Design Board “The Turtle Shell”| SF Bay Area Interior Designer

I’ve  said if before and I’ll say it again, designing for older kids can be so much fun!  Especially when they are teenagers and are all into their funny inside jokes.  A couple requests for this room were that he wanted it to be called “The Turtle Shell” and he wanted ocean art because he surfs.  A really large scale wave canvas will sit over his bed in lieu of a headboard.  The walls will be painted in Sherwin Williams-Maxi Teal.  The room has a lot of light with window on 3 different walls so the room can totally withstand such a deep color.  To brighten it up, I’m using pops of white in the bedding and desk.  The ceiling will also stay white.  From the ceiling will hang one of his surfboards as decor.  Since we want this to be a cool hangout for him and his friends to enjoy, we’ve added this sofa that will also fold down into a bed for any overnight guests.  I’m pretty happy with the results and can’t wait to get working on it!

Wine Country Modern Living Room-SF Bay Area Interior Design

I came across this client because she was a referral from my Tiny Totem client.  They are friends and neighbors.  I just love swooping through neighborhoods!  The Living and Dining room was almost a clean slate.  The bones of the room were already there by which I mean, paint, hardwood and shutters.  So I really needed to just pull it together with the furnishings.  She had a few pieces for me to start with.  The Riddling board was brought home from one of her trips to Napa and she really wanted a “Napa” style incorporated to the room.  She also really likes modern design and color so I used her existing green abstract art to inspire my design for the room.

If I haven’t told you this before…I’m a custom pillow junky!  Nothing sets off a room more than pillows in my professional opinion!  And I absolutely love when a client isn’t afraid of color and pattern.  In this room, with mostly browns and neutrals, the pillows set if off.

 

The Dining room adjoins the living room as well.  We used the clients existing Dining room furniture and I just styled it to tie in some of the Living Room colors.

I really played with a lot of texture in this design, I used a lot of weathered woods, a the zigzag jute chenille rug and rope.  And oh HI…look who it is!  This is the first shot of myself in one of my room designs. It was pretty exciting!

A close up of the riddling board.  I love the weathered grain and the warmth it added to the space.

Job Progress-Dear old Dad’s Place

Back in April I posted about some of the details of my Dad’s bathroom remodel. You can read about that HERE.  Being that we are nearing the end of this project and my Dad is only a couple weeks off from his move in date, it was about darn time I showed you some progress photos of his house!  Although the major overhaul was the Master Bathroom, we made improvements all over the house as well. I’ll walk you through them.

This is track home so we have the standard, oak cabinets, white cultured marble top and lighting bar that could give you a tan!  We stuck with a double vanity but raised it to a more current vanity height.  We opted for a medicine cabinet over each sink.  The quartz backsplash will be TALL.  It will go up and wrap the medicine cabinets slightly.  The faucets are tall at around 12″ so the taller splash works well with that height.  Over each medicine cabinet will sit the Princeton Wall Sconce by Schoolhouse Electric. We aren’t doing the shades as shown in the photos but a white glass one instead. That allowed an LED bulb to be used without it showing.

The shower, again, your standard cultured marble.   It was a shower/tub combo and Dad wanted to convert it to a shower…and larger one at that. I concurred as my Dad is getting older and I wanted this design to work for him long term.  So we ended up eliminating that wasted space between the vanity and tub and taking the shower to there.  This allowed us to add a bench (also great when you are thinking long term) without the standing room getting too small.  Another thing we did to make the space feel larger is take the tile to the ceiling.  The ceiling angled upwards so I was a little worried it would get too tall.  But nope, it looks fantastic and I definitely recommend you do it.  I even wrote a story about just this concept for Houzz if you’d like to read it HERE.

 

The current home was done all in warmer golden tones and we switched the new design to cooler.  Except for the rustic wood floor, which we’ll get to in a minute.  So although the current fireplace was re-done fairly recently, it had to be removed to go with the new scheme.  We chose a Limestone called Bateig Blue.  It was our second choice after the original was having trouble at the Quarry. I was a little worried at first that it was more flat and had less variance than the original selection.  But I was wrong!  There was plenty of character and it even had some slightly warmer tones that tied in the hardwood quite well!  This limestone didn’t come in the 1×2 mini bricks like we had wanted, so we had a local source take 12×12′s and cut and mesh them for us.  It was a little pricier to go this route but in the end…was so worth it!

Here are a few more details.  Dad wanted a slate look for this shower so we used this Porcelain look alike made by Surface Art. They are 12″x24″ that we ran horizontally and staggered.  They have a warm and cool toned mix to them which I love.  Many people fear gray and end up using all warm tones in their home.  Sometimes, that can lead to a very flat look with not enough contrast.  If you have been open to trying cooler tones, but can’t get over your fear, this is the way to do it!

We also added a full height linen cabinet to the hallway and took the warm, extremely rustic wood floors throughout the house.  My Dad has two dogs so whatever floor was going in had to stand up to the abuse of dog nails!  This distressed hickory should do  just the thing and even it they do end up scratching it, I’m quite sure it will just blend into all the existing character. 

So there you have it. Glimpses of the progress…all taken from my iPhone.  I assure you,  when I take the completion photos, they will be much more clear and entire room shots!

And a huge thanks to the crew of Ashley Interiors for all of the construction!  They’ve done a fantastic job. They have showrooms in both Newark and Livermore so be sure to stop in to see them if you have any home projects coming up.

Sneak Peek–New Traditonal Living Room

I’m not going to go into all the details yet but just wanted to give you a sneak peek into this light and airy traditional family room.  Its not your Mother’s Traditional!  Room details and more photos to follow so stay tuned…

A reason to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook

As much as I’d like to keep our website and blog running in pristine condition with constant updated material…time doesn’t always allow for that.    Enter Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.  These three media platforms are really great ways I can share information at a faster rate.  Many times, we post daily jobsite updates, share great finds and pin inspirational ideas (ours as well as others).   The trio really fills in the gaps for what the website and blog are incapable of doing.

We’ve been on Facebook and Pinterest for some time now.  Instagram…not so much.  I’ve recently started up using my Instagram account again and soon realized, I wanted to keep my personal account…well personal.  So if you’d like to continue to see our jobs updates and such, please follow our new instagram business page.  As of now, my personal profile will hide the photos of my kid being a goofball.  But,  I can stay public with my business and gather new followers for those interested in design.

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