With my talented and fabulous designer pal Mari Ines Woodsome, I enjoyed a lovely visit to several perimeter posts near the SF Design Center: the new EQ3 showroom, Nido, and HD Buttercup (across from Caltrain). Here are a few lovely finds — mostly lights.
This Sunday’s SF Chronicle mentioned a new site, decorist.com, that has an interior design profiling quiz… I gave it a try tonight, and was impressed by the quiz design. The quiz has you visually select from the classic elements of a living room: couch, coffee table, side table, lamp, mirror, rug, and wall color. As you browse through all the options, those selected are added to a pretend room. It’s fun, although I can’t say I chose my ‘favorite’ pieces, but rather had a good time choosing different options to see how they’d work together.
When I was done trying stuff out, the site generated a ‘profile’ as follows, which impressed me as an accurate read on my selections.
From there, you are directed to your dashboard, where you can see a list of items filtered to your tastes — which in my case, wasn’t exactly accurate due to my design play during the quiz, but I was happy enough with its determination, and was certainly intrigued by what items would be suggested. You also were asked to specify your price range for a sofa, which presumably is used to then filter recommendations by cost as well — interesting idea. This page was a huge scroll, but had a nice layout and form, and could be filtered by category. I like that it pulls from a broad resource set, including flash sites like OneKingsLane and unique stuff selling on EBay, and it did have a great range of interesting pieces, along with some weird stuff that if nothing else was fun to see. Sort of pinterest-style eye candy.
For folks looking for small, targeted help with a specific room in their home, their ‘mini-makeover’ option seems like a good deal. You get several room boards and a shopping list, in response to uploaded pictures and your notes on challenges and hopes for the space. I think this would be perfect for a home shopper that needs a little aesthetic push in the right direction.
Below are a few interesting pieces spotted on my last several trips to the San Francisco Design Center.