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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Current Mood



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!

Current Mood



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


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.

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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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




Holiday Styling 101

The holidays bring so much stress to everyone so we thought we would make a few of those worries a little easier with our favorite holiday styling tips! These should get you ready to have all your families and friends over without missing a beat. 


Fireplace Styling 

You can't go wrong with black and white! These images all have one thing in common. Less is more. Keep the color palette simple and use lots of greenery. Eucalyptus and Evergreens are a great go to! White candles never fail to add in a little warm glowing light!


Figure out how you want your table to feel ahead of time. Scrambling to set the table is extremely stressful. Color can be brought in by flowers or unique votive holders. I like to keep the center piece low and to the point as to not overcrowd the table. Name tags or printed menus add a detail your guests will love. 

Pick your Poison

Having a signature cocktail makes any party feel more pulled together and festive. Sparkling wine cocktails are so fun for the holidays. Keep them light and simple without overdoing the ingredients. You can pre-batch a recipe to make life easy. You also can never go wrong with Champagne!





Why our favorite color is black...

It is almost Halloween and we all know my favorite color is black. I wish it were purple or blue or yellow but it isn't and it never has been. I know...It's not really a color but for this article that is what we will refer to it as. My car is black, my dog is black, I pretty much only wear black and if I had it my way my house would be painted black. So in honor of the vampires, ghosts, bats and witches that make up our mysterious dark underworld, here is a round up of all things black we love. Oh and Happy Halloween!



Our Favorite Showrooms In LA

We were recently in Los Angeles for DWELL on design and spent and entire day running across town in hunt of all the best showrooms in LA. Here is our round up of fabulous places you must visit ASAP that carry both vintage and new lines of incredible furniture, lighting and home goods. 

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How To Do Timeless Tiki

Palm fronds, banana leaves, and other tropical prints seem to be having a moment right now. Add on top of that San Francisco's serious tiki culture (think Smuggler's Cove, Tonga Room, Trad’r Sam’s, Leo's Oyster Bar & Palm House) and you get lots of clients asking for their very own tiki room. Something we've been focusing on is how do we make this trend timeless for our clients. We've gathered up a few tips on how we think you can make this trend last for years to come. 

1. Vintage teak

Vintage pieces will add a retro appeal, while the tone of the wood will remind you of the rain forest. 

2. Wallpaper

Don't get too cartoony, also removable is also great option. Also You don't always have to go so literal. You can create the same feel with shapes and using tropical/jungle tones

3. Botanicals

Don't hesitate to bring in lots of plants and flowers to the space. Keep things fresh and lively and mix and match different green tones. 

4. Large scale prints

If wallpaper is too much of a commitment a large scale print will add create similar drama.

5. Keep it light

Don't let the space too dark, keep it bright and airy

6. Opt for a lighter weight rattan

The slim lines will keep the furniture looking more modern and less clunky

7. Upholstery

Chose smaller pieces you can easily swap out and update when you tire of a bold pattern. Think throw pillows ottomans and cushions not full couches. 

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Our Favs from West Coast Craft


This last weekend San Francisco's Fort Mason Center hosted West Coast Craft. This summer's exhibition featured more than 250 artists and designer craftsmen showcasing their creations. This summer's selection did not disappoint and everything was tied together by a relaxed West Coast vibe. Some of my favorites from this year include: 


Jewelry and Accessories

Abacus Row (

Molly Debiak (

CA Makes (



Bryr Studio (

Feda Salvador (


Home - Art & Furniture

Aleksandra Zee (

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Home - Accessories

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Mirena Kim Ceramics (

Fire Road (

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Pale Pink is Having a Moment!

So I'm not really a pink kind-a-girl. Favorite Color - Black, Grey or White. I know they aren't really colors but they make me calm and feel good. Lately I have seen pink used in new and stunning ways. There is something so delicate, soft and natural about the integration of pale pink tones and I have a feeling this trend may be around for a minute.

gradient lamp by Artnau
Handmade Long Coat From Zara
Florist Chair

5 Rugs Under $500 That Will Transform Your Space!

Rugs can be one of the best ways to add a pick me up to a space. I honestly think they are a key element people often overlook. If you have kids, dogs or outdoorsy people in your life, it may seem daunting to spend hundreds of dollars on a rug that may get ruined quickly.  Don't overspend and try out different types of textures and fabrics to see what works for you!