MOROSO, Gentry Sofa by Patricia Urquiola
Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! So, here's the deal – I've taken a short hiatus from weekly blogging. I needed to adjust to several big life changes (engagement, quitting my job, wedding planning, moving....), but I'm back now and ready to kick it into high gear! I feel so fortunate to have so many exciting projects in the pipeline, and couldn't be more thrilled that one of the projects is my own home. It's not often that I have the opportunity to design for myself and my loved ones! Sean and I have officially found what will become our first home together, and it happens to be the dreamiest loft apartment. It is spacious, open, and IN OAKLAND! Yep, we're officially making the jump to the East Bay. It's time for a new adventure!
We have so many big plans for the new space, and I am going to be documenting our progress right here on Grace-Made. It's truly a big blank canvas, with so many interesting challenges and opportunities for creativity.
Below are several photos from our Lease Signing visit. During the visit, the loft was still being renovated but I got the chance to take preliminary measurements. We have gorgeous stained concrete floors on the lower level, and a raw wood sub-flooring on the upper level. When we signed our lease, all of the walls and baseboards were painted a creamy pale almond color. The loft gets insane natural light, and carries music beautifully. It almost echoes! I can't wait to tackle this project alongside Sean. Stay tuned for another update very soon, and many more along the away! xx.
Oh, Happy Tuesday! This day is already on a roll. I woke up to an email announcing the impending release of a new My Morning Jacket album and thought the day couldn't get any better. Then I signed onto my blogroll and learned that Dusen Dusen has just announced an extensive collection of goods for the home! Oh my! I'm definitely an avid fan of their collaboration with West Elm (and the general idea of using Dusen products for interiors), even though the collection of 2 pillows was a major tease. Alas! They were just teasing us! Dusen's new line of home goods is expected to include sheets, blankets, rugs, towels, pillows, and a pouf. Now you can snuggle with squiggly high-contrast patterns until your heart is content! I know I plan to.
Good morning! Today, I want to share an incredible resource with you - Sean Woolsey. I actually discovered him through my boyfriend, and have been a lover of his work (and Instagram feed) for some time now. He's a maker-extraordinaire from Southern California, and his designs are fresh & wildly unique. It's his approach to his work, though, that really captured my admiration. Sean builds each piece to last - not just for a year or two - but for generations. I also admire his quirky approach to, well, everything. How about the super cute photos of his furniture? Those might be the cutest kids I've ever seen. I've had the opportunity to discuss projects with Sean in the past, and he's very kind and insanely easy to work with. I can't wait to use his wonderful work in a project soon, and hopefully check out his studio someday. On a personal note - I'm absolutely dying over his Rosso Marble table. If I don't get to use it in a project soon, I might just have to buy it for myself. Enjoy!
All photos provided by Sean Woolsey
Last month, I had the privilege of partnering with Homepolish & Mountary on an installation in one of my current Interiors projects. The client, a photographer based in San Francisco, wanted to use her friends' artwork to populate the gallery of frames. I love the final collection of subtle & interesting photography & graphic art. This feature wall will definitely be the most dyanmic component of the dining space, and I can't wait until I am able to reveal the finished design! If you're interested in installing a gorgeous gallery wall in your own home, head over to Mountary's blog post for a full how-to!
All frames provided courtesy of Mountary
Photography: Helena Price
Have you ever found yourself gazing longingly at a photo and wondering where the photographer found the item pictured? A while back, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and this photo seriously caught my eye. OMG – that black and white photograph in the corner?! I instantly needed it. Immediately afterwards, I conducted a rather thorough web search for the artist or retailer of this print. I had no luck at all. I forgot about the print for a while...
Well, these are the moments that make life fun. The serendipitous ones. Last night, during my flight from SF to ATL, I was scrolling aimlessly through the artwork collection on the Little Paper Planes web shop. There it is!!! I've finally found the elusive retailer of the amazing Debbie Carlos photograph that I've been searching for. I popped over to the artist's website and quickly learned that she is a multi-talented photographer with an amazing body of work. Her moody black and white posters are my favorite. I'll definitely be purchasing the Flower Poster – and likely the Clouds, as well.
All images courtesy of Debbie Carlos
Today has finally arrived! It's the day that I leave California to visit my home, my roots, and my family in The South. For me, the holidays are a time of intense rest and quality time spent with the ones I hold most dear. I've been reflecting a lot on this trip and the rejuvenation to come, and have found inspiration in the bedroom as a symbol of rest. Today, I've rounded up some of my favorite bedrooms to share. These spaces are warm & calm, and each evokes a unique sense of charm. Happy Holidays, and may you find rest this Season!
I've gushed over this space before and, today, I'm gushing over it again. I love The Line's branded home space - The Apartment. It's moody, yet soft, and located in New York City's SoHo neighborhood. It really doesn't get any better than this. The Apartment is a curated shop (of sorts) that you can stay in. Everything in the space is hand-selected and for sale. I'd love to own the artwork over the bed - it's what first caught my eye.
All photos via The Line
Over the last few months, I've gotten a few questions about vintage sourcing. Ebay is definitely my favorite place to find well-worn gems — especially for the home. I've scored several Persian rugs, a few vintage coffee table books, and a number of gorgeous pieces of furniture. Did you know that you can stylishly furnish your entire home, sourcing only from Ebay?! Yes it takes some time, but you really can find anything — and it's easiest when you know how to look. I have a few tricks that I like to employ when sourcing items for a design. I'll share a few tips, but don't get discouraged! It's going to take a little practice and perseverance...
- Be Specific. If you're fortunate enough to know exactly what you're looking for, use that to your advantage! You won't find unique treasures using generic terms. If you search "dresser," you're going to find the same ole' stuff that everyone else finds.
- Try using this search formula. [age] + [style] + [material/color] + [type] + [fun adjective or detail]. Last week, I posted a photo of a vintage rug that I found on Ebay. Someone literally commented on the photo and asked what words she should include in her search to find a similar item. Some people just don't know which words to use! Try the magic formula first. If your search yields zero results, eliminate a word until something interesting turns up. Start with the differentiating adjective. For example, to find the dresser below, I would search "vintage mid-century modern wood dresser brass." It's annoying how specific you need to be — but I promise it works!
- Fill in the blanks. If you're intimidated by Ebay, start small. Below, I've shown you how to style an eclectic living room with 8 incredible items. You'll notice that I've only included the statement pieces. Invest in a solid, timeless sofa, and then fill in the blanks with used pieces from Ebay. It doesn't take much to turn a room upside down. Everyone shops at CB2 and West Elm, so find something different on Ebay.
- Follow the experts. Many designers and furniture gurus have begun creating "collections" on Ebay. I really like Pennyweight and Casey Keasler. I've also created a few curated collections of my own, and they're constantly being updated. Between all of my design projects, I'm always searching for something - especially furniture and rugs.
Below, you'll find some of my favorite discoveries from the past week. I've selected items to style a gorgeous Mid-century modern living room. I hope this post has been useful! Stay tuned for Part II!
A couple of months ago, my friend Ben found a vintage sewing machine table on the side of the road. The Montgomery-Ward machine was rusting, the wood was warped and damaged by water, and the wires were severed. However, Ben saw the potential for beauty and knew that I would love it — which I did, of course! I spent an entire weekend removing the damaged wood veneer to reveal the gorgeous solid cedar beneath. I'm telling you — it smelled amazing! I removed all of the screws & hardware and soaked them for hours to remove the layers of rust. At one point, I wasn't sure if I'd ever finish the project. But finally, several cuts & bruises later, I had a freshly sanded, clean wood table. Early on, I decided that this table deserved a brand new life. So I primed the wood and finished it with a gorgeous black satin paint. To compliment the brass details of the sewing machine, I added these Schoolhouse Electric Co. knobs to the doors. It was so rewarding to fasten the machine onto the gorgeous black table — it felt like a brand new piece of furniture. It was a lot of work, but I am so proud of this finished piece!
Earlier this week, I discovered the most lovely Etsy shop. Letters on Love captures the essence of timeless typography, and each piece is perfectly and uniquely suited for the Interior environment. The designs are clean & elegant, and don't compete with the furnishings or accessories of a space — they complement them. I probably browsed through the store three complete times, and found it incredibly difficult to pick my favorite. I was, however, able to narrow it down to 4. The shop contains something for every space, and each piece of art comes in a range of sizes. It's so, so hard to find artwork offered in multiple sizes and orientations! Check it out, and enjoy — I'm ordering the "Love Lives Here" print for my own home!
I can't believe that Grace-Made is almost One Year Old. I dreamt of starting this blog for a long time, and can’t wait to see where Grace-Made evolves. Over the last couple of months, I've been working on a face-lift for the site. Grace-Made is, and will always be, a place to share inspiration and thoughts about Interior Design. As I've grown over the past year, I recognized my need for a place to share my body of work. The "Projects" component of the site is still under construction, but will be populated very soon! Thank you for visiting, and Happy Friday!
About 3 months ago, I moved into a beautiful Victorian apartment along the Panhandle in San Francisco. I've been posting sporadic updates on Instagram, but realized that I haven't shared a holistic design update yet! My bedroom has a couple of unique features that made space planning challenging. I decided to forego a headboard, because the main wall curves into a wide arc. Additionally, I have TWO closets in my bedroom! This feature is a blessing and a curse, at the same time. Both closet doors are located on the same wall, making it impossible to place storage or artwork along this wall.
My vintage Persian rug and wooden work table are hand-me-downs from my Mom. Before I moved to SF, we found my Mid-Century dining chairs at a thrift shop for $40. They were hideous, so my Mom and I reupholstered them in a vibrant cut velvet fabric. I absolutely love them and we will never part. My vintage Kilim accent pillows and my Tom Dixon pendant are my favorite things about my bedroom. I've had my eye on that light fixture for years - I'm so happy to finally own one. The chair next to my garment rack is from Bend Goods, and I bought the shearling hide from Moore & Giles. Oh, and that furry white chair - it's vintage Steelcase. Also found at a thrift store and reupholstered by hand.
I think my new space is a true representation of myself. I refinished (or made) the majority of my furniture, so it feels like a true labor of love. What's your favorite thing about your home? Happy Friday!
This morning, while sourcing rugs on Gan's website, I discovered the most beautiful event showroom. Gan's installation from Casa Decor 2014 completely took my break away. I'm amazed by the impact of the painted walls — they're simple and dramatic, at the same time. The showroom, located inside the old Architecture college of Madrid Calle del Barquillo 12, wildly inspires me. I only wish I could have seen this in person!
image via Gan
Early on Sunday morning, my boyfriend and I stopped by The Mill for a relaxing cup of coffee. We had a little extra time to hang out, so we each brought some reading material. For me, preferred "reading material" is usually the latest home furnishings catalogs or a selection from my crop of design magazines. The new Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. catalog had arrived on Saturday, so I pulled it out to browse for inspiration on current projects. I was casually flipping through when — about halfway through — the pages caught Sean's attention. He asked to have a look, and was immediately engrossed in the amazing photography. Within minutes he had looked across the table and asked: "Can our home look like this someday?" It's not difficult to see that Schoolhouse is doing some pretty great things, lately. I'm crazy about their new light fixture collection, especially. Besides the incredible products, their catalog styling is just about perfect — you could actually take interior design cues from it.
all images via Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
Good Morning! Today, I'm wildly excited to share one of my latest projects. A couple of weeks ago, I attended Everlane's Open Studio with a few friends. While having coffee afterwards, I met Ryan Hall, one of Piperlime's talented Graphic Designers. Through this relationship, I was given the opportunity to design Piperlime's San Francisco Popup. I worked with my design firm, Gensler, to get the job done quickly. The experience was an absolute dream. Despite the short time-frame and unusual programmatic challenges, things worked out beautifully in the end.
The concept for the popup was inspired by the quintessential Manhattan apartment of Piperlime's "It" girl. It is sophisticated, elegant, and whimsical. The most unique aspect of this project was that I managed to secure all furniture on loan. Because of the short lifespan of the popup (2 days), it didn't make sense for Piperlime to buy thousands of dollars worth of furniture. I had less than a week to source and secure all furniture, while simultaneously coordinating a cohesive design. I couldn't be more pleased with the final design and installation. My amazing furniture and accessory vendors (see links below!) really stepped up and helped this project become a reality! I couldn't have done it without our incredible partners. This was one of the most rapid, down-and-dirty efforts I've ever worked towards, but it was also the most rewarding. Without further a due...
On certain days, I look down at my desk and see a clear & consistent theme. Today, it seems that I'm especially drawn to my samples of copper and assorted fur. Somehow, they've just ended up scattered around my desk at an arm's reach. Do you have any absolute favorite finishes or materials? When it comes to clothing, what is your favorite? When you think about the perfect accent pillow for movie-watching on the sofa, which fabric comes to mind?
If you want to take this look home with you, check out these incredible copper & fur home goods:
Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
This past weekend, my friends took me to the most incredible restaurant for brunch in LA. The Church Key's atmosphere is truly breathtaking - from the menu to the Interior Design. I ate a spectacular plate of Eggs Benedict with Truffle Hollandaise sauce and nibbled on hot potato cakes and biscuits and gravy. All the while, though, I could hardly focus on my plate because I couldn't stop examining the details of the space. There were countless moments of delight incorporated into the design. After brunch, I immediately searched for the Designer responsible for this gorgeous interior (this is how I discover all of my favorite designers). I learned that Carrie Livingston, a designer operating in Beverley Hills & London, was the the force that made it all happen. If you live in LA or ever have the opportunity, I certainly encourage you to stop by The Church Key. My friends tell me that their dinner rivals their brunch! I'll have to wait and find out. Until next time, LA.
Guys, I'm thrilled to tell you about Stone Textile Studio. I'm using their accent pillows on two current design projects, and I absolutely love the monochromatic aesthetic of their products. Black, white, and gray...and a whole lot of it. What else do you need? The layered & draped details are contemporary and creative, yet timeless. I had a hard time picking my favorite pillow designs. The Tuxedo for the classy babes, The Dip for the laid-back lady, and The Square Layers for the edgy foxes. Head to their website and check out the entire collection - it's something else!
Side note: I spoke with one of the ladies of Stone Textile Studio on the phone last week. We chatted about my project and they seem like quite the lovely & down-to-Earth bunch over there. Keep it up! I love your work.