Archive of ‘Modern’ category

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

Designer spotlight: Evars + Anderson

Most days I would describe my style as California cool, with a touch of East Coast tradition. I gravitate more towards the classic side with an appreciation for homes with a soothing color palette and those with a bit of a beach vibe (think Hamptons). However, the first time I stumbled upon the work of SF bay area based design team of Evars + Anderson, I fell head over heels. They nail the classic timeliness design, but what got me was how they inject color and pattern in a fun, modern fun way. I’m hooked!

Here are a few of my favorites from their portfolio:

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To see more from Evars + Anderson, check out their website and portfolio here.