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An Ikea Hack Totally Transforms this San Francisco Apartment

I’m ready to ditch the closet and go all out with a pax wardrobe now that I’ve seen how gorgeous paint, mirror inlays and brass hardware can make this Ikea classic. It takes this San Francisco bedroom to beautiful, bright and airy and it’s as easy as ready, set, hack. Designed by Braun + Adams for a young family, the wardrobe isn’t the only shining star of this tour. See it all right here.

We recently completed a project for a sweet young family in San Francisco. The space was originally a combined office and guest bedroom, but since they rarely hosted guests it ended up being wasted space. 

We capitalized on the great natural light and gorgeous period details to transform the room into a comfortable and airy sitting room complete with built-in storage, a small desk, and sleeper sofa.

We designed built-ins flanking the fireplace with a combination of open shelves, an enclosed wardrobe, and small writing desk. The fireplace was painted and re-tiled in a marble herringbone, and the room and trim got a fresh coat of paint as well (Benjamin Moore Horizon on the walls and White on the trim).

The other room we did for this lovely young family was the Master Bedroom. The clients wanted this room to be light and bright like the front room, but it is on the opposite end of the house where there is much less natural light.

 There was also a serious need for more storage, and they wanted to upgrade to a king bed so we needed to maximize every inch of space. Overall, we went with a light and airy color palette with lots of bright and warm whites. However, the clients didn’t want the space to feel too neutral so we added some darker colors for contrast along with big, bright pillows on the bed.

We also took advantage of high ceilings to put in a dramatic chandelier, which not only gives off great light but is a gorgeous addition to the room!

One of the major additions was the IKEA Pax wardrobe we completely made over for the space. We gave it a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Steep Cliff Gray and had custom mirrors cut to inset on the doors. The mirrors drastically lightened up both the darker color of the Pax and the room itself. And of course we had to finish it off with fantastic brass pulls.

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Best Ever Home DIYs and Design Hacks
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Best Ever Home DIYs and Design Hacks
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Interior Design: Braun + Adams

10 Rules for Curating a Stunning Gallery Wall

I recently designed a gallery wall and coming from someone that went to design school and puts together gorgeous image layouts for a living, I fully admit that creating the perfect gallery can be hard. Whether you prefer a balanced, symmetrical layout or a whimsical, more organic shape, there’s a few simple rules that will keep you from total gallery wall failure. Take note from some of the prettiest collections to grace SMP Living…

Curate a Stunning Gallery Wall
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Curate a Stunning Gallery Wall
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Learn a simple cheat-cut for hanging that gorgeous gallery wall…

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Affordable Art to Dress up Your Walls | Best of Gallery Walls | DIY Dyed Feather Art

The Prettiest Ever Mother’s Day Bar Cart + Blueberry Rose Cocktail

I’m pretty sure if you present Mom with a bar cart of this caliber this Mother’s Day, she’ll explode with utter happiness. Complete with vanilla + rose cake from Sweet Art Cakes, loads of blooms from Flower Vibes and a blueberry rose cocktail (recipe below!), Fabulessly Faubs styled it all to perfection. How cute would this baby be for a sweet brunch? See more from Divya Pande in The Vault!

From Divya Pande… Spring time is in full swing, and Mother’s Day will be here before you know it. This year, take mom by surprise. We’ve created a beautiful tablescape, delicious treat, and complimentary cocktail to show mom how much we appreciate her. Fuzzy acacia flowers with fragrant garden roses, sweet peas, and hyacinth create a fresh and feminine decor that mom can admire long after Mother’s Day. The simple pink palette with a touch of yellow and eucalyptus is just what your Mother’s Day table needs. Serve up a slice of vanilla and rose cake alongside the sparkling cocktail (recipe below) to combine sweet, fruity notes with the aromatically crisp Prosecco… We promise you’ll be back for seconds of both. The blueberries in the cocktail soak up the flavors for a tasty bite at the end of each glass. The lightweight cocktail is a crowd favorite, and altogether will sure to be a Mother’s Day she’ll never forget!

Blueberry Rose Cocktail
prep time
2 Minute/s
cook time
15 Minute/s
total time
17 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup blueberries + extra for garnish
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Petals from (3) roses
  • 1 sprig of mint
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco or your favorite champagne
  1. In a small saucepan, bring the blueberries, rose petals, water and sugar to a boil. Turn to low and let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain blueberries and roses and let syrup cool.
  2. Add 3 tbsp. of syrup to the bottom of each glass.
  3. Top with champagne and add in a sprig of mint and a handful of blueberries!

Photographer: Divya Pande | Design and Styling: Fabulessly Faubs | Florist: Flower Vibes | Bakery: Sweet Art Cakes | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab