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Summer Serenity

Kendall Wilkinson’s homage to America’s cup continues in the second phase of our summer vignette. The look is cool, crisp and serene featuring two chrome and white chairs in the style of Milo Baughman, a vintage etched Lucite coffee table, and various accents in chrome and polished nickel.

This month we’re featuring the stunning work of Louise LeBourgeois. Her photo-realistic waterscape Water: Tempest #506 showcases masterful brushwork in an oil on panel piece that is both peaceful and moody, the perfect addition to a vignette inspired by San Francisco summer and the greatest sailing race in the world!

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Vintage Barware

Though a Summer in San Francisco may inspire something more along the lines of a Hot Toddy, here’s a cocktail for those days that feel a little more fun in the sun and a little less blustery.

Adopted from a recipe at local favorite Locanda in San Francisco’s Mission district, this version substitutes vodka for gin.


    2 1/4 oz. vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Aperol
  • cucumber (preferably lemon cucumber if available)

Muddle a few slices of cucumber in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka and Aperol. Shake vigorously and double-strain into a cocktail glass. Spritz with lemon oil from a lemon peel, and garnish with a sliced cucumber.

And what better way to enjoy this cool-as-a-cucumber concoction than with one of our sets of vintage barware, now available at Kendall Wilkinson Home?

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Lake Como is Breathtaking

Savoring precious moments with family and friends on holiday along the shores
of Lake Como in Italy.

This very narrow lake, with its pastel villages and Romanesque architecture, is breathtaking. The still waters, the angle of the sails, and the cloud-enshrouded mountains are magical.

It shouldn’t surprise me, yet it does, that seeing a sunrise over a vast body of water,
in a far away place, reminds me of home. I adore the Bay Area and the many sunrises
and sunsets that have informed my designs throughout the years.

Can’t wait to dive back in. Ciao belli amici!

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Three Steps to America’s Cup Tribute

Kendall Wilkinson welcomes the America's Cup this month with a new seaworthy home store vignette. Taking inspiration from the cup itself, the vignette pairs old world luxury with modern aerodynamic/streamlined touches.

The America's Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport. It is a test of not only sailing skill but a contest of design as well.

Here are three (simplified) steps we used to create the new display.

Step 1 - Paint the Background
Paint the walls a velvety-grey. We love ‘Strong White’ from Farrow & Ball. It complements the sterling and polished nickel treasures found throughout the store.

Step 2 - Curate Vibrant Art
Curate vibrant, large-scale art that mimics the sea. A wind and water composition with shades of Blue by Barbara Vaugh was the perfect find thanks to Dolby Chadwick. The yellow and browns in Tom Lieber’s painting adds a strong focal point to the room.

Step 3 - Source Luxurious Chairs and Rugs
Pair luxurious, (and comfortable) chairs from Jiun Ho with a Morrocan rug from Tony Kitz Gallery. Dust off the vintage barware and silver trophies.

The stage is all set. Fleur’t even brought us flowers with pops of yellow to celebrate. We’re super excited to welcome sailors, visitors and explorers of all kinds this summer.

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Houzz Shares Sofa We're Crazy About

If you are keeping an eye out for that perfect sofa, today would be a good day to read on. Houzz offers up tips for selecting sofas and features a Kendall Wilkinson favorite. This sofa and artwork serve as the focal point for this library designed by our team. Comfy sofa with a distinguished look.

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At Kendall Wilkinson Interior Design, we believe in the power of great design. We share a passion for the sophisticated, the delightfully unexpected, and making the old new again. Our mission is to inspire and enrich our clients' lives by creating artful, timeless, and fulfilling personal spaces.

Over nearly twenty years, Kendall Wilkinson Design & Home has successfully managed hundreds of full-scale interior design projects. Our tight-knit team of nine is well-educated in interior design and interior architecture, furniture design, project management, communications, and finance. Our designers are trained in a variety of styles, from classical to contemporary, formal to playful, and are experts in creating authentic period looks or mixing modern pieces with older gems.

Whether we are engaged in a full-scale remodel or customizing a furniture piece for a store client, our goal is to provide a well-conceived, functional design plan that can be implemented in a time frame, budget and style consistent with the client's desires. We take pride in doing our work well and in enjoying the process.

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