Sweet Nursery For Two…

IMG_1819Here’s a peek at a nursery project that  I’m working on for a beautiful family in Trestle Glen, Oakland.



Before:  A little-used spare bedroom needed to be converted to a nursery for the family’s just turned two-year old son and their soon to be born daughter.

IMG_4258The dark draperies needed replacing, fresh paint, and closet organizers.


Part of the challenge – to incorporate this glider which has  sentimental value…IMG_4254…while working with the existing bedding lovingly made by the child’s grandmother.  This was a particular challenge as the fabrics were purchased in Hawaii and finding fabric that would compliment and be appropriate for a baby girl would be challenging.

Perry Hettema Childrens Room-1


My proposal further developed the fun tropical vibe that the family had going for their toddler with some additional layers and textures.  I really wanted to use these gorgeous fabrics by Lulu DK for Schumacher which to me are sophisticated and fresh for either a boy or a girl.

IMG_1819After:  Some modifications were made to the design proposal to suit tastes and budget.  What remained…new woven roman shades, fresh paint, and whimsical rug that evoke a school of fish swimming present a cohesive envelope for the nursery.  Keep in mind that this is still a work in progress but I am delighted with the evolution thus far…


The glider and ottoman received new upholstery in Sunbrella cotton for durability with piping in the fun Lulu DK fabric to coordinate with the crib bedding.

IMG_1831The second crib with the Lulu DK “Lollipop” embroidered fabric.

There is still more work to be done in this room and we are converting the previous nursery into a guest room.  This is a good example of  how I can work with clients using their existing pieces while adding to and elevating the overall design concept.   Stay tuned for more from this project!






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KMD San Francisco Victorian Bathroom Remodel – Before & After

I’m excited to share some before and after photos for one of my favorite projects.  My clients’ purchased a charming circa 1900 Victorian in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights.  The home has a great layout and fantastic period details but the bathrooms were positively stuck in the 80’s!

We embarked to create a new master suite of their dreams.  Here are some before shots of the rooms in question…

Purple Bathroom

Before – Large Bath.  This was the “shared” bathroom with interesting purple tile and built in planter box…say what?  (This photo was courtesy of the real estate listing.)

The bathroom of my clients’ dreams would have to have a free-standing bathtub AND separate shower with shower system, radiant heat, and Toto toilet with all the bells and whistles.  It would harken the past with black and white flooring yet provide all of the most modern creature comforts.

To accommodate the “wish list” more space was needed.  Working with a wonderful architect three rooms were reconfigured to deliver an efficient master suite.

The larger bathroom sat between a laundry room and smaller bathroom ( that was considered the “master bath”).  There was a bonus room that was added on at some point that was next door to the laundry room.

Here is the laundry room:

IMG_4597Before – the laundry room.  Efficient, yet dark.

With careful planning, we plotted to make the bonus room the master bedroom and connect it to what was the laundry room and larger bathroom.  The laundry room would become a fabulous closet and part of the master bathroom.  A little space from the smaller bathroom shower would be carved out to make a larger master bathroom shower…

Victorian Bath Internet

After – the new and gorgeous master bathroom suite.  This view is looking from the fabulous built-in closet…

Victorian Bath Sink Internet

Detail of some of the beautiful fixtures, finishes, and hardware that KMD selected and specified for the project.

Because the smaller bathroom had some space taken for it, it had to also be redone.  The clients wanted it to go with the overall concept of the master bathroom remodel while providing a good overall value.

IMG_3198Before – “Master Bath”  Teeny, tiny bathroom with tile circa 1980’s…

Fornasetti Bath Internet

After – A classic black and white bathroom with whimsical Fornasetti wallpaper.  Fornasetti Shower nternet

Detail of the smaller shower – now perfect for a guest suite.

These amazing clients have a fabulous sense of humor.  The lady of the house came in knowing that the design would center around this fun Fornasetti wallpaper.  The finishes were selected with care to punctuate this awesome graphic pattern.

So what do you think?  The goal was to transform outdated and inefficient bathrooms to a modern-day dream inspired by the original 1900’s Victorian architecture.  Did we succeed?


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The best day ever…

Anna Kuperberg Photography

This past weekend was our first year anniversary.  We commemorated by going to church and back to the site of our reception for a night.  We had such an awesome time reminiscing about the day, the sweet and kind things that our family and friends said and how they made us feel, and how happy we were that day celebrating our marriage.

When we returned home I poured over the hundreds of photos that our amazing photographer, Anna Kuperberg, took and relived the day.  It’s always neat when you have some distance to look back on photos.  I believe that with perspective the memories come alive in a whole new way.  I had intended to share these photos through a wedding blog but never got around to it.

So… wanted to share some of the details of the day with you.  As a designer I so enjoyed envisioning every last detail of our event and choosing components that would make the event personal to us.

We knew we wanted a church wedding.  We also knew that we wanted a venue that had that special balance of nature and history without compromising the quality of the food.  We feel so fortunate to have chosen Cavallo Point, The Lodge At The Golden Gate.  I love good design, my husband loves the National Parks, and we both love history so it was absolutely perfect!

The overall vibe for the day was a relaxed elegance.  We wanted to achieve a simple, clean, and classic aesthetic that would let the venues shine.

Anna Kuperberg Photography

I had such fun working with Bella Figura on our stationary suite.  They created a custom map of the area for us.
Anna Kuperberg Photography

Programs too!

Anna Kuperberg Photography

For guests staying at Cavallo Point, we wanted to make sure they felt taken care of.  We had “Welcome” bags delivered with treats and refreshments.  The bags were from “The Wedding Chicks”.

Anna Kuperberg Photography

The flowers were really important to both my mother and me.  We simply love beautiful flowers and Torryne Choate of Birch did not disappoint.  She does classic with an edge so elegantly.

Anna Kuperberg Photography

I loved my bouquet…lillies of the valley.
Anna Kuperberg Photography

Our parish church, St. Agnes, is beautiful everyday.  Torryne’s amazing work added just a touch of something special for our wedding.
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Cavallo Point absolutely knocked the reception out of the park.  We chose their intimate Verbena Room on the second floor for dinner.Anna Kuperberg Photography Anna Kuperberg Photography Anna Kuperberg Photography Anna Kuperberg Photography Anna Kuperberg Photography

Anna Kuperberg Photography

The cake was provided by Cavallo Point.  They did an incredible job.  Lemon cake with lemon curd filling and buttercream frosting.  It was delicious.

Anna Kuperberg Photography

We love our cake topper.  More lillies of the valley – Paris by Debra Moreland.
Anna Kuperberg Photography

Anna Kuperberg Photography

The Verbena Room has this incredible view of the Golden Gate bridge from the terrace.  Such a show stopper!
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This is one of my favorite shots of the reception.  I can feel the energy and love.

Anna Kuperberg Photography

Dinner was followed by dancing in the Mission Blue chapel on property.  Torryne created beautiful wreaths that flanked the entrance of the chapel…

Anna Kuperberg Photography

Anna Kuperberg Photography

..and floating gardenias and candles added the to warm club vibe.  The linens were from La Tavola.


Anna Kuperberg Photography

Our wonderful DJ, Jason Mitchell, provided the gorgeous lighting.  The chapel felt like a special nightclub just for us.

Anna Kuperberg Photography

Anna Kuperberg Photography
Anna Kuperberg Photography

Cavallo Point also did some sweet treats for the after party.  Apple hand pies, brownies, and chocolate chip cookies.  
Anna Kuperberg Photography

Anna Kuperberg Photography

Our first dance as husband and wife.  We danced to Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis.

For those of you who have asked, our AMAZING vendors:

Cavallo Point, The Lodge at the Golden Gate (Reception Venue), Anna Kuperberg (Photography), Birch (Floral), Lisa Price McNichol  (Month of Coordination), Jason Mitchell (DJ & Lighting), La Tavola Linens & Classic Party Rentals (linens and furniture), Bella Figura (Stationary), Tracy Joe (Calligraphy), Steven Espaniola (cocktail guitarist – Hawaiian slack key)

St. Agnes Church.  Special thanks to Father Ray Allender, Scott Grinthal, Frank Uranich and Rita Clunies – Ross of St. Agnes church.

A big heartfelt thank you to my parents for the best day ever.  Love you.

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New KMD Space for 2013!

KMD moved into new offices in the beautiful SF Design Center in February!  We’ve been working hard to coordinate improvements and settling in.  Here is a sneak peek of the space and a little about the journey to move in day…

SF Design Center

Located on the Mezzanine of Showplace, its a beautiful old brick building and centrally located with many of our vendors.


Here is how I saw the space for the first time.  That is a window that looks out on the Cowtan & Tout showroom and windows.


I was excited that there are two workspaces behind this wall.  A space for myself and for a future new hire!  I love that we can keep all of our technical stuff in a “private space” and still have a great public space to meet with clients.


Immediately, the paint needed freshening up and the carpet just had to go.  I went with a warm white to reflect more light and play down the various ceiling heights throughout…

photoNext was new carpet.  I chose one of my favorites…seagrass.  I love the way it smells when you walk into the office and it provides a great texture for someday layering that vintage Moroccan rug that I have been dreaming of…

I can’t forget to show you the little face lift for the outside door and window trims – a deep violet gray really instills a sense of place.  How do you like my sign?

Here is a scene from move-in day.  Literally 5 minutes after the movers left.  Loving how all of the furniture that I already own is already working in the space – perfect fit.  Buy well and you will be happy for years!


Here is a peak inside one of the workspaces.  Lots of shelves and storage too!


I brought a few of my favorite pieces of art from home to liven up the place.  Plotting out the gallery wall…


My dear husband helped me get the hanging just right.  I thought you might like to see the process.


Paper templates help plot the perfect place for artwork and you can see how the pieces will relate to each other and the space before committing with nail and hammer.


After a few adjustments…ta-da!  Gallery wall.  Loving the lounge area too with the vintage textile my mother scored for me at Pierre Lafond in Santa Barbara.  Such a great Christmas gift.  I really love the colors!


I’m thinking that I will add a great lucite console under the window for refreshments.  You can see my pin board in the left hand side workspace – waiting for inspiration.


Things are taking shape.  There is room to grow and add to my design library.  So exciting!

Every morning that I walk into my office, I feel a rush of possibilities.  It is so inspiring to have space for everything!  Opportunities for layering and room to grow.

I now have a great space to meet clients and vendors by appointment.  Please contact me if you’d like to come and check out the space or talk about a new project – there is no time like the present and I’d love to discuss collaborating on the home of your dreams!

Kari McIntosh Design

2 Henry Adams, #73

San Francisco, CA 94103


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Bathroom Sneak Peak – Before & After

Forgive me blog-a-verse, for I have failed to post.  It’s been 100+ days since my last post (Yikes!).  I took the summer off.  Between design projects, a  wedding, honeymoon, etc…writing for the blog felt a bit overwhelming.

Enough excuses – I am rejuvenated for fall and I cannot wait to share more of my inspiration and project progress.

The following are progress photos for a master bathroom remodel in Piedmont that I am working on.  Please note, we are not finished as final inspection is this week (fingers crossed).  So pleased by the progress, I invite you to take a look…

Before photo looking into the master bathroom.  A little background, my client purchased this very charming home 1940’s home in Piedmont this spring knowing that she wanted to immediately renovate the master bathroom and kitchen.  The master bathroom is part of an upstairs addition circa 1980’s.

As a first time home-buyer, my client wanted to update the bathroom within the footprint of the existing space.  It is not the largest master bathroom so the goal is to make it appear as large and bright as possible.  I recommended to take away as many of the walls that create a barrier to the light as possible.  My client had a wish list as well – double sinks, subway tile, glass tile accents, and stone flooring.  Her design aesthetic is modern and clean.  Because this is a charming older home the design concept developed into a more classic style while incorporating modern touches that works well for both my client and the house.
With  careful planning we opted to remove the wall between the vanity and toilet area and remove an old linen closet next to the shower to allow for a larger shower.   After the presentation of materials and contractor selection the project was underway!
Here is the master bathroom as it looked this past Friday.  By removing the extra wall you can now see the window from the doorway.  This change in conjunction with the glass shower enclosure allow the light to play throughout the bath more freely.
Perhaps the biggest challenge in planning and sourcing was to find a double vanity that had the right measurements and proportion to fit between the window and the wall while still allowing medicine cabinets to line up with the sinks for extra storage.  I considered hanging one large mirror above the vanity to accommodate for the tight fit, but ultimately searched to find the right vanity that could align with medicine cabinets.  Keeping value in mind, I sought readily available retail solutions.  This one came from Restoration Hardware.  Fittings are Kohler.
The shower is now much larger and spa-like.  The client fulfilled her wish list for this shower – a bench, niche, and the materials that she loves so much all within budget.
I look forward to sharing the finalized project photos with you after completion!  So far, the client is thrilled and I couldn’t be happier with the improvements to the space.

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Dreamy Deco – Pflueger’s Telephone Building

In the top 5 reasons for choosing my neighborhood to live and work…SF’s Telephone Building.  The jewel from the roaring twenties was SF’s tallest skyscraper at the time, built in 1925 for $4.55 million.

In 2007 the building was purchased by San Francisco-based developer Wilson Meany Sullivan and the plan was to convert the building to a luxury hotel and residential condominium building.  Those plans were put on hold when the market conditions drastically changed in 2008.

In the past few months, activity has soared.  Crews on window washing rigs began pressure washing the terra-cotta clad building and this GIANT crane was attached to the building.  I’ve grown more curious and so naturally, I scoured the web for information about the happenings.  It seems the new plan for the building is for historical renovation to accommodate and draw start-ups, venture capitalist firms, and the like.  I even saw mention of Yelp headquarters securing a lease through 2020.

SocketSite posted this great rendering for the interior back in March.  Definitely a modern, light filled space.  I so enjoy historic renovation where older buildings rise to the current needs of the cities occupants.  I can see why the office space will be attractive to potential tenants.

Urban Archeology by Jonathan Haeber

I also found this fascinating post by Jonathan Haeber who snuck in a few years ago and took AMAZING photos of the interiors as they exist now.  You’ve got to see his photos to believe it – Terrastories .  Gorgeous photos of lots of wonderful background information on the history of the Telephone Building.  Simply amazing.

Looking forward to following the development of this beautiful building – a San Francisco Treasure!

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French Countryside Bebe Fete

My dear friend is having a baby this month.  A few weeks ago I hosted a celebration in her honor. It turned out great.  The menu was delightful – I felt it was worth sharing.

In seeking inspiration, I scoured blogs and websites (of course) and lo and behold – Martha Stewart does not disappoint!  I settled on Martha’s menu for a French Countryside shower.  Perfect, as the mama-to-be is a true francophile.  ImageOn the menu:

ImagePotato Leek Soup – Such a straightforward and delicious recipe.  I have welcomed this recipe into my rotation.  Served in mugs for ease.

ImageRadishes with Chives – These are so simple, pure, and delicious.  The bed of salt that they are presented on also adds a world of flavor.

ImagePisaladiere – the onions that cook down for over an hour with a touch of sugar are like candy, wow

ImageMacarons – Martha suggested and provided a recipe for Madeleines.  I took liberty to “outsource” dessert and I decided on an assortment of macarons from Chantal Guillon in Hayes Valley.Image

Chocolates – A nod to our hometown, we’ve been friends for 30 years, the chocolates came from Sweet Surrender in Bakersfield.

Strawberry, Banana, Orange Mimosas

Ice Tea

ImageI kept the decorations fairly simple.  On my last trip to Texas Antiques Week I found the ‘bebe’ letters at one of my favorite vendors – Clutter.  They are vintage float letters from a parade in San Antonio.

ImageMy mother lent me this beautiful French Toile tablecloth and shared some of her serving pieces with me.

ImageMister awaiting our guests!

What do you think?  Might you try some of these recipes yourself?  I would personally make each of them again (Thank You Martha).  Bon Appetit.

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