Interiors: Celebrating Spring with Serena & Lily

In Northern California, we’ve been experiencing the fury of winter for the first time in ages. After many years of drought, we have had a deluge of rain, wind, and snow. I’m thrilled we’re finally seeing signs of spring the past few days.

Just as I love nesting when winter approaches, I love to freshen up my home and clear the clutter as spring begins to show its face. In the month of March, you will often find me going through closets and drawers, changing pillows in my living room, and perhaps adding a new piece of furniture. One place I always find something to bring a fresh & new look to my home or the home of client’s is Serena & Lily. This year is no exception! Serena & Lily has some great new lines that I just can’t get enough of. I love the texture of their wicker and rattan and the blue (my fav) outdoor café chairs. I plan to get new linens for my bed to brighten it up and make it a bit more inviting.

If you are in the Bay Area, on Monday, February 27th, stop by the San Francisco Serena & Lily Design Shop to see what’s new for spring. They’re partnering with local florist and will be gifting all customers who come into the store with a bouquet! In addition, you can meet their brand ambassador Katie Martinez who will be styling their bed display with their latest collection of textiles. There will also be sips and light bites provided.


3457 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118


Monday, February 27th 10am-6pm

So head on over this Monday! I know I won’t be missing this little taste of spring. I’m more than ready to give my home a little refresh!


Room Anatomy: Kitchen Nook

For those of you lucky enough to have a kitchen nook, this is a design challenge I always look forward to the most. A kitchen nook is a space often overlooked and yet it can be an area of the house most frequented. I like a nook that combines both comfort and function. This is probably the spot where many meals are served but it also might be a workspace or a place your kiddos do homework. I love combining a table with both comfortable seating as well as chairs.

In our room anatomy we chose a kitchen nook that didn’t go the standard “built in” window seat but rather a sofa in the back and chairs in the front – around a modern table. To keep the space from looking too sterile, wicker lampshades and a basket for magazines and newspapers, add needed texture. I know when I was growing up, the kitchen nook is where I did my homework and often ate meals. You could also swap out the sofa for two wing chairs – the importance is the comfort factor that will draw you into the space for a variety of activities.


1. Pendant | 2. Chair | 3. Table

4. Sofa | 5. Basket | 6. Throw

 7. Bowls | 8. Paint Color

Looking for more beautiful spaces to recreate on your own? Be sure to check out our Room Anatomy archives!

photography by Laure Joliet for domino

Neutral Perfection

Recently, when everyone seems to be gravitating to more color in their homes, I seem to be more and more attracted to room in neutral tones. I have a home where blue predominates, but I’ve noticed lately that the more neutral rooms are the ones I’ve been saving on Pinterest and liking on Instagram.

When I came across this home in Woodstock, New York, I was immediately drawn in. It isn’t minimalism, but rather a retreat with just the perfect amount of accessories to be beckoning you to sit down to read a book, or linger over a cup of tea. I think what makes it work is the texture in the rooms – wall hangings that work as art, sheepskins on the floor, pipes in a bowl (my father used to smoke a pipe). In addition, the artwork is graphically a mix of black & white that keep the neutral continuity but also add bold pops throughout the home. And the large wood table is balanced with modern chairs in black and white. And who doesn’t love the pages torn from what looks like a vintage geography books above the bed?

For those of us who find enough color in the world we live in, this monochromatic home looks like the perfect retreat!

And a huge thank you to Liz of Grey & Scout for finding this home that has inspired me in so many ways.

Photography by Acre Creative 

I’m Loving . . .

When February hits I crave spring and warmer weather. Do you ever feel that way? Maybe it’s because of all of the rain we’ve been having in SF. I’ve been dressing in lighter hues to make me “feel” like spring is right around the corner.

I’ve been on a serious blueberry kick each morning. Since we have some gloomy afternoons ahead – I’m going to make a new granola for the house.

Bathroom styling is something I absolutely love to do. This one in particular is perfection.

Weekend wear has to be casual because I’m constantly running around chasing Jackson. This look is one of my go-to’s.

Lastly, how amazing is this kitchen island? I’m in love! Putting this in my future home file.

What are you loving at the moment?

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5


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