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Rincon House Tour: Living Room

New Year’s resolution #1 is to finally share some of our remodeling progress with you. I know, shame on me! It’s one of the reasons I started this blog in the first place. It’s been over two years now since we moved into our home and as I’ve mentioned before there’s a long list of things that need to be done to bring the house up to this century. The first thing we did was renovate the kitchen, install new floors and update the living room by adding recessed lighting and updating the fireplace surround and staircase. These updates made a huge difference and we’re really happy with them, but I needed to add the finishing touches by updating the decor in the living room.

We wanted a new sofa and seating arrangement so I used that as a jumping off point and decided to tackle the room as a whole. Our previous home had a vintage-cottage vibe, but for this home I wanted to update our furnishings and bring in items with more of a modern polish. I love to mix old and new, clean lines with soft, graphic with organic, rustic with shine. You get the idea. The bones of our house are somewhat traditional and classic, which I love, but I wanted to mix in a little “modern California”. I also wanted to step outside my comfort zone a bit by adding some fun color and pattern. I’m really happy with the finished project and excited to be able to share it with you. IMG_0406IMG_0419Our new sofa is from Restoration Hardware. It’s a modern sillouette covered in a family friendly Perennials fabric.IMG_0431This little corner nook needed a major update. The previous cushion was inherited from the former owners of the home and was covered in a peach and blue tropical print. I love the way the lilac block print looks with the black and white dot. IMG_0414 copyThe lamp and side table were splurges I almost didn’t make, but I’m so happy that I did.IMG_0401I love the blue velvet side chairs and fun star print fabric. IMG_0413IMG_0428Below is a photo that shows the fireplace and floors mid-construction. The wood paneling is beautiful, but the finish was a pinkish whitewash, circa 1992. We had the mantle re-built a new stone slab installed and of course painted the paneling white. IMG_3189I’ll share more rooms soon. We’re currently working on the master bedroom and I’m plotting the bathroom renovations… one of these days.

xo Kerry

I Could Move Right In: Catherine Kwong Design

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. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.02.24 PM

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. J1_Catherine+Kwong+Design_John+Merkl_Pacific+Heights_150dpi

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.gargiulo-residence-catherine-kwong-07

Here’s a lovely mix of modern and traditional in this dining and living room area. B1_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_150dpi

This dark and moody wallpaper is stunning. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.05.32 PM

This is Catherine’s San Francisco townhouse as featured in Rue Mag. You can see more of that article hereScreen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.14 PM

Again, a cool use of modern pared with rustic from the vintage wine bottle racks. Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.37 PM Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 2.59.50 PM

More great photography here in this office/shoe room! Yes, check out the wall of shoes! F3_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_06_150dpi Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 3.03.41 PM

Lucite, brass, velvet… oh my!H1_CatherineKwongDesign_PhotoByBessFriday_150dpi H5_CatherineKwongDesign_BessFriday_Pacific+Heights_150dpi+copy

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!

xo Kerry

Modern Florals

It’s still hot around these parts and mother nature is not exactly behaving like Fall. During a recent pinning bender, I came across some dramatic modern florals in the form of wall paper, fabric and art that really made me want to curl up with a book and a cup of tea on a chilly day. These new florals have a way of setting an elegant, moody, etherial and dramatic tone.  As you’ll see below in some of these pics, dark florals really pop against the contrast of white.  They’re absolutely made to go with brass finishes, and look equally amazing when paired with both modern and traditional accents. Oh my gawwwwwd they’re beautiful.

You can go bold and wallpaper an entire powder room, as seen below here from Amber Interiors. main.original.585x0

This elegant office makes wonderful use of the black and white contrast. Again I love the touches of brass on the bookshelf sconces. EllieCashmanDarkFloralWallpaperJaimeeRoseInteriors

Check out this dressing room in a recent Goop (as in Gywneth Paltrow’s growing empire) pop up shop in Chicago. I’m not sure why you’d have a bathtub in a dressing room exactly, but nevertheless it’s a lovely mix of old and

This bedroom from House of Brinson makes me want to curl up and take a nap. MTMwOTE5ODIxNTI0MTEzODg2

All of the florals above are from Elle Cashman. She has a line of fabrics and pillows in silk, velvet and cotton which would be a more subtle way to bring in the look without having to commit to an entire wall or room. You can see more from her hereelliecashmanpillowcollectionphoto_stylingellenmesu_7


This floral pillow pairs nicely with modern art, lighting and and graphic pillows. Design by Studio McGeeHunter_Living+19

I love the simple black and white of this bedroom featured in House Beautiful using a Ralph Lauren wallpaper. 54c0c1030b054_-_14-hbx-ralph-lauren-ashfield-floral-wallpaper-tobin-0513-s2

You can also bring in the look with art as seen in this lovely dining room that pairs a black and white still life floral photo with mid-century modern furniture and an antique rug and chandelier. Via The Makerista. The Makerista-Lindsay Letters-Floral-Black and White-Dining Room

Check out these stunning floral fine art photography prints from Ashley Woodson Bailey. She also has a line of stunning wallpaper and fabric. CD TC

And lastly, I realize this mural from Ane Wall Decor isn’t exactly a floral. It’s more of a pastoral scene, but still cool in the right setting. See more from Ane Wall Decor here on Etsy. il_fullxfull.576201687_eq5e

I’m not overly committed to florals like these in my own home, but I can still appreciate them for the works of art they are. Now bring on the cooler weather please!

xo Kerry


I could move right in… Brooke Wagner Design

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. Marigold-1-e1438292839608

The home features, wide-plank, limed oak flooring throughout.Marigold-2-e1438292900129

The family room features a retractable window wall that opens right up to the outside living space. Perfect for entertaining. Marigold-6-e1438293005606

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. Marigold-7-e1438293022209 Marigold-8-e1438293040434

The blue and gray color scheme is carried through to the bedroom linens and bathroom finishes. Marigold-14-e1438293131840 Marigold-15-e1438293154387

I love the texture of the herringbone wood paneled wall in this bedroom.Marigold-21-e1438293237943


I would’t mind doing laundry in this bright and airy laundry room. Marigold-27-e1438293357323

To see more from Brooke Wagner Design, check out her portfolio here.

Here are my pics for getting a similar look.

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Art | Sofa | Table Lamp | Indigo Pillow | Rug | Vases | Aqua Pillow | Clamshell BowlIkat Pillow | Chair | Side Table

xo Kerry

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