Heather and Dave’s Eclectic Enclave

published Mar 17, 2015
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Surprising uses of wallpaper and fabric — from the glamorous palm wallpaper in the kitchen to the African wax cloth curtains in the dining room to the vintage Moroccan wedding blanket fashioned into a headboard in the master bedroom — play a big role in creating this home’s unique visual texture.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Gypset mixed with old Palm Springs glamour.

Inspiration: My biggest inspirations always come from fashion — color palettes, textures, layering, accessorizing. It really can translate to home decor. And then fabric stores and flea markets. I also have to admit I love looking at design magazines — Elle Decor, World of Interiors, and my all time favorite was the now defunct NEST — I saved all the issues.

Favorite Element: Fabrics and wallpaper. I would wallpaper and change drapery constantly if I allowed myself. Also, light fixtures — I have a slight problem with this one! Too many!

Biggest Challenge: Paint colors!! So easy to make mistakes, just the slightest change makes the difference between fantastic or blah. I am never happy with colors I choose.

What Friends Say: That my house feels so warm and inviting. And that there is so much to look at, which I translate into cluttered and then try and clean stuff out!

Proudest DIY: I was very fortunate that my grandmother taught me how to sew so that I can make my own draperies. They are not complicated designs by any means, but being able to do it yourself really frees you up on the possibilities. Readymade ones are never very satisfying!

Biggest Indulgence: The kitchen wallpaper. I had wanted it since working at Sloan Miyasato (an Interior Design showroom in the Showplace Design Center-SF) a million years ago. It took many years, but as soon as I had my own place and could afford it I went back and ordered some for the kitchen. Sadly, this paper is no longer available, so it will never leave my kitchen as long as I am here!

Best Advice: Always trust your gut, and this one I have trouble with — edit. Also, don’t be afraid to mix the high with the low. You can cheat on some things,, and then splurge on others.

Dream Sources: Places I don’t shop, but if I were a fancy lady: JF Chen in LA, Venfield or Flair in NY.

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Thanks, Heather & Dave!

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Re-edited from a post originally published 1.15.13 – JL