Color cues from misty San Francisco

If you’re reading this, thanks for sticking with me through the South Boulevard project. I’m looking forward to getting back to the kind of content I usually post.

At the beginning of the month, Lonnie and I, along with my sister and her husband, took our big kids to San Francisco for a couple days. We did the touristy things one does when there, but one of my favorite things was all the color inspiration along the way.

This is how fruit looks in heaven.

I especially loved the subdued, muddy colors on everything from warehouses to window frames. Some of these combos would be so pretty on a home’s exterior or as a color palette for an interior space.

My favorite combo of the trip: watered-down blue with pops of tomato red. The stained wood and greenery don’t hurt either.


I’m putting this yellow-and-cream hex tile in a house someday. I promise. Isn’t it wonderful with blue? Shot this at Ghirardelli Square.


I could not love this shade of orange more. Those planners for the Golden Gate Bridge knew what they were doing way back when.


Painted ladies—Full House, anyone? Isn’t it fun to see a row of houses so architecturally similar but so different in color? Which is your favorite?


The perfect amount of pink for the lovers out there


This is how to do an orange door right.


That greenish-grey is bananas with cream. Add a little brass, and it’s all bam, bam, bam.


Such a rich and easy palette: off white, taupe, black, and greenery. Lush and classic.


This is how to do green wrong. But imagine how amazing these twins would look if House A were seafoam and House B were slate blue.


The listing price on this house is a cool $10.4 mill. This is definitely yellow but not offensive yellow, you know?


Look closely—this house has avocado-green window frames. Swoon!


Leave the bright colors to the flowers and you’ll never go wrong. Two-tone blue for the win!


Gold, cream, and spearmint. Divine.


Another grayish green that’s lovely.


Love that neon sign—peacock with burnt orange. Beautiful.

But the best part of the trip was spending it with our not-so-little boys. How did this kid get so tall?!

Stay tuned later this week when I announce a fun project coming up in a couple weeks! It involves a handful of talented local ladies, and you won’t want to miss it. •

2 thoughts

  1. Such a fun trip! The colors were truly delicious. I have to wonder how you were able to choose that first picture in the post. I mean I swear you must have taken at least 200 just like it. 😏


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