I just love a good before-and-after story, don’t you? Here’s a great one:
A doctor wished to have a more glamorous feeling in her basic Oakland condo with good bones. She also wanted it to feel welcoming to people of any gender. Her beige Before space was plain and boxy.
Voila! After my redesign to a Hollywood-regency-inspired dining space with plenty of light, color, and texture. The layered glass chandelier is the perfect accent above a heavy, dark wood table and masculine dining chairs with ring backs, while the more delicate head chairs are resplendent in mod purple floral and solid fabrics, balancing the space.
Before, the living room and the dining room are one big open-plan space, so the materials and finishes needed to relate closely to each other. The armchair the homeowner had before was over-scale for the size of the space.
After, what a beautiful result! A chandelier as overhead pendant lamp really bounces light off the gold textured wallpaper. Soft fabrics on the sofa and chairs plus the layered blankets and pillows create a space that’s really touchy-feely, sensual and glamorous, yet practical and easy to use.
Natural light streams in through the gauzy, colorful curtains, matching the bright, more streamlined armchairs in the living room, and complementing the dining room chairs. Magnifique!
Kimball Starr designs for glamorous homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.
Houzz surveyed homeowners about their bathrooms, and the results are fascinating!
76% of homeowners upgrade their vanity cabinets during a bathroom renovation. This is often due to either upgrading bathroom systems, or the bathroom’s style. Natural, unpainted wood is the most popular vanity finish material, currently.
Transitional is the most popular bathroom style, with modern and contemporary tied for second place. This is a change over previous years, where modern was the most popular. Curbless showers are very popular now also, when looking at bathroom renovation trends, such as the one above I designed for a San Francisco couple.
Hiring pros remains popular, with 85% of homeowners choosing to use a professional on a renovation, up from 84 and 83% the prior years. This is an important choice, because going it alone can result in overspending as well as an extended timeline. Eek!
Finally, relaxation in a bathroom after a renovation is complete is often a project goal, with 2 in 5 homeowners wanting to rest and relax in their upgraded bathroom. Among the many contributing elements are cleanliness, lack of clutter, soaking in the bath and taking long showers.
In addition to being the top relaxation aid, cleanliness also saw the biggest increase in popularity, up by 10 percent. Natural light, dimmable lighting, and greenery gained popularity with homeowners seeking bathroom tranquility as well. So, whatever your heart’s desire, you should follow that rather than trends in your bathroom renovation, with guidance from a pro.
Kimball Starr designs for bathrooms throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.
One of my favorite January traditions is discovering the Pantone Color of the Year, and thinking about how I would use it in my upcoming work this year.
Viva Magenta is from the red family, with a hint of pinkish-purple. A strong, bold color that enhances appetites and creates energy.
Next, let’s look at some of the creative partnerships and products available using Viva Magenta.
Artechouse, a technology-driven experiential art firm, is partnering with Pantone to produce the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 immersive art experience, a multi-sensory exhibition that allows guests to feel the power of a hue scaled to fantastical proportions.
The exhibition opened during Art Basel in Miami Beach for Art Basel attendees and then opened to the public for the first time in the four years they’ve hosted the exhibition. Historic!
Motorola is collaborating with Pantone to provide this new Viva Magenta phone, and I bet we’ll see a variety of phone cases available in the new hue as well, for both iPhone and Android.
Conscious skate shoe brand Cariuma is Pantone’s official footwear partner for Viva the Pantone Color of the Year 2023. Their shoes are crafted from premium ethically sourced materials and all six styles celebrate Pantone’s Viva Magenta, so you can wear this trending color around town and dress it up or down. Your kids will think you’re pretty cool.
Finally, let’s look at something specific to interiors — surface pattern design. The fabric firm Spoonflower and Pantone together unveiled unique designs by six independent artists at the color reveal event. The partnership also includes a quarterly series of design challenges kicked off on December 1 with Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year reveal.
Viva Magenta, indeed! I can’t wait to use this fantastic color in a project this year. Could it be yours?
Kimball Starr designs for trendy and timeless homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.
Welcome to another new year! One of the best things about the start of a new year is the opportunity to take stock of how things are serving you, to refresh and renew your environment and your life. Your home has such an impact on your day-to-day happiness!
You could have a brand-new redesigned kitchen to enjoy feeding yourself and your family every day, instead of struggling with the limitations of your current kitchen.
Enjoy a new dining room or living room that shows off your vintage furniture, collectibles, and provides space for family time.
Take advantage of some “me-time” in a beautiful, relaxing new bathroom with a step-in shower and luxurious oversized marble-look tiles. Or if you want a claw-foot bathtub, we can do that too! The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, so let’s get started on your dream home.
Kimball Starr designs for homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.
First, declutter and clean your home before decorating. Create a system to deal with incoming and outgoing packages and gifts.
Next, prepare a welcoming guest bedroom and bathroom with a gift box or stocking full of helpful personal care goodies. Use holiday storage boxes for everyday items such as towels.
Plan the drinks and food for your guests, with personalized table settings for formal meals and more casual dining, too. Start a month ahead to order and receive everything, or if there’s less time, use quick delivery services.
Have a kids’ table AND a kids’ corner, so they can leave the table and have a cozy place to hang out. Bonus points for a gaming system, and be sure to have the wi-fi info handy!
Don’t forget self-care after your guests are gone. Hire a cleaner, go to a spa, or get the babysitter in so you have some time to yourself.
Happy holidays from Kimball Starr Interior Design!
Kimball Starr decorates for the holidays in homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Lake Tahoe. Contact her today for a remote or socially-distant in-person consultation.