BEST SWOON-WORTHY INTERIOR DESIGN
JEFFREY NEVE INTERIOR DESIGN, WALNUT CREEK
Envisioning a moody rest room that dials up the drama? A whimsical, ethereal master suite worthy of its treetop views? A magical eating area that encourages friends to linger?
Lovers of excessive fashion flip to native designer Jeffrey Neve, who attracts from his purchasers’ personal tales and sensibilities to conceive distinctive, alluring areas. “Crucial recommendation that I give to my purchasers is that you really want your private home to be uniquely reflective of you,” says Neve. “A profitable design doesn’t appear to be your neighbor’s house.”
Whether or not he’s refreshing a well-recognized area or creating top-to-bottom interiors for a new-build house, Neve’s designs ooze with aptitude. A California native who finds inspiration on his globe-trotting adventures, he particularly loves introducing shade and sample to supply one-of-a-kind interiors for his purchasers. “A number of strategically positioned pops of shade can elevate a room,” Neve says.
Whereas Neve has earned accolades for his beautiful areas—together with appearances in nationwide magazines resembling Architectural Digest and Elle Decor—performance is on the coronary heart of his work. Taking cues from his purchasers’ life, he weaves his understanding of scale, movement, and area planning into each venture. Deftly marrying aptitude and performance, Neve is a grasp at designing head-turning areas that also work nicely for day-to-day residing. jeffreyneve.com.
Cole’s Interiors, Harmony, colesinteriors.com.
Runner-up | Abbey Flooring, Harmony, abbeyfloorscalifornia.com.
“Each time I’m looking for a novel assertion piece for my house, Cole’s [Interiors] comes by means of.”
—Gee Amundson, Nice Hill
Arhaus, Walnut Creek, arhaus.com.
Runner-up | Indigo and Poppy, Lafayette, indigoandpoppy.com.
Cole’s Interiors, Harmony, colesinteriors.com.
Runner-up | KM Dwelling, Danville, storekmhome.com.
Jeffrey Neve Inside Design, Walnut Creek, jeffreyneve.com.
Runner-up | Kimberley Harrison Interiors, Lafayette, kimberleyharrison.com.
KITCHEN AND BATH FIXTURES
The Plumbery, Dublin, plumbery.com.
Runner-up | Knocknock Kitchen and Tub Design, Oakland, knocknocksite.com.
J. Montgomery Designs, Alamo, jmontgomerydesigns.com.
Runner-up | DPG Pavers and Design, Danville and Walnut Creek, dpgpavers.com.
“J. Montgomery Designs did the design for our whole yard, and it’s improbable and we’ve had many compliments. We solely want we’d achieved it years earlier!”
—Judy And Charles Bellig, Danville
OUTDOOR FURNITURE STORE
Terra, a number of places, terraoutdoor.com.
Runner-up | Patioworld, Pleasanton and Walnut Creek, patioworld.web.
Ruth Bancroft Backyard and Nursery, Walnut Creek, ruthbancroftgarden.org.
Runner-up | Orchard Nursery, Lafayette, orchardnursery.com.
Photo voltaic Harmonics, Brentwood and San Ramon, solarharmonics.com.
Runners-up | Diablo Photo voltaic Companies, Martinez, diablosolar.com; Kota, Harmony, kotasolar.com; Sky Energy Photo voltaic, San Ramon, skypowersolar.com.
All Pure Stone, Berkeley and Dublin, allnaturalstone.com.
Runner-up | European Tile and Marble, Lafayette, etmtiles.web.
Home windows and Past, Inc., Fremont, windowsandbeyond.com.
Runner-up | The Shade Retailer, a number of places, theshadestore.com.
BEST CELEBRATION OF PLANT POWER
2 Ladies One Plant, Lafayette
Cheyenne Lofthouse-Wolf found her function in the course of the pandemic. In July 2021, she and co-owner Molly Fullenkamp established 2 Ladies One Plant, a 300-square-foot plant retailer in Lafayette that doubles as a therapeutic area. “I’ve skilled trauma and have labored in psychological and behavioral well being and social providers settings for 10 years,” Lofthouse-Wolf says. “[Gardening] not solely saved me, however most of the children I’ve labored with.” Prospects can anticipate a Tarzan-meets-grandma vibe with a vintage-glam aesthetic and loads of cozy couches as they seize a tropical plant or arrange knowledgeable plant sitter for his or her subsequent trip. The newly expanded 2 Ladies One Plant will host a grand opening celebration on July 30. Additionally within the works: therapeutic workshops for at-risk youth, in addition to visitor speaker occasions, yoga periods, and outside gardening instruction. 2girlsoneplant.com.
BEST PLACE TO SPRUCE UP YOUR HOME—AND YOUR HAIR
Fringe and Fern Salon and Plant Collective, Walnut Creek
This fusion retail expertise calls itself the Bay Space’s first salon and plant store. Co-owners (and spouses) Blaine and Shelbie Jackson moved Fringe and Fern from its authentic Lafayette location in November 2021 and have been shelling out trendy cuts, pottery, candles, and an array of lovely houseplants in Walnut Creek ever since. The customer support is top-notch as nicely, with Shelbie giving personable, knowledgeable recommendation and a handwritten observe detailing at-home take care of every plant; she additionally invitations prospects to message her on Instagram with any future questions. fringeandfern.com.
BEST SHOP FOR DELISH DECOR
Positioned on vigorous Faculty Avenue, Sobu presents a collection of eco-friendly furnishings, design-forward lighting, and artisan-made house items in a serene setting. Founders and furnishings designers Laleh and Alessandro Latini view Sobu as an antidote to the impersonal procuring encounters at big-box shops. They love attending to know their neighbors, they usually foster a way of neighborhood and a considerate method to buying objects for the house. Search for must-haves resembling throw blankets manufactured from recycled yarn, museum-worthy oak bowls formed from fallen timber, and Laleh’s personal artwork. sobusobu.com.
BEST SPOT FOR CHIC HOME GOODS AND GIFTS
Whim Home, Danville
If you’re on the lookout for distinctive house decor, colourful outside furnishings, or trendy presents, Whim Home in downtown Danville has all of it. Its wide-ranging collection of items consists of tableware, barware, linens, jewellery, bathtub merchandise, paint, and even regionally sourced pantry objects resembling spices and honey. Proprietor Keva Dodd and her workers present a welcoming environment and professional steering, whereas additionally leaving customers alone to browse at their leisure. Plus, with its concentrate on handcrafted, artisanal, and fair-trade merchandise, Whim Home promotes house items you could be ok with. whimhouse.com.