California designer Shiree Hanson Segerstrom's weekly tips for decorating, gardening, and stylish living

Friday, April 29, 2011


Here are a few vintage gardening images that I thought my readers might enjoy.  I don't know about you, but I'm chomping at the bit for warmer gardening weather.  While it's sunny in Northern California today, it is uncommonly chilly for this time of year.  These and more to come will be available at my new online design store S.S.HOME.








Friday, April 22, 2011

Here comes Peter C.

Just a quick Easter wish to my Joy of Nesting readers.  I hope your Easter weekend is filled with good food, good family and friends, and lovely mild spring weather.






















Please take the little tour below of some spring greenery.  I am going to do my best not eat too many chocolate Easter bunnies!

































































































Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fabric Selections for Windows and Upholstery

















There is nothing I enjoy more than designing with fabrics.  Custom upholstery, slipcovers, window treatments, bedding, and pillows are areas of specialization for my design firm. 

This particular project above is for a Land Park client.  Her house is wonderful and classic. The sofa fabrics are to the far right and are solid mint green and cream and mint leopard.  The dining room curtains are the mint and cream zebra linen, and the dining room chair cushions are a textured brick shown at right with a contrasting leopard welt.  The lovely Kravet cream and brick geometric linen is for the living room curtains.

















A bedroom just begs for blue, the most restful color of all.  Because we are working around a butter yellow area rug and a egg yolk yellow quilted headboard, I chose this quilted stripe.  My client, another Land Park resident, has a fondness for periwinkle.  Okay a slight obsession with it.  Collier Cambell floral in the center is our window treatment fabric.  The quilted stripe is our bed skirt and bed pillow.  The cream leafy upholstery fabric is the bedroom chair and the little periwinkle and cream wiggly stripe is a little kidney pillow that goes with the chair.  It really is sweet together.

















In a Sacramento living room the fabrics above work beautifully together although the picture doesn't do them justice.  The solid blue texture on the lower left is for the sofa and the cream and brick geometric print is for the its throw pillows.  The light blue striped fabric at the top of the picture is the curtains.  The yellow floral is a small armchair and the blue fabric with the yellow medallion is for a large armchair.  The Indian print at the top left is its pillow.

A tremendous amount of time goes into the planning, estimating, ordering, and creating work orders for the work rooms.  The end result is a very personal blend of colors and patterns that ties together all the elements of a room: antiques, carpets, architecture, even geography. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

"More Exciting News on the SSID Homefront"

















An exciting announcement here at Shiree Segerstrom Interior Design.  My Sonora home will be on the annual AAUW, American Association of University Women, Holiday Home Tour this December.


AAUW is a nationwide network of university women with more than 100,000 members and donors, advancing equity for women through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. 

The Annual AAUW Holiday Home Tour has been a favorite Christmas tradition in my family for years.  My home was on the tour once before, in 2001.  Visit the AAUW website to find out more about their wonderful organization.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Gone Shopping.






















I love furniture shopping for my clients.  Being a retailer for so many years has given me access to many more products than if I were just a designer.  I found this gold leaf cocktail table amongst the catalogs I ordered from my last trip to the LA Market.  The finish is stunning.


The gold leaf rectangle cocktail table is very good looking in person.  It goes well with interiors that are traditional, modern, or transitional.  Cocktail tables I find, are often too self-conscious.  Manufacturers are trying to reinvent the wheel and in reality the simpler cocktail tables are, the better.






















This mirror is perfect for over a powder room's sink, even if the reflection is somewhat distorted.






















An end table that will "recede into the background" yet provide a little "glam".  It works with retro or modern interiors.






















I am seeing these stools and bench in red silk velvet.






















This dresser can be used as a sideboard in a dining room or a media stand for a flat screen television.





















A classic star burst mirror in gold leaf makes a stunning accent piece in modern, classic interiors.






















 Etagere's are great for stacking books, framed portraits, plants, and favorite mementos you wish to display in a special way.






















If ever there was a perfect coffee table, this would be it.  Classic lines, a gold leaf finish, and two tiers for displaying books and other accessories.






















An adorable end table with gold leaf finish and three tiers of mirrors.  It is another perfectly designed piece.  Minus the plant.

Sconces enhance your architecture like few other accessories.  Use them in pairs to flank a fireplace or an important window, at least two pairs per room.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Three Words on Windows: Keep.Them.Tailored.













Unless you hire a knowledgeable designer, purchasing window treatments will likely end you up in one of two categories.  The first category is the do it yourself type via catalogs like Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware.  With the possible exception of tie on sheers, no window treatments should be bought off the rack.  They should be custom fitted and of appropriate materials and craftsmanship, equal to the quality of the home.






















The second category is designed by a professional who though well intentioned, seldom picks up a design magazine to see where trends are moving and ends up doing those overly frou frou numbers that lack any reference to current styles.  Window by Jay Jeffers.






















Window treatments should be back drops to their room.  They are most often simply designed, coordinating with the room and entire house.  They must be clean and well-kempt as a good haircut. If they are busy and frilly then they are backdrops to a busy and frilly design scheme.  Window dressings don't overpower the room or call direct attention to themselves.  They blend in like accessories.  Window Allison Paladino.


















Though I use different fabrics and trims for each client, I tend to design the same products repeatedly: board mounted valances, roman shades, stationery or functioning draperies, and woven shades. Home of luxury retailers Delphine and Reed Krakoff.

















Some simple rules apply to choosing the right style window treatment for your window.  First, I identify the "type" of treatment needed for each window. What is the window's exposure to sun, cold, and moisture?  How does the window open and close?  Do they need interlining?  Are they interesting windows or dull?  Is the view good?  Further, bedroom windows obviously have different needs than say the breakfast room where you want to peer outdoors while you eat. Window Kathryn Ireland.


















You can see that these draperies by designer Frank Roop are modern and contemporary while the draperies in the picture above it are traditional.  The trims and fabrics will often determine the style.   So, most "types" window treatments can be incorporated into a variety of decor schemes.

















Window treatments, like landscaping, should be considered into the budget straight off.  They are a major expense.  French doors and glass sliding doors almost always require draperies on a traverse rod or on "rod and ring" which means you use batons instead of pulleys to open and shut them.  Window Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

















Curtains aren't just for windows.  Used over a daybed or outdoor pavilion, draping fabric evokes feelings of protection and luxury.  Windows by Mary McDonald.


















Most custom designed valances and draperies are hung at ceiling height.  This makes a graceful statement.  All my draperies are figured at "three times fullness" and occasionally are interlined for even more body. Windows by Katie Ridder.


















The cost of window treatments per house varies dramatically but figure about $50,000 for a 4,000 square foot house.  Figuring them into the building costs of the house, the way you do landscaping is one option of making sure your home won't be obviously missing something.  Windows Tom Scheerer.






















Window treatments should be addressed after construction has ended, during the decorating phase of purchasing furniture and fabrics.  Allow several months for the process which consists of design, ordering, fabrication, and installation.  As with all custom products, custom window treatments are prone to delays and alterations.  A good designer will minimize those frustrations, delivering an overall beautiful and satisfying end result! Windows Steven Gambrel.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Pattern, Color, and Design Trends...the New "British Cozy"


















Design trends are currently moving in several different directions.  One look I'm quite enamored with is a mix of fabric patterns intermingled with mismatched colors.  This "homely" look brings to mind the comfort of British decorating. I've coined this style British Cozy.

Daniel Sachs designed this most interesting room above.


















Timothy Corrigan designed the loosely styled room above.  The strong, unselfconscious mix of pattern and color is where styles are moving.  Keeping the scale large on furniture and accessories gives the rooms I'm featuring today their updated appeal.  Even though the fabrics are retro looking the rooms look up to date because of the scale of the individual pieces.


















This room above by Cathy Triant reminds me of those pastel colored macaroons that are so popular right now.  Again the reason this room looks so fresh and up to date is the over sized scale of the pieces.  Multi-colored schemes are tough to pull off.  Choosing colors in a similar value, the same lightness or darkness, keeps the room from getting too busy.


















Suzanne Coleman did this simple space.  Red, pink, and blue with accents of black and white.  It's the orderliness and lack of matchy matchy colors that makes it appealing.


















Alex Papachristidis is one of my favorite designers right now.  If only my California clients would let me do this for them!  Alas, most of them are afraid of so much pattern and busyness.  This room hints at Eastern Indian styles.

 
















Rafael De Cardenas designed the room above.  The colors are phenomenal.  Lavender is a color requiring some confidence.  It hints at royalty. Lavender is a mix of blue, red, and white and is both warm and cool.






















This light filled room is by San Francisco designer Ken Fulk.  It's a masculine space with some terrific large scale pieces.  I'm not sure when it was done but this space if pretty timeless.






















Charlotte Moss Decorates is a book I'm recommending to friends and readers.  It is published by Rizolli.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thank you C Magazine!























Thank you C Magazine for publishing my Sacramento favorites! C is one of my favorite reads right now!


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