Summer is officially here. Today was the last day of school for my girls. The last three weeks have been a sprint to the end of 1st and 6th grade with tons of end-of-the-year activities and last minute summer camp and vacation planning — which is a long winded way of saying these are my reasons for being an absent blogger. But alas I’m determined to get something up today and I’m inspired to highlight a local bay area designer named Cecily Mendell of Cecy J Interiors. Her work was recently featured on the cover of the spring edition of Trad Home Magazine (which by the way you should also check out) and is totally worth a look. Cecily and team create spaces that are sophisticated, but also warm, welcoming and family friendly at the same time. That’s a big plus in my book. I had a hard time choosing the photos to feature because frankly, there isn’t a room that I don’t like.
I love the planked ceilings and floor-to-ceiling gray built-ins with brass accents in this room.
The gorgeous grass cloth wallpaper compliments the art in this room, but the star of the show is the great mod light fixture.
This is a fabulous, light and airy family room — the built ins, the gray sectional, the coffee table and the pops of blue all work together seamlessly.
This sweet bedroom caught my eye because I’m so in love with this “feather” wallpaper from Serena and Lily. Don’t be surprised if you see it show up someday in Casa Gillette.
The happy mix of patterns and colors add personality to an otherwise neutral room. Plus more beautiful built-ins.
Gorgeous backsplash here.
To see more of Cecily’s work, click here to see her portfolio.
Happy Wednesday. I hope you’re jumping into summer with both feet!
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.
This table, full of colorful linen napkins, cheerfully greets you when you walk in the front door.
A feature wall of their gorgeous signature fabrics.
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.)
A lovely vignette featuring their Parisian side table and Cole lamp.
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.]
…and a few more spring and summer inspired images from the online store — for the eye candy file.