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.







Accessories, Decor, Lighting

BABY girl NURSERY black + pink | decor

baby nursery black black lacquer crib cecyj kids


I don’t often work with the color pink.  It always feels too pretty and perfect… but paired with shades of gray and black, it feels like the right decision for a stylish and modern baby girl’s nursery.


1. Tamara Honey of House of Honey, Black Lacquer Crib  / 2. Eric Cohler, Venetian 6 light Chandelier via Circa Lighting  / 3. Jonathan Adler, Queen Anne White Mirror / 4. Madeline Weinrib, Persimmon Olivia Rug / 5. Ikea, Strandmon Wing Chair  / 6. Oomph, Tini Table IV /7. Chronicle Book, Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Accessories, Bedrooms, Decor

The New Traditionalists | decor

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

I love to discover new, quality products made by good people.  It is in that spirit that I introduce The New Traditionalists, an east coast furniture company I met in New York during BlogTour NYC.  After visiting their perfect SoHo showroom over mimosas and breakfast treats, I’ve been singing their praises ever since.  Their meticulous pieces are constructed in New England and can be customized for each and every client.

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

What really stuck me was the team’s ability to design furniture that blends a bit of a modern edge with sentiments of tradition and classic timeless style.

The New Traditionalist’s founding partners also operate ducduc, a collection of flawlessly chic furniture for little ones.  I could not stop taking photos during my visit.

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists team was kind enough to answer some question about what makes the company tick.  I hope you enjoy.



The New Traditionalists, decor, design, furniture

The New Traditionalists are…

Obsessed with:
Details!  From the way we dress to the way we design furniture. We get a lot of inspiration from clothing.  Working buttonholes on suits, a contrast stitch, shoes that you re-sole and get better with age.  It’s all in the details.
Inspired by:
Steve McQueen, Classic Films from the 50s and 60s…especially black and white ones,  a drink at the end of a long day, and our parents.
Designing right now:
Some amazing new upholstery pieces and casegoods for fall, and accessories.
Traveling to:
hopefully a beach somewhere this summer where we can tune out with family and friends.  Summer memories are the best!
Partying to the tunes of:
our CEO Philip’s playlists.  They are all over the place, from Ella Fiztgerald to the Roots to some country music we are too embarrassed to mention here.
Taking this piece home:
Bar cart no 1.  For obvious reasons.
Eating a lot of:
French fries, when no one is looking.
Using this textile:
We just did a bunch of pieces for Holland & Sherry’s first NYC location on Elizabeth Street in Nolita-a lot of tartan, checks and hound’s tooth.  It was a great collaboration.
Following on Pinterest:
We can’t get enough of Pinterest.  It’s just such an incredible way to communicate our inspiration to the world.

Decor, Nurseries

the modern baby | decor

nursery design, modern baby, dwell studio, baby toys


When I was expecting, I had a full blown panic attack the first time I walked into Babies”R”Us.  I waddled from rocker to crib and through the aisles and aisles of strollers, bath toys, bottles and diapers.  At that moment, I worried that motherhood might not be for me… stylistically.

Every year, baby products seem to get more chic. Nursery furniture more closely matches how we would decorate our homes.  Some products I’m loving for the modern baby.  I hope you enjoy.

{1. dresser | 2. zig zag rug | 3. round shade pendant | 4. ballon photograph | 5. crib | 6. giraffe toy | 7. goat hide | 8. mobile | 9. chair}

P.S. I know, I know the Eames Lounge chair and Ottoman would be an insane purchase for a nursery… but how fabulous?   Or, a few links to the Eames knock-offs & some Eames Lounge and Ottoman ebay finds.

{Eames Lounge and Ottoman chair knock-offs 1, 2, 3, & ebay listings}

Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat