December 03, 2018

Designer Christmas Décor Hacks

Christmas Tip Talk

I’m so happy to be here to share just a few little tricks that will give your viewers great ideas for creating a designer look in their home.

The most important part is to honor your family traditions. In this home, it’s a faith-focused Christmas which is personified in the Mark Robert’s Nativity scene. It sets the tone for the entire home, and you’ll see these colors repeated over and over again to lend a cohesive look to the entire space.

Today, I’ve got 6 easy designer décor tips to help you get that same luxury look you might find in the pages of your favorite magazine!

  1. Pics & Sticks: I begin by layering pics and sticks into the tree and the garland. This adds depth, texture, and color you’d otherwise have to go without and it’s the single most effective way to make your decor exceptional.
  2. Go Hi & Lo: In this home, I used materials from high and low sources. These whimsical sugar pine berry springs lend great texture and they’re from Hobby Lobby… while these crystal-encrusted mini pomegranates add lush metallic and sparkle from Suite 52 Living.
  3. Bow Envy: The perfect bow is a myth and who likes a perfect friend, anyway? Let go of your fears and simply create a loop and a swag to dress up your mantle or tree. This mantle is a great example of just that.
  4. Loop the Loop: For more texture in a tree, I create ribbon loop swags and cut at a diagonal to separate placing loops and tails wherever I need more color and texture. I use a 2 1/4 ” ornament hanger to fix the loop in place…no wire cutters necessary…it’s quick and easy.
  5. Don’t Forget the Kitchen: In the kitchen, I brought over the color and texture from the family room, as well as the sentiment. St. Francis takes center stage and is surrounded by lush greens enhanced by pics and sticks, and adorned with beaded fruit, connecting back to the mini pomegranates on the tree in the family room. Amaryllis, a classic Christmas choice, flanks the sink area and the wreath contains all of the same elements, as well as ribbon from the mantle.
  6. Keep it Consistent: The foyer and stair railing set the tone for the home by giving hints of what you’ll find through the space. The same pine garland, berries, and a lush looped ribbon garland make it feel special and exciting. The textures are interesting and the velvet ribbon and rhinestone adornments help you instantly understand that you’re somewhere special.

This works with a traditional Christmas or a more contemporary spin…the tricks are to stay consistent, repeat themes, layer textures, make ribbon work for you, and make it your own…something your friends and family will see as a reflection of you and your families tastes and preferences.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

October 05, 2018

Wendy Glaister: Bringing Your A-Game to Business

The Chaise Lounge Podcast – Episode 251

Nick chats with Wendy Glaister of Wendy Glaister Interiors from the Bay Area, to talk about how she came to be the head of her firm after deciding not to go down the path of being an attorney. Learn about her tactics for marketing in the digital age and how she stays centered as a designer with a plate that’s always full.

Photo by Mark Verschelden

September 10, 2018

Wendy’s innovative, cheery dining room

Inaugural Carnegie Arts Showhouse 2018

Wendy’s innovative, cheery dining room for the Inaugural Carnegie Arts Showhouse 2018 was recently featured in Modern Luxury Interiors Southern California, Summer 2018.

September 10, 2018

Dubbed the “Dream Home,” in 209 Magazine’s Best of 2018

209 Magazine’s Best of 2018

Learn how Wendy and her team turned a nightmare into a sweet dream for a local family. Dubbed the “Dream Home,” in 209 Magazine’s Best of 2018 Issue, this kitchen boasts high end appliances and family friendly function.

Wendy Glaister Designer Show House 2018
April 20, 2018

Inaugural Carnegie Arts Center

Designer Show House 2018

It is our great pleasure to have been selected as the designers for the Dining Room. Many thanks to the Carnegie Arts Center for including us in this very special event and to the Lazar’s for lending their home for the benefit and promotion of the Arts.

The room is inspired by the cheerful, upbeat architecture and details of the original home. Our color palette is a vibrant navy, lime green and crisp white. Textures and scale are a central focus of the room, as demonstrated by our Strohiem grass-cloth wallpaper, herringbone wainscoting, sea-grass and wool rugs, Hunter Douglas woven wood window shades, and oversized Hickory Chair lantern.  Our art piece has been graciously loaned by the incomparable Trey Reed, whose intention and generosity perfectly reflect the tone of our joyful space.


HERITAGE HOME, SAN FRANCISCO: Hickory Chair – Henredon
*These items are available for purchase.
Alexis Console – Hickory Chair –  in Dove White with Ebony Bronze Hardware
Miami Table – Hickory Chair – in Dove White with White Carrara Marble Top
Paley Arm Chair -Barbara Barry realized by  Henredon – in Dark Walnut
Darise Chandelier -Hickory Chair – Iron and Faux White Plaster


Doug Balsbaugh, Moore Construction – Millwork Expertise: Herringbone wainscoting,
base molding, door trims, etc.
Dave Hosmer, Capital Door, Modesto: Millwork Supplies
Doug Brummel, DBB Painting: Wallpaper removal, painting, wallpaper installation
Kelly Moore Paints: Primer and Paint
Sergio, Turlock Cabinets – New Butler’s Pantry Closet
Deanna Hestnas, Tile Impressions – Marble Countertop
Mark Yelland, All American Glass – Starfire Glass Shelving
Jerrus Owen, Jerrus Owen Electric – Electrical work, LED lighting, installation.
Dan Pursley, Pursley’s Window Coverings, Hunter Douglas Treatments, Drapery Rod
House of Carpets, Carpet One Modesto – Seagrass and wool area rugs

September 8, 2017


Interior Designer Wendy Glaister Gives A Ranch Redux The Comfort Treatment

Discovered by New York based design talent scout, Barbara Viteri, Wendy’s latest finished project, Peterson Ranch, is featured on the site as a demonstration of how beauty and comfort can happily co-exist.

September 21, 2017

Interior Design Marketing Ideas with Mark McDonough

Episode 4: How to Work with Realtors to Market Your Business

Mark P. McDonough, the brains behind the Instagram powerhouse, Tastefully Inspired Blog, coaches Wendy and encourages her towards video, reaching out to real estate agents, and building a newsletter following to share new projects.

May 18, 2017

Million Dollar Decorating

Episode 444: Wendy Glaister

Honored to be a featured guest on the hit Podcast, Million Dollar Decorating, Wendy shares her beginnings, do’s and don’ts and philosophy of design.