We're Hiring!


We’re looking for an outgoing and self-motivated design assistant to join our boutique firm. Our company is small and growing rapidly. We’re looking for someone who wants to be involved with all aspects of the business and has an entrepreneurial/self-starter spirit. You’ll be running around taking care of tasks + attending site visits for the most part, but your home base will be at our office in Oakland and we’ll expect you to be there 1-2 days a week. 


  • Feet on the Ground: 

    • Site visits

    • Vendor meetings

    • Showroom visits + pickups

    • Sample ordering

    • Returns

    • Install + photoshoot assistance

  • Design Logistics: 

    • Project measurements

    • Design presentation prep

    • Window treatments

  • General Project Management

  • Administrative & Computer: 

    • Mood board assembly

    • Limited ordering - communicate with ordering lead

    • Materials spreadsheets + spec sheets

    • Limited admin - entering receipts, fielding initial inquiries, organizing sample library, etc


  • Need to have a car (reimbursable miles & gas) 

  • Technically this is part time, but close to full-time and hope to transition you to full-time work as soon as possible. 

  • Taking the lead on projects as project manager (not immediately but would transition to doing this)

  • Familiar using Google Drive programs + Adobe Photoshop is a plus

  • CAD + SketchUp experience isn’t required, but welcome 

  • Experience working for another designer or design firm is a plus


Growth & Responsibility Timeline:

We like our work to be steady and intentional. The person taking on this role will dive deeply into each part of their job and trained thoroughly. Below is a timeline for training, prioritized responsibilities and a growth plan. Of course, if we move faster, your self-starting spirit will be rewarded :-) 

Month 1-2

  • On-boarding

  • Shadowing

  • Errands

  • Familiarity with client work, current and upcoming  

Month 3-4 

  • Continued responsibilities from months 1 + 2

  • Begin project management

  • Vendor meetings

  • Site visits

  • Some creative work like putting together mood boards

  • Sourcing

  • Projects as needed and trained 

Month 5+

  • Refining desired skills

  • Project management lead

  • Discuss passions and path for growth 

To apply, please send your resume to brett@decorotation.com

Customizing Our Ikea Vanity

Hi Friends! I am still waiting a few more weeks to do the full reveal of our guest bathroom. To make a long story short, I found a cool vanity light to hang over the mirror but we are waiting until after our final inspection to install it since it’s not quite up to code – nothing dangerous, just won’t be on a dimmer, blah, blah, boring. So, I’m holding off on the serious photos until after that light is installed because I am a perfectionist and really want you to see the finished picture.

But in the meantime, I wanted to give you a sneak peak and talk about our floating vanity. I partnered with Semihandmade, a company that makes custom wood cabinet fronts for Ikea cabinets and a number of other pieces, to help turn my white Ikea Godmorgan vanity into a piece that feels more custom and special. For our guest bathroom, I really wanted a vanity with some storage for extra towels and soap but didn’t want anything that felt too bulky. I love pedestal sinks but only would consider if there was a secondary storage solution somewhere else in the bathroom, and in our case, there wasn’t room for that. Then there’s everyone’s favorite topic…budget. Our budget was pretty dang tight for this bathroom considering we remodeled everything else in the home and allocated more money to spaces that we use most like the kitchen and master suite.

I knew I wanted something that looked a little more modern for the guest bathroom but didn’t want to pay the price for a fancy floating vanity so turned to my budget-friendly friend Ikea and found the exact style and size vanity I was looking for (The Godmorgan). The one downside with the Godmorgan (aside from actually having to assemble it) is that cabinet fronts aren’t the best quality and can appear to be rather cheap so I was pretty determined to find a way to switch these out. I turned to my friends at Semihandmade and they helped me pick some custom wood drawer fronts to replace those that came with the vanity. After looking through all of the beautiful material options that Semihandmade offers, I ended up deciding on the Flatsawn Walnut wood and was delighted with the overall quality and ease of installation. The best part is that the entire vanity cost less than $500 (including the faucet)! Here’s a few more shots of the outcome and a product breakdown below with links to shop.

Product Links:

Godmorgan Cabinet + Sink

Semihandmade Sink Cabinet Door Covers (mine are flatsawn walnut)

Lundskar Faucet

Thanks to Semihandmade for partnering with me to create yet another awesome piece of customized Ikea furniture. Check them out if you haven’t already!

Brett Foken
Before and After: The Canning House

Hello. It’s me. I know it’s been about 10 years since my last blog post but things in Decorotation land have been CRAZY. Crazy in a good way though with some fun projects in the works which means less time to spend on creating blog content. I’ve been turning more to Instagram lately to share what I’m up to, my design tips, inspiration, etc. so follow along there for my daily tid-bits. However, today I’m sharing a reeeeeeeal good before and after on here of the Canning house that I’ve been working on for about the last 8 months.

If you’re just joining in, my husband Brandon purchased this house in September as an investment property to flip (he’s in the business of investing in real estate and stuff) and Decorotation was at his service to do the design for it all. It’s hard for me to put into words what this house was like before (think the worst episode of Hoarders) and all of the changes we made to it. Needless to say, this was a gut renovation – there wasn’t an inch of the house that remained untouched except for the roof and foundation. We moved walls, rebuilt the staircase, added bathrooms, built out the downstairs, really just redid everything within the four walls of the home. Things surprisingly went really smoothly, just took a long time because the home was pretty massive as far Oakland homes are concerned.

We hired a stager to stage the home and then I came back around after the house sold to style and have my photographer photograph some of the key spaces – the kitchen, master bath, hallway bath and a few other nooks. Scroll, scroll for all of the photos from the styled shoot as well as some horrifying before’s that now I’m questioning why I included because you can’t even make out the actual rooms beyond the piles of junk. Oh well, enjoy.











Photos by Hamee Ha Photography

Brett Foken is the owner of Decorotation, a full service residential interior design firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in refined, natural + minimal spaces. Her work has been seen on Apartment Therapy, Today, The Everygirl, Curbed + more. To work with her, click here.