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Finds at EQ3, Nido, and HD Buttercup

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.

Loved the dazzle of the tensioned wire mesh against the bulb’s glow — a perfect light for a more contemporary space, maybe juxtaposed against a rustic dining table, or above a simple upholstered bed. [HD Buttercup]
Love the texture of this metal, and the three different pendant shapes.  Any, or a combination, would work well over an island, or in an entryway. [HD Buttercup]
I am smitten with this desklamp — I think it may be the curve of its arm, the finish of its metal, its simple shape…  I don’t know, but would love to have it on my desk this very moment. [HD Buttercup]  

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Love these oblong mirrors with thick bases, that come in white and grey toned sides. [Nido]


Just stunning, beautiful pendants to make a striking focal point for a high vaulted entry. Especially drawn to the silver and rose gold. [Nido]
Plush underfoot, a tailored rug with neutral palette. [EQ3]
An Eames design, like the lollypop colors on this entryway hook rack. Would liven up a neutral palette. [EQ3]
Such a comfy chair, and love the marled fabric — very practical for covering up spills&stains over time. Clean chrome legs adds visual space to a room. [EQ3]

Like the marble base, simple curves of this lamp. [EQ3]
Nice entryway/mudroom storage series. Like the shallow 14″ bench, good for tight spaces. [EQ3]
Love this expandable wall organization system, that’s a series of simple white magnetic bases, and containers that magnetically adhere. Think incoming/outgoing mail, catalogs, some plants or flowers, pens. All set! [EQ3]

Review: Decorist

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.

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When I was done trying stuff out, the site generated a ‘profile’ as follows, which impressed me as an accurate read on my selections.

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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.

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Sightseeing: SF Design Center

Below are a few interesting pieces spotted on my last several trips to the San Francisco Design Center.