Growing up in Woodside, CA with Dutch parents, Tineke’s designs reflect the captivating mix of her Californian roots and European heritage. Inspired by designers who broke away from the pack, Tineke is known for creating sophisticated, chic and eclectic interiors. She finds passion in discovering the elements that make each house a home and has a knack for incorporating imaginative details into her designs to create truly memorable spaces. The veteran of four San Francisco Decorator Showcases with countless published interiors and design awards, Tineke’s work has been featured in numerous design publications including Luxe Magazine, California Home & Design, Modern Luxury Interiors, California Homes, SFC&G and Gentry Home.
Photo by Aubrie Pick
What is your background?
Like many before me, my path to interior design was an interesting one! As a child, I would draw and paint whenever I could – I loved art but I was slightly terrified of becoming a starving artist when I grew up, so I ended up studying math and engineering in college. I went to work in investment banking and then technology sales, but found myself longing for more creativity throughout those early years of my career.
When I bought my first home in 1995, I completely immersed myself in the design process, taught myself drafting and became totally hooked with interior architecture and design. My engineering background helped me to understand architectural plans, my finance background helped me stay on budget and my creativity was able to flourish. I had finally found my calling and I founded Artistic Designs for Living shortly thereafter. It has been a wonderful journey!
Your work is very timeless, but has great flare! How do you get that balance just right?
I love the jewelry of design – the extra little pieces that add interest to a space and make the room come together. But a sense of balance is incredibly important in design – whether it’s blending classic furnishings with contemporary art, adding a bit of unexpected glamour to traditional décor or layering textures in a room to create something really soulful – getting that balance right is what good design is all about.
If someone is working within a strict budget where do you encourage them to spend and save?
I’m very pragmatic when it comes to budgeting and we take great care at the beginning of a project to establish a budget and work within it. But once that budget is established, I will tell the client not to worry so much about the individual prices, as long as we can stay within their overall budget. I like to splurge on a few unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that bring a room to life, and then adjust the budget to accommodate for those. Having rare finds and vintage pieces in a room is what makes the end design so special..
Do you have a signature that finds its way into every project?
That’s a hard one, but I do love texture and a good pop of color where you least expect it. I try to design spaces that strike a balance between having enough interest to draw you in to the room, but not so much that it overwhelms. I like things to be in place, but I also love those unexpected design elements that add excitement to a space, something that pulls you in and makes you want to stay forever.
Is there a current trend that you think will endure?
I think the more sophisticated eclectic aesthetic that we’re seeing now will endure the test of time. It’s a very timeless way of blending modern furnishings with heritage pieces and perhaps a few treasures from the homeowner’s travels. When you bring those elements together gracefully, you can help each home tell its own unique story. The Europeans tend to design and live this way, and it’s an aesthetic that I think we’ll see more and more of in the US.
All Room Photos by Christopher Stark
Do you tend to have tried-and-true favorites that find themselves into every job?
It’s different for every project, but I do get excited about new textiles and textures, and will find a place for them in every one of my projects. Whether it’s a textured wall covering, a fabulous fringe detail, or unexpected finish on a custom fixture – you’ll find interesting textures woven through all the projects I work on.
What is your favorite recent project and what made it so special?
My favorite new project is one that we recently completed in The Avenues. The home had been remodeled in the early 2000’s but was lacking in character and needed a lot of love. The client trusted our vision and gave us the creative freedom to achieve that vision for them. We created a timeless design with all the eclectic elements I love – vintage pieces mixed in with modern, wonderful textural elements, and unique pieces layered into every room. The end result was amazing and the client’s reaction was especially moving. They cried tears of joy when they saw the completed project – and so did I!
Do you have a fantasy project?
I would love to design Justin Timberlake’s house in Malibu – I just think he would be so fun to work with! I also think “The Rock” would be a blast and I really do believe it’s all about the people you’re creating for. They can bring such joy to a project and it’s really special when your clients become your friends at the end of a job – that’s incredibly rewarding.
What are your favorite pieces on Previously Owned by a Gay Man and how would you use them in a project?
These mid-century Milo chairs would look beautiful with the black lacquered game table I’m installing at one of my client’s. I might want to funk them up a bit by reupholstering the chairs in a fabulous green fabric…
This Michael Berman desk would be an amazing addition to a guest room I’m doing in a high-rise condominium downtown….
This triangular coffee table from Hickory chair would look incredible with a round leather ottoman to slide underneath it. Perfect for a family room design I’m working on in Tiburon…
These mid-century chairs are perfect for an old school video game room I’m designing now. Pac-Man anyone?
I love the curved design on this sofa and it would be ideal for floating in the middle of a living room I’m designing now – I want the focus to be on both the fireplace and the TV (which are in different corners of the room) and this would work really well.
I would love to use this comfy sofa for a kids space that I’m designing in Stinson Beach. I can see the teenagers hanging out on this all day long…
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.”
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.
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 designer pays homage to period architecture while freshening up the home for a family of 5
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple with three young children
Location: San Francisco
Size: 3,500 square feet (325 square meters); six bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms
Designer: Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living
When you walk up to original doors like these, you expect to enter a home that has respected and preserved its spectacular Victorian-era architecture. Once inside, visitors are met with an ornate staircase and a view into the living room.
A sometimes blurred, sometimes brushed painterly quality shows up here and there, whether in exaggerated drips, watercolor-like patterns or ombré. For example, Triggs added the blue to an inexpensive painting to create this artwork. You can also see the painterly quality in the pattern on the rug and on some of the throw pillows.
She custom designed this sofa. Note how the curves on the back nod to the original moldings around the adjacent bay.
Wing chair: Caracole, upholstered in Royal silk/mohair by Corragio; iron and stone coffee table: Global Views; sofa: custom, upholstered in Barkcloth by Brentano; Roman shade fabric: Dejeuner Sur L’Herbe, Casamance
While the living room has a quieter palette, the adjacent dining room revs things up.
Wall paint: In the Midnight Hour, Benjamin Moore; Keegan chandelier in Antique Brass: Arteriors; Adagio buffet: Bernhardt
Wallpaper: Lietti in French Blue, Romo
While the former kitchen was small, the family had loved eating together at a small table just outside the space and wanted to keep something like it for casual family meals. So Triggs designed a long, removable, free-standing bench that resembles a banquette and a new Carrara marble top for an industrial table base that’s long and narrow enough to fit the space.
Wall paint: Edgecomb Gray, Benjamin Moore; bistro table: custom; Beatrix side chairs: Mr. Brown; banquette fabric: Gato vinyl, Kravet, with welt in Rodeo-Dijon, Arc Com
Island color: In the Midnight Hour, Benjamin Moore; range: Wolf; pendants: Mr. Brown (no longer available)
Wall paint: Edgecomb Gray, Benjamin Moore; cabinet paint: Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore; Roman shades: custom in Venice cotton print, Stark Fabrics
The fabric on the chaise longue was the jumping-off point for the bedroom’s color palette. Triggs designed the chaise, which recalls a Victorian fainting couch. Ombré window treatments continue that painterly quailty we saw downstairs.
Wall paint: Silver Fox, Benjamin Moore; chest of drawers: Hickory Chair; chaise: custom, upholstered in Cerney Floral Whisper, Stroheim; fireplace surround tile: custom colored and hand-painted, Fireclay
Wall paint: Decorator’s White, Benjamin Moore; Bayview daybed: Palu
Wall paint: Collingwood, Benjamin Moore; ceiling paint: Prom Dress, Benjamin Moore
One thing to remember when you have a narrow staircase: Make sure the furniture will fit through it. Triggs chose a sectional that came in small pieces that would make it up the stairs.
The home is now a place where the family will thrive, with thoughtful touches for both today and those future teenage years. And while its look is freshened up, the spirit of the original architecture remains alive and well.
Milo Baughman Design sectional: Thayer Coggin
Happy New Year! I’m kicking off 2017 with this beautiful San Francisco home designed by Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living! Captured by photographer Drew Kelly, the Victorian remodel perfectly blends daring design with traditional elements for a bold yet classic look. I’m positively in love with the kitchen here…the dramatic pendants and custom bistro table are fab, but you know I’m all about the gorgeous tile backsplashes! I love how they pop against the white cabinetry! The family room is another favorite space. The built-in shelves are great, especially with the painted backs! There’s still a lot more to see of the home…go here to finish your tour! And for another fun space I’ve featured by Tineke Triggs, go here!
4. Cozy and Contemporary
Designer: Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living
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)
It has been quite some time since Jo featured the carefully considered spaces created by San Francisco-based Tineke Triggs and her team at Artistic Designs For Living. They continue to create beautiful, dynamic and impeccable spaces that are unique...I was sold on the first photo above. Leather Panton chairs? YES PLEASE!!!!
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.
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, Artistic Designs for Living
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.
by Mary Jo Bowling Nov 30, 2016, 12:00pm EST
Sheri Olson of Sheri Olson Architecture declares gray is her favorite color. "I always say, if it’s not white, it had better be gray," she says. She often selects the shade for interiors, and calls Pavilion Gray by Farrow & Ball one of her nearly foolproof choices.
The architect says that she resisted the grayness of Seattle, where she’s based, for the first few years, but changed her mind. "I started to see what a wonderfully subtle color gray can be as the light changes," she says.
This beautiful home may be located in the San Francisco area, but it definitely has Southern sensibilities! Los Angeles-based architect Tim Barber and senior project manager Kirk Snyder worked with interior designer Tineke Triggs of Artistic Design for Living to create the Georgian-style farmhouse for a couple who wanted their new home to evoke the spirit of their childhood homes in the South. Big porches will do just that! Builder Erik Hughes did a fantastic job incorporating many period details, with intricate trim profiles, crown moldings and wainscots throughout the home. And I love how Tineke respected the architecture while putting a fresh spin on things. I mean, how great is the blue-painted woodwork in the dining room? The shades of blue woven throughout are perfection really, especially in the master suite! Swoon! You can read all about the home, learn sources and see more photos by Laura Hull over at Luxe Interiors + Design!
The holidays are fast approaching, and along with it, the entertaining season. For many hosts, the libations are as carefully considered as the food. So we asked local tastemakers to weigh in on the components of a good bar setup — from must-have tools and ingredients to go-to resources and decorative accents.
Tineke Triggs is an interior designer by trade, but she also has a knack for making cocktails: At California Home + Design magazine’s mix-off competition at the Palace Hotel in September, her Alpine Mist took top honors. Perhaps the skill runs in the family, since Triggs recalls that her grandmother made the best Manhattans and would let her have one of the cherries from the drink. “I thought they were the best cherries I’d ever tasted,” Triggs adds. As a designer, Triggs is often tasked with incorporating a cocktail station for clients. The bar shown here resides in a home that “is neat and organized, so the thought of mismatched bottles out on display would not work,” says Triggs, who decanted the liquor for “a clean, uncluttered look.” The round decanters are from Anthem on Sacramento Street, while the square one is from Tiffany & Co.
Essential tools: “The glass cocktail shaker is key. The metal ones always seem to stick and the strainers drip. Other important tools include a double jigger, strainer, toothpicks and ice tongs.”
Always on hand: Vodka and bourbon — they are both versatile. One of my client’s mothers is from the South and apparently uses vodka to get rid of poison ivy and ear infections, and bourbon for sore throats. How’s that for versatility!”
Art matters: “The art above the cart is ‘Reflections with Raft’ by Catherine Mackey. The clients were drawn to the piece as it reflects the urban environment where they live. When you pour a cocktail and look up at the painting, you discover something unexpected that you hadn’t seen before. It’s a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of the day.”
A “Blue Valentine “ doesn’t have to be synonymous with “lonely." I grew up in a Dutch family where Valentine’s Day was a time to honor friendship and companionship more than anything else. The color blue symbolizes loyalty and trust, and a Blue Valentine-themed gathering is a great excuse to spend quality time with loved ones and celebrate your closest relationships - be it friends, family or significant others, let your love shine through this Valentines Day.
Vintage Aston Martin
I can’t think of a better way to kick off a Blue Valentine’s Day than taking a loved one for a spin in this gorgeous blue Aston Martin. Destination unknown - it’s definitely all about the journey here!
These archery tacks are cast representations of arrow tails with a modern twist. Out of the ordinary and adorable. Pin these to any of those Valentines notes worth saving.
Hermes Tableware, Bleu d’Ailleurs
After touring around in the vintage beauty, head home for a special meal and pull out all the stops with this gorgeous Hermes tableware. Its bold colors and exotic patterns are influenced by both European and Asian travels - a subtle way to bring different cultures together through beautiful design.
Ballar Tea Glasses
No need to buy jewlery this Valentine’s when you have these Moroccan tea glasses that are like jewels themselves. Their gold etched details and dazzling colored glass make a beautiful statement for everything from cocktails to candleholders - even a traditional Moroccan mint tea.
Good design doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This gold flatware from West Elm is elegant and festive and set a beautiful table.
Custom Tablecloth, Fabric by Guildery
I love this Loom pattern from Guildrey and had it made into a gorgeous tablecloth - perfect for a Blue Valentine’s celebration!
Tom Dixon “Steampunk”Candlestick Holders These brass candlesticks make great conversation pieces with an industrial vibe that still manages to feel delicate. The unusual design and solid material give these “sticks” major staying power.
Cards Against Humanity
Good food, great friends, and a little too much wine…the perfect setting for an after dinner game of Cards Against Humanity. Edgy, outlandish and occasionally absurd - be prepared to laugh!
Blue Graphic Desert Plates, Collector’s Edition These adorable dessert plates are perfect for after dinner treats, and are a welcome reminder of how sweet life is…
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Blueberries
A decadent Valentines treat that’s meant to be shared! Fluffy red velvet topped with luscious cream cheese frosting and just enough blueberries to count as a fruit…right?
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Blueberries
Cream Cheese Frosting
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Becky Harris April 29, 2016
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A young couple with a new baby boy
Location: Sycamore Park area of Mill Valley, California
Size: 2,715 square feet (252 square meters); four bedrooms, 2½ bathrooms
Designers: Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living and Barbara Chambers of Chambers + Chambers
The homeowners bought the house while it was under construction, so Triggs was able to help them choose the fixtures and finishes along the way. The house has a modern barnlike style that Triggs decided to play off without going all-out farmyard. “We didn’t want to do reclaimed, reclaimed, reclaimed everywhere,” she says. Instead she nodded to the home’s laid-back style via saddle leathers, more subtle rustic elements here and there, and chic finishing touches.
“These clients are neat, organized and stylish, but they are also bubbly, enthusiastic and have a casual bohemian Burning Man side,” she says. Incorporating these aspects of their personalities while designing a home that was comfortable for young children resulted in a casual yet elegant style.
Textures play a big role in the mostly neutral-colored home. Rustic and polished woods, saddle leathers, wools, and faux furs meet glitzy metallics. Triggs loved getting fringe into the mix, as on this comfortable leather armchair.
Gemsbok floor lamp: Dira; media cabinet: Mr. Brown; chair: Plantation; drapery fabric: Romo
The Indonesian coffee table was the first thing she bought, after happening upon it in an antiques store. “I saw it and thought, ‘This is it,’” she says. She texted her clients a photo, and they immediately approved. “When you find these things, you have to grab them as soon as you see them,” she says.
Sofa: Mr. Brown; sofa fabric: Beekman in taupe, Sunbrella for Donghia; pillows: Robert Allen, Kazen in taupe by Manuel Canovas for Cowtan + Tout and Lena in indigo, Raoul Textiles; rug: Stark Carpet
“I really thought about how people would transition from outdoor dining to outdoor lounging,” she says. A group of modern Adirondack chairs from Loll Designs forms one conversation area, while upholstered pieces form an L around the fire pit.
The outbuilding has workout equipment and serves as a man cave. The family also has an organic garden it harvests for meals and juices.
Lights: Palecek; pillows: Dransfield & Ross
Simple modern Shaker-style cabinetry and dark hardware play off the modern barn theme. The statuary marble countertops add the chic factor. The backsplash is a crackled ceramic tile that looks like gray-washed brick.
Charlotte counter stools: Nuevo; backsplash tile: Ann Sacks
Cloud 37 chandelier: Apparatus; dining table: custom, Big Daddy Antiques; Hadley 9-drawer buffet: Custom Furniture and Fabrics; rug: Himalayan Weavers; drapery fabric: Owando Stripe, Beacon Hill
Rug: custom, Himalayan Weavers; Jacques coffee table and Puzzle lamps: Jonathan Adler; Tibetan lamb stools: Outpost Original; sofa: custom in a Kravet fabric, Plantation; window treatment fabric: Katachi in Sketch, Pollack; drapery hardware: Vesta; pillow fabric: Annina in indigo, Beacon Hill, and Dante in cobalt, Romo
Pendant lights: Arteriors
Indoor-outdoor living extends out onto a small balcony, covered in artificial grass. “It makes their dog feel cozy out there,” she says.
Faux fur bench: vintage, House of Honey; window treatment fabric: Fresco in Chamois, Romo; rug: Stark Carpet; Markos pendant light: Visual Comfort; blanket: Serena & Lily
Lamps: Darryl Carter for Urban Electric; nightstand: Robert James; horn handles on nightstand: Ochre; sham fabric: Lee Jofa; bed: custom with Royal Comfort fabric by Robert Allen, Plantation; patio lounge chair: Gloster
Leather swivel chair: Lee Industries; chest: Robert James; dresser horn handles: Ochre
Mirror: Restoration Hardware; floor tile: Ann Sacks
What inspired this career path for you? Being creative has been a major source of joy for me ever since I was a little kid, but I really got hooked on interior design when I bought my first home. I had such a tight budget for remodeling that I ended up doing it all myself – and I absolutely loved it. I had always dabbled in different artistic hobbies, but that was the moment I realized I had found my true calling.
What is your go-to source for inspiration? I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels abroad, and when designing for clients I will often think about the places I’ve been, different styles I’ve admired, and the history and culture that inform those styles. I have a Dutch/Belgian heritage, and I adore European furniture design and the whole European eclectic movement.
Tell us about your creative process. When I first meet with a new client, I sit down to clear my mind of any other projects I’m working on and try to get a very clear picture of the people I’m designing for and how they live. Do they entertain frequently? Have small children? Love to travel? I try to envision them in their happy place and then set to work on creating a beautiful but liveable environment that suits their personal style, whatever it may be.
Describe your style in 6 words or less. Eclectic, chic, vibrant, playful, and, most of all, balanced.
What’s a staple in your tool kit? My pencil and my sketchbook go with me just about everywhere. They enable me to think outside the box and capture design inspiration whenever and wherever it strikes!
Who do you look up to in the design world? Dorothy Draper, Kelly Hoppen, Tommi Parzinger, Kelly Wearstler, and my most favorite Italian designer of all, Pucci!
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be? I’d love to build a luxurious modern beach house on an island for Justin Timberlake. I think he is so fun and would be an absolute kick to design for. Who wouldn’t want to spend time at the beach with Justin?
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote. “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without? I am a big fan of 1stdibs and Remodelista.
What do you love about Viyet? Viyet is a fabulous marketplace for designers and the general public to pick up high-end pieces at a great value. They do a terrific job curating the products so that quality is top notch. And there is such an amazing group of designers to pull from – it’s better than an auction house!
Tineke Triggs founded Artistic Designs For Living (or ADL) over a decade ago after undertaking a huge project that became a major career change. She was in the midst of building her dream home in Wine Country and decided to leave a job in tech sales to pursue interior design - and we are so glad she did. Tineke has called color her muse, and when looking through examples of her work, you can tell how much she adores, and respects, the power of bright hues. She lets vibrant color be the star of the show, and supports hot pinks, fiery oranges, and lemon yellows with classic shapes and clean lines. We appreciate how Tineke's designs are bright but never gaudy and are especially drawn to her bathroom designs. Whether vast white-on-white spaces or tiny jewel-box sized powder rooms, they all feel like works of art.
Big thanks to Tineke for sharing her answers to our Designer Crush Q&A!
1. Where do you currently live in CA and what's special about how you've designed your personal space?
I live in San Francisco. My personal space is like my personality - half Bohemian and half Ralph Lauren/Hermes. Growing up in Woodside, California, I'm a horse girl at heart but adore living in the city. In my own home I love pops of color and text with little elements of surprise and culture. My home has elements of my travels to Southeast Asia, and antiques from Europe and Africa too.
2. What's your dream design project? Who would it be for (dead or alive)?
I'm dying to do a modern beach house overlooking Malibu, Santa Barbara, Bali, Mexico, or the Hamptons. Something, clean, fresh, and bright, but contemporary. Of course a project in Paris or London would be amazing too.
3. In real life, what's your favorite design project you've completed to date?
This is hard. I have two favorites right now. One modern, rustic home in Tahoe with reclaimed ceilings, metal, and stone. The other is a historic home in black-and-white with navy and orange accents, high ceilings, lots of light, and really cool intricate molding. The projects are very, very different from each other but extremely fun to work on with amazing clients. Both have elements of surprise that you wouldn't normally see in these types of homes - which is part of my signature look.
4. You've been gifted a fabulously furnished dream home but can only bring one item from your current space. What would it be?
That is easy! My 6x5 foot photo of the wild horses of sable by Roberto Duesto.
5. What's your creative process when designing a space?
Every time I start a project I imagine living in the space myself, then I pretend I am my client. How do they live and who are they? I think of what I can offer them that they wouldn't think of themselves. I think that is why I design a lot of my own furniture; I'm always coming up with things I want that I can't find...so I make it.
6. Where do you score prized interior design items? Any shopping tips?
1stdibs is one of the best places to shop for unique one of a kind items. My best tip is to pay attention to scale and color. No matter how much you like a piece, make sure it can fit and look good in your space. I can't tell you how many times I have seen a client purchase something they love but doesn't work in a room. It's such a waste! And if you are buying online, make sure you know the quality of the company you are buying from and the return policies.
7. Ever had an epic DIY disaster? What project would you never take on again yourself?
Of course- you can't be in the business this long and not have a couple great war stories. But I think my worst is when I first got started and I thought I could be a general contractor and hang crown molding myself. It looks so easy when you see them do it on TV! It was a disaster. I have such respect for my contractors and craftsman - I will never do that again.
8. What new design trend are you excited to integrate into your next project?
My new thing is custom hardware, including fun cabinet pulls I designed myself and some unique one-of-a-kind objects that I turned into pulls for furniture and cabinetry. It really makes furniture stand out!
9. Lightning round!
Beach or mountains?
Twitter or Facebook?
Architectural Digest or Wallpaper?
Should you spend money on a fabulous bathroom or kitchen?
Depends on if you love entertaining and cooking more then spas and tubs. I'm a spa girl and my husband is a book cook. He would say kitchen and I would say bath!
Would you rather shop new or vintage?
Great view or perfect pool?
SF or LA?
San Francisco. Go Giants!!!
10. What's one tip you wish someone had told you when first starting out in the design world?
Understand budgeting and learn how to use a spreadsheet. Design and budgeting go hand in hand. They don't teach that in school and they really should!
Name: Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living Location: San Francisco, CA Tineke Triggs of San Francisco's Artistic Designs for Living office illustrate one's computer may look like everyone else's, but your workspace certainly does not have to abide to conventions, especially when it comes to color. A bold and fashionable palette of magenta and vibrant yellow permeate into textural patterns on upholstery, flooring, and wallpaper, neutralizing the otherwise mundane PC and wired phone elements into the background.
In today’s kitchens, countertops are much more than just a work surface, serving as an integral part of the design, and often as a focal point for the space.
The growing number of countertop materials offered by manufacturers makes it easier, and in many cases more fun, to design with countertops that command attention. Consider the opportunities provided with materials that range from natural stone and quartz, solid surface and wood to glass, metal, recycled materials and more. Add a bit of creativity with interesting angles, mixed materials and LED lighting and every client can have a unique statement piece designed specifically for them.
This month, KBDN features several kitchen designs with countertop designs that feature plenty of “cool.”
Designer: Tineke Triggs, associate ASID, designer/founder; Artistic Designs for Living; San Francisco, CA
Materials used: Jerusalem Grey limestone; cold-pressed steel (raised island)
Desired look: With the goal of blending a rustic retreat with urban chic, Triggs created this Lake Tahoe getaway for a fun-loving family of four. Utilizing salvaged and reclaimed wood and industrial metals, this year-round vacation home exudes a sense of warmth. “The family was all about fun, family and friends. We strived to keep that rustic Tahoe feel but placed a premium on edgy over stodgy.”
Achieving the look: “I knew I didn’t want the typical heavy, knotty wood look…I’m tired of it. Instead, I wanted to create a contemporary, urban feel…without compromising the history of the gold rush days.”
To achieve that goal, she created a cohesive color palette in grey that includes the Jerusalem Grey limestone countertops as well as the raised metal island top that is highlighted with industrial rivets that mirror those used in the bar stools and complement the massive custom range hood sculpted from cold-pressed steel. The open kitchen also features salvaged materials, including pendant chandeliers made from baskets designed to catch minnows.
Most creative aspect: “The Jerusalem Grey limestone is stunning! There is subtle movement in the stone and color of grey is gorgeous.”
Countertops’ role in the kitchen: “The countertop and the backsplash end up being a main interest in the room so you want them to look great.”
Trending countertop materials: quartzite. “It looks like marble but is durable like granite. I’m also using more flamed and textured surfaces, in particular those by EuroStone.”
Most unusual countertop material used: plate steel. “We used it for the island and allowed it to wear down, adding character to the space. I’ve also designed a marble countertop that was cut on the bias, creating linear lines for a contemporary look.”
The thing about decorating a Lake Tahoe Getaway is that you’re pretty much indebted to the dramatic High Sierra terrain, and therefore obligated to pay homage to its grandeur in your design. But if you aren’t careful, all that timber and leather and plaid—the de rigueur riggings of mountain living—can start to feel just a little tired, despite their inherent “warmth.” Chances are good, after all, that your neighbors have adopted the same aesthetic. How, then, can you infuse some modernity and imagination into such an archetypal style?
If you’re interior designer Tineke Triggs, who recently created a High Sierra escape near Homewood Mountain Resort on the west shore of Lake Tahoe for a young family of four, you do the following: 1) Scour the property for relics of ski seasons past for possible design fodder; 2) freshen up quintessential embellishments of mountain décor with wittier versions; 3) bring in unexpected texture to liven up the neutral palette that rustic environments demand; and 4) accomplish all of the above while maintaining a sense of authenticity.
“There’s a thread of unpredictability in this house that I love,” says Triggs, principal of San Francisco-based Artistic Designs for Living. “At the same time, you still have that not-so-precious, curl-up-on-the-couch comfort and coziness that mountain cabins are known for.”
As you might expect, timber is well represented in the 4,000-square-foot house, imparting its warmth and rusticity in nearly every space. But even this traditional material reveals itself in unorthodox ways: In the master bathroom, for example, the ceramic floor tiles, arranged in a classic herringbone pattern, realistically mimic wood grain. And reclaimed barnwood isn’t used on the floors, but overhead—a trick Triggs used to draw attention to, not away from, the low ceilings in some parts of the house. “When there was nothing I could do to make them taller, I opted to make them interesting,” she says.
As a counterpoint to the rustic surroundings, Triggs found plenty of opportunities to urbanize the design with the addition of metal details. The metal frame of an old ski patrol toboggan was reimagined as a chandelier for the dining room. The kitchen’s dramatic custom range hood is made by the same artisan who crafted the majestic hearth in the living room; both are essentially artistic sculptures of cold-pressed steel. “They’ve got that Gold Rush-era, coal-powered railroad vibe,” says the designer, who notes that the hood’s mammoth scale vies for attention with the tall aspen trees framed by the kitchen’s double-height windows. “I wish I could take credit for the beautiful trees,” Triggs adds. “I really appreciate the depth they give the space.”
While California poppy-inspired orange-red pillows, throw blankets and artwork enliven the neutral color palette, Triggs also relied on texture to provide interest. The walls of the powder room, for example, appear to be covered in black horsehair, but it’s really vinyl wallpaper. Old minnow baskets lined with crisp linen were repurposed for light fixtures in the kitchen. And two club chairs in the living room are upholstered in sumptuous, oh-so-fluffy shearling. “Sinking into them feels like I’m slipping into a pair of warm Ugg boots,” Triggs says.
With snug seats in mind, Triggs also installed a window bench wherever she could, from the dining room to the master bathroom. “One of the husband’s true pleasures in life is finding a sunny place to sit and watch the world go by,” the designer says. “I swear he was a cat in a previous life.”
While the surprising design elements give this residence its personality, it’s the designer’s attention to coziness that provides its soul. After all, comfort is often directly proportional to that unmistakable feeling of home.
Rustic rooms can sometimes feel a bit heavy. Interior designer Tineke Triggs gives us her tips on how to lighten the mood.
Swapping out heavy fur and velvet throw pillows and blankets for lighter fabrics is an easy and inexpensive way of changing the look and feel of a room.
ADD BOLD COLOR
Warm autumnal colors seem like a given for a mountain home, but don’t be afraid to go bolder by incorporating hints of saturated color.
CHOOSE LIGHTWEIGHT DRAPES
Heavy window treatments made from velvets and mohair might not be the best match for a rustic room. Try Roman shades or even a lightweight plaid—they can feel traditional without being stuffy.
Art can soften or energize the mood of a room. Work with an art consultant. It can save you time and money.
Rustic environments often have rich wood flooring. Be expressive by choosing rugs with a variety of colors and textures. For example, don’t be afraid to mix a Moroccan rug with a hair-on-hide covering.
HAVE SOME FUN
Choosing a few whimsical statement pieces, like the old ski-patrol-toboggan-turned-chandelier suspended over the dining table, is much more interesting than an off-the-showroom-floor light fixture.
ARCHITECTURE Ron Diller, INTERIOR DESIGN Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living, San Francisco, CA, adlsf.com CONSTRUCTION Fellner Construction, 530-546-7899, homesbyfellnerconstruction.com CUSTOM LIGHTING Jim Misner Designs, San Francisco, CA, 415-928-0400, jimmisnerlightdesigns.com ARTWORK ENTRY Andrej Karwacki, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com LIVING ROOM "Engine," by Blair Bradshaw, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com Metal Pieces, Linda Raynsford, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com GAME ROOM "Star," by Blair Bradshaw, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com BEDROOM Benjamin Anderson, Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA, 415-577-8007, sbfinearts.com KITCHEN BARSTOOLS Hinkle Swivel in wood and iron, Arteriors, arteriorshome.com CHANDELIER Custom by Jim Misner Designs, San Francisco, CA, 415-928-0400, jimmisnerlightdesigns.com HOOD Custom in cold-pressed steel, Hunter Metal, huntermetal.org COUNTER TOPS Limestone in Jerusalem Grey, IRG, BACKSPLASH "Hex" Bedford Collection in Zinc Matte, Country Floors PAINT Cabinets in "Iron Mountain," Wall in "Revere Pewter," Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com DINING ROOM CHAIRS Banyan Side Chairs in Craftsmen's Leather, Nichols and Stone, nicholsandstone.com TABLE Custom in metal, Big Daddy WINDOW SEAT FABRIC Duralee, duralee.com CUSTOM PILLOWS "A," in brown stripe, Manuel Canovas, manuelcanovas.com; "Carpet" in pumpkin, Verrain, Velvet in orange, Pollack, Trim in blue sky, Kravet, kravet.com CHANDELIER Custom, Jim Misner Designs, San Francisco, CA, 415-928-0400, jimmisnerlightdesigns.com PAINT "Revere Pewter," Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com GAME ROOM CHAIRS Rockwell Bistro Dining Chairs in dark red WALL COVERING "Aspen" in silver birch, Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com LIVING ROOM SOFA Custom sofa in Linen, Kravet kravet.com OTTOMANS Custom in Genius Hershko by Joseph Nobel CHAIRS Lee Chairs in leather shearling dusty beige with Summit Fennel RUG Custom Nadia Wool Rug, California Carpets, calfloor.com
By Lily Gahagan/ 01/31/11 at 2:32 pm
Designer Tineke Triggs made the most of an unusually spacious kitchen in her client’s Edwardian flat.
Artistic Designs for Living, San Francisco
Bush Street Kitchen
A kitchen renovation is no piece of cake, but designer Tineke Triggs might beg to differ. Tasked with transforming the awkward, dark kitchen of a 1,000-square-foot Lower Pacific Heights apartment into an open and inviting space, Triggs found her muse in the sweetest of places. “My client had a postcard of Wayne Thiebaud’s Cakes, which she loved, and it ended up inspiring the palette for the entire project.”
Whether used as a prep station or a breakfast bar, the streamlined metal table is less bulky than a solid island and offers the same amount of counter space.
Triggs started by switching out the room’s tiny window for a taller one, and then opening up the doorway to the dining area to bring in some of the kitchen’s new light. An original Thiebaud painting would have blown the $75,000 budget, so Triggs had the postcard’s image enlarged instead. Frosting-white paint was chosen for the cabinets, while the gray-blue background of the painting is mirrored in the kitchen’s subway tile backsplash.
The palette was inspired by the adjacent dining area and Wayne Thiebaud’s Cakes painting.
To keep the room open and fresh, a clunky island was nixed for a slim stainless steel table on casters that doubles as a casual dining spot. An antique armchair scored on eBay got a fresh coat of paint and new upholstery to fit the palette. The round shape of the cakes in the inspiration artwork is echoed in the arches above the sink and the curves of the chandelier. Yellow accents dot both the kitchen and dining areas like icing.
The finished product was just what the client, a single woman who works in public relations, had hoped for. “Kitchens tend to be very masculine,” Triggs says. “Being able to tweak that and create a room that’s feminine and glam was a lot of fun.” Sounds like sweet success.
By Adriana Angelini
Tineke Triggs, the founder of Artistic Designs for Living, is a master at creating awe-inspiring spaces that make a bold statement. Her process begins by putting herself in her clients’ shoes to better understand what kind of interior they want. When she took on this art-filled project in San Francisco near Fisherman’s Wharf, we weren’t surprised to see that this space became its own masterpiece.