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Kelley Moore’s San Francisco Flat

I’ve mentioned before that through blogging I have met the most amazing people. One such person is Kelley Moore. Kelly’s a designer, party planner and lifestyle guru. Her amazing career has had her on the go. You may have seen her on Rachel Ray, The Nate Berkus Show or even her own show, Moore to Life in Seattle!  Recently she moved to San Francisco to be the Home and Lifestyle Anchor at Joyus. Do you remember when I participated in Joyus’ designer challenge? Through the experience Kelley and I became friends. I’m telling you, she is an amazing person. Love her!

I was thrilled to see Kelley’s new San Francisco flat that she designed so beautifully featured in Rue Magazine’s October issue. It’s a home that inviting and has a wonderfully curated feel. Kelley also brilliantly blends pattern, textures and bold color (even red). Here’s a peek at the stunning interior:

red chairs by fireplaceturquoise chairbedroom with red accentsneutral living room black sofaSan Francisco flat entrydining room with kelly wearstler chairsorganized china and dishware closetWhile at her housewarming party, Kelley showed me this hallway closet she is using to store her china, glassware and other tabletop decor. Loved every inch!
dinner party tips by kelley moore

Kelley shared some of her dinner party and entertaining tip & tricks with Rue too. She encourages us to mix it up – which I love!



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Read full story By on December 19, 2012 in Bedroom, Closets, dining rooms, Entertaining, event planning, foyers, interior design, Interiors, joyus, Living Room, Organization, Parties, Tips/Tricks, Uncategorized

Joyus Design Challenge: The Details

As some of you may know, I recently participated in Joyus’ Viewers’ Choice Challenge. The challenge was to create a living room in under five hours using furniture and accessories selected by Joyus and H.D. Buttercup {none of which was disclosed to the participants until we arrived on set}. It was a wonderful, exhilarating and a bit nerve-racking experience! By the end, I was sweating bullets! I was so relieved that it didn’t show up in the video footage {smile}.
Joyus recently provided me with some still images of the space and I thought they would be fun to share with you. I certainly appreciate video, but photographs can provide you with an emotion that video can not.
One question viewers asked what why I didn’t hang the mirrors or artwork. The answer is, it was simply too heavy and I was asked not to hang them, but I really don’t mind that they are leaning up against the wall.
Living rooms should be designed for gatherings with family and friends. I therefore wanted to create a room that served multiple functions and could accommodate extra guests if needed. I arranged the sofa and pair of X benches in an L-shaped furniture arrangement which allows people to converse easily because the angel of conversation is comfortable. The X benches added a touch of glam and also coordinated beautifully with the gray accent wall and patterned upholstered. 
This is a fun angle of the the side table vignette. I think fresh flowers add so much life, color and beauty to a room. I loved how this turned out.
Here’s a closer look at one of the beautiful round end tables and pearl lamp. I adored those little tangerine Hermès boxes on the stack of books, but this is where a little editing on my part would have helped the overall look. Hind sight is 20 / 20!

The contest runs until April 16th, so if you haven’t voted or want to vote again {limitless!}, there is still time!Just go here.

All the thoughtful and sweet comments haven’t gone unnoticed. Each has warmed my heart. 
Thank you so much!
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Read full story By on April 9, 2012 in interior design, joyus, living rooms, simplified bee portfolio

My Room Makeover for Joyus & HD Buttercup

I’m so excited to reveal the living room I designed for Joyus’ Viewers’ Choice Challenge with H.D. Buttercup! It needed to be completed in under five hours – which seems like a lot of time, but I utilized every last second! Take a look and if you like what you see, I’d be grateful for your vote. And in voting, you will be entered to win a $1500 Joyus shopping spree! Also, head on over to Joyus to see what the other design bloggers created – the similarities and differences in the designs are really fun to see.
{me with host, Kelley Moore – all done!}
I’m curious to know what you like best about the design. 
Thanks too for your support. You are the best!
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Read full story By on April 3, 2012 in blog, Design Tips, interior design, joyus, living rooms, simplified bee portfolio