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 […]
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 […]
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 one […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Before-and-After montages are the bread-and-butter of our hearts when it comes to interior design. Who does not love a good transformation?
Here are the After images, followed by their Before personae:
“Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.” from Wikipedia.org.
Art is an opportunity for contemplation. Its presence creates a tangible pause. There is so much evidence that slowing down our thoughts and our breathing, as we do when we gaze at a work of art, makes us healthier, more lively, more happy people.
Art will, if we allow it, move us to connect with ourselves, […]