How do they do that? – Duralee on hand-printed textiles for the home

Bailey & Griffin Charmetie Jewel

Have you ever wondered why the most beautiful printed textiles are often the most costly? One of Joona’s favorite textile houses, Duralee, just released a video detailing the effort and artistry required to create their newly revived Bailey & Griffin line of hand-screened goods. Watch it and let us know what you think! They also produced [...]

New Product line: Serena Battery-Powered cellular shades

dramatic cellular photo

Yesterday I installed some new battery-powered honeycomb shades from Serena Shades in my dining room windows – must vet the products before I sell them, you know! I love the push button automation and having a favorite preset on the Radio Frequency (RF) remote. This could get addictive!  Even my five year old is getting in [...]

Making fabric work for you!

Heimtextil 2012

Deb Barrett of makes another great post about manipulated textiles here! My favorite is the smocked wool felt, what’s yours?? Explore her blog further for more cutting edge reports from the interior design world!

Sign these petitions against flame retardants in our furniture!

Photo of Arlene Blum, PhD

A letter from Dr Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute:   Dear friends, Today, Tuesday, is Primary Election Day in California and several other states. Please do take the time to vote in your primary. Democracy depends on participation.  If you haven’t seen them yet, please check out the brilliant Nicholas Kristof NY Times op-ed Are You [...]

Google Doodles do it again!


I love the Google Doodle today! (It’s Peter Carl Fabergé’s 166th birthday!)

Foam and flame retardants – why your furniture might make you sick.

About a month ago, I was fortunate to meet Dr Arlene Blum, founder of the Green Science Policy Institute, a leading watchdog organization advocating policy changes to reduce the use of the currently available synthetic flame retardants in consumer products. You can read even more about the dangers of flame retardants and WHY they [...]

Wishing on a Wishbone (Chair)


We call this oiled teak chair with a woven seat Chair No. 4 and believe it to be an authentic vintage Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen and Son (designed in 1949 as CH24 for Hansen),  but the provenance is dodgy since we found it on the sidewalk. There is an old stamp [...]

Pac Heights Elegance

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This photo shows one of the finest slipcovers I’ve created and a peek at one of the most exquisite San Francisco homes I have had the privilege to work in. The owners wanted simple, elegant white cotton duck slipcovers (fabric from with a banded hem in a contrasting golden-tone lightweight ottoman and a stunning monogram by Caroline Brackenridge [...]

DIY Design Project: Bulletin Board for the Birds!

Birdie Bulletin Board by Joona

Design project: Bulletin boards for the birds! I dropped off donations at my favorite thrift yesterday, and was making a quick jaunt through the store for personal entertainment, when I was drawn to a rather dreadful pink and white gingham check bulletin board with satin ribbons to hold photos and ephemera. Heaven only knows what [...]

Luxurious Seating for Khana Peena restaurant in Oakland.

Khana Peena restaurant

This is a fabulous colorful banquette I created for Khana Peena Restaurant on College Avenue in Oakland, CA.  The restaurant was a design/build project by of Emeryville, CA. Photography and design concept by Kimberley Bry.  

Sarah Richardson at WCAA Inspire 2011


I recently returned from the Window Coverings Association of America’s Inspire 2011 convention where I had the opportunity to speak (very) briefly with HGTV star Sarah Richardson.  I was previously unaware of her, but I was impressed by her keynote presentation and like her perspective on design: very down to earth and eclectic, she’s not afraid to mix [...]

Awesome Atomic

Custom Sofa for Artist

This is a custom created sofa for an artist and designer’s residence. It was so much fun to make!