Hello loves.  It's always ultra exciting to finally get to reveal a finished project to you, the culmination of months (sometimes a year+) of work.  It's pretty much the day that every designer lives for.

So this week Homepolish published a tour of a seriously beautiful double bathroom remodel we did for a client last summer.  We completely transformed the master bath and the guest bath in a 1930s home, and believe me what we started out with was very dark, very cramped, and very uninviting.  It was one of those remodels where we took everything down to the studs, changed layouts, and started fresh.  The result?

AND this is only the master.  There's a whole second bathroom that has an entirely different vibe because it was designed with our client's teenage son in mind.  It's very "apothecary masculine" and I love it.  That tour is up next so be sure to check back ...

I'll be back with the real "behind the scenes" stuff ... the before and during photos, the victories and mistakes, and of course all the sources ... cuz I'm cool with you like that :)



In the early days of my design career I worked in an architecture firm that specialized in "green" design, and what I learned there formed the basis for a lot of what I do in my work to this day.  When handling remodels and new construction I try to take the more ecologically sound route whenever possible, and of course there is a LOT of application for this approach in the furniture design business as well.

So here's a little primer on what makes Clad Home furniture one of the safest and greenest choice you can bring into your home.

There are basically two categories of impact to consider when we're talking about this stuff:  the eco-personal and the eco-global.

How safe, non-toxic, and free from harmful off-gassing chemicals is the product I'm working with?  In other words, is it bad for my health and my personal surroundings?

What's the environmental impact of the production, transport, use, and eventual disposal of the product I'm working with?  In other words, is it bad for the environment at large?

In the upholstery business the main eco-culprits are the carbon footprint of an item (i.e. was it made locally or did it ship from China) and the chemicals used to treat the foam and fabric, namely nasty flame-retardant chemicals known to pose a myriad of health risks such as cancer, and the disruption of hormones and brain development.  Yikes!

We're happy to share that Clad Home sofas and upholstery come up winners on both the eco-personal AND the eco-global counts.  Our furniture is all made in LA under ethical work and environmental conditions.  And it contains no flame-retardant chemicals or other chemical additives.  Our foam is sourced locally in southern California from a manufacturer that does not use flame-retardants.  Ever.

Without sending you back to high school organic chemistry class, it’s also worth mentioning that our foam manufacturing process reuses the CO2 (a chemically inert gas that is a byproduct created at other points during production) as the "blowing agent” required for making foam, instead of using other ozone-depleting, cancer causing chemicals that have long been the industry standard.

Likewise for the fabrics we offer.  They're milled locally and are never treated with toxic flame-retardant chemicals.  Some of our fabrics such as the Key Largo line even come from an Okeo-Tex certified mill that refrains from using harmful chemicals at any point in the dying and manufacturing process of their fabrics.
I'm often asked by clients if we can treat their sofa with a ScotchGard anti-stain treatment before it leaves our factory.  But we don't, because once again we run up against some big big eco-issues.  ScotchGard has been so pervasively used for the past 40 years that it's become a common household verb.  Unfortunately it contains an artificially made group of chemicals and compounds (perfluourochemicals) that simply don't degrade in nature, they just build up, and as a result they've now been found to contaminate pretty much all human tissue (yes that means you and I) and are even found in eagle, mink, and polar bear populations as far away as Antarctica.  Double yikes.

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Lastly, while it's nice to know that at Clad Home we're not dousing our foam or fabrics with lots of extra toxic chemicals, it bears mentioning that standard polyurethane foam is a petroleum-based product, which brings us back full circle in the eco-equation .  Poly foam (and plywood, paints, stains, particle board, and just about everything used in the mainstream building industry) will off-gas VOCs (volatile organic compounds) to varying degrees.  So if you're searching for the very "greenest" alternative to standard polyurethane foam, it will always be natural latex foam that is derived from the sap of the rubber tree.  Not synthetic man-made latex mind you...both exist and you should know that the  "memory" latex foams out there are petroleum based and just as toxic and off gassing (if not more so) than standard polyurethane foam.  But NATURAL latex foam is completely "green" and non-toxic and is by far the safest option available.  It's also a bit pricey, roughly doubling the cost of a sofa, but we can and do build furniture with natural latex foam on request.  Lastly, don't be fooled by some of the "greenwashing" marketing claims out there about soy-based foam.  In the final analysis none of these foams contain more than 10% soy and could be much more accurately called "polyurethane foam with a touch of soy for marketing purposes only."

Hit us up to find out more (and don't even get us started on your bedroom mattress ... we can help you sort that one out too!)

Hope this helps de-mystify some of the ins and outs of non-toxic furniture building.  

Thanks for reading ... I'm sure it was my most gripping design post ever :)


I recently made the move from the Hollywood Hills back to Silverlake, which has always been the apple of my eye in terms of LA neighborhoods.  We are back in our extremely walkable, family friendly, people-oriented 'hood and setting up home in a 1930s Spanish bungalow surrounded by gardens and views of palm-lined hilltops at sunset.  Geographically, happy as can be.  Personally and emotionally, you may have guessed that it involved a break-up and a fair amount of sadness and heartache.  All in the midst of the busiest time in my career and the moment-to-moment joy of mothering of my bright and precious little boy (3-year-olds slow down for no one :)  Life just takes these unexpected turns and sometimes it's all you can do just to keep up, you know?  I've been pretty open about my life on this blog in the past, so I wanted to put this out there to fill you in.  Without getting too deep, this was truly nothing that I saw coming, not by a long shot, but here I am, adjusting to my new normal and taking lots of deep breaths.  All is well, of course, and onward and upward is really the only way to do this.

So yes, I'm nesting again and settling in to a new life, and I found myself in need of a fun living room rug.  You'll be seeing the reveal of my cute Silverlake bungalow in the not-too-distant future :)  I set myself a goal of finding something wooly and tribal in roughly 8x10 or larger for right around $500 ... NOT the easiest task!  Rugs can be prohibitively expensive and since I don't carry them yet at Clad Home (it'll happen at some point) I was pretty much in the same boat on my search as all of you are.

Here's the basic vibe I'm after in my living room ... layered neutrals, lots of textiles, white backdrop, lots of natural light, some plants, warm wood tones, and a beautiful Clad Home sofa I designed just for this space and stuck a sleeper in because we don't have a guest room (this sofa and a bunch of new styles we're coming out with will be up on the website very soon, by the way.)

My living room already has a very large natural wool rug in a neutral beige tone, and I needed something with some pattern to layer on top.  So I searched around and came up with a handful of options, and then used my old trick of ordering multiple rugs on Overstock to try out and return (for free) the ones that didn't work.  Any of these would also work great layered over a sisal or jute rug.

This rug seemed like a good contender.  I needed something that would give me enough contrast against the beige wool backdrop, and bring some much needed pattern into the picture ...

In person I liked the pattern and all the tones in this rug a lot ...

This rug has been on my Pinterest boards forever.  It's a great neutral wool kilim rug that adds pattern in a perfect subtle way, and the variation of colors in the weave of the wool is really beautiful ...

I'd had such good success with this well-priced rug that I used in my Little Tokyo Loft project that I added it to the order as well.  I had the benefit of knowing that it's not really gold in person, it's a much better neutral beige tone, and I love all the little black accents throughout ...

Having always loved Moroccan style Beni Ourain rugs, this shaggy wool rug looked great to me.

And another affordable Beni Ourain option ...

I'm including this rug that was actually cancelled from my order because it went out of stock before it shipped, but these things always come and go and come again, so you might find it in stock at a later date.  I didn't see it in person, but it had good reviews, I liked the pattern, the price was very right, and I'm betting it could be good ...

This neutral tribal motif rug is gorgeous, I think ... 

Basically, there were zero out-and-out rejects in this whole group, which is why I'm psyched to be able to share a selection of really decent, really affordable neutral wool rugs with you.  Not the easiest thing to come by!  They were ALL very attractive and I would definitely have used any of them for the right project.  But since I could only pick one ...

The shaggy diamond pattern wool rug was the clear winner for me.  It's well-made, with so much beautiful texture.  Notice how even the flat-woven background of the rug has a small tight diamond pattern to it?  The two-tone tassels are beautiful as well.  I feel like this rug gives me the whole Moroccan Beni Ourain flavor that I love (which always cost well over $1000 and usually that x4) with the added benefit of being more kid-friendly because it's not a purely white background.

Sorry for the cropped-in teaser shots :)  Many more photos to come as soon as I have my house all finished up and ready to reveal.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.



Psyched to share this pretty home that debuted recently in Domino and features a few custom Clad Home pieces.

The spaces were designed by Natalie Myers who turned to us to make the custom linen sofa, ottoman, and groovy walnut wood ottoman topper.

First of all, that cement fireplace tile is off the hook.  It's got enough pattern to be really interesting, but the muted palette keeps it from feeling overly busy.  Nice one.

Here's the Clad Home sofa, upholstered in our "Pauline Pearl" which is a super durable linen-poly blend that manages to look airy and elegant while being tough enough to stand up to the hazards of family life.  I mean, WHO could tell those doggies to keep off the sofa!?  Better to just pick a fabric that can take it and then relax :)

The walnut wood grain topper can be slid on and off of the ottoman ...

African mud cloth textiles: check.  (If you're watching either of my Instagram feeds, which is where waaaay more of my design sharing is happening right now, then you know I'm obsessed.  Follow RBD and CladHome to keep up :)


The kids spaces in this home are great ... especially the tipi!

And the pattern on the walls ...

 This is the little wood and metal bookshelf we made for the nursery ...

The kitchen and dining nook are no less beautiful than the rest of the house ...

Those lanterns!  Watch for one of these babies to make an appearance above a beautiful master bath tub in one of my current projects ...

(all photos Amy Bartlam)

And that's a wrap.  Sweet house, no?  I love how warm and layered it feels even set against the bright white backdrop.  Just this week I was just working on convincing some clients of mine who LOVE COLOR that white walls is really the way to go.  Let it be the canvas upon which you layer rugs, textiles like plenty of throws and pillows, and interesting textures in the form of baskets, leather, woven window coverings, a sheepskin here and there ... this house is the perfect testament to just how well this can work.



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