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Now that so many of us are working from home, you might be looking for some inspiration to spice up your home office! Don’t worry, we have your back. Just like we did for our Outdoor Inspiration for Summer post, we’ve put together design boards in three distinct styles from three of our favorite retail stores: West Elm, CB2, and Pottery Barn. Links to all the items are listed below each board!

WEST ELM

Desk // Chair // Bookcase // Lamp // Rug // Art 1 // Art 2 // Art 3 // Plant // Planter

CB2

Desk // Chair // File Cabinet // Lamp // Rug // Art // Mirror // Plant

POTTERY BARN

Desk // Chair // Cabinet // Lamp // Rug // Art // Plant

Which home office design is your favorite? Let us know what other spaces in your house need a little inspiration, and we’ll see what we can come up with!

XOXO,

RWD

As summer moves into full swing, there’s one safe activity we can all continue to do in the midst of a pandemic: take a walk! And we might as well do it in a beautiful place. These spots are all close to home, or a quick drive away, making them great places to get out in a time of staying home. Most of them are kid and dog friendly, so pack up the car, and maybe a picnic basket, and get out for some pretty scenery and fresh air!

1. Snipes Pershing Ravine Trail

5625 Glencrest Ln, Orangevale, CA 95662

This easy trail is super close to Sacramento, but makes you feel completely removed from city life! It has beautiful scenery, wildflowers, and an incredible view of Folsom when you get to the top of the hill. Explore lots of winding trails and find the perfect little picnic spot for a full day of fun out in the sun!

For more information: https://naturalatlas.com/trails/snipes-pershing-ravine-2171062

2. Lake Tabeaud Loop

9747 Tabeaud Rd, Jackson, CA 95642

Lake Tabeaud is a small lake with an easy walking trail around the entire lake! It’s kid and dog friendly, and so peaceful, since it’s removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. As you walk the well-groomed trail, enjoy lots of wildflowers and beautiful scenery. There’s at lot of parking at the trailhead, and restrooms, although they are closed at the time of this post.

To learn more: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/lake-tabeaud-loop?u=m

3. Tahoe East Shore Trail

1924 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village, NV 89451

This trail is wide and evenly paved, making it stroller friendly, kid-friendly, bike-friendly, and dog-friendly… so basically, friendly for everyone! It wraps along the side of Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. There are benches to enjoy the gorgeous views all along the path, and many easy hikes along the way to explore!

For more information: https://travelnevada.com/discover/25963/lake-tahoe-nevada-state-park

4. Coyote Hills Regional Park

8000 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont, CA 94555

Coyote Hills is a little-known treasure in the Bay Area! There’s plenty to see and do, with marshes to explore via extensive boardwalks, and rocky hills to hike for a view of the park. Bike, walk, picnic, birdwatch and explore the park with your kids and/or dogs for a day of fun!

For more information: https://www.ebparks.org/parks/coyote_hills/

Picture Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2015/08/18/san-francisco-bay-trail-coyote-hills-adventures/

5. Jack London State Historic Park

2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

The homestead of the famous writer, who penned American classics like, The Call of the Wild. Historic homes and the gorgeous surrounding property make for a lovely place to go for a walk or have a picnic with the kids! There’s so much to see as you leisurely wander the property… and you might as well hit some local wineries while you’re in the area!

For more information: https://jacklondonpark.com/

Picture Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_London_State_Historic_Park

6. Hidden Falls

7587 Mears Pl, Auburn, CA 95603

Just a short 45-minute drive from Sacramento, Hidden Falls has gorgeous trails for hikers of all skill levels! With several hidden waterfalls to find, along the way, there’s always something interesting to look at. Make sure to stop at the lookout points for some picturesque views!

For more information: https://www.placer.ca.gov/6106/Hidden-Falls-Regional-Park

Picture Source: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/hidden-falls-trails

Let us know where you’ll be socially distancing this summer, and if there are any local nature trails we should add to our list!

XOXO,

RWD

Kitchen Design

The star of this gorgeous house, as with so many other homes, is the kitchen. Before the re-design, the layout of the kitchen wasn’t quite right. The island didn’t fit in with authentic Mid Mod architecture, and the peninsula un-necessarily closed off the space from the dining room. So we removed the island and swung the peninsula around to fix the layout issues. We also gave it a waterfall edge to modernize it.

Another change to the layout: the location of appliances. We practically flipped the location of the refrigerator and stove, which allowed our client to have top-of-the-line appliances like he wanted, including that gorgeous Blue Star range (insert heart eye emoji here)!

The original finishes did nothing to celebrate the home’s unique character, so we changed that in a big way! We had already selected the exterior paint colors, which featured a bright orange front door.

Running with that design decision, we decided to pull that same exact color into the kitchen. In order to do this, we had custom color-matched tiles made, which turned out pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves!

The simple walnut cabinets are also quite a statement in their own right. Not only are they gorgeous and SO much better than what was there before, but they also keep true to the Mid- Century design style.

Living Room Design

We started with a blank slate, but perfect bones for what we wanted the space to be. Our client’s love for Mid-Century Modern design meant that the fireplace was practically perfect just the way it was! We kept the ledge too, since it added so much character and seating (yes please)! We found the perfect rug, and then placed our client’s authentic furniture…and voila!

Ceiling Design

The ceilings are the un-sung hero of this project. They make a huge impact without being in-your-face. The wood paneling was already present, but to make it pop we painted the beams a dark charcoal and gave the ceiling fan a much needed update. Now, it really is a wow- factor!

To see more pictures from the project, click here!

XOXO,

RWD

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to get your backyard ready for outdoor living! To help you turn your yard into the oasis of your dreams, we’ve put together three uniquely styled outdoor hang-out spots from three of our favorite retail stores. West Elm is a great place to look for Mid-Century Modern or Transitional pieces, CB2 carries Contemporary and Boho items, and Pottery Barn has a wide selection of more Traditional furniture. You can find links for all items under each picture! And of course, if you’d like us to help you furnish your yard to reflect your own personal style, contact us here. We have lots of great outdoor furniture sources! Enjoy!

West Elm

Sofa // Chair // Coffee Table // Side Table // Rug // Gray Pillow // Blue Pillow // Tie-Dye Pillow // Planters // Lights // Tray

CB2

Sofa // Chair // Coffee Table // Side Table // Rug // Green Pillow // White Pillow // Pink Pillow // Planters // Orbs

Pottery Barn

Sofa // Chair // Coffee Table // Side Table // Rug // Stripe Pillow // White Pillow // Gray Pillow // Planters // Lanterns // Blanket Basket

XOXO,

RWD