(Elaina) I first met Molly while studying at UC Berkeley. She was studying architecture and at first site I remember thinking she was so pretty with her rosy cheeks, bright green eyes and blond bob. She had great style, she was smart and had such fun energy. I was immediately drawn to her and knew we would be good friends one day. A few years later after many outings and parties together we got to be room mates. This is when I really saw what an incredible artist she was through her architectural designs. I have always admired her eye for design and aesthetic.
We’ve remained close friends over the years and I’ve watched her evolve from being a successful architect to recognizing that there was something more brewing inside her creative mind. She listened and decided to risk it all and follow her desire to design jewelry. I love this about her.
She applies her knowledge of design, materials, surface and shape to her jewelry. Her designs are fun and feminine. They’re smart and unique. I love keeping an eye on her to see what she continues to create. I encourage you to do the same. Please meet our long time crush: Molly McGrath.
What inspires you? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
- I’m inspired by surface design, be it architecture, graphics, or textiles. I draw a lot of inspiration from my travels, and from new materials and production techniques – I love figuring out how to make things.
In a few sentences how would you describe your style?
- Brightly minimal, playful, and precise.
When and how did you first find your passion for the jewelery, art, design world?
- My mom is a landscape designer, and her mom was an artist, teacher, and world traveler. They have both filled their lives with beauty and have definitely passed on their appreciation of design to me.
What do you love most about your career/passion?
- The thrill of discovering a new way of making something, sharing my work with other people, and the satisfaction of running my own business.
Who would be your dream client to design for?
How do you typically start your day?
- Coffee and getting the laser cutters running!
How do you typically end your day?
- A walk in Corona Heights Park or a run on the Wiggle, hanging out with my husband Sai.
What do you love most about the city you live in? (San Fransisco)
- I love living in the city where my Dad grew up, the natural beauty, the food …
Where is your most favorite place to travel and why?
- Hmm, tough one. Probably Morocco and Japan because they were the most foreign and visually stimulating in all regards – landscape, design, craft, culture.
What was the best piece of advice given to you when you were first getting started?
- People were so encouraging, I really remember that!
What’s the best piece of advice would you give to someone starting off in the jewelery/design business?
- Do what excites you and also what differentiates you from other designers.
What is your favorite go to product at the moment?
- I’m obsessed with dutch supertax fabrics.
What is your astrological sign?
What are you most proud of?
- My relationships with my friends and family. : )
What projects are you currently working on?
- Laser-etched leather pillow and succulent vessels
What’s next for you? What’s your future looking like?
- I really want to get into textiles – I envision spending a lot of time on that in the future!
What does good design mean to you?
- I’m not sure I could really say, it is so subjective! It is so difficult for me to sum up the types of design I like – there are so many!
With summer on its way are you feeling in a rut? Need some help giving your home a fresh new vibe? Here are some helpful tips to get you out of your funk and see your home in a whole new light.
1. You can never have enough pillows
Two pairs of pillows give a simple look. However, multiple pillows with contrasting
colors and patterns make a bold and fun statement!
Furniture that’s too small can make a small room feel smaller. Go Big! In the bedroom a tall bed with a high headboard will make the room feel taller as well.
3. Open the cabinets when the guests come
Keep your armoire open in the living room when your guests come. Let them into your secrets (I guess this depends on what your secrets are). Showcase your collections or china! They make for great conversations.
Painting a room a dark color does the opposite of what you think. It actually makes the room feel larger and creates an illusion of no corners. Therefore, the room feels endless!
Adding some pattern can completely change the feel of a space. Whether it’s a small corner or an entire room, wallpaper has made a big comeback and is a surefire way to give your room a fresh look.
6. Use an Area Rug in the Bathroom
Instead of a bath mat, be different and use an area rug. It will make the space more interesting.
7. White will work
When in doubt paint your walls white. Use dome white furnishings and accents. There is nothing more fresh than an all white space (I know we just told you to go dark… So depending on your space and style, you can choose the best option for you).
Mix matching styles such as Modern with Antique is a great way to wow your guests! For example; using a four poster bed in a modern room, perfection.
The more light sources the better! At least two for ambient light and two for direct task light. This allows you to create different moods in your space.
10. Kick the traditional coffee table to the curb
The most versatile coffee table you will ever own is an ottoman with a tray on it.
Happy almost summer everyone! What are some of your favorite ways to give your space a makeover?
We cannot begin to tell you how much fun we had with this client and project. April and Todd Johnson reached out to us in major need of a bathroom makeover. April’s first attempt to add some boldness to this guest bathroom, which also functions as the only downstairs bathroom, was quite the disappointment. She was going for a jewel-toned green to make the existing white shower and white countertops pop. Instead, she ended up with a very saturated and primary lime green color. See the before photos here.
When we first walked into the home of the Johnson’s we were blown away by their existing art collection and antiques that were handed down by April’s parents. We quickly picked up on their style and appreciation for the fine details and old world vibe. April had already executed the blend of old and new with her antiques collection mixed with the modern touches of today. A perfect combination for this young family with the two cutest toddler boys, who often ran quickly past us at every meeting!
After some quick programming we went to work. We immediately knew we wanted to switch out the polished nickle for polished brass and that wallpapering all four walls would give April that bold punch she was originally looking for. Ripping out all of the shower tile was too much of an added cost for a shower that was never going to be used. Instead, we kept the wall tile and only replaced the shower floor tile with a pebbled stone to give it that ethnic vacation feel. Beacuse the shower was never used we turned it into one large terraium with low maintenance, shade loving plants.
Her only request was to remove the built in vanity all together and install a free standing one. We found this fabulously perfect vanity at one of our favorite sources; Rejuvanation which offers old world, schoolhouse, revival products. With the marble countertops and antiqued mirror I think we nailed this look. Topping it off with a few antique books and knick knacks, April and Todd were beyond thrilled and so are we.
An escape to another world every time you use the bathroom! What do you think of this space?