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Serena Armstrong
Marin County, California
Interior Designer who enjoys finding the beauty in combining old with new.
Interests: running, cooking, hiking, reading, traveling, art, great restaurants, the beach, all things interior design
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Hi Elaine, The cabinets were made by the contractor. I sketched a design and then provided CAD drawings and he made them custom for each built-in and bathroom. Thank you for the sweet words! xo S
Over the past year, most of my work focus has been spent on some very exciting interior design projects. I haven’t mentioned much about work for awhile, so here is a little update… After three wonderful years, I closed my storefront and design studio over the summer and moved my studio into the lower level of my house. It is awesome! I can’t wait to show you photos of how it turned out! One of the reasons I decided to do this is because many of my projects are long term and in wine country, so I was not in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FarmHouseUrban
Aw thank you Leanne! Happy Thanksgiving! xo Serena
The transformation of an unused space to walk-in Pantry in a modern Farmhouse style. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
It is the most appreciated! thanks for stopping by! xo Serena
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2014 on College Care Packages at FarmHouseUrban
So true! Who doesn't love cookies? Thank you for the sweet comment. xo serena
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2014 on College Care Packages at FarmHouseUrban
Ideas for College Care Packages Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
Hi lovelies. As I write this, it's raining buckets. I have the fireplace going and am wearing the requisite rainy day attire of fuzzy socks and a big sweater. Not only is it Halloween, AND the San Francisco Giants Parade, but it's also my birthday weekend. Rain was not supposed to happen. I actually don't have any big plans. Since the b-day party a couple of weeks ago, it's been a festival of coffees, lunches and dinners with girlfriends. I prefer it that way - in ones and twos - and feel incredibly blessed to have the circle of amazing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
I'm sure your table will look beautiful as everything you touch does! xo Serena
Thank you so much Michelle! I will try to post more interior house photos! xo Serena
Thank you Karen for the sweet words! I had so much fun too! xo Serena
My birthday is in a couple of weeks. I decided to have friends over but not tell them it’s my birthday. I just wanted to bask in the glow of being around those who I hold nearest and dearest. Plus, I needed an excuse to have a party! The Food There is a local caterer known for his amazing Spanish food as well as preparing Paella outdoors in a pan the size of a Volkswagon beetle. It sounded like a perfect dish for a Fall dinner too. In addition to Paella, he made two hors d’oeurves – spicy grilled shrimp... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
I was recently contacted by the uber girly nail polish company - Julep - asking me to pick a favorite nail color from their Fall Collection, then create an outfit around it and share it with you here on the blog. I decided to take it one step further and create an interior in the same color palette. In all honesty, I had never heard of Julep before, but one look around the website as well as watching the videos of CEO's Jane Park and Kate MacDonald talking about their vision for their company and I was hooked right away.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
After almost a 30-year lapse, this August I revisited the place of many idyllic childhood memories. Me and the kiddos rented a little house in East Hampton for a few weeks. The first half it was just us, the latter part friends joined. It was pure heaven in every way - the homes - omg the homes! There is no such thing as too many gray weathered shingles! The gardens - hydrangea, privet, boxwood and sprawling green lawns. Then there was the beach - perfect water temperature, just the right size waves and sand like baker's sugar. You can't really... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
It's finally done! Let me show you around... Looking out from the kitchen doors to the gravel patio. We may add a barbeque later to the corner closest to the door. It's been stubbed with a gas and electric line, so it will be easy to add. The arbor is made of redwood and is chunky and simple. The walls throughout the landscape have been stucco'd with a light gray stain. I'm hoping that in a few months, the new plants will cover up our neighbor's fence. Oh look! It's a rare sighting! A teenager eating a blowl of cherries... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
Well hi beauties. I have much to share with you. For starters, Luke graduated from high school last week. I held it together (for the most part) during the ceremony, but before and after...yikes, I should own stock in Kleenex. My second big news - and i will be sparse with the details for dramatic effect. For the past 3+ months, I have been working on the most exciting interior design projects EVER! Last but not least, there has been progress in my own house (what is that expression about the cobbler and his own shoes?) Several new pieces of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
Well hi you... Long time since last post, I know. Besides being incredibly busy at work (LOVE-ing my current projects!), this past month I've been biting my nails as the college letters arrived on a daily basis. I am thrilled to announce that our son Luke has made his decision and will be attending George Washington University this fall!! We are so proud and excited to watch him embark on this new adventure! Although he will be very far from home, I am happy he'll have the experience of living on the East Coast! This was taken at the pre-prom... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
**Note: I wrote this on Sunday, and then thought twice about publishing it... I just read Vicki Archer's blog - French Essence (one of my must reads despite the number of unread emails that pile up). Anyway, today she wrote a very inspiring post about weight loss and it made me think we can all use a little 'just do it' encouragement! More fun decor stuff and LOTS of photos coming in next post! Until then... Here is a little vitamin to get your week started...It occurred to me today that this phrase which I use daily, is so embedded... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
Thank you Karen!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2014 on The Perfect Bed at FarmHouseUrban
Hi Mary Ann! Sorry you had trouble leaving a comment! Thanks for the sweet message, Yes, we definitely need to connect now that you are in the bay area! xos
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2014 on The Perfect Bed at FarmHouseUrban
Hi to you! Things have been quite hectic around here lately! All good I'm happy to say. More later... As a follow-up to my last post - Donna's house sold right away! Yay! I recently received the following email from a reader: I love a simple white bed: just a duvet and a fitted sheet with wonderful pillows. I usually buy Pottery Barn sheets, but would like to indulge in something more luxurious without breaking the bank. Which brands do you suggest? Thank you… PS In your opinion, on a king-sized bed, what is the best pillow combination for reading/sleeping?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
I've said before I'm not that into clothes and I especially don't like shopping for them. Well something has shifted and this is no longer true. I have a little confession.... I find myself thinking about shoes sometimes a lot. And there's more. I have thoughts of entire outfits that I don't even have an occasion for. There I said it. Fashion fantasizing - I'm copping to it. That's the first step - admitting, right? One of the reasons for my shift is perhaps because the new trends are finally feminine and thus incredibly flattering!!! No more MC Hammer-style pants... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
It's been awhile since I've posted anything regarding the house, so here are some updates... The nook off of the kitchen is finished! This little space that used to be a wasted enclosed porch has become my new favorite spot! To see the 'before' as well as nooks that inspired this one, click here. The custom sectional is slipcovered in indigo Belgian linen... The coffee table is a vintage find and the rug is from Ikea. The glass cylinder lamp can be purchased on the shop website - click here. The pillows are custom. I had an extra pillow made... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
I keep reminding myself that despite the balmy temperatures here in California, it is still winter. Regardless of what the thermometer says, these are some of my favorite winter finds. Little bit of this and a little bit of that... enjoy! 1. Pendleton Blankets. When I was 16 I asked for a Pendleton blanket for my birthday. I'm sure my parents thought I was crazy, but they got one for me anyway. I still have it, love it just as much if not more, and it still looks brand new despite being on my bed from high school, through college... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
The weeks prior to the end of the year were a blur - a combination of work deadlines, social events and of course, the usual holiday craziness. There were a few highlights I thought I'd share... Shutterfly, if you aren't familiar, is an online company that imprints photos and on just about anything - cards, mugs, calendars, you name it. They did their Valentine's Day photo shoot at my house recently. It was really fun to see what happens the behind the scenes. The caterers were there at 8:00am to set up breakfast, then came back for lunch. As much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban