Adding Art to Your WERK

Hi All!  Just a quick drop in to give you a heads up about a phenomenal podcast I was recently a guest on–ARTWERK.  It’s put on by two amazingly talented and creative women, Dia Bondi and Amelia Mulkey who have made it their goal to help people bring art into life and work.


Amelia is an award winning actor/director/filmmaker and Dia is–Dia.  Even though I know what she does, I had to go to her blog to get her “official description” which says:

“Fundamentally I am a human enthusiast dedicated to a one-voice-at a time model no matter how big the project.

“For years I’ve been asking this question: What is it, exactly, that I do?  Packaged up in different projects, at the core, I improve communications and connection, one voice at a time through my work in Strategy, Narratives and Content Creation.”

This is a great summary and her skills have been used internationally by the Clinton Global Initiative and the National Governments of Brazil and Turkey as they bid for the Olympics, not to mention countless executives and businesses preparing for major presentations and events.  She has an amazing talent to help people communicate whatever message they are trying to convey.

Both of these talented and successful women agree they are in the business of telling stories and I was honored to be a part of this new venture for them.   Please check out the podcast and their past episodes which have so many gems.  Our topic focused on creative process and artistic inspiration not to mention just the value of art in life.  There are so many great takeaways for those who love creating beauty!

In addition there are a few tidbits about my previous career–I’ve decided to drop the mystery of it and start to acknowledge it more in my life.  But more on that later…For now check out ARTWERK and subscribe to the podcast.  Dia and Amelia have so much insight into how you can be your best and most effective.

Thanks for stopping by!

Client Dining Room Before and After

Hi Everyone–Happy Halloween!


I just wanted to quickly share some shots of a project I’ve been working on with a homeowner little by little for a while and we are finally starting to wrap it up a bit.  Back when I met this sweet family almost a year ago, they were wanting to reclaim their dining room.  It had been a kids play and craft area and the family wanted a mix of traditional and contemporary to host their large family gatherings but still allow some space for the kids to play and create.

Hardest of all was corralling the kids stuff.  After they did a big clean out we had some shelves custom built to hold some baskets for easy access to hide the clutter.    We are still deciding on a rug to go under the kids table and fill that end of the space so the boys can sit and wrestle and play there.

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We also added a beautiful buffet to store kids stuff as well as extra serving pieces that didn’t fit in the built ins.

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We also had shelves put into the recessed cavity of the non-working fireplace and they hold battery-operated candles which give off a warm glow and mimic an actual fire at night.

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Stil a few odds and ends to take care of but overall it’s really coming together.  One of our splurges for the space was a custom made tiger maple dining table and chairs.  The table has bread board ends to open up and seat 4 more people.  The couple really liked the brightness of the yellow of the original wall color but we did an updated version of a Craftsman frieze with this lime green print.  Bright and sunny and natural but modern at the same time.

We are gearing up for trick or treating tonight (we have a zombie, a phantom and a ninja) and are going to brave the rain to head out for a party and some treats at a big Halloween street near our house.  Hope you all have a safe and fun night!


BOLD and Some Updates

Hi Friends!

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I had a blast at the BOLD Summit last month and met so many new wonderful people and walked away with a wealth of information.  My team and I have been busy staying on top of projects and trying to implement some of the great things I picked up.  BOLD was a design business conference in Las Vegas with amazing panels and speakers and so much insight into the business of design.

I heard about the BOLD Summit from Julia Molloy who owns it and put it together.  I heard about Julia a couple of years ago while reading Lauren Liess’s blog and she talked about all the wonderful things Julia did for her business.  Last year I signed up for Julia’s help and things have been steadily growing ever since.  I can’t recommend her enough.  Getting my entrepreneur skills and strategies down is by far for me the hard part of interior decorating.  The BOLD Summit was another big step forward.

This grainy cell phone pic has all the masters who spoke at the conference:  BOLD Summit Masters

Masters from left to right:  Mario Buatta, Vicente Wolf, Richard Landry and Clodagh.  Also present, designer Roger Thomas and organizer and design business guru Julia Molloy.

I won’t go on and on about the BOLD Summit but meeting and sharing a powerful moment with Clodagh was the highlight for me!

Now just some fun pics:

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My hotel room–off the hook!  When I opened the door the duet from Lakme was playing.  I’m not kidding…

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If I didn’t have a really alluring conference to attend I would have lain in that bed all day.

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View out of my window.  It was so sad to not have anyone to share this room with!

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Me doing my best Instagram “suck-it-in” pose before the first evening cocktail party.

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And it’s Vegas so of course there’s a 40 foot long glass dragon on the wall…

I haven’t been to Vegas in like 18 years and it was really different than the last time I was there.  :)

So after three days in Vegas it was good to come back to the uber-earthy East Bay.  A little Vegas goes a long way for me–but I really did love being there.  I went from glass dragons to checking in on my custom pieces being made for a local client.  Here are some of a bed we are having made of 200 year old reclaimed white oak by a sustainable and eco-friendly local wood shop.

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The wood is amazing–love all the wormholes–and this bed is going to be such a lovely focal point.  The construction is incredible–these guys are true artisans.

And finally while I’m pillaging my Instagram account, here is a sneak peek of a LR room I did in the spring for a client.  Hope to take real photos soon of it.


What a hodge-podge of a post!  Thanks for bearing with me.  Hope you are enjoying the beginning of the change of seasons!

Making It Happen

Hi All,

I hope you are having a great summer!  Ours has been packed full in many ways.  We just got back from a great family vacation hanging out with friends and then just the five of us tooling around the northwest.  We went to Glacier National Park and saw the remaining glaciers there (they’re melting fast so if you want to actually see glaciers at GNP go soon!).  We also saw grizzly bears about 30 feet away from us and somehow got all three kids up a mountain for a 12 mile hike!  (OK, John carried Becky the ENTIRE way.  Still not sure how he did that…).

Besides a great and much needed family vacation I have been working hard on the design end of things too.  I decided at the last minute to attend the BOLD Summit in Las Vegas next weekend and I am so excited to go.  So many great people to learn from here.  Can’t wait to give a report on that.

And if you occasionally check the blog you know I hired an office manager in the spring and Terri has been phenomenal.  So glad to have her on board keeping me on track.  In addition, this summer I added a design assistant, Samantha (Sam), who has also proven I have incredible taste in hiring people!  Sam is amazing and is already adding so much to my little firm.  I really don’t know how I got along without both of them for so long.

I mentioned earlier that I had moved to an office in West Berkeley and even though it’s been a few months we have still not gotten the place totally settled yet.  I’m taking it as a good sign that we are so busy but still, I was hoping to share photos when it was all done and now I’m wondering if that will ever happen. :)  So for the time being, here are some pics of the little office we share now.Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 10.17.50 PM

The above pic is my desk and our shelves which still need some work…

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Sam and Terri’s desks/work tables.

Even though the view leaves much to be desired, the light is amazing!

It took me about 3 months to get the light fixtures installed but they are so much prettier than the flourescents that used to be there.  We have other things in the works (hopefully a sign will be coming soon) so I’ll try to keep you posted.

I’m so happy to have an office and get so much more done away from home.  We also have some exciting projects in the works–it feels like we are really making it happen.

How has your summer been?  Thanks for stopping by!


Client Sneak Peek–Craftsman

I just wanted to share some quick photos from part one of an installation I did this morning for a client.  We are working on the upstairs bedrooms–one master, one guest room, one teen boy room, and one office.  We have some pieces coming in little by little but today we installed the bedding in a couple of rooms.

The house is an early 1900s craftsman and they love the deep saturated craftsman colors they chose a few years ago and didn’t want to repaint.  They are lovely colors and provide a great back drop for an updated craftsman feel.  It was fun trying to choose fabrics that updated and tied everything together.

Here’s the guest room:

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Lane McNab Design
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Lane McNab Design
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Lane McNab Design


The vintage textile on the bed was the jumping off point and makes the room feel warmer.  I love its bold graphic pattern too!


Master Bedroom:

Lane McNab Design
Lane McNab Design

For this room the Quadrille Contessa fabric was the perfect combination of colors to tie in the deep purple of the walls with the reds and burgundies of the vintage framed map above the bed that they have.  I love Contessa in a Craftsman home because it is such a great update of a craftsman-like theme.  Plus the colorways are beautiful…

The lamps are hammered tin with linen shades.

Lane McNab Design
Lane McNab Design

I actually just used Contessa in another project in a different colorway and am still waiting for the workroom to finish the pillows to install them.  Can’t wait to share that one too!


Thanks for stopping by!

A Nice Mention

I just  had to share a nice mention about an older project.  Most of my readers have seen this project plenty of times, but recently I was contacted about sharing some images of the bachelor retreat for an article on living rooms on  Please check it out and scroll through the images to the last project.

Nice to be in the same company as David Bromstad and Genevieve Gorder!


I have also been looking for nice high quality table lamps for some clients lately and wanted to share some finds from Arteriors Home:

Arteriors Home Lamp

Santana Table Lamp

 Arteriors Daxton Table Lamp


Daxton Table Lamp

Eileen Table LampEileen Table Lamp

Quinn Table Lamp

Quinn Table Lamp

Dalton Table Lamp

Dalton Table Lamp

Davion Table Lamp

Davion Table Lamp

I’m really drawn to Arteriors classic lines done in a contemporary, clean and organic way.  I would love to hear some of your favorite designs for table lamps.

Thanks for checking in!

Client Master Bedroom

Last week I had the wonderful compliment of a client asking me back to help her with a second room.  Last year I helped her and her husband pull together their master bedroom and I just found out they are expecting their second child in November and wanted some help pulling together what will be the girls’ shared room.  She is a sweet and wonderful client and I was so happy to reconnect and get a chance to see how their bedroom is working out for them.

Since I never posted pics of their space last year when we were working on it I thought I’d share some now.  There was some pretty harsh evening sunlight streaming through the window so I apologize for the brightness:

I can’t seem to find any before pics but this was a pretty dramatic change.  The jumping off point was the vintage textile we found when I took her shopping at the Antiques Faire.  We had the ticking stripe pillows custom made.  The rug is vintage and so is the bedside table.  The head board is a reproduction but has the vintage charm too.

Perhaps my favorite part besides the textile is the tulip drop pendants as bedside lamps.  Their amber glass is such a warm accent and they really get your attention framed out by the windows.  Originally the bed was on a different wall but this makes such a statement as you come in.  I love the peacock print too!  We curated the art together on Etsy and it was so fun!  For some art inspiration check out my curated Etsy finds.

Once again this client has provided such great inspiration photos for the nursery/girls room that I can’t wait to get started.  They are such an adorable and sweet family.  Thanks for stopping by!

It’s Good To Be Back!

Hi Everyone!  First of all, I know it has been way too long–but I have not been idle!  Some new things are happening at UOI and I’m ready to start to take you through it.


You may have noticed that the web address is now–but the blog is still called Urban Orchard Interiors.  I’m excited to get back to blogging and sharing all the new projects I’m working on and the blog will still be a big part of my process.  But since the main focus is designing (as it has been for a while), I wanted my website to reflect that.

The second change is that I have gotten an office outside of my home.  It feels great to have work and home be separate for a while–at least some of the time.  It’s coming together slowly but when it’s a bit more finished I will share some photos.  It’s fairly small but has great light and is about a 10 minute drive from my house.  So far it seems like the perfect little place to focus and create and I’m happy to have all my samples and ideas in one somewhat organized space!

And the last big change is that I have hired a fantastic new assistant/office manager–Terri.  She’s the yin to my yang right now and is helping me get so many processes in order.  Really happy to have her on board!

Amidst all this change I have also been working on several projects I hope to be able to complete, photograph and share soon.  Some are finished but not photographed, some are in the final stages and some are still a few months out but each one is exciting and challenging and unique.  I love collaborating with clients and tweaking each design to their needs and aesthetic.

So I just wanted you all to know I’m back and planning to post more regularly or at least more often.  Thanks for hanging in there!  We’ll talk soon…