Gender Neutral Nursery

When soon-to-be parents enlist the help of BDS to design their nurseries, we are honored and excited to be invited into the family’s home during this special time.  Nurseries and children’s rooms are the most fun, and as a mom myself, I can sometimes offer logistical and safety recommendations that the parents-to-be would not even consider dangerous or inconvenient under “normal” circumstances.  But babies are game-changers. The word normal kind of disappears from a new parents vocabulary as their previously normal day-to-day life is quickly turned upside down.  I try to prep my newbie parents, in the least scariest way possible, on what could be potentially dangerous or get broken in other rooms throughout the home- just so they are aware that there may need to be minor alterations to their existing furniture and accessories once baby starts moving around on his or her own!

My most recent baby room is this gender neutral nursery in Bernal Heights.  These very stylish and patient(!) parents waited their entire pregnancy to find out what they were having, and I am happy to announce that they brought home an adorable baby BOY last week!!

Once the dust gets settles, we’ll photograph the nursery.  But until then, here’s our design concept and a few sneak peeks!

Congratulations to the new parents!!!



Baby V Nursery


BDS on Apartment Therapy

A big THANK YOU to Apartment Therapy for the recent feature!  One of our youngest client’s triangle wall was an incredibly simple and cost effective way to get pattern on a boring wall.  Read the Apartment Therapy article HERE.





Lupita The Great


 Fantastic Lupita montage by Caitlin Morton, via 


I, like Lupita, love love love color. I love all colors, seriously, pretty much all of them. But my favorite colors change with the seasons. And I like unexpected colors; ones that are not yet “trendy”. My biggest problem is that I love color SO much, I have a really difficult time committing. That’s why my entire house is neutral.

Lupita on the other hand seems to have no problem committing to color. She just goes for it. She has worn every color in the spectrum and she looks absolutely stunning in each and every one of them. (rrrr…and she’s so effortlessly cool.)

So today Lupita has inspired me to go pillow shopping!

Sounds boring, I know.  But if you are like me, and you know that six months from now you are going to have a new favorite color, then incorporating your current crush into your space with a pillow or two seems like the most logical and economical plan. The great thing about pillows is that you are not making a huge investment, therefore the commitment level is much lower. You can go for a bright & bold color that normally you wouldn’t dare select for a sofa, but in a pillow it’s the perfect pop.

The best thing about these pillows is that they are all from some of my favorite Etsy shops, and they are super affordable.  Such a great way to freshen up the vibe in your home.

Lupita Pillow Inspiration

To view sources and for more pillow inspiration, please visit our Pillows + Fabrics Pinterest Board. 


Best of Houzz 2014


We regularly use Houzz as a platform for gathering inspiration, learning helpful tips, and collecting resources in the design community, so we were delighted to find out that we were voted Best of Houzz 2014 in Customer Satisfaction. A happy client equals a happy designer!  Thanks everyone for your continued support. We really appreciate it.








Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cayenne is spicing things up.  It has already made its debut in multiple versions on the runways, and will be surfacing in many Spring 2014 Collections.  I have to say that the hot and spicy version is my favorite.  It’s strong and striking, and it exudes confidence.  I love it paired with blush!

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Radiant Orchid

When Pantone announced its 2014 Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, my immediate reaction was, “Really?”

How could they go from a color as magnificent as Emerald (Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year) to Radiant Orchid?  But then I realized that it was not the actual color that made me dry-heave a little at my desk, it was how it was presented in the first photo that I saw of it, seen here.


According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®, Radiant Orchid is “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”  This photo did not emanate great joy for me.


Radiant Orchid Dress

But then this photo showed up on my Pinterest feed, and I almost fell out of my chair from its blinding gorgeousness.

This was considered Radiant Orchid?!  Okay, now I’m on board.  After poking around a bit, I realized that there are a few different variations of Radiant Orchid.


 Here are how some of my favorites are used….


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Being from the South, I love sweating it out on a hot southern beach in the summer!  Especially one near Charleston, South Carolina.  Since April, I have been lucky enough to take not one, but TWO trips there to visit family & friends.  I’m frequently asked by people who have never been, what city would be a good introduction to the South… and I always recommend CHARLESTON!  The place is dripping with charm and history, has warm sandy beaches, and hosts some of the south’s most exciting restaurants.  Here are a few highlights from my visits.

The Battery, famous for its antebellum homes.

Carriage ride in front of the historic St. Philips Church. (more…)

Tractors, Cars, & Trucks…Oh My

So today I look over and my son has lined up some (as in about 1/8 of his total stock) of his trucks from largest to smallest.  I’m afraid he is picking up on some of my OCD tendencies…but I’ll save that for a different blog post.  I realized that my entire house is chock full of trucks, tractors, cars, fire trucks… all of which I put away, or throw into a corner, every single night so that I can feel like I live in an adult space rather than at a daycare.

When it comes to storage- you can never have enough.  Many city dwellers are forced to share their living rooms with a play area for their children.  (more…)

Eclectic Living Room: Before & After

LR.1After purchasing their first home in San Francisco, our clients needed help transforming their new living room and dining area into something more fresh and modern.  They requested that we incorporate a few of their existing pieces (living room rug and dining table) and pair them with new items to create a comfortable and liveable space. 

The lucky new homeowners love their new space, and so do our friends at West Elm, who featured this project on their blog Front & Main yesterday!  (more…)

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