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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!

Shades of Green…

Taking a cue from Nature

Taking a cue from Nature

This weekend I went to Davenport, CA for a funeral. It was a beautiful celebration of one man’s life. He lived a simple life and his purpose was so obvious. He was here to give to his family and friends. This picture I took as I was leaving the gathering. It reminded me of a the little bathroom in a cottage that I helped to renovate this past year in Piedmont, CA.  This tile is by Walker Zanger and is called Roku.

Walker Zanger Roku Tile

Walker Zanger Roku Tile

This poem was written by Suzanne. She is probably one of the most enlightened people I have ever met in my life. Here is the poem she wrote in memory of Jesse.Poem for Jesse written by Suzanne

A beautiful sentiment on a beautiful card!

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???



This Bathroom went from DRAB to FAB!

This is my latest project… a master bath renovation in Oakland, CA. We stole about a foot of linear space around the perimeter of the bathroom from the master bedroom and closet then gave it to this tiny Master Bath. I am so pleased to see this design become a reality! The client selected this fabulous Walker Zanger tile. It is called Tozen and it was designed by Lunada Bay. The color is Oxygen. It comes in many different finishes. This finish is called Silk and it has a muted calmness about it. The style is called Soldier which is 1″x2″ off set tiles which reflects the client’s need for something more special than the typical subway look. For the wall color, I provided the client with two options and they selected Cloudy Sky. It’s a Benjamin Moore Color. Number BM2122-30. The vanity and tower are by IKEA from the Godmorgon Collection. We considered several options for the medicine cabinet and selected the Kohler Verdera as it offered a sleek line, flexibility with the door swings and shelf positions and fit the space perfectly. We worked with James Silva Construction who did a meticulous job keeping the dust down! Their bathroom is now a Restful and Renewed Retreat!

Before photo of Master Bath

Before photo of Master Bath

Master Bath Renovation with Walker Zanger Tile and IKEA tower and vanity

Master Bath Renovation with Walker Zanger Tile and IKEA tower and vanity

Close up of Walker Zanger Tozen Tile.  Wall color is Benjamin Moore, Cloudy Sky BM2122-30

Close up of Walker Zanger Tozen Tile. Wall color is Benjamin Moore, Cloudy Sky BM2122-30

Is that Black? …because I think I have seen the light!

I am so in love with the black wall! I painted my office bathroom, BLACK! This fabulous black color that now adorns my bathroom is a Sherwin-Williams color called Black Fox, number SW7020. It has warm brown undertones, but in my space looks very BLACK and EDGY!  I love the capriz shell chandelier and the extra bling from the crystals, too. I recently went to a party in SF at a mid-century modern home and the entire front facade of the home was entirely black. It was fabulous! They were fabulous! Black is so fancy, so formal and so sexy! One of my clients recently moved to San Ramon and I tried to convince him to paint his office… Black… but, to no avail. Hmm… what do you think? Does Black do something for you?

Capiz Shell chandelier and Sherwin William - Black Fox 7029.

Capiz Shell chandelier and Sherwin William – Black Fox 7020.