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!


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.

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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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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.

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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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.


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. 


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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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!



Project Reveal: Barzotto

I'm excited to share with you one of our recently completed projects, Barzotto. Barzotto is a new fast casual fresh pasta bar that opened in the Mission this last August. The space was originally an auto repair shop before being taken over by restaurants (the last occupant was wine bar/gastropub St. Vincent).

We are so proud with how the space turned out! The original design concept was old world charm with a modern sensibility. Marko (Sotto) and his team have incredible style which made the design process really fun and exciting. The mix of colors and warmth really lend to an inviting space to eat a delicious bowl of past with your friends and family. Take a look below and check out the space, or better stop in for a bite!

Location: 1270 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

We did a plaster install with the extremely talented  Rye Hudak of Level 5 Designs  which layers in a ton of texture and depth. The wainscot is Benjamin Moore - Marina Gray. 

We did a plaster install with the extremely talented Rye Hudak of Level 5 Designs which layers in a ton of texture and depth. The wainscot is Benjamin Moore - Marina Gray. 

I am ecstatic with how the ceiling turned out, the white washed wood really sets a bright tone for the space.

I am ecstatic with how the ceiling turned out, the white washed wood really sets a bright tone for the space.

The leather banquette adds a lot of comfort and rich color.

The leather banquette adds a lot of comfort and rich color.

Installing the tile at an angle, instead of straight set, adds more visual interest to the space.

Installing the tile at an angle, instead of straight set, adds more visual interest to the space.

We loved the old world feel of the print and thought the touch of gold was perfect for the space. It is from  Cole and Sons . 

We loved the old world feel of the print and thought the touch of gold was perfect for the space. It is from Cole and Sons


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. 

Galerie Half 

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 (

Caravan Pacific (

One Forty Three (


Home - Accessories

The Granite (

Mirena Kim Ceramics (

Fire Road (

Nipomo (

Nell & Mary (