{To Do} | Elle Decor's first-ever showhouse

Elle Decor's first-ever showhouse is open for viewing and the best news, it's here in SF!! I was so excited to attend a private viewing Wednesday night, thanks to AKDO. If you have yet to go, and you live in the bay area, it's a MUST see event. It's going on now through November 21st. 

Can you spot the Restoration Hardware pieces in the living room images below?. It was great to see a retail brand have presence at the showhouse. Their new design direction has my head spinning, in a good way. I've been loving everything they have to offer these days. Gary Spain, House Beautiful's top 20 designers to watch and also creative director at Restoration Hardware, was the living room designer for the showhouse.  His living room was spectacular, especially his use of paint, lighting placement and larger than life art selections. RH just opened the first-ever showroom in the SF Design center. This should change things up a bit. 

I was obsessed with the amount of lighting, oversized art/objects,and  the overall graphic play and texture incorporated into each of the spaces. A good project consists of all of these. :] It was also exciting to see that most light fixtures were selected from my favorite, go-to stores. Circa Lighting, Urban Electric Co., and Hinkley Lighting. And it's always fun to see products you've pinned away in your "things I love" file, displayed delicately or obnoxiously. :]  

Superbly done by all the designers. It was amazing how cohesive the entire house was, even though each designer was in charge of their designated rooms. I was delighted to spend a few minutes with Elizabeth Martin. She was so sweet and her bedroom design really spoke to my personal style, color selection and rustic embellishments. Thanks Beth for your time! You can check out all the designers at Elle Decor's meet the designer page here.

What a great evening. Thanks again AKDO, for the invitation! Your tile work was amazing! All photos courtesy of my iphone. :]

Oh, and just thumbed through the first issue of the Anthology Magazine. It's a gonna be a good one! I'm loving the paper they are using, as well as the way it's bound. It feels more like a book. Sarah and I headed over the Bay Bridge to the launch party at the West Elm in Emmeryville last night. Thanks again Sarah for the invite!

San Francisco Designers

Working in San Francisco is excellent for any designer. Talk about a plethora of resources and talent. Currently inspiring me is Massucco Warner Miller. My taste pretty much aligns with this firm. You can find most of the wall papers used on the projects in my library. If I were to work for a firm again it would definitely be here. You can also read about the firm in their recent feature in San Francisco Magazine.  Matthew Leverone is also a favorite.

Fashion and Interiors

One of the things I enjoy most about starting a project is defining a person's style and taste. Some clients give me a look when I begin with "pick out a favorite outfit in your mind or wardrobe and describe it". Fashion is the gateway to Interior Design. It's what defines us and gives a glimpse to others of who we are as an individual. It's the first thing people see when they meet you and it definitely is a great starting point if you are having a hard time finding a style for your home. Check out the images from Anne Sage in her October post: Outfit to Room. Of course, if you know me, I LOVE anything Anthropology and they always do such a great job of incorporating the surroundings in the fashion photo shoots.

Rustic Modern

I'm not sure why I adore the style Rustic Modern, but I always find myself drooling over images that include any combination of the two. Maybe it's because I grew up in Texas, dabbled in English riding, and have always enjoyed the composition of a nice barn with the paring of a classic dressage saddle, riding boots and the fun proper hat.  Check out this post from design savvy Anne Sage, a fellow San Franciscan, who also adores the style.