Interior designer Theresa Palmer chooses her favorite pieces for a fall refresh.
Designer Theresa Palmer
Bay Area designer Theresa Palmer admits she obsesses about all of the little details that make a room pop. Granted, this is part of her job description as principal at A Palmer in California, as she rolls through her days and nights in search of the perfect element. “My career has been solely based on serving clients in luxury retail with a focus on fashion and style, with a brief stint in real estate at Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty,” says Palmer, who studied visual merchandising at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and interior design at UC Berkeley Extension. Right now, she’s immersed in studying feng shui at the New York School of Design. “My design aesthetic is evergreen, intentional, classic and quality,” she adds. The designer recently allowed us to peek inside her home, as she chose items and highlighted favorite pieces that can make rooms shine this fall.
Toast the Season “This piece adds glamour and polish to any event where you’re serving your favorite sparkly drinks,” says Palmer. “And the marble keeps your bottles chilled and chic.” Hudson Grace marble wine chiller, 3350 Sacramento St., hudsongracesf.com
Create a Signature Scent “This candle’s bright, fresh scent provides a perfect touch of aroma, and guests always comment on it,” says Palmer. Hudson Grace Scent of Clean kitchen candle, 3350 Sacramento St., hudsongracesf.com
Frame Beauty “I love these picture frames because they’re timeless,” says Palmer. “And who and what doesn’t look good in a gold frame? Gold is the color of abundance, prosperity and vitality. These are handmade in Italy.” Cavallini frames, Walter Adams Framing, 355 Presidio Ave., walteradamsframing.com, cavallini.com
Style the Storage “The wall color is The Right White from RH and made by Benjamin Moore—an insider tells me this is the color RH uses for all of its showrooms,” says Palmer. “It’s a modern, fresh white that really does look just right. “The art is ‘Gothic Roses’ by Hugo Guinness with a vintage frame. And all of my plants are custom-selected evergreens from Magpie & Thorn.” RH The Right White paint, rh.com; Hugo Guinness art, John Derian, johnderian.com, with vintage frame by Wilson Stephens and Jones, London, wsjgallery.com; plants, Magpie & Thorn, 2305 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, magpieandthorn.com
Strike Up a Conversation “These oversize matches set a fun mood for evening gatherings,” says Palmer. “They also make a perfect hostess gift. The boxes are printed in England, and the folks at Hudson Grace come up with the slogans while hanging out together.” Hudson Grace decorative matches, 3350 Sacramento St., hudsongracesf.com
Dress the Mantel “I’m obsessed with Hugo Guinness’ art, and black-and-white art is a forever-stylish look,” says Palmer. “The ram sculpture is named Laurence, and my husband and I instantly fell in love with him.” Hugo Guinness art, John Derian, johnderian.com; vintage mantel sculpture, Prize, prizeshoppe.com
Light the Night “Our home is a mix of modern with vintage lighting,” says Palmer. “One common thread is Capiz shells and gold. The Capiz shells cast a warm glow and make everyone look extra beautiful.” Serena and Lily oblong Capiz chandeliers, 3457 Sacramento St., serenaandlily.com
Find Nature “The wall color is Hunter Green from Benjamin Moore—it brings [natural hues] into any space,” says Palmer. “For feng shui, a dining room in green is lucky and healing; it’s also the center of the chakra for love. The honeycomb chandelier is from Serena and Lily. Round shapes are the most friendly, and this one feels light and gives off a warm glow, making everyone who sits at the table beautiful. The Hugo Guinness handblocked flower print is framed in rich gold by Walter Adams downtown—florals deliver good vibes and healthy energy to your home.” Benjamin Moore Hunter Green paint, benjaminmoore.com; Serena and Lily honeycomb chandelier, 3457 Sacramento St., serenaandlily.com; Hugo Guinness art, John Derian, johnderian.com; Cavallini frame, Walter Adams Framing, 355 Presidio Ave., walteradamsframing.com, cavallini.com
Photography by: PHOTOS BY THOMAS KUOH