Spring Is the New New-Year’s (and It’s Not Over Yet!)

Spring is here in the Bay Area, with its cold gray days that send us back into our sweaters, and bright sunshiny days that make it feel like summer is already upon us, even though, technically-speaking, that season starts in late June, after the solstice.

Did you know that in certain cultures and traditions, Spring, not […]

Laura, Queen of Walls: A Links Compendium

We’ve been featuring walls in our conversations with you on our blog, and we’ve been featured other places regarding this topic as well.

A few thoughts on walls, and how to adorn them:

Our feelings about Gallery Walls and other design trends were captured in a recent interview for Frameology, an online framing service. Click here to […]

Decorative Wall Finishes: A Revelation in Sponge-Paint and Stencil

When we think of decorative wall painting, most of us will recall, with a shudder, the sponge-painting craze of the 1980s, or frustrating struggles with mis-aligned stencils.

But decorative finish work is so much more than that.

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Decorative wall finish, mid-process: Applying layers of materials to the walls […]

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.”

Family Room, BEFORE:

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 […]

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 original owners had the house built in 1927, having moved from San Francisco to Oakland […]

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 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 […]