Dressing up a Dresser: Hardware Installed

Monday, September 16, 2013

I was recently contacted by fellow blogger Gabbi (and a New Jersey blogger at that!) of Retro Ranch Reno about using my hardware for a dresser revamp.  She selected the F-02 satin brass faceted knob for her project and went to work painting - and repainting - her fabulous mid-century find.  The end product looks fab and the hardware really adds a touch of glam. 

Check out more of Gabbi's renovation projects here.

I love seeing all of these great install shots of my hardware. If you've purchased our pieces and have install shots to share, please email me for a feature on the blog!

Stylin' Mamma: Soft Like Leather

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fall is a transitional month here in San Francisco, with temps ranging from upper 50s to upper 70s over the course of a single day (the marine layer, and all that).

I am trying (tryyyyying!) to curb the shopping after doing a small wardrobe re-vamp over the summer, but I couldn't resist these "vegan" leather shorts.  For September and October, they will work with the last of my summer tan; once November rolls around I can wear them over thick tights.  

The price is right on these bad boys, and I'm discovering that they're wildly versatile; a must for a mamma who transitions from workday to school run to board meeting and back again between 6am and 8pm.

Don't believe me?  Well, behold: Styled with a soft pink tee, flat shoes, and a playful bag (plus that omnipresent watch...one must always mind the time!), they are about as non-threatening as (faux) leather gets.  

For a more decadent twist, try a still-feminine -- but decidedly dressy -- top, pop-of-color strappies, and (always) jewelry (bigger! bolder!).  A classic jacket keeps those shoulders warm when the fog rolls in.  And hey, because you saved such big bucks buying vegan, you should absolutely splurge on that Chanel, no?

Lamps on Chairish

Friday, September 6, 2013

Do you remember these awesome orange lamps that I had in our LA living room?
I got them at an antiques mall in LA and had new shades made for them.  They really worked well in the scale of our space at the time.

However, there just isn't a space for them in our house here. I'd tried selling them on Craiglist but they are so specific and also a bit nicer than your typical Craiglist find (as in more expensive) that nothing really happened. Then I stumbled across Chairish on Little Green Notebook.  It's such a great source - somewhere between Craigslist and V and M and 1st Dibs.  I decided to list my lamps there. You can see the listing here. Crossing my fingers that I get some bites. Also excited to have a new source for vintage finds for client projects!

A little garage makeover

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lately, now that our interiors have hit a certain stage of "doneness", I've been itching to get outside. I did some planting at the front a few weekends ago and plan to plant some bulbs later today.  I've also been thinking about how I'd like to dress up our backyard in the future.  Similar to the house, the garage is sided in vinyl so we can't really paint it.  However, I've been considering dressing it up by painting the door, adding some carriage house hardware and a large sconce that matches the sconces we currently have on the exterior.  Landscaping wise, once the sunflowers bite the dust, we are thinking about extending our privacy hedge of Green Giant Arbovitae. I'd also love to plant a purple leafed Redbud tree to soften the corner of the garage and put a little arbor in that leads to our back area (Not sure what our plan is for that area except to keep the poison ivy at bay).  Here is what the garage looks like now.

And what I'm planning.

Lonny Magazine features Nest Studio

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Check out September's issue of Lonny Magazine that came out today.  Our F-02 faceted knob in satin brass is featured in the Bees Knees roundup. Yay!

The Classic Series Is Here!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day everybody!  I posted a while back about my new Classic Series of hardware coming out. Well, after much trial and tribulation on the manufacturing end, it is finally here in polished nickel (chrome and brass coming soon).  It's up on the website and you can download tearsheets as well.  Be on the lookout for more prototypes and designs coming soon!