Ambiance Interiors

san francisco bay area interior design


new fabric and a little bling go a long way!

design, living areas, Before & After, Furniture, VendorsHeidi MenardComment

I recently worked on a project where I was confronted with well-worn chairs that I'd placed into a home over 10 years ago.  Showing the signs of age, both in wear and style, we decided a little updating was in order.  We selected a simple cream linen from Kravet Fabrics, opting for a lighter, fresher approach to a room that was originally decorated when "old world" was in vogue.  We also decided to eliminate the skirt and expose the legs that were underneath the chairs.  We selected a small nailhead trim, and alternated the spacing, to give the traditional rolled arms a more stylized appearance.  New foam and Dacron wrapping cinched the deal in turning our old, tired chairs into something new & smart.  I'm now very confident that these chairs will be fabulous for another 10 years.



There are so many choices in nailhead trims that it's hard to limit yourself to just one.  I used D'Kei to select a small 1/4" chrome profile.  Breaking up the head-to-head spacing gives the furniture a modern aesthetic.

woodside showcase - the grand unveiling

design, living areasAndria GutierrezComment

The showhouse opened May 4th to great reviews. So far, the Wall Street JournalSan Francisco ChroniclePalo Alto Daily, and Palo Alto Weekly have toured and expressed media interest in the house. The rooms throughout the home are beautifully furnished and decorated, and the house will not disappoint as it is full of original and daring ideas.

Our room turned out beautifully, and truly transformed an eyesore of a space into a room that is not only edgy, stylish and fashion forward, but also welcoming, captivating, and dare I say, sexy?

In accomplishing this feat, we stayed true to our vision for the room. The sketch shows our original proposal to Peninsula Volunteers when we submitted our application in February. Though a few minor modifications were made (i.e. Beatles chairs instead of chaise lounge, painting vs. steel wrapping the beams), we held true to the original goal. The clarity in our objective at the outset kept us focused and all 6 designers on the same page throughout the entire design process. Did we have a few surprises? Of course! All design projects do, but sticking to our guns is what got us through to the finished product!