We've got a pretty exciting announcement!  Well, a few of them actually.  If you follow RBD on Instagram then you're in the know that a couple of months ago I bought a fixer upper in Silverlake and have launched into a full scale remodel (IG hashtag #rbdmulberryhouse.)  

I named my home Mulberry House because of the beautiful giant old white mulberry tree that dominates the back yard and provides lovely shade from the California sun.  I'll write another post another day showing you all the before photos and how wild and let go the entire property was when I found it.  Also you guys ... the whirlwind of emotions that came along with buying a house for my son and I, all on my own, after a divorce and the slow ensuing process of rebuilding my life and career in the aftermath!

But back to this announcement.  So simultaneously as the house purchase was happening I had a client project get published in the August issue of Better Homes & Gardens magazine (eek!), and in becoming friends with my lovely editor over there, we hatched the idea of partnering RBD with BH&G to cover the remodel of my own house!

So here's the word:  Better Homes & Gardens magazine will be following and documenting my entire renovation from start to finish (they've already begun), to be published in BH&G magazine next Spring (dear Lord please let us be all done by then) as a multi-part series of articles about how an interior designer renovates her own home step-by-painstaking-step.

Here's the idea ... and all the moodboards I made for BH&G when I was pitching the project.  The home is a 1930s Craftsman bungalow and I of course want to honor the vintage home vibes. So my design direction will be "modern farmhouse," with all the modern amenities but also lots of rustic materials that look like they might've been there for 80 years, even though the house is literally stripped down to the studs right now and every single finish will actually be brand new.  I don't want it to look brand new ... I want it to look and feel perfectly aged and comfy and worn-in and like a family home that has known years and years of love, because that's how we intend to live in it :)

Much, MUCH more to come as this project progresses.  We're at the very beginning.  Can't wait to bring you along for the ride!



Over the past year we've been hard at work on our #rbdsilverlakemodern project for a stylish bachelor in the Silverlake Hills. The house was a new contemporary build when he moved in and like most contractor spec houses it needed a bit of personalizing.  We took the builder grade master bath from blah to BLUE (sneak peek down below) and did a bit more reconfiguring and remodeling in the kitchen and dining room before we got down to the decorating.  

For the bedding, we wanted some deep indigos and charcoals for a masculine vibe, which we knew had to be paired with some lighter stone and off white/greys for contrast or the whole thing would skew too dark.  The other important factory to keep it from feeling heavy with texture, texture, texture.  Here are some inspiration bedrooms and the finds that topped our shopping list.

My Domain

Emily Henderson

Amber Lewis

We bought and really love these linen sheets in the perfect Indigo chambray duvet by Cultiver (sheet set below.) They're perfection. (TIP: CB2 has a budget version.) 

(This duvet I have in my own bedroom)




 And as promised here's a little master bath sneak peek ... this navy blue tile runs floor to ceiling and the transformation was dramatic, I promise you that :) 



Well we gave you the lead in a few months back, but we never showed you the final reveal of Melanie Burstin's home makeover featured on Emily's blog.

It seems fitting to do that now, since Melanie was my very first design assistant extraordinaire and worked with me for a couple of years before moving on to Emily's firm and then most recently branching out on her own as a fully fledged designer.  Exciting Mel!

So here are all the "befores" and the glorious "afters."  Yes, that's a Clad Home custom walnut wood sofa that we designed while Mel was still at Clad and RBD.

Mel is the queen of effortless California cool with her neutral palettes and penchant for mid-century design.

Also pretty excited to let you know that Mel's boyfriend Blake Beaudette is a talented contemporary potter (notice all of his great pieces filling their bookshelves)  and we now carry his original works in Clad Home!

That's a pretty great apartment Mel!  

Congratulations on your new solo career, we know you'll go far!



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