Rincon Remodel Progress = Christmas in April

It felt like Christmas at my house yesterday. I came home to discover the lighting I had ordered a few weeks ago had arrived on my doorstep. As you know from my previous post, we completed our kitchen remodel last summer. Since then, I’ve been plotting my next move. Almost every room in this house needed some kind of attention so it’s been hard to choose, but I decided to get focused (sort of) and get to the living room and the lighting.  Here’s a sneak peek at what was inside those boxes and some breadcrumbs to reveal what’s coming to the living room in the next couple of months. I have many items on order and let’s just say the UPS guy is going to be wearing a path to our front door.

This gorgeous brass flush mount fixture from Circa Lighting is going in the hall.

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It will replace this:

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This baby is mercury glass. It’s very large and impressive in person and will be finding a home in the LV. Another beauty from Circa.



And lastly, this guy is going at the top of the stairwell. Another goodie from Circa of course.


To replace this:




Here’s look at some things to come. A pair of these custom Lee chairs in beautiful indigo colored fabric…Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 11.01.40 AM


Pillows in this fun fabric by Peter Dunham:


Some accessories like these wishbone paperweights to pull it all together.

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Stay tuned for more. I promise to fill you in and share pics of the finished room in about a month or so.

xo KG


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.


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.

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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.)


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.]

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xo KG

I do not have a green thumb

There, I said it. Let’s just say my watering habits are sporadic at best and if there were a CPS for the plant world, I would have been reported long ago. Nevertheless, I love them. You will always find some kind of greenery in my house.  I’m a fan of succulents and orchids (partly because they tend to survive my torture a little longer).  Of course this time of year, nothing beats a fresh bouquet of spring flowers.

We have a couple of local spots that are great sources for plant shopping, inspiration and sometimes, a little zen time.

The Botanist is a recent discovery of mine. It’s a beautiful garden store located in Los Altos, CA that’s not just full of the loveliest plants but also artful, curated, garden-inspired accessories. They also offer gorgeous floral arrangements on the weekends. The bonus of this place is that it’s actually attached to another store called The Makery, which sells unique party and what I would call high-end DIY craft supplies. They also have events and an open studio where you can make anything from a custom tote bag to your own linocut stamp, if you are creatively inclined.



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Another favorite is a local Santa Cruz store called Dig Gardens. As described on their website, they offer a mix of organic, bohemian, modern-garden style plants and garden accessories. I love their containers and they’re a great source for air plants, succulents and the ever-popular fiddle leaf  fig plant.

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And, speaking of fiddle leaf fig plants… I want one. But I probably shouldn’t. Because well, you already know what’s going to happen. For now I’ll just be happy with these pretty pics.




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I hope spring is making an appearance where you live. Go out and pick up some fresh flowers or a new plant and bring a piece of the beautiful spring weather inside. Just remember to add water.

xo KG

What’s gold is new again

If you follow home design at all, you’ve noticed that gold and brass finishes are back in a big way. We’re seeing it everywhere from fixtures to cabinet hardware to utensils, wall paper and more. I love the way it can add a little warmth and glam without going over the top. One of the first things we did when we moved into our house was to remove all the shiny brass outlet covers and light fixtures. They were everywhere! And now I’m adding some touches of brass and gold back sparingly in the form some updated light fixtures and a few other little touches. More on that later. Until then, here’s a look at a few of my favorites.

This modern brass sputnik light makes a statement and compliments the other fixtures in this fun bathroom. I love how it draws your eye up and emphasizes the plank paneling and the detailed ceiling. Tamara Kaye Honey via Lonnytamara kaye honey 1

Designer Erin Gates nailed the finishes in this bath. I’m definitely saving this one for my master bath file.  Erin Gates Design Elements of StyleScreen Shot 2015-03-16 at 9.03.31 PM

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Love these cool modern/retro chairs.modernchair

This whimsical gold flower wall paper would be fun in a little girls room.Untitled

I like how these pendants over the island and in the entry add just a touch of warmth in this classic all-white kitchen and paneled foyer.kitchen pendant

A little bar cart and coffee table are chic ways to bring in some glam. Again, they pair nicely with white.gold tables


I heart this painting from one of may absolute favorite local shops, The Warmth Company.photo

Check out these gorgeous plates by Suite One Studio.  The simplicity of the white plates with gold edging is perfect, but owner, designer Lindsay Emery creates an entire collection of limited-edition porcelain dinnerware in chic colorful glazes inspired by water color paintings. I love them all.suite one studio 9

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stemless glassware  / bar cart / urchin / cabinet pull / flatware set / pendant

xo KG

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