Refreshing a Vintage Bungalow in Alameda, California

Terry from La Dolfina introduced me to her friend, Kathy from her Alameda neighborhood. Alameda is cool little town on an island in the East Bay.  The first time Terry (love that girl) and I were at Kathy's house, there was whirlwind of arranging furniture.  

Afterwards, I told Kathy that I would get back to her with a detailed plan to update her living and dining rooms using much of her existing furniture. 

Here is where we are now.

We purchased these custom Lee Industries chairs.

The seating was moved a bit.  New floor lamps were purchased (which are a good idea when you have high arms on a sofa). 

Then, last Tuesday, we decorated with things that she already owns (to save time, she had her accessories compiled for me in the study before I arrived).  Wish my photos were better as it does look prettier in person.

Kathy bought this beautiful cart at a Serena and Lily warehouse sale.  I love it.   

Eventually, I think Kathy will cave for some new designer sofa pillows. But she is enjoying the new chairs and coffee table styling for now.

And on to her dining room...
We moved the table perpendicularly and exchanged the painting for a  mirror from a consignment store.  There is a new crystal and iron chandelier from Restoration Hardware (the iron blends with other iron accents in Kathy's home and the crystal add some glam).
Better than this, right?

The new paint color is Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan.
Coming soon:   linen curtains on an iron rod to soften the windows.

One of my favorite updates about this project are the newly recovered dining chair seats...
This is a beautiful neutral linen print:  Schumacher Jakarta in Greige.

The painting was moved over here.  Kathy styled this table vignette herself.  Nice job!

Her existing vintage lamps were given new black shades from Restoration Hardware.

Kathy emailed me volunteering to write a review for me for Houzz.  Sweet.  Just got this client satisfaction award again thanks to clients like her (and some of you)!
Thanks for visiting.


Pretty Things and a Cupcake Tour

 Carolyn got some new, cushy pillows (in Robert Allen United Vines and David Hicks cut velvet) for her classic sofa.  

So, Carolyn toss out these little hard pillows…ok?

I like the little, solid colored, flat welt.  Liana, the pillow master made them.  And speaking of Liana...

How darling is this chair that she just had recovered?  Great pillow, too.  Even though she is in Southern California, we like to catch up on the telephone…about 20% business and 80% our own decor and personal stuff.

I totally want to copy this for someone or me.

I wish Liana and I were neighbors.  She used to deliver pillows to my door in Newport Beach and when my daughter found out she said…"your pillow pusher makes home deliveries!"

My friends Debbie, Jen and I went on a walking SF Cupcake Tour on Saturday.  It included five stops around the Marina and Pacific Heights.  Very fun/decadent. We started at Kara's Cakes (ok), then Susie Cakes (better)...

Next was Caffe´ Dolci (the best)...with a chocolate ganache cupcake with vanilla gelato center and your choice of gelato topping (I got the strawberry which was super strawberry-ish).


Then, we went to this cream puff place...which by then I was flying high on sugar and took it to-go (my husband likes them).
The tour ended at La Boulange on Union Street...which was a dud as they were out of most things.  The tour was a once in a life-time treat.  Next time, I would just split the Caffé Dolci dessert with someone.

But TODAY, Howard and I started a high fiber, low sugar, no processed food, low-fat, no white flour, no potatoes, no alcohol, lots of water...the usual common sense miserable diet.  Sort of strict for 10 days and then modified.  I am apologizing in advance if I am mean to anyone.

 I took this photo the other day at a stop light on my way home.
It's a whole new year!