Niche Interiors Journal

Follow along as we share our latest design obsessions, decorating tips, and local San Francisco finds.

Inspiration Vacation: Palm Springs

I have a new design crush…on the city of Palm Springs! We just returned from a quick trip for some relaxation and design sightseeing. Luckily, my husband is a great sport and indulged me with a “self-guided” architecture tour...

Room Service Anyone?

Room Service, the retro L.A.-based furniture store, has opened up shop on Hayes Street. If you dream of living in the 60’s and 70’s then this store was made for you. Vintage reproductions, bright and bold accessories, and lots...

A Peek Inside H.D. Buttercup

I stopped by H.D. Buttercup today to finally see what all the fuss is about! I’m often asked what I think of this relatively new store that took over part of Limn’s showroom space in SOMA. I will admit:...

Eye-Catching Wall Lamps

Tired of wall lamps and sconces that put you to sleep? Here are a few appealing alternatives!

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...

Sustainable Textiles: Who’s Eco-Friendliest?

At Niche Interiors we are always looking for environmentally responsible products. This week I was on the hunt for an upholstery fabric for a custom sofa made entirely of sustainable and non-toxic products. The options were slim and confusing....

Top Design Trends for 2011

There is no denying that traditional shapes and textiles are coming back: Nailheads, curves, and tufting. Perfect for mixing with tailored contemporary pieces. Sustainable products are still on the rise – I’m hoping that more manufacturers will hop on...

Bay Area Interior Design Destinations

Happy new year! This is a perfect opportunity to share a few of the new Bay Area spots on my must-see list. Shop: Big Daddy’s Antiques. 1550 17th Street, San Francisco I’m dying to find time to check out...

Five Decorating Blunders to Avoid

As a San Francisco interior designer, I have seen many spaces in need of a little help. Some projects are more complicated than others, but the following issues seem to pop up over and over again. These are relatively...

Upholstery 101: Selecting the Right Fabric

If you’ve purchased a sofa recently, you are well aware of the overwhelming fabric options that are available.  Here is a run down of the most common fabrics and the best ways to use them. Cotton. I’m a sucker...