One Room Challenge: The BIG Reveal

I’ve been giddy with excitement to share the BIG reveal of Jackson’s new room with all of you. When Linda from Calling it Home invited to be part of this season’s One Room Challenge with House Beautiful, I knew exactly what room I wanted to design: redesigning Jackson’s bedroom from a nursery to a toddler room. It was a labor of love putting the pieces together for his room – I was my own client! I didn’t want it to look cookie cutter – I wanted to make sure it had layers, depth and texture and I couldn’t be happier with the result! It is a bedroom that shines with Jackson’s personality.

I began with the bed. I wanted a simple upholstered bed that I could spruce up with interesting textiles, pillows and linens. I began with a Helix mattress. It is divine and so easy to install – it arrived in the mail in a box! Nest step was bedding – I worked with SF based Coyuchi on putting together the perfect layered bed with their beautiful bed linens and blankets. It all began with a stripped wool blanket at the end of the bed, a simple white bedcover, and a gray striped pillow. The sheets are the softest flannel I have ever felt. A total enticement to sleep in his big boy bed!

To add dimension to the simple bed frame, I draped a stunning hand-loomed wool bedcover from Hollywood at Home. I also adorned the bed with a world map pillow by Peter Dunham Textiles – hopefully I will pass my love of travel on to Jackson!

Next, I knew I wanted the artwork to be made by Jackson. He is so happy when he is painting – especially when it’s a dance party with paint. He was fortunate to be able to create the paintings for his room at Heather Day’s studio. He is so proud of his paintings and points it out to anyone entering his room.

Moving to the wall color – I also chose Farrow & Ball paint in All White. Jackson’s room is darker than the rest of our apartment and the white has brightened the room considerably. I also lightened the room with an off-white and slate gray rug by The Mine. I added a table in the center of the room for creative activities, which is actually a coffee table. Jackson loves to read his books, draw, and of course play with his trucks on this table! I added a small stool and two pillows from Hollywood at Home to create seating for Jackson and his friends.

The lighting update in the room transformed the space in a major way! The overhead lighting reminds Jackson of a helicopter and the globe and brass bedside lamp creates a soft glow to read books by prior to bedtime! I couldn’t be happier with all of my lighting choices from Hayneedle.

Finally, the pom-pom basket from Pehr Design is perfect to store all of Jackson’s basketballs. I had a custom basketball hoop installed on the wall. The recycled barn wood blends perfectly with the grey and blue tones of the room. And I am crazy about the pendants by McGee & Co. They add a festive spirit to the room. The small shelves next to the closet house a few heirlooms – old books, Jackson’s favorite stuffed animals, and his silhouette from a few years ago. Honestly, what makes me happiest about this room is that it is the perfect reflection of Jackson!

Be sure to check out the other ORC participates big REVEALS today! Each and everyone of these participates put in tireless hours designing, executing and putting the final details to share with all of you. I promise they won’t disappoint!


Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity

The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista

Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love  | The Painted House

Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Simply Grove

Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha



Week One | Week Two | Week Three

Week Four | Week Five | Week Six



Photos for Caitlin Flemming Design by Spotted SF

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

Thanksgiving: One Stop at Marin Country Mart

I have to admit. Although I’m a city girl at heart, I always seem to find a reason to venture across the bay to Marin. A week rarely goes by where you don’t find me running errands, having lunch with friends, or meeting with clients. One of my go-to places is Marin Country Mart. Located in Larkspur, there is the perfect collection of stores, restaurants, and open space that make it a great place to go with kids or solo. In the summer, I love the open spaces and outdoor seating scattered throughout. In the winter, I always look forward to the outdoor holiday markets. There is always a reason to head to Marin Country Mart!

Thanksgiving is no exception. You can take care of all of your shopping needs here. I have compiled a sample of the great ways you can make your holiday easier, all at the same destination.

If you aren’t hosting this year, but don’t want to arrive empty handed, here is where I would head.
Start with Hudson Grace. This is always where I go to find the perfect hostess gift. I picked up a candle they’ve created called Winter. I also chose one of their many plants in the new greenhouse located outside the store. What a festive choice for a gift for the host or hostess.

Next, I would head to Fisher’s Wine & Cheese. Pick up a selection of cheese, and a few accessories to go along with it. I chose dried apples, cheese, bourbon barrel chocolate, and a bottle of wine. Who wouldn’t appreciate all of these goodies!

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, here are the places I would be sure to visit and make my preparation time much shorter:

  • Belcampo has all of your needs for the Thanksgiving table. You can buy a variety of turkeys to bake – smoked, white, or heirloom. And if you would rather enjoy your company, consider picking up your side dishes already prepared. I picked up sweet potatoes, roasted root vegetables, brussel sprouts with bacon, gravy, and cranberry sauce. This will make your dinner easier and leave you with the energy to enjoy friends and family.
  • Rustic Bakery is the perfect place to buy your baked goods. Their pies are not only delicious, they are also the most beautiful pies you’ve ever seen. You can also chose some pastries for the morning or rolls for your dinner.
  • Finally, the last place to stop is Three Twins Ice Cream. I got salted caramel ice cream (my husband’s favorite). Served with the pumpkin pie or alone, it is dreamy.

Of course it’s also nice to have a warm cozy sweater for the special celebration. I picked out a hand knitted sweater at Erica Tanov. I worked for Erica while I was in college and the quality of her clothing and home wares make them timeless and collector items. I have several of her stunning jackets and they have stood the test of time. I never tire of them.

My Marin Mart Thanksgiving Favorites

Thanksgiving is only a little over a week away – let the planning and shopping commence. I hope to see you at Marin Country Mart!

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One Room Challenge: Week Six

I’m getting so excited to share Jackson’s new room with you. One more week until the BIG reveal! We just finished up shooting the entire room this morning. It’s SO GOOD! I actually haven’t been this excited about a room in a long time. It came together exactly how I envisioned – with a few minor edits along the way.

It’s been a busy week hanging the ceiling light fixture – a task that you would think would be quick easy but it a rather complicated in my old apartment. Photo below of what we uncovered when taking down his old light.

Let’s just say, the light fixture that we ordered from Hayneedle is up and makes the room. Plus, Jackson thinks it’s “awesome” as he said when he got home from school.

Earlier this week I also had the daunting task of styling his room. Why is it so hard to do in your own home and not clients home? I get so incredibly nervous! I couldn’t be happier with the results. I’m insanely giddy with how his entire room came together. Both Eric and I talk about how we wish we could sleep in his room.

Stay tuned next week for the REVEAL! In the meantime, take a look back at the past weeks updates before the full tour comes next week.

Week One | Week Two | Week Three

Week Four | Week Five

Be sure to check out the other ORC participates projects – I’m loving how everyone’s spaces are coming together. The reveals are going to be fun to see next week!


Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity

The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista

Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love  | The Painted House

Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Simply Grove

Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

Interiors: Serene Venice Bungalow

When I begin a new project the first thing I do is source inspiration that embodies the client. It’s a way for my client and I to make sure we are on the same page about their design aesthetic. They may think they are “California Casual” or “Modern” but when it comes to showing them photos or an inspiration board their style might be very different.

I just began a new HUGE project that will take up to nine months but we are hitting the ground running selecting the finer details – tile, cabinets, etc. As I started my search for images that embody them I came across this gorgeous Venice home. My jaw dropped.

This serene bungalow has my name written all over it. From the natural elements to the neutral aesthetic – this is exactly how I picture our future home being. Light, bright and minimal. Something I think everyone strives to have.

I hope you enjoyed seeing a little tour of this gorgeous house and that you leave with a little inspiration for your own home. I’m ear marking this one for when we get our own house someday!

Photos via Arch Digest by Tessa Neustadt