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


Giving New Life to Wallpaper

In recent years, wallpaper has made a serious comeback as an easy way to bring pattern, color, and excitement to interiors.  No longer limited solely to wall applications- it can be used a number of different ways to bring excitement and a touch of whimsy to any space. Cabinetry Applying wallpaper to the insides of cabinets […]

Welcoming the SFFAS 2015

Last night, we attended a wonderful launch party for the 2015 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.  Hosted at the classic Brooks Brothers store downtown near Union Square, the event celebrated the arrival of the 34th year of the SFFAS.  The delightful annual show always brings beautiful international antiques for collectors and appreciators alike.  At the […]

DIFFA’s Forge & Gather Pendants

At DIFFA‘s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) cocktail reception last Thursday evening, I came across these stunning blown glass pendants up for auction.  They were a collaborative effort of ASD/Public Glass/Hathaway Dinwiddie/16500/Forge & Gather.  The organic shapes of the blown glass harnessed within an industrial metal frame were certainly eye catching and my favorite auction […]

SFFAS and the work of Fred Lyon

The 2014 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS) wrapped up two weekends ago, having run from October 23-26 at Fort Mason.  The SFFAS is a world acclaimed international antiques and art show, and has risen to become one of the most prestigious and renowned.  Featuring art and furnishings by both national and international dealers, the […]

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Santa Fe Contemporary Art Scene

On my trip to New Mexico last weekend, I took a stroll down to Canyon Road, “The Art and Crafts Road” in Santa Fe.  Canyon Road features over 100 galleries showcasing art ranging from Native American works of the past to contemporary works of today.  While I was there, I visited a number of galleries, gathering […]

SF Decorator Showcase House

Last Friday we visited the 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcase House for a (second) peek at how local designers transformed and reimagined different spaces within the 9,000 square-foot Presidio Heights mansion built in 1907. There were a couple spaces that really stood out, beginning with first impressions – The Entry.  The space, designed by Jonathan […]

Lighting 101

Living in California, we have an abundance of fresh, local food and great wine, so lingering around the dining table is a frequent occurrence in many households.  Last week we looked at some  fabulous dining tables and this week our eye is moving up a bit to eye-catching chandeliers. Looking for inspiration, the above art […]

Art Gallery Opening

Last night I attended a summer soiree at COCA, the Coalition of California Artists, on Kansas and 17th in San Francisco.  They were showcasing the work of several local artists and I was pleasantly surprised to see some talented work at reasonable prices.  Art is like jewelry for your home, you may have some “diamonds” […]

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artMRKT San Francisco

I had the pleasure of doing a quick tour of artMRKT San Francisco, the Bay Area’s premier contemporary and modern art fair, today and was inspired by some of the following pieces and artists… The image does not do it justice, but in person, ‘Neap Tide’ by Nuala Clarke has an almost shimmery, metallic quality that […]

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