It’s Time To Winterize

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When the weather outside is frightful, little is more delightful than being at home.  Here’s a look at how we amp up the cozy factor this season.

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Diptique Feu de Bois CandleMonogrammed LinensMongolian Lamb PillowBranch Candelabra  , Furry Throws


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Our design director Katie McCaffrey recently returned from being blown away at CES. Here’s what she had to say about the smartest appliance for the kitchen:

Imagine a refrigerator door that works like an i-Pad.  The geniuses at Corning and Samsung not only imagined one but they created it.  You can check the weather, watch your favorite cooking show, upload pictures of your family and get reminders all while nursing your first cup of joe.  Say “bye bye” to the era of the sliding magnet weighed down with “to do” lists and children’s art.

Low on milk? Need more veggies?  No problem, your super fridge will let you know. This is what I call useful technology!  Keep an eye open for Samsung’s model which should debut later this year.

To see more innovative ideas from Corning, check out this video.


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Happy New Year

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I hope that you welcome 2016 with a “bang!”  We scouted this memorable coffee table at Design Miami and it left quite an impression.  Although I still can’t decide where it belongs in my home, it reminds me to just say no to dull in the new year.  Chin Chin!


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Miami Vice Part Deux

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As the rain storms pummel the Bay Area, my mind keeps wandering back to Miami and the fascinating art that stirred my soul.  Art is alive and well, my friends. It shocks, inspires awe and reminds me that creativity has no borders. Happy Holidays!

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Series of hands with rings in various colors by Luis Gispert

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Still life with Xitle & Spirit by Jimmie Durham


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 It’s no great secret that my favorite annual getaway is the one that I take to Art Basel Miami every first week of December. While some people are wrapping themselves in greenery and tinsel, I prefer to hightail it south for a taste of what’s new and inspiring in the art world.  True to history, this year did not disappoint.  Consider this part one of a three-part series on my finds.  Come bliss out with me!

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Timothy App

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Trend Alert! Custom shaped canvas is now all the rage.

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Morris Louis

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Willem de Kooning

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Roy Lichtenstein


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I tend to veer toward the more contemporary side of design but love how something with a past life immediately adds history and richness to a room.  Antique and vintage pieces may or may not come with a noteworthy provenance but they always come with a story (even if it requires some creative license on your part).  Here are some wonderful “old things” that the ladies in our office have been eying.  

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Feeling dapper.  This trio of heirloom brushes is all so very Downton Abbey to me.  Valet!

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The marquetry on this standout Neapolitan commode is simply impossible to mass produce.  

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The Gustavian style plays well with others.  Just imagine this Lindome sofa reupholstered in hot pink.  

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Bubbly anyone?  Gatsby is in the house.

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Mirror mirror on the wall, you might just be the fairest one of all.   


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Poof, Done!

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It’s tough to verbalize what goes into the design and creation of a space.  Words don’t adequately capture the glory and madness of it all.  It certainly involves a lot more than a snap of the fingers or the wave of a wand.  

Kudos to Drew McGukin and 1stdibs for this insightful and candid time-lapse video showing the transformation of a Holiday House NYC room over five days.  Be still my beating heart. 


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In Our Hearts

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Pop the Bubbly

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Our friends at Berggruen Gallery have been a fixture in the San Francisco and global art scene for 45 years!  To celebrate they have assembled major works from private collections and museums for one rather divine show aptly named, “Looking Back: 45 Years.”   The show runs until November 25th, so uber right on over to 228 Grant Avenue for a chance to marvel at art that is rarely on public display.


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Equestrian Chic

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Equestrian style is somewhat defined by its classic nature.  Yet each generation of horse enthusiasts casts its own interpretation on the timeless aesthetic.  Our Design
Director, Katie McCaffrey, is an accomplished rider and self-professed barn groupie.  She recently helped a long-time client of ours with her new barn and here’s what she had to say:

“I was ecstatic when this opportunity crossed my desk.  I immediately got to thinking about what is equestrian chic?  To me it’s a smart, sporty and sophisticated look that’s well-tailored with clean lines.  It combines splashes of leather, wood, metal with fibers like wool and linen.  The tailored look is actually grounded in very practical origins.  Not only does it look crisp and refined but around horses it is important everything fits precisely. Nothing can flap, get tangled or impede. Looking smart is being smart. As I like to say, keep it natty!”
Tally Ho!

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