I love celebrating the 4th of July!  It’s so much fun to be with family and friends enjoying good food, good weather and hopefully some great fireworks!  I think the beauty of preparing for Independence Day is that the decor doesn’t have to be elaborate to be festive.  With a simple touch of red, white, and blue, it’s easy to be in the 4th of July spirit!

 

As you know, I love white houses and think the scale of this large flag on the white background is spectacular. It’s so simple, yet striking and grand. Image via Pinterest.

 

In addition to simple decor, your menu for entertaining does not have to be complicated. Beautiful summer fruit is easy to display in these white parchment cones. Image via The Classy Woman.

 

Farmgirl Flowers red, white and blue bouquet wrapped in their upcycled burlap is the perfect hostess gift to take to any of your Independence Day celebrations.  Not only is it gorgeous, but $10 of the cost of each bouquet will be donated to Together Rising.  Image via Farmgirl Flowers.

 

What better time than the 4th of July to roast s’mores?!  I came across this packaging idea and thought it was the perfect simple way to give your guests their own little treat to take home with them. Image via KristiMurphy.com.

 

And if, by chance, you wind the evening down early, here are some of my all time favorite Patriotic Movies you could watch to round out the night. Or you could even throw them on an outdoor movie projector during the festivities and play them while you roast s’mores! Wishing you a safe and relaxing 4th of July!

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the warm days and sun-kissed nights come outdoor BBQs and lazy weekend afternoons by the pool. We love summer! We’re designing away on pool houses and outdoor patios that bring our family and friends together. We’re working with gorgeous blues – sky blue, cobalt blue, and turquoise palettes to bring that casual summer look to life. It is important that your outdoor spaces be bulletproof with the upholstered furniture covered in outdoor fabrics that can stand up to wet bathing suits, rugs that you can hose off that are outdoor rated and pillows that are durable.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes ideas that we hope will inspire you to create your own dream outdoor space.

Set in beautiful Livermore wine country, we designed this pool house that has gorgeous views of the rolling hills. The clients wanted a sophisticated and comfortable spot that would endure the test of time. The sectional is from Restoration Hardware and the ottoman and the pillows are all custom-made which elevate the room.

 

All of us would dine outside year-round, weather permitting. These melamine Indochine Ikat plates, from Sue Fisher King, are amazing, virtually shatterproof and dishwasher safe. These are great year round for both indoor and outdoor dining.

 

I never tire of blue. I love the mix of florals, coral and modern stripes in the Spring 2018 Ralph Lauren textiles collection. Photo @Ralph Lauren.

 

Succulents and turquoise coasters styled around Gray Malin’s book, ‘ESCAPE’, are perfect pool house decor. Signed collector’s edition of ‘ESCAPE’ are available at Gray Malin. Photo @Gray Malin.

 

We’re seeing a big comeback in porch swings and we are installing three this month. We found inspiration in this classically designed white on black swing with modern, straight lines. Image found @Pinterest.

 

It’s also time to think about summer entertaining with graduation parties, Father’s Day BBQ’s and Fourth of July celebrations in the works. The Paloma cocktail, made with grapefruit, lime, and tequila, is a perfect pool quencher. Recipe compliments of Bon Appetite.
Makes 8 cocktails
1 ½ cups silver tequila
4 ½ cups grapefruit soda
juice of 6 limes + lime wedges to garnish
1. Combine tequila, grapefruit soda, and lime juice in a pitcher; stir to combine.
2. Pour over ice-filled glasses and garnish each with a wedge of lime.

 

Finally, don’t forget Dad this Father’s Day. Dad’s are really hard to buy for. You cannot go wrong with a great book, and a nice bottle of wine. Here are a few of our favorite reads that I am hoping my husband and my Dad will enjoy.
Most Valuable Dads, from parenting expert Tom Limbert, gathers inspiration from some of the biggest names in sports like Steph Curry, Natalie Coughlin and Tom Brady, about the lessons they learned from their dads. The Greatness of Dads celebrates the bond between dads and their kids talking about love, discipline, responsibility, fun, embarrassment, sadness, and joy. Compliments of Chronicle Books.

 

Visiting Florence over spring break, I was struck, once again, by its old-world charm.  Perched above the Ponte Vecchio at Portrait Firenze, I found my perfect home away from home.  I couldn’t get enough of this hotel’s casual vibe and classic, modern furnishings.

Owned by the Ferragamo family, the fashion world clearly had a hand in its design by Florentine architect Michele Bonan.  Light greys and creamy interiors are mixed with dark woods and black velvet furnishings.  A curated collection of modern art, and black and white vintage photography, add to the intimacy and history of the space.

It is a laid back and luxurious place with a nod to the world of of couture fashion.  I loved calling it home.  Until next time, Ciao Bella.

Photos courtesy of Portrait Firenze.

 

 

 

 

We are currently working on two young girls’ bedrooms for our client and are having so much fun sourcing accessories for them!  Makes me want to redo my own kids’ bedrooms again!  Thought we’d share some of the cool stuff we’ve found as we’ve been out and about!

 

Isn’t this cotton candy print adorable?

 

Metallic Hide Jewelry Boxes

 

Great velvet body pillow to lounge around on!

 

I think these light boxes are really fun because you can change the message as often as you would like.

 

This brass pencil holder can be used to hold everything…even lip gloss and nail polish!

 

Ottomans are perfect for extra seating in small spaces.

 

This was a room that we designed for a teenage girl in the Marin Decorator Showcase House in 2012!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Friday Everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous Valentine’s Day!  Lots of treats floating around the studio yesterday and I think we all blew our New Year’s Resolutions!

 

 

We just finalized a guest suite fabric palette with our clients yesterday and these are their choices…

 

Emma and I went to the city to do some sourcing for a project and fell in love with this gorgeous chair at Coup D’Etat…

I might never get up if I had this chair in my home!

We have a sneak peek of the kitchen design from the project we are working on.   How awesome would it be to sit and have coffee looking out these windows?!

As you can see, we’ve had a busy week around here, so we’re looking forward to the 3 day weekend ahead.  Hope you enjoy yours too!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  Hope you are having a “lovely” day and in light of the occasion, thought I would share some fun pink decor!

 

All kinds of pink going on in the studio!

 

Love this pink door! Image via Pinterest.

 

A pop of pink from a pillow might be all you need to add some character to a room.

 

Isn’t this a great shower curtain? Image via Domino with photography by Camille Styles.

 

If you haven’t checked out Zara Home lately, I would definitely take the time. Not only do they have a ton of pink decor, but some other really hip unique finds.

 

Love this pink quartz side table at Anthro!

 

Oh my word…Carli made the most amazing springy lemony dessert for the office yesterday.  She created these mini-lemon trifles in mason jars to celebrate Emma’s birthday and I could have eaten 3 of them as they were so delicious!  She used fresh meyer lemons and they were the perfect cool treat on a warm afternoon.

 

 

She combined several different recipes to perfect these adorable little jars and added a few twists of her own.  Thought I’d share the steps with you in case you’d like to try them too!

 

Each layer is a different recipe…

  1.  For the candied meyer lemon which she placed on the very top, she used https://www.marthastewart.com/313243/candied-meyer-lemons.  She used the remaining simple syrup from the lemon peels mixed with the juice of one lemon to brush over the cake rounds when building the trifle.
  2. Layer 1:  Lemon Cake–she used https://www.marthastewart.com/632498/lemon-cake.  But she omitted the lemon zest.
  3. Layer 2:  Lemon Curd–she used https://www.marthastewart.com/340640/lemon-curd.
  4. Layer 3:  Whipped Cream–she used http://www.finecooking.com/recipe/decorators-never-fail-whipped-cream.  Instead of 2 tsp of vanilla extract, she used 1.5 vanilla and .5 lemon extract.
  5. Layer 4:  She sprinkled fresh blueberries on top of the whipping cream.

I know it looks like a lot of steps and they are definitely time consuming, but they were so good that I wish I would’ve grabbed an extra one to take home with me!!!  They would be a great Easter dessert too!  Thanks Carli!

 

 

 

Noticing a lot of matte black making a comeback in design.  Last year we saw a ton of satin brass, but take a look…matte black is in!

 

Image via PInterest saved from Bathroom Zone.com

 

Image via Pinterest by Studio McGee

 

Image via Pinterest by Apartment Therapy Article. Image credit Dwell.

 

How cool is this matte black flatware by Vera Wang?

 

Image via Overstock.com. I think this is such a great way to incorporate matte black. Simple light fixture that makes a big statement.

 

Ever thought of matte black in your home?  Rule of thumb says you should have something black in every room, so give the matte version a try!

 

Everyone is slowly but surely back to work at the studio after recovering from the flu this week!  We’ve wiped down and sanitized everything in there!  And now I’m on a health kick.  Have you ever heard of Kayla Itsines?  She is a personal trainer that created an app called Sweat.  She takes you step by step through different circuit trainings that you can do at home or at the gym.  Marcie and I both signed up to do it and I thought I was going to die on the push ups yesterday!  We’re going to hold each other accountable as does the app…it tracks how many sessions you do and for how many minutes, so there’s no cheating!  If you don’t love going to the gym and want a workout that you can do at home, I would highly recommend Sweat!

Image via Instagram.

 

Thrilled to be included in Expertise’s Top Interior Designer’s List of 2018!

 

Click here to read the full article. Thank you, Expertise!

 

We are spending much of our time working on a project in Orinda with the esteemed Swatt Miers architects.  We worked on hard finishes for the kitchen this week and it is going to be amazing!  We will definitely share images as the project progresses as it is starting from ground up!

Here is a little taste of some of their incredible work!

 

Found a ton of great Valentine’s Day inspiration on Pinterest this week!!  Be sure to check out my Valentine’s Day Board!

Image via Pinterest!

 

With the start of the new year, I always like to see what the upcoming trends are going to be.  We sure are noticing fewer stainless steel and white kitchen sinks with brass, copper and stone replacing them.  I am drooling over this particular brass sink…

Image via PInterest…article by Studio McGee.

 

That’s all for now!  Hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Who’s your favorite team this year?  I think I’ll be cheering for the Patriots, but my favorite part is actually watching the commercials!  Regardless of who you’re rooting for, we have rounded up some fun ideas for you if you’re hosting a tailgate or party at your house!

 

Such an easy cute way to serve nuts or even popcorn.
Image via PInterest.

 

Image via Pinterest by My Frugal Adventures. Would love to have these for a burger or hot dog bar!

 

Image via Etsy by Hello My Sweet. Another really easy way to decorate a simple water bottle.

 

I always love to use banners! Found on Etsy!

 

Thought this was a cute way to decorate an appetizer table. Also found on Etsy.

 

Here’s a fun way to incorporate all those great commercials. Image via PInterest by Style Me Pretty.

 

Thought these were great stirsticks! Found on Etsy.

 

And if you need some ideas for food to serve, you HAVE to head over to How Sweet Eats.  Some of my all time favorite recipes are from her site and she has some great ideas for Superbowl snacks!  And be sure to head over to Pinterest to see the rest of the ideas I found!