FDS gets a brand new virtual home

I'm thrilled to introduce our new website:

funk design studio

I wanted it to be lighter, brighter, all about easily scrolling through beautiful images & fun.  Also, a little more techy than our old one.  Now existing clients can schedule meetings online (love this feature).

How'd we do it?

I have a rock star Web Designer.  Nicole at Curio Electro opened up my brain and grabbed what she needed to make this happen.  She's magic & a damn good artist.  She drew our map (our office is impossibly hard to find, a hidden gem) & the "busy Sandra" avatar - where she noted that she gave me a good butt.  Why thank you.


I also have to thank my team, Sami & Amanda, for all of your help on the content (oh, the content!), gathering the portfolio pics & edits, edits, edits.  Great work - thank you!

To the amazing photographers, thank you for your vision, skill & the use of your pretty pictures.

Last but never least, thank you to my clients!!!  Without your daily leaps of faith, there would be no stunning outcomes, only safe beige rooms.  Thank you for that, for your kind words & for sharing your little design secret (me) with your friends!

It definitely takes a village.  Enjoy the tour!


Another of life’s little mysteries solved…

You know I love to share these little tips and tricks with you – so here’s one I came across today.

If you’ve ever tried to figure out how much wallpaper you need, you are going to love this.  (Don’t forget to manually add the ceiling if you are papering that as well.)  I always figure out material quantities two different ways to make sure I come out with the same number.  This is a great little triple check:

Lowe's Wallpaper Calculator

Thanks Lowe’s!


Design update: my Kitchen

If you’ve been following along, then you know that I moved in the middle of the frozen tundra that is Winter 2014.  What fun.  First the pipes froze, then the contractors descended, then we moved in, then the ice began to melt & slide {and ripped most of the gutters off with it}, then slowly – ever so slowly, we took over.  It’s starting to feel real.  Like it’s really our house.  And, you are going to want to see how it turns out…

Kitchen Before After

but all I have is a sneak peek so far.

Peach wall color: gone. Oak cabinet finish: gone. Colonial furniture & traditional rug: gone. Dark wood trim: gone. Still working on that backsplash – oy! The peaches!

Keep an eye out. I have a few ideas on how to fix this…

If you want to see more house progress, leave a comment below and tell me what you want to see next.  The Master Bedroom?  Living Room?  Foyer?  It’s up to you.


What’s up Wednesday: Inside the Studio

Hi.  I hope you are doing a little jig for the spring weather.  I am loving it!  Speaking of loving it – I have some excellent news:  Sami’s back!


Samantha Lanza is back to FDS as a Senior Designer.  After 3 years with me, she gave retail design a try, but realized that residential design is where her heart is {thank goodness!}.  In case you missed her credentials the first time around, Samantha has her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Sam has a great eye for design, is an awesome project manager, and is a CAD {computer aided design} “master” – it may be self proclaimed, but it’s true.


In other fantastic news, Amanda Amato has also come on board.  Amanda completed her internship at Funk Design Studio and recently started her new role of Design Assistant.  Amanda completed her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at Berkeley College.  A style maven at heart, Amanda brings a great aesthetic eye as well as non-stop smiles and truly appreciated organizational skills.


6 ways to a harmonious closet

…and make getting dressed quick & enjoyable:

1.  Add a basket system:  laundry, hand wash, dry cleaning, donations & a garbage.

2.  Donate clothes that are no longer in style, don’t fit, or haven’t been worn in a year.

3.  Separate clothes by season.

4.  Categorize clothes by purpose:  work, formal, casual.

5.  Install hooks on the closet wall to hang hats, hand bags or that favorite jacket that you wear all the time.

6.  Hang a piece of art or display a favorite item – a little closet candy can go a long way first thing in the morning.

** We custom designed the above closet — now that’s a great place to get dressed every day!


pops of yellow living room

i’m still in my p.j.’s, tea in hand.  my girls don’t believe in daylight savings, so i’ve been up for quite some time.  i went hunting around for this picture because i’m obsessed with bright yellow right now.  check out my instagram post this morning to see the vibrant yellow trees surrounding my yard.  gorgeous!

the grey / yellow obsession of late is justified in this extraordinary living room.  you really couldn’t go wrong with this delicious architecture.


October 2008 traditionalhome.com


9 things you should do now to take care of your home

I just received this great checklist from one of my favorite contractors, Bill at Premiere.  I need to get on it!  : )

“It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. These steps, most of which you can do yourself, will lower your utility bills and protect your investment.

1. Tune up your heating system. Have a technician inspect your furnace or heat pump to be sure the system is clean and in good repair, and that it can achieve its manufacturer-rated efficiency.

2. Look closely at your roof. Scan it closely with binoculars if possible. Look for damaged, loose or missing shingles that may leak during winter’s storms or from melting snow. Check and repair breaks in the flashing seals around vent stacks and chimneys, too.

3. Caulk around windows and doors. If the gaps between siding and window or door frames are bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to reapply exterior caulk. (Check the joints in window and door frames, too.) Silicone caulk is best for exterior use because it won’t shrink and it’s impervious to the elements. Add weather-stripping as needed around doors, making sure you cannot see any daylight from inside your home.

4. Clean the gutters. If your gutters are full of detritus, water can back up against the house and damage roofing, siding and wood trim. Also look for missing or damaged gutters and fascia boards and repair them if necessary.

5. Divert water. Add extensions to downspouts so that water runs at least 3 to 4 feet away from the foundation.

6. Turn off exterior faucets. Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets then turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.

7. Drain your lawn-irrigation system. But call in a professional to do the job. Draining sprinkler-system pipes, as with spigots, will help avoid freezing and leaks.

8. Test your sump pump. Slowly pour several gallons of water into the sump pit to see whether the pump turns on. You should do this every few months, but especially after a long dry season or before a rainy one. Most sump pumps last about ten years.

9. Call a chimney sweep. Make sure your fireplace (or any heating appliance burning gas, oil, wood or coal), chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. That will prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from creeping into your home.”