You're Makin' Me Blush!

Right around this time, two years ago, we were wrapping up work for some wonderful clients in Marin County. Their style was basically an extension of ours, and the ideas just flowed effortlessly! The sign off for these blush chairs was one of my first forays into pink, and I could not have been (and still am) more in love! They amped up this neutral palette and pulled everything together in this space. 

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Clearly pink, blush, dusty rose, fuchsia...whichever variety you prefer has had and continues to be having quite the moment! I swore that my daughter would not wear much pink, but honestly that closet is jam packed with it! I couldn't be happier though. When you find the right shade, this color has so much potential.

I stumbled upon this image recently while brainstorming for a new client, and was over the moon! We are working with the sweet and savvy Emily Martin of Emily Martin Events and The JeTsetting Fashionista, and I knew this shade would be right up her alley. 

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Typically, we will develop a concept board, layouts and a budget prior to a first meeting and ever presenting our ideas. This time, I couldn't help but call Emily and say "I want to give you a pink kitchen"...a bit terrified of her response but too excited to hold back. All she said was "I love that idea!" That was it! Now we are on our way...it may end up being a pink bathroom, but the design process ahead of us is still just as exciting. Here are a few more inspirational images that are pulling at my heart strings. 

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What do you think? Would you be game for some pink in your next project?

Decorating with fall colors

I think we can all agree that summer may be a fun fling every year, but fall has our hearts. Is there anything better than apple cider donuts and the change in colors? Pretty sure the answer to that is no. But how to preserve those colors and the feel of fall? By bringing a fall-inspired palette indoors, of course. 

Typically, we look to the surrounding neighborhood and architecture for inspiration. Recently, one of our clients suggested we use his address for some inspiration...seriously. Seems strange right? But when someone lives at 54, and asks you to create a studio 54 inspired home, you don't ask questions! We found this photo of dancers from the era that is not only super sexy but also full of rich, fall-inspired hues (those chestnut boots! That emerald green sequin dress!) and it instantly ignited our color concept for the whole house. 

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Each room we design has its own individual identity, but it's so critical that the whole home is cohesively pulled together. Using our favorite Studio 54 dancers as a jumping off point, we developed this concept board to illustrate our overall vision. 

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From there, we were able to start focusing our design, with furnishings, art, lighting and most importantly executing this color palette. Below is our color board for the project that helps us to visualize how all of the hues will flow together and ensure we're capturing the Studio 54 vibe. This is such a great tool for us, the clients and our painters.  

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Here are some favorite snapshots of the final product! We especially love these rich navy walls in the bedroom, and how they contrast with the brass and linen. Our client loves to sail and finding this vintage brass piece for above his bed from SF favorite stuff was a home run! Pairing that with the nautical bedding was such a nice touch. We completed the fall color feel with these rich mohair pillows.

In the foyer, we had a custom terrazzo console table made and paired it with the dramatic eggplant walls for a moody effect upon entering the house. Notice the vintage 54 house numbers we found! Lastly, this vintage Afghani area rug in the living room completed our color story with a rich red tones and texture.

What's your favorite way to decorate with fall in mind? 

Inside look at St. Frank, a San Francisco gem

One of our favorite parts of this job is seeing all of our hard work come to life.  Once the furniture has gone in, the next essential step is applying the finishing touches. Each element helps to pull a space together and give the room a unique quality that feels oh so right. The right formula of several layered items hold the key to a beautiful, well-composed room. Shopping in San Francisco, we have lots of options, but a favorite go-to has always been St. Frank. Based in the impossibly charming Laurel Heights neighborhood, this place is a true gem and such a fun location to explore!

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We’ll be helping to kick off the Junior League Home Tour with a celebration at St. Frank this week, Wednesday September 20 -- if you’d like to join, send an email to nicky@greeneandgreydesign.com and get on the list. And if you haven’t already purchased your tickets for the Home Tour, get on it! You can find them here.

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St. Frank is packed with unique finds sourced from artisans from over 25 countries, each piece bringing with it the ‘authentic cultural heritage of the communities from which they originate.’ We love the eclectic mix of vintage and new pieces, bright colorful frazadas, tactile curiosities, and some of the best coffee table books in town! The collection is so carefully curated that although its a small showroom, you can find everything you need in one stop.

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The latest addition to the store includes fabric and wallpaper sold by the yard -- we’re dying over the gorgeous patterns and luxe fabrics we’ve already seen and can’t wait to see the rest:

To follow along on their new textiles (and just for some drool-worthy Instagram stalking), check out their feed: @stfranktextiles

Five fire tables to transform your backyard

San Francisco has been heating up like crazy recently, meaning drinks outside with friends have never sounded so good. But as we all know, fall is just around the corner and with it, cooler temperatures. So how to keep the party going in your backyard late into the night?

Find the perfect fire table for dinner parties, impromptu s'mores and general summer-soaking-up, of course. Inspired by our contemporary outdoor project at 18th Street, we rounded up our favorite fire tables at five different price points.

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Cast Iron Fire Bowl, $349
Designed by Soren Slebo, this is a clean design that’s still portable enough to bring to the beach, move around the backyard or pack up in the car. Found at Design Within Reach.

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Byron Square Steel Fire Table, $769
Still available at a great price, the Byron table designed by Real Flame, burns hot at 70k BTU. On the smaller side but that makes it great for intimate gatherings in your backyard. Find it at Wayfair!

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Geometric Fire Pit, $1,195.00 - $2,145.00
This beauty by Plodes Studio can be customized with a cedar top or steel grill top and is still flexible and portable. Bring it to the beach, play around with different setups in your backyard. Found at Design Within Reach.

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Ixtapa Fire Table, Starting at $3152
Restoration Hardware’s hand-crafted fire table comes in three styles and five different sizes, giving you tons of versatility for different spaces and layouts. It has the texture of concrete and is also heat-resistant.

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Mezzaluna Fire Bowl, $3,999
Eldorado Stone’s design will set you back the most cost-wise but has soft, clean lines and comes in four color options with the option for a honed or textured finish. While you can’t move this 48” bowl around quite so easily, it’s definitely a statement piece!

What’s your go-to design trick for spicing up an outdoor space? Let us know on Instagram and be sure to check out the rest of our 18th St. project on Houzz!

Our best flea market finds under $300

On the 1st Sunday of every month, the Alameda naval base transforms itself into the Alameda Point Antiques Faire. This monthly event is not only one of the largest flea markets in Northern California, but has also been named one of the best American flea markets by Architectural Digest magazine. With over 800 dealer booths that stretch down the length of the base, the Alameda Point Antiques Faire is a treasure trove of unique items that are at least 20 years old - and many quite a bit older.

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It’s the ultimate place to shop for vintage and antique home decorations, and you’ll find everything from clothing and jewelry to art and pottery to furniture and collectibles. Anything you can think of is there to be found in the different stalls and, trust us, plenty of things you never thought you’d come across. Delicious food vendors offer plenty to keep you fueled up - the Kettle Corn is an absolute must and Cafe Jolie, a local spot in Alameda, will help you make it all the way through. We hit the faire on Sunday, August 6th to track down our best flea market finds under $300:

African Trade Beads
Made in Ghana and Nigeria, these glass beads are melted and then shaped in clay molds. The table was packed high with these beads and they come in so many different shapes, colors and sizes. We’d style these on top of a coffee table book or spilling out of a pretty bowl in a foyer.  With some of the smaller beads you could also add some detail to a decorative pillow or as trim on window treatments.
Cost: $25-$40 per strand

Colorful table linens & Pom Pom blankets from Charles Galatis of Mimbres Art in Textile
These soft and generously sized blankets definitely hit on some trends right now with their pom pom fringe and indigo shades, but are beautifully made and will outlast any trend. Hand-dyed and great for layering on your bed or sofa. Charles also designs and sells throw pillows, tablecloths, napkins and more. He is a regular at the Flea and we love to catch up with him and check out his new finds. 
Cost: $295

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Pantry storage tins
Both functional and decorative, these enamel-coated tins are storage that makes a statement. This vendor lives in both France and the U.S., sourcing antique and vintage home decor and found these 1910 French tins on one of her latest trips to her home in Burgundy.  We love the rustic character these have and that they tell a story.  These would look perfect atop some open shelving in a rustic kitchen....picture it: white cabinets, subway tile, brass sconces, marble counters, and walnut open shelving topped with this sweet collection.
Cost: $110

Vintage glass bottles and jugs
Tom (also known as “Tom Bottles” - you can see the man himself above) unearths these glass bottles and is known for his huge selection of uniquely different bottles with all shapes, sizes and uses (you might have seen a sneak peek of these on our Instagram!). The bottles come in a range of colors: purple, aqua, emerald, and seemingly every shade of brown and blue. Each one has its own history from different time periods, bearing inscriptions of what it used to hold, from celery compound to medicinal elixirs. Fun fact: Kristin and her husband Josh visited Tom for months to deck out their wedding with his unique finds and candles for a beautiful glowing venue.
Cost: varies, under $100

Dining/side chairs
This was possibly the most exciting find of the day, these chairs are diamonds in the rough! While this purchase would require a little more DIY love - they need to be sanded, painted or stained and reupholstered - they’re really well-made mid-century chairs at a truly unbeatable price. Also, the design is incredibly comfortable; all three of us sat in the chairs to confirm!
Cost: 2 for $20

Seasonal foods framed wall art
This vendor from Santa Cruz makes beautiful rustic wood pieces - everything from planter boxes to picture frames to cute coffee tables/benches with a herringbone pattern.  These framed gold-scripted posters most caught our eyes though; they list out West Coast seafood or produce by season with simple, pretty illustrations. They’d make a unique (and useful!) addition to any kitchen.
Cost: $65-$95

The next Alameda Point Antiques Faire will be Sunday, September 3rd - check it out and share your flea market finds with us on Instagram. Also, let us know what you'd like us to share next time we hit it!

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Welcome to Greene & Grey's blog!

Hi! I’m Kristin, the owner and principal designer of Greene & Grey Design, a full-service interior design firm in San Francisco.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I want to give you a warm welcome to our new blog, where we’ll be sharing project updates, what’s inspiring us right now and everything in-between.

But, let's get to introductions: who are we at Greene & Grey? Our relationship with our clients are the biggest part of our process. The close, personal bonds we forge result in unique and completely personalized spaces, bursting with style, functionality, and unique details. We love the partnership with our clients, and hope to have the opportunity to work with you soon!  Please check out some of our projects on Houzz and of course, follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and by joining our mailing list for exclusive Greene & Grey content and events.

Thanks again for stopping by - we are excited to update this space and would love to hear what you’d like to see, so don’t be shy to share your thoughts!

Kristin