Weekend project success

As you guys know, I'm really into Bungalow 5's Jacqui nightstand at the moment. It's clean lines and gorgeous turned legs -  a great example of  traditional design that feels fresh and current.


But they're priiiiiicey people! and would definitely bust our budget. So I decided to look for something with a similar style and feel, and that would look good in our bedroom.

I checked out  sites like Chairish & design + gallery which have quality vintage & designer pieces, but I wasn't finding anything that felt like a good fit.  And then, just as if they were in my destiny.....

... I stumbled upon this FANTASTIC pair of ming nightstands right here at a local antique shop!  Clean lines, a beautiful carved base & in great shape. And they were a pair (rarer than you'd imagine!).  Sometimes you walk into a place and come upon a real treasure & you just gotta go for it!  But me being me, I still gave it a day's worth of thought  & whipped 'em up the next day.



I considered having them professionally rejuvenated / refinished, but honestly they were in very good condition so I decided to give 'em a go!  They needed some love to smooth out the surface and fill in a spot or two, which I felt  I'd be able to manage. 

The following weekend I bought white spray paint and ordered 6 polished brass ring pulls. Sanding, priming and a few coats of spray paint later....ta-da!



I left the insides of the drawers a rich stained oak that they already were.  It makes for a nice contrast and gives the stands a little edge.

I'm THRILLED with how they've turned out you guys!  They look great in our bedroom and lend it such a charm.

I used Rust-oleum's white primer and gloss white spray print, and Minwax's semi-gloss polycrylic to seal it off.   All great choices & I'd definitely recommend them for any spray paint job you have coming up. I prefer semi-gloss for an understated look (especially with polished hardware). High-gloss if you're going glam or ultra-modern.  

 For someone who's not a major DIY-er, my DIY confidence is soaring right now! :P

The Plan for Our Bedroom

We've been wanting to refresh our bedroom for the longest time and I'm excited to finally  make it happen this summer. In the mood for some change and making our room feel more "us".  Plus it gives me a chance to experiment! I wanted to share the space and plan with you'll as it comes to life.

Here's what I know I want for our bedroom.  I want it to feel really SERENE.  A place for us to relax, retreat and de-stress in. Muffadal & I are both drawn to blues, and it's a super calming color so I want to bring blue hues into the space.

Design-wise, there's one thing and one thing alone I've been ABSOLUTELY SURE about from the start - a pair of gorgeous framed wallpaper panels running up the sides of the bed. I've been perusing Pinterest and other sites for inspiration for months, and I'm SO in love with the wallpaper I finally decided to go with!  Thibaut's Giselle in blue & white.  I fell for it the second I lay eyes on it.  And it actually became the jumping off point for the rest of the scheme.

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Because we're living in a rented apartment, there's a few limitations we're working with - 
White walls - While I really want to paint the walls, it doesn't make much sense to do that right now, because we'd have to repaint it to it's original color before we move out.  But if I could, I would've gone with a muted grey like Farrow & Ball's Cromarty or Sherwin Williams Knitting Needles.

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No ceiling fixture -  Our bedroom does not have a ceiling light, which is totally fine, but man, would it have been awesome to have a pretty chandelier staring down at me every morning! :)  
Budget - We're decorating on a budget. This isn't our permanent home, so we didn't want to spend a ton of $$$ on it right now. There are 1-2 larger investment pieces I'm really keen on but we're going to hold off on them until we're in a more permanent space. Better to wait then spend in the  short term on something you don't completely love! 

At the same time, I still wanted to decorate our current room with things that I love & that we could carry over to a future home. 

So here's the plan - 

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wallpaper - Thibaut's Giselle in blue & white 
bedding  - bordered sheets,  euroshams - quilted,   throw - cashmere, spa blue
end tables - I am obsessed with these Bungalow 5 Jacqui end tables, love their gracefulness and the turned legs (but oh, that price!).  
Will have to hunt for something similar!
table lamp - clear, tapered crystal lamps
rug - most likely a bleached jute - because we have a darker wall-to-wall carpet already.
curtains -  Ikea's Merete for the win - a heavy fabric that looks more expensive than it is & holds up well. Also, a great length (98") if you have high ceilings like we do. 
natural fiber basket - rattan, wicker or hyacinth
mirrors - 2 options I'm considering - a trio of small antique gold sunburst mirrors or these round gilt mirrors from Pottery Barn
art - when hunting for tranquil art, I came across The People's Prints on Etsy. Love their water color abstracts in pastels. , framing -  matted, brass

I'm so excited to see it come to life!!!


Decorating a home for sale

Last month I was part of a team that prepped & decorated a beautiful, 4-bedroom family home in Fremont for sale. The house is in a DREAM school district, so it's hot property right now.  We were charged with getting it updated & furnished for open house in a few weeks!  It was an INTENSE few weeks, but we pulled it off :)  

Sharing a few glimpses with ya'll here!

You'll see lots & lotsa neutrals (albeit with lots of texture)  and that's because when decorating a home for sale - neutrals are your friend. Whites, greys,  gold tones - but of course, you can have some fun with texture.  We kept the walls simple & painted them flat white and heron gray.  Sometimes a polarizing wall color could put someone off the entire house, so it's best to stick with neutrals when it comes to this. Also, it opens up the space and makes it more inviting.

Photos are a combination of my own and those taken by the real estate photographer.

My favorite feature in the house? The BEAUTIFUL bay windows, hands down.

If you or someone you know is interested, please pay a visit. The listing is shown here.

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Inside SF Showcase

SF Showcase is a treat and I was thoroughly inspired by a lot of the designers and rooms this year!   In my previous post I talked about Lemondrop Lullaby  aka "the room that took my breath away", designed by Dina Bandman. Sharing glimpses from the rest of the showcase today.  And this is the last weekend it's on, it ends Tuesday, so if you want to go see it in person, hurry, hurry.


An elegant entry by Molie Malone.  The skirted table was glamorous & the giraffe runner up the stairs was a winner too. Loved 'em.



Meditative art in the breakfast nook. I liked the the placement & flow of the frames. 



A room I was ABSOLUTELY TAKEN with - this little adventure of a space by Kari McIntosh Design
Inspired by her travels to the seaside refuge of Pompeii, Italy,   this room was filled with risk, intrigue and adventure.  A story in every corner.  I felt like I was in an episode of Poirot -  "Adventure by the Sea" or some such mysterious holiday,  n'est-ce pas?!

The plastered walls, painted ceiling, charred nightstands (yes they're made from charred wood people... REAL cool, there was a flipbook that took you through the process), snake sculptures, an enchanting fresco & a dramatic Paul Ferrante candelabra chandelier - told the story beautifully.



The terrace made you take a pause and enjoy the breeze. The pod benches were actually suuuuuuper comfy. Love the sconces by Urban Electric. 



The Lady Cave by De La Cruz Interior Design felt like a fun, cozy space to relax and entertain in.  (Square footage wise it may have been one of the bigger rooms in the house, but it FELT intimate because of the way it was designed). 

 "The hug of the house" is how Heidi Schwarz from DLCID described & it did feel like one. Moroccan fabric tented the room, plush Moroccan rugs and tufted sofas filled up the space.  I liked the little bulbs from Urban Electric tucked into the ceiling fabric - a cool touch!  It had that  bedouin, Middle Eastern vibe to it that sort of reminded me of old Dubai.  And very aptly,  they had a visual of present day Dubai playing on TV.

  Photo by  SF Curbed

Photo by SF Curbed



A room I loved for it's serenity - this ocean retreat bedroom by Eden Wright Design.  Soft wall-to-wall carpeting, a supremely inviting chaise lounge (I could read a book or two here). Check in your tech at the door and step into this space to de-stress and take in that spectacular view.   I LOVED the window treatments in this room and the way the fabric tied into different parts of the room.



If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend and indulge your inner design child,  go check out the showcase.  Make a day out of it at the Marina.  And if you go,  let me know your thoughts &  your favorites!!