Monday, November 29, 2010

Elle Decor Showhouse 2010 - Guestroom by Tucker & Marks

Guest Bedroom by Tucker & Marks. Twin Beds: Hand carved and turned pickled ash. Designer's own collection. Bed Linens by Scheuer Linens. Night Table by Bungalow 5. Cashmere Throws by Sandra Jorden Collection
There were so many beautiful rooms at the Elle Decor Showhouse this year. One of my very favorites was a Guest Bedroom designed by the talented Suzanne Tucker and the amazing staff at Tucker & Marks. Sunny and fresh, cozy and luxurious, this bedroom invites us to come in a stay awhile. I was thinking a permanent move might be in order. 

Guest Bedroom, photo courtesy of Tucker & Marks.
Area Rug by Dash and Albert. "Wallpaper" is actually fabric from Suzanne Tucker Home. Pillow Fabrics by Madeline Weinrib care of ABC Home.
 There is a very touching story connected to the extraordinary beds in the room: " Michael Taylor made them for Nan Kempner in 1951 because it was between graduating from College and marrying Tommy Kempner in 1952. Nan's "step-mother" felt Suzanne should have them given her connection with Michael Taylor and that Suzanne knew Nan. So she graciously gave them to Suzanne a few months ago, right before the Elle Décor Showhouse opened."

This little bit of history makes the room all the more interesting. 

19th Century Craftsman Style Bleached White Oak Chair is from Tucker & Marks. Baluster Drinks Table is Clear Murano Glass from The Wicker Works.
Suzanne's work has always struck me as some of the most beautifully detailed in the industry. This room is no exception. I was very impressed by the attention to the smallest details, like the tiny leather welting on the bed pillows that was overlaid with a little whip-stitching. Just lovely.

Vintage Murano Galss Lamps  through DWM Maloos. Mirror by Made Goods available through Mecox Gardens. Blue Shagreen Box through John Nelson Antiques in LA.
 So here are a few more details I thought you might want to see.
Suzanne's Hatley fabric makes a beautiful wallcovring in a custom colorway made up just for the Showhouse!.....from Suzanne Tucker Home. Photo courtesy of Tucker & Marks.
Guest Bathroom by Tucker & Marks. Photo courtesy of Tucker & Marks. Corner Etagere by Artasia. Matelisse Vanity Fabric by Suzanne Tucker Home. Wallpaper by Sister Parish Design.
Glass Mosaic Floor Tile by AKDO.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Living Room of a recent project in an Historic Prairie Style Home in Sacramento

A little peek at a recent project I just had photographed by the very talented Peter Medilek. My client had a tree full of beautiful persimmons we were able to take advantage of for the shot.

A huge THANKS to my very patient clients....we were there all day long for the shoot...and a big thanks  to Peter for the wonderful photo! I can hardly wait to see the rest!

Wishing you all a
 VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Elle Decor Showhouse 2010 - Sexy Basement by Erin Martin

Elle Decor Showhouse Basement by Erin Martin
What can I say about Erin Martin? Brilliant? Playful with a evil sense of humor? Provocative? She is all of these things, but perhaps most importantly, she is a designer who pushes envelopes and creates spaces that are truly unique. Super talented Erin Martin designed the large basement for the Elle Decor Showhouse, styling it as a party pad that seems to cross 70's groove with a bit of Boho chic,shaking it all up with some 007 Bond coolness.

Erin has pulled together some vintage mid-century pieces and Moroccan accents like the coffee table and area rugs, and added custom light fixtures and Victorian portraits ( with irreverent additions) in a way that made me want to stick around til Happy Hour!

 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did....

Basement Personality, Erin Martin
A Master at Shelf Display

Mid-Century Swivel Chairs, African Coffee Tables and Moroccan Area Rugs. Custom Light Fixture made from what was originally a Table Base...wicked!

Back Painted Glass Panels with Gold Medallions, Victorian Portraits with Added Embellishments.
Crazy Cool Art
Metal Mesh Screen Stair Rail. I loved this idea!


Custom Wall Sconce made with Common Electrical Socket Parts.

Erin Martin is nothing if not full of gutsy imagination. I hope she never stops.

If you are hoping to get to the Elle Decor Showhouse to see all of the amazing talent...be quick! This is the last weekend!

For ticket information, check the Junior League of San Francisco Website HERE.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Elle Decor Showhouse 2010 - Kitchen and Breakfast Room by Palmer Weiss

Palmer Weiss' Breakfast Room
More Elle Decor Showhouse! What could be better? As promised, here is the beautiful Breakfast Room and Kitchen designed by Palmer Weiss. Full of fresh ideas and beautiful fabrics and materials, this space shows us there IS a new way to look at blue, white and yellow that is sophisticated and unexpected. 

Kitchen by Palmer Weiss showing Ann Sacks tile
Palmer Weiss used gorgeous Ann Sacks back splash tile above the range, and industrial chic Circa Lighting pendants over the island. Brass IS on it's way back! And this proves that one needn't worry about mixing up metals in one room. It looks beautiful.
For those of us that wan to use Carrara marble but are afraid of the maintenance...try this! Use marble subway tile on the back splash and Caesarstone for the counters. Caesarstone feels just like stone and has no maintenance issues. The look is fresh and easy.
Palmer has a way of putting in refreshing accents that keep things updated and give what could be another white kitchen character and charm.

And a little touch of wallpaper in the little hall to the back yard doesn't hurt one bit!

Rear Foyer by Palmer Weiss

For more information about the ongoing Elle Decor Showhouse and a virtual tour of the Palmer Weiss kitchen, don't forget to hop on over to Elle Decor HERE!

Next up...Erin Martin's sexy Basement Bonus Room!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Elle Decor Showhouse 2010 II - Den and Dining

Elle Decor Showhouse Den by Will Wick
The Elle Decor Showhouse was full of designers that are up and comers. You will be seeing much more of them in the years to come. Will Wick is just one of these designers. Mr. Wick took on the Den off the main hall creating a chic Mad Men atmosphere with a bit of Old English Club thrown in.

Den Bar, Will Wick
There is the obligatory dry bar, ready at all times for shaking up a martini. The papered sliding doors look like they are covered with chips of old ivory or bone.


Den by Will Wick
The brass Klismos chair stole the show in this space...a piece of art. The whole space spoke of the owner's love of travel, art and creature comforts...a good place to lounge, a cocktail, a book about far away places, and souvenirs of places visited...it's all here.

Mr. Wick also designed the Den Bathroom using stone tile to create this gorgeous pattern on the wall. Very handsome! And I do believe brass is making a big comeback! Aged brass if you please.

Den Bathroom by Will Wick
Next up, Steven Volpe's  handsomely moody Dining Room. The wall color is as comfortable as washed  denim, but with a much more sophisticated edge. Comfortable minimalism serves to highlight each piece of furniture to it's best advantage.

Dining Room by Steven Volpe
I particularly like the cabinet with the basket weave carved doors. It was a standout! The art depicting ocean waves casts a spell on the room as well.
Dining Room by Steven Volpe
 My mind was reeling with creative thoughts after these rooms, and I was anxious to see what else lay ahead!

Next up....the gorgeous Kitchen and Breakfast Room by Palmer Weiss. You are going to love it!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Elle Decor Showhouse 2010



Elle Decor Showhouse Living Room by Gary Spain
 Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending a wonderful day at the first Elle Decor Showhouse which is located in the historic St. Francis Woods neighborhood of San Francisco. Stellar lighting retailer and Showhouse sponsor, Lumens Light and Living, hosted an eventful day in San Francisco for a number of Interior and Lighting Designers from Sacramento. We started our day at the Showhouse!

It was a beautiful day and a spectacular Showhouse! I will start at the beginning with the Living Room which was designed by Gary Spain.

Gary used natural tones in charcoal, taupes and whites and lots of texture in this elegant, yet "put-your-feet-up" room. Sisal, lots of linen, wood, plaster and blackened steel all converge to make this a very industrial chic space that is also very livable.
        
Gary's expertise as an art director and photo stylist is front and center in this space. You may even feel like you know his work from some of your favorite catalogs. Be sure and visit his website to see what I mean. 

 This Living Room is just the beginning of a house full of ideas. There is much more to come!


Mr. Gary Spain

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thank You Sacramento Magazine!


Breakfast Room
Things have bee a beehive of activity around here lately! I have barely had time to turn around. So I must apologize for not keeping up this week with the blog posting. It is something I enjoy so much, but duties (very wonderful duties!) have been a calling.

But I wanted to show you all a project I had worked on a bit ago that was just published in Sacramento Magazine this November. My client, Alberta, and I clicked on sight. A more wonderful client I couldn't ask for.

I must preface by saying my scanner is a bit clumsy, so things a a bit fuzzy. I am expecting images from the oh-so talented photographer, Keith Sutter, next week.

Very Fuzzy...Main Kitchen
But I couldn't wait! So they are from the magazine.

 For the full article by the delightful  and very kind Joan Waters, click HERE.

Farmhouse Sink and Rustic French Ivory Cabinets

Le Cornue Fe Range

Cook Book Nook - Shelves are arched like the Hallway Doorway

Jose Esteves Chandelier from Interieurs
 Have a wonderful weekend!