Design Inspiration

A George Nelson CSS Unit Lives On

Our friends Amy and Arnaud recently bought their first home, an Eichler in the Terra Linda neighborhood of San Rafael. We have enjoyed following their progress on various home restoration projects. Since moving in last year, they have hit the ground running, installing new VCT Flooring, restoring the fireplace to original CMU, and sanding/refinishing several walls of Luan paneling. Did I mention they just had a second child too?! I recently helped them redesign the Kids/Guest bathroom and Laundry Area, which once fully completed, can't wait to share!

I posted this photo on Instagram a few months back, of their newly restored Fireplace. If you didn't see the before, just imagine mirrors, ledges, and lots of granite covering the original fireplace. With a new gas insert and beautiful original CMU blocks exposed, it's now one of the best lounge spots in the house!

I recently stopped in and had to share photos and a special story about this gorgeous 1967 George Nelson CSS Unit, which they installed with the help of Amy's father Gary.

This particular shelving unit came from Amy's Grandparents' Home, in the iconic Lake Point Tower in Chicago:

Lake Point Tower under construction in the 1960s, via Lake Point Tower Condominium Association website.

Lake Point Tower under construction in the 1960s, via Lake Point Tower Condominium Association website.

Her Grandparents moved into the 24th floor apartment even before the building was topped off. Amy shared, "Normally these units weren't found in residences unless you had a designer, which she had. They were mostly modular office units." 

I love that this piece will continue to live on with the family for another generation. Some of my favorite elements of this George Nelson CSS Unit include the black doors, paired with walnut. Such a classic combination. I have another mid-century project I'm working on that you may see this same pairing! 

Thank you Amy and Arnaud for sharing this special story with us and we continue to be inspired by your ongoing efforts to bring back the details of your beautiful mid-century modern home!

 

 

British-Inspired Industrial Kitchen

It's been a whirlwind few months, with several of our projects in the middle or nearing the end of construction. While we wait (in great anticipation!) for these projects to wrap up, it's been very inspiring to start work on several new projects. 

I am often asked if we design spaces that are not mid-century modern, and the answer is "Yes!" We have an interest and passion in the minute details that are special to older homes, whether it's the craftsmanship of an original built-in cabinet, an exposed brick wall, or gorgeous tongue and groove plank ceilings. One of my favorite aspects of working with clients who live in historic homes is helping them to continue to act as stewards of their homes, while bringing fresh modern touches to the space.  

I am excited to share some of the inspiration that has been driving this project. Our client has a background in fashion and it's been extremely fun to collaborate together during throughout the design process.

Here is a peek at the design concept, which we are calling "British Industrial."

DeVol Cabinetry,  Rohl  Farmhouse Sinks, Tom Dixon Black/Brass lighting, Perrin & Rowe faucets and  Steel and Glass Doors  have provided inspiration for this British-Industrial Kitchen Design. 

DeVol Cabinetry, Rohl Farmhouse Sinks, Tom Dixon Black/Brass lighting, Perrin & Rowe faucets and Steel and Glass Doors have provided inspiration for this British-Industrial Kitchen Design. 

Our client is well-versed in British design, so it has been great to discover new brands and talent. Check out some of these lighting options (not all British, but incredible eye candy nonetheless!) These designs would look incredible in any home, from a mid-century modern home to a loft space.

1. PH 5 and PH50, Louis Poulsen

2. Type 75 Maxi Pendant, Anglepoise

3. Rock Suspension Lamp, Diesel Foscarini

4. Revolve Rise & Fall Pendant, Bert Frank

What do you think? Which one is your favorite? Hope you enjoyed this peek into the design process! Stay tuned for the final reveal on this Berkeley Craftsman Home transformation! Till next time.

 

Sunset Idea House Bay Area

Today my architect friend and fellow design lover Erin and I toured the Sunset Idea House, which this year, was right in our backyard in the Berkeley Hills. 

It was a fun morning of design inspiration and seeing the latest in interior and architecture trends. We saw loads of fantastic wallpaper, incredible tile installations by one of our favorites -- Heath Ceramics, lush modern landscaping and endless views of Oakland and San Francisco. 

For more information, visit: http://www.sunset.com/home/idea-houses/berkeley-hills-idea-house

Open through this Sunday 9/25.

Architect: Robert Nebolon Architects
Interior Designer: Geremia Design
Landscape Designer Michelle Derviss Landscape Design

 

 

72 hours of Design and Eats in Charlotte, NC

I recently kicked off my new adventures in self-employment with a cross-country design trip to Charlotte, NC. Clients Eveline and Paul are planning an extensive renovation of a three-story Queen Anne Victorian. Wait, what, a Victorian? Yes, you read correctly, I am helping to design interiors for a Victorian style home. Not my typical midcentury modern work, but what I love about Eveline and Paul (among many things) is their love for modern aesthetic and bringing eclecticism into their home. They have spent the last several years in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, which has certainly honed their appreciation for clean lines and modernism. When they moved to Charlotte, they knew they wanted to incorporate modern into their next home.

 

Day 1:

After a red-eye flight from San Francisco, I land in the morning and get whisked directly to breakfast at Luna's Living Kitchen. As someone with multiple food allergies (I won't bore you with the list) it was a treat to be able to have a delicious latte (almond milk for me) and a vegan cashew-based "Cannelloni" that was just as savory and creamy as its usual dairy laden version. The restaurant is located in an old warehouse building (like much of Charlotte) and despite my lack of sleep, the airy natural light, casual atmosphere and yummy eats were the perfect ingredients to re-energize for the day ahead.

First stop, Instyle, just blocks away in an area called The South End, where many of the design showrooms are located. They had a wonderfully curated assortment of modern and unique tile designs, including a range of beautiful natural stones. Instyle is owned by a Swedish designer and the showroom and selection certainly reflects European modern design sensibilities.

Day 2

Eveline had work to finish in the morning, so I took myself down to beyoga to stretch my achy body after the long flight. What a pleasant studio and great class; it's always daunting for me to try a yoga studio in a new city, but it was just the right place for me.

On the Design tour agenda for the day, the Hans Krug cabinetry showroom -- the go to in Charlotte (with Showrooms opening across the nation including NYC) for modern cabinetry. We reviewed detailed plans for the kitchen, wet bar, bathrooms and mudroom. I can't wait to see these designs come to life with our tile and materials selection. 

We wrapped up the afternoon with a drink on the patio at The Common Market. 

Day 3:

I also had work to catch up on, so when I asked where I might go for a few hours to work and have coffee and breakfast, I was immediately directed to Mayobird. Think "Friends" coffeehouse, plus wifi, sofas and some world famous chicken salad. Their chicken salad has been featured on the Food Network and now I can see why.

Next up, the Walker Zanger tile showroom. Another amazing assortment of tile selections. Their recycled glass tile installations really changed my thoughts on the average glass tile install. They also offer a number of midcentury modern appropriate designs that I hope to source for some of my clients back in California; I'm so glad they have a San Francisco Showroom too.

We ended the day with a Friday night happy hour at Bulldog Beer and Wine, then a hearty dinner at Mac's Speedshop, where I enjoyed my favorites: BBQ and classic southern sweet tea.

Day 4

We spent my last morning in Charlotte walking over to Atherton Market for local produce and artisan foods (from handmade Chinese dumplings to decadent apple tarts) and for their doggie to say hello to her fellow canine friends. 

Lastly, a quick stop into Paperskyscraper -- for a few gifts to bring back home to the family. Good thing I had to get to the airport, otherwise I could have spent hours (and all my money) at this wonderful shop that sold everything from local cocktail bitters to the latest in design books and unique children's toys.

After a jam-packed few days of showroom visits, design planning sessions and a bit of local sightseeing, I was ready to get back home to my boys. Thanks Eveline, Paul and family for hosting me. Can't wait to see the transformation of your Modern Victorian and I am thrilled to be part of this special project!

Design Resources:

Instyle

Walker Zanger

European cabinetry: Hans Krug 

Restaurants + BARS + MARKET:

Vegan Restaurant & Cafe: Luna's Living Kitchen

The Mayobird

The Common Market

Bulldog Beer and Wine

Mac's Speedshop

Atherton Market

GIFTS & BOOKS:

Paperskyscraper

Yoga:

BeYoga Dilworth