Hot (and Not) Interior 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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Designer’s Guide: Collecting Art in San Francisco

Finding the perfect art piece to complement the interiors of our clients’ homes is such a rewarding (and fun!) part of our job. We are extremely lucky to live in San Francisco, with a vibrant art scene full of diverse galleries, contemporary art fairs, and open studios. There are too many talented local artists and amazing galleries to list, so we’ll just skip right to our favorite sources, both for purchasing and for inspiration!

Dolby Chadwick

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is our first stop for large scale contemporary artwork from a range of international artists. You can see Lisa Dolby Chadwick’s refined mix of artists on display in their expansive, light-filled Union Square gallery at 210 Post Street, Suite 205.

SBFineArt

The art consultants at Simon Breitbard Fine Arts have helped us find and commission countless pieces for our Bay Area clients over the years. They represent a variety of artists and mediums, including photography, sculpture and abstract work. Make an appointment to check out their new gallery at 843 Montgomery Street in Jackson Square to see a sampling of the artists they represent.

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Founded by art collectors, the Minnesota Street Project offers affordable and economically sustainable spaces for art galleries in an effort to strengthen the contemporary arts community in San Francisco. You can visit ten permanent galleries and a number of rotating exhibits in their Dogpatch space at 1275 Minnesota Street.

New SF MOMA

The much anticipated, newly designed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SF MOMA) was well worth the three year wait! Peruse some of the most revered modern art collections in the new LEED certified building designed by architecture firm Snøhetta. The new expansion provides triple the exhibition space – which still houses favorites from the permanent collection alongside a trove of new works from the Fisher collection (such as the Chuck Close self portrait above).  151 Third Street, San Francisco.

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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!

Julian Chichester

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.

Kelly Wearstler furniture showroom

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.

Oly showroom at High Point Market

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!

3 Easy Spring Spruce-ups

Spring has officially arrived! Satisfy your urge to redecorate by switching up your accessories – small changes can go a long way! Bring in pops of bright, happy colors such as coral and aqua with new accent pillows for your sofa or bed. Be sure to temper the color with plenty of white to keep the feeling light and fresh.

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Above: Accent pillows by Caitlin Wilson

Give your bedside table, entry console, or coffee table new life with colorful vases and geometric brass accents. The Headlands concrete tray by Alice Tacheny is perfect for corralling rings, bracelets, and delicate necklaces.

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Above: Alice Tacheny concrete tray, Judy Jackson vases from West Elm, Hex candle holders from Jayson Home

Add a print or two to your gallery wall, swapping out moodier artwork for pieces with lighter color palettes.

"Going for a Swim" by Whitney Deal. Available through Minted.com

Above: “Going for a Swim” by Whitney Deal

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Curated Holiday Tablescapes

With the holidays right around the corner, we have entertaining on the brain. Our designers scoured the internet for the most stylish tabletop accessories for your next dinner party, with winning combinations curated for every style and mood. Now, all you have to worry about is the food. Bon appétit!

Moody

Chic + Moody  //  Black  plates + Smoky glassware + brass accents

DWR Almoco flatware, Anthropologie Hearken Glassware, Kelly Wearstler Brushstroke Dinner Napkin, William Sonoma Alpico Reglisse Dinner Plate, Kelly Wearstler Diva Dish

Clean-crisp

Clean + Crisp  //  Modern stemware + White plates + Concrete planters

Calvin Klein Hampshire Stemware, West Elm Organic Dinnerware, Bliss Home Brushstroke Napkin, Concrete Geometric Mini Vessels

 

warm-natural

Warm + Natural  //  Stoneware plates +  Wood candlesticks + Linen napkins

Anthropologie Morandi Pitcher, DWR Torso Candleholders, Horne Tank Low Ball Glass, Pottery Barn Wheaton Stripe Napkin, Brickett Davda Plates from March

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Wine Country Style

The Niche team is having a blast designing a family-friendly vacation home in Napa! Switching gears from working on swanky city homes to creating a laid back, country getaway has been a fun and welcome challenge. Take a peek inside two of our favorite, inspirational wine country spaces…

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It’s no surprise that Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma is one of our favorite spots, created by the dream team of Orlando Diaz-Azcuy and Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects.

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This wine country retreat designed by Andrew Mann Architecture is airy, contemporary and inviting – not an easy task to pull off! Stay tuned for sneak peeks of our Napa project in 2016!

Going Glam in SOMA!

We recently wrapped up a fun project in SOMA – a glam condo that’s perfect for relaxing and entertaining.  Our clients turned to Niche Interiors to help soften the modern lines of their new space and to create a cozy and welcoming new home. Judging by our clients thrilled reactions, I think we succeeded!

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First, we painted over the brick red walls with a wispy dove gray, which immediately made the space feel larger and more airy. We added a statement chandelier over the dining table and designed a custom banquette to maximize seating in a small space.

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A large rug grounds the seating area and custom drapery panels add softness and elongate the room.

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A tufted headboard mingles with metallics and soft geometric patterns in the luxe master bedroom.

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.

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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.