If you've ever stepped foot into Swallowtail in Russian Hill, you've no doubt been impressed with Sheri Sheridan's way with decor. The store's co-owner (who is also an interior designer) opened the doors of her equally stunning Oakland home to Sunset Magazine, and passed along some decorating rules to live by, too... Sheridan mixes high and low pieces that together create a glamorous space with a comfortable feel. She's got some good tips for saving cash, such as salvaging items and using mis-mixed paint , as well as ways to spend the big bucks (investing in original art, good quality furniture, etc). Read them all here.
Images: Thomas J. Story, Jess Chamberlain