10.30.2014

Making it Prettier. What's Your Opinion?

Aren't these orderly books pretty and colorful?
 This is an after photo...I suggested my client remove the shiny book jackets and order by size and/or color.  An easy tip.  I like "air" on my bookshelves but my client likes a library look (I really like both ways).  I also suggested putting the paper back books someplace else.


I recommended placing art on the other side of the television for symmetry...and a few small things, like lighting but mostly my client did this herself...great job!   The chair is from Pottery Barn and the ottoman is from Ethan Allan.
The real reason she called me was for her master bedroom.   She has two celadon green club chairs so we are going with creams, greens and teal.  It's mostly ordered but it will take a while...stay tuned.

Another client in Walnut Creek, California wants a window treatment to finish off her new kitchen.  Does anyone know a good window treatment fabricator in the East Bay???  It would be easier if it didn't have to be shipped but we may go that route.

I gave her these two ideas. Which do you like? And my stack of blue fabrics for her to peruse is growing.  Here are some...


Kravet Kamala Mist my sample has a whiter background.

Which do you like?

 The weather is glorious here in San Francisco.  


But I'm packing for slightly cooler weather...my husband, sister and I are off to England.  I will be checking in from there. 
Meanwhile, our little Chief (on the left) is vacationing in San Diego with his brother (same litter), Judge.  My mom's white Bichon, Ginger, runs a tight ship.  Can you tell by Chief's body language?

10.24.2014

How to Give A Tired Living Room A Lift Without Spending a Fortune

The husband over the telephone:  "It's dark and a little cluttered. JoAnn really wants this for her birthday."
 Later, with the wife in person, in the room: "We know it's time for an update.  We never sit in here anyway."  
Me: (thinking:  Be kind)  "I like the mantel.  But this needs a bit of work.  And the fake ficus needs to go." It looked worse than in this photo.
Wife:  "Oh, no Larry won't go for that."
Me: (not so nice anymore)  "Well, it's a deal breaker and you are going to have to consolidate some photos in here."

After...
The Bergere chairs are arranged closer to the fireplace.  We bought two linen/cotton slipcovered Comfort love seats from Pottery Barn (on sale), a seagrass rug, a beveled mirror, candle sticks and a garden stool.












The bookcases from Ballard add some architectural interest.  I hung their artwork on either side and used her existing accessories on the shelves.  The West Elm raffia tray is an easy update for an older coffee table.

But here…had to do it.  Beautiful custom linen and cotton pillows by Liana in Ralph Lauren Rimba Ikat and Peter Fasano Chamba. 
And with a pretty West Elm throw blanket that matches JoAnn's eyes.

Happy birthday, JoAnn.  Love, Larry.

Please sit in here now.
Also, when I moved things around for Project Design:  Gallery Wall, the antique shell prints went into our entrance hall...
The grass cloth mats tie in with the grass cloth fabric on the bench.  I like that.
Thanks for visiting.
 
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