Thursday, December 19, 2013

IR: Not long ago we were approached by interior designer and dear client of ours, Lyn Matejczyk to collaborate on designs for her husband's marketing firm, aptly named MUH.TAY.ZIK (the phonetic spelling of Lyn and John's last name).  Lyn approached us for our assistance with upholstery design and customization for the décor accents.  The designs being for the firm's brand new downtown SF location on Sansome Street.  Located on the 15th and 16th floors and with a vintage architectural charm and fabulous views of the city it's dream space to design, and a pleasure for us to be of assistance with.

The design concept was white on white, and black on black, with each floor being predominantly one color.  We worked with Lyn both sourcing and scouting pieces from around the bay to be reupholstered in step with the overall theme.  A true endeavor, each piece was individually designed with our help, by Lyn, and executed by us here at Mignonne. 

Chrome and white hide chairs, sourced by Mignonne, give a nod to the history of the ad industry.

Matching white recycled leather and white hide stripe chairs, sourced by Mignonne. Here, though the colors are in theme, the difference in texture and tone give complexity and depth to the décor.

And a solid upholstery to contrast the many textures, like in the case of the 'CLOUD' chair upholstered, sourced by Mignonne, can add complexity to style as well!

Sourced by Lyn herself, and upholstered by Mignonne, these couches in dark grey herringbone give sophistication the eclectic look.

But one of the most striking pieces is the two tone federal couch, which serves as the tying piece from dark to light, straddling both worlds. Upholstered in black and white hide, and sitting against a matching black and white wall, this piece serves as a statement piece of the firm's new look.

At Mignonne we work on a wide range of projects, from individual pieces & private residences, to commercial spaces.  In this case we had the opportunity to collaborate with designer, Lyn Matejczyk, in her goals of making the commercial space a truly unique one.  We are always excited to embark on new commercial projects, and all that they entail.  In collaborating with other designers we are able to put our heads together, as well as our resources, and skills, for and end result that
you just can't buy from a store.

Email us at to start a conversation about your next project!



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IR: Hey there! I'd like to introduce our newest window displays! They are just so yummy. Sexy, cozy, warm, and sultry. Marie really pulled out all the stops for these puppies. 

Inspired by the art deco era, the use of metallics in geometric shapes reminds one of The Great Gatsby, which has made a recent comeback in the right brain of many creative types, inspiring many of us and recalling us to a time of no holds barred. Thrown into the mix are some lovely accessories, seemingly tossed off in a fervor. Wine glasses lay strewn about in a careless glamor. And the beaded necklaces of rambunctious flapper girls are draped about, somehow perfectly accenting the clean lines of the furniture with a beautiful mess. The textures as well, are rich and abundant, from a silky black backdrop, to sleek metallics, extravagant beading and jewelry, and sultry fur, give the eye nothing to grow bored of.

Designing a little display space is kind of like putting together an outfit. We don't want to mix too many patterns, but if the texture's all the same it looks too much like one muddled pool. With a black silk art deco dress, a true flapper girl would see the purpose of accessorizing. She may try on her fur stole, some long beads, and possibly a shiny chain purse, to glam up and go out on the town!

Thanks for taking a look, and remember to stay on the lookout for our upcoming Holiday Soiree! Held on December 22nd at 5pm here at Mignonne, 2447 San Pablo Avenue.



Saturday, November 30, 2013

IR: I think it's about time to talk about the big issues. Big projects, big spaces, and BIG ideas. At Mignonne we don't just work on individual pieces, interior design is a big part of our wheelhouse, and with the redesigning of a space, we bring in a number of new elements to the equation. 

We mix the old and the new. We work with our clients to design around their aesthetic, or even specific pieces they're inspired by. But possibly the biggest part of this process is the custom installations. Sometimes there's a piece that we need, and that piece doesn't exist yet. For this we call on our lead design team and lead carpenter to create something truly one of a kind. Whether it be a small set of wall shelves or a floor to ceiling built in! 

::before and after - water heater solution::

What's so wonderful about this is we don't have to be hindered by what's at hand, when you can customize, the sky's the limit (or maybe the ceiling). 

Bookshelves and other types of wall storage are some of the most common custom installations. Because for the most part, we're all attached to our accessories and knick knacks, we like to find a way for you to display them, and eliminate clutter at the same time. For commercial spaces and homes alike, a beautiful space saving installation can make life all the easier, as well as being pleasing to the eye. 

::custom commercial shelving unit::

 One commercial project we worked on was for our West Berkeley neighbors on Fourth street in the shopping district. Out of the several custom pieces and installations we did for them, probably the most evident is their fabulous herringbone soft wood floors we put in, with the reclaimed wood counter. 

::ketér salon - reclaimed counter and herringbone floors::

So if you're thinking of a piece that doesn't quite exist yet, or even if you've found it but it's not for sale, we can help customize something for your space and for your life! You can always email us at for any project inquiries, and we'd be more than happy to start a dialogue.
May I introduce to you, the one and only 'GUERLAIN'?

We named this one-of-a-kind piece after the Parisian cosmetics brand and perfume brand "Guerlian". Founded in 1828, The House of Guerlain has been on top of the cosmetics world for nearly 200 years! Known for their prestige, Guerlain is a brand associated with luxury. Not only does our wonderful desk remind us of their color pallet, but the essence is that of a Guerlain woman.

Their usage of teal undertones brings out a glow on a gal the way our 'GUERLAIN' desk glows within a wonderful neutral interior. 

This is a great example of how color can transform a whole space. In a subtle earthy interior like this one, a teal desk adds an element of variety, as well as great eye candy. It's a real conversation piece. We like to take it a step further with some pop color, to break up a monotone feeling. 
(Photo curtesy of

But how great would this piece look in a bolder setting, too?  Bright colors really pop in a refined setting, or even pair well with one another for a more eclectic vibe. This teal would be stunning when paired with your favorite shade of pink, or even black and white. Now that's something The House of Guerlain would approve of!

Vintage Vogue Ad 1933 Art Deco Ad  SHALIMAR  GUERLAIN Perfume Original Advertisment Art by Darcy

All in all, teal is very versatile. Adding a flare of color to your interior can be just the thing you need to accomplish a change in atmosphere in a budget savvy way.

Not one for teal? Check out our website: for our available pieces to transform and we can customize something wonderful just for you!

Witney Point Couch

Friday, September 27, 2013

Check out this rad new couch... 

Can we talk about this amazing couch, which is currently in our showroom and up for grabs! Lead designer Johnelle created the look for this piece, using a vintage Witney Point Blanket as the accent textile to liven up the large couch. She paired it with colors and fabrics that represented the blanket and would be durable, as she intended for the couch to be used and sat on regularly.  This is something to always consider when reupholstering a special piece.  If the arms were white linen, sure it would have been smashing as well, but not as practical for comfy lounging...

Do you have a textile, piece of clothing or blanket that you love and would like to utilize on a chair or couch? What are the main colors in the textile? These would be questions to start asking your self to get your creative juices flowing... 

Witney Point blankets contained 'points' the points 
are the four black lines, which indicated its 
size, and the more points there are the more valuable 
it would be. The points ranged from 1-6. (1) (2)

The Witney Point Blankets were made in England for the Early's Company, and were sold through the Hudson Bay Company (HBC) from 1779 to 1920. But after 1920 their competition and rivalry became too serious, so they began just selling on their own, until they closed down late in the 20th century. *

This shows the Flecked linen up close, a perfect 
material that is durable, comfortable and stylish, 
that perfectly allows for the velvet marigold and 
sea green velvet piping to Pop and accent the blanket

If you ever want to start a dialogue & receive a quote for a couch or a chair of your own, 
you can email us a photo at ... 
We would be happy to help you in the creative 
process of revamping your piece!!!

xoxo mignonne

west elm wrapped up!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Did you know that on September 14th, Mignonne collaborated with West Elm in Emeryville?  We scoured their shelves for accessories, and the floor for furniture... to accent our lovely vintage Mignonne pieces. Lead Designer Johnelle Mancha and lovely crew put together a show case of how they create fabulous interiors for their clients, combining new and old styles! Johnelle went through the break down of how she goes about finding old gems with solid bones, that may initially appear to be run down, but have tons of potential to be customized in unique ways.  Mignonne has the tools and ability to turn almost anything into your dream piece! 

Johnelle Mancha, Lead designer posing in West Elm before the Event Started!! 

We chose to showcase a series of vintage chairs in their various stages of transformation, with a pop yellow and painted black tipped feet being the grand finale.  Sometimes it can be so hard to conceptualize a piece's transformation, so it was so cool to explain this to the crowd!  The chairs stood along side a mid century inspired West Elm Table, and accessories we put together to create our own look, including that pop colored lacquered tray we were all obsessed with, holding amazing vintage fabric remnants.

Check out the variety of stages a chair goes through! From it's orginal on the left, to sanded, to primed and painted! 

Part of our Mignonne Team: From Right Assistant Furniture Prep & Sales Associate Marie, Lead Designer/owner Johnelle, and Assistant Furniture Designer Seren! 

Check out Johnelle giving a distressing demo!!  

We had an awesome turn out with more workshops in collaboration with West Elm in the works ... so stay tuned!  Thank you to all those who came and showed support and to the 
lovely West Elm crew!


just a little burst of lovey dovey inspiration...


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