Echo Antiques - Santa Cruz

Echo Antiques in Santa Cruz has a fantastic selection of furniture at great prices. I saw a couple great pieces that were fun and could be great as is or painted.

Happy, Happy, Happy! The Happiest Tole Table
A riot of California Poppies!
Circa 1960s. 41" glass top
Circa 1930s/1940s
70" H x 36" W x 18" D


2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Always an inspiring event - 2010 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

May 1 through May 31
Located at 3450 Washington Street (between Walnut and Laurel Streets)

Tuesday, Wednesday,Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (last entry)
Thursday & Friday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (last entry)
Sunday and Memorial Day: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm (last entry)
Monday: Closed (except Memorial Day)

Available at the door
General Admission $30, Seniors $25 (62 and older)
Tickets are not available in advance
They accept payment by cash, check, VISA and MasterCard


One Counter...Two Bathrooms

We redid a fantastic master bathroom, changed the floor plan by moving the shower, eliminating a bath tub and creating a private water closet. We picked out a fantastic Silestone counter top in Grey Amazon. There was enough counter top left over for a small bathroom counter so we did a mini-makeover on the guest bathroom and changed lighting, counter, sink, toilet, floor tile, new cabinet fronts, repainted with new hardware. Both bathrooms have a completely different feel even though we used the same counter top and same floor tile.

Master Bathroom - Double Sink

Tile Detail

Water Closet - with floor to ceiling storage.

Guest Bathroom- Same Counter; Different Feel


Dining by Design 2009

If you love to decorate or entertain here's an event you shouldn't miss! Diffa's Dining by Design 2009 is just 2 weeks away. An over-the-top celebration of all things tabletop! DINING BY DESIGN brings together established talent, budding artists, and celebrated individuals to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire, and delight.

The 2009 event will be November 18-19 at the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams Street. These tables are always a show stopper and worth a gander. If you want more of an experience check out the website or see details below.
Wednesday, November 18th; 6:00pm-10:00pm
This party sets the stage for Thursday night's gala as designers and guests mingle and preview the installations as they sip signature drinks from Stolichnaya elit and Castello di Gabbiano wines paired with tastes from San Francisco's top restaurants.

Thursday, November 19th; 6:30pm-11:00pm
Cocktails and table hopping, followed by a seated dinner, dancing, and dessert.


Fall Interior Decorating Classes (Oakland)

If you could use a little help decorating or maybe you just need a fresh perspective, consider taking this fall series of classes with my friend and design colleague Danielle Fox. Courses are held at SLATE art & design gallery in the Temescal district of Oakland. Space is limited to ten students per course and a minimum of four registrations are required for a course to run.
  • identify and develop your personal style
  • spruce up your home before the holidays
  • enjoy twelve hours of presentations, discussion, and individual and group exercises based on one of your favorite topics, all for the price of two hours of professional design consulting
  • benefit from a professional’s experience, expertise, and extensive resource library
  • complete the course with a comprehensive room design that reflects your own personal taste and lifestyle, for a fraction of the price of hiring a designer
Weekly Topics
  1. Aspirational Style / Style Categories / Materials and Motifs
  2. Reality: Context and Lifestyle / Performing a Design Review
  3. Space Planning, Furniture Scale and Proportion
  4. Project Managent and Budgeting
  5. Shopping - online, retail, trade, custom, vintage
  6. Color Schemes, Fabrics, Windows
  7. Art and accessories - the final balancing
  8. Sharing Room Designs

Fridays 10-11:30 AM
October 9–December 4
(no meeting Thanksgiving week)
Please let us know if you would prefer another day, evening, or weekend schedule.
Alternate classes can be formed.
$250 for eight meetings. Receive a $25 discount for each friend you refer.

Danielle Fox, Danielle Fox Design
4770 Telegraph Ave & 48th Oakland
O (510) 444-4085
C (510) 325-6659