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!

Before & After: Small San Francisco Bathroom Remodel

These are some of my favorite before and afters to date! We started with a small split bathroom in Bernal Heights that was outdated and awkward. Reconfiguring the layout in each space allowed us to maximize the square footage and improve function, while new materials and fixtures provided a fresh, updated look. We are thrilled with the result. What do you think?

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small powder room remodel by san francisco interior design firm niche interiors

bay area bathroom remodel

small san francisco bathroom remodel design with marble tile

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

Before & After: Pacific Heights Living Room

What better way to end the week than with an elegant Before & After! We just completed the re-design of this lovely formal living room in Pacific Heights.

Before & After of San Francisco apartment

The room already had a good start – with high ceilings, architectural details, and existing drapery panels and mirrors. We spruced it up with a new seating arrangement featuring an octagonal ottoman designed by Niche Interiors, upholstered armchairs, a rug, and new lighting. (Do you covet that ottoman as much as we do?!)

Before and After photos of San Francisco apartment designed by Niche Interiors

Before & After: Noe Valley Makeover

Let’s kick off 2012 with photos of our brand new project! A new design direction, airy color palette and contemporary fabrics transform this space from lackluster to chic, while incorporating many of the client’s existing furniture pieces.

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.