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A Sunday at Serena & Lily

Last Sunday I took my family on a little day trip up to San Francisco. We decided it would be fun to take the girls to the vista point on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate bridge and take in the breathtaking views of the city and the bay. It could have been cool, foggy and windy, but it was the most perfect sunny spring day. We enjoyed walking over the bridge and testing out my new DLSR camera — a gift from my husband for our anniversary. We had lunch in Sausalito and on the way back through the city, I talked them into swinging by the Serena & Lily design shop on Sacramento Street. I’ve been dying to get a look ever since they opened, and while it wasn’t my most brilliant of ideas to drag my 12 and 6 year old daughters in there with me, I really couldn’t help myself and I’m so glad I did.

The design shop isn’t huge, but it’s stocked with their signature fabrics, wall papers, rugs and sillouettes. It’s a gorgeous treasure trove of eye candy. Seriously, I almost had a stroke and I’m certain I had to wipe some drool from my chin at least once. They generously offer samples of their fabrics and wall papers. And so of course I took a few pictures for you to enjoy along with a giant stack of those samples!

I love the gorgeous dark slate colored paint and coastal feel of the planters featured on their store front.

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This table, full of colorful linen napkins, cheerfully greets you when you walk in the front door.

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A feature wall of their gorgeous signature fabrics.

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This is a display featuring their Palmetto wallpaper. It’s to-die-for and this photo does not do it  justice. I’m obsessed, I mean inspired to find a way to bring some of this paper into my next room design. It’s truly gorgeous up close and you can actually see the raised paint on the paper.  (Excuse the reflection of me in the mirror.)

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A lovely vignette featuring their Parisian side table and Cole lamp.

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I’m inspired by this gallery wall. It’s a perfect complimentary combination of art from their collection and I love how it all pops against the white wall and new Fouta bedding.

Here are some selects from their online store for ways to achieve a similar look.           [Images  link back to the source at Serenaandlily.com.]

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…and a few more spring and summer inspired images from the online store — for the eye candy file.Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 6.55.22 PM

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xo KG

Rincon Kitchen Remodel

About 9 months ago we dug into our kitchen remodel. My husband made me swear that I would not tear into any remodeling until we had lived in this house for a least a year. Exactly one week shy of our one year anniversary in the home we came to the end of our remodeling embargo and started demo on what was to be the kitchen remodel, but quickly became a “most of the first floor living areas” remodel. To be fair, the reason I dug in a week early was because I timed it so that we would start work when he was out of town traveling on business. We bravely (and stupidly) lived in the house while all this work was going on, but our fantastic contractor and his team from JMB Construction did a great job at managing the timeline and getting through it as quickly as possible.

I’m a sucker for a classic white kitchen so I went this direction with a simple recessed panel door, a contrasting gray painted island, classic Carrera marble counters and a light gray subway tile that is pressed with a subtle Belgian linen pattern in a color that compliments the marble.

I’ll start by showing the after pictures first because they’re much more fun to look at. It’s kind of like having dessert first… just get to the good stuff already!

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I’m working on having a roman shade made for these french doors.

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…in this fabric. Stay tuned for an after on that one. Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 11.52.22 AM

You can see the fine impression of the Belgian linen detail in the backsplash tile here in this shot.IMG_4032

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Sources: Paint on the island is Benjamin Moore Witching Hour. Backsplash tile is by Jeffrey Court. Cabinet hardware is from Restoration Hardware. Paint on the walls is a custom mix.

The original kitchen had a very awkward layout, dated oak cabinets and lots and lots of tile. The same flowery tile was used on the floor and the counters so needless to say it was tile overload. We reconfigured the layout by opening up the wall to the dining room so there could be an island where our girls can have breakfast, do homework and generally allowing for a more open feeling and better flow. Along with the island, the other must-haves were a gas cooktop, double ovens, roll outs and a really deep sink.

And here’s one of the before.

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…and one from the demo after we opened up the wall to the dining room.

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and during…

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We installed all new hard wood floors in a walnut stain. As many remodels do, one thing lead to another and we ended up replacing the staircase, mantel and fireplace surround and installing much-needed recessed lighting in the kitchen, living and dining rooms. I’ll be posting about those rooms another day as they are still a work in progress.

xo

KG

Been thinking about launching this blog… For Like Ever!

And today’s the day.
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I’ll be the first to admit, the world does not need another design blog, yet here I am. I’ve been contemplating the idea (call it procrastinating if you want) for so long that I’m sure thousands of new blogs have sprouted while I stood on the side waiting for the perfect time to jump. In a nutshell, I was suffering from a major case of analysis paralysis. I could think of 10 (okay 100) reasons why I wasn’t ready to launch, and then something I heard while listening to a podcast on the commute to work one day stuck with me. It was a very simple quote that went something like this:  ”You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going ”.  And that’s what I’m about to do.  I’m a mother to two beautiful girls, wife to an awesome, handsome and very supportive husband and I’m lucky to have an amazing day job. (Yes I know, lots of superlatives here, but bear with me as I’m trying to make my point). I am also a daughter, a friend and an avid lover of all things interior design. Yep, I’m a design geek so today I’m adding home design blogger to my list.
 
Things to come.

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