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Who Do You Follow on Social Media?

In this day and age you are hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t have a cell phone, computer, IPod or IPad.  What does that mean to us in the world of interior design?  It means clients can find us all over the web. Let’s start with the newest thing. . . Pinterest.  It is a visual pin board where designers can create boards that describe your style, your personality and your favorite things.  It is an easy tool to use and clients can see what kind of design you like.  You can find me on Pinterest at REDesign Interiors.  Here are a couple of...

Thrift Store Finds

Have you ever thought about finding furniture and accessories at a thrift store?  I have always loved garage sales and thrift stores though I rarely went to them.  Watching Nate Berkus one day on TV inspired me to try it.   It wasn’t long before I was addicted.  Part of the intrigue is that you get to look through other people’s stuff.  My mind is always wondering if something can be repainted, reupholstered, or repurposed. Here are a few of my thrift store finds, DIY artwork, and more. Currently I’m collecting items that would work in a Cottage Style Room.  I have some old barn...

Local Artists Strut Their Stuff!

I am always a fan of purchasing local art.  You can find some very interesting items, paintings, sculptures and more just by keeping your eyes open around town.  The Yuba Sutter Arts Council is very friendly to local artists by allowing them to have gallery showings. A favorite artist of mine is Gerry Tsuruda who specializes in black and white photography.  He is a self-taught photographer whose style is reminiscent of Ansel Adams.  He has been working professionally since 1990 and you can find his works at www.gerrytsuruda.com.  Known for his images of California agriculture, Roadside...

Come Out of the DARK!

What is THE number one thing that impacts interior design???  Designers do not get to answer the question because you already know.  It is LIGHTING!  Lighting is critical to interior design however most often it is the last thing a person thinks of in their space.  I like to think of Lighting as the JEWELRY for my space. There are three types of lighting in interior design–general, ambient, and task.  You are making a critical mistake if you skimp on lighting. Here are some of my favorites. . . Bubble Lighting from SFDC Savoy House Light This week I decided to tackle our closet,...

Holly Becker of Decor8 Event in San Francisco!

For those of you who don’t know Holly Becker, she is an American author, journalist and interior designer living in Germany.  She is the star behind Decor8, a popular interior design blog since 2006.  Decorate: 1,000 Inspirational Ideas For Every Room in Your Home is Holly’s first book.  It is published by Jacqui Small Publishing in Europe and Chronicle Books in the United States.  I believe this book is already in its third printing and is on back order at the online stores.   I was lucky enough to meet Holly and get my own signed copy of the book at Anthropologie in...

A Well Deserved Face Lift!!!

Have you ever had a really great piece of furniture that has served you well but is in need of a facelift?  Well this sofa had great structure and was well worth reupholstering.  My client wanted a modern look so we chose a solid, upholstery fabric with a bit of texture and softness.  We also chose to omit the skirt at the bottom of the sofa.  Both of these choices brought this piece up to date! Sofa - After   Sofa - Before                 Here I am at the San Francisco Design Center getting some much needed information for my client.  It is...

The Coley Chair

The “Coley Chair” is a furniture piece designed for my daughter, Nicole. Nicole is a vivacious, spirited young woman who exhibits an infectious appetite for life! The inspiration for this chair design came from my admiration of Frank Gehry’s architecture and furniture designs. Frank Gehry pushed the limits of design by using unusual materials in very nontraditional ways. His use of cutting repetitious patterns and gluing cardboard together led to his Easy Edges Furniture. The Wiggle Chair by Frank Gehry is one of his series of cardboard furniture. Another inspiration for the “Coley...

A Calm Atmosphere

I was surprised this week to hear these words out of my 13 year old’s mouth, “Mommy I want a calming room when we redo my room.  I want a soft blue on the walls and a beachy feel”.  I was stunned at the word, “calming”.  Anyone who knows the little fireball knows she is “drama in a package” and nothing but calm.  She did however give me lots to think about. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZubJrBDj7II/ThYizjY6EDI/AAAAAAAAMzg/KihqVcufuJc/s1600/kirstenrooms35.jpg www.furniturearcade.com Here are a few things she found on her own to incorporate in that calming...

An Artist’s Retreat

I met Yesenia in an art class in college.  She is intriguing, intensely artistic, and driven to produce whether it be a painting, a block print, or graphic design and packaging.  Her mastery of all the arts have led to some fantastic pieces.  She attends the Art Institute in San Francisco and is on a strict student budget.  Even while on this zero budget she created this masterpiece of interior design.   I just had to share it. The headboard is a collage of printed paper.  The lamp is covered in interior design fabric scraps, and the drapes are held together with bangles.  She has...

Great Inspiration

  Imitation is the greatest form of flattery!  I found a photo inspiration in my copy of Traditional Magazine.  The piece was French Country piece is a part of the Les Provinciales furniture collection of Roche Bobois. To achieve the knock off look I took some measurements of my dresser and began designing an assymetrical stripe pattern.  The center medallion trim necessitated my creativity by painting it green and highlighting the frills of it.  I used the colors that would accentuate the colors of the guest room and make this piece the focal point. This just goes to show that...
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