Reupholster to Renew!

  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 … Read more

Design San Francisco Event February 2-4, 2011

Design San Francisco is this week at the SF Design Center.  This is an annual event for Design Professionals that has replaced winter market.  This year there will be three keynote presentations.  Additionally, the showrooms are hosting seminars  and workshops. I plan on attending the “Live with Jeff Lewis” presentation.  He is the star of Flipping Out, Bravo’s TV series.   It’s from 10a-11a on Wednesday. … Read more


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 … Read more

Hot off the Press: Pink!

Pink is getting a lot of publicity in 2011.  Pantone just predicted 18-2120, Honeysuckle is THE color for 2011, which is a HOT raspberry color.  And, the The New York Times just wrote an article on the pink bathroom, referencing one of my favorite movies from my high school years, “Pretty in Pink”.   And they noted blogger Pam Keuber, who started a blog called … Read more

Foil, Flocked or Faux? What’s your favorite Wallpaper?

This foil peacock wallpaper I love!  It is in my Grandma Lois’ boudoir. Grandma Lois lived in the Oakland hills and believe it or not there are wild turkey roaming her yard and here she has wallpaper matching the nature around her.  She said that they purchased it years ago down by the lake (Lake Merritt) at a place called McFees. Vintage designed wallpaper is … Read more

Another Jewel from my Great Grandma

Area rugs are jewels for your floors.  This is one of my favorites that is in the foyer at my parent’s home.  This rug also came from my Great Grandma Mildred.  It was up at ‘The Cabin’ in Strawberry.  I love the vibrant pinks and the small little animals that are throughout the rug.  A buck and deer are resting in the bottom corners and … Read more

Win this dramatic piece of art…

Please join and comment on what you want your art in your home to say about you by December 1, 2010 for a chance to enter a drawing and win this dramatic piece of artwork.

Tybee Island by Eddie O'Bryan

Everyone once in a while, I receive an item in the mail from a vendor and sometimes they are truly beautiful and must be shared! I received a piece of artwork from New Era Portfolio. It is a site for Designer’s only and they offer fine art pieces to the trade.

About the Art: It is a black and white photo and it has been printed on aluminum!  It was then floated in a black frame. The aluminum has the special affect of allowing light to go behind the image and it reflects light back at the viewer. My opinion – luminous and tres moderne. It is titled ‘Tybee Island’.

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My Jewel Box – Great Grandma’s Chandelier

I’m launching my blog – My Jewel Box!  I am very excited!  I thought it would be most appropriate if I shared with you the inspiration for the name of my blog. My Great Grandma Mildred was a lover of beautiful things and I am the recipient of many of her treasures, including much of her vintage jewelry.  The jewels that once adorned her home … Read more

During Garage Organization Retro Bathroom Book Found!

Tiger Lily Retro Bathroom by KohlerSo, I recently helped a client organize her parent’s garage. They recently passed away… um, a year ago. And, when I share that this home has not been touched, I mean it! It has not been touched.

Her mother created truly fabulous vignettes resulting in high glamor throughout her home! There is gold, silk, mirrors and more gold and more gold.

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