Inspiration

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

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

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

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

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!

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:

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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

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!

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.

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.

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.