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Pom Poms, Tassels and Beads!

Today, I stopped by my workroom to see how the “roadside chair” was doing.  That is what my client and I are affectionately calling the chair that she found on the side of the road in Oakland.  It has its swag on, I mean primer on, but soon the Refinisher will be spraying a conversion lacquer on it in Sherwin William’s Alabaster. The number is SW7008 and it will be in a Pearl Finish.  It is a lovely warm white color.

Once the paint dries and hardens, it will be transported to my upholsterer where the fabric awaits its arrival.  The client selected a Clarke & Clarke cotton velvet fabric called Majestic Velvet, color Teal from the Duralee Showroom.  It will get new webbing and a foam wrapped cushion for the seat. Here is the scary chair in its “before” picture.

Before Pic of The Roadside Chair

Before Pic of The Roadside Chair

After I stopped by my Refinishers, I headed to the San Francisco Design Center.  The client and I decided to add trim to the bolster pillow that will grace this chair.  For the bolster pillow, we are going to use my favorite Schumacher fabric.  For about a year now, I have just been dying to use it on a project! Finally, the perfect opportunity!!  This fabric was designed by Alessandra Branca and is a fabulous silhouette toile in a very unusual blue/red combination.  Its number is 175482 and its name is Coromandel, color Prussian Blue/Rogue.

My Favorite Schumacher Fabric!  Designed by Alessandra Branca.

My Favorite Schumacher Fabric! Designed by Alessandra Branca.

Because this fabric screams for trim, I headed to Sloan Miyasato who reps Houles.  Houles is based in Paris and definitely without a doubt, my go-to for trim.  A very luxurious stripe by The Romo Group from their Black Edition and a playful floral by Villa Nova will also be introduced into the room via the sofa pillows.  The stripe is 7561/01 from the Xanthina Collection, Zella Teaberry.  The floral is V3101/02 from the Elodie Collection, Elodie Carmine Washable.

Other Fabrics in the Living Room

Other Fabrics in the Living Room













Houles Trim Options for the Bolster Pillow

Houles Trim Options for the Bolster Pillow

Houles Trim, Opale Collection, 33280 col 9900

Houles Trim, Opale Collection, 33280 col 9900










Tomorrow we’ll be selecting pom poms, tassels or maybe these little Houle beads.  I wonder which ones will sweetly talk to the client so this pillow can get its swag on… I mean trim on…

Save the Retro Pink Bathroom

I recently finished up a fun, little project in Alameda, CA.  The client owns one of those fabulous Mediterraneans in the heart of the city.  Here is what the bathroom looked liked prior to My Big Save – the wallpaper had pussy willows on it and the sheer drape in front of the tub and window, well let’s just say… I think this look is a little bit quiet.

Save this Retro Pink Bathroom

The tile is to die for… if you love the retro mix of turquoise and pink!

Turquoise And Pink Tile in Bathroom

Little did I realize what a challenge this task was going to become for me.  Even with access to all the showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center, it was not an easy task to find a new fabric and wallpaper to update their retro pink bathroom.  For starters there are not many fabrics out there that pair turquoise and pink.  And, then we had to find the right look and feel.  This client was looking for something that was romantic, dainty and pretty.  There were other directions that this bathroom could have gone with this color palette – beachy or funky… using a chevron stripe or ikat, but these were not a good fit with the client’s own personal style.  Here is a peak at the selection that the client decided to go with from Sloan Miyasato: Thibaut wallpaper T2841, Houles trim 33278-9740 and from Fabricut: 38211-01.

Fabric, Trim and Wallpaper for Retro Pink Bathroom

Drum Roll, please…. Here’s the end result!

LC After shot of Pink Bathroom(487x690)

Pink Bathroom with Houles Trim 33278-9740 and Fabricut 38211-01

Turquoise and Brown Beaded Trim by Houles

Long Live the Retro Pink Bathroom!

Flower Power!

I am in love with the retro whimsical feel of the flower patterns that I am seeing around these days…

Villa Romo Fabric Elodie Carmine V3101/02

This Villa Romo Fabric in PINK is from De Sousa Hughes at the San Francisco Design Center. The manufacturer Villa Romo, recently changed it’s USA name to match the rest of the world. It’s now Villa Nova. It’s color name is Elodie Carmine number V3101/02.  This design takes it’s cue from a “lady’s purse” flower.  This fabric will soon grace a few pillows in a client’s Oakland Victorian home.  It was recently added to the mix when the fabric we selected had been discontinued… so, so, so pleased that I love it even more than our original choice!!!  Whew!  Hate it when that happens, but fabric does occasional become discontinued….

Tea Towel with Floral Pattern from Cost Plus World Market This is my kitchen towel.  LOVE IT!  It’s in my mid-century modern home.  My kitchen has grey walls and I love the pop of ORANGE against the grey walls.  You too can have this fabulous turquoise and red floral towel… It’s from Cost Plus World Market and so reasonably priced!  I purchased it several years ago, but it’s still available as I saw it last week when I was shopping for a garbage can for a client’s bathroom!

Floral Pattern on Paper in Turquoise, Red, Pink and GreenLove this PINK AND TURQUOISE paper!  I am thinking about painting the back side of my front door using this paper as my inspiration!  It was wrapped around a present given to me for my birthday by an artist friend of mine…

Floral Pattern on Garbage Can at Cost Plus World MarketThis is a floral pattern that now graces a garbage can that can be purchased at Cost Plus World Market!  Love the blend of ORANGES, TURQUOISE, RED and hint of PURPLE.   This is soon to be presented as an option in a client’s home.  We will see if it makes the cut for their bathroom?!

Are flowers in your future???



Reupholster to Renew!

Before shot of the Wheat Backed Chair.

Before shot of the Wheat Backed Chair.


Here is the before shot!

Before shot of the Civil War Folding Rocking Chair.

We recently took a wheat back chair and a civil war folding rocking chair into the upholsterer. I think they turned out beautifully!  They now reside in an attic in Berkeley that we are in process of renovating into a guest bedroom.  The fabric is by Robert Allen, Pattern:  Spring Fancy, Color: Viridian.  Robert Allen is at the SF Design Center in the Galleria Building, Ste. 218.  Their fabrics are truly eye-candy for any textile junkie!  Click on the Renewed Rocker below to be taken to the fabrics at the Robert Allen website!

Reupholstered Rocker and Chair.

Reupholstered in Robert Allen fabric – a Civil War Folding Rocker and a Wheat Back Chair by Leeza Designs.


Robert Allen Fabric in the pattern Spring Fancy in Viridian color.

Robert Allen Fabric in the pattern Spring Fancy in Viridian color.


Villa Nova Misaki Clover from De Sousa Hughes

Villa Roma Misaki Clover from De Sousa Hughes

Recently, I’ve been on a hunt for a fabric for a pillow for green leather chair for a Piedmont client. She recently purchased a red area rug with green accents.   This fabric is one of the contenders for the accompanying pillow for her side chair in her living room.  I absolutely love it because it shimmers.  It is made of Viscose and Polyester. It is from the De Sousa Hughes Showroom at the San Francisco Design Center.  The vendor is Villa Nova and the fabric is called Misaki Clover (1194/12).  It is available in 12 different colourways.  I hope it all comes to fruition with this client because I have had my eye on this fabric for so long.  I can hardly wait to use it on a client project!

Elizabeth Barnes

Elizabeth Barnes

Elizabeth Barnes is the principal designer at Leeza Designs in Piedmont, CA. In my opinion, the icing in any room are the fabrics selected for pillows. I believe the fabrics are what give your room that personal and warm touch.  It is also one of the easiest ways to give a room a fresh new look.