Store Vignettes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.