The holiday season is officially here! Do you have out of town guests coming to stay and a guest room that feels anything but welcoming? Never fear, just follow these 5 simple steps for a quick, stylish update!
1. Cozy, Textural Accent Pillows. Pile on the neutral pillows in soft, nubby textures to create warmth and coziness. We especially love the felted wool collection by San Francisco’s own Fog & Fury. Available at the De Sousa Hughes showroom in the San Francisco Design Center.
3. Simple Greenery in Glass Vases. Seasonal plant cuttings are a stylish and effortless take on a holiday arrangement. Bonus points for making your guest room smell lovely! Eucalyptus, spruce, or olive branches are great for a wintery atmosphere. For a similar look opt for these vases from Terrain.
4. Warm, Wool Throw Blankets. Throw blankets for the bed or armchair are a surefire way to increase the coziness factor. Choose one made of natural alpaca or mohair for added luxury. Above: Rosemary Hallgarten alpaca throw. Available to purchase through De Sousa Hughes.
5. Wintery, Scented Candle. And for a final touch, add candles! We love the Diptyque Figuier candle for fall and winter.
Indoor plants are enjoying a major design moment right now, but did you know they can also drastically improve your indoor air quality? In the late 1980’s NASA conducted a Clean Air Study to find the most effective indoor plants for filtering harmful toxins and pollutants from their space stations.
The study found that certain plants are effective at removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from the air — chemicals that have been linked to health effects such as headaches, nausea and eye irritation. Read on for 5 houseplants that will clean the air and add a dose of style to your healthy home!
Dracaena are common foliage plants that come in over 40 varieties. Known to filter benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene. Perfect for modern spaces with filtered sunlight. (May be harmful to pets if eaten).
Ferns are a great way to add softness and greenery to your small space – we especially love grouping a few together on a bookshelf or console. They prefer indirect sunlight and regular waterings. Known to remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air.
Variegated Snake Plant
This sculptural, hardy plant is low maintenance and easy to care for. Known to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air.
This plant takes the prize for biggest workhorse – the Peace Lily has been proven to filter out all 5 harmful chemicals from the air! Place peace lilies in a shady spot and keep the soil moist without overwatering.
One of the easiest houseplants to grow, the spider plant loves bright, indirect sunlight. Known to filter formaldehyde and xylene.
It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since our first client project – turning a dated North Beach condo into a modern bachelor pad. We’ve grown from a solo operation to a small but mighty team of four and expanded from serving San Francisco proper to include the Peninsula, Wine Country, and the East Bay. A huge thank you to our wonderful clients, past and present, who have trusted us with their homes throughout the years. We couldn’t be more grateful to do what we love every day!
Niche’s First Official Project from 2007 (Above)
Industry friends joined us to celebrate at the Anchor Distillery Penthouse last week! Craft cocktails, city views, and a caricature artist turned out to be a winning combination. Take a peek at the photo highlights from the festivities below…
Lynn, Anna, and Jen from team Niche (Left) // City Views from the Anchor Penthouse (Right)
We’re excited to share our first video testimonial from happy San Francisco homeowners Coreen and Luis! We are so fortunate to work with such amazing clients everyday. Thanks Coreen and Luis for sharing your design journey!
We recently headed to Los Angeles to visit some of our favorite furniture showrooms and to discover new sources for our projects. As usual, the City of Angels did not disappoint! We left with lots of amazing new finds and plenty of inspiration. Read on for our top picks from Ralph Pucci, Lawson Fenning, and Garde…
Our first stop was Ralph Pucci – a long-time favorite for avante-garde, global furnishings and mid-century classics. Their expansive new white washed gallery is the perfect backdrop to showcase pieces from their prestigious list of designers, which includes Elizabeth Garouste and Eric Schmitt (shown above).
I especially loved the sculptural Plato console by Patrick Naggar and the bold, geometric light fixture by Herve Van der Straeten (shown above).
Lawson Fenning was our next visit – known for their vintage-inspired furniture and accessory line, they also carry gorgeous handmade ceramics by local talents Heather Rosenman and Natan Moss (below right), as well as a fantastic new furniture collaboration with Seattle’s Brian Paquette.
We were finally able to stop by a “must-visit” shop that’s been on our list for awhile now: Garde. This petite space is packed with a beautifully curated mix of artisan home accessories, lighting, and textiles from all over the world. I definitely had multiple “kid in a candy store” moments here! Decorative objects by Apparatus and Michael Verheyden and eye-catching pendant lights from Nika Zupanc (shown below) were stand outs.
We hope you enjoyed our mini-tour! Did we miss one of your favorite shops? Share it with us in the comments!
The wallpaper resurgence is stronger than ever, with more manufacturers popping up offering everything from removable wallpaper to delicate, hand-painted patterns. With so many options it can become overwhelming to decide which style is right for your home. Never fear – we included tips below on how to effortlessly incorporate wallpaper into every room!
DINING ROOM: A dark, moody wallcovering is a fantastic way to make your ivory furniture pop! We love the subtle shimmer of this Omexco wallpaper in our client’s dramatic Pacific Heights dining room. Tip – paint the baseboard to match the dark wallpaper for a seamless look!
POWDER ROOM: Bold, graphic wallpaper is perfect for tight spaces such as powder rooms or closets; it creates an unexpected surprise for you and your guests! We used Cole & Son’s Hicks Hexagon in this tiny San Francisco powder room.
BEDROOM: Grasscloth is a great way to add a texture to your bedroom, but who says it has to be neutral?? Phillip Jeffries offers plenty of saturated colors like this beautiful apricot that we installed in our client’s condo in SOMA.
Spring is off to a busy start at Niche Interiors! We embarked on a new eco-friendly project in Palo Alto as we put the finishing touches on Principal Designer Jennifer’s healthy home. A common concern we hear from new clients interested in creating a non-toxic home is “Will it still look beautiful?” Our emphatic answer: “Yes!” Take a peek inside Jennifer’s family home for proof…
Can You Spy the Non-toxic Upholstery?
The great thing about non-toxic upholstery is that the most significant improvements are invisible! We can design the perfect sofa with sophisticated fabric options and unique design details using healthier foam inside the cushions. For custom pieces we specify natural latex foam wrapped in organic wool which contain no harmful flame retardant chemicals. Frames are built from sustainably harvested wood with non-toxic, water-based glues. This is a perfect solution for those who are chemically sensitive or who suffer from allergies.
Create a cozy, textural vibe by layering natural fabrics such as organic cotton and linen, and selecting wool rugs which are durable and eco-friendly. Choose zero-VOC paints which eliminate off-gassing, resulting in safer indoor air quality.
Installing a project is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of our job as interior designers. After months (or years) of considering every design detail, tracking furniture orders, and coordinating vendors, the day finally arrives when all the pieces come together. It’s impossible to capture the action-packed excitement with a single photo, so we created a time-lapse video with a behind the scenes look at our Telegraph Hill install. Warning: It’s not nearly as glamorous as it looks on television!
A successful installation depends largely on the prep work – itemized delivery documents keep everyone on track and floor plans with dimensions help determine accurate furniture placement.
Even with all this organization and planning there is a possibility of a curveball during every install. On a recent outdoor furniture delivery in Sonoma we created a labeling system for the client to easily pair furniture covers with the appropriate pieces. Armed with 25 custom labels we realized on site that the outdoor glue wasn’t adhering properly – luckily we had a sewing kit and were able to sew the labels by hand! Team Niche takes pride in going the extra mile for our clients – from ironing sheets and making beds to finding the perfect light bulbs, our goal is always to provide a turn-key experience.
Jen sews labels on outdoor furniture covers (Left), Anna installs felt pads on 20 dining chairs (Right)
The finished product! Happy Clients = Happy Designers.
Look Like a Pro: Lift a Few Moves from the Niche Playbook!
• Print furniture layouts for each room before your delivery. Add dimensions, especially for rug placement.
• Inspect all pieces carefully and thoroughly! It’s much easier to process returns if you document damages at the time of delivery.
• Don’t forget the felt pads – keep a pack in various sizes and colors on hand for all items that will sit directly on wood floors.
Happy (almost) Spring! Now is the perfect time to share our top decorating trends for the year, along with the fads that we are so ready to say goodbye to!
Say ‘Hello’ to these trends for 2017!
Handmade Ceramics //This is currently an obsession that’s taken over our entire office! With so many talented local ceramicists it’s hard not to start a collection. Two of our go-to makers are Erin McGuiness and Gerhard Ceramics.
Muted Palettes & Pastels // Keep an eye out for watercolor-inspired, tonal palettes with muted accents in blush, taupes, and powdery blues. Mix these hues with white and soft neutrals.
Greenery // We’re loving all things green indoors – think beyond succulents to ferns, cactus, leafy branches and indoor trees. Plants add instant life to a space with the added bonus of improving indoor air quality!
Say ‘Goodbye’ to these passing trends!
Brass Bonanza. It’s time for spaces with ALL brass to fade away. Instead, try mixing it sparingly with other metal finishes such as bronze, copper, black or natural steel.
Formulaic Bohemian. Your Instagram and Pinterest feeds are likely full of these bright spaces with textural wall hangings, baskets galore, Moroccan rugs and eclectic textiles. While we love a bohemian nod, this trend has gone too far!
Edison Bulbs. Been there, done that! Opt for clear round globes instead of old school Edisons for a more contemporary look.
Did we miss something? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Selecting paint colors for your home is a tricky endeavor – you may see a shade you love online but realize it looks far different in your own space. We’ve tried hundreds of hues in our projects and can wholeheartedly recommend these five fabulous neutrals!
Moody Gray // Benjamin Moore Storm AF-700
Ready for some contrast? A moody gray is a great way to create drama in dining rooms and living rooms, especially paired with crisp white trim.
Warm White // Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17
Searching for a white that isn’t too stark or yellow? You found it! This soft white is perfect for open concept spaces and modern homes where you want the architecture or art to take center stage.
Classic Navy // Farrow & Ball Hague Blue
A deep, intense blue that’s perfect for media rooms and offices or as an accent on front doors or used on cabinetry in bathrooms or kitchens.
Neutral Taupe // Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud 1550
The warm, earthy tones in Cumulus Cloud make it a good choice for cozy and enveloping spaces.
Wispy Gray // Benjamin Moore Moonshine OC-56
Finding the perfect dove gray is no easy feat! Moonshine is a true silvery gray that doesn’t skew blue. We love it in almost any room, but it’s especially calming in bedrooms.