoveries of 2016.
Having had to sign an NDA, I’m not allowed to say much about an office project I’ve been working on in the Bay Area, but wanted to share some of the inspiration for this project.
If you haven’t already picked up a copy of Anne Sage’s new book Sage Living, I suggest you go out immediately and do so now (or order it from Amazon from the comfort of your sofa). It’s a beautifully written design book where Anne explores the connection between home and happiness, the latter being something I have always felt can be achieved through design. I was honored to be a part of this book and now I have a little memento for when I’m feeling nostalgic for San Francisco. Also, Greta makes her print debut in our little SF apartment.
Generally, I don’t take on small scale projects, but when this sweet lady reached out to me for some help around her home, I was happy to do so because she was only a 10 minute drive away, much shorter than my weekly LA commute. I knew she would be easy to work with and that the project would be relatively quick as she wanted to keep her main furniture pieces, so all that was needed was some re-loving and joohzing.
As an empty nester, she wanted her home to feel very feminine and she loved the French Country feel. She was finally able to do whatever she wanted designwise because her home was now sans children and husbands. In her living room, we reupholstered one of her chairs in a floral fabric, which was the jumping off point for the rest of the space. We replaced her current drapery panels with deep, eggplant panels for more contrast and brought in a lime, graphic pattern on a Louis chair frame for more color. A rug, some accent pieces and a few accessories later, the space is much more pulled together.
In her bedroom, we reupholstered a bench and sofa (my first fringed sofa!), added new bedding, nightstands and lamps. Her master now feels like the sanctuary she was hoping for.
I wouldn’t say ‘French Country’ is a look I normally do, but I’m always interested in why different style clients want to work with me. No matter what style, I do feel there is a common thread throughout my projects and I think my clients are drawn to that thread, they just want that thread applied to a style they may like. I have to give credit to the firm I used to work with for my versatility, I worked on so many different styles there, from slick, modern to rustic, french country and everything in between. These kind of projects keep me on my toes.
Gio Ponti designed the Villa Planchart, a private home built in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1956.
Image via here
I shared the design for this Lady Loft project a bit ago and wanted to share some progress photos. We painted all the walls white to give a clean and fresh backdrop for the design. Pieces have been trickling in bit by bit so the only things that still need to be installed are the art and a few special touches.
In an ideal design world, the overall design is accomplished in one fell swoop, purchasing and project management then follow, and finally we finish it up with an install where everything comes in at once (aka the big reveal!). Projects are not always ideal (nor without a hiccup or two), but I’m so pleased with the progress of this one. Almost at the finish line!
Awaiting construction to start on a remodel of a San Francisco condo. Most of the design changes we are making are cosmetic, but they’ll really give this home a new lease on life. We’ll be refinishing the floors, painting the walls a taupe-y grey, installing new window treatments, swapping out light fixtures, and giving the kitchen and bathrooms a much needed facelift. Looking forward to executing this design and hopefully having it all done in under four weeks (fingers crossed).
Images via here
The living room was one of the first areas that got the most attention because this is truly where the fam hangs out the most. There is an amazing tree (either a tipu or jacaranda, I’m terrible with tree species) right outside the large windows that provides shade (crucial in the hotter months), some privacy, and the best shadow patterns. The layout of this room was similar to my San Francisco apartment’s living room, so I placed all the major furniture pieces in the same manner.
The sofa went in front of the window, bookcases flanked the fireplace with the tv placed along the long wall. I originally had a rectangular, ornate gilded mirror above my old fireplace, but that style just didn’t feel right in this house. I replaced it with a simple framed round mirror and it was amazing how much lighter the space felt with just that simple change.
My bookshelves are not styled and I’ve since purchased a new rug, but this space is pretty much where it’s at. I swapped out the live edge coffee table I’ve had for years with a vintage, round table which filled the space appropriately. I’m still in search of a new piece for the turntable and record player and I’m trying to restrain myself from adding any other pattern besides the rug. The living room is just the right amount of cozy and it’s really starting to feel like home sweet rental home.
Images via The Rug Company