Sausalito Home Remodel – Lighting


Remember those ugly sconces from my Staircase Renovation post? Well, we found a perfect replacement: The Altamont Wall by The Urban Electric Company.

If you recall, the original sconces had ornate brass patina fixtures and avorio glass shades that created an unfortunate faux antique look (to match that terrible wrought iron staircase). They were the first thing that caught your eye when you walked in, and it also cast a horrible orange glow on everything.


The new, understated sconces, with their simple, cylindrical shape and black finish give off the perfect warm light – day or night. Oh, and we also removed the matching chandelier – good riddance!

As always, less is more.


The extremely talented Lisa Abdalla, of Lisa Abdalla Interiors, helped us select the Urban Electric sconces. Thank you again, Lisa!


Sausalito Home Remodel: The Staircase


My husband and I just bought a new home, and although moving can be very stressful at times, the creative remodeling projects are right up my alley.

Before the official move in date, we had to address a few key issues – the first being a hideous wrought iron staircase that is not only the first thing you see when you walk through the front door, but also follows you up three flights through the middle of every level of the house.


The solution was simple — remove the entire bannister and replace it with a much cleaner and sleeker style. We chose straight cut wooden balustrades and painted them white to match the risers on the stairs. We then paired that with a similarly clean lined bannister which we stained a nice gray-brown to match the floors and the steps. The combination made for a very cohesive feel with the rest of the house and really tied all of the levels together in a contemporary and clean way. (And, don’t worry, we’ll address the light fixtures later.)


To finish it off, we added a herringbone carpet runner with gray edging. Check out the completed pics below. A quick and easy makeover with a dramatic impact. Such a transformation!


The supremely talented Lisa Abdalla, of Lisa Abdalla Interiors, was instrumental in selecting the herringbone carpet runner on the staircase. Thank you for your indispensable interior design eye, Lisa!