Views of Our Neighborhood

January 31, 2013
Design Inspiration in San Francisco

Some words and images from our wonderful Design Associate, Lauren Steudte. With our recent posts on travel to amazing far-flung places, Lauren reminds us of all the design inspiration that surrounds us right here in San Francisco. And, she’s got me thinking about Spring with that beautiful blush color! “Inspiration is all around us. A simple walk through one’s own neighborhood can reveal a great idea for a new color scheme, luscious architectural details, or sculpture in the form of a curved staircase. I feel so lucky to live in such a beautiful place with fabulous little surprises around every … more

What’s Old Is New…

January 22, 2013
Antique Chandeliers

We’ve been trending modern lately…loving the clean lines and fresh feeling of more contemporary spaces. But, I believe no look is complete without layering in some pieces that have patina and history. Our wonderful new store manager, Barry Miller, has a great eye for vintage and antique pieces that can add just the right note to any room…modern or traditional. Here’s what Barry had to say about what’s new in our store. Come visit us soon! “Along with new shipments of Vintage Barware, Vintage Wire Baskets, and Cast Iron Jacks, we also have several beautiful Antique Chandeliers that we are … more

Designers of Distinction

January 17, 2013
Designers of Distinction

We’re thrilled to be finalists for the Designers of Distinction 2013 SFDC Awards of Excellence next month. We submitted three recent projects in the Residential – Transitional category that epitomize our penchant for blending European old world glamour with fresh California modernism. Looking forward to the luncheon at the Design Center in a couple of weeks with many of our talented peers. Tickets to the event are here: Hope to see you there!

Berlin Adventures

January 15, 2013

Building off my latest experience with travel, I thought I would take the opportunity to share another recent journey that one of my design assistants enjoyed over the holidays. Chelsi Liddell just took an inspirational trip to Berlin and had the following to say about it: “Being in Berlin was an incredible experience – the city is truly a cutting-edge mecca for art and design. There is a real understated strength in this city. In walking all over, I was astounded to see how in one moment you are surrounded by ornate German architecture and then you turn the corner … more

Yin and Yang

January 9, 2013

Happy New Year! It feels like it is definitely back to business this week – but with a true break and a wonderful vacation under my belt, I am feeling refreshed and ready for it. After a very busy year, I was reminded anew of how critical it is to find balance in life. To work hard but take time to play. To indulge and enjoy great food and wine, but also make time for exercise and salad! To create bold interiors that have quiet corners. To balance clean modernity within classically scaled spaces. The yin and the yang, if … more