Modern Kidney Sofa

As we brush off the grey modernism that has captivated us these past few years and begin to introduce a splash of color and form to our interiors, the kidney sofa is the perfect solution. Known for their unique shape and style, we are loving the kidney sofa for three main reasons: color, form, and a hint of sophisticated glamour!

 Color: Bye bye greys - hello color!  Available in a wide variety of colors and shades, the kidney sofa can add a pop of color to any space. Whether it’s a deep shade of blue to offset a range of whites, or a rich copper tone to accent detailed millwork, the possibilities are endless.

Color: Bye bye greys - hello color!

Available in a wide variety of colors and shades, the kidney sofa can add a pop of color to any space. Whether it’s a deep shade of blue to offset a range of whites, or a rich copper tone to accent detailed millwork, the possibilities are endless.

 Style: A touch of glamour  Our favorite aspect of the kidney sofa is the way that it calls back to the glamourous, yet chic 1940’s. Its curving lines and elongated look transform a space into one of sophistication and class.

Style: A touch of glamour

Our favorite aspect of the kidney sofa is the way that it calls back to the glamourous, yet chic 1940’s. Its curving lines and elongated look transform a space into one of sophistication and class.

 Form: With lines like this...  The kidney sofa can hold its own in even the most eclectic of rooms. Its unique form and simplified curves make it an unforgettable focal point that draws the eye’s attention immediately.   

Form: With lines like this...

The kidney sofa can hold its own in even the most eclectic of rooms. Its unique form and simplified curves make it an unforgettable focal point that draws the eye’s attention immediately.

 

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Bring in the Spring! Our Favorite Indoor Plants

Despite the rain, we’re noticing a slight change of weather here in the Bay.  The days are getting longer and we’re trading our coats and scarves for t-shirts and sandals.  Spring must be on its way!  To welcome in this beautiful transition season, we are going green and sharing our 5 favorite indoor plants.  Indoor plants are not only a great way to bring color and life to a room, but they also can help reduce stress and filter pollutants from the air.  All they require is soil, sunlight and water.   

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Monstera Deliciossa

Favored by the French artist Henri Matisse, the Monstera Deliciossa is a beautiful tropical plant with large, split leaves and a strong personality.  If well cared for and given the space, Monstera Delicioussa’s can grow over 10 feet in height!  Because of their tall height and bold form, Monstera Delicioussa’s work beautifully as statement plants, and can hold their own in a planter placed on the ground.  Monstera Deliciossa’s flourish in well-lit areas and need to be watered once a week.  

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String of Pearls

These plants have unique, long tendrils with spheres growing from them, mimicking the look of a pearl necklace.  The long, overflowing tendrils make this plant truly eye catching and ideal for hanging.  Originating from the desert, the spheres are not pearls but are actually tiny containers that encapsulate water.  Hang one of these close to a window and give it minimal water in cactus soil, and watch it thrive!

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Aloe Vera

Aloe vera grows beautiful long stalks in shades of teal and green.  We love aloe vera because it is easy to care for and can be picked and used for its medicinal properties.  Small aloe vera plants can be placed on dining tables, bedside tables, and coffee tables, while larger plants can hold their own on the floor.  Aloe vera plants flourish with minimal water and bright sunlight.  

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Heart Leaf Philodendron

Heart leaf philodendrons have a distinctive heart shape in their deep green leaves and make beautiful table and hanging plants.  These plants do well in sunlight but can also survive in lower lighting conditions, making them suitable to a variety of locations in the house.  

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Bird of Paradise

Last but definitely not least, the bird of paradise is a large, tropical plant that can add a burst of life and playfulness to your living room or bedroom.  The large, bold leaves and tall height makes the plant a great statement piece for a room. In optimal conditions, these large plants can bloom orange and white flowers.  Birds of Paradise thrive in bright sunlight and humidity, with plenty of water.  

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Romantic Red Rooms

Happy Valentines Day!  To celebrate this glamorous and whimsical holiday, we’re sharing our favorite romantic spaces that showcase the color RED.


Red is bold, unapologetic, and enticing, which can make it a daring color to use in the home.  But when used appropriately, it can give a space an undeniable allure.  

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How to Select the Perfect Artwork for your Home

Selecting artwork for the home can be an overwhelming process because the options are endless and quality artwork is a costly investment.  Thankfully, you don’t need to be the next Picasso to choose that perfect, stunning piece for your home!  See our tried and true tips below.

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Consider What is There

Walk through the existing space.  Are you wanting artwork for a cozy, intimate bedroom or a busy kitchen?  Is the space sleek and modern or traditional?  Take note of the colors, patterns, and textures you have in your room, and the feeling you want the space to evoke.  For Brazil, we paired this contemporary painting with the living room because the swirling black strokes echoed the large candelabras, and the blue and pink shapes added a pop of soft color.

Choose the Right Visual Movement

Visual movement is a term tossed around by artists that refers to the direction your eyes move while looking at a painting (it’s also a great way to sound intellectual and impress your artsy friends at museums.)  Visual movement is influenced by line, shape, and texture, but also the orientation of a painting.  The contemporary acrylic painting on the left has a strong vertical movement, so it draws the eye from the couch and up the wall to the beautiful exposed wooden beams above.  By contrast, the soft red and pink painting on the right has less visual movement and tends to keep the eye in the middle of the painting.  If you have a long, narrow space, consider a painting with horizontal movement that moves the eye through the space.  If you have a space with high ceilings or beautiful exposed elements above, consider a painting with vertical movement that brings the eye up the wall and to the ceiling.  

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Go Big or Go Home

Another important thing to consider in selecting artwork is size.  We’ve noticed that people tend to choose artwork that is too small for a space, and leaves the wall feeling vacant.  A large painting may not be appropriate for a cluttered or very small space but in general, don’t be afraid to go big!  Especially for contemporary artwork, bigger is almost always better.

Expand Your Interest

There is no need to limit yourself to just paintings!  Sculpture, pottery, and even custom lighting pieces can all be great ways to add character, form, and color to a space.  

If selecting artwork is still overwhelming to you and the looking at a Picasso makes your brain contort like a cubist painting, it may help to hire a professional.  Here at Park and Pacific, we love finding artwork for our clients and can help you find the perfect piece for your space.

Design for the Bay

These past few weeks we’ve grabbed our passports and travelled around the world to Japan, Denmark, and France to get a taste for what design philosophies are like in different countries.  We’ve visited très chic French family homes, minimalist Japanese gardens, and cozy Danish interiors.  But what about our own design philosophy here in the bay?  Here at Park and Pacific, we pull from the influences of places and people from our travels and research, but in a way that is unique to the needs of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Hella Hygge

Hygge is the Danish term for “coziness and comfort that encourages connection and well being.”  In the Bay Area, where life is often fast paced and high-tech, it’s important to have spaces that bring people back to comfort, connection, and well being.  This living room from our remodel project in Tiburon provides all three.  The richly colored ornamental rug and swinging chair full of pillows give comfort, the large sectional sofa encourages connection and the natural light and beautiful, expansive view of the bay contributes the to overall the feeling of well-being.  Hygge at it’s best, Bay Area style!

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Maximizing Ma

The Japanese word “Ma” has to do with a purposeful use of “the space between.”  This can be seen in design in minimalism and intentional use of negative space, or in a lifestyle that embraces silence and pause.  In the Bay Area it is common to live lives without pause, with busy work schedules and long commute times.  A space designed with Ma can bring one back to peace, serenity, and simplicity after a hectic day.  This kitchen from our remodel at Blackhawk embraces Ma with a white color pallet and sleek, minimalist cabinets and drawers.  Imagine the serenity of coming home to this kitchen every night!

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Trending Towards Timeless

In the Bay Area, we invest heavily in our homes, so it is important that the interiors of our homes retain and even increase the value of that investment over time.  The French are masters of timeless design, because they tend to honor the bones of their existing buildings while using an eclectic mix of antique and modern materials.  At Park and Pacific, we strive for timeless design as well, by considering the history of a building and using high quality materials in an eclectic mix of styles.  This interiors project at Hillegass embraces the traditional craftsmen style of the home while using an eclectic mix of high quality mid-century and contemporary pieces.  

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