Today I’m excited to be sharing the work of San Francisco based designer Catherine Kwong. To me, her design approach is perfectly elegant and tailored. She effortlessly mixes modern with vintage in a way that is refined, graceful and elegant. I can’t recall exactly how I stumbled upon her work but let me tell you, as soon as I saw her portfolio I was stopped dead in my tracks. I’m totally in love her refined approach to design. I especially love her use of fine art and dark moody hues that either contrast with or add drama to other elements in the rooms like lighting and fabric. See for yourself below.
I love the layered look of this console under the stairs.
Check out this modern kitchen. You may know by now that I’m a huge fan of fine art photography and this oversize work here is stunning and works beautifully as a statement piece on this wall with high coffered ceilings.
Check out the lovely star detail on this upholstered headboard. This is a great example of mixing elegant features like a mirrored side table and traditional headboard with more modern elements like the modern chrome bedside lamps.
Here’s a lovely mix of modern and traditional in this dining and living room area.
This dark and moody wallpaper is stunning.
This is Catherine’s San Francisco townhouse as featured in Rue Mag. You can see more of that article here.
Again, a cool use of modern pared with rustic from the vintage wine bottle racks.
More great photography here in this office/shoe room! Yes, check out the wall of shoes!
Lucite, brass, velvet… oh my!
If you’d like to see more of Catherine’s work, check out her website here.
Enjoy your Sunday. I cannot believe it’s already November!
Continuing my love affair with Southern California designers this week is Brooke Wagner Design, of Corona Del Mar. My jaw about hit the floor when I flipped through the pages of her portfolio which features stunning homes designed to the tune of absolute beachy perfection. Her designs encompass a quintessentially casual California style.
In this home from her portfolio, the fabrics and finishes are so current. The use of driftwood grays, blues and fabrics evoke a coastal chic sensibility without going overboard. Overall the home feels so approachably stylish. With fall just around the corner, consider this a last summer design fling.
A dramatic window pane front door and a driftwood gray paneled ceiling sets the coastal chic tone as soon as you walk in the door.
The home features, wide-plank, limed oak flooring throughout.
The family room features a retractable window wall that opens right up to the outside living space. Perfect for entertaining.
The classic white kitchen gets loads of personality with rustic driftwood beams, indigo batik fabric on the counter stools and over-sized cone pendant lighting.
The blue and gray color scheme is carried through to the bedroom linens and bathroom finishes.
I love the texture of the herringbone wood paneled wall in this bedroom.
I would’t mind doing laundry in this bright and airy laundry room.
To see more from Brooke Wagner Design, check out her portfolio here.
Here are my pics for getting a similar look.
Art | Sofa | Table Lamp | Indigo Pillow | Rug | Vases | Aqua Pillow | Clamshell Bowl | Ikat Pillow | Chair | Side Table
A couple of weeks ago I received my long awaited, custom made, roman shades for our kitchen french doors. Cue the heavanly music… they are all that I dreamed of and more! I’ve been holding off on posting more photos of my completed projects because I’m trying to find time to have my dear friend Michelle, who happens to be one awesome photographer, come by and take some good shots. My photography skills need some improvement so I really want to wait until our schedules sync. In the mean time though, it inspired me to think about the details that give kitchens personality. Beyond things like hardware, faucets and backsplashes, items that take advantage of beautiful fabric like roman shades and bar stools, along with light fixtures, and rugs are the tools that designers use to inject great style. Let’s take a look.
Below is a sneak peek at my new shades featuring Galbraith & Paul hand blocked fabric. I waited 12 weeks for these babies to be handmade and then another four for the shades to be constructed. Well worth the wait!
This kitchen design by Kelly Nutt Design features a fun graphic pattern on the roman shades. A great chinoiserie fabric on the shades from this kitchen by Marianne Simon.
Design by Kasa Architecture, Susan Ingham, Architect
This kitchen by Brooke Wagner Design has it all going on with the beautiful indigo fabric on the barstools to the pendant lights to the exposed beams and planking on the ceiling.
This is one of my absolute favorite kitchens by Rebeka Zaveloff. The antique rugs and brass fixtures add a lovely element of warmth and character to the room.
Another example of a great rug. This one adds a pop of colorful personality to an all-white kitchen. Styled by Rachel Parcell of Pink Peonies.
This warm and neutral kitchen, another from Kelly Nutt, is given personality with many layers of neutral textures from the stunning gray cabinetry, the pendants and again another perfect use of exposed beams and custom woodwork.
And I can’t leave out this fantastic kitchen by Studio McGee. The navy cabinets, antique rug, basket pendants, brass hardware and leather bar stools give the kitchen a slightly masculine look that is absolute perfection.
I hope you enjoy your weekend and the last few weeks of summer.