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.
Do you have any interior design lovers on your holiday shopping list? You’ve come to the right place! We rounded up our favorite San Francisco home decor shops where you’re guaranteed to find unique and stylish gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!) this year. Happy holidays and happy shopping!
Black & Gold is one of our favorite destinations for vintage accessories, lighting, and furniture. You’ll find a fabulous mix of mid-century and Hollywood Regency gems at this boutique nestled on a quiet street in the Castro. And don’t miss Super Simple, another great shop located downstairs!
St. Frank is the go-to source for global, bohemian textiles and accessories – perfect for your travel-obsessed friends. Added bonus: All products are ethically produced and your purchase supports artisans all over the world.
A California institution, Heath has been hand-crafting simple and beautiful ceramics since 1948. The spacious San Francisco showroom showcases a wide array of dishware, vases, and tile, all within viewing distance of the factory.
Looking for unique wares created by local designers? This is your place! Head to this well-curated shop in Dogpatch to find handmade pottery, utilitarian (but beautiful) kitchen items, artwork, lighting and jewelry.
Finding the perfect art piece to complement the interiors of our clients’ homes is such a rewarding (and fun!) part of our job. We are extremely lucky to live in San Francisco, with a vibrant art scene full of diverse galleries, contemporary art fairs, and open studios. There are too many talented local artists and amazing galleries to list, so we’ll just skip right to our favorite sources, both for purchasing and for inspiration!
Dolby Chadwick Gallery is our first stop for large scale contemporary artwork from a range of international artists. You can see Lisa Dolby Chadwick’s refined mix of artists on display in their expansive, light-filled Union Square gallery at 210 Post Street, Suite 205.
The art consultants at Simon Breitbard Fine Arts have helped us find and commission countless pieces for our Bay Area clients over the years. They represent a variety of artists and mediums, including photography, sculpture and abstract work. Make an appointment to check out their new gallery at 843 Montgomery Street in Jackson Square to see a sampling of the artists they represent.
Founded by art collectors, the Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries in an effort to strengthen the contemporary arts community in San Francisco. You can visit ten permanent galleries and a number of rotating exhibits in their Dogpatch space at 1275 Minnesota Street.
The much anticipated, newly designed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA) was well worth the three year wait! Peruse some of the most revered modern art collections in the new LEED certified building designed by architecture firm Snøhetta. The new expansion provides triple the exhibition space – which still houses favorites from the permanent collection alongside a trove of new works from the Fisher collection (such as the Chuck Close self portrait above). 151 Third Street, San Francisco.
The Niche team is celebrating big this month – our Telegraph Hill project was just featured in the May/June issue of Luxe magazine…and, it got the cover! We worked closely with the talented architecture team at Lundberg Design to ensure that the furnishings blended seamlessly with the modern design of this incredible home.
Taking cues from the steel and glass light well, we designed a walnut and lucite dining table that appears to float in the space. The formal living room has a restrained palette and a mix of sculptural, modern furniture and luxe fabrics including mohair and velvet.
A bolder, more playful color scheme in the family room references the bay views, with a modern sectional from B&B Italia and vintage Milo Baughman armchairs reupholstered in a snappy green velvet. The office features an oversized table that functions as a desk and a casual dining area. A big thank you to Luxe magazine for the feature! Pick up a copy at your local newsstand to see the full article.
We’re finally recovering from our whirlwind trip to High Point Market last month! With only three days and over 2,000 exhibitors to see, we left our heels at home and hit the ground running. It was a great opportunity to check out new products from our go-to furniture manufacturers and to discover some interesting new lines. Take a look at our favorite finds below!
Julian Chichester showroom. Available for purchase through Witford showroom in the SFDC
We loved the styling at Julian Chichester – so many fun, modern pieces and fabulous light fixtures.
Baker Mirror and Sling Chair by Kara Mann for Baker | Milling Road
Kara Mann’s new furniture collection for Milling Road was a show stopper! It was so refreshing to see some modern pieces with a little edge.
Kelly Wearstler for E.J. Victor
So much eye candy in the E.J. Victor showroom, which included Kelly Wearstler and Kate Spade’s new line. We especially love Kelly’s graphic wallpaper and Racetrack mirror.
Oly Studio showroom at High Point Market
The Jonathan lounge in mustard velvet and gold leaf mixes beautifully with Oly’s ethereal lighting and tailored upholstery.
Bolier Objets Sideboard
Bolier’s transitional casegoods are beautiful in person with excellent attention to detail and craftsmanship. Did we miss something? Share your favorites from HPMKT in the comments!
We’re excited to share our latest editorial feature in the April issue of Modern Luxury Interiors!
“Perched at the top of a hill on a beautiful block in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, Alfred and Rebecca Lin’s home has some of the most desirable views an urban setting can afford.”
“Throughout, the design strikes a masculine and feminine balance – bold, metallic flourishes blended with modern, rectilinear pieces. The look changes from room to room, yet tells a cohesive story and truly captures the Lin’s day-to-day lifestyle and personal tastes. Mission accomplished!”
Read the full article here or pick up a copy at your neighborhood newsstand!
Spring has officially arrived! Satisfy your urge to redecorate by switching up your accessories – small changes can go a long way! Bring in pops of bright, happy colors such as coral and aqua with new accent pillows for your sofa or bed. Be sure to temper the color with plenty of white to keep the feeling light and fresh.
Give your bedside table, entry console, or coffee table new life with colorful vases and geometric brass accents. The Headlands concrete tray by Alice Tacheny is perfect for corralling rings, bracelets, and delicate necklaces.