Thursday, November 21, 2013

Recent JV Staging project

JV Staging has been quite busy lately here in San Francisco.  Properties are selling quickly due to high demand and lack of inventory - so we are staging properties very quickly, helping agents get their homes on the market as fast as possible.  We staged this property - on three levels - in one day!

Living room with puzzle cocktail table and large starburst mirror

 Detail of velvet pillow and herringbone throw

 Petit shell inlaid side table with nickel leg

 Red Chinese lacquered chairs make a bold statement around the modern dining table

 Antiqued bronze oversized art piece

Master bedroom with delicate side tables

 Oversized leaf prints in the master bedroom

 Desk nook

 Fireplace detail

 Pretty Ikat upholstered bed with super soft mink throw

 1930's style white leather club chairs

Guest bedroom with colorful artwork and accordion side tables

The home made the front cover of Sunday's SF Examiner too!  

Monday, June 24, 2013

The CHOSEN ONES exhibit - San Francisco Design Week

Firstly, I am so sorry that I haven't been blogging all that much....  thanks to the wonderful real estate market here in San Francisco and the Bay Area, my staging business has been crazy busy and my interior design clients are keeping me on my toes too!  It's fun having the two businesses - with design it takes time to get to know your client, make decisions, mull over budgets, purchase orders, lead times, etc., and then we start to see results.  Whereas with staging it's instant - we can stage a home in about a day and have it look smart, sophisticated and beautifully curated!

As Summer unfolds and the kids are off to their various camps, I'm finding myself slowing down a little and trying to take advantage of a more laid back approach in our house and enjoy getting out and about.

This week starts the 2013 San Francisco Design Week where lots of lovely events are going on...  but there's one in particular I'm proud to be involved in: ArtHaus' The CHOSEN ONES exhibit AND we were mentioned in California Home & Design Magazine:

Here's the press release that explains the exhibition -

17 Bay Area Designers illustrate THE FINE ART OF DESIGN with ArtHaus Gallery and Guest Artists.  Featured Designers: Bonnie Mcgregor, Matthew Leverone, Kendall Wilkinson, Ashley Roi Jenkins, Valerie Wills, Jeff Schlarb, Lizette Bruckstein, Frank Van Duerm, Arthur McLaughlin, Brian Dittmar, Tim Latta, Kathy Bloodworth, Cecilia Sagrera and George Brazil, Jona Collins, Jacques Saint Dizier and Lawanna Cathleen Endonino.

Featured Artists: Jeffery Katcham, Serena Bocchino, Rex Ray, Kanney Mencher, Gioi Tran, Jhina Alvarado, Greg Drasler, Maxine Solomon, Brain Blood, Suzanne Benton, Carolyn Meyer, Franc D'Ambrosio, Matthew Frederick and Marc Lambrechts.

Here I am with my design and Kenney's work:

If you're in San Francisco before June 28th, stop by and see the exhibition at:
411 Brannan Street
San Francisco
Contact James Bacchi for more details 415-977-0223

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SF Design Week favourites

I had so much fun last week at the San Francisco Design Center's Design Week.  My lovely and talented friend, Nicola Chipps (founder of British Best and All The Rest blog) and I managed to cover most of the events.  We even carved out a little time for lunch at my favourite restaurant in the design district - Skool AND guess who was sitting next to us??  Jonathan Adler!!!  Yup!!!  So much fun.  

Another highlight was actually meeting Jeffrey Marks at the Palecek event....  here's a snapshot of the three of us.  ArtHaus gallery owner James Bacchi calls us Absolutely Designers (well, Nicola and I are British, darling!):

Jeffrey, Valerie and Nicola at the wonderful Palecek event

Speaking of James....  we also spent time at the Modern Fever event which was lots of fun.  Modern Fever and ArtHaus are also collaborating on five new designs in limited edition, based on paintings by acclaimed artist, singer and actor - Franc D'Ambrosio.  This event will debut on March 20th.  Here's a sneak peek:

From Above, 8’x10’, hand knotted, hand spun Tibetan wool and silk
According to ArtHaus Gallerists James Bacchi and Annette Schutz, “The ArtHaus FLOOR SHOW COLLECTION is an exciting addition to a roster of past and upcoming Fine Art/Design collaborations. Working with Modern Fever and Gallery Artist Franc D’Ambrosio to create this collection is quite special".

Oasis, 8’x10’, hand knotted, hand spun Tibetan wool and silk

Franc D’Ambrosio’s first solo exhibition, THE PAINTER, at ArtHaus captured the attention of collectors, designers and art critics. Select paintings from this exhibition were acquired for private and corporate collections world wide. THE PAINTER was featured on ABC-7 News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Art Business News, ArtSlant and Stages Magazine.  His unusual technique of deconstructing acrylic on canvas by applying the force of water between layers of acrylic and oils produces a texturized surface that is surprisingly beautiful and smooth to the touch.

Spring, 8’x10’, hand knotted, hand spun Tibetan wool and silk

In celebration of Spring, Modern Fever will introduce the ArtHaus FLOOR SHOW COLLECTION at their San Francisco Design Center, Galleria Showroom on Wednesday evening, March 20th, 2013, 5:00pm-8:00pm. A by-invitation-only cocktail reception will feature an exhibition of the painting that inspired the collection, and a special, live performance by Franc D’Ambrosio.

Waling with the Angels

The Clearing, 8’x10’, hand knotted,
hand spun Tibetan wool and silk

For further information contact:
Modern Fever

Thursday, January 17, 2013

California Impressions at ArtHaus

Tonight is the Opening Reception for an amazing group of artists.  The works are Californian inspired in various media by Carolyn Meyer, Matthew Frederick, Brian Blood, Gioi Tran, Daniel Berman, Deborah Brown, Michal Venera, Eric Engstrom and Franc D'Ambrosio.

I had a sneak peak on Tuesday and every piece looks amazing.  I was like a kid in a candy shop.

If you have a chance - stop by between 6pm and 8pm:

411 Brannan Street
San Francisco