December 9, 2008

Solid Gold!

Now I can take some photos of the new place. Thanks to my new baby...Orito.

December 8, 2008

Tara Won't Come Out of the Closet...

Ha! Old bedroom/closet is featured on Apartment Therapy today. It was warm and cozy...

Check it out HERE

December 4, 2008

Our new neighborhood.

Cole Valley aka "The CV" "94117" or "Where?"

For those of you wondering where it is exactly that we live, we are now in a neighborhood called Cole Valley. It's near Haight Ashbury. No hippies here tho'. From what I can tell it's more wheat grass than "grass" in this area. It's very convenient -we're near Golden Gate Park's main entrance, and even better we are only 30 seconds from Kezar Stadium. (I love that!) The commute is easy, too. There are multiple muni lines to downtown (N-Judah, 71, 71L, 7, and 6). It has a hardware store. It has cafes. It has pretty houses. Also, did I mention that we have lots of friends here? That's The Best. Basically, we love it. It=Cole Valley.

(Image via The Front Steps.)

From the SF Chronicle:

"Cole Valley, while partly in the Haight-Ashbury and part in the Parnassus neighborhoods, Cole Valley has a character all its own. The San Francisco Chronicle neighborhood guide says, "...bordered on the west by Stanyan Street and the Sutro Forest, on the south by Tank Hill and on the east by Clayton Street. Residents are largely families and young professionals, though there is no trace of the snootiness that has affected other parts of the city. Most of the businesses in Cole Valley are of the mom-and-pop variety, in lieu of chain stores or franchises, and shop owners are outwardly supportive of each other."

Read more HERE.

*Also, seems there is a fight between Cole Valley and Noe Valley as to which is the better valley.(Guess Hayes Valley doesn't count?) Read all about it HERE. (via The Front Steps blog - great resource for "local" SF real estate gossip.)

Getting there...

The unpacking is 99% finished. The new place is taking shape.
Some photos (from mobile phone):


Front Room:

December 3, 2008

"Beauty, Quality & A Little Bit Quirky"

That's the motto of Eden & Eden, a great local San Francisco store that is stocked with a variety of interesting home items. For example:

("blah" pillow)

("button" coasters)

("London Bus Sign" tray)

Check it out at Eden & Eden

or visit in person at:

Eden & Eden
560 Jackson Street
(× Columbus Street)
San Francisco
CA 94133
(415) 983 0490

November 30, 2008

The Third Circle.

On day four of moving. Progress has been made.

November 25, 2008

Set Decorators Society of America

Just found out via Apartment Therapy that The Set Decorators Society of America has its own website which gives one access to their quarterly magazine "Set Decor" (online and print versions). I don't know about you, but I absolutely love looking at the set decor in films and am usually amazed at the beauty and attention to detail one finds. In their magazine, the set designers talk about their process - from research to purchasing to filming - as well as providing many great photos. Very cool. In addition to films, Set Decor also has photos of the sets of a number of television series, such as "Sex and the City", "House" and "Mad Men" (below). Check it out at Set Decorators Society of America

The office of Sterling Cooper...

(Image from Set Decor, Summer 2008 issue)

November 24, 2008

G.I. Joe. and Jane?

I'm really into bed linens - not a million throw pillows on the bed, but nice, quality matching sheets and comforters. I get excited about patterned sheets. The word "duvet" makes me happy. I love stripes and florals and matching shams and warm blankets folded at the end of the bed. I get pleasure out of making the bed. Hospital corners? They rock. Needless to say, I am particular about bedding. BUT, I also don't want a bedroom that is overly feminine and doesn't represent both my style AND JJ's style.

JJ has this great vintage army trunk that we've decided to use for storing bedding and which will be put at the foot of the bed.

(Who was Major Dean B. McNealy?)

To pull together feminine bedding, an army trunk, a neutral headboard and rug, I think a vintage Italian Army blanket (wool) will do nicely. Some examples I've found...

(Images from Omaha's GI Surplus)

With some linens from Dwell Studio? Huh? Huh?

(Images from Dwell Studio, compiled by Manolo Home)

Think it could work? We'll see... can't wait to find out.

November 20, 2008

Pinkie swear.

I will post photos of the actual apartment soon. Problem is, we haven't moved into it yet. (December 1st, my friends, December 1st.)

In the meantime, let's take a walk down memory lane...

My Apartment on Bush Street.

July 2006:

June 2007:

August 2007:

January 2008:

July 2008:

Oh, I'll miss my apartment-ito.

Too bad I don't have a green thumb.

Have I mentioned yet that the new apartment has a back yard? More space for me to kill more plants! One day, I'll have an outdoor space that looks like this (plus a big BBQ grill and fish-taco fryer for JJ):

(Image from Domino.)


GOOP. Because I want to "nourish what is real". Ha ha ha! (I'm laughing, but you know I've already signed up for Gwyneth's newsletter.) Enjoy!

(Image via

November 19, 2008

Why am I doing this?

This site/web-log is my virtual inspiration board - a place to make public what inspires me interior design-wise. It also serves as an on-line journal of the new apartment as it progresses from an empty space to "home" for JJ and me.

(Image from Flickr member jochen.)

November 18, 2008

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Want to see what scares me most in the world?

(Courtesy of Craigslist)

Woke up on the wrong side of the bed today.

Which got me thinking...beds! Here are two modern beds in wood that I like. No flimsy Ikea veneer here.

(Logic bed from Room and Board)

(Elan bed from Crate & Barrel)

November 17, 2008

Rex Ray Rocks.

Sometimes you need something for the walls besides the ubiquitous Van Gogh poster. Rex Ray's work is modern, colorful, and funky. Love it.

From Chronicle Books, "Rex Ray is a San Francisco based fine artist whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums. He is also a celebrated graphic designer."

Consider his book "Monograph" on my list for Santa this year.

(Images from Chronicle Books and

A case of the Mondays.

Sitting at my desk and wondering if it's possible to teach myself how to sew curtains...oh, it's hard to be stuck in an office sometimes.

(Image via LivingEtc.)

November 16, 2008

The Un-Glamorous Side to Moving. Or, how I spent my Saturday night.

Packing and painting, oh my!

Prep-work is key. (Thanks "Ask This Old House".)

November 14, 2008

Speaking of books...

This is probably one of my most favorite rooms. Ever.

A wall of books, floor-to-ceiling windows, a reading chair, and a beautiful desk - combined make a perfect library.

(Image via desiretoinspire.)

Every man needs a cave.

This is for JJ.

(Image via desiretoinspire.)

November 13, 2008

Already inspired.

Could this...

become this...?

(Image from LivingEtc.)

A blank canvas.

A corner for a desk? Bookshelves? A chair? The possibilities are endless. That's what's both fun and overwhelming at the same time.

And so it begins...

Our new home in Cole Valley.

(Image from