Holiday Gift Giving; Kirsten Muenster

22 Dec


A few weeks ago I attended a Remodelista holiday pop up show at Heath Ceramics (with my good friend Patty) right here in San Francisco. It was gift giving eye candy for sure! So many beautiful hand crafted pieces from pottery by Yonder, handwoven pillows by The-Citizenry,  to modern macrame light fixtures by WC Windy Chien. It was truly wonderful to see so much artistic talent under one roof. (Good friend Patty definitely cleaned up!)

I was really taken with a jewelry collection by Kirsten Muenster on view in store at Heath Ceramics. Kirsten was there as well “manning” her booth and it was fun to meet the artist. I really love her work, the jewelry has really clean lines but is also decorative and each piece is carefully crafted with interesting textures and stones. So, if you missed the Pop up by Remodelista you can still catch Kirsten’s work at Heath Ceramics, she has a regular display on view. Heath is a great place for any last minute holiday shopping, such exquisite pottery and additional items like books, cards and hand crafted bags and satchels (I love Heath Ceramics).

Happy Holiday shopping!



Holiday Inspirations

7 Dec


It’s that time of year again, holiday festivities in the air. Looking for simple, unique ideas for your holiday decorating? I will share with you  a few of my go to design blogs for inspiring inspiration!

1. My Scandinavian Home

2. DesignSponge

3. Remodelista

4. Lonny


#5 sfgirlbybay

Happy Holiday Inspirations!


RMH Stanford Expansion Project, It’s Time to See “Our Design” Come to Life

1 Dec


Dear Friends,

the time has come! This week Faiella Design will begin their install schedule for the RMH Stanford Expansion project. Tomorrow I will be able to see all of the progress made on the room since this picture was taken just about a month ago in guest bedroom #318. The design we created on a board will come to life in this room for all the families that will stay here.

“We have been proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford to help make their vision of providing a warm and inviting home-away-from-home for families with critically ill children a reality”. Where Hope Has a Home in collaboration with the SFDC. Rhonda Hirata, SFDC project managed over 48 designers and tradespeople. THANK YOU Rhonda for answering all of my questions, emails so quickly! I don’t know how you did it. A special thank you to all of the vendors and manufacturers who have contributed their time, product, expertise and support to help me make this room a reality: Jason Lees Design, Jim Misner Light Designs, Doreen Leong, NARI SF Bay Area Chapter, Andre Rothblatt Architecture, Ruby Living, Desousa Hughes, Kravet, Robert Allen, Catherine Baldi Craftsmen Painters, 
James Derieg, Serena & Lily, and I know there will be a few more last minutes………..
None of this would be possible without your support, thank you so much friends to all of you who have donated to this campaign! We are still collecting donations so please feel free to make your donation today here!

Happy Thanksgiving

25 Nov


What are you thankful for? I am so thankful for the friends and family in my life and so look forward to celebrating with them on this Thanksgiving holiday. If your looking for any last minute inspirations for your Thanksgiving table I love the simple, organic and elegant designs here on Remodelista.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Help Me Support Where Hope Has a Home, RMH Stanford Expansion Project

15 Oct


Today I closed my eyes for a few moments and tried to imagine what it would be like to be in the shoes of the families who come to RMH Stanford.
I am imagining having a child who is critically ill, having to leave my own home, and travel far to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital to get the needed medical treatment for my child. It’s hard for me to know or understand how stressful this must be, to have a very sick child, having to travel far away and not really knowing where we are going to stay.
Then I am trying to imagine being on a very tight budget and not having the resources to stay in a hotel or rent an apartment while we are away. Essentially I don’t know what we are going to do but, I heard about a place that takes in families just like mine, they will give you a place to stay on a sliding fee scale the place is called Ronald McDonald House.
Unfortunately when we arrive at RMH we are told that they are at maximum capacity and that they do not have the space for us. I am completely at the end of my ropes and reality sets in because I know at this point our only option is to spend the night sleeping in our car. This is actually real, families are turned away on a regular basis because there just is not enough room.

I open my eyes and remember that this is why I am involved with the RMH Stanford expansion project. As a interior designer I have been able to give my time and design a space that is apart of creating hope for these families. The space I designed will be a safe, beautiful and warm place for a family to relax and unwind from their stressful situation.
If you read this whole piece thank you! I appreciate your interest in supporting me with WHERE HOPE HAS A HOME!

Donate here

Thank you,

Fresh Flowers

20 Sep


So simple, yet beautiful, fresh flowers are an easy way that  I like to add a pop of color and texture to my home.  I will pick up tulips and or daisies at my local Trader Joe’s. I love seasonal flowers too, the best are fresh cutt from shopping trips to my local farmers markets.  Once home put your flowers in an interesting vase, and voila you are a design pro! Shop West Elm, Cb2, Crate & Barrel for some fun budget friendly options. Up your game and look at Oly Studio, Arteriors Home, or go for truly lovely at Gumps.

For flower inspirations have a look at my collection of favorites on pinterest.

Have fun!


Art above Sofa

9 Sep


When sourcing art for my interior design projects I like to support local Bay Area artists. As an artist and Interior designer one of my favorite San Francisco art galleries is Hang Art, They represent a diverse range of artists that are affordable and approachable for first time art collectors.

When researching original fine art for my Russian Hill Restoration project I wanted to show my client art that had a neutral aspect but that also had energy and movement. This piece by artist Jenny E. Balisle  hit the mark! It also worked for my client’s budget.

See more fine art inspirations on my pinterest board and additional work from my design portfolio at Faiella Design.

Happy Art!



Venetian Plaster

2 Sep


This neutral toned dining room is subtle in color and big in texture!  I indulged in applications of rich paint textures, materials  like dark walnut for dining table, can you see all that movement in the grain? Lovely.  The crystal encrusted chandelier adds sparkle, shine and  a touch of glamour.  All these elements come together to add a layer of  diversity and warmth to this client’s Russian Hill dining room. Love the Venetian Plaster wall, (a paint technique that adds a subtle sense of movement in the paint, first used by the old world masters of paint in the  Italian Renaissance). Beautiful and hand painted by decorative painter and muralist Ted Somogyi of Probert Art, nice job Ted!

More collaborators on this project, Jason Lees Design custom made walnut dining table, Jim Misner Light Designs custom crystal chandelier. Test Tube flower vase is from Plantation Home.

See more images from this project on Houzz, Pinterest, CalHome+Design


I like Gama by Clarke & Carke

31 Aug

b58491419879230The fabrics I selected for my client’s east bay bungalow will be beautiful window treatments like Gama in Charcoal by Clarke & Clarke. Custom designed and sewn by my seamstress will add that special touch to the overall design. I love how the patterns, colors and textures add a layer of warmth to each room! I also like to work with natural materials in my designs and this textile is the perfect blend of cotton & linen. You can also see images of customized window treatments in my design projects on my Houzz.

Stay tuned for the final look, before & afters of this project. To see more textile inspirations check out my textiles board on pinterest!

Happy fabrics,



29 Aug


It’s all in the details. After I install a new design project next and final step, find the perfect accessories. The vases, objects, pillows, throws and art will seriously tie the design together. When shopping for those special finishing touches I  look for unique items in different sizes and shapes. I look for a variety of textures and materials,  like this beautiful hand blown glass vase that I sourced from the A. Rudin showroom here at the San Francisco Design Center. Home decor boutiques I shop here in San Francisco & love?  Anthem SF, Ruby Living, Big Daddy’s Antiques, and local retailers like West Elm, CB2  for more budget friendly options.

Happy shopping!