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

Friday, December 30, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Designer Spotlight






















Anh-Minh Le, the freelance reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle, wrote my Designer Spotlight this week.  Anh-Minh, who often reports on interior design and lifestyle related topics has a distinctive, sophisticated style.  She pays attention to detail and her writing always reflects current trends.

Photographer Stephen Lam was so patient, taking me through at least 300 shots before deciding on the 'er, unintentionally aeronautical inspired one above.  My beautiful, thoughtful, and very stylish publicist Lauren Eastman took great care in styling the shots and arranging all the details of the feature.

 To glean some inspiring decorating tips and sources, and to see the full article click on Designer Spotlight above.  Thank you to Anh-Minh, Stephen, Lauren, and the Chronicle for the fabulous feature.  I am incredibly grateful to work with such professionals.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Last of Summer's Roses






















We had guests to dinner on the 23rd, a little pre-Christmas celebration with dear friends.  I made three quiche with turkey Kielbaska, red bell pepper, green onions, and sharp cheddar cheese.  I also made sauteed green beans with garlic and a salad of fresh spinach, Napa cabbage, oranges, red onion, champagne vinaigrette, and lots of fresh ground sea salt and pepper.  I baked anise and almond biscotti for dessert, a recipe from my former office manager Debbie, and afterward we sipped Mariage Freres English Earl Grey tea.

I thought you would enjoy seeing the last of the summer roses in small trifle dishes which I used as centerpieces for the dinner.  The gorgeous mercury glass jar and candle from Anthropologie were a gift from David's daughter Ashley.  Love, love, love! 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas in the Mountains... Simple, Rustic Holiday Decorating






















When my clients Leonora and Randall agreed to allow their beautiful home to be on the Association of American University Women's annual Christmas home tour, we were all thrilled.  The home was a big tour hit this year.  In anticipation of the event, Leonora, Randall, David, and I took an afternoon together to go shopping for Christmas decorations and have lunch.  Lamp Jamie Young, sofa Lee Industries, coffee table, Buus, custom fringed throw pillows SSID.






















The day before the tour, Leonora set out the accessories we had purchased, her beautiful tablecloth found on a trip to Florence, and we did fresh arrangements of greenery with olive, manzanita, and pomegranate from the home's beautiful property.






















Leonora found these wonderful pillows that are a "just right" touch to her home.  Woven chairs by Mainly Baskets, seat fabrics Lee Industries, curtain fabric Fabricut, throw pillows Restoration Hardware.






















Every little nook of Leonora's home has a skylight, gorgeous subtle plaster, and hand painted 'trompe l'oeil.






















This objet d'art, I think, is an antique olive oil jar.






















The fireplace is the one remaining feature in this completely remodeled, custom home.  Painting by California artist, Leslie Hurst.























Detail of tablecloth and salad plate.  Dining room chair, Buus.























Built-in hutch and curved niche.  Black ware vase from Mexico.






















Gorgeous area rug in the entry, presided over by Mac, a sweet shelter dog recently adopted.


Monday, December 12, 2011

"Christmas Home Tour for AAUW", pictures galore and behind the scene stories.




















On Saturday December third I had 300 guests trudge through my home.  It was for a good cause: The Association of American University Women's annual Christmas home tour which raises funds for women's educational scholarships.






















The weather was glorious.  Chilly but sunny, the perfect day for a Christmas tour.






















In decorating this year, I used lots of red grosgrain ribbon, fresh cut manzanita, toyon, and dusty old pine cones that have been in my basement since before we moved in.






















Reindeer moss in the base of the topiary pots.  It is the most gorgeous green and when placed next to red, its instant Christmas.  Pine cones around the center piece add a natural, offhanded element.






















Pine cones in a sweet little antique China tea cup on a vintage cherub sconce.











































My 27 year old son Christian decorated the tree with ornaments his dad and I collected since before he was born.  Each one is a little reminder of holidays past.






















An Eiffel tour hidden behind silver beaded garlands and fir branches.






















A little iron, hand painted Santa sits in the morning sun atop our Christmas pop up books.
































































Above and below are the master bedroom, decorated simply with blue china pieces and Christmas themed greenery.











































Manzanita on a vintage sconce in the master bedroom.






















The dressing table in the master bedroom.






















Santa Teddy, the guest room resident.
































































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Friday, December 9, 2011

Santa Baby, Hurry Down the Chimney Tonight


















Holiday shopping online has never been a big favorite for me.  I need the tactical satisfaction that comes from handling merchandise before purchasing.  I did, however, have some fun this year perusing two favorite websites: One Kings Lane and 1st Dibs .























Who doesn't need a vintage crown or bizarre, er bazaar mirror.




I love this embossed pitcher which can double as a vase...

 




and these Fleur candelabras.


This secretary is Baroque.





This bottle and basket are French.  I love re-purposing rustic French pieces.


I think this Neoclassical Gustavian daybed would work in my master bedroom.

A pair of lovely gilt sconces.

This pair of French faux basket weave jardinieres would be adorable under my covered patio.


A great hammered trophy bowl for chilling wine or holding my collection of old pine cones.



A great pair of Jacobean armchairs.


Milou mirror by Hubert le Gall.






If I really have to choose just one among these treasures, it will be this Napoleon III birdcage.

I adore this Prattware pitcher.

Is this the most adorable dining room table you have seen?  It is a Wendell Castle.


Tramp art always makes a nice conversation piece.


Spanish buffet with beautiful, intricate designs.  Santa Baby, hurry down the chimney tonight.

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