Lotus Bleu San Francisco

First and foremost, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your comments and support with the one room challenge.  It’s always daunting putting yourself out there and I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the positive feedback.  You guys truly are the best and I’m blessed to have you reading.

Today, I wanted to share about the closing of a favorite local store: Lotus Bleu in Hayes Valley.  They will continue their design business but not their adorable shop.

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Lotus Bleu s just about the cutest place ever.  It’s filled with gorgeous pillows, vintage furniture recovered in fabulous fabrics and the chicest lines for furniture such as Oomph and Dunes and Duches.  Le sigh.  Oh and Madeline Weinrib as well.

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This store has been a staple for me throughout my design career.  I always stop by there for extras throw pillows or accessories and clients have been giddy with what I’ve bought them from there.

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Alas, San Francisco is hot hot hot (not literally it’s freezing in the summer) and so Hayes street rents are going for outrageous amounts.

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Everything is on sale and I believe they don’t shut their doors until the end of May or maybe June so get on in there and shop while you still can.

I have been twice during the sale and grabbed this pillow for a client…(spoiler alert on the katie ridder paper we chose)

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and this pillow for Grace’s room…

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If you’re local, I’d get in there and take a peek around.  They still have plenty of great finds available.

May 12, 2015 at 5:18 AM Leave a comment

The Big Reveal: One room Challenge

In highschool, I choregraphed a dance to “Standing Outside the Fire” by Garth Brooks with a friend.  Those who know my dancing skills are laughing hard right now, especially since I put myself and “choregraphed” into a sentence together.  But, I only tell you this to show off that I’ve got quite the background in country.  Girl can get down to some Garth.

Today is the final reveal to show that I’ve gone country, dog gonnit.  To keep you up to speed, a lovely client, asked that I decorate a guest bedroom at her second home in the country.  She willingly went along with Linda of Calling It Home’s six week challenge to let me put the entire room together start to finish in just six weeks.

Here it was before…

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And here it is today…

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The bedroom sits on the ground floor of their country house and it overlooks the garden so I have dubbed it “the garden room.”  I know, so very creative.  But, if you say it in a snobby voice, it sounds very sophisticated. We went with a mixture of high and low/antique and new to pull the look together.  The bedspread was the starting point for the entire design and it came from Ikea of all places.  The bed frame is also Ikea but no longer in production – it was a major Craigslist score.  Bench at the end of the bed is Serena and Lily.  The rug is Bunnie Williams for Dash and Albert. The lamps I got at a local shop and the shades I recovered in Peter Dunham fabric.  The big roller I had custom made with green ticking stripe and a piping in the matching Peter Dunham fabric.  My favorite part is the beautiful photograph by Julia Lynn above the bed.  The black side table on the right hand side, while absolutely beautiful belongs somewhere else in the home and sits there for the photoshoot while I await the Chairish side table to come.  It was the first thing ordered – a gorgeous dark wood antique spindle table and I can’t wait for it to eventually arrive. The dresser on the side of the room was already there and it’s gorgeous.  The antique faux bamboo chair is also my clients (I wish I could take credit for finding it) and doesn’t reside there as there wouldn’t be any need for a bench and chair at the foot of the bed but I thought it looked pretty for the pics.  There also was a debate between white and blue pillows for the bed.  In the end, we went white for the softness it brings but I included one pic of the blue for you to see.

There ya have it.  I’ve got to tell you that the One Room Challenges, this one, and the poolhouse I did last time (you can see the reveal here), take a ton of work to pull together so quickly but as Garth Brooks says, “you’ve got to be tough when consumed by desire. Because it’s not enough just to stand outside the fire”

Check out the other participants beautiful finished rooms here.

May 7, 2015 at 3:26 AM 28 comments

Shopping Buddies

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Have you seen the new House Beautiful feature on Krista Ewart?  I have studied every little detail in my Ewart 101 class.  It’s amazing!

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Funny Krista Ewart story.  Two years ago, I was camping with Ariel Gordon, of Ariel Gordon Jewelry (we have mutual friends – she’s the best!).  I told her that I’m an interior decorator and she said that her good friend was Krista Ewart, and asked if I had heard of her.  I nearly fell out of my chair.  Only one of my favorite designers.  I then went on to describe every detail of Krista’s sister’s Balboa home that was also featured in House Beautiful years ago.  The entire weekend I tried to slip Krista Ewart into every single conversation.  “What a beautiful hike – I wonder how Krista would interpret this into a home”  “Wow that fire is hot – you know what else is hot? The hot pink of Krista Ewart’s pair of tufted vintage chairs”  I was super fun to be around.  And incredibly normal.

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Anywho, Ariel picked up on what I was subtly putting down and has said that she would set up a day of the three of us flea marketing in LA.

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I have not set that up the shopping trip yet.  Are ya kidding me?!  I know. I know.  Josie was six months old the weekend we went camping and three months later I got pregnant again and well here we are.  One day.  I’ll get my buns down to LA and hopefully go shopping with Krista and Ariel.  One day.

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May 6, 2015 at 5:34 AM 2 comments

Katie Ridder Paper

Holy hell people, I’ve got a fantastic master bedroom coming together that I can’t wait to share with you.  My lovely client, who I’ve been working with for years now, is a wallpaper lover like myself.  Six weeks ago, I presented the idea of putting some Katie Ridder wallpaper up in her bedroom.  She swooned, her husband approved, I did the happy dance and Katie Ridder got to making the paper.  The paper will be arriving this week and the installation will be happening next.  My decor dreams are coming true.  Thank you, Katie!

Before the reveal, shall we revel in other’s work with Ridder paper.

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Which paper is it, my friends?  You shall see.  Pics will be coming soon.

May 4, 2015 at 5:28 AM 1 comment

Country Bedroom Inspiration

Feels a little backwards as I’m about to do the final install for the country bedroom I’m working on, but I thought today I would round up inspiration pics of country bedrooms – you know to get y’all in the mood for next Thursday’s reveal.

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Aaaahhh – I needed that final push as I head on out to the weekend install.  I’m really excited to see the room come together and most of all to share it with you!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend filled with morning coziness in bed.

May 1, 2015 at 5:28 AM 1 comment

One Room Challenge: Week Five

This is the final week of scrounging together items for my One Room Challenge.  Next week I’ll be showing you the final reveal of the bedroom in a country house.

As I mentioned last week, I was going to attempt to pull off a DIY with this Peter Dunham fabric.

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I turned a pair of lamp shades from this…

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To this…

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It was nerve wracking!  My hands were shaking and sweating.  It wasn’t all that hard but I’m not a DIYer and so practicing on expensive fabric had the adrenaline pumping.

I also dropped off a beautiful print by the talented photographer, Julia Lynn, to the framers for art above the bed.  I went with a darker frame to pull in the side tables and to up the “country” vibe.  It also really drew out the darker colors in the photograph.

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I’m hoping this Serena and Lily bench will arrive in time for the end of the bed.

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There’s not a hope in hell for the Chairish side table will get here in time. It will take over six weeks to ship from Chicago.  And my client paid more for the shipping then the actual piece. Thumbs down, Chairish!

But, all the other items are going to come together and I’m happy with every little bit that’s been arriving.

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I’m glad the finish line is in sight because I’ve been running out of steam.  One more week!  Check out the other participants here.

April 30, 2015 at 5:08 AM 4 comments

Pleat It Up

I have a feeling pleated shades are coming back in and I like it.  2008 Kate would be so anti the pleats but they’re fab when used correctly.

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Is it time for pleated shades to make a comeback or am I growing more traditional with age?

April 24, 2015 at 5:14 AM 1 comment

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