Fun decor for your home

Design tips:

  • Don't be afraid to combine old with the new. Try mixing up a vintage antique piece with something new, because it reinterprets the older piece.

  • A great way to put a modern spin on a classic piece is through upholstery. Use a new pattern or try a fun textile.

  • Use white as a background and add shots of color to create a beautiful touch.

  • When decorating, take your time. Have a collection of things that are personal and mean something to you, and that represents you and your style.

  • Ocean themes are popular. Try using barnacle or other things you'd find in the sea.

  • When buying antiques, work with someone reputable and do your research. is a great resource. It's a collection of the top dealers in the country.

  • Another options is to go on ebay and find great pieces that have great lines but need a little docking up.

  • Remember, it's about the lines of the piece. If the bones are good there are so many things that can be done by re-apulstry and refinishing it to put that spin on it to make it fresh and modern again.

  • When buying antiques, find a great piece that resonates and goes with the style you love. Then you have a base and you can build from that.

  • Since the economy has changed, focus on buying domestically. Like finding something great on e-bay, craigslist or going to a flea market.

  • It's all about the thrill of the chase, finding items is half of the excitement.
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About Sarlo:
The 2000 square foot retail space is located in a historical brick building in the San Francisco Design District. Co-designed with acclaimed interior designer Stephen Shubel, the concept was to create a space that was a fresh and modern interpretation of a Parisian apartment. High gloss white floors reflect light and create the backdrop of a clean palette to showcase the furnishings. White denim draperies transition one from room to room. Open ceiling rafters juxtapose an element of deconstruction. Shots of color and changing vignettes create an ever evolving environment for inspiration. Clientele include top design firms, architects, celebrities, stylists and design aficionados both domestic and overseas.

About Gabriella Sarlo:
She has long been a collector of fine furnishings, art and home accessories whose love of design began at an early age, inspired from travels to far off lands. Through her cultivated network of overseas suppliers and access to private estates and fairs, Gabriella is able to offer the most unique pieces from around the globe. SARLO is her newest venture - opened in Fall 2008. In addition to antiques and vintage furniture, SARLO features glass lighting by La Murrina, textiles by design guru Carolyn Quartermaine, contemporary art and jewelry. Gabriella also represents the Stephen Shubel collection of antiques collected from France. New furnishings by Pieter Porters and Astier de Villatte complete the carefully edited inventory. Furniture, art, jewelry and accessories are available through our partnership with

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