Designer Picks for your Noe Valley Home

Posted on January 29th, 2015

We are excited to start a new blog series featuring our favorite furniture picks 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!

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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.

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.

B&B Italia Sella Stool

B&B Italia Sella 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.

Dasha Small Ottoman from Zinc Door

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.

Elana Bench from Bright Chair. Available to the trade.

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.

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Lonny Magazine: Going Green in Silicon Valley

Posted on January 21st, 2015

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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.

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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!

Happy Holidays from Niche!

Posted on December 23rd, 2014

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A huge thank you to our awesome clients, vendors, and supporters for making this such an exciting year.                           Cheers to a happy, healthy, and creative 2015!

5 Tips for Creating a Cozy Guest Room

Posted on December 11th, 2014

Expecting guests for the holidays? We’ve got you covered! Follow these five steps to create a cozy and comfortable space for all your friends and family.

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1. Two Nightstands. It’s simple but essential, and falls under the guiding rule of being a good host: Make everything as easy and comfortable as possible for your guests. Providing a spot to place their drink and charge their phone is a must-have.

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2. Bedside lighting. Avoid making your guests get out of their cozy bed to turn off the lights. Provide wall sconces or bedside lamps (preferably with dimmers) for reading and relaxing.

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3. Fluffy towels & Extra blankets. Provide plenty of fresh towels in all sizes (don’t forget the washcloths) and extra blankets for chilly nights. Spritz a little linen spray (rose water is a solid choice) on sheets for an added touch.

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4. Fresh flowers! You don’t need to go overboard – a simple arrangement of one flower will make all the difference. No flowers handy? Grab some greenery or branches from your garden for a rustic arrangement.

5. Wi-fi password. How many times have you had to ask a host for their wi-fi password? Make it easy for your guests and provide a printed card with your network information.

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

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Modo Chandelier from Roll & Hill

Fuss-free Holiday Tablescapes

Posted on November 11th, 2014

The holidays are right around the corner! We did the legwork for you, and hunted down the most stylish and simple decorating ideas for your festive gatherings this season. Cheers!

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Photo courtesy of Pinterest

 Black accents + Succulents. Start with a linen tablecloth and mix in black candles and dishware for a polished yet relaxed vibe.

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Photo courtesy of Domaine Home

 Pumpkins + Rustic Flowers. How clever is this? Use white pumpkins as vases for rustic florals and add clusters of berries.

Photo courtesy of Camille Styles

Photo courtesy of Camille Styles

Navy blue + Earthy Tones + Vintage glasses. Layer plates on woven chargers and add a handwritten placecard and a sprig of wheat. Why not?

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Gold + White + Grandma’s China. Bust out the good china and combine it with a lush centerpiece and gold accented glassware for just the right amount of fancy.

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.


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.