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"What Would You Do?" Week (psst, there's a contest in this post)

I spent the afternoon with my friends, Patrik and Steven, at one of my favorite spots, the DeYoung Museum, in Golden Gate Park. [caption id="attachment_2132" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The De Young has been here since 1895, but this is a new building for the museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and opened in 2005."][/caption] We wandered into this room and something funny happened... We spontaneously started talking about this crystal and light installation and what we'd do with this idea in a dining room. We talked about recreating the installation then painting the walls to match the shadows and removing the crystals. Would the magic still be there? Would people look up to find the light resource? Could some of...

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My favorite Painted Lady

It's not a cocktail or a proposition- it's San Francisco's iconic Victorian style house. Known for their gingerbread details and vibrant paint colors, many of these homes survived the big earthquakes and post-quake fires of 1906 and 1989. [caption id="attachment_1967" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption=""William and Grace McCarthy Collection, (Audrey Fullerton - Donor)," 1906 AC 96-07-08 California State Archives Sacramento, California"][/caption] Recently I had the good fortune of color consulting for one of these beauties on lower Haight Street just a block or so above what the proud owner called "the fire-line" of the earlier quake. We had to consider the history of this home but also create something unique and thoughtful for today's aesthetics. Here's how it all went down: [caption...

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Making Room for More Fun

People have been asking about the butterfly project, so here's how it came to be... [caption id="attachment_1930" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I've had this mirror frame for several years now. I usually displayed it like this with a painting or collage of postcards in the center..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1931" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="While working on my dining room, I was layering pieces and thinking about creating something 3-dimensional... I wanted to use color and images or words, I pictured some sort of collage... I kept my mind open as I worked on other projects"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1932" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Then my friend, Krista, showed me an installation like this one by Cara Enteles"][/caption] That's it! I needed butterflies cut from my favorite design magazines, and...

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Making Room for More Quick Changes

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that a. my home is my laboratory and b. when my friends come over they won't even talk to me until they see what I've done to my house since their last visit. My mom says, "I can't keep up!" I have made some major changes for sure. For example, my dining room has gone through major transition: [caption id="attachment_1897" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I actually loved my dining room like this, but the formality and quietness of it never felt comfy and inviting enough for me"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1898" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="So, for a long time, my dining room looked like this while I figured out all of the other rooms. I used say, "welcome to...

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Making Room for More- The Things You can do with a Piano

My first major purchase when I moved to San Francisco was this beat up but loved baby grand piano. I think it cost $1300 which was a massive amount at the time, but I knew that venturing into this brand new life and city would be easier with the comfort of my music. My friend's friend was moving to New York so I jumped at the opportunity to buy this piano. The smallest grand factories make, this 5' beauty is aptly nicknamed a Boudoir Grand. [caption id="attachment_1874" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="My studio in the Marina was my first laboratory for decorative painting. Every wall- and I do mean EVERY wall- had a different finish."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1875" align="aligncenter" width="476" caption="Every period movie...

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