Category Archives: Modern

Single Professional Female Seeking a Warm Cozy Home

No more bare soulless windows!

The windows are the perfect place to start warming up the “feel” of a room. This particular client is a young, single professional female seeking a warm contemporary look for her family room windows.  “ I like the look of draperies with valances but I don’t want it to look like my mothers. She has great taste, but I want a younger style”.  I heard her loud and clear and after a couple of sketches, this one got an immediate reaction, “I love it!”.  Ahhh, the perfect response and with the help of Maria, my fabricator, we went from this vision…

Quick sketch

…to this beautiful, well dressed cozy window design!  The orange print fabric exudes modern vitality.  The curves add a sexy twist to a standard board mounted valance while the grommets ensure a casual vibe to the overall look.

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And my favorite detail of all are the chrome nail heads in the banding of the valance.  They pair well with the brushed nickel hardware and add a touch of the unexpected.

Family room close up

My favorite part of this installation was my clients’ smile of pure happiness every time she looked at her draperies. “Finally after 3 years my house is starting to look like a home”.  Another perfect match!

Breakfast table valances Coordinating pleated valances for the kitchen table area.

Get Rid of Your Boring Living Room Once And For All


Design Within Reach has paired with one of my favorite home decorating on-line inspirational magazines, to bring you an opportunity of a lifetime.  If you love modern, transitional design styles, sign up to WIN a modern living room makeover – it’s EASY! Get the details here.


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3 On-The-Spot Designer Tricks You Can Do Immediately to Literally Change Your Formal Living Room and How You Feel About It!!!

1.     Move furniture pieces away from the wall. Come on Nibbles, it’s a living room, not a middle school dance-off. Place pieces so that the conversation will flow naturally, by grouping seating around a coffee table in a circular pattern.  Imagine guest sitting down – will they have to turn awkwardly to talk to one another or will there be fluid movement for all?

2.     Use an area rug to anchor the seating, make the conversation the focal point, soften the echo that hardwoods tend to make, add warmth, color, texture and pattern to the room.  Mimic the rug shape to the room shape. Square room = square or round rug. Rectangular room = rectangular rug (tip: the longest side of the rug MUST face the longest wall – otherwise, you risk throwing the proportions of the room design off)

3.     Place multiple levels of light throughout the  room. Don’t be afraid to have a pair of wall sconces, 2 table lamps, a floor lamp and an overhead fixture in your formal living room.  This prevents shadows, offers task as well as mood  lighting and provides the opportunity to add a variety of finishes and bling in to the space.

When you’re all done – invite some friends over, mix some martinis, sit back and laugh the night away while they marvel at the changes you’ve made.

ABOUT Design Within Reach…if you fancy modern design and are happy to make the investment for furniture you can absolutely pass down through the generations, you have to put DWR in your catalog of home furnishing stores.  There amazing designs, superior service and standout quality ranks high on my list of industry leaders.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

imageLine Credenza

Isn’t it beautiful!!!  The warm, rich horizontal lines add so much detail and character to what could have been an ordinary boxed storage console.


LC4 Chaise Lounge

Just look at it – a piece of work. Stunning. Artful yet practical and comfortable.  It was designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand and produced by Cassina.  It is the classic modern design.


Rubic Service Coffee Table

I call it a martini table – yes, I can appreciate a good martini. So when you and your friends are chatting it up in your new living room, listening to music, while enjoying your favorite martini, there’s no need to strain your arm or back reaching for the side table or coffee table to place your drink. B-e-c-a-u-s-e this baby slides underneath your sofa so the top will rest above your seat cushions, in easy reach.

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Lofty Eye Candy From Coast To Coast

San Francisco via Kind Design


Who likes a sexy loft?  Count me in. Notice how the gold accent color has a repeating pattern – it’s on the hearth, the end table and the art. The rule: repeating elements within a space creates  rhythm and harmony.  This room is ALIVE with M-U-S-I-C!!! (Sorry, it’s the nerd in me)




Soho via FFFFound





Los Angeles via LA Times


Toy Factory Loft’s, located in the Arts District of downtown LA, is amazing! Featured in the LA Times are 4 lofts, same canvas, unique designs.  All 4 living rooms are posted below.  To see more of all 4 loft’s here.

image Loft 1

image Loft 2

image Loft 3

image Loft 4

This just goes to show you, there’s more than one way to design a space, so don’t be afraid to veer from a settled upon design plan if your gut is telling you otherwise. 

I like designs 2, 3, 4 and 1 – in that order. Which space is your favorite?

Wallpaper Revealed

Embrace, surround, explore and celebrate the many uses of wallpaper.   Here’s the skinny on some things you should know.

Revelation# 1:  It’s easy to calculate the quantity of wallpaper you need for your project


Revelation #2:  Wallpaper is packaged in double rolls but sold as single rolls.

Decades ago, manufacturers offered several different sizes of rolls (single, double, triple) with a standard of pricing by the single roll.  The pricing remains as it always has been – by the single roll. I know it’s confusing and just because its always been done that way doesn’t mean it always has to be. There is an added advantage to double roll packaging.  You are working with a longer continuous length; therefore, there is a greater amount of usable material (less waste when matching the pattern).

Info via Seabrook Wallpaper, answers to more wallpaper FAQ’s here

Revelation #3:  Look up to be inspired!

Use it on the ceiling.

The powder room is the perfect place to WOW a quest with wallpaper.  And yes, that’s wallpaper (grass cloth) on the ceiling too.

Revelation #4:  Put it on a focal wall.


Revelation #5: Put it “in”, “over” and “down” under.


Punctuated with rich velvety brown molding, natural wallpaper is placed above the chair rail, under the chair rail and within the picture molding of the wainscoting.  I’m loving it!  The white makes it less saturated and fresh on the eyes.

Revelation #6: Wallpaper has the power to dictate a design style


How darling is this transformation.  Kudos’s to this homeowner for seeing the potential in what could have been a tattered old cupboard. It’s gone from “granny” sad to “cougar” fine, ough-la-la!

Revelation #7: Use wallpaper as decoration for your furniture.

Via, see more artful furniture designs here

HotDOG I’m loving this room!  What a vibrant color combination. Of course, I’m a free spirited orange luving girl anyway – but to pair it with purple is awesome.

Revelation #8:  Use wallpaper to tell a story.


What’s up city slicker?! This kitchen mural would not have the same energy with any other design. Now you INSTANTLY get the felling of stepping out on a Friday night to enjoy the city with friends -and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.  Many wallpaper murals are available in various styles.

Revelation #9:  Kitchen and wallpapers make a very good marriage

Via, see more great kitchen wallpaper designs here

I like this! Camouflage old cabinets with corner to corner wallpaper. If you can’t lick ’em – join ’em.

Revelation #10:  Wallpaper panels – framed art for your walls


I hope you’ve been inspired to discover which wallpaper designs are right for your project. Now get out there and start a WALLPAPER REVOLUTION!!!


Dressed To The Nines Bedrooms

I’m excited to have Susi with Design Shuffle contributing to my blog today! Design Shuffle is a fabulous go-to site to get your design groove on! There are tons of designer rooms, informative articles, how-to tips, product recommendations and so, so much more. Enjoy and thanks Susi!

Hi, I’m Susi, a writer at Design Shuffle, a fantastic social media site where design professionals and design lovers can share inspiration, showcase their projects and network. One of the best parts of my job is visiting fabulous blogs and seeing what everyone is excited about. So I’m so happy to be visiting The Design Bistro today to write about gorgeous bedrooms that are dressed to the nines. Thanks Penny for inviting me and Design Shuffle to guest blog. Hope you enjoy these fashion inspired bedroom decorating ideas!

Bedroom Design

Silvery hues and rich fabrics dress this bedroom to the nines. A mix of shiny mirrors, Lucite and gold sparkle in this sophisticated room.

Bedroom Design

Fine tailoring is all about attention to details. The monogram on the headboard, the green piping that coordinates with the curtains make this bedroom feel like a well tailored ensemble.

Bedroom Design

Like a chic outfit, this room is dressed in crisp white and black with colorful accents of green and pink. A sparkling chandelier adds a touch of bling.

Bedroom Design

Bright blooms of color and bold fabrics make for a lively décor in this feminine bedroom design. Love the vintage feeling to the pattern on the curtains and the oversized pattern on the headboard.

Bedroom Design

Camel and gray are a classic fall color combination in fashion. They also look chic in a bedroom mixed with white and darker accents.

Bedroom Design

Animal print makes a bold statement in this bedroom. The graphic pattern is balanced by the white upholstered headboard. Love the poppy red lampshades against the black and white.

Bedroom Design

Attention to details makes for a well dressed woman and room. Button tufting on the headboard offers a subtle pattern against the stronger patterns on the curtains and painting. Lovely bedroom design ideas to share or save.

Bedroom Design

With fashion, sometimes it is the unexpected accessory or accent that makes the outfit. The unexpected shaggy green pillows add texture and a spot of bold color to this chic bedroom. Images ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )

Do you want to dress the rest of your home to the Nines? Head on over to Design shuffle, where you can get inspiration from many interior designers, including San Francisco interior designers and New York interior designers!