My Version of Heaven

I just experienced the most heavenly room.   

Dina Bandman's nursery at this year's SF Decorator's Showcase has the one thing I love about great design - it tells a story.  I'll cover the showcase in my next post, but I wanted to highlight and discuss this one room today as it REALLY had my heart.

One of the first things I tend to notice when I enter a space is - how does it make you feel? And "Lemondrop Lullaby"  felt like I'd just stepped into a cozy, comfortable, zesty WONDERLAND.  It really just envelops you.

Dreammmmmy wallpaper,  a lucite crib that looked next-level amazing, perfect hardware  (lucite & brass drawer pulls, hold backs), lattice work on the ceiling, a revitalized vintage dresser with tassels, and the most adorable scalloped curtains one could lay eyes on!  FLAWLESS right down to the last detail.

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I know guys, take a moment. Just take a moment. 

I'm in LOVE with the crib. There could not have been a better choice. It complements the lemon tree wallpaper (custom designed with de Gournay) to perfection. 

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A close up of bead work on the wallpaper. It's great how de Gournay aims to surprise and delight each year (last year there was embroidery on the wallpaper, this year it's bead work). 

 
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Impeccable handmade linens by Julia B

 
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These Tiffany wall sconces (designed by Sabrina Landini) are so pretty. Cinched with a ring of mirrored glass. 

 
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I loved the grey gingham in different parts of the room.  Here on the changing tray and inside the closet.

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And who wouldn't want to play,  nap or read with baby in this cozy corner?  

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The polished brass & lucite hardware throughout the room was great. It made the room feel cohesive and brought a touch of glam. 

Curtain holdbacks & light controls. 

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A wardrobe right out of my nursery dreams! The little onesies are adorable. And did you notice the lemon dividers?  I love that they went the extra mile on every last detail.  

 
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Who else wants to now move into this room? Maybe we can petition our way into it! ;-)

And if you want to experience it in person, the showcase runs until May 29th. The house is in a great location too, in the Marina.  Here are all the details.

I was thoroughly inspired by the showcase this year. More in my next post, stay tuned!

Finds From My Recent Design Jaunts

Lately I've been going on quite a few design jaunts for projects and personal stuff and I've been seeing some awesome spring-summer finds and furniture pieces as well, at local shops.  I discovered Tuesday Morning on Blossom Hill which has the cutest stuff! Everything from bedding to small furniture pieces to accents, I liked their selection and mix of styles.  I also spent a few hours perusing through shops in downtown Menlo Park and made some fantastic finds there too (albeit pricier but a great value). There's lots I wanted to take back with me but had to resist!  Living vicariously through the blog and sharing all with ya'll here!

 

An octagon beaded mirror - yes please!  A pair of these on either sides of the bed would be a great way to bring in the glam

 
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In LOVE with these counter stools at Tuesday Morning.  The rope fabric and nailhead trim is perfection. I wish I had some place to put 'em! And a bench in the same fabric.

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Spring pillows!  Love the metallic one with the squiggly lines, which felt Jonathan Adler-esque to me for some reason. 

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Great neutral throws - golds, greys and whites

 
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A soft white chevron rug - great as is for some contemporary style, or layered with faux cowhide to warm it up a bit

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Beach house accents anyone? :)

Striped patio pillows & natural fiber bags. And shell bouquets that looked STUNNING in person - coastal with a little bit of shimmer and shine!

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French country bistro chairs. Also  great for a breakfast nook 

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This herringbone cabinet would be perfect for small space storage, I can picture it as a sideboard in a small space dining area.  Top with some simple white vases with leaves and branches and you have a moment!

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And some sightings in downtown Menlo Park,

...a grass cloth dresser - which I loved to pieces, and which also cost an arm & a leg!! Needed a little wipe down but it was in great shape otherwise.

... this striped table lamp is everything. It would look amazing in an otherwise traditional room. Statuesque and beautiful.

...a cozy chair and antique table lamp - reading corner essentials!

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And lastly, some classic coastal furniture at Pier 1 - this chair was super comfy. And I spotted these cute white end tables - love the carved details!

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Floored by It

I came across the beautiful home of designer/antiques expert Furlow Gatewood  in Veranda recently. WHAT. A. HOME.  It's a home that demands close examination and I'll do a whole other post on it in the future.  But one of the things that caught my eye in these pictures were the beautiful painted floors! (close ups below).

I had to explore all things painted floors & made some great discoveries along the way.  Stenciling or hand painting, when tastefully done, can give even ugly / boring floors an incredible face lift.  And for a fraction of the cost (and a relatively quick process) than if you were to gut and replace them.  Not only to cover up an unattractive floor, one of my favorite designers and design great, Bunny Williams,  uses this technique effectively to enhance an entry or a living room.

There's actually a few great options for floor stenciling on the market today & I've shared them  below.  Young House Love did  a FANTASTIC in-depth write up  on how they stenciled their closet floors (a 2-day project - pretty cool!). I highly recommend reading it if you're looking to give it a go in your home. 

In my research, I was particularly drawn to rooms where the flooring fills up the space & sets the tone for the room, without overpowering it. Sharing a few snapshots and sources below -

 

Greek key border floors in the home of Furlow Gatewood. I love the marble-esque texture to it (it's all paint on hardwood floors people!)

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Another Furlow Gatewood vignette - someone please transport me to this room!  The painted floors, blue & white china, door surrounds, and stunning leaf decor - I know we're talking floors here, but man, just look at this room.

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Something  more contemporary - this trellis pattern  by Anna Louise - she transformed "depressing dark vinyl floors" into THIS.

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Stenciling  in progress (they've used a brush, and I've seen small paint rollers used as well)

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A checkered entry - Bunny Williams

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A tortoise shell pattern that Bunny designed for an entry

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Geometric floors in the kitchen - a great choice of color in that silvery grey

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Mirth Studio makes beautiful hand painted hardwood tiles. How fantastic are these! Lots of fun patterns & colors and they create custom designs as well.  The little helper to the right - came across on their Instagram

 
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Some whimsy up the stairs! 

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I love this room and it's blue floors.

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For some pretty, traditional patterns, take a look at Royal Design Studio

 
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Have a great weekend everyone!

A Spring-y Bedroom

So it's beauuuuuutiful out there right now! 

Last weekend being our anniversary, my husband and I ventured out to Rocky Point (it's south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, as you're going down Hwy 1)  and I have to say it was spectacular.  I highly recommend it as a day trip or even a weekend getaway (there's a few hotels within 10-15 mins). The coast, the ocean breeze and the sun = us in our natural habitat!! Who else is with us? :)  The views were phenomenal - here's a shot of the ocean that took my breath away,

 
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It being beautiful outside, I was inspired to create a simple and cheerful spring-y bedroom. One that's fresh & colorful & textured! A little traditional, a hint of gold to reflect the light, and a happy feel to it. The kind of room that lifts your mood by just being in it!

I decided to take somebody's actual guest bedroom as an example for this one, and share how to bring it to life. You can give even a small room like this A LOT of personality by bringing the right elements into it!  

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So here goes...  

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1.  a vintage four-poster bed  like this oak wood one on Chairish

2.  dusty pink bordered pillows & sheets  (also a great bedding find!)

3. a  muslin quilt from Good Earth India at the base of the bed. And there's plenty of great sources for vintage quilts & block print quilts on Etsy as well - in fact, I found a great source that I've shared at the very end!

4. a small pedestal end table topped with  5 - an orchid  and  6 - a spring green table lamp ( I LOVE this lamp on Chairish - it's a splurge at $200, but the payoff would be terrific!  At half the price, and equally vivacious,  the louvre lamp by Safavieh)

7. a bedside read for your guests to enjoy  -  "I Married Adventure" by Osa Johnson  

9. ....and a comfortable chair to read that book in!  Natural elements like this wicker chair from Pier1, brings a relaxing, indoor/outdoor sense to the space

8. How adorable are these elephant tea light holders ! They fit so perfectly in a room that's inviting people to relax and dream of lands near & far.

10. Antique brass curtain rods with pom pom trim curtains.  I debated on this for moment wondering if the pom poms would be a little kiddy, but I think here, they bring a playfulness to the room that could work.  You can always do some simple off-white curtains for a cleaner look.

11. and the STARS of the room -  these antique botanical fruit prints found on Etsy!  I'd frame them in gold frames like these very inexpensive and clean looking ones from IKEA

12. a lightweight Bunny Williams diamond pattern rug to round it all off & ground the room.


A simple & inviting room for your guests to enjoy.

 

When searching for block print quilts, I came across this ah-mazing source on Etsy  - Shop Rajasthan. How pretty are these! The colors especially. Very spring. And the colors you get from natural dyes, like the green, are unmatched, truly.

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Whaddya think? Wouldn't you like to just lounge around in a room like this?  I for sure would!

And what is everyone up to for spring? Any changes around the house, small or big? 

I took a small blogging break these past couple weeks because I've been getting organized with a few things, working on a project AND working on a personal project too - more on that in a future post!  Back to our weekly schedule starting this week.

A Fresh & Modern Office

I thought it'd be fun to take a break from home decor for a day and talk office decor instead. I've seen some suuuuuper pretty  & inviting lobby / office spaces in the design world recently, and it got me thinking about how some of these ideas could be translated into creating a beautiful, inviting space for a small biz in any field, creative or otherwise.  A place to both welcome your clients &  function in!

With a business comes lots and lots of paperwork, not to mention everyday tools and supplies.  Things that can take over your work area pretty quickly!  At the same time, you want the front of your business, at least, to be presentable for clients & reflect your brand and style.  Especially if you're in a service industry with client and partner meetings on a regular basis.

So here's a scheme I dreamed up for a fresh & modern office lobby. One that's inviting and cozy, and has a creative spirit to it. But does not break the bank!  And I've shared some ideas & sources below for furniture, lighting, storage & more.

 

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paint -  a cool white like Bejamin Moore's gray cloud or paper white / reception desk / art / pendants / sofa / pillows - blue , sea urchin / rug / real or faux fig leaf plant /  window treatments - bamboo shades for a warm touch / floor lamp / lobby chairsend table / lucite coffee table / fresh hydrangeas!

 

Rugs. There's lotsa great options out there. Natural fiber & flat weaves are GREAT for the office - durable for all that foot traffic, they ground the space & they're not too expensive. You won't be crying even if you get a mark or two on them!

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striped / herringbone jute / ikea flatweave

 

One of my favorite designer offices is this picture of Tory Burch's Manhattan office from when she first launched her brand. It's over a decade old but still relevant!  I love the mirror wall, chinoiserie table lamps & fretwork chairs... all grounded by a simple jute rug.

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Storage baskets - Natural rattan and seagrass baskets are great for storing tools of the trade + keeping things organized. And they bring a certain warmth into the space.

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a chic office in Domino  /  rattan baskets here & here / chevron  / woven seagrass

 

 

Desks -  I like the ikea malm for it's clean lines and easy-access drawer space, and this rolling desk from cb2 for an industrial look. Both at great price points.

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Chairs. Looking for alternatives to the big, bulky office chair ?  Try one of these with a sleeker profile.  From personal experience,  I've gotta say, an office chair is a definite (with a capital D!)  try-before-you-buy purchase. You're going to be in one all day - gotta make sure it's comfortable for YOU.

 
 

I love a good lucite chair, especially here where it's paired with a more traditional desk and assortment of picture frames. A lovely home office.

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Lighting. These West Elm globe pendants are a very popular choice for kitchen and dining areas. But how great does it look here in a vet's office!

 

 

Swing arm task lamps seen at the offices of Goop.

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More modern desk lamps I'm loving...

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And some  très chic accessories! Just because it's a work space, it does not have to be all black, white & boring. Bring in some color!

Trays  - to corral everyday supplies...from thumbtacks to tape

 
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fabric   /   high gloss  /  lucite (you could personalize it  if you want to get a lil fancy)

 


Storage boxes recently spotted at Target

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"Write Your Own Path"  pencils by The Wing - love these!

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Slick business card holders by kate spade (for $30! ) 

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Brass frames with thick white mats, for a gallery wall.

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Chic planners, journals & notebooks at zazzle.

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Just a few ideas for your Wednesday!  Here's to a productive week ahead everyone!