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!

 

 

What a week this has been!  We’ve been hit…by the flu!  Fingers crossed, I’m still in the clear but my staff and some family are down for the count!  I sure have been doing my best to avoid it and am keeping cross contamination to a minimum.  Thought I’d share Dr. Oz’s tips on how you can avoid it this season.  Hope they help and none of you catch it–it’s a doozy!

We had part of an installation yesterday in our clients’ master bedroom.  How dreamy is this bedding?

 

I am designing my youngest son’s room and this is the inspiration photo that we are using.  We will be painting the room in Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore and will have shelves and a mini desk built in.  He actually pinned this image and I approve!

 

 

And I just purchased this Tuft and Needle mattress for him because my clients’ son loved theirs so much that I figured he would be a good “client” to try it out on!  It is cool to watch as it literally expands in front of your eyes.  Check them out…they have fabulous reviews and an amazing return policy.

 

 

Honored to be awarded “Best of Houzz 2018” in BOTH design and service.  Our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz last year and we had wonderful reviews from our clients.  Check out the link for more pics!

We love the way this office/craft room turned out.  Who wouldn’t want to work in this lovely space?

 

Hope you all have a great weekend and that you stay healthy!

Less than a month away till Valentine’s Day, so thought I’d throw out some fun ideas for gifts or maybe a little treat for yourself!  Tons of sweet things to be found out there right now!  Enjoy…

 

Burberry Heart Cashmere Scarf

 

PJ Salvage is one of my faves and thought these shorty pj’s were so cute! They come in pink too!

 

How darling are these Kiss Me Kits? I know they say New Years in the image, but they make them for Valentine’s Day as well.

 

BKR Heart Glass Water Bottle

 

Tory Burch Heart Stud Earrings

 

Succulent Sweetheart at Terrain

 

Cute stickers for Galentine’s Day!

 

Micro Heart Baseball Cap

 

Rails Taylor Heart Stripe Shirt

 

David Yurman Heart Bracelet

 

Valentine’s Day Tags

 

Golden Heart Napkins

 

 

Here’s what we’re up to this first week back!

 

  1.  We are getting organized for the new year in the studio which is always a good New Years resolution.  We just purchased these great grey file boxes to store a lot of design catalogues, materials, etc.

 

2.  Getting back into working out and getting up early again! Ugh. I just tried out CBFit which is pilates on steroids. I highly recommend this class.  The first class is free you should try it.

 

3.  We are starting several projects int eh new year – a beautiful flat in Cole Valley in the city, a ground-up construction in Orinda, and a bedroom suite in Pleasanton.

 

4.  We are looking for someone wonderful to join our team as our Marketing Manager.  Be sure to check out the listing if you or anyone you know would be a great candidate!

 

Hope you all are having a great start to 2018.  Can’t wait to share our new projects along the way with you!  Enjoy your weekend!

Happy New Year Everyone!  We had such a nice long break here at the studio and are back with some great new ideas to share and are ready to hit the ground running!  One of my favorite things to do at the beginning of each year is to buy an updated calendar.  Whether it’s for the wall, one for my desk, or even for my purse, I love the process of looking at what I accomplished in the previous year’s calendar as I start to plug in projects, birthdays and travel for the year ahead in my new one!  Here are some calendars I love if you haven’t found one for yourself yet…

 

Printable Minimal Calendar by Foreign Rooftops

 

2018 Weekly Planner by Kikki.K.

 

2018 Calendar Poster

 

2018 Kate Champagne Desk Calendar by Sugar Paper.

 

2018 Stendig Calendar

 

2018 Hand Lettered Printable Calendar

 

Look out 2018!!!  We’re coming for ya!

It’s the last day of our 12 Days of Christmas Series and hopefully by now, you have the majority of your shopping done, errands run, and you can enjoy being home doing a little wrapping!  Thought I’d share some of my favorite wrapping inspiration with you.  I’m a fan of sticking with a theme for each Christmas which tends to make wrapping easier…whether it’s black paper with a fun striped ribbon and a little evergreen topper or a beautiful glossy white box with red satin ribbon, you can’t go wrong!  Here are some of my favorite ideas…

 

Image via Pinterest by eighteen25.com.

 

Image via Pinterest by Cosmopolitan.com.

 

Image via Pinterest by extrapetite.com.

 

Image via PInterest by politicsofpretty.com.

 

Image via Pinterest by Jonesdesigncompany.com.

 

To me, the wrapping makes the gifts all the more special.  You could have a piece of gum in the box and if it’s wrapped in a beautiful way, it would make it feel like the best gift ever!  So have fun with your wrap and enjoy these last few days before Christmas is here!

Need some inspiration for the foodie in your life?  Here are a few of my favorite cookbooks I’m giving this year!

 

I love the philosophy of this book…eat healthy during the week and then indulge on the weekends! Brilliant!!

 

I do love putting together a good cheeseboard!

 

Inspired by the menu at Malibu Farm–not only is it beautiful but it has delicious recipes!

 

How many times have you asked what you could bring when heading over to a friend’s house for dinner? This book has all the answers you need!

 

And if you need a little Christmas baking inspo, this is just the book for you!

 

I always love getting new cookbooks!   And it’s always great to be armed with new recipes to start the coming year with!  So buy one for yourself when you grab them for your friends!  I think you’ll love them all!

 

I think guys can be really hard to buy for, but fear not…I have just the gift for those finicky men of ours–Man Crates!!!  I love their manifesto–“We believe gifts should be exciting, nay, unforgettable! Giving gifts should be as fun as receiving them, and honestly, we’ve never gotten giddy handing some poor sap a necktie in a shiny box.  Our mission is to make awesome gifts that guys actually want, gifts that reek of excitement and bring people together. We’re in the business of making memories with a hint of mischief.  We are Man Crates, and we make awesome gifts guys love.”

Here are some of my favorite “crates”…

 

The Clean Shave Crate

 

The Pitmaster Crate

 

The Caveman Crate

 

The Bloody Mary Crate

 

Personalized Golf Ball Mini Crate

 

There are so many fun crates to choose from that you are sure to find one that is just right for any guys on your list!  Have fun perusing their site…you are sure to get a kick out of them!

I know I’ve mentioned Quarterlane Books to you before, but I thought I’d mention them again as they have great winter collections that would make the perfect gift for the book lovers in your life!

 

Cherry Bombe, the book, a one year subscription to Cherry Bombe and a great classic tote to go with!

 

I love the Winter Memoir Box. It even contains a piece of artwork by artist Lisa Congdon.

 

The Winter Fiction Collection contains 4 of the best novels this season.

 

And Quarterlane also has their own gift guide this season that is chock full of great ideas.  I highly recommend you check it if you’re still on the hunt for clever, last minute gifts!  The clock is ticking though, so you don’t have much time left!  Enjoy!