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