Accessories, Art, Bathrooms

Serena & Lily goes Brick & Mortar in San Francisco


What a treat to check out the new Serena & Lily store on our beloved Sacramento Street in San Francisco yesterday!

Sacramento Street is a great “local” shopping district that I wrote about last year as a guest over at Confessions of a Design Geek.  Serena & Lily’s first West Coast brick & mortar store is the perfect addition to this corner of the city where boutiques and cafes line the street.

The store will focus on clients who want to peek at products before making online purchases.  They graciously welcome interior designers and their clients for a true design studio experience.  With a plethora of innovative ways to display their colorful wallpapers, perfectly patterned prints and occasional furniture, the team truly seemed to think of it all.  This includes a Living Room for designers to enjoy during client meetings which hosts an impressive gallery of rotating one-of-a-kind art you can pluck off the wall for your own home or for a client.

And, still true to their roots as a company founded in 2003 as a nursery furniture and bedding only venture… they had a sophisticated baby nursery on display, anchored by a new addition to their wallpaper pattern called Herringbone Wallpaper in Fog which I’m REALLY loving.

It’s always a pleasure working and spending time with “team” Serena & Lily.  Special thanks to our host and friend, Lydia Cullen, for the gracious tour of the space.







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Nine Space | Life + Style

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I’m really loving all of the new online boutiques that keep popping up.  One in particular that caught my eye recently is Nine Space!

I was drawn to them for their overwhelming attention to detail and perfectly photographed products.  They jump off the pages and help tell a beautiful story of what they’re about – which is simply artisan decor, cozy throws and dreamy bathrobes.  They also have amazing yellow dip-died napkins that are a must for Spring.

Although small with only 8 employees, Nine Space seems to be lean and mean, selling their thoughtful items to over 400 retailers, spas and hotels.  They were named one of the top 100 private consumer product companies in 2013.

I pulled some of my favorite shots from their lookbooks and listed the products that I feel pair perfectly with the vibe.

Also, Nine Space heard we were fans over at Cecy J and offered a discount to our readers.  Between now and April 30th they are offering our readers 30% off ALL items!  Just enter CecyJLove at checkout.

Happy Nine Space hunting for Spring.

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The Nine Space Spear Tray

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Urban Craft Custom Builders | decor

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chic entryway

gray kitchen custom cabinets

subway tile, marble island

industrial marble island

metal french doors

chic industrial bathroom

chic wood panel office

french doors

chic open shelf kitchen

chic kitchen hardware

chic stairwell

chic pendant lights

chic hallway art


I came across Urban Craft Custom Builders during one of my internet sleuthing trips this weekend.  Based out of Houston, they have built some really thoughtful, stylish homes that feel chic and relevant for how we live today.

Enjoy some of my favorites from their portfolio and be sure to check them out at Urban Craft.

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A friend of mine, who also happens to have a terrific Public Relations firm in San Francisco was filling me in on one of her new clients.  I immediately asked if I could interview the founder, Diana Vincent for a blog post about her recently launched High Camp Home.  What started as a brick and mortar boutique and premier design firm in historical downtown Truckee, California, in the Tahoe area has stretched its wings into a fabulous e-commerce site.  High Camp Home makes sprucing-up the ski cabin an incredibly easy task!

High Camp Home is cholk-full of all the chic rustic lifestyle essentials including furniture, lighting, accessories rugs and seasonal decor.  My favorite detail over at High Camp Home is the local artists work available for purchase, making it easy to find the finishing touches for decorating with a relaxed, yet polished vibe.

With the leaves starting to fall and the wind blowing outside just about every item over at High Camp Home is on my “must have” list for fall and winter

A few of my  absolute favorites…

cabin decor, tahoe decor

We are so thrilled for the month of October Cecy J readers can get 15% off on all items, just enter the code RUSTICALLY at check out.

I hope you enjoy the interview with Diana Vincent and a peek at one of her Tahoe area interior design projects that is a true inspiration for comfortable beautiful living.  Not to mention… her fantastic travel tips for your next visit to the Lake Tahoe area.

Happy fall + winter shopping and a huge thanks to High Camp Home


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1.) What is your signature style? 

My signature style is sophisticated rustic design.  No bears or moose allowed!  I love combining texture with natural materials to create space that is warm and inviting but rustic and rugged enough to withstand the active lifestyles of my clientele and the harsh climates that surrounds most of the homes we work with.


2.) The perfect carpet brand/ line for a Tahoe cabin to withstand snow & ski boots? 

In reality, the perfect carpet is really WOOD as it is durable and wears well.


chic rustic sliding barn door


3.) Go to paint color/ brand?  

For a white paint that is warm and works well in most settings, Pratt and Lambert Milk White.


4.) Favorite, product you have in stock right now?

As it is fall, I love pulling out the blankets and throws and currently our store is filled with some wonderful throws that are not too heavy but have fabulous texture and rope like tassels.  The Europa throw in camel is my favorite, although our Halloween Ghosts are seen walking down the street with customers visiting our store everyday, this time of year!

5.) The perfect stocking stuffer for Mom?

Pairing the Chalet Stripe Scarf with the Decorated Hoop Earrings is a great combination.  Throw on a pair of Uggs, cozy sweater and jeans with this scarf and earrings and you are good to go anywhere in Tahoe!

stocking stuffer scarf

6.)  You are based in the in Tahoe area.  Give us the scoop… 

Where should we….


True Old Tahoe Ski Ambience – Cottonwood

Great Menu – Stella


I like the simple European feel of the Cedar House, but if you want a resort feel the Ritz Carlton being right on the mountain is a great way to spend a weekend.


Lone Eagle Bar in Incline Village


For families – Northstar; for great skiing Squaw/Alpine always wins


I love going off old fire roads and hidden spots but for easy to find snowshoeing the meadow up at Mount Rose is really pretty

relax fireside?

The Ritz Carlton Bar


Bathrooms, Decor

unique bath tub | decor

bathtub design Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola designed this fresh and unique bath for a hotel in Vieques, Puerto Rico.  The steel tub feels urban but the white finish inside conveys luxury and warmth.

Patricia currently works from her own studio in Milan Italy… what a dream to visit.  You can read more about Patricia by visiting Style Park, Patricia’s Bohemian Rhapsody.  I’m so taken with all of her work and impressive resume.


Photo sourced from Style Park

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We got back yesterday from a fantastic family trip to Lake Tahoe.  Skiing, fresh air and loads of design inspiration got me thinking about the Cabin Style home.

There is definitely a fine line between classy and tacky cabin style, but MWA Architects, based out of Truckee, California, seems understand high quality building and design.  MWA calls itself a casual down to earth company… and as any good snow country firm, notes on their website that they “play hooky on powder days.”  From the looks of these amazing homes they have designed, I can’t image they play hooky often.  MWA creates truly spectacular Cabin Style Homes.



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Brown Design Group | decor

I was not familiar with the Brown Design Group before my visit to the Santa Barbara Design House and the Guest Suite they designed.  Now, their work is permanently imbedded in my brain.

Founded by Ryan Brown, the Brown Design Group is a residential and commercial interior design firm with offices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California.  The Guest Suite they designed at the Design House was superb.  They used neutral colors with bold pops of pattern and extraordinary art to make the space feel hip but completely approachable.  Team Brown let me dig a little deeper and ask a few questions about their work in the Santa Barbara Design House and about the firm.  I hope you enjoy…

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The Brown Group is…

Obsessed with:  LIGHTING.  ”Life should be on a dimmer…”  We love to find vintage fixtures and give them a new breath of life.  Lighting fixtures should tell a story and feel like they have been in the space forever and everything else came after.

Inspired by:  LIFE.  Every project presents a new challenge and we always say that the architecture of the home, paired with the people who live there, determine our design approach.

Traveling to:  THAILAND.  After many trips to Europe and South America for pleasure and buying, we are headed to Asia for the first time to see what we can find (and bring home) from there.

Headed to:  MERCADO DE LAS PULGAS for fantastic design accessories.  It’s in Buenos Aires but has some incredible architectural salvage pieces and unique European and post-war items that are impossible to find elsewhere.  Good luck getting it back though…


Grabbing dinner at…

LAUREL HARDWARE in Los Angeles (yes, the old hardware store on Santa Monica Blvd).

PEASANT in New York for incredible dinner.  PASTIS for a little loud, Parisian lunch.

SPQR in San Francisco for great wine and dinner or at CONTIGO for tapas

Using this textile:  Many of the Faux Leathers from Innovations make their way into our designs due to the incredible quality matched with durability.

We also use a lot of Perennials outdoor fabrics for draperies and Schumacher for gorgeous prints.

Using this paint color:  Our default white is Dunn Edwards Bone China DEW 339.  It is the perfect white, without being white.  It has a warmth to it.  We used Farrow & Ball in the design house which is fantastic for organic colors and classics.  Personal favorite is Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Grey SW7019.

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Q + A 

Art Decor Cecy J

Cecy J Lighting Decor

Q:  Tell me the inspiration for the guest suite and bathroom?

A:  The guest suite occupies a substantial, private area of the 2nd floor of the house. The perfect place for a weekend guest to feel like they are on a “get-away” rather than in someone else’s home.  We wanted the room to feel collected and warm.  There is so much to explore in the room between amazing artwork and colorful travel and design books that you have a sense of escapism.  We wanted to create spaces throughout that allow you to feel like it is more than a bedroom: a writing desk, a hanging chair for reading or a lounge chair on the balcony for sipping your morning coffee.

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Q:  The pattern of the rug brings adds depth and interest but does not control the room.  Where can we get one?

A:  The rug is bold but it gives scale to a large room.  Most of the other patterns in the room are very geometric when you get up close.  This one is more organic.  The black of the rug really echoed many of the other elements in room that otherwise may have disappeared.  Black became the accent color which is always a powerful move.  It didn’t hurt that it is a design by the acclaimed Diane von Furstenberg exclusively for The Rug Company which creates and carries some of the most unique and incredible contemporary rugs around.


Accessories Decor Cecy J

Decor Cecy J

Brown Decor CecyJQ:  The colors are so neutral but impactful, I get the sense this is consistent with your design philosophy?

A:  Our general palette is almost always neutral.  We mix warms (tans, taupes, creams, and chocolates) with cool neutrals (whites, greys, black)  which alone give a room depth.  This makes a bright pillow or a colorful piece of art really shine.  It also provides a timeless look which can easily be updated or changed with a few key pieces.

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Q:  I love the swing in the corner of the room.  What was the inspiration?  Where can I buy one for my little boy’s room?

A:  It was originally intended for the exterior balcony but it filled an otherwise difficult corner inside the room perfectly!  It is available in a variety of finishes and materials (the one shown is a Chilewich fabric graded for outdoor use!) for $680 through Fusion Home in Ventura.


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Q:  Art is everywhere in the guest suite and you included some truly fantastic and fresh pieces.  What artist do you consistently use for projects?

A:  The art in this installation should be the envy of every art aficionado.  Supplied by Paul Rusconi Studios, LA based art dealer and artist, the collection included over 45 pieces of framed artwork of incredible Robert Rauschenberg photographs, Andy Warhol, Robert Mangold, and Caio Fonseca pieces.  All of the pieces in the collection are extremely important in the gallery art world.  The series of Rusconi originals that line the gallery hall stopped every passerby to read and marvel at the witty, and sometimes provocative, wording sprawling across the walls.  All artwork available through Paul Rusconi Studios 310-658-8410.

If people don’t have a big budget for artwork, we are also fans of taking your favorite old family photos and enlarging them and framing them simply in a collection with an oversized matting.