Customer Spotlight: Makers & Allies

We often see interior designers pop in and out of our store looking for unique items to add to their current project. It was a treat to see Sarah and her crew from Makers & Allies hand picking pieces for the latest restaurant in San Luis Obispo, Foremost Wine Co. Makers & Allies is a design and branding studio producing exclusively for the wine, craft and spirits industry (take a gander at their newly launched website, it's a dream) Today, Sarah shares about how she is inspired by Ruby Rose...

all post photos by Mark Gvazdinskas of Silent Photography

Makers & Allies was inspired by Ruby Rose while putting the finishing touches on the interior at Foremost Wine Co. We chose pieces that enhanced the raw, earthy quality of the space, while also incorporating accents that gave a pop of color or ornate detail. We used two green chairs in the lounge which added a funky pop of color and didn't break our budget so we could spend a little more on the larger custom built pieces. The mirrors in the wine bar were a great addition to create an intimate space over each bar table, and also add an ornate detail to the rugged space. It was important for us to balance the masculine with the feminine in the space so it appeals to both sexes.

Once all the furniture was in place we were able to find some great shelf and table decor pieces from Ruby Rose... like that metal tray on the coffee table with the antler and John James Audubon books. The owner has a winery, Tooth & Nail Winery in Paso Robles, and their wine labels include a lot of Audubon animals, so it was very fitting to incorporate those with a small antler to tie in to the Foremost brand. We used a metal box to hold a lot of the business cards and print materials on the hostess stand. Even picked up a succulent with a small plastic stag for fun. Everything we chose from Ruby Rose has a purpose (and probably had a different purpose in a past life). All those little details add character, spark a conversation and enhance the Foremost brand and environment.

Before & Afters: Kitchen & Living Room

The past few years have been a series of 'befores': kitchen, dining, flooring, upstairs attic room and then the Airstream bathroom...


Call it a can of worms, a series of fortunate events, a big ol' mess...


The house is dated 1928 and was about 945 square feet-tiny, but it worked for years. The dining room was maybe six feet by eight feet: tiny. The kitchen was still original and was made for very petite people.
We took the wall out between the dining room and kitchen, re-worked a little here and a bit there until we got a much more functional space.

For a while we were able to set up a temporary space to use,while work was happening all around us.

Open shelving or cabinets? A bit of both! After laboring over which brackets to use for shelving-some were too ornate, some too small-the mister decided to custom make floating shelves. This created a more clean look, with so much else going on.Oh this ol' fridge! We loved this little guy. Though we hated to see it go, luckily a great young couple down the street adopted it!For a while, we moved the kitchen into the living room.
Ta Da!! We made it to After!!

We have cupboards and drawers on the left dedicated to baking, flowers, and tea making. To the right is the misters department 'the command center'. It's wonderful!

We were able to keep costs down with a bit of craigslisting, the mister trading service for product, and by saving for what we absolutely wanted: reclaimed flooring and the doors and windows. 

One of the items the mister wanted was the Sub-Zero fridge. There was one on Ebay and when he saw that it hadn't sold, he contacted the seller and made an offer: it was accepted! It had been used as a second fridge and only for drinks, otherwise brand new for a quarter of the price! Lucky us.

Last step, my dream item: reclaimed barnwood floors. The mister was willing to go along as long as we could find a company to tongue and groove them.  We did, making us both happy!


And again, TA DA!!
We moved a small round table into the living room for sometimes dining, sometimes puzzles-although, when friends come over, we tend to bring a bunch of stools around the kitchen island. Before the remodel, the front room was much more floral, when I brought the Satillo serape we threw on the back of the couch, the vibrant flea market art naturally followed. Now, we can easily change out linens and art when we want a new feel, and keep the base pieces!

With the new year, we plan on enjoying more impromptu meals, gatherings, and most of all, glamping and camping!

Oh, Ralph...

The issue of Architectural Digest this month stopped me in my tracks, when I realized Ralph's & my home had some things in common! They had a whole spread on Ralph Lauren’s living spaces, and as I looked through the pages, it has become pretty apparent that his way of life is partly my own dream life!

"It’s all an extension of something I wanted in my life - or my dream life
- Ralph Lauren.

Agreed Ralph! Why not live like our dream life?!

I love this photo of his desk with all of his toys, tools and trinkets all perfectly placed--I wonder if any of these were his as a child? Does he fiddle with them while he works?? I, for one, definitely work more productively when all is in a controlled chaos:
You never know what you'll want to read when, so it’s good to keep the coffee table well stocked with stacks of inspiration available (Look Ralph! We both love white bouquets!):
As you can see, we are both equestrian lovers!
These are just a few aspects of my dream life...

Photo credit: Jennifer Young