Thanksgiving is about different things to different people. Whether it's about food, family, friends, or the opportunity to have at least one day off of work, there's one common thread that brings us all together -- chairs. Yep, those humble little guys give us a place to rest our bums whilst eating, chatting, or just plain ol' sitting. Enjoy the homage we're paying to some of our favorite classics and more, either sitting pretty around a Thanksgiving table or solo by the fire.
Awhile back I posted some progress images of a fireplace concept for some new clients. I am embarrassed to just now be introducing. Although we are nearing the end of the project, I wanted to do a proper introduction, give some insight into the client’s style and show some fun before and progress photos.
Introducing Martin and Norma:
Martin, an environmental lawyer and Norma, who’s job is raising three boys, two young boys and Martin. :] Martin called me amidst our relocation back to San Francisco, interested in hiring an interior designer. The architectural drawings were drawn (hand drawn if you can believe it), but they were looking to hire an interior designer to help with finish selections, cabinet designs, redesign of the fireplace, as well as a slight redesign of the master bathroom layout, and all the other fun details. My initial interview I was sold on the project. Who wouldn’t want to design a midcentury rancher in Berkley Hills with two of the nicest people ever, who had a sense of style and a dream to be in DWELL magazine. Needless to say, we immediately formed a bond. Side Note: The interview occured the same morning as Endeavors Historic Flight over San Francisco's Golden Gate. I was able to view it first hand from Martin and Norma's panoramic backyard view of the bay. It was a a great wat to start off an interview!
The project was a bit fast tracked. We started mid October 2012 and had the entire house designed by early December. Construction began November 1st, 2012.
Martin and Norma were born and raised in and around Berkeley, CA. The home they purchased is located in Berkeley Hills (Kensington) and the backyard boasts of the view of the San Francisco Bay. You can see all three bridges from the backyard, an utterly breathtaking view. The below photo doesn't do the view justice.
Wants & Needs: To open up the house, downplay the awkward architectural elements, re-use as much flooring as possible, reuse building materials as much as possible, select eco friendly materials and provide a kid friendly yet classic, rustic modern environment to raise their family.
Martin’s and Norma’s style: Kid friendly, playful, rustic yet modern. Martin’s environmental background and Norma’s ranch life was well suited for natural organic finishes. Norma’s love for horses, due to her jockey father, grew up around horses, leather and the refined society of racing. I was bursting with excitement inside when Norma told me her love for horses. As most of you know, I too rode as a child and am a horse lover. To design a mid-century rancher home for another lover of horses has been a dream of mine. I was thrilled. I was yet again blessed with great clients. The family moved in roughly 3 weeks ago. Next steps: Finalizing Furnishings, Accessories and Styling! I am so excited to add Martin and Norma to our list of extended family members. You can check out more progress photos here, and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more daily progress project photos.
Things are finally getting a bit more organized in our world since our move back to SF, I can't believe it's been a year! Back soon with a few more project introductions! Stay tuned!!
I am excited to share that we are hiring! We are looking for a Junior Designer to join our team and help out with our on-going projects. You can find more information about the job description on our Contact Us page. If you are interested or know someone who is, please send all resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are excited to hear from you!
We got a makeover!
We are excited to announce so many things but first, as you can see we have a brand new face! With the help and creative direction of DeRounen & Co., we have new branding! We absolutely LOVE the new logo. Don't you?
We have been working on a new website for the last few months and after lots of love, sweat and tears, it's live! Just kidding, it's been a blast, and more importantly we get to showcase our newest and completed projects. Come take a look!
A lot has been happening over here at RBD. The new year started off with a bang and we have been fortunate enough with the help of our amazing clients (you know who you are), to continue to grow the business. So much in fact that, I've have brought on two new team members to help balance the juggling act of the design process, project management and execution while keeping a smile on our client's faces.
We also have moved our office and have been blessed to score an amazing office space at 10 Arkansas Street. Just a hop away from the Design Center. We are in heaven. We are sharing an inspiring space with a beautiful courtyard with the ever talented Mimi Robinson. If you are in the area, make sure to stop by and say hi.
I am sure a lot of you understand the process it takes to grow a business. Props to all the start ups out there. It isn't easy! I'm having to learn to let go of many things, but also still be involved. Kinda hard. I am so blessed to have Cariann and Stephanie by my side. Not only are they talented people, but they care about the well being of the company, the image, and also are great with finding new ways to engage our ever growing community. A dream of mine.
I am so thrilled to continually be blessed with amazing clients and families who invite me and the team into their home. We look forward to continuing to inspire you. Please check back often and of course, if you ever need some guidance with a home renovation or complete home make over, please give us a call. We would LOVE to help.
Stay tuned more often. We are working on a blog schedule that will bring more design inspiration to you on a weekly and bi-weekly basis.
We were over the moon when we discovered Iacoli & McAllister's furniture, lighting and jewelry line. So much in fact that we have specified the Small Spica Pendent in a newly renovated powder room here in the heart of San Francisco and the other is the Large Spica Pendent in our commercial co-working project in Chicago. We will make sure to post the installation photos as soon as we get them :)
Jamie and Brian are a dynamic duo, taking the design world by storm with their beautifully designed geometric shaped pieces with a splash of color and mix of materials. They live and make in Seattle Washington and you must read theirabout us page, so awesome!
Happy 4th of July! We are excited to have the day to spend with our family and friends while we get ready for the evenings festivities, fireworks!
Here's is a few inspiring things in fashion and decor we wanted to share to get you in the celebrating mood!
Inspired star spangled interiors by Muse Interiors. How could you not be patriotic all year round in this sweet red, white and blue room?
Getting ready for the big night of sparkly lights? Find your themed attire for the 4th from the lovely folks at Polyvore, curated outfits from head to toe.
Have fun, be safe and enjoy your holiday weekend! See ya'll next week :)
Happy New Year!!! I hope everyone enjoyed reminiscing 2012's fondest memories as much as I did! Speaking of reminiscing, remember my Chicago project? Well my clients just moved in, but it's not quite photo ready, so I thought it would be fun to post some process and progress shots before final images are revealed.
Below is the image of the powder bath (photoshoped with selected finishes) next to one of the concept images we've labeled as: Modern Rustic, navy and white accents, with playful texture. Don't you love the Mira mirror? I've always liked the look alike, but this guy is so simple and commands as much attention as the beautiful freestanding tub. YUM! The kitchen concept images are also shown below. Concept: All white with the rustic accents.
We did most of the designing via email, so Photoshop and InDesign as usual, were my best friend. Aren't you love the Ferm Living wallpaper? I'm not sure this is the exact paper that will be installed, but it looks amazing. I've always loved this paper.
Below are progress images! I can't wait to see the final finishes. Stay tuned for updates!
I'm looking forward to this years adventure! So much to share over the next weeks. Best of luck in 2013!! Next up my current project progress shots. Stay tuned!