This layered look • The Nob Hill Gazette
Texture, color, and personal space are all on the radar of the Bay Area’s top interior designers.
AAs a publisher, a big part of my job is figuring out what to use as much – if not more than – what not to use. On top of each story, I overlay critical information while capturing a mood and point of view. By talking to interior designers Leo Caesareo, Kendra nash, Jeff Schlarb and Tineke Triggs for the following roundtable, I realized how similar our creative processes really are. So maybe it’s no wonder that the design world has been my favorite escape for the past year and a half as I wrote the Design Spotlight department for this magazine and tripled my subscriptions to interior design magazines, conveniently spread around me on a weekend afternoon. As I often waded through their pages, I closed my eyes and reimagined the room around me in a thousand different ways.
One afternoon in late August, I entered a similarly designed dream state, but this time in the virtual company of these local interior designers whose individual aesthetics I have admired over the years. Our intention was to discuss the current design landscape and its horizon, as well as projects that clients are now asking for Zoom backgrounds to be dialed in and distance education stations are – fingers crossed – on permanent hiatus. . Let’s dive into a conversation with people who feel lucky to not only reinvent what it means to feel at home, but also to bring it to a lively, layered life.
We all know how “home” has had to fulfill many functions, from the office to the school to the gym and back again. What are customers asking for now?
Kendra nash: Obviously the offices. We do a ton of it. I have had a lot of requests for podcast rooms. Our tech clients are doing it as a hobby when they haven’t been able to travel for a while. On another note, what I really find with the architectural process is that before there were only large spaces. People want to bring it down a bit, in terms of construction and also, I would say, cut the red tape.
Leo Caesareo: Currently, I am working on a project in Corte Madera. They want to turn a main closet into some sort of soundproof Zoom space. They call it a “cloffice”, an office cupboard.
Tineke Triggs: It’s a question of flexibility of the way of life, but it is also about creating caves for men and caves for women, spaces different from simple offices. So I think it’s a big trend right now.
So a feeling of privacy or loneliness is what we want now?
TT: Yes, we already know home gyms and home offices are going to stick around for a while, but then that’s that other getaway space. How do you divide the houses into quadrants so that people have their own identity or leave because they cannot physically escape?
Jeff Schlarb: The most exciting thing I have seen is that we are now able to be more artistic. The living room does not have to be in the exact same palette as a family room. And that doesn’t have to be just a note. It was always harder [when] maybe people who just have money don’t want to look too ostentatious in front of their friends. And then they liken the superposition to a sort of display of their wealth. This is simply not true. It’s just: what do you want the house to deliver to you? Do you want to be enlightened? Do you want to be enlightened, illuminated and energized as you enter some of these spaces? And I think [that] was more evident at this time.
LS: This is what I experienced too. People want a space that reflects them, that now has to be all of these things at once, or at different times. Kendra, what were you saying too [about] these open concept layouts. They are amazing, and then you have all of your kids at home with you. You have grandma sticking around. You are in quarantine. What are you doing? Let’s reconfigure everything so that we can make things happen and give ourselves that space. And in this idea of being more daring, and at the same time, not to be ostentatious. It’s a very Bay Area thing. I’m from LA We’re flashy!
Leo, you are based in the Castro. Jeff and Tineke, you’ve been in the City for a long time. Kendra, you are on the peninsula. I was wondering what each of you thinks about the impact of where we live on the world of design?
JS: I think a lot of people are pretty traditional in and around San Francisco, at least. And I’m sure it’s bleeding even deeper across the peninsula. Design is exciting, and it’s getting more and more attention these days. I see all these houses in Presidio Heights and Pacific Heights and Mission… classic architecture, interior design, it’s amazing to play with. I just had a new project and we’re going to do some really colorful things in this austere, heavy, very white old house. And I’m so excited. It may be the coolest to date. Because it’s a big home. Giant formal living room. Giant salon. One of those houses. You have it all the time, Kendra.
KN: You have a very nice construction, we get square feet! … I feel like when you have smaller spaces, people really understand that they want to fill their spaces with intentional, quality objects. When you are dealing with these 10,000 square foot homes, people don’t really care about the quality of each room when only three people live there. So that’s something we educate all the time – it’s the quality of the articles.
CL: Yeah, it’s really interesting here in the City. The quality of the architecture is fantastic. What I’ve seen in the 10 years I’ve been here is that kind of a change from the white box, modern aesthetics and more embracing the old, what was out there. . We have a legacy that we need to be aware of here in San Francisco.
TT: Technology has always been a leader for us. So everyone is doing electronic drapery, digital art. I think these things will always be technologically advanced, and I think we are addressing some of these issues earlier than others. My take on the strengths of this city is, besides its physical location, the food industry and the art industry have always been amazing here. Everyone builds barbecues and spends more time preparing food. I have done more cooking this summer than I have done in my career.
What trends do you see in the textiles or the color palette? I’m also aware of how you calibrate a trend for a client – given that he’s been in the space for over a season – or like you told me, Jeff, maybe they only remodel or renovate a home a few times in their lifespan.
JS: I think the value of our studio is that we try to make the best places possible to be sophisticated, cool and artistic, and have a lifespan. I feel like one of my best assets is following the furniture trends for 20 years, and I can identify what has just been redone, or has already been done. And I try to constantly monitor and avoid trends, quite frankly. When it comes to color, our studio is not afraid of color. We will do everything.
KN: Burb clients are really more open to color than they have ever been. They are really afraid of grays. Thank God. So right now, I feel like anything goes. But the most important trend I would say that Jeff developed on earlier is layers. Layers after layers. When we are given the opportunity to do it, and people see it, they want more.
TT: The richer and deeper jewelry tones [are] starts to come back and the grays [are] being replaced by greige, beige gray, and then much more texture. If I’m not working with color, it needs to have texture. And then the other thing that’s huge right now is the greenery, tons of greenery, putting plants and succulents in shelves and plants in the corner, it’s all back. I think all this lack of connection to the outdoors and not being outdoors really brought this trend on as well.
CL: Absoutely. Textures, layers. Textures more than patterns. I think a lot of times people are really open to having a lot of different textural things in their house, and how that overlaps. It’s almost like they know something is missing.
JS: One of the stories I tell clients – especially if they are new to design – I say, “My dream for you is to walk around at the end of the project and have a glass of wine with your husband or with your wife and just say, ‘I’m so glad we did it right. And we did it all the way. ‘ This is what I wish them.
Léo Cesareo Design
Cesareo is a San Francisco-based artist and designer who has worked with some of the design world‘s foremost interior designers, including Steven volpe, Jay jeffers and Lauren Geremia. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Cesareo’s approach to space and composition is inspired by his formal education in the visual arts.
Nash Design Group
Born and raised in Atherton, Kendra Nicholas Nash founded Nash Design Group in 2011, after having cut her teeth in the Silicon Valley real estate market. With its work spanning the entire peninsula, Nash Design Group works closely with architects and builders in the construction phase and then continues through furnishings and finishes.
Jeff Schlarb Creative Studio
Jeff Schlarb Design Studio offers classic contemporary artwork from his Presidio Heights studio in San Francisco. The company’s expertise includes bespoke decoration projects, interior design for new construction, and kitchen and bathroom renovations. Schlarb is inspired by time spent living in Europe, traveling the world and a serious quest to be grasped every day.
Artistic designs for living
Inspired by designers who have stood out from the pack, Triggs is known for creating moving, artistic and imaginative interiors. By mastering both the art and science of design, his work gives birth to a unique form of design mixology. When not designing, the veteran of San Francisco’s six decorator showcases enjoys working on her kickboxing game, spending family time on the beach, and roaming the coast in her vintage 1973 Airstream.