One of the best parts about my job is seeing how people respond to their new home. The goal is to make them feel giddy if not euphorically happy with the outcome. We often snap before shots to record what was and then the after shots to detail the new. Here’s a recent project that we completed in Russian Hill, both before and after. Enjoy!
Let’s get real. Does anyone really work 9 to 5 anymore? I doubt it. No matter where you toil, everyone deserves a beautiful space in which to burn the midnight oil. Accessories are key to having a functional, comfortable and dare I say inspirational workplace. Here are some items we spied around our office that we can’t help but share.
A mint julep cup with bright flowers.
“Baies” candle from the Parisian scent-master, Diptyque.
This significant stapler sourced through Barney’s.
Fun colored your way by Poppin.
Any mistake won’t seem so bad with these striped and polka dotted erasers.
Modernism Week is in full swing in Palm Springs. It’s a delightful celebration of all things mid-century from architecture to design, culture and fashion. There are lectures, tours and parties galore. If that isn’t enough to entice you, Luxe magazine has taken over the Christopher Kennedy compound and created an inspirational show house that transports one back to the celebrity crooner days of Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra. It’s retro modern madness of the very best sort.
I find that some of the most stunning rooms are entirely simple with one notably eye-catching piece. In the case of one client, we wanted to bring a touch of natural elegance to an otherwise contemporary home office. This came in the form of the faux malecite planter that anchors the room. To find one made of malecite would have been virtually impossible (not to mention astronomical) but thanks to the superior craftsmanship of Katherine Jacobus this painted piece is a dead ringer for the real deal.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I got to thinking about fun couple spots for date night. I threw it out to the office and was rewarded with a serious dose of inspiration.
Ericka gives date night a Peruvian twist at La Costanera on Montara Beach Highway. Order the ceviche, lomo saltado and a pitcher of sangria as you catch the sun dipping over the Pacific.
Emily heads to Mamacita in the Marina for margaritas and the awesome vibe.
Both Eche and Marli gave a nod to the Cafe Florio, the quintessential neighborhood restaurant on Fillmore Street.
From her Marin digs, Katie and her new hubby either kayak or bike to Bar Bocce in Sausalito. She recommends ordering a wood fired pizza by the fire pit. When she wants to take it slightly more upscale, Katie heads to the always romantic El Paseo in Mill Valley.
Date nights for me usually happen in St. Helena. I either sit outside at Farmstead and nibble on grilled artichokes before devouring one of the best burgers in the U.S. of A. Or, I head to Market and order whatever prix fixe delight they’re serving up. After dinner, I stroll across the street to the old-fashioned Cameo Cinema. Now, that’s a wrap.
I try very hard not to play favorites but sometimes it’s impossible. I can’t get enough of enameled French lava stone. It shows up time and time again in my clients’ homes, although never exactly the same way twice. Why the love affair? Well, beyond the fact that it is gorgeous and available in a spectrum of colors from vivid to more demure, it is virtually indestructible whether placed indoors or out. The stone comes out of quarries in Volvic, France. If you get it from anywhere else, it is not the real deal. It is then glazed and kiln fired to produce the most sensational crackled finish. The result is magnifique!
With the year of the horse looming, I have noticed an uptick in equestrian-themed design ideas circulating on various blogs. While we generally eschew the hunter green and crimson approach to horsey living, we’re not ones to throw the baby out with the bath water.
For the crafter in all of us, take a look at this Sam Ita horse produced by d-torso. They even offer a life-size version in their showroom. Jonathan Adler always knows how to up the ante in any man cave with his ceramic horse lamp. For those who are inclined to making bold impressions, this Black Stallion wowza will do the trick. And from the arbiter of all things chic, Hermès offers a race-inspired candle, which in my opinion would look even better when lit while wearing this charmer.
I’m sorry to be rather this brief this week but it’s busy. I know what you’re thinking because I feel exactly the same way. Busy is one over-worked word these days. All that chatter aside, I want to make sure you know about FOG Design & Art. It’s happening this week at Fort Mason. Here’s a peek at the exhibitors. It’s educational, inspirational, and the topper is that it benefits our beloved SF MoMA.
I always get a kick out of the pantone of the year. This year it’s number 18-3224, also known as Radiant Orchid. I certainly don’t live and die by these things, but it’s tough to discount the fun factor. I’m a fan of this year’s choice and promise that a splash here and a dollop there will be just as timely in 2015.
Feast your eyes on this Helen Frankenthaler print appropriately entitled Lilac Sweep.
We might just have to adopt this pair of murano glass lamps from 1st Dibs.
Jonathan Adler does it again with his Bel-Air Gorge vase. It’s gorge as in gorgeous!
The picture doesn’t even begin to do this Fortuny fabric justice. It’s called Vivaldi and will be absolutely glorious all four seasons.
Happy New Year!
Although we might not always keep them, we need to make them. Resolutions give all of us that extra sense of direction heading into a new year. This year, everyone on the Martha Angus team shared their personal design resolution with the hope that we can support each other with these goals. 2014 is the year!
Marli is ready to make that pilgrimage to Art Basel.
Katie hopes to integrate more antiques into her projects.
Eche wants to scavenge locally more for vintage treasures.
Ericka seeks to refine her flower arranging skills.
Emily would like to see one of her product designs published in a magazine.
Sarah hopes to expand her knowledge of contemporary artists.
My resolution is to use wallpaper with abandon, especially ones with lots of personality. Think Flavor Paper, Studio Printworks, Maharam digital papers. I simply can’t wait!