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Step Inside a Jewelry Curator’s Chic San Francisco Pied e terre

Jillian Bremer is not only a Vintage Jewelry Maven and entrepreneur but she is skilled in the art of designing the perfect city apartment all with the help of Joss & Main and Dwell Studio . This San Francisco pied e terre is the prettiest blending of vintage and girly, with gold, lots of gold and jewels too. Tour even more of this pretty space captured by Andrea Posadas. And for a really fun Joss & Main giveaway head to Jillian’s blog.

I live in a Victorian apartment building in Pacific Heights, San Francisco that was built in 1925. What I love most about the place is the old details, from the hardwood floors, oversized doors with crystal and brass doorknobs, to the bay window, and stacked cove molding. I would describe my home aesthetic as modern and feminine. I gravitate towards bright spaces and love mixing modern and vintage together to create unique vignettes, which hold memories, around my home.

Most of the décor pieces have deeper meaning to me. Like the gorgeous pastel floral painting in my bedroom, which my grandmother painted for me, it reminds me how important passion and hobbies are. The brass pineapple in my living room is not only a symbol of hospitality but also is the logo of my sister’s company, Good Clean Food in Hawaii. The vintage map of New York reminds me of my roots in Western New York.

The living room is the first to be seen when you walk in the front door. I love that it packs a punch of color ranging from blue, green and purple anchored with bright feminine neutrals, like my rug from Joss & Main and my marble coffee table from West Elm. I layered the lighter rug over the deeper colored one to help the eye flow when you walk in. As you can see, aside from my love for hunting vintage jewelry, I also love to collect vintage brass décor, glassware and vases. I host vintage jewelry parties in my home so I always keep my bar cart stocked!

My favorite piece in this room is my 1940’s emerald green tassel chair that I found early on a Sunday morning at the Alameda Flea Market just outside of San Francisco. I’ve seen a lot of furniture along my travels and I cannot believe what amazing condition this is in. I also found the pink tassel chair that’s in bedroom at the same time!

I probably spend more time in my cozy little office than any other spot in the apartment! My desk is right up to the window and when it’s a clear day you can see as far as Twin Peaks. Not to mention the light in there is the best in the place! The brass elephant on my desk doubles as a bracelet holder and symbol of good luck.

Since I live alone, my bedroom is my girly oasis! I love pairing bright white furniture back to soft pastels like my pink and gray bedding from Dwell Studio I’ve lived in San Francisco for a total of 7 years now but a lot of my family and friends are still on the East Coast. I love printing out my favorite photos in black & white to display in frames around my room. No matter the distance, my favorite people still fill my space with love! As you can see from an early post, I think jewelry collections are like art and should be displayed around your room. You can check out that post here.

Peek Inside 40 Real Homes of Our Favorite It Girls
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Peek Inside 40 Real Homes of Our Favorite It Girls
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Photography: Andrea Posadas | Gifted Bedding : Dwell Studio | Gifted Living Room Decor : Joss & Main | Sweet & Spark: Sweet & Spark

Designer Secrets to a Beautifully Styled Bathroom

Your entryway styling game may be totally on point but chances are your bath is lacking in chic vignettes and beautiful accessories. This often forgotten space deserves a little style love too. With a few key components, your bathroom will be running with the best of them. Art, window treatments and accessories that pull double duty are part of the master plan. Tour a small but mighty bathroom re-do from Jessica McClendon along with pics by Mary Costa and grab her top tips for revamping your space!

The theme for this small bathroom remodel was balance! Both my client’s oldest son and guests use the bathroom, so it serves multiple purposes. We wanted its design to fit the overall design aesthetic of the rest of the home, but we wanted her son to feel comfortable and represented, too. I was tasked with finding the perfect balance between a highly functional and high-style design for this space. And with a quick, two-week turnaround, I had to be super thoughtful about my product selections, only using those that were in stock and ready to go!

When decorating powder rooms, I love to start with unique wallpaper, lighting and accessories. But with a shower in this small bathroom, I knew that moisture was going to be a real issue, meaning wallpaper was out of the question. Instead, I opted for tile in a chevron pattern to get the same “wallpaper” feel. It’s stylish, makes a statement, and is just masculine enough not to make my client’s son roll his eyes.

Next, we needed to address storage. The original design just had a pedestal sink, so I replaced it with a prefab vanity and medicine cabinet from Restoration Hardware. The vanity was a gift from the design gods as it addressed every need: in stock, fit our space, gave us storage, and was high style. I love that it has a light industrial feel with a masculine vibe, but also flows with the East Coast architecture of the home and my client’s playful style. To add a bit of color, we hung beach themed prints from Minted in whitewashed frames, and they were the perfect pop. We finished off the space with fresh flowers, a necessity for every space, and I’m happy to report that the bathroom was finished just in time for her arriving guests. 

Designer Tips for Styling a Bathroom

If there’s a window, add a window treatment. I love using tailored roman shades in the bathroom. They feel simple and clean, but add texture to an otherwise sterile and hard-surfaced environment. The shade and trim I used in this bathroom is actually made from outdoor fabric, which is ideal as it’s resistant to moisture.

Opt for functional accessories like trays, candles and canisters. Trays help to keep things visually tidy. Display one on a vanity with ample counter space, or on the back of the toilet for smaller bathrooms and powder rooms. Candles are pretty and, well…always appreciated in a bathroom! Canisters a great way to add style and personality while making bath necessities, such as cotton balls and Q-tips, easy to get to on a daily basis.

For instant texture and interest, think art. With great affordable art resources like Minted and Society6, it’s easy to bring something unique to the space without breaking the bank. Just remember not to hang anything too precious in bathrooms with a shower. The moisture will eventually take its toll.

Add something unexpected. This is universal tip to keep in mind when decorating any room, including the bathroom! It can be anything. Just get creative! In the past I’ve used a brass peace sign and a bowl of antique keys in my designs. In this bathroom, the vintage clock adds a unique element.

Start with a neutral base. 80% of the time I will choose neutral color finishes for tile and will bring color into the space through the paint, wallpaper, art and towels. I do this to add longevity to the bathroom, and because remodeling a bathroom is expensive!

The Prettiest Bathrooms Ever
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The Prettiest Bathrooms Ever
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Photography: Mary Costa Photography | Interior Design: Jessica McClendon

A Crazy Chic Nursery for Emily Maynard’s Newest Bundle of Joy

There’s a new trend in nurseries and it has less to do with baby-centric pinks and blues and more with a gorgeously styled space. The kind that works for both the babes and the adults. Emily Maynard and her cute little bundle Gibson are joining that non-traditional yet totally design savvy crowd with this classic black and white space. It boasts hints of gold, killer art and super stylish pieces from Oilo Studio. See even more shot by Allison Kuhn in the VAULT.

I was introduced to Annalisa from Oilo through a friend and after many phone calls and emails back and forth, I feel like she translated all the craziness going on inside my head into the most perfect nursery for Gibson.

I told her I like color and all white. I told her I like wood cribs, but also love metal cribs. Love wallpaper, but also love paint. Basically, she’s an angel and I’m a nightmare client. I know it’s not the traditional “baby nursery” but I knew I wanted something that I hadn’t seen on Pinterest a million times already.

Since Tyler and I decided not to find out the gender of the baby, we decided on a simple color scheme of black and white with hints of gold, instead of the traditional pink or blue.

I absolutely love how the frame from the painting matches the gold on the two dressers we put together to make the changing table. My favorite piece in the room has to be the glider though! 

You may think I’m crazy for having a white chair anywhere in my house with 2 boys and a house full of animals, but since it’s leather, it’s totally wipeable. Not to mention, it’s super comfortable for all of the middle of the night feedings!

In the end, the room we came up with is the calmest room in my entire house and goodness knows I need all the calm I can get these days!

Nursery Sources

Crib: Babyletto Lolly Crib | Glider: Oilo Studio | Bedding: Oilo Studio | Dresser: Joss & Main | Side Table: Overstock | Mirror: Wayfair | Elephant Statue: Wayfair | Round Jute Rug: Serena & Lily | La Jolla Baskets: Serena & Lily | Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree: Home Depot | Short Tree: Ballard Designs | Sheepskin Rug: Lulu & Georgia | Art: Celine Ziang Art | Window Treatments and Hardware: Q Design | Zebra Rocker: The Land of Nod

Gender Neutral Nursery? Let These All-White Looks Inspire Your Design!
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Gender Neutral Nursery? Let These All-White Looks Inspire Your Design!
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Photography: Allison Kuhn Photography | Home of: Emily Maynard