Serena & Lily Design Shop

When news first broke of the opening of Serena & Lily‘s first West Coast store, on Sacramento Street in San Francisco, I was delighted. After our 8 month home renovation project was completed last winter, I’ve been finding myself nose deep in their gorgeous catalogs, looking for guidance and inspiration while designing our interiors – which can be so daunting and intimidating, by the way! So the new design shop was the perfect jumping point in helping me decorate one of the most important rooms in the house: my son Quincy’s nursery. Their gorgeous prints, worldly touches, California sensibility, and artisanship make shopping a cinch. And being able to pull fabric samples from the walls, touch rug swatches, and feel the quality of the wallpaper, made the design process so much fun. But it was the trusty design advisers at the shop that really helped push me to take risks with some unexpected elements in the room, which will be revealed next week! In the meantime, I’m picking the three brains, behind the Sausalito-based brand, on all things related to design and the shop. And if you’re in the Bay Area, do stop by – it’s wonderful.

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Odyssey and Oracle

It’s hard not to be entranced by Sydney artist Leah Fraser‘s paintings of an shamans, living in an imaginary world inspired by the many healing methods of different cultures. Each of her characters are decorated in ceremonial attire and armed with ritualistic weaponry and wildlife companions. Each piece is powerful yet serene and haunting yet beautiful. 

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Jacquie Aiche Ear Jackets

Let’s talk about jewelry designer Jacquie Aiche‘s collection of ear jackets - 14k gold earring backings, studded with pavé diamonds and that fan out just below the ear lobe. Honestly, brilliant!!! I absolutely love the idea of mixing and matching them with individual studs, making them more or less dramatic. The precious ear jackets can run up to $3,000 but Jacquie has a less expensive, gold plated version available at Shopbop. Obsession is an understatement.

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DIY Flower Chandelier

Last weekend, I hosted a tea party themed baby shower for my sister in law, who is expecting a baby girl in July. Aunt Erica has a pretty nice ring to it, don’t you think? I’ve been on a garden rose obsession lately, especially after making those floral letters for Valentine’s Day, so it was a must when deciding what flowers to get for the celebration. Rather than making a floral table arrangement, I decided to whip up a chandelier, made of the most luscious pink and peach roses, voluptuous white peonies and sweet lilacs.

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You’ll need:

  • 3-4 dozen flowers
  • a wooden embroidery hoop
  • 15-20 yards of assorted ribbon
  • 1-2 yards of lace trim
  • a D ring or plastic ring
  • floral shears
  • a bucket
  • glue gun
  • scissors

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