Apartment 46 for the Home


Services Provided
Interior and garden design with a focus on creating uniquely beautiful environments. Specializing in color consultations, finish selection and reworking of existing pieces to maximize potential. Finding the perfect art pieces, curating collections, accessorizing and refreshing old spaces are my first-loves.

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

Typical Job Cost
$5000 - $250000

Business Description
Apartment 46 provides full-service interior and garden design. From concept through install it's my goal to create beautiful, personal and comfortable spaces that reflect the individuality of each client. For jobs of all sizes, I offer project management and sub-contractor coordination including bid selection, reference checking and scheduling.

As a Houzz contributing writer I delve into design challenges and solutions for readers each week. In my practice, I help countless families de-clutter their homes, define their style, and create beautiful environments they are extremely happy to live in. 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.

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, CA 94402 
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Prized Collections: The Art of Gathering

Take a sneaky peek at the weird and wonderful world of some of our favourite Houzz collections Full Story
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this is such a great post and i'm thrilled to be included not once, but TWICE! i plan to write a book about people's collections & why they collect what they do - it seems you've got a head start.
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Styling: The Enduring Appeal of Laid-back Linen

From tablecloths to sofa covers and gorgeous antique bedding, linen love is here to stay Full Story
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12 Questions Your Interior Designer Should Ask You

The best decorators aren’t dictators — and they’re not mind readers either. To understand your tastes, they need this essential info Full Story
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I am always so confused when readers say that designers "impose their own design" on their clients or that that they "don't listen" to homeowner needs. Enough people have horror stories to share that it's obviously true but I don't personally know anyone like that (how do they stay in business?!) and I am definitely not like that. When someone calls me, it's because they have looked through my reviews and portfolio and like what they see. Something about what I do resonates with them and they decide it's a good place to start. After meeting, they either do or don't like my personality. I make very strong suggestions to my clients but that is because I am hired to help them avoid costly mistakes or choices made based on what's cool at this moment. I want my clients to have homes they love for a LONG time. I am extremely budget conscious, but I am also not going to put furnishings in a home that won't last through kids, guests, pets, life...Spending $300 on a sofa is $300 wasted if it doesn't last. Save and buy the best you can. I have just now bought my very first grown up sofa and I saved for a long time to get it. As for HGTV designers and the discounts they get, that is an anomaly. I know of several huge stores in SF that "sell" to television designers at non-existent prices for the point of the show. Sadly, some of these homes have to be redone once the show is over because the people hated it. I work side-by-side with my clients and have handled more than my fair share of folks who were frightened to trust any idea I had. As one of my clients said in his review, "I learned to trust Melisa's judgment and I love our space!" That's the key. You don't blindly trust the designer, you learn to trust the designer. It's a relationship and an investment and you need to love who you hire. We learn LOTS of stuff about our clients that we probably never wanted to know so it's an intimate thing to be in someone's space day in and day out, handling their personalities, money, materials...Thank goodness I have had such awesome experiences with people because I am frightened reading all the scary stories of design gone wrong!
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jeff_the_chef there are a number of articles on Houzz that may be helpful in terms of how to choose a designer but there is not set answer for how much you should expect to pay. Every designer works differently when it comes to budget. Some are hourly, some are per project, some are hourly with a discount for a block of hours, some are hourly plus mark up on furnishings...the choices are endless and that's why hiring a designer is actually more approachable and affordable than people think. The two things ANYONE thinking about hiring a designer should look for are - photos that they are drawn to (even if they don't know why), great references, and a gut feeling when you meet them. Anyone that doesn't gel with your individual personality is definitely a bad fit. Think of it like dating. Do you want to see them again tomorrow (and the next day and the next?) There is a designer for every single person on the planet and that's awesome because style is extremely subjective. :)
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First of all.. Who on earth hires/pays/invites a decorator in to her home EXPECTING to be disappointed? That makes no sense to me. But having said that, I'm so sorry Jan Moyer that you have had to deal with such rude clients. I suppose that when you are working with the public, you must meet all kinds.
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Marina Klima Goldberg - Klima Design Group
I wanted to sit quietly, but could not.

Interior designers are professionals. Interior design is exact science, like math or chemistry. In fact, most of our professional exams are based on public safety issues mostly. In interior design schools we study a lot of building codes and construction as well as fire protection and control. We learn common human responses to certain environments.

I remember my first class. It was manual drafting (the one before AutoCad). So, the teacher addressed us and said that if there were any people in the room that thought that they were going to decorate with pillows, they should leave the room right there. She said that it was not about decorating or arranging furniture. She also said that in this profession, the average pay is between $35,000 to $50,000 a year depending on the area. Tough love, right? But it was real and truthful. Some people dropped after that.

Those that stayed learned all of the science and ONLY THEN ART.

So, interior design is SCIENCE and ART together. We have knowledge first and talent second. We are hired not only for our vision but also for our deep knowledge. We are required to take classes every year. Many classes. We go to conferences and trade shows a couple of times a year, at least. Some people do more and I admire them. We need to know about lighting, architectural construction, fire codes, fabric quality.

The pretty pictures of the projects do not show all the hard work that goes into the projects.

I work with contractors all the time. I always ask their opinion about the scope of work and respect every word they say. But they tell you what you ask them. When I work with an electrician, he is paid triple of what I am paid. But he will do what a designer asks him to do. So, a designer needs to specify and supervise. Most contractors are paid more than designers. Perhaps, because their work is more tangible. Changed the lamps. Installed LED lighting. Put the track up. The designer is the one to create the overall lighting plan and specify, then make ten calls and schedules.

Moreover, because we become so passionate about a project, it is quite often that we do miles and miles of work that is extra and keep quiet about it.
To add to the above discussion, I did not see many lawyers that travel to people's homes for consultations.

I do believe in a free consultation on the phone, via Skype and through mail. I think they are a MUST. Also, there are websites, referrals, etc. But if I am invited to someone's home, I want to give them all I've got, and so do most of designers I know. And, yes, I would want to be paid for it.
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Thank you, it's a resin planter bought online for the client. Search "Tall resin planters" and they should come up.
July 21, 2014 at 10:58am   
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Design Workshop: Put Industrial Mesh to Work Around the Home

From open gratings to fine weaves, commercial metal mesh is a durable and beautiful choice for residences too Full Story
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Shading the walkway
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What an informative idea book! I've been admiring the mesh elevator walls I've begun to see in office buildings and wondered where to find. Thank you for listing company names as well!
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Thank you so much, @Serra Design! What a nice compliment!
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8 Low-Cost Luxuries With a Big Payoff

Consider the small stuff — like switch plates and throw pillows — to give your home a touch of class Full Story
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I am so glad floor outlets were mentioned. The first time I saw them I was about 7 years old, at my parents' friends house in downtown Milan and I thought they were unique and somewhat interesting. 40 years later I am building the house of my dreams and I am installing floor outlets :) hubby and builder thought I was crazy, but you guys know what I mean !
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My Houzz: Light and Serenity Fill an 1890 Home

Remodeling enhances a Jerusalem home’s architecture while bringing in more sunlight and a peaceful vibe Full Story
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I am so in love with the stone archways and soul of the home! It feels so warm and special. Totally smitten with the colored mosaic bathroom tile. :) Thank you for sharing it!
July 17, 2014 at 4:56pm     
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Georgia
Gorgeous. Go-ho-ho-horgeous!!!

Also maybe echoey? If it were me I'd add some rugs (OK there's one in the family room) or curtains to absorb the sound bouncing off all those hard surfaces. Beautiful, classy, modern-yet-antiquey style ones of course.
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Absolutely beautiful renovation. It's so simple yet so much attention to details.
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Here's How to Steer Clear of 10 Top Design Don'ts

Get interiors that look professionally styled even if you're taking the DIY route, by avoiding these common mistakes Full Story
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Floor outlets! Houzz has a lot of awesome info on them and they are magical when it comes to putting things where you want them and not where wall outlets are. :)
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Catherine Gibson
Yeah, I have the same issue. I just have some furniture up against the walls. Can't be helped and while it would be nice to put furniture precisely where I want it, reality frequently intervenes. I do needlework and need light, free hands, and a comfy chair.
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Interesting comments about pillows. I am short. My husband is tall. The pillows he moves out of his way I tuck behind my back so that I can sit comfortably and still keep my feet on the floor. I've also noted that the firm, hard pillows slide off our leather sofa while the soft, "chopped" ones stay in place.
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Decorating: Genius Ways to Put the Humble Pallet to Stylish Use

Freely available and fantastically useful, pallets are just waiting to be given a new life in your home... Full Story
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Love. :)
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Hi Beverly - I'm not sure where they are from. Great pieces though!
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Beverly Anderson Interior Design - Those red stacking stools are MARIUS from IKEA. I believe they now offer them in white and teal.
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Home Depot! :) I found them at the San Mateo/Foster City Home Depot but they should all be carrying LeGrand's Adorne line.
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July 11, 2014
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Stick to Branches for Naturally Beautiful Lighting

When you combine trees and technology, your lighting is as organic as it is versatile Full Story
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Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
I love mine! No spider issues :) It's beautiful at all the times of the day and it especially reminds me of a full moon at night.
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We used Melisa as a designer for our family room. She went above and beyond the call of duty to transform our room into something spectacular. She is incredibly passionate about her ideas and drives... Read More
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We used Melisa as a designer for our family room. She went above and beyond the call of duty to transform our room into something spectacular. She is incredib...
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A friend of mine turned me onto the Houzz website once he knew that I had just purchased a condo and was looking to furnish it. As I looked through the site I ...
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After going through a major remodel including the main floor of the house and the landscaping of the back yard, I wasn't completely satisfied with the "cookie c...
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Melisa at Apartment 46 has an amazing eye for curating and collecting! I have used her shop as a resource for those "special touches" that bring my own design p...
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I am absolutely in love with the bedroom Melisa designed for me! I love her taste, but moreover I very much appreciate that she incorporated ME into every aspec...
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