purpose. beauty. inspiration.

Ok, so maybe we can design without these things, but our lives would be a lot harder! Here are the top 10 things that we use on a daily basis that keep us (and our clients) happy.

1. Our Laptops

This is number 1 for a reason. While our job can be very active at times – going to job sites and picking out finishes – we spend a lot of our time on our computers drafting, creating furniture layouts and elevations, ordering furniture, communicating with our sales reps, and creating design boards. So much of what keeps a project moving happens on our computers! It helps us stay in touch with clients and vendors and keep track of our calendars. Plus, by using laptops, we have the freedom to work from anywhere. For example, if we’re out in Granite Bay (about 30 minutes from the office) for a meeting, and we have another meeting scheduled shortly afterward just down the road, all we need is a nearby Starbucks and we’re set to keep working till the next meeting! On a related note…

2. AutoCAD

We use AutoCAD every day on the design grind. It allows us to quickly and efficiently draw up furniture plans, kitchen layouts and elevations. Before these programs existed, everything was drawn by hand (which is something we learned how to do in design school) and boy is it a lot of work! Now that we’ve mastered these programs, we’re able to create more accurate drawings more easily, and in less time. Yes please!

3. Graph Paper Notepad

If you’ve worked with us, you’ve probably seen the graph paper note pads we ALWAYS have with us at meetings. They’re obviously great for jotting down notes while in a meeting, but they’re also perfect for when we have to make a little sketch to illustrate an idea. We also use them to draw up a client’s house when we take measurements, and believe us when we say that when you’re measuring an entire house, graph lines really do help to keep you as neat as possible!

4. Coffee

This may seem a little silly but we’re being completely serious; the RWD team loves coffee! In our opinion, it’s the perfect way to start the day, or hit reset in the middle of a long day. It helps to get our creative juices flowing in those early morning moments – I’m sure you can relate! Thankfully, with a Keurig in the office and a Starbucks across the street, we are good to go.

5. Reliable Vendors

Much of our job requires us to work with other companies that sell furniture, window treatments, fabrics, tiles… the list goes on and on. Having a good team of people we trust and who care about what we’re doing and how they can help is crucial! Sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we’ve found the absolute perfect light fixture, but wait… the manufacturer doesn’t make a long enough wire for the 10-foot entry! Because of the amazing sales reps who are here to help us, we don’t panic, we just send them an email.

6. An Organized Office

Last year we moved into our new office and man, it makes a huge difference to have all of our samples fully organized! Now, every fabric, tile, rug, window covering, and flooring sample has its place. The samples are even further organized by company, material, and use, making it easy peasy to find anything we’re looking for!

7. Pinterest

Oh, the glorious Pinterest. Pinterest is not only a great place to find inspiration and a helpful way for clients to express what they like, but it’s also how we internally keep track of projects. The RWD team creates a secret Pinterest board for each project on our list. Then when one of us finds a sofa or light fixture we like for a project, we pin it to the project board. This is an easy and effective way to make sure that we all have access to “that-one-sofa-we-saw-and-liked-that-one-time.”

8. Asana

Another tool that’s been a major life saver for us! Asana is a website that allows us to keep track of everything that’s going on in our crazy, busy work lives. In Asana, we can create tasks for ourselves and for each other, assign each task a due date, and associate it with a specific project. For example, Leah can make a task for Lilly to “Source Dining Room Furniture”, mark that it’s for Mrs. Smith’s project and that it needs to be done by Friday. Lilly gets a notification for the task, and can get to work on it! This helps us to organize everything we have to do. Plus it integrates with the program we use to track our time, which means we can easily see how long we spend on each task. Truly amazing! If this sounds super cool to you, you can use it for personal tasks too (which some RWD team members do).

9. A Laser Distance Measure

In case you don’t know, a laser distance measure is basically a fancy tape measure. All you have to do is place it on a wall, aim the laser at the opposite wall, and BAM! you have the length of the room. No need to fiddle with a tape measure, making sure it stays straight, or realizing it’s not long enough to reach the other side of a large room. This little tool makes our field measuring days much more pleasant and efficient!

10. A Smile

We honestly love our jobs! Designing makes us happy. We get to create beautiful spaces and help people fall in love with their homes. What’s not to like? Because of this, we always design with a smile – even our letter board in the office says so!

XOXO,

RWD

January 3, 2019

Happy New Year! As our schedule starts to fill up, and things start going back to business as usual in the RWD office, we’re taking a moment to think back on all of the changes that have happened, and all that we’ve accomplished this year (hint: it’s a lot). We wrapped up some projects in pretty bows, added a new member to the team, moved into a new office space, went to Las Vegas Furniture Market, and spent time traveling to new and beautiful places. Here’s a look back our 2018 experiences!

This year, we finished many new and exciting projects, and made our amazing clients happy in their homes, which is why we love what we do! Some of our 2018 projects include: the Darling Davis Farmhouse, the Sparkling Statement-Tiled Spa, the Black & White Bath & Kitchen, and the Light-Filled Luxury project. We also participated in the Sacred Heart Home Tour for the first time this year! We created a Christmas design inspired by the homeowner’s style, and had a blast! Tinsel, florals, and more pom poms than you can imagine, all went into making the house something special.

Sacred Heart Home Tour Dining Room

This year, we made big moves (literally and figuratively). We started the year off by taking on Lilly as an intern, and later decided to hire her as our Junior Designer. We also moved into our very own office and studio space, and had a big party with all of our friends, family and colleagues to celebrate! Expanding the business has definitely been a large part of 2018, and it’s made us stronger and more excited than ever before about all of the new opportunities in store for us!

Lilly, Rebecca and Leah
Our new office!
Always smiling 🙂

We took another trip to Las Vegas Market, this time in search of new finds and fun, fresh holiday decorations for our Sacred Heart Home Tour house! We had a blast looking through our old favorite showrooms and showing them to Lilly (it was her first Market). Until next time, Vegas!

The Team
Cute little nook at Market
The boss lady relaxing

The RWD team loooooves to travel! This year, team members made trips to Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Nice, New York City, Oregon, and Hawaii! Each trip was filled with beautiful sites, sounds, and some of the most delicious treats! These trips provided some much needed down time, and allowed us to get inspired by new places, people, and adventures.

Paris from above
St. Paul de Vence, France
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
New York City from the Empire State Building
Hawaiian Sunset

We can’t wait for 2019 and all of the new adventures and designs it will bring! Thank you for all of your support and love over the last year, and we hope you all had a wonderful 2018 and a very happy and healthy new year!

XOXO,

RWD

December 14, 2018

Earlier this month, we participated in the Sacred Heart Holiday Home Tour, and had a blast! Every year, prominent Sacramento designers decorate East Sacramento’s historic Fabulous Forties neighborhood for the holidays, and put the houses on display for the tour. This was our first year participating, and we loved it!

First of all, we ended up with the coolest family, and the most unique home to decorate. The home was a ranch style house (very unique for the Fab Forties) and was clearly fabulous. The home was full of color, and the home owner’s design style fit in well with what we love to do (mid century modern with bohemian twist). They also had pieces from their travels worked in. Needless to say, the home had character, which we wanted to keep and play off of! To do this, we decided to go a non-traditional route, and base our entire Christmas design off of the family’s style, keeping all of their furniture, art, and accessories. 

The Living Room Before We Started Decorating

The family had young kids, which inspired us to create an entire room full of pom poms. Keeping with the non-traditional design we were going for, and with the colors already found in the house, we went a little crazy with them! We made TONS of pom poms, not only to decorate the tree, but also for the wreaths adorning the front doors of the home. A felt tree topper, advent calendar, garland, and manger scene accompanied our handmade pom poms, giving the space a touch of whimsy. With the homeowner’s daughter’s tee pee and stuffed animals set up around the room, the space was transformed into the perfect children’s Christmas wonderland. 

Image by Sacrep Photography

For the living room, we went for classic mid mod, keeping the family’s couch, rugs, and lighting. The Christmas tree we decided on was a Charlie Brown style tree, dresses in tinsel and vintage glass ornaments. We also added the vintage glass ornaments to the client’s existing tree, which is a permanent resident of the living room. Metallic tinsel garland and bottle brush trees pushed the room even further into mid century style. 

Image by Sacrep Photography
Image by Sacrep Photography

The dining room was designed to be the crowning glory of the home, as it was the last room that guests would walk through before going outside. The idea for the room came from our desire to do something completely unexpected, which we knew the homeowners would appreciate. The design of the room revolved around the Christmas tree, which was decorated with a swirl of live flowers. Fresh roses were also incorporated in the antler centerpiece and in the light fixture. It ended up being a real wow factor, thanks to our florist, Arden Park Florist. The room smelled absolutely AMAZING. For the table settings, we used much of what the homeowner already had, bringing more authenticity to the home and the decorations. The skull on the wall (there are several spread throughout the house and yard) even got a little flower in it’s hair! 

Image by Sacrep Photography
Image by Sacrep Photography
Image by Sacrep Photography

When all was said and done, the home was full of little details and big bold statements that made it special and unlike any other house in East Sac. The homeowners were over the moon in love with it, which was all that we really wanted, since it was inspired by them and their eclectic style. 

Festive Skull
Entry Bench Detail
Entry Console Decor
Vintage Tree in the Backyard
Image by Sacrep Photography
Backyard Dining Table Ornamentation
Charlie Brown’s Mid Mod Gingerbread House, Made by Rebecca

Hope you enjoyed this little recap of our tour house! We loved creating this fun and unique space, and would love to hear your thoughts down in the comments below.

Xoxo,

RWD

It’s finally the holiday season (!) which means it’s time to decorate the tree, bake lots of cookies, and of course, try to find the perfect gift for those we love. Gift giving, and the challenge of finding the perfect gift for someone, is something the RWD team truly enjoys. The thought of finding some little unexpected item that will bring a smile to the face of someone we love is part of what makes Christmas such a magical time!

However, the hunt can easily turn into more of a stressful experience than a joyous one. AND it has a tendency to turn into an expensive one as well when the list of people we are buying for grows longer and longer. For all of these reasons, our team has compiled a list of 50 gift ideas, all under $50! The list is designed to cover all of your bases, including the kiddos in your life. Some of our favorite items from the list include the cheese board (who doesn’t like cheese and want to display it in a pretty way, duh), the tote bag (everyone needs a good tote!), and the books (books are one of our all time favorite gifts to give).

The list also includes some specialty items such as the reusable leather golf scorecard, perfect for that one uncle you have who loves golf, but he seemingly already has all the gear… bet he doesn’t have a leather scorecard! We also included a coffee maker, latte art kit, gourmet popcorn gift set, and even a homemade hot sauce kit, because everyone’s bound to have someone in their life who’s known for loving one (or all) of those things!

If you have someone in your life you really struggle to find gift ideas for, our words of wisdom are, “go to Etsy”. On Etsy, it’s easy to find personalized items that would work for anyone! This time of year, they even have gift suggestion pages which make it easy to sift through all the options and find the perfect gift. Plus, by shopping at Etsy you have the peace of mind knowing that your money is going to a creative craftsman, instead of a big business. Our favorite Etsy item from our list is the personalized spa gift – you get to choose the soap scent and lip balm flavor you want to include!

In the end, gift giving is really about expressing to someone that you care, so don’t stress, and have some fun with it! Check out our complete 50 under $50 gift guide below:

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Happy holidays, and happy shopping!

Xoxo,

RWD