Elle Decor Features Our ‘Mad Men’ Orinda Ranch!

We are thrilled to share Elle Decor’s House Tour of one of our recent projects – a mid-century ranch remodel in the East Bay! Niche Interiors was tasked with reviving a classic 1950’s ranch home which fell victim to poor remodeling choices, including Doric columns in the living room (gasp)! Our goal was to create a modern take on a California ranch, infused with our client’s swanky ‘Mad Men’ aesthetic.

Since we all love the satisfaction in seeing major transformations we wanted to share the ‘Before’ photos of this special project! Looking at these photos we can almost forget the months of planning and construction details, or the hundreds of decisions made to get to the ‘After’.

The living room was in dire need of help – dated wall paneling, decorative columns, and a gaudy fireplace clashed with the clean-lined 1950’s architecture. We added custom walnut built-ins to flank the dramatic new slate fireplace.

The library received a dose of drama with black trim and crisp white paint. We removed the existing built-in bookcases which crowded the window and made the room feel smaller, instead opting for contemporary custom built-ins along the left wall. A pair of mustard velvet armchairs are grounded by a round navy rug.

Want to see more?? Check out the House Tour on Elle Decor or view more photos on our Projects Page!


Before & After: Forest Hill Home

What’s better than a dramatic before and after shot?? Our latest project, a 1930s Spanish Mediterranean, had great bones but was in desperate need of cosmetic updates. Niche Interiors worked closely with the architect to transform this dated home into a comfortable and stylish space well-suited for an active family of five.

Before and After Interior Design Project

Painting the beams and walls instantly refreshed the space, along with light wood floors, a contemporary fireplace, and new lighting. Generously scaled sofas ground the expansive living room, creating a cozy conversation area. Textural rugs and natural fabrics are layered with navy and persimmon accents.


Head to our Projects page to see the rest of this beautiful home!

Before & After: San Francisco Bathroom Remodel

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We are excited to share our latest project – a classic bathroom remodel in the Forest Hills neighborhood of San Francisco. We reconfigured the layout, eliminating the separate shower and bathtub that were squeezed into the small space.


A generously sized shower stall features handmade ceramic tile, marble flooring, and frameless glass doors.


Wainscoting was added to give the space a more traditional feel, keeping with the period of the home. A grey washed vanity cabinet provides storage and adds to the classic style of the space.

Before & After: East Bay Master Retreat

Niche Interiors was tasked with creating a master retreat for two busy parents in the East Bay. After focusing their energy on creating kid’s rooms and play spaces for their energetic young boys they were in desperate need of a sophisticated adult space. We were thrilled to tackle this project for such hardworking and deserving parents!


Before: The room lacked depth, softness and warmth.  The generous space was sparsely filled with furniture on one end with a huge void at the foot of the bed.  This room was begging for a seating area!

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After: A chocolate velvet upholstered bed anchors one side of the room and a pair of deep armchairs and ottoman create a cozy lounge area in front of the fireplace. Natural elements are introduced with textural grasscloth and capiz shell light fixtures.

Bedroom fabrics

Tranquil palette.  Our clients were drawn to warm, neutral spaces without much contrast. We kept the overall color palette to taupe, chocolate, ivory, and seafoam. A mix of velvet, subtle patterns, and natural fibers creates a soothing and sumptuous space to unwind. We introduced small doses of persimmon for an unexpected pop of vibrancy.  This warm hue can be found throughout the bedroom in pillows, flowers, and artwork.


With the new seating area our clients can’t seem to keep their boys out of here! We’re not entirely sure if this is a good or bad thing.  Either way, this room has received the stamp of approval from all family members. To us, that’s a job well done!

Install Day: Pacific Heights Home

What self-respecting interior designer doesn’t love install day?! It’s your first opportunity to see the hundreds (YES, hundreds!) of tiny decisions that go into designing a home come together. Last week our install in Pacific Heights started off well with sunny skies and a truck full of furniture.

Contemporary interior design services in Pacific Heights, San Francisco

Lynn and I arrived before the movers to unpack and organize light fixtures and smaller furniture items that had already arrived.


With the help of three movers, we placed rugs and furniture according to our floor plans and adjusted everything until it felt just right. (I still can’t believe the before and after photos below were taken just hours apart!). The muted grey and ivory color palette with a burst of orange looks even better in person than it did in my head.


The neutral palette continues in the master bedroom with taupey-grey grasscloth, a silky rug, and a custom chrome bench at the foot of the bed.

San Francisco Interior Designer master bedroom

Our clients walked in the door at the end of the day in a mild state of excited shock. The best compliment she could have paid us: “It feels just like us, but even better.”

Next up: Accessories!

Happy 5 Year Anniversary to Us!

It’s hard to believe that this time 5 years ago I was embarking on Niche Interiors’ first official project! We’ve come a long way from a one-person show to a small company with two designers and many exciting projects.

Thank you to all the hard working contractors, talented craftsmen and vendors that make our job possible. And, most importantly, a huge heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful clients who have trusted us with their homes. We love our job and look forward to many more years of service!

Join us on our trip down memory lane with this before and after from our first project in North Beach…

Before and after photos San Francisco living room

Giving Back: Chemo Room Makeover

Niche Interiors was contacted a month ago and asked to makeover a drab chemotherapy treatment room at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.  My family has been deeply affected by cancer, and it is a cause that is close to my heart. This was the perfect opportunity to donate our design skills to improve the experience for patients during this difficult time. The room is dedicated to my grandmother Delores, who would have been cheering us on all the way.

Before & After. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and cabinets are a big improvement.

Kerry and I painting the tulip vines "wallpaper"

A new chair and dimmable wall lamp create a welcoming space. Patients are now able to turn off the harsh fluorescent lights.

Thank you to Gerard Connor Painting, my Junior Designer Kerry, and my husband for donating their Saturday to help with this project. For more information and to get involved with this wonderful cause please contact Nancy at Rooms that Rock for Chemo.

Behind the Scenes: The Interior Design Process Revealed

We are often asked about how the design process works, from “Should I pick a rug or a paint color first?” to “How do you figure out if everything will look right together?” What a great excuse to provide a peek into Niche Interiors’ design process — from the first client meeting to the completion of a project. Read on to see our approach illustrated with one of our favorite projects in Pacific Heights – a small space that’s big on style.

Step 1. Interview and Discovery Phase. The first thing we need to know is who you are, how you live, and what you really desire for your living space. Our client survey form narrows in on these questions. A customized image book is compiled using photos of a various interiors. The client’s comments help us visually understand what they are drawn to.

Pacific Heights Survey Answers: Our client, Ms. D, wrote that she wanted a “glamorous” space that “felt like her”. She referenced the Hollywood Regency style and her love of red, black, white, and pink. Ms. D wanted a more functional space that “utilized the space efficiently”.

Step 2. Measuring & Taking Photos. We measure the space and take photos of each room. The architectural details are taken into consideration when creating the new design.

Living Room at the start of the project

Step 3. Floor Plans. The foundation for a good design is an efficient furniture plan with appropriately scaled furniture. Multiple floor plan options are provided to the client.

Final floor plan selected by Ms. D

Step 4. Creation of Design Concept. Let the fun begin! The color scheme and overall design concept is created.

Pacific Heights Design Statement: A glamorous and sophisticated space is created with feminine, curved furniture, a mix of geometric patterns, and a generous dose of metallics. A gray, black and white color scheme is accented with punches of fuchsia and apple green.

Step 5. Paint, Furniture & Fabric Selection. With a clear design concept we start selecting options to present to the client.


Step 6. Ordering and Installation. Niche Interiors places orders and coordinates any contract work that needs to be done before the furniture is delivered. Walls are painted, light fixtures are installed, and drapes are hung. The project is completed and finishing touches are added such as accessories and personal items.

The finished product!

Click here to see more photos of the Pacific Heights apartment.  Contact us today about your next project — we look forward to helping create your dream home.


Before & After: Pacific Heights Glam

I wanted to share a quick before & after of our newly completed project. When the client first moved in there was dingy carpet and stark white walls. After the carpet was removed and the original hardwood floors refinished, we had the walls painted a rich gray. By removing the doors from a living room closet we squeezed a workspace into this small one bedroom apartment. More photos coming soon to our interior design portfolio page!

Before & After

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