Monday, October 8, 2018

I'm Going Back To Cali! With Zephyr


Hey loves. When it rains, it definitely pours. I've lived in this country for 26 years and had never visited the west coast. I finally made it to Napa in May for my birthday, and this week I'm headed back to San Francisco and Napa joining nine other designers for three days of a fun design/food/wine/art experience courtesy of Zephyr, among the leaders in the kitchen ventilation industry. 

We've used Zephyr hoods in a few projects over the years so I'm pretty excited to get a first hand tour of their showroom and get some behind the scenes details of whats new and trending to make our upcoming kitchen projects as amazing as ever.
Some deets on this brand: For more than 20 years, Zephyr has been transforming the ventilation industry with design, discovery and care, and has played an integral role in kitchen design trends. The company has challenged the perception of what ventilation means in kitchen design and created a new awareness of the importance of a high performing ventilation system.

This year Zephyr introduced its first collection of Wine and Beverage Coolers - PresrvTM - and the wine lover in me cannot wait to check that out 😋
So here's the skinny on what will I be doing while in San Francisco:
For starters I live for a well designed hotel and scour them always for design inspiration and drum roll please! We will be staying at the Proper Hotel designed by Kelly Wearstler which means a smorgasbord of design inspiration will be around every corner.
The Proper Hotel Designed by Kelly Wearstler 



In addition to touring the Zephyr showroom, we'll also check out FireClay Tiles, another fave. We recently ordered this from their collection for a project we are doing in Hawaii.

And of course, Napa!

Please follow along with the other designers as well.
Anissa Zajac (@housesevendesign)
Jana Bek (@janabekdesign) 
Jean Stoffer (@jeanstofferdesign)
Kate Lester (@klinteriors)
Kirsten Grove (@simplygrove) 
Lauren Bradshaw (@laurenabradshaw)
Natalie Myers (@nataliemyers)
Nicole White (@livelaughdecorate)
Sarah Gibson (@roomfortuesday)
Sarah Sherman Samuel (@sarahshermansamuel)
Sarah Stewart (@lifeonvirginiastreet)
Vanessa Francis (@decorhappy)
I'll also be sharing all the amazing tour details on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so be sure to follow along. Bon Voyage my loves! Chat soon!


Sunday, September 9, 2018

Operation Suite Dreams


Lord, clients should know better than to call me for a simple thing. 
You know like, "Hey Nicole, can you help me expand my closet?"
Because for me, that means, hmmm lemme see what's really wrong with this entire floorplan and get it all the way together, including your closet. 
And that's kinda what happened with this project, home of our dear client/friend Heidi. We remodeled Heidi's master bathroom two years ago and gave new meaning to how to use an old sewing machine.  
This time around she called in desperate need of a closet expansion as her bedroom and guest room were bursting at the seams with her clothing and shoes collection.


Emphasis on bursting. 


We needed to tackle her real problem: making better use of all the rooms she had. 



The front guest bedroom was just being used as extra storage. So we decided to convert that to her office which would then allow us to expand her bedroom by taking over the adjacent office.


Standing outside the old office and my face saying, umm you know I'm about to rip this all apart and make it so much better right?



The old entry to the master bedroom was closed off and is now where the new closet is located. 




When two rooms become one! 
And the demolition begins. 




Heidi is a pretty eclectic client so our designs often take shape over many many months as we curate just the right item that suits her whimsical taste. 
And without further ado, here's how things are looking these days. 




A spacious closet, the reason for this entire project, is now sitting pretty behind this barn door. 
  

That chandelier. That wallpaper. That bed. That nightstand. Those pink curtains.  Love. Them. All. 


 There was lots of swooning over this wallpaper on installation day. 

 This headboard too is a curvaceous hot mama!


This nightstand has loads of storage for Heidi's personal items and enough room for her books and other special mementos.



We did not want a matching nightstand, so this end table with an extra shelf, was perfect for her expansive book collection. 



Heidi scored this makeup vanity from a dealer in Virginia who drove it on down to Florida where she now sits pretty by a window overlooking the pool. 




Heidi's three dogs are her trusted companions and kinda stake their claim to various areas of the new suite.


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Friday, August 31, 2018

My Designer's Crush Series - Black and Brass



It's been the year of black and brass for us and we can't say we're mad at that. 
Here's a recap of how much love we've showed these finishes this year, along with loads of links for you to finally shop!


Brass pendant lights have truly become the new lighting bling for kitchens.
Mix a few for an unexpected but dramatic cluster.  


Or go with two oversized pendants instead of the usual 3 light configuration. 


Shop our brass pendant looks here  and here 


But lord if our hearts haven't skipped some major beats with all the bodaciously black and brass tile options that have flooded the tile streets!






Shop our black and brass tile looks here and here


Not to be outdone are the faucets and pot fillers of the world. I was also surprised that so many followers had never heard of a pot filler - a faucet installed directly above your stove so you can fill your pots with water without shuttling back and forth to the sink - yes they are a thing!







Shop our faucet and pot filler looks here  here  here and here 



Every kitchen needs those finishing touches, the jewelry if you will of the kitchen, and we've definitely had some fun with our cabinet hardware this year. 




Shop our cabinet hardware looks here and here 


And last but not least, let's have several seats and pay homage to these counter height stools (not to be confused with bar height stools used for taller islands/peninsulas). These stools have been the items you've requested the most details on in our comments and DMs.


From brass with black leather to wood and pink! 


Yes pink, we've had some major fun this year with helping our clients sit in style. 


 And that's all folks. Go forth and shop the looks here, here and here 
And have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend. 


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Anatomy of a Bathroom Renovation


When our longtime client Heidi called to figure out a way to expand her master bedroom closet, we had no idea we would instead embark on a massive renovation of half her home - this guest bathroom, guest bedroom/office and her master bedroom, and yes, she did get a larger closet! 
But first, let's chat about where this bathroom started. 




It was a tiny en suite of what was likely the home's master bedroom but what Heidi has always used as a guest bedroom. Did I mention tiny?

After confirming our design direction, we closed the original bathroom entry to accommodate custom bookshelves since this bedroom would also become her home office. We annexed an under utilized closet and doubled the bathroom's footprint. 

We relocated the shower next to the window, moved the vanity to the center or the bathroom and tucked the toilet to the far end i.e where the closet once was. 


Here's the new entry, with a fab chalkboard barn door where guests can say whatever they wanna say. 



Chalkboard facts!




We loved the curves and color of this vanity. It is the perfect compliment to the updated black and white touches we added to the new design. 


I'm officially obsessed with these patterned tiles!


Yes, that is an entire slab of stone you're seeing on that window wall. 
Heidi loved its boldness and that at least one wall would have zero grout lines to worry about :)



We chose black faucets - my new obsession! And of course love to add niches for shampoo bottles and bath gels in all our showers. What element is your favorite in this project? And what are you dying to see in your own bathroom one day?  


~Get the Look~
Teal Vanity
Black and White Tile
Black Faucet
Black Wall Tile
Round Mirror
Swing Arm Light
Black Shower Head
Chalkboard Sliding Door



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