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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


Jack Backus Architects


Cecily Young, AIA with Moore Ruble Yudell


ODS Architecture


Elmwood Cottage
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop


Gilman District
Chris Parlette, AIA with WA Design


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

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!!!

I love using lanterns and hurricanes in outdoor spaces for their warm glow and the ambiance they create.  In addition, they provide much needed light when dining outside and can light walkways so as to keep dark pathways safe.  I think they add character to a table and summertime style to your yard!  Here are some of my faves…


Love the brass and copper stainless steel lanterns by Smith and Hawken at Target!


Aren’t these Toulon lanterns from Resto cool?


I love using teak outdoors and these lanterns from Williams-Sonoma Home are great!


Love the shape of this Narrow Outdoor Lantern by Shop Terrain.


These rattan lanterns by CB2 add another layer of texture to your outdoor style.



Working in my garden is something I always look forward to in the summer.  And I would like it even more if I had some of these great garden tools from Terrain!  From bright colored garden hoses to old fashioned wagons, they have everything a gardener could want!


Heritage Garden Hose


Love all of the colors, but you know me…I always go for the white!


The Ultimate Garden Cart…if my kids were still little enough, I’d haul them around in this!


Burgon and Ball Pruners because having the proper tools makes gardening so much easier.


And look how cute the packaging is that they come in…great to give as a gift!


Apolis Jute Garden Tote


Not only is it useful, but it’s stylish to boot!


And after a long afternoon of working in the garden, this salve is the BEST!


Want to see more?  Head on over to the Terrain website where you will find loads of great items to use in your yard!

Looking for a new book to read this summer?  I just finished Shoe Dog:  A Memoir by the Creator of Nike and I loved it!!!  It is by Phil Knight, the founder of Nike, and it is inspiring and fascinating learning about the early days of his intrepid startup and how it grew to become one of the world’s most iconic game-changing brands.  I literally read it in 2 days and am going to have my kids read it too as I know they will enjoy it as much as I did!





Have you started planning your celebrations for Father’s Day?  I’ve been doing a little “pinning” to get my creative juices flowing for barbeque/dinner ideas for dads!  So many great parties and entertaining tips that I’m having a hard time deciding which ones to pick.  Head on over to my Father’s Day Inspiration Board to see some of my faves.  Would love to hear which ones you like the most!


Image via Pinterest by Celebrations At Home blog.


Image via Pinterest saved by The Party Dress.


Image via PInterest by Ella Claire.

We have had such a busy spring with lots of great projects and are ever so carefully, finishing them up and having some of them photographed!  Thought we would share one of our favorite projects we’ve been working on for the past couple of years.  Slowly and methodically, this gorgeous home has come together and has something unique and special in every room.

Here are a few of our favorite rooms from the photoshoot…


This is the dining room that is attached to the formal living room.


Downstairs Office


Family Room


How gorgeous is this kitchen? I wish you could see the pantry that is to the right, but we didn’t get photos of it. It’s just as pretty as the kitchen!


Hallway Cubbies


Love their outdoor dining area.


You should feel the carpet in the master bedroom. It’s like walking on a cloud!


This isn’t the best shot of it, but one of my favorite parts of the master bath is the open shower. There are no doors surrounding it as it is placed directly to the right of the shower. It is really cool!


Bedroom #1


Bedroom #2–Aren’t the colors fun for a teenage girl?


Guest Bedroom


Laundry Room


Bonus Room


We have thoroughly enjoyed working with this family and have loved making this the home of their dreams.  Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing it!

We’re also updating our portfolio on Houzz, so be sure to head over to check out more recent projects!


Photography by:  Thomas Kuoh



Looking to do a paint refresh this spring?  Well if you are, here are our picks for our favorite grey paints!  Going with grey can be a little trickier than one might think because it can take on a cool note when it has blue undertones to it or it can feel a little warmer if it has beige undertones to it.  So be sure to get paint swatches, check them out at different times of the day and with different lighting before you make your choice.  I would highly recommend grabbing a couple of pint sized cans to test it out on the walls you’re painting.  The dried paint almost always looks different than on the swatch.


These are some of our most used grey paints!



The walls in this image of our client’s daughter’s room are painted Stonington Grey.


The walls in our clients’ living room are painted Abalone by Benjamin Moore.


Image via PInterest saved from Cozycottagecute.com. Paint color is Grey Owl.


Image via Pinterest and is also Grey Owl.




These are seriously the best idea for new moms on Mother’s Day!!!




Speaking of new moms, I’m getting ready to host a baby shower for my niece and am getting all kinds of inspiration from yes, you guessed it, Pinterest!


Image from 100 Layer Cake by Going Lovely Events.


Love the modern theme for this shower…


Image via Pinterest by Harlow & Grey


I’m obsessing with garland…


Image via Pinterest by Poprocparties.


Image via Pinterest from Creative Wife and Joyful Worker


How am I ever going to decide which direction to go?  I’ve got baby shower idea overload going full throttle right now!










Wednesday–Inspire:  I have always found it very important to give back to my community and one of my favorite organizations to work with is Shelter’s Inc.  I love their mission of providing shelter for families in crisis while teaching them tools to change their lives.   We are so excited to be focusing on their Pittsburgh location.  In this phase, we are making over their conference room that we hope will inspire and educate everyone who is learning to build their resume, interviewing skills and working on job placement.
In addition, we are also going to make over the children’s playroom with tables for art projects, a tutoring area, an art wall, and the world map that we hope will encourage the children and parents to think big and pursue their dreams.


Shelter’s Inc.


Shelter’s Inc.