Archive for April, 2011

Purchased

I made a little, scratch that, huge purchase this past weekend.  It actually didn’t cost that much but it’s massive in size…

7 feet tall to be exact.  I fell head over heels for the wood carving and the armoire door handles and I just had to have it.  It’s actually not going to be in our current apartment but stored away for our next place.  We’re determined to live in the Presidio and I’ve already measured where we hope to live and it’ll fit in perfectly in a sunroom.  Can you believe I’m already talking about moving?!

The armoire needs to be cleaned up a bit but it’s in great vintage condition.  What do you think of it?

April 20, 2011 at 5:48 AM 15 comments

Campaign Dresser

So remember this yellow campaign dresser I found on Craigslist for dirt cheap?

And then I posted about how I fixed it right up with a happy coat of white spray paint.

Then the dresser sat in my mom’s garage for two months.  Sorry Mom!  Finally, this past Sunday, I convinced my husband to drive down there and help me bring it back up to our apartment.

It feels so good to have it home.  So this little bookshelf nook has been through a few looks since we moved in seven months ago.

First there was this little black dresser..

It was too small for the space and so it ended up getting cluttered by a bunch of miscellaneous stuff.  I sold the little black dresser on Craigslist and then this happened to the space…

Lovely.  One huge pit to put all of my crap.  Ummm…not working.  So happy to have the space organized again and that the dresser fits in perfectly.


Don’t worry though, if it all looks a little feminine.  We do have a masculine bookshelf as well in another part of the apartment…

Can’t get more masculine than a cow head.

I do still need to style the books on the bookshelf.  I’ve considered covering all of them in butcher paper, like the good old school days but don’t know if I want to take the time to do that.  They need some work.

April 19, 2011 at 5:31 AM 8 comments

The Dress

* Update:  My source that Sophie Cranston is Kate Middleton’s dress designer is via various British news outlets.  In no way has this information been confirmed by Sophie or the Royal Family.

Kate Middleton’s dress designer has been revealed.   Sophie Cranston will be doing the honors.  She is my in-laws good friend’s daughter!!  So basically through six degrees of separation, I am an integral part of this wedding….or maybe, I skipped a step or two.  But still, this is MAJOR.  If I lived in London, Sophie and I would be best friends…or well, we would have met.

Sophie’s clothing is stunning.  Kate wore a dress by her label, Libelula, to a friend’s wedding:

I can’t wait for the big day.  I know that Sophie will create the most beautiful gown and Kate will look flawless.  Now, if only I were attending the event.  One of my reader’s daughter is attending the wedding!!  Oh so thrilled I get to live vicariously through these amazing and lucky women, even though there are quite a few steps of separation between myself and them.

April 18, 2011 at 5:31 AM 2 comments

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!  I’m in a stripey mood today.  Could you wear this outfit?

I don’t think I could pull it off but I love the look.  Via Mimi + Meg

Speaking of stripes, I fell in love with this chair at the design center…

And the back is white lacquer.  I love it.

Divine!  Chair is to the trade.  E-mail me if you have questions.

Happy Tax Day – ugh.

April 15, 2011 at 5:39 AM 6 comments

Artist of the Week: Nathan Oliveira

Nathan Oliveira was a painter, printmaker and sculptor.  In addition to his work as an artist, he was an art professor at Stanford.  He was a local man, born and raised in Oakland, Ca.  His work has shown in close to 100 solo exhibits and he has been in hundreds of group exhibits in many major museums and galleries worldwide, including several Whitney Museum of American Art exhibits.  The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art owns about 30 of his pieces.  I believe that you can see his work permanently displayed on the Stanford campus.

Oliveira passed away last year at 81 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis and diabetes.  Though he retired in 1995, he continued to work as an artist.  Even in the months up to his death, when he needed an oxygen tank for support, he still was working on 30 different paintings.  What an impressive passion for art and life.

His work is breathtaking.

My parents own a few of his pieces.  One of which I have blogged about in the past, the one that I was so embarrassed of as a little girl because it was of a naked lady.  Oh, silly me.

It is stunning.  At the time when my parents bought this painting, my oldest brother was turning 16 and he desperately wanted a new Land Cruiser.  They decided to buy the painting and wait a few months and get my brother a used Land Cruiser instead.  Now that I’m older, I so get it.  Since apparently this blog will stay around forever – dear oldest 16 year old, yes, we are getting a painting and you are getting a used car; dear youngest child, your car will be the oldest of all.  By the time I was 16, in 1996, my parents put me in a 1983 suburban that broke down often (before the time of cell phones).  Once my older brother went off to college, I got the 1987 Land Cruiser, it was as if I had been given the keys to a Porsche.  But I digress…

If you are in the bay area, I encourage you to check out his work at the San Francisco Modern Museum of Art permanent collection.

April 14, 2011 at 5:37 AM 1 comment

Seaside Cottage Renovation Inspiration

Yesterday, while searching for inspiration photos for a project, I came across an awesome renovation by designer Jill Johnson.

I think I was most impressed with how they elevated the street appeal.  Here is the before…

And the exterior after…

The wood shingle siding, brickwork, and reorienting of the front entrance makes all the difference in the world!  Designer and owner, Jill Johnson, is so cute sitting on her front steps.

Now, let’s take a look at the interior renovations..

Bedroom before

And after…

I absolutely love the light, breezy colors that brings that beach feeling home.  The faux bamboo chandelier is perfection!

Another fabulous striped rug and relaxed feel of this gorgeous living room.

Her baby’s room has the perfect amount of sophistication mixed with fun kid’s appeal.

Love this dining room!  It’s tucked away in the inspiration file.

Jill also has a beautiful store, Waterleaf Interiors, located in Manhattan Beach.  If you are ever in the area, you must stop by there!  A friend of mine works there and it sounds like it has to be the cutest store ever; I can’t wait to visit.  Check out my friend’s always inspiring interior design blog: Design Compass.

April 13, 2011 at 5:23 AM 2 comments

The Compromise

Let me guess, your husband likes all things wood, leather, and dark.  You like things linen, tufted and bright.  So perhaps not the exact things that I just described but when it comes down to it you and your husband don’t see eye to eye in decor.  I get it.

His…

Hers..

Palmer Weiss

One solution is to hire me and to let me figure out the balance.  Shameless self-promotion never hurt a business.  But if you’re more of a do it yourself type of couple, here are my tips.

1. Work in layers

This advice works for all aspects of decorating; in fact, Jenny just did a post on layering. It’s especially important for couples to work layer by layer when decorating in order meet eye to eye.  Don’t run straight to Pottery Barn, try to buy everything at once and have the afternoon end in one huge fight.  Think of layering in what the female likes and also layering in what the male likes.

For instance, you may want coral pillows, well go out and buy those pillows you covet.  Then pair those with a deer antler pillow.

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What ends up happening is a more interesting room anyway.  For every feminine piece bring in a masculine piece.

2. Give a little, take a little.

So he really wants a leather sofa.  You can’t stand the look of them.  Well, think of ways to bring in what you love into the look.  Bring in tufting or a lighter color leather or maybe go with a faux ostrich.

Maybe what you can’t stand is this look:

But you could be into leather with more style, like this Baughman sofa…

Or in the Chesterfield style…

3. Finding common ground

Sometimes to find common ground it helps to talk bigger picture.  Spend a bit of time on House Beautiful scrolling through living room photos together as a couple.  Have your hubby grunt at the ones he finds acceptable and you can squeal with delight over the shots that you love.  Compare the two pictures and see if there is any common ground.  There may be a similar color or furniture type that reoccur in both photos.  Also, have your husband point out things that he likes in your inspirational shot and do the same for his.

My Pick:

Graham’s Pick:

We both like light, natural colors, classic pieces, wood frames and no overstuffed upholstery.

Our latest common ground piece:

An antique spring from an old truck.

Make a list of the common themes, items or colors and keep an eye out for those styles.

4. Shhhh…a little trick.

From my years of babysitting and teaching, I’ve learned a thing or two from kids.  Wearing someone down works.  Try mentioning something that you love seven to ten times a day, every day, until your husband gets so sick of hearing about it that he runs out and buys it for you.  But don’t tell anyone I told you that!

I’m still diligently begging for this fabric for our headboard…

April 12, 2011 at 5:43 AM 10 comments

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