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The best day ever…

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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.

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I had such fun working with Bella Figura on our stationary suite.  They created a custom map of the area for us.
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Programs too!

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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”.

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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.

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I loved my bouquet…lillies of the valley.
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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

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

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

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

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Anna Kuperberg Photography

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


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

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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.  
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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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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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What a month March was!  I feel very fortunate to have wonderful projects to sink my teeth into for 2012.  I am finishing a gorgeous master bedroom suite for a SF Victorian and in the midst of two kitchen remodels that I can’t wait to share with you.

Some of you know that I also have exciting news on a personal level, I am getting married in the fall!  I am so grateful for these many blessings but I must admit that it is a juggling act and I have been slacking on the blog posts – please forgive me.

I squeezed a trip to the Marburger & Round Top shows last week for client shopping and design inspiration.  I focused on really living in the moment, so I did not take many pictures but I thought you might like to see the highlights.


Austin is my preferred gateway to the shows.  I read about Fonda San Miguel in The Daily Meal’s 101 Best Restaurants in America for 2012 (thanks Preston) and I thought it would be the perfect start to the trip.  Upon landing, we dropped our bags and set out to find Fonda San Miguel.  If you are planning a trip to Austin – GO.  You will not be disappointed!  The rellenos are AMAZING.  The house made sorbets are probably the best I have ever tasted.  The margaritas are mighty fine too!


The first day, this charming sink caught my eye.  Isn’t it just the sweetest with the leaf design soap insets and curved vanity?  I wish that I had a current client this would be delightful for.  I’ll have to settle for inspiration.Image

A new vendor to me at the show was a dealer of antique and vintage Goyard and Louis Vuitton trunks.  I occasionally see a piece or two at the shows but what a treat to see such a vast collection in one place.  Isn’t the taxidermy leopard something?Image

The booth was swarming with interested shoppers!


My favorite was this Louis Vuitton piece with red stripes.  Wouldn’t it make a magnificent coffee/cocktail table?


Another fantastic find – this sweet wardrobe/dresser/armoire combination.  This was a strong consideration for a client’s dressing room but ultimately we decided that it was too cottage chic and feminine for the overall design concept.Image

Here is a beautifully carved trestle extension table.  Form and function – I love it!


This was a quirky and fun update to a mid-century table.  This vendor completely decoupaged this coffee table with pages from a French dictionary.  The best part – she shellacked the top so that no coaster is necessary.


And the piece de resistance…this epic duchesse brisee.  “Broken Duchess” in French, this set can be joined together making a chaise or separated into two chairs and ottoman.  Excited to see this re-uphostered!

Hope you enjoyed a visual taste of Texas Spring Antiques Week.  My overall impressions were there were lots of fantastic finds and the shoppers were back!  If this show is a preview of what’s to come, I’d say the economy is picking up.  Time will tell.


April 9, 2012 · 5:08 pm

Wonderful Shopping Trip To Paris!

I have been a follower of French Kissed for a while now.  I instantly fell in love with her original photos of beautiful gardens, inspiring vignettes, and amazing travel.  She lives in Santa Barbara – a place near and dear to my heart.  In fact, I love her photography so much the “Atelier” photo that I use in my blog header was taken by French Kissed.

Well, now she and her daughter – the wonderfully talented Making Magique are offering an amazing insider’s shopping trip to Paris.  Making Magique lives in Paris and she and French Kissed have shopped all the most amazing sources for years.  What a fantastic travel opportunity!

Rounding out the trifecta of tour guides,  is Serge, a native Parisian and former antiques dealer!

Paris Shopping Spree

-Antiques and Fashion-

2012 Spring Tours

May 4 – 7 & May 19 – 22

The group’s are kept small and intimate – 5 guests I believe and are sure to sell out.  If you have been waiting to shop Paris like a local, now is your chance.  For more information visit French Kissed Shopping Party 

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Fun new stock at Past Perfect in San Francisco

One of my favorite haunts, Past Perfect, is filled with fab merchandise for the holiday season.  Perfect for entertaining or holiday gifts.


Aren’t these old bowling pins in fun candy colors amazing?

These lavender slipper sofas are tres chic.

This 1940’s Paul Frank Credenza is perfect for a dining room, bedroom, or as a base for a television in a media room.

These French industrial light fixtures are outstanding.

I adore the green painted interior of this French bamboo piece.  I think it would be absolutely incredible for a home office or library.

Past Perfect also had lots of wonderful mid century barware, ornaments, and even ice buckets.  It’s a truly great local resource!

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