Coming Soon: Museum of Ice Cream

August 17, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

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Straight off the the heels of its sold out runs in Los Angeles and New Year, the Museum of Ice Cream is heading to San Francisco in September.  Following the success of the Color Factory’s run this month, this pop-up exhibition is sure to sell out quickly!

Unlike traditional museums, visitor interaction is highly encouraged.  Play, smell, and yes, taste, are all part of the user experience.  And of course, taking and posting selfies is a must.  Though SF’s version will have brand new installations, you can get a flavor of what’s in store for our city through the Museum’s instagram feed.

For more information and to find out when tickets are available, check out their website.

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Ice Cream.

A Case For Pillows

August 15, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Right now, I am trying to pull together many rooms at the same time.  While I have the large pieces of furniture settled in our bedroom and living spaces, the additional decor is going to take some time.  I find that one way to make a room feel pulled together (even though it may be far from finished) is to add throw pillows.  For years, I have been using Etsy for amazing pillows made from designer fabrics.  It is faster and easier than sourcing the fabric and then having the pillows made locally.  In addition, the prices on Etsy tend to be quite reasonable.  So, I am taking this opportunity to share my favorite Etsy pillow shops.  The prices are reasonable, the fabrics are beautiful, and the shop owners are friendly, helpful and responsive.  If you haven’t been using Etsy for pillows, I highly recommend giving these shops a try.

Spark Modern


The Pillow Studio Shop


Sew Susie Designs

Arianna Belle



Mix & Match Dining Table & Chairs

August 14, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Last year, we decided to replace our dining set with a 10-foot long table that would seat more family and friends together.  Although we are replacing our old matching set, we are keeping the upholstered arm chairs that I had added to it.  This makes finding chairs that will work with both a tad more challenging, since they need to work with both the new table and the new(ish) chairs.  I don’t feel compelled to make them match; in fact, I’ve been loving the look of not mixing and matching.  I’m drawing inspiration from rooms like these:






While mixing and matching seems easy, it decidedly is not.  I need to make sure the elements still complement each other.  So our new table has clean, modern lines but in an espresso wood finish that works with the existing Asian wood pieces like our vintage bar and custom dining cabinet.  I’m pairing upholstered side chairs with brass legs in a traditional solid that will complement the arm chairs we are keeping, and tie in with the brass chandelier and touches of pale gold in the wallpaper panels.  Sounds like a lot going on, right?  It is, and so this project has taken longer than I would have liked and I’m motivated to get it done well before the holidays.

Stay tuned!

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Modern Boy’s Rooms

August 11, 2017 by Ariana | 0 Comments

My son has shown an interest in modern decor and even requested that his room be updated.  Since he will be starting middle school this year, we decided to get his input in transitioning his tween room.  When browsing for ideas, I noticed that boys rooms tended to be very thematic — sports, rockets, cars, and animals being the most popular — so it took some patience to find these inspirational rooms:






Each of these rooms shares the same design philosophy that I plan to bring to our update: the big pieces all work equally well for an adult’s bedroom.  Since we’re changing out his bunk beds and dresser set, I am choosing pieces that will last beyond his high school years and potentially into a future guest room (w-a-y down the road).  The youthfulness of the modern boy’s room comes from accessories and interesting wall decor.  We’re keeping the blue and orange rugby-like stripes that were painstakingly painted around the perimeter of his room, and his Lego collection will continue to be highlighted.  The light grey FLOR tiles maintain a neutral foundation.

After researching online and checking out pieces in person to narrow the options for him, we took my son shopping to make the final decisions.  We chose this grey upholstered bed from Living Spaces.  The clean lines and neutral color should stand the test of time.


Stay tuned for the rest . . .

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Seeing Red

August 10, 2017 by Melissa | 0 Comments

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Rectory Red, Farrow & Ball

This fall, it appears that the style gods are seeing red.  From the September Architectural Digest profile of Claudia Schiffer’s guest room with an abundance of red accents (see below), to a variety of fashion pieces being shown in red, it is the color of the season.

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Image courtesy of Architectural Digest.

There is no question that decorating with red is a commitment.  It is certainly not for the feint of heart.  But, if you would like to dip your toe in the water, there are a few ways to do it.

First, dinnerware is always a great option when you are trying to introduce a new hue.  You can buy a whole set or mix your current set with a few accent pieces.

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Image courtesy of Travelshopa

Another good choice is adding color through decorative pillows.  These pillows fit the bill nicely.

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Ikat Ogee Pillow

Finally, decorative ceramics, such as vases, are a great way to infuse color into your decor.   These vases could sit well on their own and would be even better with a few blooms.

Cloisonne vases

Greek Key Cloisonne Vases

There is no question that red decor makes a statement.  Thankfully, there are some subtle ways to incorporate this bold hue into your current decor.  And, as an added bonus, your home will be right on track when Christmas and Valentine’s Day roll around.