Inspired: Design Treasures of San Francisco

Inspired: Design Treasures of San Francisco

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...

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Inspired: Perfection in the Rough

Inspired: Perfection in the Rough

This month we are thinking about texture and what a great addition it can be to wallcovering.  Texture invites the sense of touch and plays with the passage of light. The details of materials and craftsmanship ask that we take a break and peer closely; run fingers over a beautifully woven textile, or a lovingly inlaid and polished wood surface.   Layering texture on walls creates an enticing contrast between softness and structure. Stonework, plaster, paper, tile and textiles can free us from the drywall aesthetic.  You can fill one room or several.  Or keep it focused by choosing a single wall or niche to highlight. Here are some particularly stunning imperfect wallcoverings that have caught our eye… Denim Jeans Grunge Patchwork Mural Wallpaper, by Jazz It Up Interiors.  This mural offers a bold, fun and unexpected dose of America’s favorite hard-wearing fabric. Simple plaster walls create a sense of time and place in this bathroom featuring John Lewis textiles and casegoods. A wallpaper by Elitis has us enchanted with its simply irregular layers and stitchery.    ...

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We’ve Been Published!

We’ve Been Published!

As you may remember, we’ve got a strong passion for bathrooms here at Bashford Design — disscused in previous blogs: Design Pulse, Before and After . We love creating them as living spaces, keeping coziness and relaxation in mind.  Take a look at our latest innovation California Home + Design...

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Inside Bashford Design: Meet Hannah

Inside Bashford Design: Meet Hannah

Bashford Design welcomes its newest team member, design assistant Hannah Denmark.  Hannah is delighted to work with the assembled team on Church Street. Hannah brings her passion for fine craftsmanship, a faith in effective space planning, and a deep curiosity about how things come together both technically and creatively.  “Sometimes you enter a room and you feel like you never want to leave.  Maybe it’s because you’re discovering something new, like light and shapes that reveal new perspectives.  Or maybe a place resonates with some old piece of yourself.”  If a space isn’t working, if it doesn’t invite you to linger, then Hannah sees it as a problem that can be solved. Hannah grew up in Atlanta, surrounded by giant old trees and southern hospitality.  Her love of interior design springs from her lifelong passion for creative arts.  Hannah’s childhood dance studies took her all the way to the Joffrey Ballet in NYC.  After earning a BA in Theater Design from Barnard College, she designed sets and props for small theater productions in New York and San Francisco.  She studied interior design at CCSF.  Hannah also works with drawing, jewelry making and mask making.  Her latest interest is in textile arts.  She thinks that fabric (a craft at least 10,000 years old) is a tactile antidote to the warp speed of modern technology. It is a thrilling time to be thinking about design.  The emphasis on local craft makers and sustainability has reinvigorated the field with a lively sense of connection.   Working with Sarah  and Brie at Bashford Design in the heart of San Francisco is a dream job...

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How To: Create an Outdoor Lounge with Storage

How To: Create an Outdoor Lounge with Storage

Many San Francisco city dwellers are usually challenged with lack of storage. With such little space to store the essentials, it’s hard to find a place to store bins full of holiday decorations, tools, costumes, etc. If you are fortunate enough to have an outdoor space, you want to be able to enjoy it rather than use it as a place to stack storage bins and boxes. One way to enjoy your outdoor space while using it for storage is to create an outdoor lounge that incorporates storage. In furniture stores these days, you will find lots of outdoor modular sofa sets that can be arranged in a variety of ways to fit in your space. Below is an example from Crate&Barrel of several modular pieces put together to create an outdoor sectional. You can create a similar look to the above outdoor sectional by building storage benches that also act as modular seats, seat backs, and sofa arms. In the below image, you will see an outdoor sectional made up of nine storage boxes. Four large storage benches act as the base of the sectional. Those were built to be wide, deep and tall enough to each fit two medium sized plastic storage bins. Four long and narrow storage benches sit on top of the base storage benches to act as the sectional seat backs. Those were built to store tools, cans of excess paint, home improvement supplies, and small plastic storage boxes filled with small items. The tall and deep storage box at the bottom left corner acts as the sofa arm. This was built to store the...

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