Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 Ready to immerse yourself in Design Deliciousness? In a home overlooking the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge? And did I mention said home was designed by architect Julia Morgan, of Hearst Castle Fame? Well, hop the BART and the 38R, and stroll over to 3630 Jackson Street for the 38th Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase! A fundraiser for San Francisco University High School, the […] Read more »

Designers Coffeehouse — Interior Color Schemes

Designers Coffeehouse — Interior Color Schemes The virtual café is back! So sit with me a spell, and drink in some tips from our expert, interior-designer friends. Today we chat with: Peggy Berk, of Area Aesthetics in New York, NY DeAnna Mackensen, of REDesign Interiors in Yuba City, California Toni Sabatino, of Toni Sabatino Style in the Greater New York Area HomeWorkshop: When creating a color scheme for a space, do […] Read more »

Hacking Textiles

Hacking Textiles Over the past week I augmented my design quiver with some seriously geeky techniques. Neighboring Silicon Valley, and having my share of nerdy tendencies, this was inevitable. First off—take cover people—I’m workin’ a laser! Wednesday night, I headed up river to the best little maker lab I could find, and got schooled in using the laser cutter! Design considerations, software, safety, all culminating in controlling […] Read more »

Want Color or Life Inspiration? Take a Walk

Want Color or Life Inspiration? Take a Walk It is mind-blowing the color palettes you’ll find in nature. Think that’s a daring combo in the fabric you just found? Go outside and I bet you’ll see something even more fearless. I regularly hike the hills surrounding our local reservoir, with camera (or at least iPhone) in my pack. (Okay and some pepper spray in case the local coyotes get too friendly.) A bird […] Read more »

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012 Salivating for a feast of design? The tables are set and the pillows are plumped for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2012, opening this weekend. More than 30 talented West Coast designers have breathtakingly transformed the historic and stately mansion at 2020 Jackson Street, for this 35th annual Showcase—a benefit for San Francisco University High School’s financial aid program. I was privy to a peek […] Read more »

Designing a Nursery for The Cake Boss

Designing a Nursery for The Cake Boss Watch Sherri on The Cake Boss Baby Special! I don’t know about yours, but our family (especially our 10-year-old daughter) is in love with The Cake Boss. Buddy and his passionate fondant-rolling, frosting-piping New Jersey clan have us riveted, hungry and chuckling every week. So as you can imagine, we were over-the-moon excited to learn that our own Nursery and Kid’s Room Design Contributor, Sherri […] Read more »

Fun and Funky Side Tables

Fun and Funky Side Tables Side tables are functional furniture – a home to your coffee, a table lamp, your ever-lengthening to-do list. But rather then only function, how about choosing a side table that accents your design with a playful shape, a shot of color, on unexpected material? Enjoy these fun and funky choices: West Elm’s Martini Side Table is a like a sweet, little bon-bon for the room, […] Read more »

Stylish Entertaining

Stylish Entertaining by Mari Robeson Everyday can be special, when you welcome friends and family around your table. Mari Robeson—Interior Design expert and Contributor—helps us do so with style and function. Mari takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home.   I love entertaining. The way you set your table and present your entrees can […] Read more »

February, Feng Shui & Valentine’s Day

February, Feng Shui & Valentine’s Day by GraceAnn Simoni Let’s give ourselves a sweet design treat, with Contributor GraceAnn Simoni. An Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area, GraceAnn shares with us budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories. — Are you aware that you will spend 1/3 of your life on average sleeping? Your environment for sleeping should be of great […] Read more »

Trend Alert — Rockin’ Decor

Trend Alert — Rockin’ Decor As studded-up shoes stomp down the fashion runways, watch for more ways to out your inner rocker with your home accents. Side-studded Faux Suede Decorative Pillow at Overstock. Spot-On Studded Leather Boxes Studs and nailheads are leaping off edges, moving from trim to the featured decoration. And the pyramid stud—formerly punking only leather cuffs and collars—is going mainstream. Pyramid Studded Mirror at Lamps Plus Pyramid-Studded […] Read more »

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery A traditional handicraft can add warmth and character to a space. A graphic Amish quilt suspended as a headboard, a braided rag rug anchoring the coffee table, Grandma’s crocheted, zig-zag throw draped over the arm of a club chair. Or colorful, textural crewel embroidery. As a young girl, I spent many an evening cranking out chain and satin stitches, and flocks of french knots. You’d […] Read more »

Lexi’s Paint Chip Dresser — Makeover

Lexi’s Paint Chip Dresser — Makeover So simple, yet effective. When I found Lexi Adams’ dresser transformation, I pounded my forehead – why didn’t I think to do that? Here’s the Before and After and the scoop on the fresh look this Brooklyn, NY photographer got with a little paint, elbow grease, and good advice from Dad. HomeWorkshop (HW): Are you a design-diva, big into DIY and decorating, or was this […] Read more »

Nursery Trends for 2011

Nursery Trends for 2011 by Sherri Blum Here’s the latest decor forecast for the little ones’ rooms, from our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum. A pioneer specialist for children’s-room interior design, Sherri designs for celebrities, and for the baby next door. — Happy New Year! Besides recovering from the holiday madness festivities, the beginning of each year usually means I’ll be interviewed by several […] Read more »

Design Your New Year

Design Your New Year Happy 2011! The New Year is a fantastic time for us all to step back, take a breath, and take stock of where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. After a week under the weather, I am doing just that. I thought you’d like to re-visit (or perhaps visit for the first time) some wonderful resolution advice from ten design experts. So dive […] Read more »

A New Year’s Eve Celebration of Winter

A New Year’s Eve Celebration of Winter Winter storms are making a frequent appearance this year. For New Year’s Eve, why not celebrate the beauty of the season? We are once again hosting a New Year’s Eve party that embraces the chilly weather. Not black-tie affairs, our gatherings are family friendly, with kiddos and adults alike welcoming the new year together. (Remember when you were a kid, and you were allowed to […] Read more »

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