Modern Bachelor Pad — In Living Color

While we adore all of our clients and the beautiful structures which we help fill and adorn, like a parent adores all of their children, this recent mid-century modern interior design project was a particular delight. This client, a smart, energetic, creative, happy person, a man who, in-person, presents as refined and understated — he wanted color. Lots of color. When we introduced some color, he wanted even more color: Bright pops; lively art.

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 […]

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 […]

California Ranch-Style Home Remodel in Lafayette: Modern Farmstead Meets Mad-Men Inspired Glam

About an hour east of San Francisco, nestled among the coastal hills, a 1960’s-era California Ranch style home on expansive grounds had remained largely unchanged from its original form; a testament to the appreciation for the modernist movement. However, the original layout of the house lacked the architectural elements essential to blending the outdoors with […]