Hot (and Not) Design Trends for 2017!

Happy (almost) Spring!  Now is the perfect time to share our top decorating trends for the year, along with the fads that we are so ready to say goodbye to!

Say ‘Hello’ to these trends for 2017!

Handmade Ceramics // This is currently an obsession that’s taken over our entire office! With so many talented local ceramicists it’s hard not to start a collection. Two of our go-to makers are Erin McGuiness and Gerhard Ceramics.

Muted Palettes & Pastels // Keep an eye out for watercolor-inspired, tonal palettes with muted accents in blush, taupes, and powdery blues. Mix these hues with white and soft neutrals.

Greenery // We’re loving all things green indoors – think beyond succulents to ferns, cactus, leafy branches and indoor trees. Plants add instant life to a space with the added bonus of improving indoor air quality!

Say ‘Goodbye’ to these passing trends!

Brass Bonanza. It’s time for spaces with ALL brass to fade away. Instead, try mixing it sparingly with other metal finishes such as bronze, copper, black or natural steel.

Formulaic Bohemian. Your Instagram and Pinterest feeds are likely full of these bright spaces with textural wall hangings, baskets galore, Moroccan rugs and eclectic textiles. While we love a bohemian nod, this trend has gone too far!

Edison Bulbs. Been there, done that! Opt for clear round globes instead of old school Edisons for a more contemporary look.

Did we miss something? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Swoonworthy San Francisco Home Decor Shops

Do you have any interior design lovers on your holiday shopping list? You’ve come to the right place! We rounded up our favorite San Francisco home decor shops where you’re guaranteed to find unique and stylish gifts for your loved ones (or yourself!) this year. Happy holidays and happy shopping!

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Black & Gold  //  2200 15th Street

Black & Gold is one of our favorite destinations for vintage accessories, lighting, and furniture. You’ll find a fabulous mix of mid-century and Hollywood Regency gems at this boutique nestled on a quiet street in the Castro. And don’t miss Super Simple, another great shop located downstairs!

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St. Frank  //  3665 Sacramento Street

St. Frank is the go-to source for global, bohemian textiles and accessories – perfect for your travel-obsessed friends. Added bonus: All products are ethically produced and your purchase supports artisans all over the world.

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Heath Ceramics  //  2900 18th Street

A California institution, Heath has been hand-crafting simple and beautiful ceramics since 1948. The spacious San Francisco showroom showcases a wide array of dishware, vases, and tile, all within viewing distance of the factory.

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Industrious Life  //  1095 Tennessee Street

Looking for unique wares created by local designers? This is your place! Head to this well-curated shop in Dogpatch to find handmade pottery, utilitarian (but beautiful) kitchen items, artwork, lighting and jewelry.

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High Point Market Highlights!

We’re finally recovering from our whirlwind trip to High Point Market last month! With only three days and over 2,000 exhibitors to see, we left our heels at home and hit the ground running. It was a great opportunity to check out new products from our go-to furniture manufacturers and to discover some interesting new lines. Take a look at our favorite finds below!

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Julian Chichester showroom. Available for purchase through Witford showroom in the SFDC

We loved the styling at Julian Chichester – so many fun, modern pieces and fabulous light fixtures.

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Baker Mirror and Sling Chair by Kara Mann for Baker | Milling Road

Kara Mann’s new furniture collection for Milling Road was a show stopper! It was so refreshing to see some modern pieces with a little edge.

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Kelly Wearstler for E.J. Victor

So much eye candy in the E.J. Victor showroom, which included Kelly Wearstler and Kate Spade’s new line. We especially love Kelly’s graphic wallpaper and Racetrack mirror.

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Oly Studio showroom at High Point Market

The Jonathan lounge in mustard velvet and gold leaf mixes beautifully with Oly’s ethereal lighting and tailored upholstery.

Bolier Objets Sideboard

Bolier Objets Sideboard

Bolier’s transitional casegoods are beautiful in person with excellent attention to detail and craftsmanship. Did we miss something? Share your favorites from HPMKT in the comments!

2016 Decorating Trends: Go Bold or Go Home!

Will redecorating be one of your New Year’s resolutions this year? Read on for our predictions on hot home trends in 2016. (Hint: They are anything but timid!)

Vibrant, saturated colors are popping up everywhere. From upholstery to walls and ceilings, bold tones such as emerald green, cobalt blue, and fuchsia will reign.

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Rosy metals, such as copper and rose gold, are quickly edging out brass as the finish du jour. You can find pendant lights, plumbing fixtures, hardware and accessories in this pretty metallic.

It looks like the jungle trend is just getting started! From the runway to the home, botanical and tropical patterns are showing up in both traditional and unexpected color combos.

Osborne & Little Tropicana Wallpaper, Martinique 90210 Wallpaper

Are you ready to transform your home in the New Year? We’re here to help! Contact us today to learn more about our range of interior design and remodeling services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

New Year, New Office!

The Niche team is delighted to kick off 2016 in our beautiful new office in Potrero Hill!

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When we first saw this space a few months ago it had seen better days, from the dingy carpet to the brown wall heaters, it was in need of some major design TLC. New wide plank oak floors and a fresh coat of white paint (Benjamin Moore White Dove for the win) and the space immediately felt bigger and brighter.

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We furnished the space with a mix of retail, vintage, and custom pieces. Artwork from Minted mixes with flea market finds to create a gallery wall above IKEA Besta cabinets. Bookcases from CB2 house our library of design books and material samples.

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A spiral staircase leads up to the conference room where we installed picture ledges to display over sized photos of our projects. The custom work table from San Francisco’s own Varian Designs (above right) is our favorite spot to gather and brainstorm.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2016!

San Francisco Style: Noe Valley

Next up in our Designer’s Choice series is Anna, our talented 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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 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.

San Francisco Style: SOMA

We’re kicking off 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 Heather, our Senior Designer, whose modern sensibilities are perfectly suited for SOMA’s contemporary lofts.

SOMA is urban, edgy, and fresh. Materials in lofts have a strong almost masculine feel, with exposed brick walls, steel beams, lots of glass, and concrete floors. Swivel chairs can help soften modern spaces while still maintaining a clean-lined aesthetic. Their organic shape is attractive from any angle, which is important in an open concept living space. It’s also a functional solution for living rooms that have more than one focal point, such as a flatscreen and the Bay Bridge!

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1. The Swan chair available at DWR. Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair is a design classic – as relevant and functional today as it was in 1958.

2. B&B Italia Mart 2012 chair. I love the wood legs and the stitching detail on this chair. Bonus: It’s super comfortable!

3. De Sede DS-51 chair from Arkitektura. This chair is ergonomic and sleek, perfect for a living room or office.

4. Bernhardt Designs Chiara chair. This is one of our go-to swivel chairs – it’s small footprint and low profile is ideal for rooms with amazing views.

The Cure for Chilly San Francisco Nights

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.

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Helios bench

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.

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Evia bench

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!

Sleek and Modern Outdoor Loungers

Summer is well under way in the Bay Area – even for us San Franciscans! This season’s unusually warm weather may have you scrambling to spruce up your outdoor space. Never fear, we’ve rounded up 5 modern lounge chairs that will add instant style to your patio. Grab one now before the fog rolls back in…

Walter Lamp Lounge Chair from DWR

Walter Lamb Lounge Chair from DWR

Bend Goods Bunny Chair

Bend Goods Bunny Chair

Breeze Lounge Chair from 2Modern.com

Breeze Lounge Chair from 2Modern.com

Blu Dot Jibe Lounge Chair

Blu Dot Jibe Lounge Chair

Paula Lenti Nido Chair from DZINE

Paola Lenti Nido Chair from DZINE

New Kid on the Block: S16 Home

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We’re always on the hunt for new furniture stores in San Francisco, especially if “vintage” and “industrial” are involved! We stopped in to check out the newly opened S16 Home in the Castro, which specializes in vintage furniture and lighting, quirky industrial antiques, and high-end designer consignments.

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The upholstery consignments include mid-range to high-end pieces; We spotted Room & Board armchairs and Barbara Barry for McGuire chairs (score!). But, the showstopper was definitely the Hudson live-edge coffee table with acrylic base.

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S16 Home is located at 286 Sanchez Street in San Francisco. Happy hunting!