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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 sweet people. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. There has been some nasty weather in parts of the US this week, so if you happen to be in one of them, hopefully you are inside, warm and toasty. Watching the snow fall. Sipping a hot mug of something. With a fire going. Reading the Sunday paper. In b... Anywayyyy, this coming week is all about work, so I'm enjoying a nice quiet weekend to gear up. One of the most difficult decisions for my client's is selecting artwork. It should be the easiest! There is only one... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at FarmHouseUrban
Hi Heather! Our door is 29" wide. If you have the wall space next to the door opening, I would suggest a sliding barn door. That way you won't lose any width when the door is open. Does that make sense? As far as how it's functioning - we love it! This morning I was putting away wine glasses and had 2 in each hand thinking how nice it is that the door swings. thanks for stopping by! xo S
Hi Laura, the cabinets in the magazine came from here http://qkcsf.com. thank you so much for the compliment! xo S
Hi Vadim :-) It means one leans towards order, cleanliness and, preferring things to always be sort of, well, perfect. Loved your comments! Thanks for visiting and please come again, there are more recent posts :-) S
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Favorite new discoveries in home furnishings. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at FarmHouseUrban
Hi Danielle, The kitchen pendants are from Battersea in SF. Ask for Tommy. The panelling is T & G poplar. xo S
Thank you so much Michelle!
Hi Jennifer, I don't have the answer! I couldn't find the maker of the faucet in my binder, but did find something similar: http://rohlhome.com/Bath/Products.aspx?CollectionName='Perrin%20^%20Rowe' Hope that helps! xo Serena
Hi Margaret, The legs were made by a local metal smith here in the Bay Area. He did all of the interior and exterior railings for us. Unfortunately, he is not able to do small jobs. I would suggest contacting a local metal worker in your area and seeing if they have a catalog of legs to choose from. Thank you for the sweet words! xo S
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Powder Room renovation in dark gray with brass fixtures Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at FarmHouseUrban
Hi Joey - thank you! Both the dining room and master bath fixtures came from Restoration Hardware. Happy Holidays! xo S
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
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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 Dec 14, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
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Aw thank you Leanne! Happy Thanksgiving! xo Serena
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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
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Ideas for College Care Packages Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at FarmHouseUrban
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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
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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
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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
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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