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Design Meets Divas of Drag

September 20, 2017

Last Friday night, the design community gathered in the San Francisco Design Center to witness a series of extravagant performances by the city’s most talented Drag Queens. That’s right! It was the third annual ‘Design Meets Divas of Drag’ event and Kendall had the honor of being one of the esteemed judges tasked with selecting who would walk away with the title of Top Designer Diva. Proceeds from the event were donated to Lava Mae, a shower service for San Francisco’s homeless community.
Alongside fellow judges including Paul Wiseman of The Wiseman Group and Jay Jeffers, Kendall joined the audience in cheering, … more

10 QUESTIONS WITH KENDALL WILKINSON – PART 2

July 13, 2016

Q6: What intrigued you most about creating an indoor/outdoor fabric collection?
Kendall: We really saw a space in the marketplace where well-priced, indoor/outdoor fabrics were less represented. Given that I live in California and do much of my work here, we had a need for sophisticated and durable fabrics with a luxurious hand that were more affordable. It’s been so much fun to work with Fabricut to innovate with their mill partners to produce this line.
Q7: Which pattern are you most excited to see used in homes/outdoor spaces?
Kendall: I keep gravitating to Color Wash and Woodlands. These patterns … more

10 Questions with Kendall Wilkinson – Part 1

June 30, 2016

 
A born and bred West Coast designer, Kendall Wilkinson gravitates to a graceful yet less formal lifestyle, one that embraces the outdoors year round, complete with kids, dogs and sand dragged in from the beach.
Her first indoor/outdoor fabrics collection with Fabricut is the result of her own design dilemma – the need for more durable, stain-resistant fabrics that are comfortable, resilient and luxurious.
During our marketing photo shoot on location at one of her client’s homes in Napa Valley, we sat down with Kendall to discuss design, inspiration and family.
Q1: What are your sources of inspiration?
Kendall: Nature is one of my major inspirations. Living in the … more

Kristin Rowell joins Kendall Wilkinson Design as Principal

October 14, 2015

Kristin Rowell
After a six-year hiatus, Interior Designer Kristin Rowell has re-joined Kendall Wilkinson Design, as Principal. Kristin excels at creating highly personalized and beautiful living environments for her clientele. Her wide knowledge base, understanding of scale and proportions, and innate sense of color and texture allow her to create spaces of enduring quality and understated grace.
Kristin’s keen interest in the effect of one’s surroundings was piqued by the ever-evolving interiors of the Victorian home on the Peninsula, where she was born and raised. Travels to Europe with her family sparked her interest in fine arts, architecture, and fashion at a young … more

Melding Traditional and Contemporary

August 7, 2015

California Home + Design featured the latest Kendall Wilkinson Design project in their Summer 2015 issue. Our client wanted a home that felt modern and edgy, using natural materials that were family friendly. We teamed up with William Duff Architects and Upscale Construction to deliver a home that melds traditional and contemporary elements.

Inspired by local restaurants, this 1920’s Pacific Heights dwelling is designed for entertaining large groups. While the design palette was kept neutral, orange accents are used playfully throughout the home.

Special thanks to author Anh-Minh Le and California Home + … more

LCDQ 2015: Where Muses Dwell!

April 28, 2015

For nearly a decade, LEGENDS has brought together key interior designers, artists, editors, and architects together for a 3-day celebration of design at the La Cienega Design Quarter.  Each year, a different theme is selected and top interior designers are invited to partner with the various showrooms to showcase their talents. This year’s chosen theme is “Where Muses Dwell”, and the Legends team requested that each designer choose a particular muse that inspired them. One muse stood out to Kendall Wilkinson in particular: Debbie Harry of Blondie.

How did we pick Blondie as our muse? Debbie Harry is the … more

Swing into Spring

March 12, 2015

Kendall Wilkinson Design looked radically different to pedestrians on Sacramento Street this week, shifting from an edgy vignette to a softer look. With spring right around the corner, the walls were stripped of their dark black and reemerged as a youthful green.

Designer Lauren Mendenhall derived inspiration from the changing seasons and the emergence of blossoms in California this month. Handmade flowers hang down from the ceiling, in addition to wooden swings. Each swing holds various design books by some of our favorites and spirited flowers from the local flower mart. “When I think of spring, I think of … more

Designers of Distinction Awards!

February 12, 2015

Last week was a flurry of activity and recognition at Kendall Wilkinson Design, beginning with the Designers of Distinction Awards. The firm was honored with its third nomination in the last 5 years, but this year was recognized in the Contemporary category. In prior years, KWD fell into the traditional category and this shift reflects the firms focus on increasingly more modern projects.

The three projects that were nominated from KWD ranged from a penthouse, a one-bedroom, and a beach retreat; which showed a range of skill sets and styles from various KWD designers. The Padallian high-rise project was once … more

San Francisco FOG: A Trip into the Modern Art and Design World

January 16, 2015

This weekend, the art and design community in San Francisco ventures out to the Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason for the 2015 FOG Art+Design Fair. Patrons can experience the work of prominent 20th century and contemporary design dealers; as well as showcases by the leading modern and contemporary art galleries.

Employees at Kendall Wilkinson Design had the opportunity to attend the Designer’s Forum Preview Breakfast and the Preview Gala on Wednesday, January 14th. These two exclusive events allowed designers to source artwork for specific clients and provided inspiration for future projects. This year’s FOG featured artwork in particular more prominently than … more

2015 Color Muse: Marsala

December 11, 2014

Pantone announced 2015’s “Color of the Year” this past week as marsala, the reddish-brown tone. A color is chosen by Pantone every year since 1990 by an extensive selection process and serves as a basis for color inspiration for the following year. The company issued a statement about the choice saying, “Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and … more

Holiday Treasures

December 1, 2014

Our newest vignette is a modern approach to a traditional theme: holiday spirit! Every year, families celebrate various winter holidays by adorning their homes with sparkling lights. We wanted to play off this theme by incorporating lights into an ocean inspired compilation, putting together pieces that encourages passers-by to stop and take a look.

This season’s vignette is the collaboration between designers Elena Novik Jack and Taylor Jones. The hanging orbs that drop down from the ceiling are actually black stockings,  globes, and LED lights, creating a dreamlike, magical feeling. Instead of focusing on a traditional Christmas display, the designers wanted … more

Treasures from the Vault- Sale Nov 14 & 15!

November 10, 2014

This Friday and Saturday, we are excited to announce that we have unearthed design treasures in a 2 day vault sale. Located at our Sacramento street studio (3419 Sacramento Street), we will have designers at the sale to provide styling tips and tricks to help customers find the perfect use for each item of interest. The items range from French antiques to mid century modern finds and are very special to Kendall and the designers who have sourced them. Sourced from Kendall’s travels, antiques markets, and various designs, her discerning eye has discovered various pieces that are now on sale for one-time … more

Picnic at the Beach

October 16, 2014

This year’s Leap 31st Annual Sandcastle Contest was a huge success, and Kendall Wilkinson Design raised $5,668 benefiting arts education in public schools. A few thousand people attended the event and the 27 other sandcastles were incredible! To learn more about the cause, please read our previous blog post.

Kendall Wilkinson Design joined together with Strandberg Engineering, Feldman Architecture, Peninsula Custom Homes and Jefferson Elementary School as team “Sands of Thyme” in efoorts to raise funds for the cause. Together the team raised $18,104 for Leap.
It has been a wonderful journey for us throughout these last four … more

Art, Sandcastles and “Food, Glorious Food”

September 8, 2014

This year’s event takes place on October 11th and is expected to stretch along nearly 2 miles of Ocean Beach and draw over 3,000 participants and spectators.
35 years ago, the state of California dramatically reduced funding for education and nearly eliminated arts from public elementary schools. Leap was founded in direct response to this cut to the arts in California’s school. This is the foundation’s 31st Annual Sandcastle Contest, where local firms in the design and building industry team up to raise funds and design a masterpiece based on the year’s theme. Teams then partner with local classrooms and … more

#Evolve

August 20, 2014




San Francisco is a shifting landscape. As an international hub for technology and innovation, our clients’ tastes are constantly evolving to push the envelope of innovation in design. Our current vignette by KWD’s Senior Designer, Maggie Waltemath, and Design Assistant, Kaelyn Zatto, plays up this theme through the idea of evolution through the destruction and rebirth of design ideas.
Over the years of shopping for clients, shopping for the store, and shopping for pieces in showcase projects, we found ourselves with an excess of traditional pieces which are no longer in style, and which had … more

FORM FOLLOWS “FLOTATION”

August 4, 2014

By Alex Cheng

This title, a twist on an architectural principle espoused by the great Louis Sullivan, emphasizes that the “function” of interior design is vital when planning the living space of a ship.
I’ve been interested in boat interiors ever since my husband took me to my first sailboat show.  I was instantly impressed with the economy of space required in designing the bedrooms (berths), kitchens (galleys), living rooms (saloons), and even the bathrooms (heads).  In addition to spatial considerations, the designer must select materials that are resistant to water and corrosion, as well as to absorbing odors from fuel and … more

Kendall Wilkinson Design + Chairish Sale

March 31, 2014

We’re delighted to announce Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home is launching a limited time only sale available on Chairish, the fabulous online consignment marketplace for design-obsessed people.
The sale starts today, March 31st – start shopping here. Shop over 50 items of Kendall’s thoughtfully curated blend of antique, vintage, and contemporary pieces showcased in themed rotating store vignettes.
Don’t forget to enter Kendall Wilkinson Design + Chairish’s Sweepstakes starting today and … more

My Moody Valentine

February 13, 2014




For February we’re presenting a vignette that’s serene and sensual. Farrow and Ball’s “Pelt” cocoons the space in a dark aubergine that contrasts with pops of cream, saffron and glowing golds. Our custom Plum Ikat pillows in an iridescent purple silk with tonal embroidery see that the color of 2014 “Radiant Orchid” makes a brief but tasteful cameo. Custom Wing Chairs, inspired by the sinuous shapes of a 19th century French daybed, are lacquered in fog-grey and upholstered in a silvery lilac silk velvet. Stop by our Sacramento Street shop Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 – … more

Go Eco-Chic with Reclaimed Wood

January 29, 2014




This January we’re loving the look of reclaimed wood furniture and accessories. No two pieces are ever alike! We’re featuring a stunning live-edge American Elm table by local artisan Colleen Smith, available exclusively at Kendall Wilkinson Home. The table is given an industrial-strength bracket base in steel, a great contrast to the sinuous curves of the edges.
Pair sculptural, soft natural shapes with geometric architectural elements for a look that’s both bold and refines. Add a Pop Art twist by using a bit of faux bois, like this handmade paper mache side table.
“Big Sur” Round Reclaimed … more

Couple Seeks Relaxed Glamour- CA Home & Design Explains

January 23, 2014




California Home & Design Features Presidio Home
We loved being featured in California Home & Design’s Online Home Tour this January. The author beautifully captured the essence of this project. Enjoy.
“When a young couple (with newborn twin boys!) sought a home that exuded warmth, major San Francisco style, and was also suitable for both casual living and more formal occasions, they called upon the talents of Kendall Wilkinson Design.
Kendall gave the couple the comfort they asked for while casting an effortless, glamorous spell over the whole home in SF’s beautiful Presidio.
The living … more

Not Your Traditional Holiday Wreath

December 24, 2013
Kendall Wilkinson Wreath




Despite the chilly December weather, San Francisco’s finest turned up in droves at the 2013 Jingle & Mingle Designer Wreath Auction to support the Children of Shelters. The festive décor was reminiscent of a lively cantina with swirls of hot pink, lime green and turquoise, mini piñatas and specialty mojitos served with a delicious menu.
Guests entertained themselves with a photo booth, sitting for a custom caricature, and by bidding on the wide variety of wreaths on auction. The directive was the same – create an amazing wreath! And what’s even more amazing is how every designer took … more

Sprucing Up For The Holidays

December 15, 2013
Holiday Vignette in California Home Magazine


At this time of year, the design studio and store turn into ‘Santa’s Workshop’ as we ready for the holidays. The vignette above, featured in California Home Magazine, features Ango Lighting’s Branching of silkworm cocoons hand-soldered onto a wire matrix. This is a perfect way to add sparkle to your mantel for the holidays. Read more. Press Page
Here are a few additional tips from Kendall to create a festive home environment:
Consider rearranging your space – When preparing for your holiday party, moving a couple of pieces of furniture around to create intimate seating groups can provide an … more

November Glow

November 27, 2013




This November, Kendall Wilkinson Home kicks off the Holiday Season in style with a balanced blend of traditional and modern.
The store window features swirling Art Nouveau Lotus wallpaper by Farrow & Ball, contrasted with a stunning rustic-chic live edge dining table of reclaimed American Elm.
A handmade vintage birdhouse from 1936 provides the centerpiece, surrounded by a mix of votive holders and handmade ceramic dishware. We also upholstered a pair of our favorite vintage 1930’s French Moderne chairs in sumptuous sapphire silk velvet. If you’re searching for a great holiday gift, or looking for the perfect accent piece … more

C Magazine Calls It “The Perfect Penthouse”

November 7, 2013
The Perfect Penthouse




The Perfect Penthouse
C Magazine recently went behind-the-scenes with Kendall Wilkinson Design to discover how to transform a client’s dream into the perfect penthouse.
Our client, a business executive of a global consumer products company, had acquired a very dramatic flat in the tallest residential tower in San Francisco. His dream was a private and rather old world residence with classic grace.
The approach was linear and crisp. The palette was simple: black, white, anthracite, espresso, and charcoal.
Thank you to our friends at C Magazine and to author, Diane Dorrans Saeks.
Visit our Press Page to read … more

Look and Feel of Design Magazines

October 25, 2013
Design Magazines Featuring Kendall Wilkinson


Kendall Wilkinson Design Featured in an Array of Design Magazines in October
One of my favorite things to do is to luxuriate in exquisitely written and curated design magazines. I love seeing the double-wide spreads and feeling the coated paper. This month I was humbled to see my work featured in an array of my favorite magazines. Hats off to all the design magazines in the world. Thank you for informing my work over the years. Starting from top to bottom on the above image, here is what is featured:
House Beautiful asked that I photograph what inspired me while on holiday … more

‘Be Fearless’-Coastal Living Takes Five With Kendall Wilkinson

September 22, 2013
Coastal Living Q&A




Interior designer Kendall Wilkinson of San Francisco talks color, texture, and art with Coastal Living.
What should homeowners bring to a first meeting?
KW: Whether it’s swatches of fabric, images, or a Pinterest page, they need to come with whatever tools will help them communicate what they want out of every room.
Rule of thumb when using bold color?
KW: Be fearless! Just be sure to layer your shades with a mix of textures, patterns, and a cast of complementary hues for a grounded look.
For timeless style, take a page from…
KW: Albert Hadley, Sister Parish, Dorothy Draper, and Michael Taylor.
Favorite finishing … more

Summer Serenity

August 16, 2013
Kendall Wilkinson Summer 2013 Store Vignette




Kendall Wilkinson’s homage to America’s cup continues in the second phase of our summer vignette. The look is cool, crisp and serene featuring two chrome and white chairs in the style of Milo Baughman, a vintage etched Lucite coffee table, and various accents in chrome and polished nickel.
This month we’re featuring the stunning work of Louise LeBourgeois. Her photo-realistic waterscape Water: Tempest #506 showcases masterful brushwork in an oil on panel piece that is both peaceful and moody, the perfect addition to a vignette inspired by San Francisco summer and the greatest sailing race in the world!

Vintage Barware

July 26, 2013
Vintage Barware



Though a Summer in San Francisco may inspire something more along the lines of a Hot Toddy, here’s a cocktail for those days that feel a little more fun in the sun and a little less blustery.
Adopted from a recipe at local favorite Locanda in San Francisco’s Mission district, this version substitutes vodka for gin.
Archangelo
2 1/4 oz. vodka
3/4 oz. Aperol
cucumber (preferably lemon cucumber if available)
Muddle a few slices of cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka and Aperol. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a cocktail glass. Spritz with lemon oil from a lemon peel, and garnish with a … more

Lake Como is Breathtaking

July 3, 2013
Lake Como




Savoring precious moments with family and friends on holiday along the shores
of Lake Como in Italy.
This very narrow lake, with its pastel villages and Romanesque architecture, is breathtaking. The still waters, the angle of the sails, and the cloud-enshrouded mountains are magical.
It shouldn’t surprise me, yet it does, that seeing a sunrise over a vast body of water,
in a far away place, reminds me of home. I adore the Bay Area and the many sunrises
and sunsets that have informed my designs throughout the years.
Can’t wait to dive back in. Ciao belli amici!

Three Steps to America’s Cup Tribute

June 27, 2013
America's Cup Tribute




Kendall Wilkinson welcomes the America’s Cup this month with a new seaworthy home store vignette. Taking inspiration from the cup itself, the vignette pairs old world luxury with modern aerodynamic/streamlined touches.
The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport. It is a test of not only sailing skill but a contest of design as well.
Here are three (simplified) steps we used to create the new display.
Step 1 – Paint the Background
Paint the walls a velvety-grey. We love ‘Strong White’ from Farrow & Ball. It complements the sterling and polished nickel treasures found throughout the store.
Step 2 … more

Q and A with Lonny Magazine

May 2, 2013


I was involved in an inspiring question and answer session with the editors of Lonny Magazine, owned by Livingly Media out of New York City and San Carlos, CA. It was a thrill to be able to share some of my new and time-tested design ideas with them.
To see the article, click on this link:

Natural Tones

March 27, 2013
Natural Tones


As designers, we often hear the terms “colors of nature” or “natural tones”. Using conventional associations, the mind’s eye usually conjures hues of beige, oatmeal and sage, which can be a little humdrum. Why not reframe the way we think in design? Nature creates swoon-worthy colors from precious stones to plants to animal life. These tones originate from our natural world as fiery magenta, cobalt, citrine, fuchsia, and aqua tones among others. We often use these colors to adorn ourselves, but they look equally lovely adorning an otherwise dull interior. That is why I love the “natural tones” of Manuel … more

2950 Vallejo Street, SF

February 26, 2013
Living Room Design 2950 Vallejo Street


“Our team had the pleasure of staging the living room at 2950 Vallejo Street for an event featuring one of the Founders of Nextdoor.com — the fantastic new neighborhood social networking website. We worked with our good friends, Max Armour and Malin Giddings from SF Properties (http://www.sfpropertiesnews.com/) to create a room that felt both elegant and modern. We found some incredible pieces for the space — I especially loved the antlers with the gilded skull — elegant taxidermy! Check out the room above and contact us if you are interested in any of the pieces.”

Nature

February 21, 2013


Hope you enjoy this guest blog post from Jennifer Orne, a Senior Designer at my firm. Love her perspective on nature and how it inspires design!
Working with the landscape and not “making a mark” on nature is the point of Andy Goldsworthy’s work. I have been obsessed with his ingenious approach to sculpture and photography for years. Creating forms from natural materials such as stones, sticks, leaves, snow, and ice; these outdoor sculptures temporarily survive and then eventually disappear due to the whims of nature.
Here in San Francisco he has installed such works as “Drawn Stone” for the … more

Valentine’s

February 13, 2013

Ahhhh….it’s Valentine’s season again. I say “season” because, like Halloween, it’s no longer just a day, but really a month-long marketing event. That said, love is surely something to be celebrated, so I say…dive in! Valentine’s reminds me of two important decorating points I’ll elaborate on here: 1. The color red, in small doses, can be divine. 2. Nothing livens up a house more than fresh flowers. RED I truly love color –and all its transformative powers. And the color red, in particular, can take a room from zero to sixty. However, much as I love it, I have found after … more

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: http://designawards2013.eventbrite.com/# 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

What I Love About Mid-Century Modern

December 12, 2012


Our holiday vignette in the store this month features a mid-century modern display that reminds me of all the things that I love about the pieces of this period: the clean-lined furniture, the warm wood tones, the simplicity of forms and minimal ornamentation mixed in with small doses of straight-up glamour. Mid-century designs from the 1950’s and 1960’s paint an accurate picture of the post-war period. A reaction to the pre-war emphasis on formality, tradition and weight, these new designs were quite opposite: informal, simple, light and most of all…modern and fresh. While I would not choose to live in … more

Strolling Sacramento Street for Holiday Treasures

December 10, 2012


I decorated my home for the holidays a week or so ago….but I find that half the fun is adding treasures to my collection throughout December. As the recent One Kings Lane ads say “Decorating is Never Done” and that’s true for the holiday season as well! A stroll down Sacramento Street this time of year usually finds me with a new ornament or candlesticks in hand. Holiday entertaining is a great excuse to freshen up the bar with beautiful glassware and trays. We have some exquisite decanters and festive glasses in our store now, along with a vintage sterling … more

Jingle & Mingle Event!

December 6, 2012
Designer Wreath


We are so excited to participate in the designer wreath auction with a beautiful mercury glass wreath at this year’s Jingle & Mingle at the Golden Gate Club. Jingle & Mingle is an incredible event benefitting Children of Shelters, an organization that creates opportunities and provides educational funding for the city’s 4,000+ homeless kids. The event raises more than $200,000 for the organization. With our wreath, we aimed to interpret the traditional notion of a wreath structure, so as to maintain the aesthetic essence of the holiday season, but also demonstrate a more versatile and modern look and feel.
The … more

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving from Kendall Wilkinson Design


All of us at Kendall Wilkinson Design want to wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful holiday celebrating with friends and family.
Let the holiday season begin!
xo, Kendall

Press: Bungalow 1a

November 9, 2012
Bungalow 1a Kendall Wilkinson Design


We’re thrilled to have been featured on Bungalow 1a – it’s one of our favorite blogs to read every week. In the interview you’ll find out the five essential pieces that every individual should have in their home. What I think makes a great room and more! Be sure to pop over and take a look.

A Look Inside the San Francisco Fall Antique Show

October 26, 2012


When fall arrives I always look forward to the San Francisco Fall Antique Show. Every year it’s incredible to see what the amazing vendors bring to showcase – this year I’m was in awe by the “seaworthy” theme, especially the model ships. The stunning furniture, artwork and individuals I met gave me even more inspiration this year. Some of the highlights – meeting the ever so lovely Diane Keaton (I’ve always adored her) and her new book “House” has an amazing array of unique architecture. If you haven’t had a chance to stop into the show I highly … more

Interview with Jeff King & Co.

October 19, 2012
Interview with Jeff King Co


Jeff King and I are longtime friends, when he approached me about doing an interview for his amazing blog I jumped at the chance. It was such a pleasure sitting down and answering some well thought out questions about the industry and my day-to-day life. Pop on over to his blog to read the interview!
Next week we’ll be sharing photos from High Point Market – it was so inspiring. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Travel: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

October 3, 2012
Jackson Hole, Wyoming


Travel always brings inspiration. I just got back from a weekend jaunt to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and let me tell you – it was exactly what my mind and body needed. It was inspiring on many different levels from the air to the colors of the sky to the texture of the mountains and trees. Words don’t give it justice, but it was a vibrant reminder to take design cues from nature. The Grand Tetons provide the dramatic focal point, surrounded by layers of quiet beauty, set to the backdrop of a big sky. So similar to what we try … more

Work in Progress: Detailed Framework

September 20, 2012
Classical Framework


Our client envisioned a balanced blend of contemporary furnishings set within a classical framework. Now nearing completion, I wanted to highlight the details and share an inside look at the work in progress of this Penthouse project before the furnishings arrive! Every inch of the unit is clad in expertly-crafted architectural woodwork which has time-period resonance. Warmth and comfort embody the home with beautiful proportions of classical lines throughout. We can’t wait to unveil this stunning, one-of-a-kind project!

New Book: Contemporary Classical

August 31, 2012
Contemporary Classical Andrew Skurman


We’re excited to announce that we have a new favorite coffee table book – Contemporary Classical. San Francisco architect, Andrew Skurman is known for his refined classical architecture and his superbly polished and elegant work. Contemporary Classical showcases an exceptional range of residential work. We’ve always admired his work and I’m proud to highlight this book on my living room coffee table. Andrew thanks for this new and inspiring book.

Press: San Francisco Chronicle

August 22, 2012
Kendall WIlkinson Design for The World featured in The San Francisco Chronicale


This summer we had the opportunity to work on an exciting new project – transforming a luxury residence on the largest privately owned yacht on the planet, The World. The timeline was incredibly short, the quarters tight and the security even tighter however, Kendall Wilkinson Design was up for the challenge!
Pop on over to the full article to read about all about the project, working with Homeland Security and how we ultimately sourced and installed everything in 24 hours. It’s always a pleasure being included in the Chronicle; thank you to the team that put this piece together! … more

Field Trip: Heath Ceramics

August 15, 2012
Tour of Heath Ceramics


Sometimes I forget how lucky we are in the Bay Area. We have amazing shops and factories here in San Francisco. A few weeks ago we took a tour of Heath Ceramics while we were sourcing dinnerware for a client. When you walk through the space you realize how small the factory is for the amount they produce. A fun fact: The factory is located on a former wartime ship yard in Sausalito that was left plenty of scrap metal on the property – Heath converted a lot of the scrap that was left into factory parts and equipment, all … more

Inspiration: 2012 Olympics

July 20, 2012
2012 Olympic Design Inspiration


The Olympics are no longer just about sports – spectators are also looking at each of the countries uniforms. This year Ralph Lauren (for USA) wasn’t the only designer donating uniforms to their country. Stella McCartney designed the uniforms that were donned by the British team. And the legendary Giorgio Armani outfitted the Italian team. A few others included Salvatore Ferragamo for the Republic of San Remo Team and Prada for the Italian sailing team. It’s inspiring to see all of these designers working with the countries they are rooting for in the games. Which of the uniforms did you … more

Traveling: Michigan

July 11, 2012
Michigan Travel Inspiration


Summer travel is something San Franciscans live for mostly because it feels like winter in the months of July and August. This week I’m traveling to Michigan – where we go every year to spend time with my entire family. Last night as I was sitting out on the deck waiting for the sun to set, I realized how important it is to step away and get rejuvenated and inspired. As the sun was setting I couldn’t believe my eyes – the colors that came over the sky were incredible. Enjoy the series of images I took to document the … more

Press: Matchbook Magazine

June 11, 2012
Matchbook Magazine Featuring Kendall Wilkinson Design


Today we’re excited to share that we’ve been featured in one of our favorite online magazines – Matchbook. The new June issue of Matchbook Magazine is out and we’re thrilled to be included. You’ll get a glimpse into our studio. Thank you, Matchbook, for including us in this issue.

Update: Blu Kicks @ KWD Next Monday

June 5, 2012
Blue Kicks at Kendall Wilkinson Design


With a new vignette, we thought it would be the perfect time to host a pop-up shop in our store. Blu Kicks is a fun family-owned shoe line that is inspired by nature and time spent in Hawaii. Their go-anywhere product line reflects designs inspired by fish, like the Humu. They in turn donate 3% of each sale towards protecting their habitat.
Please join us on Monday, June 11th to look at their exciting new summer collection – one day only from 1pm – 4pm. We can’t wait to see you!

Press: Kelly Market

May 25, 2012
Kelly Market Short List with Kendall Wilkinson


I was so excited to be featured on one of our favorite blogs: Kelly Market. She asked me questions about what my favorite charity is – to my signature cocktail – to where I’d like to travel next. Let me tell you, it was so much fun putting this post together for her. Take a peek at my favorite things!
Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

Press: House Beautiful May 2012

May 15, 2012
House Beautiful May 2012


The latest issue of House Beautiful is out on the newsstands. I have to tell you – it’s a stunning issue! We were excited to see our custom Lucite table and turquoise chairs featured on page 116 in a town house in Washington D.C. – if you have a copy be sure to check it out, if not click here to see it!

Highlights from High Point Market

April 27, 2012
High Point Lighting


One of our designers, Brittany, flew to High Point this past week. It was a great opportunity to source distinctive antiques and newly designed lines for our Kendall Wilkinson Home store. Brittany also discovered some amazing new sources for our design clients and shared pictures with the team that made our hearts skip a beat. There is so much to see and digest – From stunning lighting, to beautiful modern coffee tables, to breathtaking inspiration boards at Hickory Chair. Let’s just say – the entire show didn’t disappoint. Mr. and Mrs. Howard was by far her favorite. It was a … more

Press: Be Your Own Decorator

April 18, 2012


We’re excited to announce that we’ve been featured in Susanna Salk’s new book Be Your Own Decorator. When Suzanna came to me well over a year ago asking to feature the turquoise room I designed for the San Francisco decorators showcase I felt incredibly honored. As I paged through the book this past weekend, I was in awe of all of the other designers that were featured. It’s a book everyone should purchase – it has incredible tips, designer quotes and most of all inspiration on each and every page. To give you a little teaser, be sure to … more

In Memory of Albert Hadley

April 6, 2012
In Memory of Albert Hadley


Over the past week I, as well as all of the designers in my office have been thinking about the passing of Albert Hadley. He was an incredible designer – charming, charismatic and talented. His work evoked an eloquence on par with the man himself.
My fondest memory of Hadley’s work stems back to my early years of design inspiration, and the work of Parish Hadley. When I started my business, Sister Parish’s granddaughter, Jessica Parish Galloway, was one of my first clients and I fondly recall getting to incorporate many inherited pieces from her grandmother into the design while … more

Travel Inspiration: Paris

March 30, 2012
Travel Inspiration Paris


With the weekend upon us I’ve been daydreaming about taking a trip back to Paris. There is something incredibly magical about the city – from the scene, to the fashion, to the architecture. Everything is so inspiring. I can see myself sitting in the Ritz (which is sadly about to be renovated) at the Hemingway Bar, Grey Goose Martini up and a splash of Lillet Blanc with a twist in hand, gabbing with my girlfriends. Yes, this is all but a dream, but when you daydream about a city that makes your creativity go wild, who wouldn’t want to hop … more

Project Inspiration: 25 Lusk

March 15, 2012
25 Lusk Design Insipration


It’s not too often that clients come to us with a binder full of magazine tear sheets – all of us have our secret stash for our dream home. But sometimes it’s the unexpected inspiration that makes the entire concept come alive. An example of this is 25 Lusk here in San Francisco. A client wanted us to see that she loved a very modern and industrial look similar to her favorite restaurant. As we design the home we’re constantly looking back at this space to remember where their vision came from. Have you ever been inspired by a restaurant? … more

Playroom Progress

March 2, 2012
Playroom in Progress Inspiration


Just popping in to say hello to all of you fabulous readers. We’re busy designing away and wanted to show you a little sneak peek at a playroom we’re working on. It’s always fun to see the process, isn’t it? We’ve having a lot of fun with this particular project – it’s definitely bringing out the inner kid in all of us.
Enjoy!

Unexpected Inspiration – Loie Fuller Meets Our Twilight Room

February 16, 2012
Twilight Room Art Inspiration


We have had some great feedback on our twilight room – “inspiring,” “energetic,” and “unique” are just some of the descriptors used by admirers. One of the key features of this space is the stunning artwork – two pieces which also served as great inspirations for the space. Each have distinct shapes and forms, which stand almost frozen, drawing the viewer in to catch a glimpse of each intricate detail before it erupts in motion once more.
The artwork on the top right entitled “Pink Elena” features model Elena Sudakova swathed in billowing blush fabric.
The artwork on the top … more

Trending: Going Global

February 9, 2012
Global Interior Design Inspiration


We’re currently working on a fun project that includes a play room – it definitely gets the inner kid inside you to come out and PLAY! What would both kids and parents want to see in such a room? As we scoured for inspiration we saw one common theme : globes, maps and airplanes- which is now our inspiration for the play room we’re designing. Our collection of vintage globes along with maps of our clients’ favorite destinations have us prepared for this fun space. We’re also going so far as to decoupage some of these vintage globes with stenciled … more

Join Us on Pinterest!

February 1, 2012
Kendall Wilkinson Design on Pinterest


If you’re like us – you’re constantly tearing out pages from magazines. Inspirational images for our home or our clients are most often piled high, scanned to the desktop or pinned to a cork board. Well, it was a little out of control at the office until we found the beloved Pinterest. Ever since we signed up it’s been heaven – no more binders of images we can’t find.
Pinterest allows us to pull images for any and every site we come across while researching design projects and then categorize them into neat little “boards” within our Pinterest. account. … more

See the Twilight Room in San Francisco

January 24, 2012
Twilight Room in San Francisco


Wednesday, January 25
9am – 5pm
Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home
3419 Sacramento Street
Visit us at our shop on Sacramento Street to see the Twilight Room. We would love to hear what you think.
A room like this can also be designed for you, with your signature Infinity Wall, that reflects just who you are…
Please contact us if we can assist you with any of your design needs. Happy 2012!

We’re Bringing You…

December 23, 2011
Maison de Luxe Greystone Showroom


This week a chapter closes on our stunning Maison de Luxe Greystone showroom, but don’t fret if you missed it, because we’ve got some very exciting news. We will be showcasing it here in our San Francisco store. You heard it here first! We can’t wait to show all of you!
Until then, pop over to A Lovely Being for an inside look into the room.
Happy holidays and have a wonderful new year!
Photos by Lisa Romerein

Currently in the Store . . .

December 21, 2011
2011 Kendall Wilkinson Store Collection


With the holidays right around the corner, we created a space which evokes the comfort of the season by using exquisite furnishings that are made fresh and exciting through a backdrop of bold and sophisticated colors. Come by our store to find something special and unique for a friend, hostess or family member. The store is filled with special treasures that have been handpicked by our team.
Happy Holidays everyone!

Gifts at KW Home

December 8, 2011
2011 Holiday Gifts from Kendall Wilkinson

Visit the store this holiday season to find the perfect gifts for everyone – family, friends and hostess gifts. From vintage decanters to birch candles to crystal perfume bottles, you’re bound to find a special treat for someone on your list, and maybe even take something home for yourself! Here are a few of our favorite things for your home this season.
1. Ikat Celery Linen Pillows
2. Vintage Louis XVI style Bergere and Ottoman
3. Vintage Decorative Jacks (perfect for a bookcase)
4. Frances Palmer Dishware in Black or White
5. Jeu de Boule Balls
6. Chaise a la … more

Maison de Luxe Vision Video

December 1, 2011

Maison de Luxe at Greystone, Part I from Luxe Magazine on Vimeo.
Tonight marks the private opening Gala for the Maison de Luxe Greystone Showhouse – we’ve been counting down the days.
Luxe Magazine has been sharing video sneak peeks into the rooms each designers has re-created. We wanted to share ours with all of you that won’t be able to make it to LA for the public opening Dec 2-22nd. We’re so fortunate to be featured with Michelle Nussbaumer, Jiun Ho, and Jamie Drake.
Enjoy!

Showhouse Sneak Peek

November 16, 2011
Maison de Luxe at Greystone Estate Showcase


In a few short weeks the Maison de Luxe at Greystone Estate will be opening up to the public. We’re elated to finally show you the room we’ve been designing and working on for months.
Kendall has designed many boys’ rooms in her career. This time she thought about what kind of room her boys might like at an older age.
Inspired by Leonardo di Caprio, she has taken a traditional boys’ room and turned and it into a sleek lounge, where the young men or “night crawlers” might come hang out, chill out or listen to music in a … more

Designer Tag Sale on One Kings Lane!

November 11, 2011


We have a lot going on at Kendall Wilkinson Design! In the midst of finishing up our Maison de Luxe Showhouse room in the Greystone Mansion, we’re excited to announce that we have teamed up with One Kings Lane for another Tastemaker Tag sale.
For our second Tastemaker sale we have rounded up some of our best pieces. Be sure to set your alarms because the sale is starting Saturday morning 8 am PST/11 am EST. We have a feeling these items are going to go quick!
Here is a little sneak peek at a few of … more

Modernism Through the Ages

October 25, 2011
Modernism Through the Ages

An interactive lab offering visitors one-on-one sessions and intimate discussion groups throughout the weekend where designers will break down their creative process and current projects.
Discover what true collaboration looks like with Black Mountain Development, David Mast Designs, Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home and William Duff Artchitects
The event will take place on October 28, 29 & 30th in the Penthouse at The Millennium Tower.
Tickets at the door – $35, benefiting The Junior League of San Francisco.
Friday 7 pm-9:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am-4 pm!

Maison de Luxe 2011 Showcase House

June 1, 2011
Maison de Luxe 2011 Showcase House

Excitement is mounting as we weather the creative brainstorm for the upcoming Maison de Luxe Showhouse in November! Hosted by Luxe magazine at the historic Greystone Mansion nestled in Beverly Hills, its a venue sure to attract a myriad of design lovers and creators alike. As a hand selected participant, Kendall Wilkinson Design is sure to capture audiences with a room expressing creative twists on form and space- but all still enveloped in her fabulous signature style. Details on the event to follow.
For more info please email: info@kendallwilkinson.com

All Starlets Welcome

April 7, 2011
Kendall Wilkinson Glamour Showroom

If you stand really still, you can almost hear the bubbles emanating from the crystal flutes. Relaxed glamour, fashion and ethereal textures converge in perfect harmony as part of Kendall’s current showroom look. Using a combination of antiques, stunning reproductions, and a collection of quintessential vintage photography, the space is sure to inspire the fashionista in all of us. It’s as if images from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar have quite literally danced off the pages into real life. Come experience the glamour for yourself. Feathered slippers and champagne not included.

Design Bloggers Conference 2011

March 2, 2011
2011 Design Bloggers Conference

We just returned from the Design Bloggers Conference at the fabulous Sofitel in LA. What amazing social networking avenues we have at our fingertips! Its a new world and a new platform to proliferate our love of all things design! A special nod to other participants and keynote speakers including Jan Showers, Tobi Fairley, Barclay Butera, Ronda Carman, One King’s Lane and Scot Meacham Wood for inspiring me to take it to the next level.

Design Do-Gooders!

February 16, 2011
Kendall Wilkinson Design Do Gooders

We at KWD are taking our passions for design to new levels! In an effort to use our creative instincts for some good in the community, we are working to join forces with Philanthropy By Design this year. Its important to us that beautiful, sustainable design be available to everyone. We understand the impact it has on our well being as a society. We are also often looking for other volunteer opportunites, so please feel free to contact us with any ideas.

Orange You Glad Violet is in Season?

January 7, 2011
Violet is in Season

We’re back with a fresh new look for January! Kendall’s soft spot for all things violet has been brought back to life, this time paired with fun pops of persimmon and paprika. So be sure to come and take a peek. We’re gearing up for some great new projects this year and the sky’s the limit with creative new color combinations. We’d love to hear your fun design ideas, so please feel free to post some in our comments section. Happy New Year to you!

All In a Year’s Work

December 22, 2010
Holiday Ornament Design

Dear friends and supporters, We just wanted to extend a brief note, wishing you much peace, prosperity and joy as we embark into a New Year! We at KWDH are wrapping up a 2010 full of hard work, teamwork, creativity and resolve. We’ll take a small respite to realign ourselves and be back with a bang on January 3rd! Thank you you all for your continued support. Cheers!

2010 Elle Decor Showhouse

October 7, 2010

The creative neurons are firing as we grow ever closer to the unveiling of the 2010 Elle Decor Showhouse! Kendall Wilkinson Design will be adorning the foyer, stairwell, hallways and home office. Reaching towards modern heights, Kendall and her team are sure to engage the audience with a creative layering of neutral tones and interesting textures. Tickets availalbe through the Junior League of San Francisco. We hope to see you there! www.jlsf.org/sf/index.jsp

Feeling Swell with Elle

August 12, 2010
Elle Decor Showhouse San Francisco

For years we’ve been relishing our issues of Elle Decor Magazine, waiting to crack open the shiny cover and let loose all the jewels of design wisdom. And now, Elle Decor is coming to us! Their 1st ever showhouse opens November 4th, 2010 in the St. Francis wood neighborhood of San Francisco. We are beyond thrilled to have been invited as one of the many talented designers participating. Stay tuned with us for details and mark your calendars for a tour in the fall. Also not to be missed is Kendall’s debut on the pages as part of the “TOP 10 … more

Sandal-icious!

July 1, 2010
Jack Rogers Trunk Show

At KWDH, the only thing we love more than fabrics is well, SHOES! Please come by from 10-5 on July 13th, as we make space in the showroom for a “sole-ful” array of sandals and other fashions by the legendary JACK ROGERS! Its a trunk show not to be missed, so grab a friend and pop in for a visit.

Heavy Shopping, Light Guilt

June 8, 2010
Designer Sample Sale

Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home will join forces with select designers, showrooms and antiques dealers in a sale that’s sure to draw the masses. Come and peruse endless designer inventory at clearance prices, as participants are offering their exclusive designer furniture and accessories at savings of up to 70% off. When: Saturday, June 12th 10AM-5PM Sunday, June 13th 10AM-4PM Where: San Francisco Design Center Galleria and Showplace Buildings 101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco

Red, White and Blue-tiful

May 27, 2010
Kendall Wilkinson Classic Americana Showroom

Ruby red, rich sapphire blue and ethereal Lucite light up the showroom this season at Kendall Wilkinson Home! The showroom pays homage to classic Americana, but infuses Asian and Mexican touches, as well as unique art. Come by and see us – but beware, you just might have to snag yourself a Lucite chair!

Elevated to Artsy New Heights

May 26, 2010
Cityscapes by Carolyn Meyer and Surrealist Acrylic Canvases by Ricardo Carbajal Moss

Featured as part of Kendall’s “Red, White and Blue-tiful” look for the summer, are original paintings on loan from the ever stylish and bold Art Haus gallery. The dreamy Bay Area cityscapes by Carolyn Meyer and surrealist acrylic canvases by Ricardo Carbajal Moss elevate the showroom to artsy new heights. Exhibit will be on display until the end of June. Click here for details and please pop in and gaze for a while!

1st Dibs Introspective Feature

April 16, 2010
1st Dibs Introspective Feature

Appropriately referring to their merchandise as some of the “The most beautiful things on Earth”, 1st Dibs features an incredible inventory of unique home furnishings. Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home is thrilled and honored to now be showcased as a part of the 1st Dibs “Introspective” feature, highlighting Kendall’s illustrious and creative journey through interior design! Thank you to our partners at 1st Dibs for such a beautifully presented feature! www.1stdibs.com/articles/the_talent/kendall_wilkinson/index.php

Still Life

April 13, 2010

Tasteful twists on tradition blend mid-century modern with 18th and 19th century antiques to create depth and interest.

Focusing on artful arrangements inspired by the photorealist still-life paintings of Guy Diehl, September’s vignette features handmade ceramics from Frances Palmer, and a carefully curated selection of vintage and modern accessories for the home.

Don’t Make Haste, Make Taste!

March 1, 2010
Vintage Treasures

We are excited to announce the launch of the upcoming Tastemaker Tag Sale hosted by One King’s Lane, which goes live on April 17, 2010. Please visit www.onekingslane.com to register for free and shop our inventory for at least 50% off! From vintage treasures to signature lacquer and Lucite gems, everything is at least half off! It has been a wonderful partnership with our friends at OKL, and we look forward to many more similar ventures.

A Nod to Mod

February 1, 2010
Modern Interior Design Inspired by the 1960's

Making a subtle “nod to mod”, Kendall washed the showroom walls in Kelly green and cream with accents in poppy orange. Drawing inspiration from 1960’s design, the concept was an exciting departure, but still illustrates Kendall’s signature style. A classic green bamboo trellis wallpaper is artfully framed with picture molding for a fun new look for the walls, and a paprika throw adds just the right touch of color. As Kendall expands her aesthetic horizons there are sure to be many new fresh and contemporary projects in store this year.

Guest Artists

January 12, 2010
Lillian Bassman and Marius Bosc Artwork

Partnering with local galleries, Kendall often exhibits unique works of art as part of her rotating storefront looks. Whether a stunning Lillian Bassman black and white, or an abstract Marius Bosc, she selects the perfect piece to accent her interiors. Bassman courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery, LA Bosc courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery, SF.

Small Indulgences

December 29, 2009
Kendall Wilkinson's Signature Candle

With the holiday season in full swing, consider yourself cordially invited to the annual Sacramento Street Holiday Stroll, happening this year on Saturday, December 5th. Our shelves are stocked with a delightful array of beautiful treasures and gifts. Favorites this month include Kendall’s Signature candle, beautiful pillows, and lambs wool and angora throws. They are a lovely and easy way to fill your winter with the smells and textures of home.
Sacramento Street Holiday Stroll
Saturday, December 5th

Our “Seal” of Approval

November 12, 2009
Jon Freeman Custom Intaglios

Ok, we admit it. We are in love with these custom Intaglios made by local artist, Jon Freeman. Antique Greek and Roman seals are artfully mounted on silk and displayed in museum quality, hand carved frames in Gesso and gilt. Their classic look makes them versatile enough for strictly traditional spaces or more contemporary designs. Either way, we’ll help select a silk color and arrange a vignette that perfectly suits the interior at hand.

A Love Affair with Lacquer and Lucite

October 19, 2009
Kendall Wilkinson Signature Lacquer and Lucite Collection

The word “obsession” seems a little strong, but we definitely try to defy convention when it comes to making the “old”, new and fabulous again. The Kendall Wilkinson Signature Lacquer and Lucite collections take from classic architectural lines and design concepts and are reinvented in bold, high gloss colors and ethereal Lucite. You can view our latest additions at www.kendallwilkinson.1stdibs.com.

Green With Envy

September 24, 2009
Eco-Conscious Furniture and Design

Kendall wanted to contribute to the interior design eco-movement in a unique way. Her Green with Envy furniture line was conceived with style, sophistication, and innovation in mind. It hosts a bevy of stylish pieces made from reclaimed wood, non toxic paint and fabrics, and all pieces are sourced and made locally. She also retains a Green Building Professional designer on her staff who stays apprised of the latest in the eco-conscious world.

Runway To Entryway

September 3, 2009
Interior Design Inspired From The Runway

Undoubtedly, a love of fashion directly inspires Kendall Wilkinson’s most creative works. Whether gathering color schemes from a Parisian runway or flipping through the newest Vogue, Kendall’s designs are a direct reflection of many bold and timeless trends in fashion. You might see jewels and necklines playfully transformed into drapery trim or pillow edge details. But ultimately, it’s a love of fabric and texture, sparkle and glamour that inspires unforgettable furniture and interiors.