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New Territory
June 3, 2010

Hi everyone! If you’re still checking this blog, don’t–Mikhael has taken a great job as the editor of Travel Oregon, and I’ve moved over to A Ruffled Feather. I’m still the contributing home + design editor at 7×7 Magazine and I’m also blogging weekly about design on ReadyMade‘s website. So, come visit us. We’d love it if you did.

See you soon,

Leilani & Mikhael

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what if i was a wonder woman?
October 26, 2009

The "Wonderwall" on Wonderwall Inc.'s website

The "Wonderwall" on Wonderwall Inc.'s website

In addition to such humanitarian feats as finding kidnap victims with my internal echo-locator, foiling conspiracy plots and rescuing women and children from fiery buildings, my role as Wonder Woman would include the innate ability to write code for groundbreaking websites like the one belonging to Japanese interior design firm, Wonderwall. Moving your cursor over the company’s colorful wall of fame not only reveals its impressive clientele (Dean and Deluca, APC and Marc Jacobs, among many others), it also awakens a beautiful and amazing, beeping, hiccuping, living, breathing entity that mesmerizes me to no end. But alas, a mere mortal am I, possessing a limited number of mediocre talents (none of which lend themselves to writing even one inch of code, much less echo-locating) and lots and lots of faults: a Blunder Woman. —LML

what if I could cook?
October 20, 2009

Mismatch Plates

Mismatched Plates

thrift store finds

thrift store finds

Well, I can’t. But I can arrange a good-looking table setting, even on a lowly editor’s salary. My tableware is a mismatched collection of hand-me-down plates, flea-market stemware, vintage linens and glasses and flatware from Bed, Bath & Beyond. It’s no Missoni China (a girl can dream) but it can look just as good. The secret is to use two-parts existing items, add a dash of vintage finds and mix in a smartly edited combination. Second-hand shops like Goodwill, or garage sales and flea markets are undoubtedly stocked with gems. A porcelain salad plate dotted with roses in shades of yellow and pink may scream “Grandma’s Sunday dinner,” but paired with a gold-rimmed, scallop-edged, round plate it’s very modern, albeit girly. Or alternate different patterned or colored plates paired with fun, oversized wine glasses. My marinara sauce may come from a can, but the table setting is all from scratch.—MR

the boy next door
October 1, 2009

Grant Gibson at home

Grant Gibson at home

Today my San Francisco apartment building is featured in the New York Times Home & Garden section, and while I make my career in design, the story has nothing to do with me. Instead, my neighbor, fantastic interior designer and dear friend Grant K. Gibson, steals the show. In his Presidio Heights flat, Paris flea market antiques meet Pottery Barn furnishings, while bold color choices and rich fabrics like caramel-colored mohair add a luxe element. Our apartments are merely an arm’s length away, and many evenings have been spent gossiping in the doorways about our crazy landlord or providing detailed reviews from the latest dating disaster (of late, two thumbs way, way down).

Check out Grant’s digs here. My favorite room is the bedroom with indigo walls and salon-style art. I really admire his ability to find beauty in the most unexpected (and sometimes most inexpensive) places. His work is timeless. Congratulations, Grant! —MR

working girls
September 29, 2009

Picture 1 Cover

Leilani and I first met at a San Francisco publishing house in early 2008, but our creative collaboration truly began when Sydney-based home + design magazine, Real Living, hired us to produce a story on San Francisco artist Rex Ray‘s avant-garde live/work space in the Mission District. Leilani provided the words, I did the room styling. I loved the organized chaos of Rex’s loft and art studio; everything had a specific place and purpose, even if it was an unassuming stack of records.

A year later, for the magazine’s October 2009 issue, editor Deborah Bibby (follow her quick design musings on Twitter: @reallivingmag) asked us to work our magic again on the modern and eclectic San Francisco home of Pottery Barn Teen designer, Melodie Froment, and her husband, artist Jerome Doran. My favorite part of that project was scouring through Melodie’s tableware, her collections of porcelain tea cups, Moroccan glass decanters and super-colorful linens—the best evidence of a life well traveled. Click on each story below and let us know what you think! We think we make a pretty good team. —MR

Tiny space, big ideas

Tiny space, big ideas

Laid-back Living

Laid-back Living

1984
September 11, 2009

In celebration of my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary, my siblings and I are throwing a surprise party, with a “This is Your Life”-type movie and a surf-and-turf menu. And, we’re dressing up like it’s 1984 (the year they wed). There are few things I enjoy more in life than dressing up, be it for a fancy occasion or a costume party, so I have been doing my research in preparation for the big day.

For my two brothers I’m thinking: Wayfarers, headbands, peg-legged jeans and either a tie over a Hawaiian or a Polo and jacket:

Jerry curl with sweatband, classic

Jerry curl with sweatband, classic

Don Johnson at his best

Don Johnson at his best

For my sister and me: leg warmers over stirrup pants (obviously), oversize and off-the-shoulder sweatshirts or T-shirts tied asymmetrically in a knot and crimped hair.

80s inspiration board

80s inspiration board

Oh, and lots and lots of hair spray for everyone.

Aqua Net

Aqua Net

Do you have suggestions or perhaps inspirational photos? Please advise! —MR