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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

home office // windsor smith HOMEFRONTliving room // windsor smith HOMEFRONTdining space // windsor smith HOMEFRONT

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

ottoman // living room // windsor smith

*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

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Kitchen & Family Room

The first thing to catch my eye in the kitchen of this year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase by Navarra Design was the traditional La Cornue range and hood in glossy chocolate with brass detailing. (swoon) It was coupled with a contemporary verre églomisé backsplash (gilded glass) featuring dandelions. It’s a magical combo. Navarra keeps the inset cabinetry clean in a crisp white, yet adds a contrasting cerused oak island. The kitchen space is unified with striking calacatta marble countertops. The metal and wood bar counter is an unexpected element placed perpendicular to the island and is the perfect spot for the homeowner’s kids. The high lacquer ceiling in teal blue was a wonderful way to incorporate a burst of color and bring the kitchen and family room together. The family room’s breakfast nook is set in the window and delivers breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. (it’s lovely)

San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Kitchen  // Navarra DesignLa Cornue Range in Brown // Kitchen // SF Decorator ShowcaseSan Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Kitchen // Navarra Designkitchen detail // san francisco decorator showcase 2015Kitchen Nook // Bay Window // San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015San Francisco Decorator Showcase // Kitchen DeskSan Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015 // Kitchen and Family RoomDog House under the Stairs // San Francisco Decorator Showcase

And how cute is the dog bed nestled under the staircase? Brilliant use of space!

happy decorating,

cristin

In case you’ve missed it:

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Sneak Peek

San Francisco Decorator Showcase :: Dining Room

*photo credits David Duncan Livingston Photography & Cristin Bisbee Priest

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Read full story By on May 1, 2015 in breakfast nooks, decorative hardware, interior design, Interiors, Kitchen, kitchens, lighting, office/study

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

Round-up :: DIY Message Boards

Having difficulty juggling appointments, activities and homework schedules for your family? As my kids have gotten older, I’ve found that it’s more and more challenging to kept it all straight. A message board in our kitchen nook has helped us tremendously. If you are are need of a command center, I’ve rounded up a few DIY message board options that you may want to consider.

DIY message center // kitchen command center // BHG

Love this sleek, colorful dry-erase message board via BHG. It’s made from a piece of glass that’s simply been painted on the back and framed. Love!

DIY magnetic message board #organized #home #messages

This DIY magnetic board from 4 Men and 1 Lady, is made of a 26 gauge galvanized steel sheet and then framed.  It also doubles as a dry erase board for quick messages. Would love great in a kitchen, mudroom or playroom.

DIY message board // entryway organization #diy

The folks at Martha Stewart created this chic message center using a store-bought cork board that was painted and upgraded with a brass rod to hold mail and hooks to hold keys. Love the many functions it provides!

wall mounted craft paper roll // diy message board #diy #message

Although this option isn’t as versatile as the others, I love the simplicity. The could be a fun DIY project or purchased through George & Willy.

happy organizing,

cristin

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Read full story By on March 9, 2015 in DIY, home organization, kitchens, martha stewart, office supplies, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Paperwork, Tips/Tricks