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


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 […]

Happy 4th!!!

I was born in the Midwest and some of my most vivid memories of 4th of July are shooting fireworks over the lake and colonial homes with wraparound porches decorated with bunting.  I saw this idea for DIY fabric bunting and thought this would be a great way to use up excess fabric you may […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Selecting a Contractor

Every year the San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) has a week centered around new products and continuing education for design professionals, now called “Design San Francisco”.  Last week was Design San Francisco 2013 and since staying on top of industry trends and knowledge is an important part of my work, I made it a point […]

Inspiration at Gump’s

I stopped in Gump’s today for some furniture inspiration and found several pieces of interest that I wanted to share with my readers. I love the mix of warm white and rich wood on this parchment and wood cabinet.  It would be great as a media cabinet in a Den or Living Room or as […]

Kitchen Organization 101

With the holiday season in full-swing, many of us will be spending more time than usual in our kitchens.  Whether you’re baking, cooking, or just prepping and entertaining, wouldn’t it be nice to have everything organized and easily accessible?  Here are some great ideas for organizing your kitchen… Whether you’re organizing spices, appliances or cooking […]

Eichler home improvement

For those of you who are not familiar with Eichler Homes, Joseph Eichler was a real estate developer known for his residential subdivisions of Mid-Century modern tract housing in the Bay Area and Southern California.  My husband and I bought our own Eichler home in the Rancho San Miguel neighborhood of Walnut Creek in 2010, […]