Casa Artelexia in North Park, San Diego

“Love yourself.” It’s something I learned to do, at least in part, during the months I worked for Casa Artelexia in San Diego, before my life-changing move to San Francisco. As I mentioned in a social media post after touring the new shop, I found so much of my confidence here and I learned to love my Mexican heritage, and I became even more enamored by Mexican folk art. I had had a sad few months trying to find work after I got back from college, was living at home, and was struggling internally with a long term relationship. I … Continue reading Casa Artelexia in North Park, San Diego

Layering with Textiles: Bedding with Global Flair

It may not be clear yet on The Tufted (sarcasm), but I am a lover of all things textiles–especially those of cultures whose design aesthetic is full of patterns, color, and any interesting beadwork or applique. I enjoy collecting different pieces, whether they be tapestries, rugs, or blankets, and am always inspired by design articles that feature them. Recently, an Apartment Therapy home tour inspired me to round up bedrooms that add culture and character to their bedding through global textiles: I’m not entirely sure what to call the tapestry thrown over this duvet–it may be a Kantha quilt and … Continue reading Layering with Textiles: Bedding with Global Flair

San Francisco Airbnb: 9 Apartments I’d Love to Vacation In

After my mom asked me to find a place for her to stay in the city while she visits, I suggested Airbnb and got a little curious. I never realized what a treasure trove of design inspiration the website was, or how many adorable San Francisco apartments and studios I would be able to explore! I searched through about 56 pages of beautiful homes, studios, in-law apartments, and garden bungalows and picked my favorites. If I were still from out of town looking to stay in the city on the cheap and in a more private setting, these are the … Continue reading San Francisco Airbnb: 9 Apartments I’d Love to Vacation In

Something About Saffron: Love Seats, Chairs, and Sofas

Really what inspired this post is the following photo: I’m enamored by this tufted love seat…well anything tufted really (duh, I’m The Tufted)…and I love the vintage charm and cozyness it adds to this living room corner (remember, I also just really want my place to look like the 70s, plus velvet is my favorite). But what really gets me about this couch is its bright yellow velvet upholstery. It highlights other subtle accents, like the basket and clock on the wall, and really pops against the white walls and hardwood flooring. There’s something about yellow and saffron seating that … Continue reading Something About Saffron: Love Seats, Chairs, and Sofas

Love & Lovely Creative Studio

Discovering Love & Lovely Creative Studio was a moment of serendipity on my walk to Sonoma Plaza on Tuesday. Their logo and display of hanging vintage bulbs caught my eye, but a peek through the window at their modern space had me hooked. The photography office of Allyson Wiley turned overall creative studio, has become a workspace for a handful of extremely creative event designers. Clients have several resources here, including wedding planners (Quintana Events, Whitney Nelson Events, and Kate Siegal Fine Events), photographers (Alyson Wiley Photography and Rebecca Gosslin), floral designers (Poppystone Floral Couture and Julie Stevens Designs), a … Continue reading Love & Lovely Creative Studio

5 Wonderfully Eclectic Studios

I’m always delighted by small space design and the studios that pop up throughout interior design blogs. Even before I was watching videos of Andrea Zittel’s compact living units and learning about Joe Colombo’s “Total Furnishing Units”, I was fascinated by the idea of tiny house living (I had a pretty awesome playhouse as a kid too). I would also love my own studio apartment someday (easier said than done in this city), and I imagine it would look something like the mish-mosh of random found objects and furniture I have currently in my bedroom…and my piles of mismatched textiles and … Continue reading 5 Wonderfully Eclectic Studios

Sorento Imports & Cafe Scooteria

Yesterday was my first break in a while, so I thought I’d have a day and head to Sonoma to explore (I needed some nice weather too!). I’ve been “vacationing” at my boyfriend’s house in Vallejo, and Sonoma is a stone’s throw away (I’m just discovering the convenience of living next to wine country, albeit part time). On my way to Sonoma Plaza, an adorably retro scooter shop caught my eye, so I flipped my car around and found myself at Sorento Imports. A surplus of awesome vintage Vespas and classic motorcycles surrounded the place, and walking into the garage … Continue reading Sorento Imports & Cafe Scooteria