“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” - Joe Sparano


Color palette inspiration

Sourcing fabrics and compiling color palettes is one of my favorite tasks as an Interior Designer, so I thought I would share some recent fabric inspiration with you.In recent showroom trips and vendor meetings, I’m finding that I can’t get enough color right now.  Maybe it’s just a summer fling, but I absolutely adore these […]

San Francisco Apartment Revealed

It’s been a dizzying few months, but at long last, I have some exciting new project work to share with my readers…   After a year-long journey to transform this apartment in the charming Russian Hill neighborhood, I am pleased to share the end result…a much lighter, brighter space complete with custom furniture that showcases […]

Caribbean Pattern Play

I recently took a quick trip to the Dominican Republic for some much needed R & R. After two days on the beach, we started to get antsy, so we booked a trip to the capital of Santo Domingo to get our culture fill.  In addition to learning a lot about the history of the […]


I am a total bookworm…everything from non-fiction to historical fiction to (obviously) interior design “coffee table” books.  William Stout in San Francisco is a seriously bad habit for me because I can easily drop some cash on books with pretty covers and beautiful images inside.  That being said, they can also be a great resource […]

An update on color trends

Every year, I try to attend at least one color forecasting seminar in the fall and then refer back to it throughout the year to see where my projects are stacking up.  Recently I have been noticing a trend towards lighter, fresher colors, which is similar to Benjamin Moore’s forecast for 2013: “The palette is […]

DIY Weekend Projects

What are you up to this weekend?  If you have some extra time, here are some easy, weekend projects that you can do on your own to spruce up your home… 1. Paint Did you know that paint is the cheapest and easiest way to freshen up a room?  It is the perfect DIY project […]

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Spring cleaning!

I always know when the first day of Spring rolls around because it’s also my birthday.  My mom always teased me growing up because I LOVE spring-cleaning.  Literally, I get such a thrill from purging, organizing and then enjoying the clean, end result.  Here’s what’s on my spring cleaning to-do list: 1. Organize closets Several […]

Behind the scenes…

Part of the reasoning behind my blog is to provide some insight into me, Denise Maloney, as a designer and an individual.  So I figured what better way to share some personal insight than a behind the scenes look at my office.  I am a strong believer in surrounding yourself with things you love and […]


If you start to groan when you hear the word geometry, never fear, I won’t be talking congruent triangles any time soon.  When I think of geometry, I think of shapes and pattern in textiles, carpets, wallpaper, etc.  So let’s explore some examples of geometric patterns for interiors that feel fresh and fun… Maybe you […]

Is it Spring already?

As I am stuck inside grading concept design boards for the interior design class I teach at Academy of Art, I can’t help but stare out the window at this bright blue sky and think towards Spring. Cue to Osborne & Little’s Spring 2013 collection.  For a bold Spring look, I love the Ionia indoor/outdoor […]