Project Design: Simple Ideas to Update Your Entry

Cindy from Rough Luxe Lifestyle and I love the Project Design series as it usually means we spruce up a space in our own homes.  

Welcome to our 1920's San Francisco apartment! 

We basically have three areas in the foyer...
A place by the front door...
The bowl with keys used to be filled with a candle from West Elm...after using up the "linen" scented candle, I cleaned it (by putting in the freezer and then chipping the remaining wax out).  Now, it has a new life.

Secondly, there is a large antique French dresser in the middle of the room that stores table linens.

 White accessories like the lamp and vase feel "fresh" right now.  The black and white box also packs a little punch.

For these prints, I waited for Art.com to have a 40% off sale 
(it seems the sale comes and goes...so look out).  The site is so easy to use.  I ordered them with the double thick mats.
Boat photo by Alec Alfonso taken on our Akumal, Mexico trip.
I bought that fern two months ago on a little outing with Cindy in Santa Cruz...amazingly, it's still looking great.  No direct sunlight in here.  That must be the secret (like ferns at the bottom of a rain forest).  The natural texture of shells always appeals to me.  
And the third spot is:

Look at the blanket stitch detail that Liana did...
Fabric:  Vasari by Penny Morrison
 Incorporate some things with age for character, too (vintage, antique, flea market, thrift store). 

 Simple ideas...
  • baskets to eliminate clutter
  • greenery...like house plants or branches from your garden
  • flowers...always nice to come home to
  • a bowl or tray for keys
  • a fresh pillow or two on a chair or bench
  • little statement accessory, perhaps graphic or metal
  • art (like your own photographs or antique prints)
  • mirror 

 If you are new here today, take a look at the view from our living room (that's Alcatraz Island).  We can also see the Golden Gate bridge and the Bay Bridge.  So, even though I don't have a garden (which I miss), I can see lots of blue!
Enjoy these ladies' creative ideas...


A Home Office Becomes A Fresh, Cozy Nursery and Other News

First of all, this is happening this Thursday... 

Back to the sweet nursery... It's an easy walk over to Katherine's home here in San Francisco.  She and her husband are expecting their first child and she asked for my help in converting their home office into a space for the baby!
We needed window treatments.  And look at the unusual shape of the room...

But we made room for all of the essentials, like a changing table/dresser and
a comfortable glider chair... This is from Crate and Barrel and is well made.  
(In fact, I have other clients that have two of these chairs in their family room and we just bought new slipcovers for them in a spruce color.  The chairs are seven or eight years old...still comfortable and now they look like new).

Hey, this was really fun styling these shelves and looking at the baby clothes Katherine received at her shower.

Love the Serena and Lily gold reading lamp...an investment, but it makes the room.  

Did you know that blankets for infants aren't used in cribs anymore (to prevent SIDS)?  I just put that there for the photo.
The linen, black-out roller shades from Smith and Noble were the solution for the floor to ceiling, narrow windows and tight space.

The photography art is by Gray Malin.

I think the best part is that Katherine's chair swivels, so that when she is not looking at her baby boy...she has this view...

Yesterday, I went to an IMAX theater by myself (why not?) and saw "Beauty and the Beast"...LOVED it.  I was humming all the way home :)

Enjoy your day!