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Posted by on Aug 15, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Houses, San Francisco Design | 0 comments

It looks like it’s going to be a lovely sunny day in San Francisco (is the August fog over??). So we’re going to try and get out and about to the park, the beach maybe. In making our plans, I was reminded of this lovely photo, spotted on Flickr a while back, of a window in the Marina District. The Marina, with its views of the Bay, beach and...

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Surprising brights

Surprising brights

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Art, Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Photographers | 4 comments

When it comes to colors, my design aesthetic is lying somewhere, bruised and battered, in the no man’s land between cool neutrals and wild brights. Trying to accommodate both tastes is rather exhausting. But I’ve found some solace in the portfolio of photographer James Merrell, whose work shows brights being introduced into otherwise neutral...

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These four walls: house tour

These four walls: house tour

Posted by on Aug 6, 2009 in Between these four walls: house tours, San Francisco Design | 15 comments

Since I started blogging, I’ve gained an appreciation for the importance of personal style in interior design. Even the most flawlessly-executed design is incomplete without the owner’s unique mark. There has to be a sense of history, a character, a feeling that life is lived within those four walls. So today I’m starting a new series that...

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Aguayos, Suzanis and Bedspreads, oh my!

Aguayos, Suzanis and Bedspreads, oh my!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 7 comments

I’ve completely fallen for the range of textiles at L’Aviva Home. Representing techniques and crafts from all over the world, each piece seems to tell a story. Indeed, many of the items are vintage. The bedspread above is, of course, a Moroccan wedding blanket. Perfect for sparkly neutral types like me! I’m also hankering for one of these...

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Fancy mirrors

Fancy mirrors

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in Decorating, Design | 7 comments

There’s nothing like an elaborate mirror to add some panache to a room. It can make a dingy room look bright, a small room look large, and a plain room look exciting. It’s a trick I’ve used over and over again. I’ve spotted some absolutely beautiful examples of interiors with spectacular mirrors recently. I’m sure you’ve...

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Blog award

Blog award

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Decorating, Design | 9 comments

What a nice weekend surprise! I’ve been given a blog award by the hilarious and charming Bromeliad Living. If you haven’t read her blog yet, you absolutely must. She has the best sense of humor (and great taste too). Scroll down for the story about the ottoman…priceless. Anyway, I’m honored that she thought of Four Walls and a Roof....

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Yellow: conquered!

Yellow: conquered!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, My house | 13 comments

I’ve finally done it. I’ve introduced some yellow into our house. If you recall from this post, yellow has been my nemesis for years. But, I’ve taken the plunge and bought…….. ….a pillow and a poster. I know, pathetic isn’t it? It’s just a color so why all the drama? But, before you give up on me for good,...

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Black and white wallpaper

Black and white wallpaper

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 1 comment

I’ve started to become a fan of black and white patterns in interiors. There’s nothing quite like the drama and contrast of a black and white scheme to energize a room. In particular, I’ve been eyeing up some of the fabulous wallpapers out there in this popular color combination. There are literally thousands to choose from. It’s...

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