Archive for July, 2011

Rocking the Fringe

I was on one of my favorite sites: Jacaranda Home (great place for ottomi textiles) and I saw they have new pillows.  These fringy numbers.  I think they are rad but for someone whose really edgy.  What do you think?  Could you rock the fringe?

July 28, 2011 at 5:58 AM 2 comments

Sign on the Dotted Line

Somebody just tell me where to sign on the dotted line and I’ll pack up my stuff and move to Fort Worth, Texas in a heartbeat.  Why would I move seeing as how I’ve never even been to Texas before?  I fell in love with a home and even more in love with its pricetag.

I’ve included a comparison of what $585,000 will get you in Fort Worth vs. Pac Heights (my neighborhood in San Francisco).  Which would you choose?


The Kitchen:

Living Room

Master Bedroom:

Dining room/area

I know my heart is in San Francisco but according to the song, aren’t you supposed to “leave” it here, which would mean a move?  I’ve been known to enjoy a rodeo or two; I think Texas and I would get along swimmingly.  I do own a cow head….

…pretty sure that’s all I need to justify the move.  The monthly mortgage payment on that home is what we pay in rent for our 700 square foot apartment.  Sorry if I just thoroughly depressed my Bay Area readers but please don’t move to Texas because we do have our fun here and I would miss you.  I promise, I’m really not going anywhere.

July 27, 2011 at 5:18 AM 9 comments

Living Room: Before and After

Last week, I was happy to show you the living room e-design before and after project; you can check it out here.

Today, I wanted to share another room I’ve been working on.  This project was another living room; however, this time it was local.  These clients wanted to keep a lot of what they had in their living room but we’re looking to freshen up the place.  Unfortunately, I did a terrible job at taking before pictures.

Here is the before:

And the after…

Here’s a breakdown of how we made some changes to update the look.  First of all, they have this fabulous leather chair from Pottery Barn.  But, they had a matching furniture set that overpowered the room; there wasn’t enough space to put the ottoman in front of the chair and their side table gave little room to walk to the right of the chair.

I put the chair at an angle, changed out the coffee table for a slightly smaller one to accommodate the ottoman and I used a new, slimmer side table.

I found the new side table at Home Goods; I love its lines and color.

By changing out the side table and moving the ottoman forward, it freed up space by the window.

This freed space allowed for a wicker trunk by the window.

This affordable yet chic trunk I found at Target is perfect spot for storage and can be pulled into the room for extra seating when needed.

Moving on to the coffee table area.  Their existing coffee table had seen better days and I wanted to replace it with a more modern one.

I switched it out for West Elm coffee tables – the nickel base adds a fantastic modern element while the rattan trays keep the natural look that is filtered throughout the room.

To the right of the couch, my clients had another wood side table that matched the side table of the leather chair and the coffee table.

I wanted to bring some more color into the space and tie in the navy pillows they had on their couch.  For a softer look, I went for a navy garden stool and I moved their existing standing lamp they had by their leather chair over by the sofa.  The standing lamp’s shade was dated so to bring it a more fresh look, I switched out the shade for a Pottery Barn one.

On the opposite side of the sofa, sits a bookshelf/desk.  We worked on styling the bookshelf and then I found some vintage pressed leaves at a local second hand shop to bring the organic, natural look to the wall.

This project was so much fun to work on!  If you are looking to just update a room and not completely overhaul it, I would love to help!  E-mail me at

July 26, 2011 at 8:29 AM 17 comments

Inspired: Georgetown Digs

When I first started reading design blogs, I couldn’t get enough of Apartment Therapy.  I now have a long blog roll to get through, when I have time, and Apartment Therapy is rarely opened anymore.  Sad face.

Over the weekend, I decided to holler back to the old school days and to check out some house tours.  Man, was I glad that I did.  I feel newly inspired by designer, Zoe Feldman.

Isn’t it just a feast for your eyes?  I love how she mixes vintage finds with modern art.  She goes bold with the colors, fabrics and patterns she chooses and it really pays off.  If you would like to see more of her Georgetown home, check her out on Apartment Therapy here.

July 25, 2011 at 5:30 AM 1 comment

Happy Friday

Happy Friday everyone!  This weekend, I’ve been told the headboard I ordered off of e-bay two months ago will finally be delivered.  I’m pretty sure someone carried the headboard on their back and walked it here because the shipping is taking forever.

I was told that it would be here two weeks ago and then promised last Monday.  But they sounded very reassuring that it would indeed arrive this Saturday or Sunday.  Fingers crossed.  I don’t sound bitter, do I? 🙂

Happy Friday!  Have a fabulous weekend!!

July 22, 2011 at 5:30 AM 4 comments

Captain’s Home: For Rent

If you’re looking for a rental in San Francisco that is a seven bedroom, consider the Captains Home in the Presidio.

Starting bid is $18,000 a month.  If you are truly interested in renting, you can find out more information, here.  And if one of my readers were to actually rent it, then please invite me over for dinner.

July 21, 2011 at 9:12 AM 3 comments

Don’t Forget Land’s End

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments on the living room project.  It was such a fun room to work on!

If you are searching high and low for that economical yet stylish throw, don’t forget Land’s End:

Breton Stripe Throw – $49.99

If you think to yourself, “I need a touch of Kelly Green in my life,” don’t forget Land’s End:

Boating Stripe Decorative Pillow – $9.97

If you find yourself saying, “I want sheets that are John Robshaw-esque minus the price tag,” don’t forget Land’s End

Organic Print Sheet Set – $99.99

If you break awkward silence with, “I want a turned wood base lamp on my lacquered console table,” don’t forget Land’s End:

Turned Wood Base Lamp – $199

I’ll admit sometimes I forget that Land’s End has more than fabulous canvas tote bags, that’s why I wrote this post to remind myself.  And yes, this is how I think.  On the hour and a half drive home from the beach this past Sunday, Graham asked me three separate times what I was thinking and every single time it was about decor.  Obsessed.

July 20, 2011 at 5:44 AM 9 comments

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