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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!
November 12, 2016


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Annual Holiday Trunk Show


Join us for an exciting weekend of holiday shopping, featuring a collection of locally made jewelry, candles, scarves as well as a wonderful array of handpicked gifts and handbags. A relaxed shopping experience in an elegant environment awaits you. Sip & savor tasty treats as we gift wrap your purchase & add a gift of our own! Read more about the artists below.

Drawn to layering perfumes to create a personalized fragrance, Lizette Marie turns candles to capture sensory experiences. Lizette’s signature Gilded Decay collection is a reflection of her dark, moody aesthetic and glamorous attitude. 

Sarah Jane Hassler has been designing jewelry over 15 years and her work is a culmination of years of experimentation with non-traditional materials in jewelry. She has always been interested in the forms and materials of the Art Deco days. Her pieces are a contemporary take on this style.  

Mitandio, has its origin from a Swahili word meaning scarves. It is the vision of two sisters, Jas & Ruku, who grew up in Tanzania and India. The artwork for each scarf is hand-painted and then transferred onto the finest silk cashmere fabric via digital printing process. The scarves are inspired by their life and travels and each carries its own story, springing from wildlife to nature. 

November 11, 2016


Summer Travel & Inspiration

For the first time in many years, I took a really long and much-deserved summer vacation. It all began with a visit to Israel, where I spent precious time with family, which included the celebration of my Dad’s 93rd Birthday. While in Israel, I visited the Tel Aviv Design Museum, an impressive Corten Steel structure designed by architect Ron Arad, reminding many of the Guggenheim. I then made my way over to Northern Italy, where I went from hiking in the Dolomites to taking short day trips to Lakes Garda & Iseo.


Tel Aviv Design Museum


Wherever I go, I immerse myself in the culture and experience my passions: Nature, Art, Architecture and Design, and of course... Food & Foreign Languages. 


On this particular trip, these passions presented themselves in a single location: The Messner Mountain Museum in Corones, Italy. Designed by my favorite architect Zaha Hadid (about whose untimely death this year I wrote in a previous newsletter), the museum is perched up on a mountain ridge at 7,000 ft. The highlight: the mountain views, the amazing architecture, and the artwork...all a short hike up from the funicular...amazing!

Messner Mountain Museum, Corones, Italy 


Inspired and rejuvenated from my summer  getaway, I designed the Ridge Sofa. It is handcrafted in California and is made to order. Check out the entire collection on our website. Visit Our Website

On another note, please save the date for our Annual Holiday Trunk Show. I am excited to introduce new local talent. Drop in for a drink and shop the newest designs. It's going to be festive and fun, so be sure to bring a friend. Looking forward to seeing you! 











April 14, 2016


Zaha Hadid - 1950-2016 - A Tribute

Zaha Hadid, called Architect of the Future died unexpectedly a week ago. I was & still am in shock...a "bigger than life" visionary, what a talent...and my age!

I related to Zaha on so many levels: she was a woman architect - how many world famous women architects are there? - a middle eastern,  a prolific "outside the box" designer who was also celebrated for her furniture, shoes, car, boat and jewelry designs. She defied convention. Dezeen magazine has a lovely opinion piece and a wonderful collection of articles. Lots of time could be spent at the a Pinterest page dedicated to her. 

Someone once said my RIDGE sofa reminded them of a Zaha Hadid design...a true compliment!! A personal inspiration to me...she will be missed.

Art Show - Jennifer White Kuri

Jennifer White Kuri is returning to The Bay Area for her first solo exhibit since 2013. Through My Prism will feature mixed media and paintings, ranging from late 1970s to the present. Ruth Livingston Studio’s exhibition of Jennifer’s work is a homecoming of sorts as Jennifer received her MA in painting at UC Berkeley in 1975 under the tutorship of Joan Brown and Elmer Bischoff of the Bay Area Figurative tradition.


The mixed-media paintings of her photo series: “Portrait” and “Interior Landscape” are available as originals as well as a limited first edition series of prints.

 The opening reception will be held at the Tiburon Studio Thurs, September 24, 2015 from 6 to 8 PM & the studio will also remain open till 7pm on Friday, Sept. 25 (last of this year’s Tiburon’s Friday Nights on Main) The artwork will be displayed in room settings & as table top decorations. Jennifer will be making a brief presentation at 7 PM. The exhibition continues through October 20th.

Ruth Livingston is an award-winning interior designer known for her collaborative work with Bay Area artists. Her design studio and gallery occupies an elegant space on Ark Row in downtown Tiburon. In addition to Jennifer’s artwork, on display are furnishings from the Ruth Livingston Studio Collection, decorative accessories for the home, gifts and jewelry.

For additional information or imagery, and RSVP to this free event at:

Spirits sponsored by Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka, handcrafted and distilled from the finest grapes.


September 03, 2015


Marin County ›   Nature ›  

A Sunday Walk

Today, as most Sundays, I start my day with a visit to the Farmers Market for fresh produce, & end with an afternoon hike.

There are many trails, all around Marin County, where I live, and it is hard to pick a favorite, as I love each for its uniqueness. Some are in the open hills, others in a forest like environment, with occasional waterfalls, a creek, beautiful trees…

Today, as I was walking along the Tennessee Valley Trail, a popular, mostly flat easy hike, about a 4 mile round trip walk to the ocean, with many side trails into the hills & the beaches around.

As I was hiking alone today (my personal form of meditation; nothing better than this to clear the mind), I was thinking about how lucky we are to have all those wonderful vast expanses of park lands, right in the middle of our county.

A few minutes ride from anywhere in Marin, & you’ll find yourself engulfed by nature. We seem to take it for granted (I wonder if my kids do). Do you ever wonder how this came to be?

Not many know the history of how it happened, so I’d like to share it with you.

This, is the result of a wonderful group of individuals, who have made this open space a reality.

Their story is depicted in a wonderful documentary, Rebels with A Cause by Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto.  

Tennessee Valley Trail - West Marin

June 18, 2015


Interior Design ›  

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

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