Hillsborough Haven Before-and-After: Green Interior Design

Hillsborough Haven Before-and-After: Green Interior Design

The before-and-after I am sharing with you in today’s blog post is not just about making a house into a home, or about making over a home into something infinitely more beautiful, welcoming, and authentic to the family that purchased it. Although all those things are true. This story is also about choosing to “go green.” … MORE>

Mid-Century Modern Eichler as the Perfect Blank Canvas: Before and After

Mid-Century Modern Eichler as the Perfect Blank Canvas: Before and After

We recently completed a project with a client in San Rafael. An Eichler. Eichler and Marin County are practically synonymous. Words like development, basic, and cookie-cutter might come to mind but are quickly replaced by the pleasures of simplicity, spaciousness, and lightness that an Eichler, especially a thoughtfully-updated Eichler, can have. The floor-to-ceiling windows emphasize … MORE>

Spanish Mediterranean in Piedmont: Before and After

Spanish Mediterranean in Piedmont: Before and After

This magical Spanish Mediterranean Piedmont estate had been in the same family for nearly a century, with few changes made to the interior. (An “update” to the kitchen appliances in the 1970s is better left unmentioned, although photographic evidence is provided, below.) The challenge: How to merge the tastes and lifestyles of the new owners, … MORE>

5 Amazing Things to Help Gather Your Tribe And Have Them Love Coming to Your Home

5 Amazing Things to Help Gather Your Tribe And Have Them Love Coming to Your Home

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There’s so much pressure to produce all of this food, creating the perfect meal; worry over who’s coming, who will sit next to whom or who won’t; how will the house look? Shake a Tailfeather: Turkey feathers, rosemary sprig, cloves, walnuts, handwritten table … MORE>

Modern Eichler Makeover in San Rafael: Thoughtful Details

Modern Eichler Makeover in San Rafael: Thoughtful Details

We had so much fun working with the well-traveled and witty homeowner of this beautiful Eichler in San Rafael. Applying minimal structural changes (we removed a wall between the kitchen and dining areas) and strategic choices regarding high-quality design elements, we created a space that is serene and inspiring, bright and varied; elegantly spare with … MORE>

More About Rugs: Details, Details, Details

More About Rugs: Details, Details, Details

Many years ago, I got my start in interior design selling Tibetan carpets. I learned a lot about rugs, as you can imagine, the ideal knots per square inch; how the quality of the wool is determined by the altitude the wool is grown in: the higher altitude produces sheep with a higher-lanolin-content coat, creating … MORE>

Rugs: Art for Your Floor

Rugs: Art for Your Floor

Rugs are adornment, accent, art. Fashion and function. They create frame and foreground, pulling a room together, defining the area where activity takes place, anchoring the feet of our furniture and cushioning the feet of our bodies. We sink our toes in, brush our soles across them. These days, because of computer technology, any design … MORE>

Before and After: Grand Historic Piedmont Tudor Home

Before and After: Grand Historic Piedmont Tudor Home

Our design for this Historic Piedmont Tudor home demonstrates the “New Tradish;” where grand old houses are not so stuffy anymore. We partnered with the new owners of a historically significant architectural classic in Piedmont (one of the “Three sisters,” a trio of Jacobian Tudors designed by architect Houghton Sawyer and built in 1923) to create a home … MORE>

Top 5 Myths About Interior Design

Top 5 Myths About Interior Design

In the spirit of the modern “listicle,” in today’s post I share with you my “Top 5” myths about interior design. If you have worked with an interior designer before, these will not be surprising. For many people though, these are operating assumptions that can cause trouble when approaching an interior design project. 1. Interior … MORE>

A Tale of Two Sisters and a Wolf

A Tale of Two Sisters and a Wolf

I believe that as you grow up, you go on a journey to discover what matters most to you, and then you show others what you learned. In my case, the lesson was how to come back home to yourself. This is what I do in my interior design work now. I bring people home … MORE>

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