Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Modern Wallpaper!

After today's installation I officially love wallpaper again. The "Little Leaves" pattern above is made by Ferm Living, a Danish design company. The metallic sheen of the leaves is hard to capture in a photo, but beautiful in person. At $115 a roll, it's also not a bad deal.

For more info: San Francisco Interior Design Services by Niche Interiors

Monday, June 29, 2009

Farley Bar at Cavallo Point Lodge

Something about this place (besides their tasty Sidecars) keeps me crossing the bridge to Sausalito. The interior is distinct, and manages to successfully balance the elegant with the casual.

The restroom reminded me that not all public bathrooms make you want to leave ASAP.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Decor Mag Highlights!

I thought I would share some inspiring interiors from recent decor magazines. The first two images are from the June edition of Elle Decor, and the last two are from July's House Beautiful.

I love the textures and old world, but casual vibe. Pimms Cup anyone?

You can't go wrong contrasting 1940's wood chairs with a smooth, modern table.

Light blue + dark grey = Chic

Ikat prints are everywhere right now, but it seems fresh upholstered in vivid pink and lilac.

For more design inspiration visit: My San Francisco Interior Design Portfolio

Friday, June 12, 2009

Picture Hanging 101

I found these illustrations in an old House & Garden interior decoration book from the 1960's.

The excerpt reads:

Large pictures over a fireplace, proportioned to piece of furniture, small pictures grouped to make a large unit, pairs of pictures in a symmetrical arrangement are examples of simple improvements which your eye will catch at once.

Despite the run-on sentence, I couldn't have said it better myself.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Red, White & Green: The Many Faces of Spray Paint!

As I looked around my apartment yesterday I realized how many pieces had been transformed by the wonders of spray paint. Here are a few favorites...

Two coats of vibrant red made this chair into a living room focal point.

I can hardly remember how this old hospital table looked before...I have a vague recollection of a poop brown color. Luckily, the enamel top didn't need to be touched. Now it serves us well for additional storage in the bathroom.

A brighter shade of green blends well with the garden while adding a pop of color.

Spray Painting 101:
- Clean the item prior to painting
- Use a spray primer if you are trying to cover a darker color with a lighter one
- Use multiple light coats
- Keep your distance: Don't spray closer than 8 inches
- Look for new cans that can spray from any angle! (Even upside down)

Have fun!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Decorator Showcase Inspiration

I wanted to share two of my favorite rooms from this year's decorator showcase house in Pacific Heights. Cameras aren't allowed so I had to sneak a few with my iphone...

What a fun teenage girl's room! I love the color palette and the bed that doubles as a loungy sofa.

This funky little reading room has a lodge-chic vibe. The paneled walls and dim lighting enhance the small room, creating a cozy little escape.