Ever since I let myself off the hook and decided that I am really a designer who happens to keep a sporadic and narrowly-focused blog and not a blogger who is terrible at actually blogging, I have felt much better. I've even blogged more - go figure. So in the spirit of being a designer who happens to blog, here is an update on some current projects I've got going in the Bay Area! All these photos suck and were not staged and were taken hastily with an iPhone so be gentle.

Berkeley Hills Total Bathroom Renovation

These tiles make me absurdly happy.

These tiles make me absurdly happy.

The client already had this little chair.

The client already had this little chair.

That tub! Have you seen a sexier tub? I didn't think so.

That tub! Have you seen a sexier tub? I didn't think so.

El Cerrito Hills Mid Century Dream House Miscellany

We need some real window treatments up in here!

We need some real window treatments up in here!

Gotta find someone to do some custom iron work! 

Gotta find someone to do some custom iron work! 

Rug options! Different tree in the corner!

Rug options! Different tree in the corner!

What to do with the old planter?

What to do with the old planter?

Oh hey, they have all of John's books!

Oh hey, they have all of John's books!

Orinda Boy's Room - remember Jake? Things are on order, I'm searching the Alameda Flea this weekend and installation will happen soon! I'm going to send them away and when they come back everything will be different. I almost never get to do that so I'm excited like an HGTV host.

Berkeley Studio - Remember Christy? I'm still working with her on her house and just added her backyard studio to the mix. She's a photographer and needs a better way to keep and see her props and a desk area that will inspire.

Berkeley Whole Home - Remember Jessica? She's really more a friend then anything nowadays but every once in a while we get together and throw shit out and solve some problems in her house. Some day I'll show you her amazing home and taste and collections but it might take a few years.

San Francisco Modular & Temporary Nursery - this one is super secret and I'm not gonna tell you about it until it's done. I will say that I get to work with incredible people and use all parts of my design brain, which is rare on any given project. This one is the whole package going from designing out of thin air to styling for the photos. Yay!

First sketches

First sketches

Samples of the metal frames! David Dempsey is a genius.

Samples of the metal frames! David Dempsey is a genius.

My Apartment - just finished up my office! Now I'm on to our entry area and this weird little dark sad porchlette we have off our kitchen that we use for primarily collecting city air pollution in thick layers. It's 4'6" x 4'6". TINY. These projects are just getting going. I'll do full posts when they're done!

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I am incredibly sensitive to my surroundings when I'm trying to get work done. Every detail is an opportunity for procrastination or avoidance; My back is to the door! Not enough surface area! Lighting is all wrong! I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS WHAT'S ON HULU?! So it's no surprise that I have had 3 offices in our apartment in 2 and a half years. 

Having a functional office is becoming more and more important to me. The clients keep coming and I'm tired of spreading out on our dining room table, shuffling salt & pepper shakers and cups of pens around (I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS!). So in the middle of a heavy week of client work I freaked out and went on a office-improvement rampage, telling myself that my clients would get better work out of me if I had a proper office even if said work might come a day later than expected. 

I started with the Oh What fun! sign. Facebook demanded that I keep it and I agreed. If there's ever been another way of putting how I feel about my job I haven't heard it, so having it above my desk would be, like, perfect. I knew in my bones that the desk needed to be an L shape and white. I knew I wanted to get not-finished canvases by unknown artists to use as cork boards. I knew I wanted all my crafting/decorative nonsense to be visible and within reach, otherwise I reach for Hulu. I knew that between Ikea, UrbanOre, and Out of the Closet I'd be set and I was right!

YAY! Ikea supplied the desk, Out of the Closet sold me those shelves for $10.50, and UrbanOre had 4 canvases I had to have, 2 of which are too pretty to use as cork boards. My client/friend Jessica had given me that chair, the coolest office chair ever known to humankind, and the rest was thrifted at estate sales and stores around the East Bay. 

Here's what I was working with before. Shoot, that's embarrassing. 

I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS!

I CAN'T WORK LIKE THIS!

Let's tour the new digs, shall we?

Is that a handwritten note from Emily Henderson? Yes it is a handwritten note from Emily Henderson. That excellent photo of a fireman's boots is by my friend Solon.

Is that a handwritten note from Emily Henderson? Yes it is a handwritten note from Emily Henderson. That excellent photo of a fireman's boots is by my friend Solon.

Do I have a problem? Probably.

Do I have a problem? Probably.

Always have ribbon at the ready.

Always have ribbon at the ready.

Yes my chair wears jewelry, doesn't yours?

Yes my chair wears jewelry, doesn't yours?

Vintage trash cans are the best containers.

Vintage trash cans are the best containers.

Heck yeah! That horse painting was $14 at UrbanOre and I love it so much.

Heck yeah! That horse painting was $14 at UrbanOre and I love it so much.

People and memories I love.

People and memories I love.

Maggie just gave me these vintage darts!

Maggie just gave me these vintage darts!

Christy gave me those photo holders!

Christy gave me those photo holders!

Tools of the trade.

Tools of the trade.

$4 portrait.

$4 portrait.

YAAAAY!

YAAAAY!

Look at me! I'm writing this blog post at my desk in my office! It's working!

Whew.

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On April 23rd, 2004, the day Zane turned 9, Matthew left a love note for me on the kitchen table. We had been together for just 2 months. I've kept it by my bedside for the last 12 years until this week when I found these wooden hands in a thrift store. How perfect are they? Sigh.

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WHERE IS THIS GOING TO GO YOU GUYS!?

A part of me wants to put it over our bed. Referencing love over the bed makes me slightly ill; referencing special couple time over the bed makes me giggly. Matthew would probably not giggle with me though.

A part of me wants to install Christmas lights in it and hang it a client's nursery. She and her beau would absolutely love it and I thought of them immediately when I saw it and babies love lights.

A part of me wants to put it in Jake's room. It's so non-gendered and happy, what kid shouldn't have those words in their room? And I'm looking for vintage and one-of-a-kind art to put in there. But the red would make a lot of red, white, and blue, which isn't my favorite color scheme.

A part of me wants to make a table out of it and put it in a future client's house. But I have no tools or storage and need to just own up to the fact that I am not crafty.

What do your parts say; where should I put this thing? Tell me on Facebook - blog comments are the devil.

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