I Need Another Rug (Like I Need a Hole in my Head)

I’ve had my eye on this Restoration Hardware daybed for like twenty-five days. Two weeks ago I broke down and bought it for my son’s room and soon realized I paid more for his bed than my own, so I cancelled it.  But I couldn’t stop thinking about.  So I bought it again.


For the living room.   Soon we’ll have a low profile tufted day bed instead of a couch which is cool because we live in California where people lounge all day, in long fluffy hotel robes, in front of a roaring fire while ‘working’ on their iPads.  So now we need to choose a rug that compliments the piece.  My hubby says the only rug he wants is the rug that will prevent me from wanting another rug, but I just can’t decide.

Please help by voting for your favorite out of the following four options.

1) Has a groovy seventies vibe, but I might get bored with it quickly


2) More of a mat than a rug which is super durable and looks modern though it isn’t soft or cozy


3)  Chevron striped rug that looks good in any setting but the print is suddenly everywhere


4) Thick-striped rug with bold presence, but nearly twice the price of all the others


Simply check either 1, 2, 3, or 4 and vote as many times as you’d like

Thanks for your help everyone!


A Nursery for Our Foster Baby to Call Home

After a two years, four surgeries, two hospital stays and fifteen plus trips to the ER, my illness is finally behind us and we are on the road to parenthood through the foster and adoption system in San Francisco, CA.  YAY!  I am beyond excited to receive that first call and I’ve been working on a nursery for our foster children to call home.

More than anything, I wanted a bright, cheerful space that would feel a million miles away from the situations many of these children will leave behind.  Even though they are babies, so much of their lifelong development and attachment ability is formed while they’re infants so I wanted lots of bright colors, soft textures and organic toys and blankets to make them feel safe and warm.

I converted an outdated night stand into a navy blue changing table with an anchor hanging above to fit a nautical inspired space that reflects both living in San Francisco and my husband’s love of sailing and the sea.

With such a small room to work with, typical in the city, I tried to make the most of the space by using a dresser with plenty of drawers and cabinets to store an endless supply of onesies, diapers, and all the accoutrements that come along with caring for an infant.  I hung a little clothing rack from the ceiling with nautical rope to display some of my favorite baby outfits, and lined the dresser with books, shoes, and all the adorable things that come with having a baby.

We’re ready for you little one and can’t wait to meet you!

Lots of Love, Andy & Marshall

Making the Most of a Small Space

When we moved to San Francisco, I knew I’d have to take our furniture and make it work in a city apartment.  It was a challenge, but I had a plan:

1-Position two white arm chairs  in front of the window to create a cozy seating area (Marshall’s idea – thanks babe!)  2-Repurpose the file cabinets from our old office into end tables so our files don’t have to be reorganized  3-Hang sheer linen drapes from our old living room  windows against the beautiful arched window 4-Keep the beloved factory cart coffee table and position two rattan floor cushions nearby for extra seating 5-Use the natural fiber rug from our old master bedroom to anchor the space

One of the biggest dilemmas was figuring out where to keep all of our clothes since the closet was now the bedroom.  My husband took on the challenge and found this great wardrobe from IKEA.  It really is the perfect solution to our storage issues.  How we managed to go from having his and hers walk-in closets to this, I’ll never know!

Another piece that was important to incorporate was the bureau from our old bedroom.  It took a long time to paint and distress, and I couldn’t give it up!  It provides extra storage for everything from blankets to books.

I tried to keep a lot of the accent pieces we had in our home, like this gorgeous vase filled with dried wheat which kind of reminds me of growing up in Kansas.

I also wanted to keep the nautical feel especially since we’re living so close to the water.

Finally, one of my favorite aspects of this apartment is the eat-in kitchen.  With plenty of wall space for our pizza trays and cutting board, plus enough room for our kitchen table.  It’s a cozy space, but perfect for two.

It’s hard to believe we only moved in just over a week ago!  It’s my husband’s birthday today, so I’ve got a cheesecake in the oven and a brand new lasagna recipe to try, and I’m just glad we have such a lovely space to celebrate in!

Walk-in Closet+Imagination=Bedroom?

So I never thought my master bedroom would be the size of a closet…or an actual closet for that matter.  But now it is both.  Here is how I took a walk-in closet in our studio apartment and made it into our master bedroom.

First, I tried to envision the space as more than a closet (and had my husband take down the clothing rod).

Next I took some of my favorite pieces and used them to fill the white space.  The rustic ladder for example.  I wasn’t sure why I was bringing it to San Francisco when it was collecting dust in my garage in Florida, but it turned out to be a great way to punch up a white wall and add some soft candlelight.

Then I filled an empty corner with a beat up old table, one of my favorite flea market finds.  I added an antique styled fan on the corner table which drowns out the city noise at night.  Even though it’s an awkward angle, this photo gives a bit of perspective on how everything comes together in the space.

I added my beloved horse painting above the bed, a pair of white drapes that were once the shower curtains in my master bath, and a floor lamp beside the bed, perfect for reading at night.

Because of the angle of the door to the ‘closet’, it’s hard to capture the warmth of the space.  It’s definitely cozy, but I think I’ve slept better here over the last few nights than I have in months!

Found: A San Francisco Apartment

After weeks of hunting for an apartment, we finally found a little place to call our own.  And when I say little, I do mean little.  It’s a studio space with about 600 square feet.  But it does have plenty of San Francisco charm, like this gorgeous arched window

Plus an eat in kitchen complete with built in shelves to display wine glasses or tea light candles or a collection of porcelain cats (kidding, only kidding)

The kitchen has granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and just enough storage space

The bath has a classic tile floor and a pedestal sink, plus an actual bath tub perfect for chilly San Francisco nights.  Not sure how I feel about the blacked out window.  Can’t wait to find a window treatment that conceals the dark glass.

Last but not least is the walk in closet, in the process of becoming our ‘master’ bedroom.  I know it looks small but it can actually fit a queen bed with a little room to spare.  I have big plans for this small space!

Over the next few days I’ll post some decorating ideas I’ve used to make this space feel like home.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

XOXO, Andy

An Easy Front Door Fix

This was my old front door (on Valentine’s Day of course!)

I never really liked the stained glass look because it’s a little too intricate for me.  I knew I would eventually change it, but it wasn’t high on my priority list…until the day the mail man came by last week.

Our normally sweet tempered dog, Nora, has never been a fan of a strange man walking on our porch and dropping letters through the mail slot

And after almost a year of barking her brains out at the poor guy, she’d finally had enough and charged head first into the glass

Luckily she didn’t make it all the way through the door, and both the dog and the mailman survived unscathed. 

We had the front door rebuilt with a couple of basic wood panels from Home Depot

We added a couple of coats of red paint, and now thanks to Nora, we have a new door way ahead of schedule.

Even thought it’s a tad darker than I’d envisioned, I really like the way it pops against the white and grey.  And don’t worry, I only allow the dogs to roam in the front yard in the morning, long before the mail man comes a knocking!


The Guest Bath Redo

I have never posted a picture of my guest bath anywhere before…and I think this photo alone will tell you why

Btw, my husband took the ‘before’ photos, not that I’m saying the pictures are crooked or anything.

The main point is, you can see the bathroom was total hideousness.  I kept the door closed at all times and cringed when guest came to stay.

Until one day we decided to attack the red and white stripes.  I sprayed the whole room down with Downy Wrinkle Release.  A tip I heard from a good friend (thanks Jessica!), was to use a mix of fabric softener and water to help soften the paper.  Seeing as I was out of fabric softener and too lazy to run to the store, I used some wrinkle releaser instead and it worked like magic (although removing wallpaper sucks no matter how good of a tip you have for removing it).

Next we had the bathroom painted a soft blue and the cabinets painted a crisp white

I added a few details like the foam wrapped burlap over the window (only I know it’s safety pinned in the back…I guess now you do, too but you could never tell just by looking at it!), plus a woven mat, and a couple of strategically placed baskets.

I used to avoid this room at all costs, but now I can’t wait to have guests over so they can use it.  I might even take a bath in there tonight myself!

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