Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Houzz: Clothing Designers Bring Their Fashion Sense Home

Three years ago Josh and Lauren Podoll began their search for a bigger home while nurturing two kinds of babies: their newborn son, Dashiell, and a women’s clothing line. They found a recently renovated home that would house their office, studio and everything else while they built their collection. Now the pair have their own storefront and studio, The Podolls, in downtown Burlingame, California, and a gorgeously decorated home in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood.



Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Josh and Lauren Podoll, and their son Dashiell, age 2
Location: Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco
Size: 1,850 square feet (172 square meters); 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Lauren describes the family’s decorating style as “casual contemporary with midcentury and bohemian influences.” The matching 1970s club chairs here are meaningful to her, as they were hand-me-downs from her parents. She had them reupholstered in an indigo-dyed organic cotton hemp denim that was left over from the first season of the couple’s clothing line.

Josh made and painted the wooden shelves to house the family’s eclectic collection of cookbooks, books on art and surfing, and children’s books.



A white love seat anchors the living room. The secret to maintaining a white couch with a toddler: washable slipcovers.



While they love clean, minimalist lines and interesting textiles, comfort is still key. Their vintage Bertoia Bird Chair is one of their favorite pieces for just that reason. It was love at first sight during a weekend visit to Palm Springs, and they made a return trip two weeks later just to pick up the chair. “Just leaning back in it for 10 minutes and looking out of the window feels like a mini vacation,” says Lauren.

The Podolls stick to a minimalist palette of white, grays and neutrals but bring in touches of color through thoughtfully placed art and decor, such as this woven African basket.

My Houzz: Clothing Designers Bring Their Fashion Sense Home

Glam Home Offices for Go-Getters

If you work from home, having an inspiring home office to call your own is something you may wish for — but have you ever considered that it may help your career, too? Whether or not you have client meetings at home, a workspace that is not only functional but beautiful might just inspire and motivate you to go the extra mile. (After all, who wants to show up to work in sweatpants when your office looks like a million bucks?) Ready, set, let’s get to work!



Modern Moroccan. Glossy black walls, trim and floors create an opulent backdrop for a plush Moroccan-style rug and a hammered pendant light in this stunning home office.


If your room gets good natural light, the high sheen of the black walls will actually help the room feel brighter than you might think — but be aware that rooms without much natural light may feel too dark with black walls.


In a mostly black and white scheme, it often helps to include a small touch of color, like the pink Mongolian lamb pillow in this space; a colorful vase or tray would also work.


Tip: Consider placing your workstation against the wall and floating a second desk in the center of the room. This provides a space free of cords and clutter where you can meet with clients or simply spread out.



When we take a step back, we can see that this workspace has sliding glass doors. These are a great choice for a home office, because they provide privacy when you need it while still allowing natural light in from the next room.



Inspiring details. The little things make all the difference. Collect stacks of your favorite inspirational books and top them with beautiful objects, like the chunk of crystal shown here. Instead of settling for boring office basics, use offbeat finds to hold supplies and stay organized.


Put paperclips in a vintage teacup, pens in a Moroccan glass or papers in pretty lacquered tray. Even if you can’t redo your whole office right now, why not try to revamp a few details?


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Glam Home Offices for Go-Getters

Kitchen of the Week: Fine-Tuning a Connecticut Farmhouse

You don’t need all-new appliances, a completely different layout or a major addition to give a kitchen a fresh look and feel. Take this family’s 400-square-foot kitchen in a sophisticated farmhouse in southern Connecticut. The owners liked the location of their sink and range and wanted to keep the breakfast nook. But they were ready to lose their dark counters and old-school cabinets with traditional feet. Quick and painless design moves like adding a pocket door to the dining room, new windows above the sink and custom cabinets helped deliver a powerful update.



The existing kitchen was attractive and functional but very traditional in flavor (notice the feet on the cabinets and dark counters). The owners and their architect, Jimmy Crisp, set out to give it a more modern look that still respected the home’s architecture.



AFTER: A custom island replaced the existing one; it includes a trash center with storage drawers on one side and storage cabinets, tray storage and a built-in recessed wine rack on the other. “We purposely planned it with seating on the outside of the island so the kids or anyone sitting there stays out of the way of the work triangle,” Crisp says.


Posts on the island are both decorative and functional (they allow legroom for those seated). Meanwhile, an extra-thick honed Mother of Pearl quartzite top has a 1-inch overhang that protects the cabinets below.



The new custom cabinets add a sort of Shaker simplicity. The upper cabinets have larger glass fronts with lights inside that offer a better look at the collectibles on display. Meanwhile, the sleek new handles, knobs and pulls lend a more contemporary edge.


Kitchen of the Week: Fine-Tuning a Connecticut Farmhouse



Kitchen of the Week: Fine-Tuning a Connecticut Farmhouse

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