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        • This San Francisco Designer Left the Tech World to Pursue Her Passion for Interiors

          By Laura Hine

          Inspired by art, Tineke Triggs expresses her creativity through her singular spaces.

          Tineke Triggs didn’t take a traditional path to becoming a successful interior designer. Her parents came to the U.S. in the 1960s, her mother from Scotland and her father from the Netherlands, and like many first-generation Americans, Triggs felt the pressure to be financially successful. “I was always an art kid and thought about becoming a medical illustrator. But we were an immigrant family, and we didn’t have money for that,” she says. Instead, with a scholarship and a lot of hard work, she put herself through college and went into high-tech sales. “It had great financial rewards, but I was missing the creative life.”

          In 1995, a move from Chicago back to California — she grew up in Redwood City — gave her the chance to buy and fix up her first apartment. Triggs combined her tech and art skills and taught herself basic drafting programs. With that newly acquired skill, she was able to pull her own permits. In design, she soon found a three-dimensional outlet for her talents. By 2002, she had enough experience renovating her own properties to found her interior design business, Tineke Triggs Artistic Designs for Living.

          Known for imaginative interiors, Triggs continues to flex her creative muscles — she has participated in six San Francisco Decorator Showcases — but she loves the business and client aspects of design as well. Introspective sat down with her to learn more about her artistic side and her drive to push boundaries.

          What’s your design process?

          Designing a room is like composing a painting. Every project is a fresh canvas. I study my subject before I put paint to brush. It’s that approach that makes my job fun and ever changing. Once I start, then it’s all about the layering. I look at the walls, the art, the ceiling. The furniture adds texture, or pillows bring a pop of color. I’m not a minimalist. I also don’t clutter things, but I want a room to feel complete. If I have a room that doesn’t have a lot of architectural features, I find that wallpaper helps finish the room. We’re doing tons of wallpaper right now.

          Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

          Travel and nature are important sources. I was just thinking about the sunsets in Santa Barbara — I’m currently working on two projects there — and how incredibly colorful they are this time of year, with either bright pinks combining with dark blues or gray mixing with a rusty pink. Those are inspiring color combinations.

          Who’s your favorite furniture designer?

          I’m drawn to vintage Dutch and Belgian design — it’s going back to my Dutch roots. I love the minimalism. For current designers, I love Thomas Hayes’s work. I’m in awe of Hellman-Chang and how they blend together metals and woods — it’s so refined and elegant. I also love the chairs that Richard Wrightman has recently done.

          Colorful office with green couch and zebra rug by Tineke Triggs
          Triggs wanted the STUDY to be energetic and uplifting. An Iona Crawford paper covers the ceiling, from which hangs a vintage chandelier by  Gaetano Sciolari. The desk chairs are from Mondo Collection. Photo by Brad Knipstien

          Tell us about your favorite artists.

          Artists who speak to me are doing things that I can’t do myself. Fares Micue is a photographer who does self-portraits with flowers — they’re so feminine and gorgeous. I’m also into digital art right now. Daniel Canogar digitizes historic paintings, then he uses a mathematical algorithm to melt them into a beautiful liquid state.

          How does architecture inspire you?

          San Francisco is known for its Edwardians and Victorians. What makes the city so beautiful is that people are willing to work with the architecture and either stay traditional and true to the house or completely blow it up and turn it into something contemporary. I’m a little bit old school when it comes to the value of historic architecture: If it’s holding true, I want to maintain it, even if I use furniture to blur it into something more contemporary.

          You seem pretty rooted in San Francisco. Would you consider living anywhere else? 

          My business is doing really well, so I don’t want to change anything right now. But at some point, I will live in Europe for a year, probably France or Spain. And I would love to have a beach house in Santa Barbara.

          white and blue minimalist living room by Tineke Triggs
          For this living room in a Sausalito home, Triggs chose angular seating reminiscent of the high-end sports cars the homeowner loves to drive. She accompanied these with an Ondine wingback chair by Vladimir Kagan and vintage side chairs by Alex Fradin, along with a Dillon cabinet by Kelly Wearstler and a Luca drinks table by Currey & Co. Photo by Jose Manuel Alorda

          What’s a design principle you live by?

          Art makes a home feel alive. I spend a lot of time curating art for my clients. I try to find pieces that speak to where they come from and what they’re drawn to. If the art speaks to the client, then they’ll feel the value of what they’re purchasing.

          How do you continue to challenge yourself?

          I’m working with clients who came to the Bay Area from London, and they love bright, poppy colors. Their living room has twenty-foot ceilings, and it was dark yellow with heavy drapes. I wanted to brighten it up and make it represent them. I did a rainbow rug and bright blue curved sofa and drippy drapery. The walls are bright white, and I installed a huge vintage pink chandelier. It’s outside of my comfort zone, but it’s so fun and fresh, and it will speak to the client.

          Do you have an accomplishment you’re most proud of?

          Last year’s San Francisco Decorator Showcase got me a lot of attention. I did a media room that was very experiential, so it wasn’t about watching TV. I used a lot of digital artists and the forms of the Memphis movement. A showhouse is the height of creativity because I don’t have to answer to anyone else — except my budget. Another year, I used David Bowie and Iman’s love story as human beings — not as a rock star and a model — for my inspiration.

        • Tour a Modern California Home That Goes All In on Dazzling Light Fixtures

          By Laura Hine

          “No Barcaloungers here!” declares San Francisco-based designer Tineke Triggs about the house she designed for a single guy. It’s definitely not your stereotypical bachelor pad.

          “When you create a space, you want to recognize the person,” Triggs says. In this case, her client was a gentleman with excellent taste and a blue-chip art collection. He brought in Triggs shortly after he purchased the new construction house and asked her to elevate its style.

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          In the dining room, the buffet with its three-dimensional diamond pattern is from Hewn’s Erinn V. Collection, while the Welles chandelier, which Triggs chose for its organic shape, is by Gabriel Scott. All photos by José Manuel Alorda.

          The 4,000-square-foot house is on a hill, with a flipped floorplan that takes advantage of the views of Sausalito and the water. The lower level holds the guest bedrooms and family room. The top floor, accessed via a central stairway, opens to the living room, dining area and kitchen. The top floor also includes a small library area and the primary bedroom.

          “The space was very contemporary and clean, but not that interesting,” recalls Triggs, who owns her own full-service firm, Artistic Designs for Living. She likes to find her way to a home’s style by really taking time to get to know the client.

          THE LIVING ROOM

          triggs living room
          Designer Tineke Triggs counters the living room’s straight lines and angles with two round vintage chairs by Dino Frigerio and a gorgeous Vladimir Kagan wingback chair. Above the fireplace is a series of black and white works by Justyn Chapman.

          “Since he loves cars, I wanted it to feel masculine, but with a unique vibe,” she says. “I took inspiration from his Porsche collection, which he races, and thought a lot about classic cars when looking at materials.” She leaned into the beauty of vintage race cars by embracing their luxurious materials and flowing curves.

          In the main living area, this inspiration led Triggs to design a custom rug—featuring large-scale curved shapes in blue, gray and cream—as the foundation of the room.

          “I made the coffee table glass because I really wanted to see that rug,” she says. “I love the shape of the coffee table with its interlocking legs. They’re made of wood, but where they come together looks like an engine part or a gear.” To those new pieces, Triggs added a classic Vladimir Kagan wingback chair and two vintage chairs that she purchased in Paris.

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          Triggs designed the custom sofa with an open angle to take advantage of the fireplace, which is straight ahead, and the view of the Bay, which is to the right. The Drip Fold side table by Noble Goods is made with hand-dripped liquid resin so no two are alike.

          The biggest challenge she faced in the living room was its dual focal points: the view and the fireplace.

          “I custom designed the sofa to take advantage of both the fireplace, which is right in front of you, and also the view of the Bay, which is off to the right side,” she says. “I opened the sectional and made an obtuse angle, so you’re open to both views.”

          THE BREAKFAST NOOK

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          An Eero Saarinen round table with chairs by Arrmet Studio provide the seating in the sunny breakfast nook. A profusion of glass bubbles makes the vintage chandelier a cheerful accent for the morning space.

          With that clever solution in place, next Triggs tackled the home’s lackluster lighting.

          “Light fixtures can really change the look and feel of a space, so I got rid of all the pedestrian lights,” she says. “I peppered in some midcentury finds and some newer pieces.”

          The breakfast nook has one of the midcentury treasures—a bubbly creation that sets a happy tone for the morning.

          THE DINING ROOM 

          triggs dining room
          The dining room is grounded with a custom rug from The Rug Establishment. Topping it is a Meridian table by Hellman Chang and dining chairs by Dimitry & Co.

          In the dining room, Triggs wanted a visually engaging fixture that wouldn’t take away from the view. She chose a geometric chain of lights connected by brass accents; it provides plenty of interest without dominating the room.

          THE ENTRYWAY

          triggs entryway
          In the entryway, Triggs custom designed a narrow console to fit the space. The sculptural brass details at the footing elevate the table’s design. The artwork is part of the homeowner’s collection.

          The final light fixtures of note are the bronze and satin brass sconces she designed for the entryway, which evoke light emanating from the rough texture of a cave. “This space didn’t need a lot of light, because there’s a chandelier hanging above,” she says. “We added these sconces to bring in some drama.”

          THE STUDY

          triggs study
          To give the homeowner a cozy place to watch television or read, Triggs fashioned a library with two built-in bookcases that she custom designed for the space. One hides a TV and the other holds art objects and books.

          Another design challenge was providing a cozy space where the homeowner could watch television or read. Triggs created a comfortable sitting area that’s separated from the main living space by a single wall. She added custom built-in bookcases on that wall and the opposite wall, which flank a large window. One bookcase hides a television behind sliding doors. While the bookcases are stunning in their own right, Triggs added another layer of interest by lining them with a wallpaper featuring a print of a whale skeleton, a subtle nod to the home’s surroundings.

          THE PRIMARY SUITE

          triggs bedroom
          In the primary bedroom, a tall headboard feels perfectly in proportion with the room’s 10-foot ceilings. Also emphasizing the verticality of the space are pendant lights by Vibia that have a refined, but still masculine edge.

          The main bedroom, with 10-foot-high ceilings, is a serene space. “Because of the tall ceilings, I wanted to gravitate up,” Triggs says. “I love pendant lights or sconces that are off the bedside tables. And, naturally, we chose a high headboard to fill the space.” The soft blues and grays of the main living spaces flow into the bedroom.

          triggs bathroom
          Textural wallcovering by Phillip Jeffries adds interest to the walls of the primary bath. Sleek, built-in wooden shelves provide storage and take advantage of what would otherwise be wasted space.

          When the client is the focus, Triggs finds that the spaces she creates are used and loved over time. That has certainly been the case for this house. “When you design for someone, you create a home that complements his style,” she says. “I didn’t create a trendy environment, so, that keeps it relevant.”

        • Contemporary Cool Sausalito Bachelor Pad

          By dwell

          Minimalistic design meets warmth and sophistication in this contemporary cool bachelor pad, designed by San Francisco-based interior designer Tineke Triggs. The 4,000 sf residence is home to a Bay Area entrepreneur who loves adventure travel, luxury cars and Indy 500 racing – and not necessarily in that order. Favoring quality over quantity, Triggs and her team at Artistic Designs for Living designed a luxurious and sleek interior steeped in high style and masculine energy. Triggs walks us through her design process and the story on how each room came to life.

          Says Triggs, “The home had absolutely wonderful views, but an unconventional layout. It challenged us to be creative as we wanted to design an intimate environment that also maximized those views. For example, the great room was large and open and we wanted to make sure the room felt welcoming and cozy, not cavernous or cold. The room also had 2 focal points–the exterior view and the fireplace–so it was important to design for both vantages while maintaining a minimalistic design aesthetic.”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          “The first piece we designed for the great room was the custom sofa. It has a unique shape with a 45-degree angle that allows views in multiple directions. We then continued with different accent pieces like the vintage chairs from Alex Fradin and the gorgeous Vladimir Kagan wing back chair. I chose both because they reminded me of the type of angular seating you’d see in a high end sports car. Our client loves to race cars and the wing back is his favorite piece in the room. For the artwork above the fireplace, I was looking for something clean that would bring your eyes up. When I found these striking black and white works by Justyn Chapman, I knew they’d be perfect.”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          The Ondine wing back chair by Vladimir Kagan is the homeowners favorite piece in this room. The sleek lines are reminiscent of the race cars he loves to drive. A Luca drink table by Currey & Co sits beside it. Kelly Wearstler’s stunning Dillion Cabinet sits just behind it.

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          Triggs designed a custom sectional with a 45-degree angle to take in multiple views in this living room. A side table by Noble Goods sits to the side. Hand-dripped with liquid resin, no two are exactly alike.

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          Triggs continues, “For the dining room we focused on linear, distinct angles that complimented each other. We wanted a mix of sleek lines and smooth shapes reminiscent of the race cars our client loved. We started with the buffet console from the Hewn showroom’s Erinn V. Collection. I love this piece. Its three dimensional, angular and so incredibly elegant. Everything else was chosen to compliment the buffet.”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          “The Welles chandelier is another striking piece in the room. It had just been introduced in glass when I was working on this project, which was perfect as we didn’t want a heavy piece that could block the views. It was also important for the fixture to be linear, not vertical, as this space is opposite a vertically hung waterfall chandelier in the entry.”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          A vintage chandelier hangs over an Eero Saarinen round table and a set of Strike chairs by Arrmet Studio.

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          “The shape of the entryway was a challenge – it had no depth so we had to design a narrow piece that would fit the space but also hold your interest. I designed this console using walnut and brass accents and paired it with geometric scones by Lucive. Because the chandelier in the space is light and airy, I wanted these sconces to be more architectural and sculptural. The brass accents on the inside of the sconces provide another element of interest. ”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          “For the master bedroom we wanted to create a mood that was both romantic and masculine. We continued the palette of soft blues, grays and creams to create this balanced aesthetic. The ceilings were 10 feet tall with long and narrow windows, so we needed the bed to have a tall headboard to anchor the space and feel in harmony with the windows. We chose the Vibia slim pendants for the bedside lighting as they reminded me of ones you’d find in a luxurious, high end hotel end and I wanted that vibe for my client’s bedroom. The pendants are masculine and refined. They’re very cool but not at all overbearing.”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          “For the walls in the master bath, I chose a textural Phillip Jeffries wall covering from De Sousa Hughes as I wanted to soften the room and make it feel less cold. I love how the textured element warms up the space.”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          “Then came the library–what a fun room to design! We wanted this space to have a bit of the unexpected while still maintaining the feel of a formal library–a place you might end the day with an after dinner drink. When we found the amazing “Bruce” wallpaper by Abnormals Anonymous, we could not resist. I think we can all agree that a stripped down whale is a bit unexpected! Its such a fun design element and I loved the idea of bringing an ocean reference into the room. The space also includes a TV which we hid behind a door panel. I added brass side brackets to the built-ins draw your interest to the shelving and further the focus on the fabulous Bruce wallpaper. I always like to add a little jewelry to my cabinetry, and this was an fun way to do it.”

          Photo: Jose Manuel Alorda

          “The result is a sleek and inviting home that works in harmony the existing architecture and surroundings. It truly reflects the homeowner’s individual lifestyle and tastes and was such a fun project for us all. ” –Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs For Living

          Credits:
          Interior Design by Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living | @tineketriggs
          Photography by José Manuel Alorda | @josemanuelalorda
          Via Davis Gonthier | @davisgonthier

        • Sneak a Peek of the 2020 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

          By Lindsey Shook

          The ups and downs of 2020 did not stop the 43rd Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase from opening it’s doors in the form of a thorough, virtual tour today, showcasing the work of more than 20 top interior and landscape designers who have transformed 27 distinct spaces. Guests can purchase tickets to embark on a video tour of the house and landscaped spaces; three separate self-guided 3-D interactive tours of the interior of the house, and the front and rear gardens in addition to watching designer interviews focusing on their inspirations, back-stories and highlighting a few key elements in their designs and more.

          The annual Showcase is a benefit for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program, which helps to bring a rich diversity of backgrounds and perspectives to the top-rated school and increases financial and cultural capacity to support every qualified student. “We are incredibly thankful to these brilliant designers, generous sponsors and supporters whose contributions help raise money for the UHS financial aid program allowing us to support students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to enrich the UHS experience for all students,” said Shaundra Bason, University High School Director of Development. Here, we share some of our favorite highlights from the dynamic presentation of talent.

        • The Liquid Lounge and Cala Mezcal by Tineke Triggs

          By David Sokol

          Intended as an entertaining and hangout space for a young couple, the Liquid Lounge and Cala Mezcal are a joyous riot of postmodern, Memphis, and Pop art influences. While imbibing is clearly meant to happen here, the installation also invites visitors to drink in digital art. One work by Liquid Canvas features a hand-animated sequence based on a painting by Lauren McIntosh, while Daniel Canogar’s Amalgama uses an algorithm that liquefies famous historical images, morphing the icons into one another.

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          The Liquid Lounge. Photo: Christopher Stark

           

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          A place to perch in Cala Mezcal. Photo: Christopher Stark
        • 21 Designers Have Joined Forces for the Virtual 2020 San Francisco Decorator Showcase

          By Sarah Choi

          As is the case with so many other events in 2020, the 43rd annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase was a little different this year. Held virtually for the first time, the show house, in a 6,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in the West Clay Park neighborhood, debuted last week; proceeds will benefit the financial-aid program of the San Francisco University High School, to help support students from a diverse array of backgrounds.

          Each of the 27 rooms of the 1926 house was completely transformed by 21 of the most talented interior and landscape designers in the Bay Area. (And each room’s window treatments were furnished by The Shade Store, which teamed up with the designers to find the perfect match for their individual spaces.) Read on to see our favorite interiors from this stellar show house.

          #20 Liquid Lounge by Tineke Triggs Artistic Designs for Living

          san francisco decorator showcase 2020
          Christopher Stark

          The Liquid Lounge by Tineke Triggs is where high fashion meets art, where elements from the Memphis movement meet postmodern 1960s design. Golden hues and abstract geometric shapes dominate a lively, interactive room where you can let your imagination run wild.

        • 12 Sensational Rooms from the San Francisco Decorator Showcase Packed With Inspiration

          By Sarah DiMarco

          Clever plays of texture, splashes of exuberant color, and impeccable style inspiration explodes from the San Francisco Decorator Showcase this year.

          Celebrating its 43rd installment, the Showcase house has moved to an all-digital experience—including a comprehensive walk-through video tour of the house and landscaped spaces, an interactive 3-D self-guided tour, and links to designer interviews—available starting September 5. More than 20 outstanding interior and landscape designers were tasked with reimagining a 1926 Mediterranean-style house in the charming West Clay Park neighborhood into a pièce de resistance. And, we have to say, the results are delicious.

          Each of the 27 assigned spaces bursts with its own personality, exhibiting a marriage between modern motifs, applications with vintage pieces, and principles of classic design. Here, we take a closer look at 12 of these remarkable rooms that will surely leave you breathless.

          The San Francisco Decorator Showcase will be offering virtual tours starting September 5 to benefit the University High School Financial Aid Program. Sponsors include BlueStar (Kitchen Appliance Sponsor), Kohler (Exclusive Bathroom Sponsor), The Shade Store (Exclusive Window Treatment Sponsor), Da Vinci Marble, Hakwood, Purcell Murray, and C2 Paint; Visit decoratorshowcase.org for more information.

          The Liquid Lounge by Tineke Triggs

          Vivacious rose and chartreuse tones, abstract geometric shapes, and elaborate patterns spark a sense of creativity and joy within the “Liquid Lounge” by Tineke Triggs. Above the rosegold sideboard (Jean De Merry), a large digital art display (Liquid Canvas) depicts a work of art by Bay Area artist Lauren McIntosh with intricate hand-animated sequences that bring the once static painting to life.

          Christopher Stark

           

        • Our favorite room at this year’s SF Decorator Showcase? Tineke Triggs’ mezcal bar, of course!

          By Chloé Hennen

          “Now with Covid, I think everybody needs a bar in their house.” That’s interior designer Tineke Triggs, who is clearly a very wise and sane woman with her finger on the zeitgeist.

          Perhaps we are biased—we also love mezcal and Mexico, two of the San Francisco design maven’s favorite things (since shelter in place, we have no qualms about shaking up a mezcal margarita when 5pm rolls around, or maybe earlier, don’t judge)—but we’re ready to call it for Cala Mezcal as the most inspired room in the 43rd Annual San Francisco Decorator Showcase.

          Built in 1926, the 6,500-square-foot manse in the Outer Richmond’s tony West Clay Park has five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths spanning three levels. In total, 27 spaces—including a media room, reading room, and wine cellar—have gotten the midas touch from 21 Bay Area designers for the annual benefit for SF University High School’s financial aid program. The showcase house will make its all-virtual debut to the public on Saturday, September 5th.

          But back to Cala Mezcal. As Triggs says, when you have a house this large, “you need a space that feels like your own nightclub”—a sexy “getaway club that’s very sophisticated and interesting…with the underbelly of the Latin culture.” We’re listening.

          Photography by Christoper Stark

          From the home’s media room called the Liquid Lounge—an ’80s-chic hangout, also designed by Triggs, with low-slung furnishings and geometric patterns galore—you’ll get a tease of a view into Cala Mezcal through a gold chain curtain. Pull it back and ta-da!—your very own cocktail lounge that has the plushness of a Mexico City nightspot, the rustic hipster vibes of a San José del Cabo cantina, and floating shelves for all your artisanal Oaxacan spirits.

          A mural of the Mexican desert planted with shadowy agave, by the decorative painter Caroline Lizarraga, sets a moody tone, relinquishing all the pop to a rosy velvet banquette and a one-of-a-kind, melting digital artwork by the Spaniard Daniel Canogar. In the bar portion of the space, ipe wood panels climb the wall and curve over the ceiling with the intent of hugging you in while you take your shots. Speaking of which, if you’ve ever thrown one back from a jug with a snake it at La Revolución, you know that the serpent is inextricable from Mexican culture and lore, both drinking and otherwise. Slithering across the table here is a mighty bejeweled reptile, also hand-painted by Lizarraga and “affectionately named Shakira.”

          Find more photos and details of Triggs’ Cala Mezcal and Liquid Lounge in the slideshow below. When the Decorator Showcase goes live, also look out for the fabulous, art-filled living room by Applegate Tran and the luxurious Listening Room by Chad Dorsey Design.

          Called the Liquid Lounge, the Tineke Triggs–designed media room takes its cue from the Memphis design movement founded in the early 1980s by the legendary Milanese designer Ettore Sottsass. The mood is light and bright with lots of texture, modern art, and geometric patterns. The room’s anchors include a custom sectional sofa by Arden Home; a Jean de Merry sideboard sourced at Coup D’Etat; Birnam Wood Studio’s geometric coffee table; and David Trubridge’s Navicula chandelier.

        • San Francisco Decorator Showcase with Tineke Triggs

          By Chloé Hennen

          Behind the Scenes with “The Green Dress”

        • Channeling Quintessential Southern Culture in California

          By Mindy Pantiel

          For most of us, there are certain sights and sounds that instantly evoke memories of our childhood homes. The crunch of leaves underfoot on a cool fall afternoon or smoke rising from a grill at a family gathering are all it takes to instantly transport many people right into their old backyards. For one couple with roots in the South, it was likely recollections of a screen door slamming or sipping ice-cold lemonade on a porch swing on a hot summer night that drove the decision to build a home that evoked the spirit of their childhood domiciles. “They wanted to create a house for their children that had the feel and the character of where they both grew up,” says designer Tineke Triggs. “That meant including things like the wraparound porches you’d find on a beautiful old plantation house.”

          A coveted 1-acre flag lot in Atherton offered up the perfect backdrop. After scraping a 1950s ranch-style structure, Los Angeles-based architect Tim Barber and senior project manager Kirk Snyder crafted a classically proportioned Georgian-style home with clapboard siding and a cedar shake roof to take its place. The house stretches five bays wide and is marked by a timeless gable over the front door. “There are enough big porches and screen doors to capture the outdoor living feel reminiscent of their youth,” Snyder says. “And fortunately, that idea translates well to Northern California.”

          • House Details
          • Style: Traditional
          • Photography: Laura Hull
          • Home Builder: Erik Hughes, Hughes Construction, Inc.
          • Architecture: Tim Barber and Kirk Snyder, Tim Barber Ltd.
          • Interior Design: Tineke Triggs, Artistic Design for Living
          • Landscape Architecture: John Dalrymple, John Dalrymple Landscape Architecture

          When it came to furnishings, Triggs saw it as her mission to respect the architecture while still being mindful of the youthfulness of her clients. “I wanted to work with traditional pieces, but not things that felt stuffy or like your grandmother’s house,” says the designer, who utilized transitional fabrics to support that concept.

          But if there’s any question about the home’s overall intent, the sight of the swing suspended by ropes on the back porch is a reminder that it’s time to slow down and go looking for that pitcher of lemonade.

        • 25 Elegant Banquette Seating Ideas You’ll Love

          By Elle Decor Editors

          PRETTY NEUTRAL

          This cozy seating style can be super chic.

          A combination of banquette seating and bar stools add variety to this inviting kitchen crafted by Tineke Triggs.

        • 30+ Sophisticated Kitchens with Black Cabinets

          By Emily Silverman

          MODERN AND COZY BLACK CABINETS

          Design by Tineke Triggs

        • Modern Mountain Life In Tahoe

          By Kat McEachern

          In case you aren’t keeping up with the weather in the Bay Area, it’s been raining. And that means two important things. The first – our aquafers are being replenished. And second – snow in Tahoe!

          In honor of all that fresh powder, we’re showcasing a new development in Lake Tahoe called The Palisades at Squaw that puts a fresh spin on mountain chic.

          Going to Tahoe is always an amazing getaway, but many places lean a little too heavy on the buffalo plaid and raw wood for us style-wise. Thanks to designer Tineke Triggs, founder of Artistic Designs for Living, this collection of homes avoids the common tropes. “We wanted plenty of textural elements to create a modern mountain feel, but nothing too dark and heavy,” according to Tineke. “So many Tahoe cabins are dark and woodsy and our designs are a much more contemporary take on Tahoe living.  With that in mind, we kept everything light and bright with designs that complement rather than compete with the natural surroundings.  The interior details are high end, but with a more relaxed and contemporary style of elegance.”

          With the goal of being “geared for the modern mountain enthusiast,” these homes offer the weekend getaway of owning a mountain home without as much upkeep and worry about the snow getting too heavy for the roof.

          “We had a clear sense of which design elements we wanted to splurge on for this demographic, and we prioritized elements like beautiful but durable surface material, ample storage (both inside and out) for sports equipment, extra large beds in the bunk rooms, and of course my love of beautiful lighting for each room.” With bunk rooms that sleep four, these homes are ready for slumber parties.

          Take a tour of one of the homes in the slideshow!

        • Contemporary Sophistication in an SF Edwardian Home

          By Kat McEachern

          When Tineke Triggs, founder of Artistic Designs for Living, was hired to transform a 6,000 sq ft San Francisco Edwardian into a home that blends California casual and contemporary sophistication, she knew the modern elements of her design would need to be carefully curated. Tineke says, “The family wanted to keep the warmth and feel of the original Edwardian, but infuse more modern designs, fixtures and furnishings throughout. We had to be careful not to go overboard on the contemporary design elements as we didn’t want anything too modern or cold. This is where layering in textures and different ethnic design elements created wonderful design juxtapositions to keep everything fresh, warm and inviting.”

          Many of the art pieces had been collected by the homeowners while living in India and Asia and are quite colorful. So Tineke purposefully kept most of the spaces neutral. She says, “We wanted the backdrop to be light and calm to help showcase the art.”

          While neutral, Tineke also brought in interest with creative wallpaper and treatments throughout the home. “Where we didn’t have art, we brought in as much texture as possible.” She explains, “In the dining room we worked with Elan Evans to design a custom wall treatment inspired by the couple’s travels through India. The overall design was inspired by remnants of an Indian tapestry and the mirrored inlay is a nod to the type of mirrored beading found throughout so many Indian designs.”

          And in the living room, where the homeowners had originally wanted a very clean white wall to complement their light furnishings, Tineke convinced them to up the ante a bit. “We created an accent wall using a beautiful Phillip Jeffries wall covering that has almost a wood like feel, but more organic. It has wonderful light brown and blush undertones to bring out the blush accents in the room and we love how it keeps the overall design in this space from becoming too flat.”

        • 9 Elegant Spaces Refreshed With Black

          By Karine Monié

          These sumptuous interiors will dare you to go dark.

          “This was originally an empty staircase landing, and I wanted to breathe new life into this space and create something both beautiful and functional for the homeowners,” says Tineke Triggs of this San Francisco home. “We designed this mini library and painted it all black to create an edgy and sophisticated vibe. I added a custom leaded glass window to bring further drama to the space. Its design was inspired by a traditional Scandinavian quilt pattern and is a nod to the homeowners’ Swedish roots.”

          “Decorating with black as a backdrop allows something else to stand out, like a great piece of art. And, just like the technique used in painting, black can create depth and bring a three-dimensional feel to a space.”

        • How to Create a Spa Like Bathroom

          By Karine Monié

           

          “The design for this bathroom at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase was inspired by the July 1966 cover of Vogue — a quintessential moment in American history that broke the mold for women in the ’60s,” says Tineke Triggs. “I love designing bathrooms full of luxurious elements to inspire and elevate your senses. They should energize and pamper the soul. Sumptuous materials combined with something unexpected are the keys to creating a spa-like bathroom.”

        • Old San Francisco horse stable gets mod office makeover

          By Mary Jo Bowling

          Photography by Adam Rouse Photography

          When it comes to San Francisco history, this Jackson Square building has more than its share. It’s constructed from lumber salvaged from the ships that clogged the bay when the enterprising 49ers rushed into the city and then to the Sierras to find their fortunes. Because pre-1906 records are spotty thanks to the legendary earthquake that leveled the city that year, no one is quite sure when it was built. But its original use was as a horse stable.

          Before cars were commonplace in the City by the Bay, horses were quartered in common stables—something like an equine parking garage. In an ironic twist of fate, many of the large stables were converted into actual parking garages when cars became the dominant form of transportation.

          There’s some evidence that this building went down that conversion track, but history didn’t stop there in this case. It’s been through many cycles of ownership, and has served as, among other things, an antiques store and an architecture office. Today, thanks to a recent renovation that marries the past to the present, it’s home to the investment bank Scenic Advisement.

          A space with rough wooden timbers, brick walls, and concrete floors holds a modern, open-plan office with frosted glass conference rooms.
          The investment bank created by Artistic Designs for Living and Feldman Architecture dispels the concept of a “stuffy bank.” Artwork by graffiti legend Ian Ross hangs in the entry.

          Architects at Feldman Architecture and interior designer Tineke Triggs, principal at Artistic Designs for Living, were hired by Scenic Advisement to transform the space into a unique office that has a lot of style but no stuffiness.

          “The clients were looking for something more creative, cool, and hip,” says Triggs. “This was not to be a bunch of cubicles.”

          In the open-plan space, a wooden rowing machine has a prime spot.
          In this office, the unconventional features include a rowing machine.

          In lieu of cubicles, the design team took a more open approach. “From a space-planning perspective, we approached it as having be mostly open, but with enclosed areas for meetings,” says Tai Ikegami, managing partner at Feldman Architecture. “From a design perspective, we looked at it as making modern interventions within the historic space.”

          A conference room has glass walls.
          The goal of the design team was to open, not divide, the space. Architects created glass conference rooms that provide privacy without blocking the light.

          Those concepts manifest as a background of original brick and rough-hewn timbers with glass-enclosed conference rooms, a tea and coffee bar, a gym (not shown), and a long work table defined by a rectangular light fixture.

          “We wanted to open the space, not subdivide it. The glass boxes create pavilions for private meetings, but make a minimal visual division,” says Ikegami. “The office now exists in a long, open space, and the pavilions are almost light apertures that let the light through.”

          For the foreground, Triggs worked her particular brand of magic. As she puts it, “We brought the funk. This is not your typical office, and we didn’t want to do the typical office thing.”

          It starts at the front door, with a relaxed lounge area. “The entry is inviting,” says Triggs. “It’s a place where employees and visitors are welcomed to come in and have a seat. This is a place where brainstorming often happens.”

          Throughout, Triggs installed compelling art. In the lobby it’s a piece composed of used spray paint cans, the work of Ian Ross, a local graffiti artist.

          A bathroom has bright sections of graffiti art in yellow, red, and blue.
          A bathroom is decorated with stripes of graffiti by Elan Evens.

          It’s not the only graffiti reference in the space. In one of the bathrooms, decorative artist Elan Evans painted the walls in brightly colored street-art style. “I like commercial bathrooms to be more than utilitarian,” says Triggs. “I love walking into a bathroom that gives you something surprising and unexpected. The graffiti also speaks to the street culture of San Francisco.”

          The long work table is an exercise in workplace democracy. “This is a place where they all come to work together,” says Triggs. “There’s no hierarchy or power spot.”

          A kitchen has a eat-in bar. A kid’s dirt bike hangs above it.
          An open kitchen, coffee, and tea bar is topped by a kid’s bike once used by one of the principals.

          The tea and coffee bar is topped by a bicycle. “These clients like to add a little playfulness in their professional space and lives,” Triggs says. “The bike belongs to one of the partners—it was his childhood bike. I think it makes him happy to look at it here.”

          Another whimsical touch: An old school rowing machine holds a prominent place near the workspace. “If you need a break, you can sit down and have a few rows. They also have some small bikes they ride through office,” says Triggs. “Consider it a break from the stale office environment.”

          A long table has rows of computers and chairs. A long rectangular light fixture hangs above.
          In this office, everyone works at one long table.

          Despite all the new features, the past still shines. “The team worked really well together, and we were all in agreement that we wanted to leave the original purity of the building intact,” says Triggs. “We left most of the original details in place—including what appears to be horse bites in some of the beams.”

        • Best Blue Paints for Your Home

          By Mary Jo Bowling

          Getting the blues isn’t all bad; it can make a dramatic statement in your home.

          Traditionally, blue has represented trust, peace, and loyalty. But when it comes to interiors, blue can bring both drama and flexibility to a room. Designers across the country have turned to deep blues for a statement color that goes well with almost anything else.

          Aesthetics aside, color consultant Shannon Kaye thinks that blue still has those comforting connotations. “Deep, reassuring blues give us a place to feel safe and reconnect with our loved ones in our homes,” she says.

          We asked designers to weigh in with their picks for the best dark blue paints.

          In the Midnight Hour, Benjamin Moore

          Interior designer Tineke Triggs put warm accents in front of a deep blue wall in a dining room. “It’s such a beautiful statement color that is both bold and elegant,” she says. “By selecting the right textures and lighting to compliment it, you can create a truly stunning space.”

          A dark blue dining room with orange accents.

          For drama in the dining room, designer Tineke Triggs chose In the Midnight Hour by Benjamin Moore as the wall color |

          Drew Kelly

        • Houzz Tour: Pattern Plays in a San Francisco Victorian

          By Becky Harris 

          A designer pays homage to period architecture while freshening up the home for a family of 5.

          This San Francisco Victorian needed an update to make it suit the life of a busy modern family. But the last thing the owners wanted to do was lose any of the home’s original historic charm. “This is an early-1900s Victorian with unbelievable details like handmade spindles on the stairway, beautiful fireplaces and ornate millwork — it all absolutely had to stay,” interior designer Tineke Triggs says. At the same time, she needed to make it comfortable and welcoming for the couple and their three young daughters. Carrying colors, textures and loose motifs throughout the house created the easy flow and comfort they were craving.
        • Fabulous Fireplace Focal Points

          By Mitchell Parker

          New This Week: 4 Fabulous Fireplace Focal Points

          Cozy and Contemporary

          Designer: Tineke Triggs
          Location: Mill Valley, California
          Sizes: 204 square feet (18.9 square meters); 12 by 17 feet (3.6 by 5.1 meters)

          Homeowners’ request: A sophisticated, edgy and inviting space in which to reconnect as a couple and entertain friends. “Think Lenny Kravitz meets Mill Valley family life,” designer Tineke Triggs says.

          Fireplace focal point: Triggs felt that with a fireplace surround of waxed leather extending all the way to the high ceiling, she had few options for anything that could compete with it as a focal point. Instead, she played it up even more by creating a clear path to it, flanked by two custom sofas. A barely there coffee table also keeps the visual weight on the fireplace, while a satin brass chandelier accentuates its height.

          Designer secret: “Adding texture to a square space adds so much interest and dimension,” Triggs says. “The puzzle lamps, waxed leather fireplace, the lamb fur on the stools — all of these textures and various shapes bring some much-needed depth to the overall design.”

          “Uh-oh” moment: “Space planning was a challenge here, as we wanted to have two large sofas with large tufted arms that felt grand and inviting, but we didn’t have a lot of room to work with and we didn’t want to block the fireplace views in any way,” Triggs says. “We realized that standard-size sofas would have been too large, but just shortening the sofa length would have resulted in large tufted arms that were out of proportion with everything else. The solution was to have the sofas custom made, which allowed us to pare down the size of both the arms and the length so that everything stayed in proportion with each other and the room. Getting the scale right is everything.”

          Also on the team: Chambers + Chambers (architect); Christopher Stark (photographer)

        • Welcome Home Again

          By Abigail Stone

          Interior designer Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living gives her Sonoma County home a refresh that highlights its inviting vibe.

          Photo by Paul Dyer

          “I always approach each project with three questions in mind: who’s the client; how will the environment inform the design and how will the home be used?,” says interior designer Tineke Triggs. The same format applied when she tackled her own home in Kenwood, a town in Sonoma County.  “We’re a family of four with a gaggle of friends that we wanted to share this home with,” she shares, “It was therefore very important that the home’s layout and designs be family friendly and work for large gatherings.”

          The family had bought the home almost twenty years ago. “We’d been looking for property in the wine country forever and when we stumbled upon this one, we knew we had something special,” she remembers. “Although the home itself was in need of major renovations, the land, the views and the feel of the property were amazing. It had such a great energy about it.”

          Photo by Paul Dyer
          Photo by Paul Dyer

          Located just one hour from the family’s main home in San Francisco made it a convenient spot in which to welcome visitors. “In fact, when we purchased it, we gave all of our friends a set of keys and told them, ‘This is your home, not ours, and we want you all to enjoy it with us.’ That spirit has resulted in many wonderful memories. “There are many special stories and deep connections with family, friends, children, grandchildren, that were formed here,” she shares.

          Photo by Paul Dyer
          Photo by Paul Dyer

          Of course when they’d originally purchased the property, a 2,500 square foot home Eichler-ish design built in 1964, they reconfigured the layout to improve the home’s flow and its connection with the outdoors, and rethought rooms, like opening up the small kitchen to the view and creating a great room where everyone could comfortably gather. They’d also added a swimming pool.

          Photo by Paul Dyer
          Photo by Paul Dyer

          But two decades on the house was in need of a refresh. Living in the home had taught them about the space — what works, what didn’t, what needed improvement — and the furnishings were worn. “What you’re seeing now is a fresh update to the designs throughout each space in the home.  Designs that reflect who we are today, how the home is used and what we’ve learned about the space after 20 years of living in it,” says Triggs.

          Photo by Paul Dyer

          The 2017 wine country fires had also impacted the property, coming within 5 feet of the home and grabbing two smaller structures. “We were so incredibly lucky that the house itself was spared, but it prompted us to make some important changes, such as replacing the roof with one that was more fire-resistant and installing solar panels to reduce our reliance on electricity,” Triggs says, “We even bought pumps for the swimming pool in case we needed the water to extinguish fires!”

          Photo by Paul Dyer

          There were other changes that they made that were just as important as these practical improvements; they were the renovations that underline this home as a  place that embraces family and friends and relaxation. Triggs notes the covered patio, “where we love to relax during the golden hours – either at breakfast or as the sun sets.  People come here to take in the beautiful views, read a book, or just take a quiet moment away from the crowd when we have larger gatherings. We recently added two hanging chairs to the patio that I sourced in Paris from a Danish designer.  They create such a fun yet relaxing vibe.” Inside, little seating areas create areas for the intimate conversations that happen at large events.

          Photo by Paul Dyer

          In the refreshed design, Triggs revised the color palette and textures, drawing from the surroundings to “make the house look like the space it inhabits.” The new scheme puts people front and center.

          Photo by Paul Dyer

          “My kids have grown to truly appreciate the home and this was really driven home after the 2017 fires,” says Triggs. “When they realized that this special family place only narrowly escaped being consumed by the fires, it became all the more precious to them.” Here’s to twenty more.

          Photo by Paul Dyer
        • 7 Color Palettes Inspired by ‘La La Land’

          By Erin Carlyle, Houzz Editorial Staff

          The musical La La Land, which follows the romance between a jazz musician and an aspiring actress, got 14 Oscar nominations today. It’s a visually gorgeous film, and no matter how it does on awards night Feb. 26, it’s a feast for the eyes.

          We’ve written about finding inspiration for room palettes on the runway, in nature and in your closet. Movies also can be a wonderful place to discover rich blends of colors you can apply to home decor. Take a peek at these scenes from La La Land paired with rooms that have a similar palette.

           

          La La Land

          4. City Stroll

          Look at the attention to detail in this shot: The ocher color of Gosling’s tie reflects the color of the lamppost behind him, while Stone’s coral dress repeats the pink in the twilight sky. Gray also forms a major part of the palette, in the dark of the road and the lighter color of the fence on the left.

          Room designer: Tineke Triggs

          Charcoal-colored painted cabinetry grounds this kitchen in much the same way that the road provides a gray anchor in the movie shot. Pops of coral parallel the color of Stone’s dress, while the wood floor approximates — yes, it’s not 100 percent — the ocher of Gosling’s tie. The dark wood door at the back of the room imitates Gosling’s hair; the paint color in that niche echoes the concrete balusters in the movie shot’s lower left.