Friday, May 28, 2010

northbrook design's studio

happy memorial day weekend! while most of the country is gearing up for a long weekend away from the office, i’m drooling over a fantastic office design. headed by interior designer katherine ringling north, the san francisco studio of northbrook design is fun, fearless, and functional. located on the top floor of a dynamic LEED gold certified building in SOMA, the space features perforated metal siding, a custom designed conference table, and an ever-changing mobile display. in a working environment like this one, i doubt any member of the northbrook design team suffers from a case of the mondays. speaking of mondays, i’ll be lakeside in upstate new york and will resume posting tuesday morning. happy happy!

i would especially like to thank katherine ringling north of northbrook design for submitting her san francisco studio renovation. the after photos were taken by the marvelous matthew millman.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

giddy ink

i’m addicted to wedding blogs. they’re my dirty little, can’t live without, indulgence. it’s not just the romance, cake, and prince charming that sweeps me off my feet, it’s the kick ass designers involved in putting together the quintessential wedding. you may be thinking, what is interior transformation obsessed raenovate doing posting about weddings? well as i tore open the invitation to my precious pal jacque’s new year’s eve nuptials, i not only knew her stationary was destined for the blog world, but i felt transformed!
the designers at cincinnati based giddy ink created the ultimate invite for jacque and her stylin groom chris. by channeling the couple’s festive yet urbane personalities, giddy ink whipped up an invitation full of scrolls, script, and even bling. their designs didn’t stop there. every last detail was beautifully graphically designed; from the program to the ice luge to the champagne bottles (is that not the perfect NYE party favor?) the girls at giddy ink went above and beyond. jacque and chris’s wedding set the tone for a rocking 2010, and allowed for a wedding full of friends, festivities, and fine design.

[sources: giddy ink invitations and graphics, michael bambino & co photography, priscilla of boston dress, a spoon fulla sugar cake, queen city club venue, and sprouts floral design flowers]

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

los feliz renovation

interior designer rachel winokur of eTTa designs isn’t just awesome because she has the greatest first name in the history of the world, she also happens to create stunning eco-friendly designs. based in marina del ray california, winokur is known for fashioning innovative commercial, residential, and hospitality interiors.
today we have the pleasure of getting a behind the scenes tour of eTTa’s recent redesign of a los feliz home. by removing the home’s bulky furniture and 'entertainment area' winokur recreated the space especially for her party throwing, dog loving client. the new neutral palette is highlighted with pops of colorful artwork, pillows, and accessories. although the 'pole' gave the space a certain unique flair, the talented rachel was able to pump new life and a different kind of joy into this southern california residence.

i would especially like to thank rachel winokur of eTTa designs for sharing her los feliz transformation with us.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

kelley proxmire foyer

redecoration is a given when it comes to design centers, but this year the washington design center (wdc) has gone above and beyond. known for its annual design house, the wdc relocated the showcase space from the center's basement to the naturally lit fifth floor and bagged elle decor as its sponsor. with rooms from eight of washington dc's most acclaimed interior designers, kelley proxmire of kelley interior design is elated to have created the foyer. its black, white, and turquoise color palette is as bold as the david hicks inspired octagonal pattern applied to the bamboo floor. white schumacher grass-cloth, ginormous mirrors, and the sparkliest niermann weeks chandelier ever, help to create the "glitz and glamour galore" foyer proxmire envisioned.

the 2010 design house is located at 300 d street, s.w.,washington, d.c. and will be open to the public for free viewing through 4 december. i'd like to thank the lovely judith turner-yamamoto of pickworth bell communications for providing the goods for today's kelley interior design makeover.

Monday, May 24, 2010

siol studios indoor/outdoor play space

as the unofficial east coast correspondent for the 2010 san francisco decorator showcase, i’m elated to reveal siol studios’ transformation of the mansion’s indoor/outdoor play space. designed through the eyes of a five year old, the space encourages adaptability and allows for growth. with designated areas for shared time and alone time, performance and reflection, and creation and observation the room is better than a kindergarten classroom. what’s best is the sustainability of the outdoor space. with a wind tribune, a rainwater catchment device, solar heating tubes, and plants native to california, the space is a green dream. the decorator showcase is only open for one more week, get in there while you can!

the 2010 san francisco decorator showcase house is located at 3450 washington street and will be open through may 31. all proceeds benefit the financial aid program at san francisco university high school. the lovely jessica weigley of siol studios provided the goods for today’s makeover, with after photos by raenovate favorite, paul dyer.

Friday, May 21, 2010

cecilie starin passageway

if you think that rice-a-roni is the san francisco treat then you’ve been misinformed; it’s the 2010 san francisco decorator showcase! i’ve had the pleasure of revealing participating designers fantastic transformations of the mansion. you may remember charles de lisle’s sitting room redo and marsh & clark design's third floor modern nursery makeover. just off the nursery, interior designer cecilie starin has transformed a tiny passageway room. at only 11’ x 5’ the small space is filled with big drama. starin built a louis the sixteenth styled canopy daybed into the angled wall and applied a crackled linen treatment to the ceiling. these details along with the recycled metal chandelier make the room feel larger by visually heightening the space.

the 2010 san francisco decorator showcase house is located at 3450 washington street and will be open through may 31. all proceeds benefit the financial aid program at san francisco university high school. the lovely noelle smith primavera of primaveraPR provided the goods for today’s cecilie starin makeover, with after photos by margot hartford. on monday we’ll take a peek at the showcase’s playroom renovation performed by siol studios.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

a nursery for triplets!

the idea of birthing triplets is something that would ordinarily terrify me, but then i saw today’s nursery designed for a family with triplets and i’m all, “i want three babies, at once!” marsh & clark design transformed the third-floor attic bedroom for the 2010 san francisco decorator showcase (open through the end of the month). the grand 1930’s french normandy-style mansion received a head to toe makeover from marsh & clark design, charles de lisle workshop, and an array of san francisco’s hottest interior designers.
the nursery showcases three matching, hand-crafted cribs, created by local craftsman, rob taboada. taboada specially designed the cribs to keep the babies happy and healthy with toxin-free materials and FSC-certified sustainably-harvested hardwood. three custom chandeliers float above the cribs, washing the powder-blue room in a warm glow, doubling as modern mobiles. additional design elements include thomas pedersen’s stringray rocking chair, 100% wool, un-dyed carpet, non-voc paint, sferra blankets and holland and sherry cashmere throws. triplets here i come!

the 2010 san francisco decorator showcase house is located at 3450 washington street and will be open through may 31. all proceeds benefit the financial aid program at san francisco university high school. the lovely jessica mullens of mullens public relations provided the goods for today’s marsh & clark design transformation, with after photos by elisabeth fall.