Dark As Night

Photo by Derek Swalwell

Photo by Derek Swalwell

A few weeks ago we took the plunge and painted two of our four bedroom wall with Benjamin Moore's "Soot", a deep dark gray/black with a hint of blue to it. You might recall that it was one of our house colors when we were doing exterior paint over the summer.  When we moved in, the entire interior of the house was painted in flat "Swiss Coffee" white, even the woodwork, and the windows were covered in almond hued metal blinds. I left it that way for months while we contemplated the scope of the remodel and spent our energy on the outside of the house, landscaping, deck. Well, I'm almost ready to show you what is step one in getting our room together (truthfully, I'm waiting for our drapes to arrive).  Before I do, hopefully later this week, here's the inspiration.

I love the flat dark walls, matte textiles and wood in the room pictured above. Our room is really exposed, located in the front of the house, it looks out into our cul de sac, and is cast by a soul-sucking amber street light when we sleep.  Darkening the space, which we only really use to retreat to sleep, is a top priority.  

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I love the black meets white in this small-space bedroom.  Leaving a white wall allows natural light to bounce off during the day, but the black grounds the room, drawing the walls in. Deborah Gordon of Ollie & Seb's Haus.

This room, while so much grander in scale, got me thinking about layout and fixtures.  I don't think I'd want anything hanging over my head here in earthquake country, but I love the chandelier and wall mounted lighting.

Photo by Fastighetsbyrån

This room, unlike the others, has a lot of natural woods, a mixture of Danish modern and rustic farm pieces, with grayish wood flooring (which we plan to use throughout our house).  I also liked the brass task lighting and mix of textures.

Courtesy of Oh Happy Day

Courtesy of Oh Happy Day

Flora, wood, textiles, and a hanging chair.  If only I had the bay windows, and the ceilings.  This is too black for my space, but you see how everything pops against it.  

Stay tuned...xo

The New Year

The New Year

As we prepare to knock down walls, and basically change our entire upstairs interior floor plan, I've been thinking more deeply about the direction I want to take with finishes, styling, and the overall vibe of our house.  I'm thinking about the next 15 years that we plan to spend in this house and how the boys (8,4) will grow older.  The toys will recede, the focus will shift from playdates and legos to practices, hanging out, and homework. Eventually they will be towering over me, and in what will seem like the blink of an eye, they will head off into the world, and Adam and I will begin our next chapter.  I bring all this up, because when I consider a space, I consider the people who live there, and how that will change over time. I consider their need for personal space or companionship, what they need in their home, and how they really live.

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String Art Commission

String Art Commission

See anything familiar? Over the summer I was contacted by Neila Hutt, a full service interior designer based in Marin County.  She was working on a gallery wall to go over the sofa of a San Francisco family room/ den.  Her client wanted a string art piece, and after a cursory search of string art on Pinterest, etc. Neila stumbled the "Hello" project I created back in 2013 which had the right graphic element and level of sophistication for the space. She commissioned an exact replica to anchor her client's art wall, a mix of cheerful prints, illustrations, and paintings. While I've swore off making my projects for sale, after a brief stint selling the paper lanterns on Etsy,  this was such a fun experience that I'm thinking of offering commissions, string art in particular.  I'll keep you posted. 

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Gingerbread Cupcakes

One last post before Christmas. We made these wintery cupcakes using a Trader Joe's gingerbread baking mix as the base, adding some grated carrot to mix to moisten the cake and give them a little more texture.  A simple lemon buttercream frosting with some sugary sprinkles and rosemary sprigs make them extra special Christmas treats.  Find the recipe below.  I hope your Christmas is magical! Until then...

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Body Butter with Essential Oils

Body Butter with Essential Oils

This time of year the cold, dry air always chaps my cuticles and dries my skin.  I find myself reaching for balms, salves and potions to combat the harshness of winter.  It's also true that this time of year, while I love to bundle up and enjoy the chill in the air, and look forward to the holidays with childish anticipation, I do often find myself feeling sluggish, even a little down. Does this happen to you? 

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