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 […]

Performance Fabrics & Finishes for Kids, Dogs & High Traffic Areas

Performance Leather & Finishes – Design Dilemma Solved

Natural fabrics and fibers are usually my first choice when selecting and specifying materials for any interior design project. I believe organic elements in the home are more harmonious and healthy, improving – and preserving – the environment inside and out. However, there are times when a man-made […]

Before and After – a Moraga Mediterranean Transformed

Manhattan has its charms—and challenges, namely crowds, noise, and close quarters. So when the home owners, a TV producer husband and Tech Exec wife and their two adorable children decided to leave the Big Apple and “Go West,” they traded their Manhattan mini for an expansive Mediterranean in Moraga in need of an integrated, room-by-room, […]

Retro California Ranch Home Re-Envisioned for Modern Living

Luckily fashion trends, like high-waisted bellbottoms and barely-there hot pants, are pretty easy to slough off. 70’s inspired interior décor, well, not so much. It takes a client with a vision—and a collaborative team—to see a retro California Ranch Home re-envisioned for modern living.

De rigueur of 70’s-era décor, dropped ceilings, carpeted bathrooms, and dark interiors […]

From Drab to Fab: A Rockridge Bungalow Gets a Modern Interior Design Makeover

From Drab to Fab

The moment we met these clients and learned about their project, we knew it was going to be an absolute dream. (Thank you Pat Leaper!!)

Starting with our easy connection with the clients, their immediate willingness to place their trust in us, combined with their style, taste, budget, vision, […]

Lafayette, California Rancher – a Twist on Tradish Interior Design

I love working on California Rancher homes. They’re flexible and can be pushed toward mid-century for clients who appreciate the era, or skew them back toward a more traditional vibe.

In this case our client, a Southern Belle with a love of France, wanted a classic home that felt warm, welcoming and timeless, to greet her […]

Designing for the Crocker Highlands Home Tour: the Hard, the Good, the Beautiful

When our clients announced that their lovely home had selected for the Crocker Highlands Home Tour, I met this news with both excitement and dread. Having participated in the Children’s Support League Home Tour in Piedmont two years ago (featured here on Houzz) I […]