News & Views

Trend alert :: Kitchen Design

The modern kitchen is the heart of the home. Our daily ritual begins here. Social gatherings & family holidays are celebrated here. Today’s kitchens are no longer tucked away & separated from the activities of the family. They flow seamlessly and open up into our Living Space, our patios and gardens, and are a favorite area for entertaining.

In Europe, where design is often a step ahead, and living spaces are typically smaller, appliances and storage are beautifully concealed & are integrated into floor to ceiling cabinetry. To inspire you we have gathered some images that demonstrate these trends.

A slab of stone can be amazing as a back wall

Island Inspiration

Kitchen Hood Options

Drawer Organizers

Oven Wall Options

Refrigerator Options

Every detail is accounted for; with the vast options that can be put into your kitchen today, they are more important than ever.

Let Us Design An Amazing Kitchen For You.


Trend Alert :: Outdoor Living Rooms

Outdoor living today means a lot more than a few lounge chairs scattered across your patio. Embrace the idea of outdoor “living rooms”. Get the same amount of comfort and convenience from your porches and decks as you do from your living rooms. It's a great way to extend the square footage of your home !

Let's Decorate! 

Whether you are looking into adding a new outdoor living space or if you’re just wanting to update your space, contact us and we will be happy to help. 

Marin Best Of The County

Happy to be voted as the "Best Home Store". Come by and see what all the fuss is about! 

Travel & Design

When you design for a living, inspiration and creativity must be renewed. Design inspiration can come from anywhere – but travel is a HUGE source of inspiration for me. 

"Travel is not about where you go but how you see the world". 

I recently traveled to Israel  again, as I have been doing often the last few years to visit my parents and family. January in Tel Aviv is a lot like here…raining…so it was a perfect opportunity to visit the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Lichtenstein mural in the entry hall of Tel Aviv Museum of Art's original building
The Museum’s new wing designed by Preston Scott Cohen of Harvard University was completed in 2011

An exhibit about the Bauhaus in the new wing of the Museum

Abstract painting by Yehezkel Streichman's (prominent Israeli artist) 
One of the many new Farmers Markets that have popped up everywhere in Tel Aviv, including inside shopping malls..a brilliant idea! 
Pastry in Israel; so beautiful that it looked like a piece of art!
June 18, 2015


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Another Ruth Livingston Studio Custom Design

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." Winston Churchill.

As you can see, we have changed a few things here at One of the big changes, in addition to our new look, is the application of new technology to ensure that our site works in a familiar and easy manner across all digital platforms. The new site not only brings our look forward from a design perspective, but it guarantees our site is formatted perfectly to your device of choice. 

And as we continue to evolve, our online presence, like our business, will certainly mature as we strive to keep you better informed and more inspired. That said, one thing that has not changed, is our goal to make certain that your vision becomes a reality.  Please, if you would, help us perfect our approach by letting us know what you think about our new design and how we can make your visit with Ruth Livingston Studio a better experience.


June 17, 2015


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Let's have a conversation.

Hi, and welcome to my blog. Every couple of weeks or so, I will be sharing personal thoughts, observations & experiences relating to things I care deeply about, including but not limited to:

  • Design
  • Nature
  • Travel
  • Movies 
  • Fashion

I invite you to interact with me, to send me questions, share information & comment on my observations. The idea is to have a conversation about design, popular culture and the world at large in order to better understand how I can best serve you. 

For instance, did you know that anyone can call themselves an Interior Designer?

However, what separates the hobbyist from the pro is a license.  Did you know that our profession is licensed in California? To be licensed one must pass a 3 day test, have the proper education, experience in the field & more.

Ask CCIDC (the organization that oversees certification), or ASID for a list of “Certified Interior Designers” in your area. I happen to be one (#317, since 1993.) A professional Interior Designer will help you realize your dreams. They will generate floor plans, elevations, lighting design; they will prepare specification tables for contractors & make sure the designs are meticulously adhered to…not simply left to the contractor’s interpretation.

They will guide you toward the perfect piece of furniture, the just right fabric & the amazing materials you had no idea existed! A true professional enhances and celebrates your lifestyle and creates true, long-term value.

Exploring family, history and design through new and ancient doorways.

I just returned from a family visit to Israel, where my eye kept going to door designs: lots of graffiti, murals on garage & commercial type doors, as well as beautiful old carved doors.

A doorway is very symbolic. Don't you agree? An opening to an unknown space beyond, representing a beginning, a stepping over the threshold into ...? Doors fascinate me. If you have favorite door photos, please share.doorways-israel-may2015