It’s summer in San Francisco, and that means there will be a couple of days of sunshine before the fog tumbles in again. Bashford Design’s studio looks upon a sweet, flower filled backyard: the main domain of Harvey the Dog. Sarah and her husband Chris have nurtured the space over time, creating a varied experience with a small lawn, a pretty flowerbed and a patio complete with a gas-fueled fire pit. Harvey surveys his kingdom Right this way: a vine draped doggy door The garden is the perfect spot for hanging out with the dog and kids on the weekends, for afternoon barbecues and the occasional big party, complete with flame throwing dancers. (More on that later.) What makes for an inviting garden design? The goal is to include lots of color with elements of traditional English gardens. “Multiple heights give more interest than a flat space,” Sarah says, “so terracing or even adding tall planters can make the garden more interesting.” A variety of heights Pathways lead to discovery When considering a garden layout, determine which areas get the most sun and where there is always shade. Then pick plants according to what will thrive in those light levels. “Trying to grow a sun loving plant under a big tree will lead to disappointment!” Containers get seasonal attention and feed the pollenators. A brown butterfly refuels. The Bashford clan most enjoy running through the sprinklers on a hot day, reading in the cozy hanging swing chair, and sitting around the fire pit watching the light fade at the end of the day. The details draw you in: pink...Read more..
Posted on Jul 12, 2017 by Sarah Bashford // 0 Comment
Are you thinking about taking the plunge and tearing out the old tiles for a bathroom remodel? Bathroom design decisions can feel overwhelming, and let’s admit it: permanent. We asked Sarah for her tips in creating stylish, no-regrets bathroom designs. Opt for Wall Mounted Faucets If your remodel has you digging all the way down to the plumbing, consider elevating your fixtures off the counter top. Wall mounted faucets looks like a matter of taste. They remind us of exposed copper plumbing without all the hoopla. But there’s an added advantage: no grimy counter scum goes hiding behind hardware. When it Comes to Tiles, Go High We don’t have to tell you how hard it is to choose the perfect tile. If you’ve gotten this far, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. When it comes to shower tile installation, don’t quit at the required 72 inch height. Keep it going up to the ceiling for an expansive spa-like feel. Linear Drains Clean It Up Linear shower drains are minimal, functional and elegant. They almost disappear in surrounding tilework. They facilitate the use of large format floor tile because the floor only tilts in one direction. (Traditional center drains require sloping the floor in all four directions and tiles have to be small to accommodate the contour.) Quick Pick Me Ups If you aren’t gutting your bathroom, you can refresh your freshen-up place, with a couple of quick fixes. New Hand Towels Crisp and clean, new towels can brighten up this little room. Who knows, you might find yourself adding a new coat of...Read more..
Posted on May 17, 2017 by Sarah Bashford // 0 Comment
Cultural Explorations in Interior Design and Architecture (The mantel the Great Room. Photos by cell phone: bear with me.) San Miguel de Allende is a colonial-era town in Mexico’s central highlands. It is a thriving arts community with a backdrop of 18th Century baroque Spanish architecture and cobblestone streets. When I visited my mom there, she took me on a mini tour of her friends’ homes. Architecture and design in San Miguel are quite different than in the US and it was eye opening and exciting to be in these unique spaces. If I had to put my finger on what is different about the design and construction of homes in San Miguel, I’d say that they’re sculpted where they stand. Rather than imposing a grid of rooms on a rectangular property, the homes start where they are and grow to fill unusual corners. The experience and the flow of each home is one-of-a-kind. The home of Sue Griffin is a delightful example. Sue lives in a San Miguel home that is one part existing house, one part organic imagination and one part local craftsmanship. Sue is an experienced interior designer who later turned to a legal career. Her passion for visual interest, spacial harmony, and local artistry is on full display in her rustic colonial home. She has been inspired by the historical architecture throughout the town and she appreciates that every home in San Miguel de Allende is one of a kind. When Sue first bought her home it was a 3 story house on a single lot. A few years later she acquired the lots...Read more..
Posted on Feb 27, 2017 by Sarah Bashford // 0 Comment
Design Trends in 2017 It’s a new year and we are excited about a few of the design trends showing up around the bend. Check out these fun design themes highlighting sophisticated energy, casual elegance and cozy serenity. Green Is Good A personal favorite of Sarah’s, green hums with life and reminds us of our innate pull toward nature. Let’s face it: nothing is prettier than sunlight setting tree leaves aglow. You can bring nature’s vibrancy into your home in a combination of cheerful and muted tones. Deep hunter green creates a soothing anchor in a room of pale neutrals. This pairing of dark green and brass is perfectly yummy. Green loves company. Tone it down with a bit of copper for an inviting sense of age old patina. Simple Elegance Unfinished porcelain has captured our fancy. This simple approach to a time honored craft showcases the handmade beauty of each vessel. A Space for Retreat We all need to unplug from time to time. We love spaces that invite you and your book to plop down and stay a while. The limited square footage of this room is devoted to the daybeds with a view. This sweet reading nook celebrates the storage needs of a big book collection. No alcoves or crannies? No problem. Create your retreat with cozy cocoons of furniture. Share your photos, thoughts or ideas with us! We love to see what inspires...Read more..
Posted on Jan 18, 2017 by Sarah Bashford // 0 Comment
That San Francisco offers many joys and surprises is a given. We think one of its quietest pleasures is accidentally walking into architecture of enchantment on your way to the dentist. Setting the Scene: You left work early. You bussed, biked or drove into the hustle and bustle. You might have had to run the extra blocks from your parking space to an appointment you would rather avoid altogether. And then you stumble into this: You walk through the doors and crane your neck to catch a glimpse of this ceiling: You have arrived at 450 Sutter Street. Built in 1929, the office tower was planned for use by dentists and other medical practitioners. The 29 story building was the largest medical building at the time. It was designed by architect Timothy L. Pflueger and it showcases Neo-Mayan style, a trend in the 1920s and 1930s that drew inspiration from the architecture and iconography of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures. The dentist was painless. Onto a bit more history. Thrillingly enough, Pfleuger was friends with fresco artist and muralist Diego Rivera. The 450 Sutter building appears in The Pan American Unity Mural. Rivera’s masterpiece was created in 1940 for the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. You can see the mural yourself. It is displayed in the Diego Rivera Theater at CCSF. A college course is dedicated to deciphering this painting–there is so much going on. But notice our dentist’s office in panel 2: “With a graceful swan dive, the City College diver Helen Crlenkovich blends ancient Mexico into the Bay Area. Rivera wrote, ‘The conquest of time...Read more..
Posted on Dec 9, 2016 by Sarah Bashford // 1 Comments