2016 Decorating Trends: Go Bold or Go Home!

Posted on January 27th, 2016

Will redecorating be one of your New Year’s resolutions this year? Read on for our predictions on hot home trends in 2016. (Hint: They are anything but timid!)

Vibrant, saturated colors are popping up everywhere. From upholstery to walls and ceilings, bold tones such as emerald green, cobalt blue, and fuchsia will reign.

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Rosy metals, such as copper and rose gold, are quickly edging out brass as the finish du jour. You can find pendant lights, plumbing fixtures, hardware and accessories in this pretty metallic.

It looks like the jungle trend is just getting started! From the runway to the home, botanical and tropical patterns are showing up in both traditional and unexpected color combos.

Osborne & Little Tropicana Wallpaper, Martinique 90210 Wallpaper

Are you ready to transform your home in the New Year? We’re here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our range of interior design and remodeling services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

New Year, New Office!

Posted on January 4th, 2016

The Niche team is delighted to kick off 2016 in our beautiful new office in Potrero Hill!

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When we first saw this space a few months ago it had seen better days, from the dingy carpet to the brown wall heaters, it was in need of some major design TLC. New wide plank oak floors and a fresh coat of white paint (Benjamin Moore White Dove for the win) and the space immediately felt bigger and brighter.

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We furnished the space with a mix of retail, vintage, and custom pieces. Artwork from Minted mixes with flea market finds to create a gallery wall above IKEA Besta cabinets. Bookcases from CB2 house our library of design books and material samples.

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A spiral staircase leads up to the conference room where we installed picture ledges to display over sized photos of our projects. The custom work table from San Francisco’s own Varian Designs (above right) is our favorite spot to gather and brainstorm.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2016!

Curated Holiday Tablescapes

Posted on November 10th, 2015

With the holidays right around the corner, we have entertaining on the brain. Our designers scoured the internet for the most stylish tabletop accessories for your next dinner party, with winning combinations curated for every style and mood. Now, all you have to worry about is the food. Bon appétit!

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Chic + Moody  //  Black  plates + Smoky glassware + brass accents

DWR Almoco flatware, Anthropologie Hearken Glassware, Kelly Wearstler Brushstroke Dinner Napkin, William Sonoma Alpico Reglisse Dinner Plate, Kelly Wearstler Diva Dish

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Clean + Crisp  //  Modern stemware + White plates + Concrete planters

Calvin Klein Hampshire Stemware, West Elm Organic Dinnerware, Bliss Home Brushstroke Napkin, Concrete Geometric Mini Vessels

 

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Warm + Natural  //  Stoneware plates +  Wood candlesticks + Linen napkins

Anthropologie Morandi Pitcher, DWR Torso Candleholders, Horne Tank Low Ball Glass, Pottery Barn Wheaton Stripe Napkin, Brickett Davda Plates from March

Ready to revamp your home? Contact us to learn more about our San Francisco interior design services!

Niche Brings Home ASID Award!

Posted on October 26th, 2015

We were so honored to receive both a Silver Award and an Honorable Mention at the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Awards Gala last week!

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We brought home the Silver Award in the Best Bathroom Category for our Forest Hill Remodel project from 2013.

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Another one of our projects in San Francisco’s Forest Hill neighborhood received an Honorable Mention for Best Residential Project over 3,000 square feet.

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A huge thank you to ASID and congratulations to all of the winners and nominees!

Wine Country Style

Posted on September 28th, 2015

The Niche team is having a blast designing a family-friendly vacation home in Napa! Switching gears from working on swanky city homes to creating a laid back, country getaway has been a fun and welcome challenge. Take a peek inside three of our favorite, inspirational wine country spaces…

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Wine country design doesn’t get any better than this St. Helena home designed by Erin Martin, featured in San Francisco Cottages & Gardens earlier this year. It has just the right amount of raw texture, balanced by a mix of metals and sculptural furniture.

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It’s no surprise that Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma is one of our favorite spots, created by the dream team of Orlando Diaz-Azcuy and Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects.

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This wine country retreat designed by Andrew Mann Architecture is airy, contemporary and inviting – not an easy task to pull off! Stay tuned for sneak peeks of our Napa project in 2016!

Niche is Hiring!

Posted on September 11th, 2015

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Niche Interiors is looking for a talented Interior Design Assistant to join our team!

Prepare to learn quickly and work on a range of high-end residential projects throughout San Francisco, Napa, and the Peninsula. The ideal candidate will have a passion for interior design, a sense of humor, and a very high attention to detail. Check out the full scoop here! Know someone who might be the perfect fit? Please spread the word!

How to Hire an Interior Designer

Posted on August 24th, 2015

Thinking of hiring an interior designer but not sure where to start? You are not alone. Many of our Bay Area clients have never worked with an interior designer before and wonder what to expect. Read on for tips on streamlining your search for the right designer.

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Scope of work? Start by mapping out the work you want done in your home. Which rooms do you want to tackle? What types of services are you are interested in: Space planning, remodeling, furniture selection and purchasing? Determine a rough budget and timeline for your project. Many design firms schedule projects months in advance, so it’s best to start looking before you actually want to start work. Once you have a clear grasp of the scope of your project, start searching for a design firm whose strengths and services are a good match.

Start with style. There are many differences between design firms, ranging from the design process, billing structure, and philosophy. The easiest way to narrow in on your top contenders is to look at a variety of designers projects and see which portfolio speaks to you.

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Key Questions. Most designers will start with an initial phone call or in-home consultation before starting a project. The following are a few key questions to ask during this initial meeting:

1. Is the firm full-service or do they work as consultants? Full-service firms manage a project from start to finish, while consultants work on a smaller scale and will provide quick advice or guidance as needed. Be sure to ask whether they have a minimum project size or budget that they typically work with.

2. Who will you be working with? How many employees does the firm have  — Will you be working solely with the principal designer or with other designers in the firm? If the firm is larger, find out if you will have one designer as a main point of contact.

3. What are the billing practices? Most designers bill by the hour, with varying rates for each designer based on level of experience. Inquire about hourly rates and if an estimate will be provided based on past projects. It’s best for everyone to be on the same page before starting work.

Last but certainly not least – Pay close attention to the rapport you have with the designer. It’s important to make sure the designer “gets you” and that you can relate to them both professionally and personally. The design process should be rewarding and fun!

Niche Interiors is a full-service San Francisco interior design firm, specializing in contemporary, eco-friendly interiors. Contact us to find out if our services are the right fit for your project!

Going Glam in SOMA!

Posted on August 6th, 2015

We recently wrapped up a fun project in SOMA – a glam condo that’s perfect for relaxing and entertaining.  Our clients turned to Niche Interiors to help soften the modern lines of their new space and to create a cozy and welcoming new home. Judging by our clients thrilled reactions, I think we succeeded!

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First, we painted over the brick red walls with a wispy dove gray, which immediately made the space feel larger and more airy. We added a statement chandelier over the dining table and designed a custom banquette to maximize seating in a small space.

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A large rug grounds the seating area and custom drapery panels add softness and elongate the room.

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A tufted headboard mingles with metallics and soft geometric patterns in the luxe master bedroom.

The Latest on Flame Retardants

Posted on July 6th, 2015

Our recent projects in Woodside and Napa have very different styles, but share common requirements: Non-toxic finishes and no flame retardants. We continually update our eco-friendly database to track which furniture manufacturers are phasing out harmful flame retardants from their upholstery. Read on to learn which companies are headed in the right direction!

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Long-standing Green Companies
Cisco Home, Lee Industries, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams have all been offering a greener alternative to traditional foam for years. Up until the new 2013 update to TB117 passed in California, Lee Industries and Mitchell Gold were using soy foam, which contain significantly less chemicals. Cisco Home takes it one step further by offering natural latex and organic wool options. Mitchell Gold and Lee Industries now use foam with no flame retardants.

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• Crate & Barrel phased out flame retardants in early 2014 – kudos!
• DWR has phased out the use of flame retardants in their new pieces, but be sure to check if you are purchasing something from old stock which may still have chemicals.
• Room & Board stated that their manufacturers have phased out flame retardants this year.

Not Even Close
• Restoration Hardware still uses flame retardants and has no known plans to change. Boo!

When in doubt, check the label on the underside of sofas. A new Calfornia law requires that furniture made after January 1, 2015 feature an updated label that clearly states whether or not flame retardants were added to the foam.

Behind the Scenes: A Surprise Design Makeover

Posted on June 11th, 2015

As many of you know, the Niche team has been busy working with The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Houzz to re-design the home of a firefighter struggling with ALS. We designed a cozy new living room for the family and surprised them with makeovers for their two young daughters’ rooms, as well as their master bedroom.

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We had 3 days to completely overhaul this space – we started by painting all the rooms and the fireplace, installing new fans and light fixtures and new window treatments. The new furniture in the living room provides a more comfortable and welcoming space for the family while maintaining ample room for the husband’s wheelchair.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show home makeover reveal

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Next, all the furniture and industrial accessories from the Houzz Shop were moved in to create the rustic, casual space that the family wanted. As a special gift, the Niche team commissioned a reclaimed wood tray and coasters from a San Francisco woodworker – proudly showing off the husband’s Engine 32 logo.

The Ellen Show Home Makeover Reveal

Lynn and I each tackled a girl’s bedroom, applying removable decals to give the rooms an easy and fun update. Those pinwheel designs that Lynn created are my favorite detail!

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After much anticipation, the family was thrilled with their new rooms! We were honored to be involved with this makeover and to be able to help this incredible family. Be sure to watch the reveal episode here.

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