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

The Buzz :: SF Design Events

There are a couple exciting home & design events taking place in the San Francisco Bay Area – The Sunset Celebration Weekend and WestEdge San Francisco.

First off: After 17 years, the final Sunset Celebration Weekend will be held on Sunset Magazine’s iconic Menlo Park campus on June 6th & 7th (the magazine will be moving to new digs). Attracting thousands of readers, Sunsets beautiful seven-acre campus will be transformed into an interactive showcase for the region’s most exciting lifestyle inspiration and freshest flavors. Editors, celebrity chefs and lifestyle experts from across the West will bring the pages of Sunset to life and showcase the region’s hottest trends in food, wine, travel, garden and home. A terrific event for the entire family!

Sunset Celebration Weekend // June 6-7, 2015

photos via Sunset

The inaugural WestEdge SF, co-presented with San Francisco Design Week at Pier 27 kicks off this Thursday and will run through Friday. Thursday evening’s opening night reception for the official San Francisco Design Week is expected to draw 3,000 design lovers. The curated modern design fair will feature 40+ exhibitors who all speak to high-quality and thoughtfully made design products. Check out a few that caught my eye!

WestEdge San Francisco 2015Photos top to bottom: Robert Long Lighting, Amy Helfand, J Liston Design, Fringe Studio

 

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Read full story By on June 3, 2015 in Features, flowers, food, furniture, the buzz, Uncategorized

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

Friday Finds :: Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics

I’ve admired Ronda Carman for along time. Her blog, All the Best was one of the first design blogs I gravitated to when I started blogging six years ago. Last year, Ronda set sail on a new venture in textiles. While living in Scotland for eight years, she fell in love with the century-old textile mills of the region and found that American interiors designers had little access to these classic fabrics. As a result, Ronda Carman Fine Fabrics was born and offers traditional Scottish textiles with a modern twist. Her to the trade collection features over 350 wools and cashmeres in a variety of patterns including plaids, checks and pinstripes. But, what makes the textiles so special are the colorways Ronda’s selected. Icy blues, hot pinks and grey-blues are just some of the gorgeous colors that give these timeless patterns a fresh look. Love this!

I’ve rounded up just a few of my favorites today.

pink plaid // ronda carman fine fabricsRonda Carman Fine Fabricspink plaid // ronda carman fine fabricsblue-green check // ronda carman fine fabricsice-blue plaid // ronda carman fine fabricsgrey-blue plaid // ronda carman fine fabricsgrey houndstooth plaid // ronda carman fine fabrics

happy friday!

cristin

 

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Read full story By on May 29, 2015 in Features, friday find, Friday Finds, textiles