Pattern Play….

Last night, I found myself at 10:30pm playing around with different fabric samples I pulled a few days ago for a client.  They are a couple in the Castro area of San Francisco who live on the second floor a converted Victorian.  I have been hired to do the living room and it is a tight space, as the case normally is with most Victorian conversions – it is a long, lean room with soaring ceilings.  However, the architectural interest that comes to mind when you think “Victorian” has been ripped out – the moldings are whimsy, the wall paneling has been long removed and the fireplace mantle is “meh” to say the least.  I would love to come in and do a full remodel to bring this starlet back to its leading lady status.


As is in most cases with my clients, they are first time home owners who have extended themselves to the max to purchase in this hot San Francisco real estate market.  Funds are slim – like I am calling in favors slim – so much of the high impact (and high budget) architectural details have to be shelved for another day.   I did find money in the budget to build new shelving, re-tile the fireplace, put in new hardwoods and install a window seat.  Fingers crossed, I can swing new stair railings in glass and walnut using an out of the box trick – it may or may not work …we will see.

All that said, since I won’t have a ton of architectural elements to play with in this room, I am going to be leaning heavily on textiles to tell a store and add visual interest.  While I am pretty positive, the clients will not go in this direction, I am currently in love with this fabric story……

Clockwise: Pindler & Pindler Whimsy in Shimmer//JAB Velvet in Tizian //Beacon Hill Camaraderie in Smoke//Pindelr & Pindler Goldleaf in Dove

I would use the Whimsy fabric as drapery with a dark or black leading edge to tone down some the “cuteness” in this fabric.  It may reappear as a pillow on the sofa which I would do in an inexpensive linen in a taupe color.  Pillows would be made in Camaraderie while I would recover their round ottoman in the Goldleaf fabric with contrast piping.  A sleek Milo Baughman inspired chair would be treated to the yellow velvet potentially with grey calf leather accents.

This is a work in progress – so we will see what happens when all is said and done, but this fabric story has all the criteria I strive for: color, pattern, texture, sheen and my personal favorite, a sense of humor.

Alrighty, I am off to continue my search for steel casement French doors – either vintage or someone who can make them at a price point that I don’t have to hoc my first-born.

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

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Milo Baughman….I Think I Love You……

I am in search of the “perfect chair” for a client’s living room.  They hired me to redo the living room of their Victorian in San Francisco.   I love these clients –  sophisticated European couple with great taste but a small budget, so to get the look they desire, I am going the vintage route.  So far, many of the items for the room have been easy to source but the room is in need of a statement piece and I think a Milo Baughman type of chair would be phenomenal.

Actually, having a Milo Baughman chair for the room would be my client’s wet dream.  And let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want one for their own home?  They are classic, sexy and work so well in transitional spaces.

And they cost more than adopting a small child from Africa……..

However, I think that the “design gods” are smiling on me because I spotted this pair of beauties online for a crazy price… Octomom crazy good prices….

Yes I know they need a little love but honestly, did you really expect a mint condition Milo Baughman chair to fall from the sky?  For this client, I am going to lobby harder than the tobacco industry does in DC to have the chairs recovered in yellow velvet.  Seriously could you stand these in yellow velvet?  Good grief, those chair in yellow velvet would make the room sing and me do a happy dance….

The only thing standing between me and design success?  About 1000 miles since the chairs are in Atlanta and I am in Oakland.  I have contacted the seller to see if they would ship if I organized it on my side.  Fingers crossed this all works.

So do you have a dream item for your home?  What is it?  Today is all about deliveries for me ….I have three today for one client!

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