Photo by Michael Macor

Look! We're in the San Francisco Chronicle

As many of you know we sell on several different websites. We sell our items here on our own website as well as Etsy, 1st Dibs, and Chairish. We were so excited when asked by Chairish to be featured along side them as the San Francisco chronicle wanted to know what a typical day looks like for a Chairish seller. So naturally I said come on over. You can read the feature here. A big thank you to Chairish, photographer Michael Macor, and the San Francisco Chronicle. 
Fun & Inspiration at the San Francisco Showcase House 2017

Fun & Inspiration at the San Francisco Showcase House 2017

Some of my favorite things to do include exploring, drinking sparkling wine, interior design, and hanging with my girlfriends. On this particular day I got to do all four. Lucky me. If you have never been to a showcase house its a must for your fun list. For years I have been saying I wanted to go.
This year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase features the work of 28 interior and landscape designers in the impressive Mack House, a Classical Revival mansion in the heart of the city’s Pacific Heights neighborhood. It just so happens one of our customers Kari McIntosh from Kari McIntosh Design purchased a desk from us that would grace the office of the showcase house. Needless to say we weren't going to miss this one.

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Here is it is...Kari's beautiful work "The Balancing Point" featuring our desk and so many gorgeous vintage pieces! So exciting to see where our pieces end up.

You can read the full feature from the San Francisco Showhouse 2017 here and here.

 

June 13, 2017 by Erin Bichara
Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining Essentials

Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining Essentials

I love to have a big Easter egg hunt every year. Its the perfect time to get your home summer ready after all the rains and cold of winter. Nothing makes you hustle like having a house full of people. Time for some touch-up paint, freshening up your flowers and mulch, and cleaning and sprucing the patio furniture.

Here in Northern California we pretty much can dine outdoors 8-9 months out of the year. I want my outdoor spaces to be an extension of my home. I added some of my favorite designers homes for inspiration and some of my favorite picks for outdoor furniture and accessories. Happy sprucing! 

I love how Suzanne Kasler's home in Atlanta features a fireplace as the focal point with a vintage starburst mirror. This gives your outdoor space some personality and refinement. Photo via Architectural Digest by Pieter Estersohn.

This home perched over the ocean on the Greek island of Spetses has such a tranquil feel with the ocean as your color palette. I love the two refectory style tables together with simple metal folding chairs. The table in the background would make a perfect bar set-up or appetizer station. Photo via Architectural Digest by Richard Powers.

Nothing says summer like an outdoor farm table & hanging lanterns. Simple and perfect at the home of M. Night Shyamalan in Philadelphia. Photo via Architectural Digest by Eric Piasecki.

Refined casual at a Brazilian retreat. There's a perfect little shady nook in the back for a piece of art. Photo via Architectural Digest by Richard Sherman.

Nothing makes more a statement than some antique urns flanking your driveway or entry.  

Shop the look with all my favorite picks below:

French Cast Iron Garden Urns

 

Pair of Rattan Emmanuel Peacock Chairs

I love flanking the ends of an outdoor dining table with Peacock chairs.

 

Gilt Metal Faux Bamboo Gazebo with Pagoda Roof

French Wrought Iron Garden Patio Dining Table

Set of Four French Iron Bistro Dining Chairs

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Pair of Russell Woodard Spun Fiberglass Plant Stands

McGuire Bamboo and Marble Bistro Tables

French Rattan Lidded Harvest Basket with Handles

These baskets make the best planters. 

French Round Travertine and Iron Bistro Table

There's something about having a meal on a stone table. Chill some rose', invite some friends over, and share some laughs. What more do you need?

Shop all of our outdoor pieces here.

 

May 18, 2017 by Erin Bichara
Out and About in West Hollywood

Out and About in West Hollywood

Last week was Spring Break for my middle-schooler so we decided to take a last minute road trip down to Hollywood. We happen to love West Hollywood and always stay at the fabulous Andaz hotel on Sunset Blvd. I just love the modern LA vibe of this hotel. We love the views, the breakfast, and the location of this spot. 
They also have an amazing roof-top pool.
I feel so fortunate to live in California. I can drive to all these gorgeous places within 5 hours and never step foot in an airport. 
One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to walk around the neighborhoods. We've never enjoyed the touristy sites in LA so I like to visit a new area each time and check out all the locals favorite spots. Being on foot provides such an great perspective into a neighborhood that you just can't get from a car. 
Love the architecture in West Hollywood. 
I have to say the highlight of this trip was my introduction to the LA Farmer's Market. If you have never been this is a spot you won't want to miss. 
The Original Los Angeles farmers market was established in 1934 when a dozen farmers parked their trucks in an open field to sell produce. Now its home to more than 100 merchants that sell the best food, drinks, and everything tasty. Not to mention its right next door to all the fabulous shops at The Grove
You won't want to miss the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring artwork covering the expanse of art history and the globe. I got to see a favorite of mine by Franz Kline.
I loved the Japanese Art building.
The Japanese graphic art display was so colorful and fun to look at.
And of course I ended my afternoon with a glass of Rose' back at the Farmer's Market.
It may have only been to LA but I cherish any moment of travel with my boy making new memories. I'd love to hear your favorite LA spots! 
April 12, 2017 by Erin Bichara
The Allure of Burl Wood

The Allure of Burl Wood

You've seen them. The lovely grain of those Milo Baughman burl consoles and dining tables. Those pieces that make you swoon. Did you ever wonder where all that burl came from?

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Did you know that burl is actually a tree growth or a sign that a tree is under some form of stress? These burls are prized pieces of wood because they are so rare. There has even been a rise in burl poaching at National Parks across the United States.

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Most burl growths occur near coast redwoods at the base of the tree. The wood itself is extremely hard to work with as its very dense and chips and shatters unpredictably.

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Burls are removed, sliced into veneers and highly sought after by furniture makers, auto makers, and artists.

Not to be confused with bird's eye maple.

February 14, 2017 by Erin Bichara
Pantone's Color of 2017 | Greenery

Pantone's Color of 2017 | Greenery

Its always fun to see what Pantone reveals as its color of the year. For 2017 they unveiled "Greenery". I love how designer Christian Siriano styled this entry for Elle Decor photographed by Alec Hemer. He just embraces color in this room and does it so effortlessly. Its so playful with the pop art and hints of bamboo. Of course velvet never goes out of style.

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January 10, 2017 by Erin Bichara
Tags: Design 101

Deck The Halls | New Arrivals

To me nothing is more fun than decorating.

The holidays are such a wonderful time to spruce up our places and open our homes to family & friends. This is the time to pull out all of our fancy pieces and just embellish everything. Nothing says holiday like the colors of plaids, golds, and organic rattan. This year have fun with your decor and create different holiday rooms.

Click HERE to see all our holiday arrivals!

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Gilt Mirror | French Green Glass Demijohn | Mid-Century Travertine Table | Brass Studded Chest | Pair of McGuire Rattan Chairs | 19th Century Madonna & Child

December 05, 2016 by Erin Bichara
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Paul Frankl Pretzel Chairs & Sofa for Kosuga

We are ecstatic to share this vintage Mid-Century Modern Suite we recently acquired from a Bay Area estate. Its a fabulous set of pretzel lounge chairs, sofa suite, & tables by Kosuga for Paul Frankl made in Tokyo, Japan. Featuring authentic steam bent rattan frames. Custom ordered with six strand arms from the original manufacturer. Can you believe this design in 1934? So chic, so mid-century. You can purchase the whole suite or simply the piece you prefer. Please call for details 510-986-1559 or you can view the pieces available here.

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November 17, 2016 by 2
Tags: New Arrivals

The Work Of India Mahdavi | Designers to Watch

Every now and then you come across an artist whose work stops you dead in your tracks. Ones that are so recognizable and unparalleled that she needs no name recognition. You just know who it is by her design choices. Her name is India Mahdavi and her work is awe-inspiring. She's an Iranian born Interior Designer based in Paris. She designs many public spaces, restaurants & high-end boutiques such as Red Valentino & Ralph Pucci New York.

She is quoted in Architectural Digest "“Sunshine is happiness, and my work is about happiness.” Her daring clients clamor for more. “They aren’t looking for mainstream,” Mahdavi explains. “They tend to be people who are looking ahead.” Indeed, the strong individuality of her rooms is not for the faint of heart. I say the world needs more of this.

Her use of color, shapes, and finishes are so original. She's gutsy & playful in her interiors. Can't wait to see what she will come up with next. You can read more about India as well as take a peek into her world and get some fabulous design tips in her book Home Chic. Find her at http://www.india-mahdavi.com

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Ralph Pucci Exhibition New York City via: India Mahdavi

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Image Via: Architectural Digest

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Red Valentino Boutique via: India Mahdavi

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Monte Carlo Beach via: India Mahdavi

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Jean Francois Piege via: India Mahdavi

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Condesa DF via: India Mahdavi

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The Gallery at Sketch via: India Mahdavi

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Cafe Francais via India Mahdavi

 
October 18, 2016 by 2

Show Your Walls Some Love | Displaying Art Throughout Your Home

I can't imagine a world without art. It pains me when I enter homes with no art anywhere in sight. Or art that tells me nothing about the owner of the home. If they only knew the joy that comes from a well-loved and well-placed piece of art. Many people just don't know where to begin with art. How many of you have art that's not hung? Art makes us feel things. Be it happy, sad, melancholy, or energetic. I always think about this piece of art at auction that I didn't buy and I wish I had. Just buy the art and just hang the art.

Art doesn't have to be expensive. If you're unsure of where to start I would suggest going to art museums and just perusing. See what you like, don't like, and what speaks to you. You can start with vintage art, prints, or up and coming artists.

Art is not limited to what we think of conventionally. It could be a favorite collection hung on the wall or curated on a table. Perhaps these photos will provide you with some inspiration and enjoy 15% off all art starting today Friday, September 30th-Monday, October 3rd with the coupon code loveyourwalls

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Can you believe this watercolor is a mural? Self-adhesive wallpaper!

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When you have a random collection of art I love this gallery wall look and just leaning up against a mantle or wall.

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Symmetry is nice with pairs.

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Ikea created a Mondrian look with these pieces. Great for photos in similar frames with a mod edge.

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We can never forget all the design opportunities with bookshelves. This is a place to let your personality shine with curated collections and objects. Notice how everything is edited but it tells you about the owner. Don't you love the framed photo mounted on the shelf?

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I love these baskets! Texture & color! Don't sit on the cactus.

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Who knew taxidermy could be so chic next to the modern, abstract prints?

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Nothing is classier and timeless than a vintage map, or architectural etching in a room.

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This composition works perfectly with a leaned piece of art combined with the fabulous wallpaper, floor lamp, and flower arrangement. So refined and cosmopolitan. Have fun with your walls. You can always re-arrange.

September 30, 2016 by 2