Apartment 46 for the Home


Services Provided
Interior design and garden design. Curating collections, accessorizing, refreshing old spaces, color consultations and finish selections.

Areas Served
San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Danville, Walnut Creek, South Bay, Peninsula

Business Description
Apartment 46 provides full-service interior and garden design - creating beautiful, interesting, and comfortable spaces. We offer color consults, finish selection and re-styling or re-staging of homes to maximize current potential.

We collaborate with clients to create unique and welcoming spaces they love to come home to. As a Houzz contributing writer I delve into design challenges and solutions for thousands of readers each week. Passion for beautiful things also extends to our Apartment 46 boutique in San Mateo, CA.

In my practice I have helped countless families declutter their homes, define their style, and create beautiful environments they are extremely happy to live in. I love to inspire people to create meaningful vignettes that tell stories about their lives. That said, redefining/designing a space requires letting go of objects and ideas that no longer suit who you are or want to be.

It's my hope that I can be a resource for others that share my appreciation for gorgeous gardens, well-made furniture, unique interiors and things with soul. I want every view in a home to be an interesting one. Sitting in different parts of a room, it should great from every vantage point.

A consultation should leave you inspired and ready to recreate your space, and a visit to the boutique will never be boring or predictable.

I consider myself really blessed and lucky to have such amazing clients and I hope to continue creating beautiful and unique spaces in the Bay Area for a long time to come.

Certification and Awards
Best of Houzz 2013 and 2014. Featured in Gentry and Romantic Homes
Location:
San Mateo, CA US 
Contact:
Melisa Bleasdale 
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Address
1618 Palm Avenue,
San Mateo, California,
United States, 94402 
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Step Away From the Wallpaper: Why Decorating Risks Are Overrated

Want to find your signature style? Try staying inside your comfort zone Full Story
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There's a fine line between embracing your own style and getting stuck in a rut. I've come across more than a few people who keep doing the same thing over and over regardless of their environment, ie. a new house, new geographical location, etc...
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Top It Off: Wallpapered Ceilings Take the Eye High

Check out these rooms to see the difference a wallpapered ceiling makes Full Story
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Casart Coverings
Many comments have referenced the difficulty of installing wallpaper on a ceiling and also removing it. If it is repositionable and removable it isn't a problem. Consider the ceiling the 5th wall of a room. We have a light weight product that is specifically designed for ceiling use. It's easier to install and because it has a pressure-sensitive adhesive backing, its weight and gravity are not in opposition. The ceiling is an ideal area to personalize. We had a customer who wanted a world map reflecting her travels and we customized that for her. It's a one-of-a-kind conversation piece.
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An Unconventional Approach to Teen Room Decor

Wall-to-wall posters and riotous colors? So not cool. Find out how to give your tween or teen a room that's truly awesome Full Story
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Rajvi Berry
Whilst all three are so different such good depictions of teen rooms
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My daughter's friend just asked if I could "help" her mom redo her room because she's afraid of the choices her mom will make. I think I'll facilitate a brainstorm but I'm not trying to step on any momma's toes. :) There is always an awesome middle ground we can find.
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Simple Pleasures: Cultivate Everyday Joie de Vivre

You can’t be on holiday all the time, of course, but you can enjoy that same carefree feeling right at home, right now Full Story
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This article is one I will refer to over and over again. With three young kids, I'm usually last on my list and too tired to make time for myself but you've reminded me that even really simple things can make a world of difference and change perspective.
I'm definitely guilty of not letting anyone in my house unless it's perfect. Seeing so many pictures of beautifully appointed and organized rooms probably isn't helping me in that arena! However, I try to use this obsessive behavior to my advantage by organizing parties, thereby forcing me to get those unfinished projects done!
April 11, 2014 at 9:39pm     
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How to Choose an Awesome Area Rug No Matter What Your Space

High use, a low door, kids and pets running amok — whatever your area endures, this insight will help you find the right rug for it Full Story
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duffy2009
When we were first married, my MIL gave us this old chiffarobe (sp?). I considered painting it, but I really hated it & got rid of it as soon as I could. I don't remember it exactly so maybe I wouldn't want it back but I would love to see it so I could decide whether I made a bad decision way back then.
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Ah duffy2009 you can't know now but the fact that you hated it says volumes. You moved on and there are hundreds of orphaned pieces out there waiting for you to love them. :)
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8 Reasons to Jump Off the DIY Bandwagon

You heard right. Stop beating yourself up for not making stuff yourself, and start seeing the bright side of buying from others Full Story
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Shannon Kaye
Here, here! Everything done well requires time, practice, patience, curiosity, and experimentation. You may be willing to start sewing your own pillows and work your way up to upholstery. But if you really need Grandma's rocker re-finished in time for the baby to arrive, get the artisan on it who knows exactly how to bring out the best in that beloved little piece for you. You're still being creative, still bringing your idea to life; and collaborating with dedicated, passionate people along the way. Priceless.
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Houzz Tour: Modernism the Family-Friendly Way

Lots of glass and little clutter? Yup. And the two kids under age 5 don’t seem to mind one bit Full Story
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Several people asked whether the door has a lock. No it does not, but honestly, if the door is closed, there's someone in there. :) The way barn doors close, they overlap the opening so there is not really a flush transition to put a lock on from the inside of a bathroom. Their door is SO silent I want it in my own house!
April 10, 2014 at 11:27am   
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daveandjulianne
Can I open up my kitchen with open stairs to the basement?
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daveandjulianne that depends on several factors. It's worth having an architect consult with you on current and future renovation plans/questions. Their knowledge can help guide you down the right path and avoid costly mistakes.
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Design Workshop: The Art of Joining Materials

Watch for carefully crafted meeting points in a home's building materials — they're among the hallmarks of great architecture Full Story
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Fantastic piece! I always try to take my clients to the build site to show them what their house is made of (literally) as so much impressive work lies behind the walls.
April 9, 2014 at 11:38pm     
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amellee
Beautiful clean lines. Saying that, interiors are overwhelming by all this wood. It's too much for me. However beautiful it is, it's definetly not for me indors. Too much of wood, too much of this colour which in smaller doses I like a lot.
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Studio NOO Design
#1: this is what a great architect can do for you ! Amazing !
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It is Silver Wave marble. We got sequential slabs so we could book match the pieces and not disrupt the flow of the rich veining at the joint in the middle of the fourteen foot long island.
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Control Kid Stuff the Sane Way — Artwork-Managing Strategies

Enlist your child's help in managing creative piles to set the stage for good habits and make organizing easier on you Full Story
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Very good article. I employ similar, but very random methods. I like the preciseness of this. Thank you
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This home is custom in every detail. You cannot buy anything in it.
April 8, 2014 at 11:06am     
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Melinda Mandell
I'm so glad you like it! I had this chandelier custom made with a custom finish by our local lighting vendor. Sometimes custom is the best way to go, in order to get a piece that properly fits the scale of the space, and compliments the other interior finishes. Good luck!
April 8, 2014 at 10:00am     
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OMG I love ALL of these! I want to see more pros chime in because we make some pretty awesome mistakes in our own homes. I once moved into a rental and hated all the plastic blinds on the windows. I went out and spent my own money on all new beautiful woven roll up blinds. LOVE! I noticed though, that all the cords were definitely too long. I cut them all to a more manageable length. Um....then I tried to roll the blinds DOWN. The too short cords disappeared up into the blind never to be seen again. My husband came in and asked me why I didn't cut them with the blinds already down. Well, no sh*t Sherlock! There they stayed in their crooked, diagonal, half up/half down state while I 1. Cried and 2. Got Tourette's. I went broke that month replacing my replacement blinds.
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texlo that sounds AWESOME - to actually be living in frosting. :)
April 6, 2014 at 8:26pm     
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Skylark, my LR/DR looked like a patchwork quilt - I had so many colours of yellow - it was ridiculous. But I did eventually find the right colour! Thank goodness for those little pots of paint from BM.
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Gemma McLuckie
Picking fabric to reuphostler chairs while 9 months pregnant. Went to hospital to have baby. A few weeks later newly covered chairs arrived too. Yikes! Pumpkin -- in indestructable 1970s Naughahide. Those chairs haunted me for years and are probably putting out radioactive orange rays to this day. Luckily I made a much better choice with the baby. She's quite lovely still.
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Guest Picks: Have a Shiny, Happy Spring With Green and Gold

Get a glimmer in your eye as the season turns, thanks to accessories and furnishings in mint to emerald with a dash of gold Full Story
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OK, La Lune is in Wisconsin, the home of green and gold (Green Bay Packers) so there was just NO WAY we could not comment on this ideabook. What to do? We settled on sharing two of our premium finishes: "Gold Leaf" and "Forest".

http://www.pinterest.com/rusticstyle/la-lune-finishes/
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Houzz Tour: Hugging the Rocky Cliffs in Big Sur

Cascading down a rugged site and generously encased in glass, this California home takes full advantage of its ocean views Full Story
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carmentss
Sorry for my comment - but isn't this place a protected park not for real estate? why ruin nature?
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Kathy Dunn
There are several state parks in Big Sur, but most of the land here is not protected, including the many homes along the coast There are also some designated open space areas not open to development. The California Coastal Commission does have authority over development in the coastal area, and this house would have been within the limitations and regulations set up in the county's coastal plan (originally developed in the 1980s through a hearing process).
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Eric Daniels
This is just funny. We live in a world of people who love to blame and hate to take responsibility themselves. I saw these stairs and my mind immediately started to try to figure out what kind of steel plate was used, what kind of rollers for the stairs and I began to get a sketch in my mind. The picture gave me an idea that I didn't have before.

I am not a builder. I work with computer databases.

Stop complaining and start using the brain people used to have before they "googled" everything.
April 5, 2014 at 5:36am     
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Wonderful Ways to Mesh Woven Furniture With Your Style

Weave some wicker or sea grass furniture into a modern or contemporary room to create a feeling of relaxed luxury Full Story
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letsgoshopping
Thinking of getting the rattan Havanawood coffee table from Palecek. Would this look ok in my traditional living room (with transitional leanings)?
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letsgoshopping that table is gorgeous! When you say traditional with transitional leanings, it piques my interest! For me, it's all about the mix. The important thing about coffee tables is that they should be the right scale and height for the sofa they sit in front of. I have a super traditional faux bois and glass table with a modern sofa. Knowing the dimensions of the table, you should measure from the floor to the seat of the sofa. I feel like a table should be no less than 2 inches shorter or higher in order for it to feel right in the room. However, everyone has their own tastes and design really doesn't have rules set in stone. Could you post a pic of your sofa?
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Soothe Your Spirit With a Buddha in the Garden

You can enjoy the serenity of a Buddha statue even if you haven’t been called to the monkhood Full Story
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This was a wonderfully impressive article on adding Buddhas to gardens. Your research into the many emanations of Buddha made it so much better, helping people actually choose a Buddha figure that would enhance their lifestyle. I particularly like your explanation of the Medicine Buddha, devoted to the healing of body and mind. Nice place to visit at the end of a busy day. Jap-Ji Keating
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13 Extra-Cool Things to Do With a Backyard

Sure, you could just plop down on a blanket. Or you could create a dragon’s lair, a mosaic gallery, a party in a jungle ... Full Story
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alotta miles and jillqberry I am totally confused when you say "real people's homes". In fact, all of my clients and all the project photos on my Houzz profile are of real people's homes. ALL were on various budgets and ALL required a lot of creativity, re-use and refurbishing. I haven't yet posted the awesome results but I just finished a petite 2 bed condo for a single mom on a very firm budget and it came out looking both elegant and cozy. HGTV does things like "Design on a Dime" and while some people might be okay with paper plate chandeliers, I'm not into them and I think Houzz offers so much more! As for affordability, I look high and low for my clients' budget-conscious alternatives and score so much great stuff in very unexpected places. Not every home reno is bound by a limited budget, but as YogaJulie says, it's all about applying the inspiration in a creative way. Don't give up on Houzz! Just dig a little deeper. :)
March 31, 2014 at 12:32am     
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gulic
Very nice, wants to do it myself
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We have just finished a lovely outside living space... Hope you like it!... There is so much great work out there its nice to contribute some of ours too!
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