I first heard about Cisco home when I worked as a designer in Pasadena, CA. Now, my interior design firm is established in Portola Valley, CA, a gorgeous town on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Our House Full of Readers by MMID project has multiple upholstery pieces by Cisco Home. For this project, a 1920s Tudor Revival style home in Palo Alto, CA, a big priority was providing enough seating both for quiet afternoons reading, and for hosting packed bookclub nights. My clients came with me to Cisco Home to identify the perfect reading chair, and they selected the Rebecca Chair for curling up with a good book. Instead of a skirted design I modified the chair with Cisco's fun "Zio" bobbin feet in a soft stain color.
What is attractive about Cisco is that it is a local California company, making it's furniture in Los Angeles. I am also attracted by the "inside green" program that utilizes FSC certified wood, organic latex foam, and wool to create furniture that is healthy for my clients and treads more lightly on the earth. I love that Cisco has its own line of fabrics that prioritizes natural fibers, such as 100% linen.
For the pieces throughout the home, I used a mix of Cisco Home fabrics, and COM fabrics to accomplish my vision. As an interior designer, something essential to me when doing upholstery pieces, is the flexibility for customization and utilizing multiple fabrics to create interest and contrast - and Cisco Home offers that. This means each piece has the Cisco Home quality and comfort, and reflects the unique personality of my clients with MMID flair.
In the Living Room we used:
The Gunner Daybed in a COM velvet, and contrasting COM pillows A Pair of Rebecca Chairs in COM fabric, with contrasting Cusco Grey Velvet. We also modified these with your fun "Zio" bobbin legs at the front. Goodman Banquette in Heather Laurent Cloud, which we used as a settee.
In the Den/Media Room/Family Room we used:
The Cosmo Sofa in Cusco Indigo Velvet, with contrasting COM bolster pillows.
Interior Design by Melinda Mandell
As principal designer, I am dedicated to the details of my clients’ day-to-day lives, and understand how each of the smallest decisions affects the function of their homes. With well over a decade of experience, I continue to thrive off of client relationships, and love creating custom solutions that streamline my clients’ lives, and bring them joy.
"If you love color and beautiful textiles, then reach out to Melinda Mandell to discuss furnishing your home with Cisco Home pieces like these. Her firm is available for projects in the SF Bay Area, Southern California, and nation-wide."
Photography by Michelle Drewes
Michelle graduated with a BFA in Fine Art Photography at the Academy of Art University. She is a Southern California native who finds inspiration from nature and fashion. She is currently living in Sacramento. Her work as been featured in publications such as the WSJ, Elle Decor and Forbes. Some of her clients include Square, California Closets, Ann Sacks and the New York Public Library.
"This project was wonderful to photograph. A lot of designers stay with safe neutrals and I love that Melinda chooses bold and rich colors to create a vibrant and luxurious environment."