10 Creative Images to Inspire Your Thanksgiving Gathering

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we've rounded up some of our favorite looks to give you the inspiration needed to make your gathering a show-stopper! 

01 CENTER OF ATTENTION

Image: Lonny Magazine / Alice and Lots

Image: Lonny Magazine / Alice and Lots

02 HONORING YOUR GUESTS

Image: House Beautiful 

Image: House Beautiful 

Image: AFabulousFete

03 DRESS UP YOUR FOOD TOO

Image: Kitchn

Image: Kitchn

Image: AFabulousFete
 

Five Brands from WCC, Curated by GRD, Perfect for Your Home

We're always so excited when West Coast Craft comes around. It's a chance to meet the makers, check out new designs and see finishes and colors in person. What's so unique about WCC is that each designer and artist exhibits work specifically inspired by the mood and aesthetics of the West Coast lifestyle. Pretty cool, huh? If you haven't had a chance to visit, we highly recommend you venture to this biannual marketplace. You may come home with a wall hanging, painting, ceramic mug, hand dyed fabric or light fixture, to name a few. Here are some of our favorite brands and goods we snagged from the last West Coast Craft!

OneFortyThree

OneFortyThree has a seriously amazing selection of lighting from table lamps and sconces to pendants and swing lights. The company was started by a couple who began creating light fixtures and furniture for their own personal unfinished log cabin and through trial and error, the rest is history.

I purchased the Wall Sconce: Wood Socket in White, Walnut and Brass for my office. We love this light for it's modern simplicity and easy going price point.

Photo courtesy of OneFortyThree

Photo courtesy of OneFortyThree

Base 10 Furniture

This Los Angeles based furniture company is comprised of duo Joshua and Lindsey (fine artists, woodworkers & sculptors.) They've created beautiful handmade furniture out of solid wood with an great attention to detail and geometry. Their pieces are modern yet timeless and definitely sturdy enough to last a lifetime. 

An awesome alternative to an upholstered lounge chair is the Samos Chair in Walnut. Lean back and relax!

Photo courtesy of Base10

Photo courtesy of Base10

Siamese Social Club

As a cat mama and animal lover, I always like to make sure that our pets have stylish and comfortable furniture too. Kristen Cella (owner) found it was easy to furnish her apartment with simple, quality pieces for herself yet tricky to find the same for her cat roommates. If you're not feeling the ordinary pet beds and accessories out there, Siamese Social Club is a great brand to check out. We love her products for their quality, craftswomanship, minimalism and sustainability.

We are especially loving the Coiled Rope Beds for our furry friends.

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Photos courtesy of Siamese Social Club

Photos courtesy of Siamese Social Club

Fire Road

For those in love with dressing up their kitchen and entertaining, Fire Road creates an amazing serving tray out of Carrara marble and walnut. Fire Road's pieces, from marble coasters to aluminum candle holders, are functional, refined, minimal and modern. This San Francisco based company was founded upon the idea of mixing unique material combinations to create permanent, sustainable and iconic home accessories.

Photo courtesy of Fire Road - Palate Serving Tray 

Photo courtesy of Fire Road - Palate Serving Tray 

Photo courtesy of West Coast Craft & Leon + George

Photo courtesy of West Coast Craft & Leon + George

Photo courtesy of Leon + George

Photo courtesy of Leon + George

It’s a must for me to bring greens into my home and my clients’ projects. Plants and flowers bring such life to a space! I do my best to find the right plants that fit each unique space based on the environment - which is always dependent on space and light quality. If you're needing help finding the right plants - Leon + George brings their plant expertise to both designers and homeowners.

They deliver plants (potted and ready to go) along with care and maintenance instructions all to your door! What's more? They partner with the U.S. National Forests and ensure a tree is planted for each plant purchased. I am a big fan of the popular Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree but the Rubber Plant is also a beautiful floor plant for your home.

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The next West Coast Craft will take place on November 18 & 19, 2017, in the Festival Pavilion of Fort Mason in San Francisco. Admission is free!

Photo courtesy of West Coast Craft

Photo courtesy of West Coast Craft

Don’t Be Scared of the Dark: 6 Ways Black Paint Can Make Your Home Welcoming

Black paint can seem daunting and denote heaviness but when used thoughtfully, spaces will actually feel calm, harmonious and grounded. Deep, dark shades of paint have the ability to work across many design styles and can help achieve vibes from classic to moody, as well as bold and cozy. Want to go dark? See how we've incorporated darkness into some of favorite projects.
 

01 CLASSIC WELCOME:

Nothing draws you more than a rich, dark front door. It is a welcoming take on a classic statement door and a great place to start if you are feeling intrigued but not fully committed just yet.

Photo Source: Lonny Magazine

Photo Source: Lonny Magazine

02 GO FOR IT!:

Ready to go big? Go for the full exterior. Dark exteriors not only stand out but you'd be surprised how much they flow and blend in with their outdoor atmosphere at the same time. 

Photo by Gina Gutierrez

Photo by Gina Gutierrez

03 STATEMENT WALLS & ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS:

Old homes tend to have built ins, unique doors and architectural details that are perfect to highlight or "low" light for the matter! It brings a modern and classic touch to a home. Dark colors look great on textured surfaces such as shiplap, beadboard or wainscoting.

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

04 MODERN + MOODY BATHROOMS

In addition to paint, we love black and dark hued gray tile. We're huge fans of moody bathrooms for their calmness, depth and individuality. Some of our favorite bathroom designs to date incorporate this rich balance.

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

05 LOOKING UP - CEILINGS:

Sometimes when we think of a statement we think of an accent wall, piece of furniture or bright accessory. However, another opportunity for a statement exists in a place that is sometimes overlooked when we forget to look up. We absolutely love a statement ceiling; it makes a space feel cozy and bold, all at the same time.

Photo by Max Maloney

Photo by Max Maloney

06 CONTRAST:

Not ready for a whole room? Try trim. Dark, contrasting trim is an unconventional yet clean take on trim. It may feel risky in its own way, but it always pays off!

Photo Source: Shoot Factory

Photo Source: Shoot Factory

Some of our favorite paint go to's from past projects:

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We are big believers in picking up samples and testing directly in the space. With light changing throughout the day, it's important to see how paint colors are affected. We're sure once you get a dark, rich color on the wall, you'll fall right in love.