Thursday, November 27, 2008



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday: Gumps

I was in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago for a book signing event ( more on the next week!) which was being held at the beautiful Gump's store near Union Square. These are some of the photos I took. Above is one of the many spectacular table displays on the second floor where the China and crystal are kept. I thought it was very festive for a Fall dinner or Thanksgiving.

Furniture is also on display in these wonderful vignettes. I love the color combination here with the burnt orange walls and dark grey silk on the Bergere chair and ottoman. The Moroccan tables definitely are on my wish list.

I love the large Foo dogs in this picture arranged with the sofa and live edged coffee table.

I think this "room" was my favorite with the black lacquered display etagere with the blue interior. I like the idea of two matching chairs with different fabrics. And the area rug, luscious silk!

Isn't this an amazing display of over scaled lanterns? If you are in San Francisco at all during the Holiday Season, do stop in at Gumps. The assortment of Christmas ornaments is to die for, and there is bound to be more than just one thing you won't be able to live without!

And if you are in the TV watching mood on your Turkey Day, stop on by:

Monday, November 24, 2008

Free Stuff: Martha Stewart through Apartment Therapy

I thought you should know:

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Friday Nov 28 – win a Constellation Rug (approximately 6’ x 9’ size) from Martha Stewart Rugs; select from five available colors.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cabo Beach House and Environment Furniture

Living Room: Malena Armchair, DWR; Coffee tables, Viva Terra; Lamps, Arteriors Home

I am working on the design of a beach house in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico right now. My clients are an energetic couple with a family who are looking for a warm contemporary home where they don't have to worry about sandy feet. Unique design with very little hassle were the criteria. These are the sample inspiration boards for the project.

The main materials consist of natural concrete floors and rustic walnut cabinetry. The Capiz shell light fixtures, mosaic tiles and rough wood provide texture and contrast with other clean contemporary furnishings for a balanced and casual design. The plan is to add accent furniture, accessories and art from local artisans.

Dining Room and Powder Room: Live Edge Walnut Dining Table, Hudson Furniture; Panton Dining Chair; Capiz Shell Dining Room Pendent, Oly Studio; Lotus Pendant for Powder Room, Roost, Powder Room LuLu faucet, Dornbracht; Orbit Mosaic tile for Powder Room, Walker Zanger.

Kitchen and Bar Area: Heath Ceramic Tile, Ann Sacks; Ceasarstone counters; Meri Drum Chandelier, Oly Studio; Faucet by Blanco

Master Bedroom and Master Bath: Bed by Hudson Furniture; Tolemeo light fixture by Artimede; Womb Chair by Eero Saarinen; Toilet by Toto; Sink by Wetstyle; Skyline Glass Tile by Walker Zanger

Secondary Bedrooms: Headboards by West Elm; Lamps by Arteriors Home; Chest by Environment Furniture; Bertoia Chair available through DWR; Glass Tile by Akdo.

Many of the things I have chosen for this beach house are classics. I wanted to introduce a line of furniture that could be known for the classics of the future: Environment Furniture. Their mission statement says it all:

Environment Furniture strives to create beautiful furniture that balances innovation and sustainability and to work in ways that value humanity and the environment now and in the future.

Here are a few pieces from their beautiful line:

Gazebo Bed

Strip Dresser

Parati Buffet

Campinas Console Table

If you have a moment, hop on over the their website. There are many more fabulous earth friendly peices to see. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Animals at the Faire

Aubergine 18" high porcelain Dragon with forehead horn.

On my last visit to the Sacramento Antique Faire, I came across a number of interesting creatures. I had originally gone to find a table, and to hunt for additions for my various collections. Also, I do like to take pictures of the more unique finds I stumble upon for you all to see. This trip, I noticed a distinct trend to the photos as I was sorting through them for a post. Animals of various kinds stood out from the rest of the photos, and I began to think about finding homes for all of these strays.

I saw this porcelain dragon, which was quite large and fantastically colored. And I imagined that he would enjoy a home like this:

House and Garden, June 2004, Photo by Francois Dishinger

Art dealer Gian Enzo Sperone might find a spot for him among the ceramic figures by Paolo Maione in his New York loft, above.

I spied this two foot high plaster pug just hanging around. I think he would be right at home in Liz Lambert's bunkhouse outside of Marfa, Texas. The slate colored walls and salvaged billboard would provide the perfect setting for this comical pup:

House and Garden, September 2006, Photo by Francois Halard

The brown ceramic elephant standing about a foot high (top), and the vintage metal elephant penny bank both have a rustic natural quality that appealed to me.

Elle Decor, Jan/Feb 2006, Photo by William Waldron

I don't think that designer T. Keller Donovan would mind too terribly if these pachyderms made themselves at home on his antique Irish pub table. I love the mix of natural textures and colors here, and the mix of objects.

This sheepdog was one of my favorites. I like to think of him as a "faux-Jeff-Koons-puppy" (I posted about this puppy here). Maybe if I painted the nose and tongue white? No? Well anyway, this pup might still look cool in a house like this:

Elle Decor, August/September 2003, Photo by Fernando Bengoechea

This very chic house is owned by taste makers Franco Mariotti and Alessandra Tabacchi Mariotti, owners of the very stylish modern and antique furnishing shop, FLAIR ( Florence, Milan, Capri and New York locations).

So tell you all do this too? I mean, do you see something that catches your eye and immediately imagine the sort of place it should call home? It seems to be a little game I play, and perhaps it just comes with the territory of the creative world.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


Dear Joni,

OMG! I opened my email this morning to find out that you, Joni of one of my all time favorite blogs: Cote de Texas, had written the most wonderful post about me and my blog. I am overwhelmed. Your kindness and amazing support mean the world to me. I hope everyone takes the time to hop on over to your beautiful blog and read all of your fabulous posts about design in Houston, your Top Ten Designers Series, and all of the beautiful and comprehensive posts you create about interior design, antiques, and your own awesome home.

I feel so lucky to be part of this very supportive medium that informs, entertains, supports, and amuses us all. And people like you are the reason I keep going! Thanks so much Joni! And to all of you that come and read my little blog. I so appreciate you all.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mom's and Birthday Presents

Sunflowers, Ornamental Peppers and Rosemary from the Sacramento Farmer's Market

Is it a dilemma for any of you to pick a birthday present for your mother? When a person is trying to rid themselves of the clutter that accumulates after many years on the planet, what do you give that doesn't add to the problem? My Mom is one of the most interesting people I know. She has lived in California: Pasadena, Venice Beach, Malibu Canyon, Napa and Healdsburg and Petaluma. She lived near Santa Fe New Mexico in a village called Galesteo and also in Taos. She lived on Vashon Island in Puget Sound. She lived in Hawaii for a period of time as well. Along the way, she gathered beautiful things and mementos from all of the friends that she has acquired.

This Country Beidermeier armoire has traveled from Pasadena in the home where I grew up, to Galesteo New Mexico, to Vashon, to Healdsburg, Petaluma, and now to Sacramento. The marble topped table has traveled the same path. There is a crow from an artist, John Cannell, in New Mexico sitting on the armoire with two large metal finials that I think came along in Headlsburg. Then, there is the large handcrafted tin framed mirror that was purchased from an artisan friend by the name of Robert Stanfeld from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

There is this Folk Art man standing next to a carnivorous plant, which is so beautifully cool I think! I mean, who's mom chooses a plant like this?. The man is from a New Mexico Folk artist as well. And the Lamp is from Mom's antique Dealer days in Healdsburg. It used to be a beverage dispenser.

TV/Sitting Room

My mother collects ironstone, and has one of the most interesting collections I have seen A few of the pieces are atop just a portion her overflowing bookcases. (Now you know where I got my book fetish......and my ironstone interest.) The small hexagonal table is Victorian, picked up from an antiques dealer in Napa. And on top is an Indian Basket from my Father's side of the family (a few generations ago) filled with very old American Indian pottery shards gleaned from a forgotten New Mexico dumping site. The green Art Deco lamp is by Weller one of a pair and is from Mom's Healdsburg days. The glass pedestal the lamp is sitting on is an old Gas Pump cylinder.

So what does one give when a person doesn't want or need anything else?

We brought books to read, flowers to enjoy, goodies to eat, and wine to drink.

We brought our very favorite cake: a Pims Cake from Freeport Bakery, our favorite bakery. (It is a rich almond cake topped with orange marmalade and chunks of chocolate fudge, modeled after the Pims English Tea Cookie).

But most importantly we brought ourselves, our time, and too much love to fit in any sort of wrapped up package. And the undying promise of more.


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cosmo Cafe

As Senior Designer of Benning Design Associates, I had the huge pleasure of heading up the design of a new Sacramento restaurant, Cosmo Cafe. (I mentioned it a little bit ago here.) There are some new photos on the Cosmo Cafe website that may just tempt you to come take a look for yourself. Located in the multi-use Cosmopolitan building, the Cosmo Cafe shares real estate with the Cosmopolitan Cabaret, and the newest Sacramento nightclub, Social.

Come on in. Here's a bit of a virtual tour:

Front Lounge Area

This is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and chat with friends while waiting for your table, or when catching a show at the Cabaret.

Lounge and Bar

Another view of the Lounge showing the graphic floor design

Opening Night Party. The enlarged back lighted photo in the background shows the original building in it's first incarnation as the Woolworth Building.

Main Bar and Restaurant

I had the signature Cosmo on opening night, natch. And I tried a "Faux-Hito" the other night which was so perfectly refreshing, everyone at the table ended up getting one.


I promise you, the food is delicious. There are small and large plates to suit every palate. Like the roasted beet salad, or the polenta fritters I had the other night. Fabulous! Check out the menu here.

Located in Sacramento a block from the State Capital, it seemed fitting to "capitalize" on the political climate with a few caricatures. You may recognize a few!

Some photographs from the Sacramento Archives of historic points of interest near the Cosmopolitan Building were featured in special art niches.

Crowd from Opening Night

I love this photo! Check out the Louboutins.

Next time you are in Sactown, be sure and stop in! I'll be looking for you.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

Wow, what a week! An historic election just started things off.

But now the economy is throwing me for a loop and there are some big things for me to think about at the moment. So I am sorry about the lack of posts the last couple of days. I hope to be back with some exciting things next week!


P.S. Many of you appreciated this photo as much as I did. You can catch more from robin jones1 Flickr photo stream here.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Hannah's Room

If you have been reading Katiedid for awhile, you know I have been working on my younger daughter's bedroom, theoretically for her birthday. Well, her birthday has come and gone, and we are still not quite done. I can manage to get client's work done and meet a deadline at work, but at home.....the cobbler's shoe syndrome takes over. We have drapery panels to hang, a mirror to find, and art to hang. But the furniture is all in and the room is painted! Progress!

In the meantime, my older daughter had a party for Halloween. Which prompted a room cleaning. I thought I would take the very infrequent opportunity of a clean room to snap some photos. Just so I can remember what it looks like.

Hannah and I did her room a few years ago starting with the Marimekko "Unikko" Duvet Cover and shams as the jump off point. We chose a matlisse bedspread from Crate and Barrel with matching Euro shams for the "background". You probably recognize the Seagrass headboard from Pottery Barn. The nightstand is an antique Swedish pine table. Nate Berkus lamps from Linens and Things. Red drapery panels from IKEA. We chose things that a teenage girl could grow with that were affordable, and therefore changeable if tastes changed.

Above her antique pine dresser, I placed a flea market mirror that I painted red which made it pop off the walls, which are painted Dunn Edwards Whisper White.

The room is divided by French doors into two parts, the main bedroom (very small) and a sun room. It is a very charming space and one of the selling points when we were first looking to buy the house. As soon as Hannah saw this space she claimed first dibs.

The sun room is covered with bead board on the walls and ceiling and has windows on three walls. We made it into a cozy library using West Elm book shelves, which fit perfectly under the windows. There is an old pine armoire for storage....and Heaven knows a teenage girl has got to have storage. We used West Elm red lacquer nesting tables, a white slip covered chair from IKEA and a lambskin rug on the floor.

And that's it! A fun bright space for my teenage girl.

Speaking of Nate that Linens and Things is closing, I was wondering where he might be selling his retail products. It turns out he is offering his line on the HSN website. He is also writing a blog for the website as well, which you can check out here. I went and did a little looking around and found THE mirror for my other daughter's bedroom! The Nate Berkus Moroccan Mirror:

Perfect size and price! I am determined to get this room done before.......Christmas!