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

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 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. 


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

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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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


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




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