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SF Decorator's Showcase 2015

Maggie Stephens

Back in May I got a chance to check out the annual SF Decorator's Showcase. A gorgeous home with each room (and nearly ever nook and cranny) decked out by area designers letting loose their imaginations... sounds like a great afternoon to me. The house was crowded - I was there the last weekend and I'm not sure if that made a difference. But grabbing pics of all my faves was near impossible. Sorry for the lackluster iPhone pics, but hopefully you'll enjoy a peek at some of my faves.

Above - the dining room was truly over the top - an explosion of pattern. Design by Cecilie Starin.

Below - one of my favorite spaces that I could easily see as a bar and entertaining hub (led right into the dining room). I loved the barstools and the silver leafed ceiling. Design by Alison Davin.

The following two pictures are the same space, a small landing off the hallway. A favorite of mine for sure. The lamps, the drapes, the use of black... all added a modern sense to the very elegant and traditional moldings and architecture. Design by Tineke Triggs.

This somewhat petite "Gentleman's Bathroom" was at once sleek, elegant, and yet somewhat industrial in feel. I loved the attention to detail, like the trim of the roman shade echoing the black on white squares through the room (tiles, shower doors, etc). Design by Nancy Evars and Dimitra Anderson.

My outfit totally color coordinated, so I couldn't resist a (blurry) selfie.

The plum room below was actually very large and I'm sad I didn't snap a picture of the wildly outrageous chain chandelier shaped like some kind of dragon/serpent/fish that hung over the billiard table. But this corner alone was inspiring (perhaps in a more applicable to real-life way) and that pendant is just too weird and awesome. Design by Jeff Schlarb.

Another color-coordinating moment in the laundry room, again designed by Nancy Evars and Dimitra Anderson.

I mentioned to the designer of this bathroom that I'd already seen it on instagram a dozen times! It was just too photogenic, quirky, and fun. I love the lippy wallpaper, but I also loved how they added sophistication with this chest-turned-vanity... Design by Jennifer Wundrow and Heather Brock.

The master bedroom was sooo luxurious, huge, and miraculously free of people when we were touring that I snapped a ton of pictures. They'll get their own post next week, but here's a little teaser. Design by Will Wick.

The Showcase always happens in the spring, so if you're in the area (or planning to be), look for dates to be late April through late May. It's a real treat.

Big Sur Babymoon

Maggie Stephens

Hi there readers! No baby yet, but I'm pulling together some posts that will continue to go up over the summer and into the fall... we've been busy with baby prep as well as soaking up our time as a two-some, wrapping up work, and so on. Back in May we took a long weekend over my 30th birthday and drove down the coast to Big Sur and then spent a few nights in Carmel-by-the-Sea as well. How lucky we are that this is only a couple of hours away!

While in Big Sur, we stayed at Glen Oaks Lodge, which was lovely! We had a fireplace in our room, as well as a communal outdoor fire pit that we had to ourselves one evening as well. And heated stone floors in the bathroom (added to my dream house list). One evening and morning we ate across the street at the Roadhouse (below)...

Day trip further south to Hearst Castle. Definitely book the upstairs tour if you go, and we feel like we missed out by not doing the cottages tour. The whole place was so over the top... 

This was us pretending to be shopping for a vacation home ;) We'll take it!


17 Mile Drive and dinner at Spanish Bay for my birthday.

Date night selfie at the b'n'b. 

Birthday sunset!

It was a great trip and so nice to get away for a few days (and even better that we didn't have to get on a plane!). Pretty sure half my pregnancy weight is from those 4 days - all we did was eat and nap and take pictures of the ocean. As it should be ;)

I'm Loving...

Maggie Stephens

I've been stumbling across all kinds of great online shops lately, mostly thanks to my favorite social media platform, Instagram. Always enjoy seeing what creative shop owners pull together to form their own store's aesthetic, and discovering new products along the way. Makes me dream of having a tiny storefront one day, but until then I'll have to be satisfied sharing my finds here with you :) 

One of my favorite places to find something quirky, colorful, and unique is John Derian. He currently has a beautiful collection that is a collaboration with Astier de Villatte ceramics. Every piece is gorgeous, but I'm particularly drawn to the dinner plates, which I would mix with our Juliska wedding china.

This bed is part of the Pottery Barn Warehouse Sale, and I love that while it's a bold statement on it's own, it's also a great backdrop for whatever kind of look you want to do with your textiles. Classic French toile? Rustic linen and antique pillowcases? Indian Kantha quilt and embroidered suzani shams? Anything goes.

Speaking of Astier de Villatte... I adore this vase. I've been looking for new vessels for flowers - and this would look equally chic when empty. 

I've been planning a purchase from artist Wayne Pate for a while now. Of course I'm having a very hard time narrowing down to what piece(s) I want... luckily his prints are very affordable. He is also one of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow.

I have been loving long lumbar pillows on beds lately, and this embroidered pillow from Furbish would be gorgeous in any setting. 

Been eyeing this chair for a while, but have no where to put it in my own home. Filing away for future use because I love the simplicity.

Our Place: Master Bedroom

Maggie Stephens


This post has been in the works for a long time. Somehow every time I'm just about ready to take photos to share, something else in our bedroom changes. So I've got a lot to share with you.

At the end of last summer or early fall, we finally added curtains to the bedroom. Honestly, I'd been planning to skip it all together - the windows are crazy high (read: lots and lots of yardage needed) and the investment just wasn't something I wanted to do for a rental. Then our apartment building changed out some of the lighting directly outside our window. What made the walkway below significantly safer and better lit, also meant that it was glaringly bright in our bedroom even at 3 a.m. Neither of us were sleeping well. Which meant our huge windows needed blackout curtains.

After pricing out a few options and cringing at the expense, I opted for ready-made curtains from Pottery Barn - the silk dupioni being the only option that came in the proper length with a blackout lining. I probably would have preferred linen in a perfect world, but we were desperate to get something up and they are beautiful curtains.

We also finally got a headboard - something I've been waffling on for, oh... years. I love the idea of a patterned headboard, or even a canopy bed. But I know my taste is a little too fickle to commit to a fabric. We also hope that whenever we buy a home we'll be upgrading to a king size bed (and hopefully then I'll get my canopy), and this bed will go into a guest room. So I wanted something versatile but still pretty. I'd been stalking this one for months until one day last fall the stars aligned and I found myself with a coupon AND a sale and basically pounced. So sometimes procrastinating can really work in your favor ;)

Finally, with our second bedroom changing over from office to nursery, most of the office furniture will be coming into our bedroom. We started with the bookshelves to make space for baby stuff. I'd considered several arrangements until the practicality of measurements (oh, right) dictated that the shelves flank the new headboard. I actually really love how this part is turning out. The big lamps we had in our last two apartments were suddenly too clunky, so we snapped up some Serena and Lily lamps during a One Kings Lane sale. And I've been busy arranging and re-arranging the shelves ever since. We're still in need of a few baskets and other storage pieces, but so far I'm not minding the mix.

What's coming up next - eventually the desk and computer will move into this room, but first we'll have a bassinet and new roommate for a few months ;)  When we finish the office transition I'd also love to make some updates to the bedding, although it's already a little warm for a duvet in April! And then other than a few accessorizing changes, I think this room will be pretty well finished!