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#Evolve

August 20, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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