Choose Your Own Adventure: Velvet Trends

We're all about the velvet trend this fall whether it be small touches or bigger statement pieces. This luxe, cozy fabric can be easily incorporated into any space. 

PHOTO BY: Gina Rachelle Design

PHOTO BY: Gina Rachelle Design

PHOTO BY: Max Maloney

PHOTO BY: Max Maloney

START SMALL: Incorporate velvet accessories into your existing space. Gather a variety of pillows, snag a cozy throw blanket or hang curtains. Don't want to go as big as an upholstered piece just yet? Try seat cushions for a luxe option to soften up your seating area. 

PHOTO BY: Max Maloney

PHOTO BY: Max Maloney

HAPPY MEDIUM: Ready for more than a pillow but not quite ready for the large statement piece? Try a velvet upholstered ottoman or comfy side chair to warm up your space and add a luxurious touch.

PHOTO BY: Max Maloney

PHOTO BY: Max Maloney

WANNA DIY?: Velvet is an easier material to DIY with (velvet really has everything going for it - now doesn't it!). Grab your staple gun, your favorite yards of rich velvet and create a new plush headboard. Not feeling up for DIY? (We totally understand.) There are plenty of options out there, whether you want go neutral or opt for a "wow" moment.

PHOTO BY: Brittany Ambridge

PHOTO BY: Brittany Ambridge

THINK BIG: Ready for a statement? We support velvet upholstered sofas all the way. In order to pull this off, first, define your style (bohemian, eclectic, modern), and then make sure the piece is a statement within that style. Sit back and enjoy.

PHOTO BY: Anthropologie 

PHOTO BY: Anthropologie 

PHOTO BY: Bryant Toth

PHOTO BY: Bryant Toth

MIX IT UP: Velvet is easily blended into most spaces because of it's versatility and softness. Finish your space with additional textures - go for the woven knit blanket, wooden side chair and glass coffee table and your velvet piece will feel right at home.

 

Pretty Fitness Studios? Yes, Please!

We just discovered that one of our spaces in which we collaborated with DIAKADI Fitness Performance is featured in Lonny Magazine as one of fifteen 'Pretty Fitness Studios That Will Make You Want To Work Out.'

We loved designing this space focusing on making it inspiring yet cool with a sexy, industrial vibe. 

We decided on the color Soot by Benjamin Moore which comes across as a deep navy or moody black depending on the lighting. 

Owners, Billy Polson and Mike Calusen, salvaged old bleachers at Heritage Salvage in Petaluma discovering that they were originally from a Midwest gymnasium. 

Every piece of equipment was selected thoughtfully for it's purpose and aesthetic. Some pieces were even crafted by local makers such as the backboard of the basketball hoop, the climbing peg board wall, and stunning medicine ball rebounder. 

I personally love the rows of industrial lighting that we sourced from Ikea. They are statement pieces that light the obstacle course without breaking the bank! 

The Boho Outdoor Look

If you're from San Francisco like us, you know our summer is just getting started. We tend to get some beautiful, warm days in September and October. That means there is still time to pull your outdoor look together and throw a few backyard gatherings! 

What makes an outdoor space come together is attention to the details, just like the styling we dive into when we are indoors. Here are six tips we take into consideration to shape your outdoor space. 

Ready, Set, Style ...

  1. Think of your backyard, patio or deck as an extension of your living room and ask yourself how you want this space to feel and function?
  2. Depending on how much space you have, create sections such as kitchen/grill, dining, bar, seating, and gardening.  
  3. Create flow and continuity among these spaces with design details such as your favorite colors, textures, patterns and lighting. 
  4. For smaller patio spaces, use seating options that come in a set and then bring in accent tables and decor with different colors and texture.
  5. Create softness with your space by adding outdoor rugs and pillows. 
  6. Don’t forget lighting! Bring a twinkle to your yard through candles, lanterns, and string lights. 

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We shared our advice to Realtor.com discussing how to create spaces with purpose. "If you have a larger outdoor space, I always recommend divvying up the yard so your space doesn’t feel too much like one large square," Gina says. "Within your space, section off an area for perhaps a kitchen or grill, a place to dine with family and friends, a bar area where you can curate drinks over conversation, a comfy and intimate seating area, or a peaceful space for gardening."