Hillsborough Home Remodel

My recent Bay Area entire house remodel updating a ranch and making it more contemporary. It was a lot of fun choosing the colors to complement the beautiful background greenery. The hardwood floors were in good condition so we sanded and re-stained them to a rich espresso color.Living Room   Beveled elongated subway tiles add a contemporary look on a classic style. Kitchen This was a really small master bath, so to make the room larger we elevated the vanity to create more visual floor space and kept the tile colors very neutral.Master BathOpen Living & DiningBath 2

Bath 3{staging by decor staging}

Fall Tablescapes and Decor

The leaves are all turning orange and red and have inspired some fall decor ideas.

Pumpkin is not only for pie, they also make for an elegant and clean Thanksgiving tablescape. Here are some inspirations using pumpkins as the key ingredient.

White pumpkins are clean and elegant, they go with any color scheme. Step outside and grab a handful of fallen leaves or branches for a wintery outdoorsy feel, best of all it’s free and literally in your backyard (or front yard)!

via {grace and ivy}


If you can’t find any white pumpkins, paint them yourself! Tip: when picking pumpkins, vary the sizes to create dimension.

via {digsdigs.com]


Use a metallic paint for a little extra glam look. Mix and match metal tones to add richness.

via {whimsy and wise}


Cut out center and use the pumpkin as a vase to create a organic fall centerpiece.

via {somewhere splendid}


Glitter-fy a pumpkin and create a custom candle holder using an apple corer to remove the center, replace with a votive candle and voila…instant fall table decor!

via {pinterest}


How did you decorate your Thanksgiving table? With or without pumpkins?

Tea Time

Inspirational Moodboards created for: Tea Collection

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Designer Spotlight: Courtney Hill Interiors

Courtney Hill is a Houston based designer that I absolutely love. She honed her design skills at two world-renowned Manhattan-based design firms, Victoria Hagan Interiors and Greg Jordan, Inc. and has received many accolades at the 2009 ASID Interior Deisgn Awards. Here are a few of my favorites rooms she designed.

An amazing contemporary yet timeless industrial kitchen with bay windows, stainless steel apron sink and bridge faucets, white glass-front inset kitchen cabinets, kitchen island, marble countertops, subway tiles backsplash, stainless steel kitchen hood with iron forged straps, gray linen stools. The Hudson Valley Altamont Metal Pendants in Polished Nickel and butler’s pantry.


This Elegant chic living room has a coffered ceiling painted with a metallic gold to add dimension and drama.  I love the two peacock blue leather ottomans stools in front of the fireplace; their low profile won’t obstruct the view of the fire. To create an intimate gathering space, surround your fireplace focal point with your furniture pieces. Two ivory slipcover chairs accented with Greek key trimmed pillows pull in more of the gorgeous peacock blue. The Chinese altar cocktail table is made contemporary in a dark espresso stain that grounds the room against the oatmeal striated chenille sofas. The soft and warm colors create and inviting place to sit and chat, and the flatscreen TV is so obscure, it looks like a framed piece of art!


What to do in an awkward, blank corner of a room? A beautiful screen will bring some depth and texture to the four square walls. Break up hard lines by throwing some curves into the mix and soften up a room. It’s all about creating balance by mixing straight with curves, textures and prints!


This secret Secretary desk is the perfect way to add design and function to a room. The ring pulls soften up the structured lines of this desk. Eep! The guests just showed up early with no time to tidy your desk, just close the drawer and you have an amazing chest piece that speaks for itself and nobody would know what’s behind closed doors!


We all know that diamonds are girl’s BFF, who is second on the list?…Mirrors! In this gorgeous bathroom, the mirrors not only enlarge, but they echo the soft serene colors of a soothing and flattering color palette.


Dark colors and a chain link wallpaper make a statement in this dramatic powder room.

Think Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of October’s breast cancer awareness, here are some pink pieces to tickle your fancy.

A hot pink console table for your entry screams a bold and stylish statement.


Curl up with your favorite Emily Bronte novel and daydream of Heathcliff and the Moors.

via {apartment therapy}


Kelly Wearstler on One Kings Lane

One of my favorite interior designers, Kelly Wearstler, is letting us in on her stash of fabulous finds. One Kings Lane has raided her warehouse and we can now own some of Kelly’s most prized pieces from her exquisitely curated collection. Now it’s a matter of browsing through the collection and seeing what suits my taste and my pocket, though many items come at a pretty penny. Many of the items are one of a kind, vintage pieces so make your decisions soon because they will be gone, gone, gone!

Here are a few of my fave picks:

Canopy beds are so regal and grand and with the Cobalt Blue tufting, it just pops against the light driftwood frame…sweet dreams


This coral screen just screams for attention! You all know of my love affair with all things Chinoiserie, since it has a little nostalgic effect on me. It’s sure to be a beautiful focal point for any room.


Love the details on these two black and gold side tables, with attention to detail all down the legs…sexy! I’m already brainstorming of ways I can get this look for less.


You can’t go wrong with black and white supper chairs, it’s such a classic and timeless look, just don’t get too tipsy with the red with near the white cushions.


How elegant would this vintage low credenza be under your massive flatscreen TV? Though for my household, a TV will be an inevitable piece, try disguising your screen by framing it out with some nice molding. Try these low end to high end suggestions from Roomology. This is another piece that I’m brainstorming a pocketbook friendly version of it.


Who says Boucle is only for Chanel Jackets? Texture brings depth and warmth to these 1950’s high back chairs, not to mention this fabulous shade of yellow!


Clean, sleek and elegant 1960’s Black Lacquered Credenza, it just speaks for itself. The tassle pulls are the perfect touch and accent piece for your fine china designed by none other than Kelly Wearstler for Pickard China




Rubs elbows (or bums) with Kelly Wearstler. This Painted Bamboo Style Metal chair was from Kelly’s first office. It would look amazing as a vanity chair or next to your freestanding bathtub.

Olioboard Obsession

Kind of slightly, teensy bit, ok who am I kidding…full blown obsessed with a website called Olioboard. As if I really need another time suck, with Pinterest, Houzz, Polyvore and all my many many blogs that I follow. Aiysh! Much like Polyvore, a site that let’s your inner fashionista/stylist blossom by creating endless sets of outfits; Olioboard is the equivalent, except it’s for interiors. I spend hours creating “rooms” and entering the latest contests till my wrist begins aching! Check out my latest moodboards I created.

I entered this one into the Wayfair Patio Contest, so please vote for it!

Cool Summer’s Day

Black & Gold Luxe


Well Traveled Fashionista


Orange Crush


Zinc into Spring


Chanel Cruise 2012/13 Show in Versailles

Chanel just posted their looks and footage from their Cruise 2012/13 Runway show in Versailles. Taking inspiration from Marie Antoinette with panniers (side pockets hoops or false hips) and accents on the Décolletage that would make any man in any time period swoon, all the way to military waistcoats of the French Revolution. I find myself struggling to fall in love with anything from this season, but these are the few looks that I liked.

Which one was your favorite and which one would you rather stay in past and never be repeated in the fashion cycle?




Frame of Mind

I just love seeing a wall full of frames, many kinds of it…small, large, round, rectangular, old, new, rustic, vintage…any style that suits your fancy. You can have it as a main focal point and have it on your living room wall, bedroom wall or just a sprinkling behind your office desk area.  Here are some of the images to give you an idea to make a wall of frames that suit your style.

Filling a wall from floor to ceiling with frames creates an amazing focal point for a room. Keep the pictures somewhat unified by using 1-2 frame colors, and let the artwork speak for itself.


For a more casual look, mix and match sizes without a uniform overall shape.

{Meredith Heron Interiors}

If you love the look of wall of frames, but prefer a more organized and structured look, choose the same frame size and mat size for all photos. Black and white photos further unify the photos for a more modern, clean look.

{via Pinterest}

Black and white photographs of Greek sculptures make an elegant and classic backdrop for your home office.

{Lonny Mag}

I absolutely love this rustic-chic look of Restoration Hardware, with antique original charcoal and ink drawings from the studio of world-renowned master blacksmith by José Thenée of Argentina.

{Restoration Hardware}

You can make a stunning decor by covering the entire wall with uniform or unique frames. Not sure how to arrange the photos? Take a piece of butcher paper, trace each of your frames onto the paper and lightly tape onto the wall and map out your plan before putting a single hole in the wall.

Here are some templates courtesy of Sas Interiors. Or if your photos don’t fall into any of these templates, check out Dooce.com or ScrapNframes for a How-To guide to create your own home gallery.

Do you have a wall of frames in your home?  How do you like to display your family pictures or photographs on the wall or on a table?

Color Story: Kelly Green Machine

Kelly green can add a pleasant punch of pizzazz and still remain classic and timeless especially paired with the elegant contrast of black and white. Whether you are bold & daring, you can have your couch recovered in a kelly green upholstery…or if you are a color-phobe, sprinkle it in with little accent pillows and smaller accessories.

photos: {Elle Decor} & {Melanie Turner Design}


Keep the bold color grounded with neutrals and classic black and white color scheme. It will add the drama without overwhelming the senses. Carry the accent color throughout the other rooms in your house to create a well thought out and cohesive design.

Kelly Green Machine

1. Green Goddess Chandelier {Layla Grace} $2,631  2. Kate Spade New York Gardner Street Green Dinnerware  {Kate Spade} $140  3. Trina Turk Shanghai Links Green Needlepoint Pillow {Zinc Door} $52  4. Gate Pillow in Black {CocoCozy} $322  5. Green Ribbon Trim Geo Lamp {Furbish} $215  6. Green Moroccan Pouf {Imports from Marrakesh} $225  7. Green Chevron Frame {Furbish} $28  8. Thomas Paul Zinnia 5′ x 6′ Rug {Zinc Door} $778  9. Malachite Twig Table {shop|ten|25} $698  10. Black Velvet Balloon Chair {RoomService} $2295  11. Kelly Green Vintage Leather Top Desk {1st Dibs} Contact Dealer  12. Kenso 84in Sofa {Cisco} Contact Showroom