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


Easy Fall Updates

Paint. You don't have to paint an entire room but how about one accent wall or the front door. A little color can go a long ways. Think of something rich and deep. Check out Sherwin Williams SW 6321 Red Bay combined with SW 7069 Iron Horse to create a modern country update.

Pillows. Rotate pillows out or buy new pillow covers. Go for new colors, sizes and textures.

Fresh Accessorizing. Fresh flowers bring color and life while easily establishing the feeling of new season. Another option is to fill glass vases & bowls with persimmons, apples, & gourds. See my example of a fall dinner party I did for a friend's birthday.

Coziness. A warm fuzzy quilt or throw instantly calls you to come and snuggle up. Updating with new lamps or lamp shades can create warmth both during the day or when lit. A new lamp with a dark metal or wood base not only helps to anchor a room but provides an element of nature. Consider a lamp shade that is a heavy linen, a dark color or possibly gold on the inside to create a warm glowing light when turned on. (Anson Lamp from Crate & Barrel.)

Art. Change out one piece of art with a new piece that evokes a since of fall. Put away your pictures from the beach and update family pictures with last years pictures in the fall leaves, skiing, or those with hats & scarfs. Or have some fun...rake the leaves, put the kids in hats and scarves and snap some new pictures. My girls in the front yard.

A few simple, inexpensive changes can get you in the mood for any new season.


Fun Side Chairs

Totally fun side chairs from Walmart. Check out the Skyline Collection for chairs, ottomans, headboards and more. Chairs seem to range from $225-299.


Home Shopping Network - Who Knew?

Honestly I've never watched HSN the Home Shopping Network but I was flipping through the channels the other day and saw Nate Berkus promoting some very cool stuff! I decided to check it out today and found some great items from Nate and other good finds too. I guess never say never....