Throwing It Back

Here at HCD we love restaurants that throw their design back to a different era. Over time with updates, restaurants can lose the original character of the space. We are currently wrapping up a project where we remodeled it to be in line with the original design and architecture of the restaurant (can't wait to reveal that one to you soon!). There are so many great design movements to pull from, whether it be Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Mid-Century Modern, or Industrial, just to name a few. Below are some of our recent favorites that are both new and rehabbed back to their glory days. 

The Saratoga: Located in a building that was built shortly after the 1906 earthquake, this renovation pulled from the 1920's for inspiration. A steel and glass chandelier is the main feature, as it extends to both dining rooms (upstairs and downstairs). 

Tiki culture has always been a huge part of San Francisco. While it's a movement that started in the 1930's it's alive and thriving in the Bay Area. While there are lots of places to choose from the Tonga Room is the classic of the bunch. Pagan Idol is the city's newest addition and is an excellent example of the style.

There are quite a few Original Joe's throughout the Bay Area, but a couple have gotten recent facelifts. While Original Joe's of North Beach was the first to be redone, it was Original Joe's of Westlake that really went for it on the interiors. The interior is all out 1950's mid-century modern and really takes you back to when this restaurant was in its heyday. 

Leo's Oyster Bar: Pictures of this restaurant are all over Pinterest and blogs, because it's design is stunning. Walking in takes you back to an era of 1950's cocktail lounges, with a splash of tropical decor. Some of our favorite features are the palm and floral wallpaper, vintage rattan furniture, and the illuminted pink onyx bar.  

Horsefeather: Their design was loosely inspired by the American Arts & Crafts period. This comes across through the astounding amount of woodwork in the space. Wood paneling is featured throughout the restaurant, while the bar is made up of some exquisite built-ins. 

Inspiration In The Workplace

Lately we've been looking at a lot of awesome office spaces. We've recently wrapped up one office project and have a few more coming our way, so its important to stay inspired. Below, find some images that have caught our eye and some of the features we liked best. 

There's nothing we love more here at HCD than a good black & white scheme. These offices have used paint and other materials in creative ways to make these monochrome spaces feel interesting. 

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A lot of spaces we've seen have a pretty minimalist design, but they incorporate huge pops of color. Some of the favorites seem to be bright orange and yellow. This can be successful in a variety of ways, such as colorful furniture, color blocked walls, rugs, and painted metal accents. 

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It seems to be a common theme to have glass conference room walls. It opens up the entire space, the conference rooms feel like an extension of the main area, and it makes everything feel bigger overall. Also in an open working environment, it keeps those in the conference rooms from feeling cut off from the rest of the company. Not to mention is a great way to bring interesting architectural elements into the building. 

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Conference tables don't have to be so stuffy. Bring in interesting tables, chairs, and lighting. 

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The most important areas these days in any office seems to be the flex space / break out areas. Lounge space where an employee can find a place to work (other than their desk) or an area where a small group can gather to have an informal or creative meeting. Some of these spaces feature creative built-ins, minimalist design, or others seem to resemble something closer to your living room. 

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Visiting Portugal

Recently one of our team (who is also my sister), Emily, took off to explore Portugal. The main cities she visited were (from North to South) Porto, Obidos, Sintra, and Lisbon. Emily gave us a breakdown of the cities and said Obidos is a small medieval walled city that was wildly charming. Sintra  a fairytale castle land of wonders and great history. Lisbon our SF sister city has its own Golden Gate Bridge and running cable cars, but the best thing to do there is get lost in the small wandering streets. Porto, famous for port wine and the Duoro valley wine region had  great food and drink everywhere!  The people of Portugal were wonderful and we were welcomed with open arms and hearts.  Read on to hear a few more of her takeaways from the trip and see pictures. 

Portugal was all about tile. Every building, and street from Porto to Lisbon seemed to be covered in ornate tile and stone of all colors shapes and sizes. The most iconic being the blue and white tile. The streets were mostly all covered in slippery white and black stones laid in an array of different patterns.

The food was a lot of conservas (or canned seafood) but the best version you have ever had. Sardines that just fall off the bone and tuna were the highlights.  Loads of fresh seafood too prawns , clams, and a ton of Bacalhau. 

Photo Credit: Rebecca Morales

 

Stepping Up Your Tablescape

Parachute just launched their new table linens collection and it reminded me of how much I love setting a table. I often to cook for and entertain friends in my home, and part of what I like so much is putting together a beautiful tablescape. Here are a few inspiring photos, along with some of my favorite sources.

These are some beautiful inspiration photos I've seen recently. They keep it simple with the decoration and have a neutral color pallete. 

Here is the Parachute table linen collection we mentioned above. The first three are Parachute's styles pictures and below is some more inspiration provided by Emily Henderson

Whenever I'm in Healdsburg I like to stop by SHED. They carry beautiful table linens, as well as dinnerware and glassware. If you have time, stick around and have a meal at their cafe. 

Heath Ceramics is a local favorite for cooking and dining accessories. 

Anthropologie offers a great selection if you are looking for more color or pattern. 

Kufri has unique hand woven patterns (as opposed to the screen printed that you often see). 

For vintage linens and tableware check out another one of our local favorites, Elsie Green

The Little Market carries only fair trade products and has a fun, eclectic mix of products. Many of their products are handmade. They always have new table linens and dining items cycling through. 

Project Reveal: Flores

Flores is a modern day cantina, located in San Francisco's Cow Hollow neighborhood, with the spirit of Mexico captured by the interior design. 

We pulled inspiration from the natural beauty of the Tulum, Yucatan, and Caribbean regions. Flora and jungle-esque plants, authentic patterned tiles, rattan pendant lights and leather equipale chairs were all incorporated to transform the space. 

Staying true to the client’s desires, the team created a space that feels authentically Mexican and a can transport guests to another time and place. In using textural outdoor materials like wood siding, white stucco and cement floor tiles the finishes are meant to feel lively and to bring the outdoors up close and personal.

The dark carving in the bar was a commissioned piece completed by Jesus Sosa, a native to Oaxaca. We wanted something that felt extremely authentic and a little dark, like it had history and a story. He finished the 8' carving in 6 weeks and it tells one of the stories of his village. He and we are so proud to be able to collaborate and create one of a kind pieces that everyone gets to enjoy! This piece was a really special addition to the space. 

The Pivot Bar Stool,  Abbatoir Table Stool and Equipale Pigskin Restaurant Chair provide casual seating in the bar and outdoors. 

Different sizes and styles of handwoven shades create a layered lighting effect. 

The mural was also a commissioned piece completed by Marcial Cabada “AKA Machy,” a local bay area artist. The strong feminine figures were vital to making the space have intention and interest. The colors are spectacular and we balanced the design with "woven" patterns that emulate a landscape. I wanted the mural to feel integrate and not like it was sitting on top of the design. I think we achieved that! 

We mounted Mexican Handmade Amate Paper to reclaimed wooden boards to make an interesting art piece. 

Multi-color string lights from Pigeon Toe Ceramics add color and a nice ambiance to the back dining room. The banquette back fabric is super durable and from Perennials

Photography by: Lauren Edith Andersen

Getting prepped for Spring

We are getting ready for Spring and Summer here at the HCD offices. The weather's warm, the sun's out, and everything seems just a bit brighter. Here are our fun tips for springing out your life!

Bring in the outdoors with seasonal flowers and citrus

It's Spring so everything is becoming more vibrant - the flowers that are in bloom and the produce that is in season. Incorporate some spring blooms (like cherry blossoms, tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils) or seasonal citrus into your decorating.  Even just bringing in some greenery can help increase the Springtime feels you are striving for. 

Spring/Summer Fashion

Reinforcing what is already apparent in nature, the Spring fashion trends are following suit. Bright colors are everywhere (especially pinks) and you can spot head-to-toe floral outfits everywhere. 

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Refreshing Your Indoor Space

Get some new vibes going in your house by updating your pillows or refreshing your bedding. Try going lighter with some of these updates, fresh white linens and bright airy pillows add a relaxing, refreshing pop to any space!

Also don't be afraid to get moving, it's called Spring Cleaning for a reason. Getting rid of unwanted items can help thing feel minimalist and fresh. Even rearranging your furniture to give you a fresh perspective can help.

Our Spring Pillow Favs!

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Start Thinking About Your Outdoor Space

Get your patio or balcony ready for the warm weather that's to come. Add some lights - string lights are always a great idea, but for something a little less permanent and cozy you could bring out candles. Mix your patterns and textures. Bring some pieces typically found indoors outside, like an outdoor rug or outdoor pillows. Rattan is another great material that can go in or out and adding some plants if you live in an urban environment can help finish the space. Above all make sure there's a comfy place that you want to actually spend time in.

Here are a few places that we like to use as outdoor sources and inspiration:

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Wanderlust: PALM SPRINGS!

I can't even begin to explain how incredible my weekend was. All my ladies gathered at a mid century modern luxury rental house for my bachelorette party and I couldn't be glowing more because of it. The desert is a special place for me. I love the colors and the landscape, the warmth and the evening breeze. It calls to the inner sun goddess in us all. So Palm Springs is all that, surrounded by extremely inspiring low slung mid century architecture trimmed with palm trees, succulents, cactus, and string lights. I basically can't get enough of this gem of a town. Mix in a great martini, a piano bar and a pool party and you have basically described my ideal weekend. 

So in an effort to lure you all to this incredible oasis I have put together my fav spots to hit while desert dwelling in the la la land vacation paradise. 

Ace Hotel 

Always a good time! We sat on the patio and had a delicious lunch overlooking the pool with Pina Coladas in hand. 

Hike the Agua Caliente Indian Canyon 

It is hot so bring lots of water but you start in the middle of a huge desert reserve and hike into lush palm groves that ends in an incredible water fall. It is a total do not miss if you like to be outdoors. 

Stay at a Fab Airbnb

There is nothing better than unlimited drinks, a pool party in slow hung mid century bungalow!

Head to the Palm Springs Art Museum or hit a an architecture tour

There are so many incredible buildings to explore and tons of tour options out there. 

Eat outside with live music at Las Casuelas 

Great Food and drinks in a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting perfect for a break in the day or night!

 

What We Learned at GGRA

This last Monday and Tuesday Golden Gate Restaurant Association hosted their annual Industry Conference. Over those two days we got the opportunity to listen and talk to a variety of people in the industry and learn about how they are running their businesses and how they started. There were a wide range of topics covered, such as: Chef Development, Going Green, Social Media, Litigation, Restaurant Culture, and Immigration & Diversity. 

It's always great to hear fresh perspectives, as you can find yourself easily entrenched in your own practices.  Here were the top 5 take aways from the conference that seemed to be clear across the board of speakers.   

1. Social Media is a incredible (free) way to get your brand out there! As a restaurant owner it is important to think of how your space, brand touch points and food or beverage is represented in the social media platform. Make it easy for guests to take great photos by keeping the space light and bright and hiring a great design team...like us :) 

2. When you are building a restaurant concept authenticity is key. What are you passionate about and what do you really feel supplies a need for the neighborhood. Do not compromise on either of those elements. 

3. Fast Casual is here to stay. There will always be a need for full service or fine dining models but as labor become outrageously expensive, concepts either need to be really clear and the best around and/or reduce labor with fast casual spaces that still give an interesting experience. 

4. Chose your real estate and landlord wisely. Your location, style of the space and who owns your building really matters. Pick a place with good bones, a landlord who cares about the success of your business and a neighborhood that needs your concept. 

5. Don't open your own concept unless you are extremely passionate about the industry. If you live, eat and breathe restaurants and there isn't anything else you can or want to do then...give it a go. If not, this industry isn't for you! 

A few of our favorite clients spoke and had incredible advise to give! 

Jen Pelka (owner of Magnum PR & The Riddler) was a panelist on the Social Medial 101: What Are Your Social Media Channels Actually Saying? panel.

Marko Sotto (owner of Barzotto) was a panelist on the What's The Future Of Service? panel. 

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Adriano Paganini (CEO of Back of the House) was a panelist on the Best Practices In Profitability panel. 

Our Go To Color For Warmth!

Color trends come and go but this earthy beauty is a true favorite of mine! Its versatility and depth is fantastic and can be used in so many ways. The warmth and the glow of that beautiful terra cotta color can do wonders for a space or an outfit. 

It also works well with pretty much every skin tone...which we love!

Earthy, neutral and sometimes even feminine, rust can add richness and warmth to any space.  Incorporate it through accessories like pillows and cushions or through larger pieces like rugs and paint colors. 

We're even incorporating rust into our self care. Clay masks have been used for years and are a great way to draw out impurities. You can go the all natural DIY route (outlined here) or just pick up the pre-made kind.

Current Mood

4/3/17

 

What We Are Eating

A few weeks ago we celebrated my finance's birthday and went out to dinner at Babu Ji, an Indian restaurant in the Mission. It's relatively new to San Francisco (it opened in November of last year), and has delicious food and a fun atmosphere. Bollywood movies play in the background while you dine and they made Ben wear a turban for his birthday.

What We Are Shopping

The Bay Area has still been getting hit pretty hard with rain, but mentally we have moved on to Spring. 

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Our Favorite Finds 

This month we've been sourcing a lot of lights for our clients and have come across some really fabulous finds. Here's a couple of our favorites, some vintage some not.

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What We Are Cooking 

My sister has recently gotten into making handmade pasta and we've been making a lot of tagliatelle bolognese. We made ours from Paul Bertolli's cookbook and you can find it here

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What We Are Designing With

We have been doing a lot of styling with plants lately and our favorite place in the city to go for plants and pots is Flora Grubb Gardens

Going Green

We have so many clients that love the idea of plants, but lack the green thumb required to keep a plant alive. If this is you....there is hope! There are many benefits of having plants around you, besides air quality. They can contribute to an overall feeling of well being and make your space feel more relaxing. In fact the biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life.

So don't feel left out, green thumb or not. Check out our tips below on how to bring the outdoors in with living plant alternatives!

Plant Photography

Photos of the outdoors and plants can evoke the same feeling of having real plants indoors. With great photography, the vibrant colors and textures of the greenery come through. 

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Dried Plants and Flowers

Dried plants and flowers need no care and can be beautiful, long lasting center pieces or wall decor. Some great options for this include Eucalyptus, Cotton, Pussy Willow branches, and Dogwood branches. 

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Finishes and Textures

Implementing green finishes and textures around the house can help bring in the outdoors. There are lots of possibilities, below you'll see wallpaper, paint, fabrics (like velvet), and tile. 

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Green Accessories

Greenery doesn't always have to be so literal. Look for green accessories to incorporate around the house, especially vintage items with a rustic quality.  

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Considering Custom

When the stars align and custom items seem to make the most sense we are giddy with excitement about the opportunity to create something for the first time. Of course, creating something for the first time comes with its challenges. When considering going with a custom piece or finish here are some things to know before you get started:

1. Know your budget

2. Get finish samples whenever possible

3. Receive shop drawings

4. Think through every detail

5. Never forget the space in which it is going to end up in!

We were tasked with the incredible job of designing a cuban fast casual restaurant and  we were lucky enough to create a custom tile for some of our favorite clients from, Media Noche. We saw an inspiration image we liked on Instagram and tracked the tile to Trinidad and Tobago, but unfortunately the tile was not available for us to order.  So we decided to work with Avente Tile to design our own tile. 

Cuban Tile inspiration image from Instagram

Cuban Tile inspiration image from Instagram

The first phase included working with a designer to create a mold (a metal frame to match the pattern), choosing colors, and creating digital mockups of the tile design.

Metal tile mold

Metal tile mold

Color swatches

Color swatches

First draft of design

First draft of design

Second draft of design

Second draft of design

About three weeks into the process we received a sample tile at our office. The colors were a bit off, so we chose some new ones and then decided to go for it. From there production and delivery of the tile took about 10 weeks. The tile was made and shipped from Mexico.

Final tile design

Final tile design

Tile installed at Media Noche

Tile installed at Media Noche

Going custom is an incredible way to get something specifically tailored to your design, as well as supporting artisans and craftsmen. The Avente Tilefactory worked incredibly hard to build a successful design for us!

Project Reveal: Nylas

Nylas was a particularly fun project, because designing an office space deviates from our usual design work (which is typically residential and restaurants). Right off the bat they started out with a great concept. Many of the employees are avid rock climbers and are inspired by the grand scale of National Parks. We chose finishes and a color palette that emulates the beauty of the natural world and the colors you see while rock climbing. 

Location: 695 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94103

The lighting installation in the event space is to inpsired by the glow of a starry sky you only see when outside the city lights.

The mural in the kitchen is layered with rock climbing ropes that link the architecture of the “mountains”.

The kitchen was meant to feel communal and a place to gather their team. The low tables and stools feel more like a picnic table or a dining hall than a corportate lunch spot. 

The fireplace adds a natural warmth to the space and the brick walls gave us great bones to work off of. 

The communal spaces for the team needed to be collaborative in function and comfortable in form. We used rich leathers mixed with lots of textural patterns and a dark color palette to add a cozy cabin feeling.

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Current Mood

2/17/17 

 

What We Are Eating

It's not exactly a newcomer to San Francisco, but CALA has been consistently my favorite restaurant in the city since it opened over a year ago. 

What We Are Shopping

I've been coveting these green Dr. Martens for the longest time. It might be time to pull the trigger, as combat boots are showing up all over NYFW.

What We Listen To

It Ain't Me - Single

Kygo & Selena Gomez

 

What Inspires Us

This month the HCD team went to the Pace Gallery in Palo Alto to see an installation by Tara Donovan. While I have seen her installations before, it is always so refreshing to be reminded how simple unassuming objects can transform into incredible works of art. The beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

What We Are Wearing

Textured tops, big sleeves, pleated skirts, what more could a girl ask for?

What We Are Designing With

Below are some items that we are currently designing and styling with. Black and green have been in my intuitive picks lately. I love caning and mixing in natural materials to a space. This Kitchen is an insanely inspiring design by liljencrantz design

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Go To - Interior Design Shopping in SF

People always want to know "designer secrets" especially when it comes to where we shop. Although I love shopping in LA, NY or overseas San Francisco also offers a lot of great resources. I have some go to places where I almost always walk out with a new purchase or where I am inspired by what I have seen. Below is a round of of some of the places I find myself going back to again and again.

 

Stuff, 150 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

One of my favorite places to shop for vintage finds is Stuff. While you do have to take your time and sift through the jumble of items, you will likely find a new treasure. They concentrate mainly on mid century vintage, danish modern, and antique furniture. 

Harrington Galleries, 599 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Another great resource for vintage furniture is Harrington Galleries. Don't forget to check the upstairs. It's not curated up there, but that's were you can find some of the best steals.

St. Frank, 3665 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Just a few doors down from our office in Laurel Heights is St. Frank. St. Frank has an eclectic collection of fabric and home decor pieces. 

Black & Gold, 2200 15th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Black & Gold carries an mix of vintage furnishings, lighting, home accessories, and art. 

Maker & Moss, 364 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Maker & Moss is a go to place for unique items. They are always seeking out new artisans and as a result always carrying beautifully handcrafted items.

Propeller Modern, 555 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Propeller Modern has a wide variety of items made by independent designers. 

Big Daddy's Antiques, 1550 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Whenever we are looking for something specific, Big Daddy's Antiques always seems to have it. With a huge selection of vintage furniture and decor it's always fun to stop by and browse. 

Coup D'Etat, 111 Rhode Island St # 1, San Francisco, CA 94103

Coup D'Etat isn't your typical showroom at the design center. They focus on a curated, high-end selection of progressive, trend driven pieces. If you want to see interesting, contemporary pieces visit here.

HD Buttercup,  290 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

HD Buttercup is a design staple, since they carry things for almost every room in the house in a range of styles. They also just opened up an outlet over near the design center.

Wanderlust - Tulum, Mexico

In these grey days of Winter I long for the warmth of Summer and the lazy days of vacations.  I have always loved Mexico and have always been intrigued by Tulum. Its warm Caribbean waters, the incredible food and beautiful Cenotes will win you over instantaneously. The architecture and the textures inspired by the Yucatan Peninsula are deeply rooted in history and tradition. We stayed at Papaya Playa Project and I would recommend it anytime. The people, the juice bar, the views all set in a beautiful jungle background are worth the trip any day. 

Fresh Finds: Considering Copper

It's important in design to continue to push yourself to find new ideas and inspiration. We have a few kitchen and bathroom remodels going on and I've been thinking about how to make these spaces feel fresh. Brass has become ubiquitous in the design world because of the warmth it can add to a space. Copper is a great alternative to consider and can really reflect a beautiful rose gold tone. Here are  a few inspiration photos of how and where to integrate copper into your life. 

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2017 Design Trends

At the beginning of the year I like to reflect on the work we at HCD have done and what we want to continue doing or do more of in the new year.  Below are just a few of the trends we'll be focusing on for 2017.

1. Terrazzo instead of marble - This dynamic, energetic material is ready for its comeback. The colors, movement and variation create a comforting throw back that can be exceptionally beautiful and extremely durable.

2. Fast Casual Chic - People are going out to eat more than ever these days and everyone is longing for a great designed space even if its at the neighborhood falafel spot. Fast casual is really stepping up its design game and I'm completely inspired. 

3. Over the top lighting in casual spaces. Lighting is such a huge part of your overall experience when you go out to eat. Lighting can change the way you feel instantly and grand or modern lighting fixtures are a total yes in my book! 

4. Indoor Plants - Trees, potted plants and living walls are still feeling fantastic indoors.

5. Plaster Walls - When restaurant designers are looking to add in texture and depth to a space plaster walls have a limitless possibility to fold in color and art in a subtle way. 

6. Custom Seating - The amount of not so attractive commercial grade stools and chairs in the world is painful. When you can't find what your are looking for, design it yourself! 

7. Leather, Textiles and Velvets - The technology that goes into making heavy duty fabrics these days is incredible and allows designers to pull from a much wider variety of luxury materials than ever before. 

8. Large format Photography - Human expression can add so much to a space and by introducing large format photography the design can instantly be transformed with history or emotion. 

9. White walls - There was a long time where white walls felt stuffy or cold. By mixing warm white tones with wood, metal and more natural materials you can achieve just as much warmth as the next color. 

10. Rethinking the banquette - There is nothing more cozy than a booth! Mixing up seating styles, typical layouts and playing with the concept of the banquette has allowed restaurants more flexibility than ever before. 

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Project Reveal: Phlox Commons

One of the most recent projects we've completed is Phlox Commons, a hotel restaurant & beer/wine bar with a comfortable American brasserie vibe. It's located in the Lower Nob Hill neighborhood inside the Hotel Carlton

We wanted the space to feel really approachable to travelers and so we used a variety of materials you might find at a restaurant or bar anywhere in the world. The combination of classic subway tiles and brass finishes along side modern lighting and mixed wood tones allows for an inviting but sophisticated experience. The wallpaper we chose was inspired by local Bay Area outdoor environments and the mix of cool green-blue color tones are to emulate the natural surroundings of the water and the landscape in and around San Francisco.  

Location: 1075 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, inside Hotel Carlton

Lighting at the bar includes Lambert & Fils Dot Suspension

 

Photography By: Lauren Edith Anderson

 

 

 

New Year New Dreams

I don't love resolutions. In most cases resolutions aren't permanent because they aren't realistic or you aren't totally ready for a huge overhaul in the way you live. 

Instead I choose to focus on my new year dreams. What do I really want out this next 365 days? It is less about changing into who we want to be and more about becoming the best versions of ourselves. I love to visualize myself at the end of the year and think about all the things I want to look back on. For us at HCD we have some huge goals on deck for 2017 but here are some inspirations to get the juices flowing. 

 

Travel to a place you have always dreamed of going! Near or far I never think travel is a waste of time or money. I find my greatest inspiration when i'm away from my desk. It is so important to clear your mind and regain a fresh perspective.

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Create a new habit. There is so much time our mind is spent on autopilot that what we eat, what we say, how we present ourselves are usually based on what habits we have formed. Think of a habit you don't love and try to retrain your brain to work in a different way. 

Yoga

Mix up your space. Environments have a huge affect on our emotions. As a designer this is something I live and die by. Paint a wall, Rearrange your furniture, invest in a great new piece of art you love or just work on minimizing clutter and mess. 

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