We are thrilled that we recently had the pleasure of chatting with Tineke Triggs of Artistic Designs for Living. Tineke’s work has been featured in countless design publications, she’s participated in four San Francisco Decorator Showcases, she’s won numerous design awards, and she recently unveiled MUZIEK, a new tile collection that highlights the Art Deco era. Her sophisticated, eclectic style reflects the inspiring marriage of her Danish background with her California lifestyle, which she brings to her clients’ homes.

How did you get your start in interior design? What influence did your background—growing up in Woodside with Dutch parents—have on your inspiration and style?

I have always been interested in design and took architectural drafting but I did not put these skills to the test until I was fixing up my own apartment. . . I bought a two-unit building with another family who grew up in the construction industry and I learned a lot about interior remodel and design from them. Once I completed that project I was completely hooked on design and I started a full-time career as an interior designer.

My European modern style was certainly influenced by my Dutch upbringing—it was all around me. We also spent a lot of time in Indonesia and that influenced my desire to design diverse styles of interiors and of mixing contemporary pieces with antiques.

Speaking of your style, how would you describe your personal interior design style?


What’s inspiring you lately? Any recent, exciting finds?

Most recently I’ve been having a lot of fun designing the interiors for my 1973 Air Stream. We completed gutted and redesigned the space and doing this has always been a dream of mine. (Editor’s Note: check out her Instagram page for photos of Roxy, her 1973 Air Stream!)

You’ve designed spaces for a diverse range of clientele—families, large and small; empty-nesters; bachelors—is there a particular type of client that really speaks to who you are as a designer?

My favorite types of clients are those who trust the creative process and allow us to take risks in the designs. The magic often happens just outside one’s comfort zone and it’s so rewarding to have clients who are willing to embrace the process.

What do you value most in your relationship with your clients?

Trust. It is so important that the clients know I have their back and am always looking after their best interests on a project.

When it comes to relationships with collaborators, what do you value most? What is your favorite part of that process?

I value the “can-do” attitude, especially when working together to solve problems. My favorite part of the process is when we turn ideas into reality.

We had the pleasure of collaborating with you recently on a large remodeling project for which you provided many custom features, including light fixtures, cabinetry, and stair handrails. Tell us about that: Why do you prefer custom over ready-made products? What are you looking for that can’t be found off the shelf?

I strive to give my clients something that no one else has. Custom pieces aren’t always more expensive, but they are more tailored and often so much better suited for a space. Each client and each space we design is unique and the pieces that go into those spaces need to be unique as well.

What are your thoughts on the future of design?

Innovation and new technologies are shifting the way we work. We will continue to use technology for visual tools and will rely on those tools more and more.

If you weren’t an interior designer, what would you be doing?

I wouldn’t be doing anything else. . . okay, maybe sitting on a beach and painting!

What’s your favorite hobby?

I have a few favorites: tennis, kickboxing, painting, and drawing.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?


Thanks so much, Tineke! We look forward to working with you again soon! To learn more about Tineke and ADL, visit her website and follow her on Instagram.

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Written by Monique Valeris and Amy Preiser | APR 8, 2019

Yes, this casual seating style can be stylish.

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Modern Mountain Life in Tahoe

Written by Kat McEachern | Photography by Drew Kelly

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!

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This Is SF, interviews Tineke Triggs.

9 Elegant Spaces Refreshed with Black

These sumptuous interiors will dare you to go dark.
by Karine Monié

Bold, powerful and elegant, black never goes out of style. Top interior designers share some of their favorite noir projects and tips for decorating with black.


“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.”

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Contemporary Cool Sausalito Bachelor Pad

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

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

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The Secretly Stylish Interiors of Undercover Luxury Homes

Well-heeled homeowners craving normalcy and privacy use landscaping, high walls and muted exteriors to hide luxury living in plain sight

The basic white siding and burnt-orange, louvered shutters on this Los Angeles house plainly say “American 1950s residential traditional,” says homeowner Dan Brunn, an architect.

But step inside to find a two-story living room with bleached wood floors and white walls punctuated with bold, contemporary artwork. The sleek, minimalist interiors satisfy Mr. Brunn’s modern aesthetic, while the nondescript exterior lets his home fit into the small, older Brookside neighborhood of Los Angeles. “I thought, ‘Why mess with something if it’s OK?’ ” recalls Mr. Brunn, 40, who spent about $500,000 in a yearlong renovation.

The real-estate recovery in recent years has triggered the rise of undercover luxury homes—properties with modest exteriors and opulent interiors. Owners in gentrifying urban neighborhoods, historic districts and traditional suburbs are taking a less-is-more approach to their exteriors, opting for subtlety, normalcy and privacy.

Low-Key Homes With Stylish Interiors

A look at some homes where the owners opted for muted exteriors but splurged on contemporary design and decor inside.

Architect Dan Brunn in his living room.
Architect Dan Brunn in his living room. | Photo: Michal Czerwonka for The Wall Street Journal

“It’s the end of the statement house,” says Tineke Triggs, an interior designer in San Francisco who says most of her clients now want designs that don’t flaunt their exteriors.

In Austin, Texas, Kelly and Carlos Gonzalez, didn’t want their brand new 3,000-square-foot home to stand out among the homes in the historic Bouldin Creek neighborhood. To that end, the front façade of the farmhouse features white, composite clapboards, modest-size windows and a traditional roofline. On the back of the house, however, walls of windows, a geometric deck and a third-floor master bedroom make a modern statement. Interior finishes include Carrera marble, custom-wood floors and reclaimed wood beams, she adds“I wasn’t trying to woo visitors, I just wanted to blend in with the neighborhood,” says Ms. Gonzalez, 44, a stay-at-home mom who is also an interior designer. Her husband, also 44, is a medical-device sales executive. The couple spent about $1 million on construction, with Ms. Gonzalez acting as the general contractor.
Kelly and Carlos Gonzalez wanted a traditional facade on their Austin, Texas, home to create a more modest look from the curb.
Kelly and Carlos Gonzalez wanted a traditional facade on their Austin, Texas, home to create a more modest look from the curb. | Photo: Casey Woods Maddeaux for The Wall Street Journal
The home’s kitchen area uses luxury materials such as Carrera marble and herringbone wood floors.
The home’s kitchen area uses luxury materials such as Carrera marble and herringbone wood floors. | Photo: Casey Woods Maddeaux for The Wall Street Journal

Stick With the Basics

Curb appeal plays a significant role when listing a home for sale. But elaborate patios, fire features and swimming pools aren’t necessarily the best investments. Instead, basic yard care and improvements yield the highest returns.

New construction proves especially difficult to create a look that fits in, says architect Carina Coel, who worked with the Gonzalez family. She also suggests facades with a low profile and standard-size doors and windows. She stays away from using pricey materials that can be spotted from the curb, such exotic woods, stone, heavy steel frames or glass. “I want to use materials that are kind of classic,” she says. In the past few years, she has had several clients interested in a more pared-down look after “a lot of pushback” from neighborhood groups averse to more modern, showy construction, she adds.

David Gilbert purchased a 1930s early Modernist prefabricated home for $74,000 in the working-class Prestonia neighborhood of Louisville, Ky., in 2010 with plans to rehab the investment property and sell it for a profit. By 2016, he’d changed his mind.

“I started to like the house,” Mr. Gilbert, 62, a former music executive who now owns a bar and other real estate in town.

So he added an in-ground pool, new lighting and a screened-in porch. He also moved in his art and furniture collection, which includes a piece by minimalist artist Donald Judd and vintage Le Corbusier chairs. This year he finished the basement to include a large bathroom with a soaking tub and a workout area. For the exterior, though, he simply repainted the siding and added landscaping for more privacy. “The façade was left simple and plain,” says Mr. Gilbert, 62, who estimates the renovations cost about $250,000.

David Gilbert renovated the interiors of his home in Louisville, Ky.
David Gilbert renovated the interiors of his home in Louisville, Ky. | Photo: Ryan Kurtz for The Wall Street Journal

“The house doesn’t flaunt [the amenities] in any way,” adds Louisville architect Jeff Rawlins, who worked with Mr. Gilbert on the renovations. In the back of the home, Mr. Rawlins designed high walls to prevent onlookers from seeing the pool area in the renovated backyard from the alley. “It’s sort of like a little oasis. He has everything he needs,” says Mr. Rawlins. Adding trees helped the house blend in from the curb, he says.

The low-key facade of Mr. Gilbert’s luxury home in the Prestonia neighborhood of Louisville
The low-key facade of Mr. Gilbert’s luxury home in the Prestonia neighborhood of Louisville | Photo: Ryan Kurtz for The Wall Street Journal

The low-key look may hurt homeowners when it comes time to sell. From the street, spotting undercover gems isn’t easy for potential buyers.

Trey Phillips, real-estate agent at Moreland Properties in Austin, urges house hunters to look beyond the facade’s design and instead examine the exterior materials used. “The quality of windows and doors will tell you a lot,” says Mr. Phillips. When listing a home, Mr. Phillips highlights construction elements that may not be apparent to buyers, such as roof quality, the construction of walls and things like solid-wood versus hollow-core doors.

Still, nondescript facades risk boring potential buyers. In a survey of 6,911 real-estate agents conducted earlier this year, 94% of respondents suggested improving the home’s curb appeal before putting it up for sale, according to a the National Association of Realtors. Landscape maintenance, an overall landscape upgrade and lawn care were projects most likely to appeal to buyers and add resale value to the home.

As noted by Kimberly Rino, an agent with Core Real Estate Group in Los Angeles: “When you pull up it looks like you’re going to visit your grandma,” she says. “That can be a tough sell.”

Appeared in the August 31, 2018, print edition as 'The House With A Surprise Inside.'

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Contemporary Sophistication in an SF Edwardian Home

Written by Kat McEachern
Photography by Paul Dyer

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.”

See the whole home in the slideshow!


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Old San Francisco horse stable gets mod office makeover

This classic San Francisco structure gets an update, but history is preserved



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.”



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How to Create a Spa Like Bathroom

Let History Inspire You

Photo by Eric Rorer

“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.”


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30 Black Kitchen Cabinets In Beautiful Cooking Spaces

Welcome to the dark side.
Oct 4, 2016

Modern and Cozy Black Cabinets

Design by Tineke Triggs, Artistic Designs for Living.

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Channelling Quintessential Southern Culture in California

--Mindy Pantiel

Tour this House

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.

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Best Blue Paints for Your Home

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."



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Houzz Tour: Pattern Plays in a San Francisco Victorian

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

January 28, 2017
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.




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Victorian Home Tour

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!

Fabulous Fireplace Focal Points

New This Week: 4 Fabulous Fireplace Focal Points

October 21, 2016

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)

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Carefully Considered Spaces

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!!!!

Photography by Christopher Stark and Eric Rorer

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7 Color Palettes Inspired by 'La La Land'

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, 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.

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Best Gray Paints Recommended By Experts

by Mary Jo Bowling Nov 30, 2016, 12:00pm EST

Pavilion Gray, Farrow & Ball

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.


Right: Architect Sheri Olson considers gray a timeless color choice. This living area is painted in Gray Horse by Benjamin Moore. Left: Interior designer Tineke Triggs uses many shades of gray in this room, and selected Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain, a darker hue, for the cabinets.

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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!


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Roll through the holidays with a well-stocked bar cart

Interior designer Tineke Triggs pours a drink at the bar cart she arranged with a clean, uncluttered look in a client’s home. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle

Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle
Interior designer Tineke Triggs pours a drink at the bar cart she arranged with a clean, uncluttered look in a client’s home.

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.

Interior designer Tineke Triggs pours a drink at the bar cart she arranged with a clean, uncluttered look in a client’s home. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle

Photo: Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle

Interior designer Tineke Triggs pours a drink at the bar cart she arranged with a clean, uncluttered look in a client’s home.

Tineke Triggs

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.”

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A Very Special Blue Valentine with Tineke Triggs

By California Home... / 02/03/16 at 8:25 pm

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!

Archery Tacks
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.

Gold Flatware
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

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1(1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; Gradually add sugar, beating well; Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended
  3. Stir in food coloring and vanilla until blended
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and salt  In a 4-cup bowl, stir together buttermilk, vinegar, and baking soda liquid (mixture will bubble.)
  5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.  Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.
  6. Bake at 350° for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pans to wire racks, and let cool completely (about 45 minutes).  Then add the icing.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • fresh blueberries, for garnish
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. On low speed, add sugar until blended. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
  2. Garnish with fresh blueberries

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Becky Harris April 29, 2016
Houzz Contributor.

Houzz Tour: Saddled-Up Chic for a Modern Barn-Style Home

These homeowners found interior designer Tineke Triggs after admiring a very colorful room she’d completed for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. “He called me up superexcited and said, ‘I loved your showcase room,’ but it was nothing like what I wound up doing for them,” Triggs says. Instead, a neutral color palette highlights brushed beadboard, rich saddle leathers, glittering brass accents, poofy faux fur and fringe — just a few of the textures the designer wound up weaving into this family-friendly modern barn-style house.

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Photos by Christopher Stark Photography

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.

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

In the family room, the finish on the walls was a happy accident. The painters had sanded down some of the first coat of paint on the beadboard to perfect the paint and were getting ready to add another coat. Regarding the whitewashed texture, Triggs says, “my clients and I saw it and said, ‘No! Wait! Leave it!’” They wound up using the brushed wood finish throughout the house.

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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Because the couple has a young son and plans to have more children, Triggs also made sure everything was extra durable. “Today’s solution-dyed acrylic indoor-outdoor fabrics are so great, they really look like and feel like indoor fabrics,” she says.

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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Indoor-outdoor living plays a huge role in the family’s lifestyle. Here you can see how the accordion-style doors open up two sides of the family room completely to the outdoors. Except for a small channel for the doors, the concrete from the patio flows right across the family room floor. Triggs planned the layout of the yard accordingly, placing a dining table and chairs under the porch, along with an outdoor kitchen. Then she set up a lounge that can view the family room TV during a big game.

“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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Triggs and the photographer didn’t have to style a thing to make the kitchen look this neat. “They are very clean, organized and health-conscious. You should get a load of her fabulous jar collection — when you open up that tall pantry cabinet, it’s perfection,” she says.

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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

In the dining room, the sophisticated silhouettes of Verner Panton’s iconic chairs meet rich saddle leather. Triggs custom-designed the rug pattern, which has a Native American feel. The buffet and drapes continue the pattern play, while a bubble chandelier adds a glam touch overhead.

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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

The living room is not part of the open plan and is a more glamorous adult getaway. The furniture can still stand up to kids, though. Custom sofas fill the space and provide comfortable seating. The waxed leather and color of the sofas play off the textured fireplace surround. But the big star in this room is the cascading brass Kelly chandelier, which brings the high ceilings down to a more human scale. Little poofy stools add soft, eclectic texture, while the pattern on the rug adds movement.

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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

“I wanted high drama for the staircase — here I go again with my fringe,” Triggs says. She customized three chandeliers with chains of different lengths so that they could be enjoyed from below, while ascending the stairs and from the second floor.

Pendant lights: Arteriors

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

“Both homeowners were very involved in the design, and he really wanted a blue velvety bed, which is where we began in the master bedroom,” Triggs says. The tall headboard gives the bed a strong presence. She found the vintage bench in an antiques store in Santa Barbara, California; it was another one of those things she had to grab as soon as she saw it.

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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

The nightstands were custom-made, and the designer added horn handles for texture. Suspended reading lights bring an industrial touch.

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

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

Triggs worked more saddle leather into the master bedroom via this comfortable armchair, which swivels toward conversation and views. A dresser matches the nightstands. “These drapes are so great, they remind me of aspen trees, and they go so well with the brushed wood,” she says.

Leather swivel chair: Lee Industries; chest: Robert James; dresser horn handles: Ochre

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

In the master bedroom, a dark limestone herringbone tile contrasts with the white fixtures and vanity. Again, there was no styling required in here. “They really live like this — they are so neat,” Triggs says. “She even found those cute little vintage-looking boxes herself at Ikea.”

Mirror: Restoration Hardware; floor tile: Ann Sacks

by Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs

The guest room is a mix of hard and soft accents. The sticks are found objects the clients collected. The bed was the couple’s former master bedroom bed, repurposed after velvety blue struck their fancy. A feathery light fixture plays off the faux fur pillows, while mirrored nightstands add a contemporary touch.
Roman shade fabric: Dream Weaver in Mist, Schumacher


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Tineke Triggs

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!

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Designer Crush Q & A: Tineke Triggs

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?

Great view.

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!


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Tineke's Courageous Colors

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.

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Cool Countertop Design

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.”

Sierra Surprise

A San Francisco designer brings urban sophistication, wit and imagination to a family retreat at Lake Tahoe

By Leilani Marie Labong

Philip Harvey

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.

Lighten Up!

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.

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.

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.

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


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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.

Tineke Triggs
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.


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