How to Think Like an Interior Designer

Posted on October 29th, 2014

We recently wrapped up projects in Palo Alto, Forest Hill and Pacific Heights. Despite their different styles they all highlight the benefits of using a thoughtful, cohesive, and organized approach to design. Read on for insights into our design process and how you can apply the same ideas to your own home.

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Creating Harmony. Do your research to discover which style elements, colors, and textures you are drawn to. We create customized image books for our clients, but you can also use websites such as Houzz or Pinterest to create your own ideabooks. Write down a design concept and color scheme for your space and select all the rugs, paint colors, and fabrics together to create a cohesive plan. In this Palo Alto bedroom we added interest with a silvery grasscloth and textural fabrics for clients who prefer a muted palette rather than bold colors and patterns.

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Scale & Proportion. A floor plan is the foundation for a successful design project. Start with creating the furniture layout, considering traffic flow and conversation areas. In this formal living room in Pacific Heights we placed two armchairs opposite the sofa to create an intimate conversation area within a larger space.

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Adding function. Often times we will start on a project before our clients live in the space. In this case, it’s important to anticipate their needs and to find ways to add function. We added an entry table to this awkward space at the foot of the staircase to provide a place to toss keys and mail. Bonus: It’s pretty!

Sneak Peek: Telegraph Hill Home

Posted on October 1st, 2014

We’re back with more sneak peeks of our Telegraph Hill project! Last week we shared behind the scenes photos of the media room. Next up: A look inside the formal living room, a sophisticated but comfortable space that none of us wanted to leave!

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The Highwire Tandem fixture from Apparatus Studio mixes with Italian armchairs and solid walnut ottomans from Ralph Pucci.

Behind the Scenes: Telegraph Hill Install

Posted on September 18th, 2014

After a year of working on our Telegraph Hill project, the Niche Interiors team was eagerly anticipating the furniture install this month. This incredible, modern home designed by Lundberg Design is built on the edge of Telegraph Hill overlooking the Bay and the San Francisco skyline.

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With extensive planning and organization and some major hustle, we were able to complete the 8,000 square foot installation in just two days.

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After all the rugs are placed, Niche directs the furniture placement until each piece is perfectly aligned.

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A B&B Italia Ray sectional in a navy wool mingles with vintage Milo Baughman armchairs reupholstered in a snappy green velvet.

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A huge thank you to the entire Niche team (I know 7:30 is an early start!) and to everyone on the fabulous moving crew – we couldn’t have pulled it off without you! Stay tuned for our next post featuring the formal living room.

Rue Magazine: Top 7 Designers to Watch in 2015

Posted on September 10th, 2014

A huge thank you to Rue Magazine for selecting Niche Interiors as a Top Designer to Watch in 2015! We are honored to be included alongside so many talented designers.

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Read the full article in the September issue at Ruemag.com.

The Cure for Chilly San Francisco Nights

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Galanter & Jones has created the perfect solution for our chilly Bay Area backyards – furniture that’s stylish, modern and WARM! The San Francisco-based company began crafting heated outdoor furniture in 2012, after struggling to find a solution for their own San Francisco backyard. We caught up with the creators, brother and sister duo Miranda and Aaron Jones, at their SOMA studio this week.

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Helios bench

They achieve the beautiful curves (and ergonomic, comfy) shape of the Helios bench by using a hand shaped mold to create each bench. Simply plug it in and set it to your desired temperature, and presto! – you have a cozy spot to relax without the hassle of heat lamps. The smooth hi-tech cast stone retains the heat and withstands the elements year round.

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What’s next? Keep an eye out for a new coffee table design and a chair version of the Helios coming soon. Head to Flora Grubb Gardens to take a seat and see what all the fuss is about…I’m pretty sure you won’t want to get up!

Curb Appeal Tips for your Luxury Home

Posted on August 12th, 2014

We recently had the privilege of catching up with Herman Chan, one of San Francisco’s biggest Real Estate Personalities, to get the inside scoop on preparing your luxury home to sell for top dollar. Broker, Speaker & Videoblogger, Herman has been featured on countless media outlets including HGTV, House Hunters, My House is Worth What, and MSNBC.

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What are the biggest mistakes you see on the exterior of luxury homes on the market?

It never ceases to amaze me how much homeowners will spend on designer furniture, imported marble, one of a kind toilets, but the outside of their home look so blah.  Take a chance with some off the beaten path color for that front door! In my forthcoming photography book Looking Up: Images to Uplift & Inspire, I highlighted some luxury properties with interesting exteriors because those are the ones that stood out from a sea of homogeneity.

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What are the top three things homeowners can do to make the best first impression?

I know I sound like a broken record, however, it needs to be underscored because people just don’t learn.
Three things that will make any home stand out is to declutter, new paint and professional staging.  Decluttering allows people focus on the wonderful space rather than littered personal junk.  Spruce up your home with a fresh coat of paint for a quick facelift and to unify spaces for natural flow.  A whole generation of consumers have been socialized by HGTV to expect staged properties during the shopping process. Buyers want to be wow’d which will hopefully be reflected in offer prices.

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Would you recommend the same improvements in Pacific Heights as you would in Noe Valley, Piedmont or Palo Alto? Are there regional trends sellers should pay attention to?

In order to be successful in real estate, you must understand your consumer.  The Bay Area yet more notably in San Francisco, a plethora of micro-markets exist so each market deserves different approaches.  Piedmont is all about family, hosting dinner parties, and manicured yards for kids’ parties.  You wouldn’t remodel a sprawling Piedmont estate in the aesthetic of a SOMA loft heavy with steel, brick, and concrete which is in fact very appealing to young professionals in tech and Millennials. The Casto, historically the gay ghetto, has gentrified immensely with influx of young families. I am seeing a lot of bedrooms staged as kids rooms in the Castro. You’ll see a lot of regional trends in my book Looking Up, whose images draw primarily from Northern Californian life and decor. I made sure to cite the location and city of each photo. The eclectic nature of this area is astounding!

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Thanks for your tips, Herman! Read more on Herman’s blog Habitat for Hermanity.

Sleek and Modern Outdoor Loungers

Posted on July 24th, 2014

Summer is well under way in the Bay Area – even for us San Franciscans! This season’s unusually warm weather may have you scrambling to spruce up your outdoor space. Never fear, we’ve rounded up 5 modern lounge chairs that will add instant style to your patio. Grab one now before the fog rolls back in…

Walter Lamp Lounge Chair from DWR

Walter Lamb Lounge Chair from DWR

Bend Goods Bunny Chair

Bend Goods Bunny Chair

Breeze Lounge Chair from 2Modern.com

Breeze Lounge Chair from 2Modern.com

Blu Dot Jibe Lounge Chair

Blu Dot Jibe Lounge Chair

Paula Lenti Nido Chair from DZINE

Paola Lenti Nido Chair from DZINE

Kid-friendly Storage Solutions

Posted on July 9th, 2014

With school out for summer you might be struggling to find a way to keep your children’s toys from taking over every inch of the house. We’ve rounded up a few chic ways to keep your home clutter-free while keeping toys and games easily accessible for playtime!

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Disguise What’s Inside. An easy way to completely remove toys from view is to use furniture that doubles as storage units such as ottomans, benches, or coffee tables. Niche Interiors designed the above ottoman with a removable top for stashing kids stuff out of sight before adult gatherings.

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Mix It Up. Use low storage units that can house bins or be used as open shelving. Being able to see a few books and supplies will add visual interest to the room while providing easy access for your kids.

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Stylish Bins. Treat woven baskets, patterned bins, or wooden crates as design elements in your space – look for options that are both attractive and functional. Land of Nod, Serena & Lily, and The Container Store are all great places to start your search!

Chic Summer Retreats

Posted on June 12th, 2014

If you’re like us, you dream about escaping to a scenic place with an equally beautiful interior to match. Take a mini-vacay with these inspiring vacation homes, and steal a few tips to freshen up your own space!

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Designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks

Now, this is a room you would want to lounge in for days! Take home tip: Layer a bold, striped rug over an existing rug for an graphic but laid-back feel.

Designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks

Take home tip: Maximize the potential of every corner of your home with statement artwork and beautiful, well-curated accessories. A well-styled table goes a long way!

Designed by Patrick Printy

Designed by Patrick Printy

If this was my vacation home, I’d never leave! Take home tip: Layer crisp white sheets with wool and linen blankets, and bring in the outdoors with a simple, but dramatic flower arrangement.

New Kid on the Block: S16 Home

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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We’re always on the hunt for new furniture stores in San Francisco, especially if “vintage” and “industrial” are involved! We stopped in to check out the newly opened S16 Home in the Castro, which specializes in vintage furniture and lighting, quirky industrial antiques, and high-end designer consignments.

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The upholstery consignments include mid-range to high-end pieces; We spotted Room & Board armchairs and Barbara Barry for McGuire chairs (score!). But, the showstopper was definitely the Hudson live-edge coffee table with acrylic base.

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S16 Home is located at 286 Sanchez Street in San Francisco. Happy hunting!

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