Striking Balance: Modern Luxury Interiors

Posted on April 26th, 2016

We’re excited to share our latest editorial feature in the April issue of Modern Luxury Interiors!

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“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.”

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“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!”

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Read the full article here or pick up a copy at your neighborhood newsstand!

3 Easy Spring Spruce-ups

Posted on March 23rd, 2016

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.

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Above: Accent pillows by Caitlin Wilson

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.

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Above: Alice Tacheny concrete tray, Judy Jackson vases from West Elm, Hex candle holders from Jayson Home

Add a print or two to your gallery wall, swapping out moodier artwork for pieces with lighter color palettes.

"Going for a Swim" by Whitney Deal. Available through Minted.com

Above: “Going for a Swim” by Whitney Deal

Ready for professional help? Contact us to find out more about our range of San Francisco interior design services.

A Home in the Clouds

Posted on February 15th, 2016

We’re excited to share our latest press coverage on Rue Daily!

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“Designing homes that “bring high-end design down to earth,” Niche Interiors consistently delivers work that doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort. Case in point? A recent project for a young couple moving back to San Francisco from New York City. The pair loved the prime Pacific Heights location and fantastic city views, but wanted to personalize the space and make it their own. Niche created a calm, airy space with a mix of traditional details, custom upholstery and statement lighting.”  – Rue Magazine

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Most importantly, our clients are thrilled with their new home! Testimonials like these make our job so rewarding:

“Jen and her team at Niche Interiors listened to our ideas, understood our style, and helped us transform our empty home in Pacific Heights into a beautiful and relaxing space. They were so easy to work with and went out of their way to make the process as simple as possible. We would highly recommend Niche Interiors for any project (and already have to several friends)!”   – Homeowners

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.

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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 two of our favorite, inspirational wine country spaces…

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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!

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