Another busy week at the studio has come and gone and here it is the weekend already!  Lots of fun things happened the last few days at KMI.

  1.  First, I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the Baker Newstalgia Panel Discussion at the SFDC.  We talked about everything from reinterpreting design from the past, combining modern yet classic design, and whether or not we liked to follow trends or if we preferred following our own paths as designers.  It was really interesting and so fun to be in the company of other amazing, successful designers.   It was a great day and I was extremely honored to be included with Laura Martin Bovard,  Jay Jeffers, Coralie Langston-Jones and Jamie Martin.

 

 

 

2.  Another reason this week went so fast is that I was in NY for a few days!  The shopping there is ahhh-mazing!  I found so many great accessories for several upcoming installations we have on the calendar.

 

 

 

 

3.  And lastly, we’ve been busy pulling fabrics, wallpapers, materials for cabinets and countertops for several projects we’re working on.  Specifically, we’re finishing up the designs for a client we have in Los Altos.  Just need to fine tune details for their 3 kids’ rooms, a family room, an office and a foyer.  It’s all finally coming together!

 

 

 

 

And here is what the studio really looks like at the end of a full day of design!

 

 

 

 

I have recently decided that we need a guest house.  I know the word “need” can sometimes be translated as meaning ” I want”, but I think we actually need one!  We truly don’t have a good place for guests to stay in our home.  With 3 children each having their own room and the 4th room being used as an office, extra space to sleep is in high demand!  So…I have been sourcing all sorts of ideas on Pinterest to come up with the perfect guest house for our backyard.

I think it would be fantastic to have a space that could be used for parties, a place to watch sporting events on TV or even just a place to retreat.  I want it to be self-sufficient for our parents who like to visit or for our kids as they get older and come back with their own families.  I would like it to be contained with a stacked washer and dryer, a kitchenette, a full bath, and a lounge area.  Having a very strong indoor-outdoor connection with the pool and having a nano door so it blurs the lines between the indoors and out is also important to me.  And it will definitely have furniture covered in durable fabrics so you could come in with a wet bathing suit, sit down and hang out!

I’m so excited to get it started and will keep you updated as we get going on this fun project!  Here are some of my inspiration pics…

 

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If you’d like to see more beautiful inspiration, check out my Guest House Pinterest board!

 

 

Wow!!!  August flew by and I can’t believe we are already half way through September.  We took a little break on social media to focus on several projects we’ve been working on, so thought we would share some behind the scenes of what we’ve been up to!  From construction projects starting from the ground up to putting on the finishing touches at our accessory installations, we have been busy little bees and are thrilled with the end results.   Check out this week’s worth…

 

Project we’re working on in Los Altos Hills.

 

Adding more light by installing some awesome skylights!

 

Front door finally installed in another project we’re working on.

 

How cool is this shower in another client’s home?!

 

We loved this cool light fixture in the same bathroom as the shower above.

 

And had so much fun accessorizing their bar area!

 

Just a few days later, here we are prepping for a full day installation of our clients’ great room/dining room.

 

Here’s a little snippet of the finished product!

 

So in love with the orchids in the bread bowl!

 

Gorgeous coffee table books.

 

We have so many exciting things happening these days, so will continue to share as we go.  Hope you enjoyed a little slice of our week!  More to come soon…

 

I’m feeling as pooped as these guys today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know its been awhile since I posted, but I have been so busy this summer!!  Its been filled with all good things and we are working on so many projects in the studio right now that my blogging has definitely taken a back seat.  That being said, I just had to squeeze in some time to share this great event with you that I was asked to be a part of.  “Apres Soleil Airbrush Spray Tans has teamed up with the Cancer Support Community, an independent nonprofit organization in the East Bay, for our 3rd annual Meet Me In Miami event! Meet Me In Miami is a South Beach-themed fundraiser in Walnut Creek. The evening brings our community together to raise awareness about the importance of early detection in the fight against melanoma. The money raised is dedicated to providing support services to people in our community and their families who have melanoma”.  I just recently had a skin cancer scare myself, so was all the more excited to be a part of this awesome evening!  If you’re in the area, be sure to grab a ticket to join the fun!

Looking for something fun to do to beat the heat on August 12th?  Then head to the East Bay for the AIA Home Tour which features a “diverse selection of contemporary homes designed by the Bay Area’s leading architects.  They choose from a wide range of project sizes and types which have included finely-detailed in-law units, exuberant historic renovations and stunning modern masterpieces”.

These are the houses that will be featured and if you like contemporary design, you should definitely make a day trip to see them all…

 

 

Fischer Architecture, Berkeley

 

Skyline
Jack Backus Architects
Oakland

 

Tilden
Cecily Young, AIA with Moore Ruble Yudell
Berkeley

 

Kensington
ODS Architecture
Kensington

 

Elmwood Cottage
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop
Berkeley

 

Gilman District
Chris Parlette, AIA with WA Design
Berkeley

 

Be sure to grab tickets soon cause they tend to sell out quickly!

OK…I know you’ve probably seen a ton of posts on different sites telling you what their favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks are.   And I don’t want to sound redundant, but I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t at least point out some of my favorite home items that are on sale.  It’s just such a good time to pick up a few basics that are nice to update, but even better when they’re marked down!  So if you haven’t used up all of your spending money on some new fall wardrobe staples, be sure to head back over to Nordy’s to grab a few of these great finds!

 

Seriously…these are the most incredibly soft blankets. You should have one on every bed and in every room of your house!

 

White Marble Wastebasket by Waterworks

 

Votivo Reed Diffusers are one of my faves. Grab a few of them to have on hand because they make great gifts!

 

There are several Dash & Albert rugs on the Anniversary Sale so be sure to scroll through all of them, but this is a great neutral to grab!

 

One can never have too many serving boards!

 

Aren’t these the perfect size cereal bowls?

 

I’m always a sucker for stripes!

 

It’s always great to find good towels when they’re on sale.

 

And grabbing a Clarisonic while they’re marked down is brilliant! Also good to give for gifts.

 

Sugar Paper is one of my favorite stationery lines and I thought these tags were great for wedding gifts, graduations and any other fun celebration!

 

Don’t forget that the sale ends on August 6th and items are quickly selling out, so be sure to shop quick if you see anything you like!

 

 

Since we are in the midst of wedding season, thought you like an idea for a great shower or wedding gift.  The Staub Perfect Pan is one of the BEST all around kitchen tools.  You can braise in it, you can use it as a wok, and it’s even great for deep frying!  I love it because the curved sides keep things from spilling out when you are stir frying.  And guess what?  It’s on sale right now at Food52!  I don’t think the sale lasts much longer than the weekend, so you should definitely grab one while you can!

 

It comes in 4 colors, but I really like the graphite or matte black the best.  Photography by Rocky Luten, James Ransom, & Bobbi Lin.

 

 

And I forgot to mention that it comes with a glass lid which is also great to have.  Don’t miss out!

 

 

Ever heard of Apartment Stories?  It’s a “new Swedish Interior brand offering highly decorative objects for stylish homes”.  They are “contemporary yet influenced by the elegant interiors of the great architects and interior designers of the early 20th Century” and I am in love with their brass round mirror!!!!

 

 

 

And look how gorgeous these pillows are…

 

 

And these mineral paper weights…LOVE!!!

 

 

 

I love the simplicity of their items, but everything they carry feels luxe and elegant.  Just gorgeous!!!

Need another good summer read?  If you like scary, you should pick up “In A Dark, Dark Wood“.   I don’t normally love scary books, but I loved this one and stayed up way too late reading it.  It is very suspenseful and a page turner!

 

One of my all time favorite skin care lines for hand soaps, lotions, and scrubs is Aesop.  Not only does their packaging have that streamlined look that I love, but they smell great and they leave your skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.  Their products are available only at Aesop signature stores, department store counters and Aesop Online.  I highly, highly recommend them!

 

Love, love, love this hand wash!

 

This is like a great hand sanitizer when there is no water available to wash your hands.

 

This body scrub is awesome!

 

And I love the bottle this mouthwash comes in!

 

They have so many other great products, so be sure to check out their site!  I love them all!