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Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT

Her interiors are glamorous, yet practical; sophisticated, yet relaxed. She strikes the perfect balance. I’m talking about A-list interior designer, Windsor Smith. She is simply one of the best in the business and so it’s no surprise that her first book, HOMEFRONT (Rizzoli) is absolutely fantastic. Filled with over 200 inspiring images, Smith walks through her process for creating beautiful, functional spaces from design intuition to the home in balance. In the book’s introduction, she explains her goal is to “design beautiful rooms for the way people today actually use them, regardless of their intended purpose, breaking the rules as to how a room ‘should’ function.” Her approach of creating livable spaces in every corner of the home resonates with me. Take a look at just some of the gorgeous images that grace the pages of this book and I think you’ll agree too.

Book Review :: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT #decor #book #homeentry staircase // windsor smith HOMEFRONTmarble farmhouse sink // kitchen // windsor smith HOMEFRONTbrass chairs // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

A home in balance is masculine and feminine, antique and modern, light and dark, austere and glam, rustic and sophisticated – all these things in perfect harmony. – Windsor Smith

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I’m like an unruly child when it comes to design. There’s always a point where I say: “What if this weren’t the dining room?” – Windsor Smith

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*photo credit: Windsor Smith HOMEFRONT

 

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Read full story By on June 9, 2015 in book, book review, Features, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, Living Room, living rooms

Design Reveal :: My Home

Today I’m thrilled to share a very personal space: my home. Recently I welcomed a favorite online shelter magazine, Rue to take a tour of our ranch-style home located on the San Francisco Peninsula. The design has been a work in progress for over a decade (I’m never really done!). When we first moved in we tackled renovating the kitchen, bathrooms and landscaping front & back. In the last year as you may know, we added a master bedroom suite. Here’s a look…

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I hope you enjoyed a little peak into my home – pop over to Rue Magazine to see the entire feature. And a big thank you to the Rue team including Crystal Palecek (founder/editor-in-chief), Julia Robbs (photographer) and Shoko Wanger (writer) who made the whole process so fun. You’re the best!

happy decorating,

cristin

Photos by Julia Robbs // Styling & Interiors by Cristin Priest

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Read full story By on June 2, 2015 in baby and children, Bedroom, bedrooms, beds, curated look, flowers, Girl, girl's bedroom, interior design, Interiors, Living Room, living rooms, wallpaper

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Living Room

Glamorous. The one word I’d use to describe the Living Room designed by Phillip Silver in this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase. The space was inspired by the 60s glam of Yves Saint Laurent and the luxurious high-end fashion trends hitting New York, Paris and London. The hot pink and burnt orange accents (colors of YSL’s “Rive Gauche” label) pop in the otherwise neutral space. Phillip’s own beautiful custom furnishings are found throughout the room (the lucite coffee tables are a great example – love!) and are intermixed with Italian and French antiques. This space is simply stunning. I hope you have the chance to tour it!

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happy decorating,

cristin

In case you’ve missed it:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Sneak Peek

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen and Family Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Powder Room

*photo credit Matthew Millman

 

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Read full story By on May 6, 2015 in antiques, color, interior design, Interiors, lighting, Living Room, living rooms, original artwork, rugs

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 :: Sneak Peek

This year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase is a beautiful Elizabethan-style home designed by iconic architect Julia Morgan (notable works include the legendary Hearst Castle and became the first woman to be awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal). The residence located on Jackson street in the prestigious Presidio Heights neighborhood, was completed in 1917 for $20,000 for Abraham Rosenberg, the “Dried Fruit King” and his wife, Alice.

In the last few months, thirty-eight Bay Area interior designers have transformed the six bedroom, eight bath home for the San Francisco University High School’s 38th annual Decorator Showcase. Gorgeous light fixtures, exquisite furnishings and extraordinary wallcoverings had me visiting spaces more than once on my tour. Here’s a sneak peek of the showcase:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Grand Entry // Candace Barnes

Grand Entry // Candace Barnes Design Studio // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Living Room // Phillip Silver

Living Room // Phillip Silver // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // kitchen // Navarra Design

Kitchen // Navarra Design // David Duncan Livingston Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Dining Room // Cecilie Starin

 Dining Room// Cecilie Starin // Margot Hartford

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Powder Room // Julie Rootes Interiors

Powder Room // Julie Rootes Interiors // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // His Office // Brittany Haines

His Office // Brittany Haines of Authenticity B. Designs // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Bathroom

Gentleman’s Bathroom// Evars + Anderson // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Laundry Room // Evars + Anderson

Laundry Room // Evars + Anderson Interiors // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Boy's Bedroom // Willem Racke and Susan Lind Chastain

Boy’s Bedroom // Willem Racke and Susan Lind Chastain // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Girl's Bathroom // Nest

Girl’s Bathroom // Nest Design // Christopher Stark Photography

San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Play Room // Allison Caccoma

Kids’ Playroom // Allison Caccoma // Photo by Cristin Bisbee Priest of Simplified Bee

San Francisco Showcase 2015 // Dressing Room // Heather Hilliard

Dressing Room // Heather Hilliard

Billards Room // San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Geen Couch Interior Design

Billiard Room // Green Couch Interior Design // David Duncan Livingston Photography

Do you love what you see? The home will be open to tour April 25 – May 25. Please visit www.decoratorsshowcase.org for tickets and more information.

happy decorating,

cristin

related stories:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Girls Bathroom

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen and Family Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Powder Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Living Room

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Laundry Room

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Read full story By on April 22, 2015 in baby and children, Bathroom, bathrooms, Bedroom, bedrooms, Boy, boy's bedroom, dining rooms, foyers, Girl, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, laundry room, laundry rooms, Living Room, office/study, Uncategorized, wallpaper