Through Studio+One:Design, professional abode beautifier Susan Hershman enlivens home interiors by drawing from her expertise in interior architecture and bathroom and kitchen renovations. Color consultations guide customers through thousands of paint-color options and enlists a medium to consult the restless spirit of Van Gogh. Susan can ensure walls are dressed in modern palettes, match an established decor, or evoke desired interior looks and feels. An interior-architecture consultation helps beautify and maximize the space inside kitchens, hallways, and underground racquetball arenas. Those who would like to read more about the aesthetic and financial benefits of proper color coordination can check out Susan’s book, House Colors: Exterior Color by Style of Architecture, which includes detailed information on how great exterior design can impact property value and which windowsill colors make you look the slimmest.
The home is the biggest purchase people make, with the exception of those who bought limited-edition Beanie Babies in 1997. Because it's such a large investment, it's important to keep it looking its best. That's where interior decorators and the Dream House Company steps in. They meet with home sellers to stage homes, making rooms look their best to attract buyers. They also consult with new owners, or those simply looking for a change, helping them decorate and taking them on shopping trips to use her professional discount at several major homewares retailers.
Since 1994, when the first iteration of Terra Mia Ceramic Studio opened, Christine Simmons and her team have been helping kids and adults get creative. The studio eventually relocated to its current site, a large space full of natural light and color splashing from finished ceramic pieces. The wide variety of paintable pottery the space contains, as well as the helpful input of friendly staffers, earned the studio SF Weekly's award for the best DIY ceramics shop in 2012.
After adding finishing touches to pottery, guests can sit for spells on an outdoor patio loaded up with plants. The patio leads to a cozy, sunny-walled room that's ideal for birthday parties, girls' nights out, or private gatherings of people born with brushes for fingers.
For 15 years, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at locally-owned-and-operated Framed and Cornered have been helping people preserve precious memories and fine art. Patrons browse thousands of framing samples and hundreds of mat colors while getting valuable input from art-degreed team members. The crew specializes in archival framing, using modern conservation techniques such as acid-free mats and UV-protective glass to guard keepsakes against damage.
The talented technicians also perform custom framing to preserve diplomas, sports jerseys, and other collectibles.
Since the shop opened in 1974, Frame-O-Rama's team has mastered all sorts of techniques to preserve family photos, works of art, and other frame-able objects. "We've framed ceremonial objects such as christening gowns and shoes, and African walking sticks. My personal favorite was a signed Willie Mays baseball with a signed and mounted print of him playing stickball back in Brooklyn," Frame-O-Rama manager Matt Miller said in an interview with SFGate.
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The builders behind Wiseman’s Home Improvement understand that, when it comes to investing in a home, it's best to think in the long term. Their team members take it upon themselves to make additions and renovations that are designed to last, whether they're redoing floors or resurfacing cabinets. Their expertise extends to exteriors as well; new siding adds clean lines to walls, and door and window treatments can replace aged portals with energy-efficient sliding models. For a from-scratch sprucing, the team can remodel full kitchens or bathrooms, turning an ordinary room into an energizing space where the tiles glisten and the sink comments on how clean your hands look. To keep these jobs hassle-free for clients, team members treat each workspace like their own homes, minimizing both debris and the length of time each project takes.