Organizing Your Home with Changing Places

Posted on March 24th, 2015

We are excited to share a guest post from Katie Carr, Executive Vice President at Changing Places, an award winning home organizing and move coordination firm based in Marin. Her team of professional home organizers specialize in orchestrating complex relocations throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

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Start by studying how you and your family move about your house. Recognize how you utilize each room, and how often you’re there – this will help prioritize your organizing.

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Photo courtesy of Houzz

Most of us walk into our house with purses, groceries, keys, and more. An intuitive “drop zone” off your main entryway creates a home for essential items. It may include a key rack, an inbox for kids’ artwork or bills, or an attractive container for everyday items.

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Even if your home office shares space with a bedroom, create a dedicated work area that inspires you.

• Love where you work – even if you don’t have a window, hang a pretty picture above your desk and personalize a small corner of your desk with framed photos, a living plant or kids’ artwork.
• Buy a beautiful basket to tame your inbox piles on your desk’s surface, and use vertical file boxes for everyday papers.
• Invest in an attractive, comfortable and ergonomic chair.


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What good is that custom closet when your most needed items are inaccessible (or in a pile)? Make sure essentials are within arm’s reach and contained well.

• Use garment boxes and sweater bins, which can also house handbags.
• Slim, velvet hangers work well to maximize space – you can squeeze in 20-25% more than traditional wooden hangers.
• See through acrylic shoe boxes stack well – and protect your Choos!

Living in Style…With a Toddler!

Posted on March 11th, 2015

There are plenty of mixed opinions about having a stylish home with young children. We are firm believers that you can have both! With a few smart design choices (and the right stain treatment) your home can be a beautiful place that the whole family can enjoy. Our latest project in Laurel Heights is a perfect example – sophisticated yet warm and livable.

Formal Living Room

The velvet sofa and ivory armchairs in the formal living room were stain treated with a non-toxic, water-based solution. So far no sticky hand prints or stains!


A textural wool rug is easy to clean and hides tiny toddler crumbs while the sturdy resin cocktail table can withstand bumps without tipping over easily.

Family Room

A kids corner is created in the family room with plenty of storage for toys and books. The white bookcase and shelves coordinate with the media stand for a cohesive look. A lightweight coffee table is easily moved aside when the train set comes out. Ready to start on your family-friendly interior design project? Contact us today!

San Francisco Style: Noe Valley

Posted on February 5th, 2015

We are excited to start a new blog series featuring furniture selections for homes in San Francisco’s distinct neighborhoods. Each post will be curated by the talented designers on our team. First up is Anna, our Design Assistant, who chose ottomans for their versatility and function.

Noe Valley is one of our favorite areas to work – the vibe tends to be a little more contemporary than other neighborhoods, with a subtle nod to mid-century design. Ottomans can complete the layout of a living room, provide function in an entry way, or be pulled out for extra seating during big gatherings. The perfect piece for a casual, family-friendly home in Noe Valley!


 1. Stellarworks Brasilian Metal Stool. I love the curved wood frame and delicate base of this piece. It’s just the right balance of simplicity and interest.

2. Studio Van Den Akker Charles Ottoman – Available to the trade from De Sousa Hughes. The thick upholstered cushion gives this piece a strong presence and the exposed bolts are a handsome detail. It’s sophisticated design pairs well with a mid-century modern chair.

3. Dasha Small Ottoman from Zinc Door. I love the details on the base of the Dasha ottoman – elegant but not overly fancy. This would be perfect for taking off shoes or stashing your handbag in an entryway.

4. B&B Italia Stella Stool. This is a great non-upholstered option for families with young children (wipeable – yay!). I like the curvature of the seat and its simple, casual vibe. I could see a pair of these in front of a fireplace or used as seating in a tight kitchen nook.

5. Elana Bench from Bright Chair – Available to the trade. This ottoman can stand alone or sit side by side to be used as a bench – at the foot of your bed or in your living room.

Need professional help? Contact us for more information about our interior design services.

Lonny Magazine: Going Green in Silicon Valley

Posted on January 21st, 2015

Eco friendly interior design Palo Alto

We are thrilled to share our eco-friendly Palo Alto project on Lonny today! I’m not going to lie – this was a tough one to keep secret the past few months. The Niche team had a fantastic collaboration with our clients, a young couple expecting their first baby.

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We created a contemporary, eco-friendly home using a mix of custom, non-toxic upholstery, natural fabrics and solid wood furniture. I could go on and on, but I’ll let you read the whole scoop on Lonny!

Best of Houzz 2015: Design + Customer Service

Posted on January 19th, 2015

2015 is off to a great start for Niche Interiors! We’ve been awarded “Best of Houzz” in the Design and Customer Service categories for the 4th consecutive year.

Best of Houzz Award 2015

One of our most popular images on Houzz in 2014

“The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Service and Design. Customer Service honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz.”

A huge thank you to our amazing clients for taking the time to write testimonials and to Houzzers for continuing to find inspiration in our work!

Bring on the Sparkle!

Posted on December 1st, 2014

Is your dining room feeling a little blah? Spruce it up with a new chandelier for the holidays! Nothing sets the tone better than a warm glow and a little sparkle.

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Bubbles chandelier from Clayton Gray Home

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Lindsay Adelman Chandelier from The Future Perfect

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Arteriors Zanadoo Chandelier from Lumens

Sneak Peek: Telegraph Hill Home

Posted on October 30th, 2014

We’re back with more sneak peeks of our Telegraph Hill project! Previously, 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.

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!

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.


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


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.


Read the full article in the September issue at