Monthly Archives: March 2017

Victorian In Russian Hill

A focus on bespoke, vibrant homes, interior designer Kari McIntosh takes us inside her latest project – a modern family home in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The project had a tight deadline as the family of soon-to-be three needed a designer who could help them complete their newly renovated home just two months before their first child was about to be born. Under a strict deadline, McIntosh was able to design a home that’s warm, colorful and perfect for a young family with a newborn on the way. 

“I worked quickly to curate a fashion-forward and family-friendly home fit for a young family that loves wine, sports, and entertaining.” McIntosh started with a blue and green color palette in the living room. A choice of furnishings and art lends to the rich palette that’s warm and cozy, perfect for a family that desires a stylish environment.

The colorful interior has a mix of modern elements as well. Perfect for a newly renovated home in the Bay. In the office, a lacquered white desk with chrome legs keeps things contemporary. A structured desk chair is the perfect complement.

The home’s dining room has an open plan right into the kitchen. A mix of color and texture creates a striking statement in the dining area. The dining table is burled wood. A beautiful, natural wood tone that’s warm and inviting. Surrounding the table, a set of modern classic Panton Chairs add some soft curves. On the wall, green malachite wall art is the perfect pop of color. And overhead, the modern chandelier is the perfect way to bring home some ambiance.

Sofa Style Says About You

The way we decorate says a lot about our personalities. When people walk into our homes they often get a pretty good sense of who we are. And perhaps no single item says more about us than the sofa. Not only is it a decorative item, but the sofa style speaks quite a bit to how we use our spaces.

 

Different sofa styles suit different decorating styles, and oftentimes the style of sofa chosen is related to a room’s overall decor style. Yet still, the sofa style we choose says quite a bit about who we are. Whether it’s a traditional roll arm sofa, an antique settee, or a large chesterfield, a lot can be gleaned from the sofa you choose for your home.

If you have an English roll arm sofa in your home chances are pretty good that you’re a fan of classic style, but you don’t like things to be too formal. This style (also often referred to as a Bridgewater style) has a casual but sophisticated vibe that encourages you to lean back and get comfortable – but you probably wear slacks as opposed to jeans while doing it. This version from Restoration Hardware is a perfect example of this classic style – low arms, comfortable cushions, a feminine silhouette, and traditional turned legs.

You like your sofa the same way you like a finely tailored suit. It’s classic, sophisticated, and just a little bit dashing. While you may occasionally sit back with a glass of wine or a cocktail, there’s certainly no eating meals while sitting on this sofa. Since tuxedo sofas, like the Aidan sofa from Crate and Barrel have high arms and backs they’re not suited to lounging (and definitely not napping). They’re made for sophisticated get togethers and scintillating conversation only. If your style leans towards contemporary this could be the sofa for you.

Farmhouse Style Ideas

Farmhouse style is hotter than it’s ever been. With a nod to the past, but one foot firmly in the present, farmhouse style is one that speaks to all kinds of people. And despite it having certain common characteristics, it’s definitely not a one-size-fits-all type of look. Check out these wildly different examples of farmhouse style living rooms.

While farmhouse style is often equated with the word ‘rustic’, this room by Jennifer Robbins Interiors proves that it doesn’t have to be the case. Comfortable furnishings, country-style light fixtures, and vertical shiplap give this open concept space a farmhouse feel without any overly rustic details.

Farmhouse style is very adaptable and can be combined easily with many other styles. In this farmhouse living room by Judith Balis Interiors there’s a strong connection to both traditional and transitional styles thanks to the Persian rug and modern sofas.

Farmhouse style has its roots in old country homes and stone cottages. This room by Kelly and Co. Design embraces all the old attributes such as exposed stone walls and wood ceilings and brings them into present day with clean lined furniture and modern technology.

A room doesn’t have to be historic to embrace farmhouse style. This new build home from Tom Meany Architect embraces some of the hallmarks of the style such as vaulted “barn-style” ceilings and a large stone fireplace to create a modern home with many of the comforts of a classic farmhouse.

Who says a farmhouse living room can’t have a little hint of luxury? This farmhouse living room staged by The Source Room has all the classic comfy and rustic elements, but the elegant tufted sofa adds an unexpected (but very welcome!) hint of elegance.

Barstools for Every Style

After your living room sofa, the most used seat in your home is probably…the barstool.

 

While barstools are small, they make a big impact on your kitchen’s overall aesthetic. Making sure you have the right barstools to fit the design of your kitchen is no easy feat. Attention to style, function and design are key to selecting the perfect barstools for your home. See what we have in store:

With it’s sleek architectural curves, high back and walnut tones, the Bremerton 26″ Bar Stool is a slam dunk for mid-century lovers. Take a notes from Studio Mcgeeand fit as many as you can around your kitchen counter. To add some pizazz, pair your barstools with these beautiful, abstract dinner plates from West Elm, for a bar area your guests will never want to leave!

Just like it’s name, the Blu Dot Real Good Stool can add real good style to your kitchen. The straight folds in this origami-inspired seat give it a geometric look that is excellent for a sleek and modern design aesthetic. Since this all-metal stool can get chilly in the winter, add a layer of coziness by pairing it with these soft Icelandic sheep cushions!

A sturdy steel frame and warm wood back make the Coatbridge Bar Stool a strong complement to exposed brick or reclaimed wood. Exposed hardware gives this chair a rustic feel with a chic finish. Want to make it pop? My favorite tip is to add a runner underneath your barstools which adds dimension and also protects your floors. The burnt orange from this vintage Safavieh Monaco rug is a great complement to the stool.