2013 has been an amazing year at Niche Interiors – We had the opportunity to work with wonderful clients and fantastic homes all over the Bay Area! We’re grateful to our loyal clients, hardworking vendors, and for our new office just two blocks from the Design Center.
As we looked back at our projects from this year a few common themes popped up! Read on for a few of our favorite design elements from 2013.
Glass pendants: We can’t get enough! From the entryway to dining rooms and kitchen nooks, glass adds subtle interest and sparkle without screaming for attention.
Geometric runners are an easy way to spice up stairs and long hallways.
Grasscloth wallpaper creates cozy, enveloping bedrooms and is a great way to add interest without using bold patterns.
Happy holidays and cheers to another year of great design!
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Tired of red and green? Opt for a white and gold color scheme for your holiday decor this year! Simply mix and match white accessories, such as vases and glasses, with gold and brass accents, votives and candles. Feeling extra festive? Throw in some silver accents for a full-on metallic party!
3 Piece Wire Objet from Dwell Studio
West Elm Fin Ceramic Vases
Slanted brass candle holders from Dwell Studio
Paper String Lights from Serena & Lily
Happy holidays and happy decorating!
We are excited to share our latest project – a classic bathroom remodel in the Forest Hills neighborhood of San Francisco. We reconfigured the layout, eliminating the separate shower and bathtub that were squeezed into the small space.
A generously sized shower stall features handmade ceramic tile, marble flooring, and frameless glass doors.
Wainscoting was added to give the space a more traditional feel, keeping with the period of the home. A grey washed vanity cabinet provides storage and adds to the classic style of the space.
We took a quick break from our projects to check out West Edge Design Fair in Santa Monica last week. Not only did we spot some fabulous new talent, we also met the designers behind some of our favorite products. Feeling inspired and excited to return next year!
Asher Israelow had beautiful pieces with *perfect* proportions (most likely a result of his background in architecture). The line had a subtle nod to mid-century design while still feeling fresh and forward-thinking.
This dining table with a celestial brass inlay pattern is stunning.
We had the pleasure of meeting the dynamic duo behind Apparatus Studio – an inventive lighting company from New York. The finish options for their handcrafted fixtures have so much depth. Goodbye chrome, hello aged brass!
Patrick Weder Design‘s honeycomb cellulose lamps looked incredible paired with Calico‘s Lunaris wallpaper, inspired by NASA photographs of moonscapes.
Egg Collective’s brass and marble Hawley side tables are super chic AND adjustable in height! A designer’s dream.
Niche Interiors just completed another home in Pacific Heights – we celebrated with a long (but fun!) photo shoot. This home is the perfect example of how a cohesive color palette works; the rooms all speak to one another without the home feeling matchy.
Create a color palette before starting your project. Figure out what mood you want your space to convey. Are you drawn to more contrast or less? Do you like a little drama or do you tend to play it safe? Start with a base of neutrals and a few accent colors and go from there.
Rooms that connect to each other should tell a similar color story. In the dining and living rooms above we took the living room palette of lighter greys and turned it up a notch in the dining room for a more dramatic effect. Going with lighter or darker tones in the same color family is a good rule of thumb.
Use bold color intentionally and sparingly. Saturated, bold color is best used in small doses: on occasional pieces, accent pillows, and artwork. The walls in small transition spaces such as an entryways or powder rooms are also perfect for bold hues. Use various tones of the same color throughout a space to tie it all together.
Flos is a luxury Italian Lighting company specializing in unique and iconic lighting. Since 1971 Flos has collaborated with renowned designers to create the most distinctive lighting designs, including collaborations with Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, and Antonio Citterio.
The new AIM design is a uniquely minimalist suspended light designed by brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. In their own words, AIM is a “new type of lamp that is naturally positioned in space – like a plant – with long cables providing maximum freedom to adjust the direction and height of the light source.” Similar to hanging vines, the long, free wires allow for “infinite adjustability” while providing a sense of the natural, as the wires seem to “develop and grow like branches or climbing plants”.
We love that AIM uses warm LED, making it a very low energy consumption lamp. Eco-friendly and adjustable? This one gets the Niche stamp of approval!
Niche Interiors was tasked with creating a master retreat for two busy parents in the East Bay. After focusing their energy on creating kid’s rooms and play spaces for their energetic young boys they were in desperate need of a sophisticated adult space. We were thrilled to tackle this project for such hardworking and deserving parents!
Before: The room lacked depth, softness and warmth. The generous space was sparsely filled with furniture on one end with a huge void at the foot of the bed. This room was begging for a seating area!
After: A chocolate velvet upholstered bed anchors one side of the room and a pair of deep armchairs and ottoman create a cozy lounge area in front of the fireplace. Natural elements are introduced with textural grasscloth and capiz shell light fixtures.
Tranquil palette. Our clients were drawn to warm, neutral spaces without much contrast. We kept the overall color palette to taupe, chocolate, ivory, and seafoam. A mix of velvet, subtle patterns, and natural fibers creates a soothing and sumptuous space to unwind. We introduced small doses of persimmon for an unexpected pop of vibrancy. This warm hue can be found throughout the bedroom in pillows, flowers, and artwork.
With the new seating area our clients can’t seem to keep their boys out of here! We’re not entirely sure if this is a good or bad thing. Either way, this room has received the stamp of approval from all family members. To us, that’s a job well done!
Cottages & Bungalows’ September kitchen issue (featuring our Marin Remodel, shown below) inspired us to pull together some of our favorite modern kitchen photos. Light, bright, and clean – everything a kitchen should be!
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We are excited to share a guest post from Viridian Reclaimed Wood – a reclaimed wood flooring, paneling and furniture salvaging company based and operated in Portland, Oregon.
Reclaimed wood is hot in the green building industry and more people are using it in their homes and offices. You can use reclaimed wood for upgrades, remodels and new building projects.
What is Reclaimed Wood? Simply put, reclaimed wood is lumber that’s given a new life. Think of it as salvaged or recycled wood. The amazing thing about reclaimed wood is that it’s generally harder and more durable than virgin wood from newly cut trees. By choosing this material, you can help divert perfectly usable material from the nation’s landfills. Plus, making an item from salvaged lumber, like reclaimed wood flooring, uses less energy than making the same item out of virgin wood.
The Top Sources of Reclaimed Wood
Deconstructed buildings. Remember that old barn overgrown with foliage you saw during a drive through the country? It has the potential to become reclaimed wood along with other buildings that are no longer used, like old houses, warehouses and even water tanks.
Discarded shipping and crating material. It’s common for shipping companies to discard crating and shipping materials made from beautiful European and Asian hardwood species that are ultra-durable. By choosing to use salvaged lumber, you can have exotic wood in your home or office without the eco-guilt.
Old-growth stumps. Modern manufacturers have figured out how to remove large, pioneer-era stumps (often referred to as buckskins) to turn them into beautiful reclaimed wood flooring.
Wine casks. When vintners no longer need their redwood wine casks, the life of the lumber doesn’t have to end. Instead, incorporate the rosy-toned timber into your project.
School gyms. Schools often use hardwoods like glulam and Douglas fir for their floors and bleachers. When the gym gets a facelift, the possibilities for the hundreds of feet of salvaged wood are endless.
Reclaimed Wood’s Lifecycle. Typically, after a company sources high-quality timber that’s no longer needed, it salvages the wood and separates it into different piles: high-grade, mid-grade and low-grade lumber. The low-grade lumber becomes firewood or bio-fuel, while the mid-grade wood is made into utility-grade products, like shipping pallets. During the sorting process, workers take the time to make sure that everything that’s recyclable—metal, plastic and nylon—ends up in the recycling bin and not the dumpster.
The high-grade salvaged wood gets dried in a kiln, which stabilizes the lumber and also assures there are not bugs or fungi. After the drying process, the wood is milled to reveal its inner beauty and original characteristics. The milled lumber then gets packaged and shipped to home and business owners who seek a green solution to their décor needs.
How to Incorporate Reclaimed Wood into Your Home or Office. For the most part, if you can make something with virgin wood, you can also build it with reclaimed wood. Here are some ideas about how to incorporate salvaged lumber in your home: Reclaimed wood flooring, veneer paneling on walls, desks or cabinets, decking, tabletops, countertops, shelves, casework, doors.
Using reclaimed wood is a unique and creative way to bring beauty and function into your home or office. Talk to a remodeler or reclaimed lumber retailer to learn more about its benefits and uses.