This classically modern 1950′s pied-a-terre is located on San Francisco’s Nob Hill, designed by Leverone Design. Perched above Huntington Park and a stones throw from Grace Cathedral, the building’s multiple steel framed windows give access to extraordinary views. Never wanting to compete with the exceptional urban setting, a neutral gray palette was chosen for the interior’s backdrop. The introduction of oak paneling and the layering of rich deep blue’s add warmth and calm. Soft wools and crisp linens wrap tailored, sophisticated furniture – transforming the previously cold and sterile space into an inviting interior that stands up to its world class location.
Photos: Lisa Romerein
3 Bar Residence has been designed by Aleck Wilson Architects as a modest new residence nestled on a wooded site in Larkspur, Marin County, California. The desire was to create a simple contemporary home that emphasized efficiency of materials and space, while capturing the essential elements of the site. This efficiency manifests itself in the compact 2,000 square foot size, as well as the simple use of materials such as the exposed framing and efficient systems such as the hydronic heat. The parti was simple, to use two rectangular stucco volumes to frame an implied space between them which is the core of the house. This space is partially occupied by the dining room which is flanked on either side by one sunny and one sheltered patio. The room is unique, with glass roll up garage doors to the two patios, making the dining area a true indoor/outdoor space when both are open. The dining table is on wheels, allowing it to be rolled onto an adjacent concrete patio as the family alternatively searches for sun or shelter. Large and strategically placed windows further the connection to the landscape and visually extend key views beyond the small size of the home.
Photos: Matthew Millman Photography
This renovation of a 1973 post-and-beam Eichler house in Palo Alto, California was carried out by YamaMar Design. The transformation included an expanded master bath, a kitchen makeover, new laundry room, installation of oak floorboards with radiant heating and new finishes and lighting throughout. The architects also replaced the mahogany paneling with regular gypsum-board painted white and applied several coats of white paint to the iconic Eichler tongue-and-groove Douglas fir ceiling. The cathedral ceiling and skylights make the home feel light and airy. The owners had recently moved to the bay area form Toronto along with their four small children. They fell in love with the original 3,000 square foot house, but were looking to put their own minimal stamp on the architecture, and create a light filled setting for their colorful artwork and furnishings. Interior design was carried out by Alison Damonte, who gave the home a burst of color with adventurous patterns and textures throughout.
A porch paved in concrete aggre-gate precedes the entry.
The living area’s cocktail tables in brass, glass, and acrylic are 1970’s.
Floorboards in the kitchen, other public spaces, and the bedrooms are oiled white oak.
In the dining area, Fredrik Mattson Verkstad’s pendant fixture hangs over Giusseppi Raimondi’s table and chairs near an Enzo Mari silk screen.
Wallpaper in a child’s room is by Given Campbell.
Rap lyrics feature in Arianna Orland’s prints in the master bedroom.
Wall covering in the powder room is printed Mylar. Thomas Sandell designed the powder room’s sconce.
In the children’s bathroom, ceramic tile backs a custom vanity in painted MDF.
The children’s bathroom is shared by three bedrooms off a single hallway.
The master bathroom was expanded.
Photos: Bruce Damonte Photography
The Carriage House is an Italianate Victorian dating back to 1870 gracing one of the largest city lots in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, California. After a family purchased the property they set out to renovate the 1920s carriage house in the rear of the property that sat dilapidated from years of neglect. Butler Armsden Architects undertook a complete overhaul of the interiors, gutting the space completely and creating a sleek yet comfortable modern retreat, while making much needed improvements to the historic exterior. It was re-purposed as an extension of the family’s living room with a Bulthaup kitchen, integrated audio-visual system, pool table as well as an office/library and guest suite for visiting friends and family. In addition to fitting out the carriage house, the architects also embarked to make the mature garden more welcoming and useful to the family. A gracious deck and staircase befitting of the historic nature of the house was built off of the main drawing room providing a much need link between house and garden. Rows of trees and strategic planting separate the parking area from the garden, which also serves as a sport court. Subtle score lines in the concrete and blue stone patterns define a basketball “key”, while also blending in with the overall diagonal concrete score pattern. An outdoor shower and hot tub complete the concept of garden oasis within the busy city. The interior decoration of this fabulous home was carried out by Angela Free Interior Design.
Photos: Courtesy of Butler Armsden Architects
This century-old Pacific Heights, California property is the home of David Fraze and Gary Loeb, who hired Sutro Architects to transform it back to its glory. The historic home built in 1897 had excellent craftsmanship and once contained servants quarters, passageways (to ensure the owners and servants never crossed paths) and workspaces both upstairs and in the basement level, which was all given a new identity, transformed into additional living spaces while keeping the historic character of the building still intact. The kitchen was once a prep space for the servants, but was too small for two men who enjoyed cooking. The owners wanted a space that was more casual and comfortable where they could relax and entertain friends as well as display their significant modern art collection. The home features traditional woodwork and details, the couple used inspiration from old Parisian apartments that have traditional spaces and have been renovated and decorated with modern art. Interior design firm John K. Anderson Design was brought on board to coordinate the 6,982 square foot home’s colors and furnishings. “What drove my part of the project was getting the right neutral backdrops for the artwork,” says Anderson. “We spent at least four months on the wall colors alone.” The vibrant artwork is electric against a palette comprised of mostly grays. Via
Windows were inserted to open spaces up to the jaw-dropping bay views.
“The existing woodwork was beautiful but very oppressive,” says the designer. “In the living room, the baseboard was tall, and it made the room seem low-ceilinged.” Anderson solved the problem by painting the walls, ceiling and upper and lower moldings all the same color—Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers—in order to elongate the room. Painting the never-before-covered woodwork took some panache, but as Anderson puts it, “You have to respect the past, but also make the home work for the clients and their needs now.”
The redwood paneling in the media room is original to the 1897 home. A contemporary chromogenic print by Dale Yudelman takes the room into the 21st century.
Although the rest of the house has references to the past, the powder room on the first floor is overtly modern. “We added this bath, and because it was a new element and not visible to the rest of the space, we felt we could go a little crazy,” says Loeb. The couple was drawn to Trove’s Auva wallpaper, which was recently selected as a permanent addition to the Brooklyn Museum’s decorative arts collection.
“This was once a very small, closed-off room,” says architect Stephen Sutro. “It was likely a nursery. By removing the wall that separated it from the stairs, we allowed light to pour into the hall and stairway.” The new open space gives the owners a place to enjoy a book and the view.
In the master bedroom, a picture rail molding gives Fraze the ability to display his art collection and the flexibility to change it easily and often.
The unique Xline tub by Agape features display shelves and is positioned to allow bathers to soak and enjoy the view.
Fraze’s upstairs study gives him a place to contemplate and build his art collection. Behind the desk is a piece by British artist Ian Davenport. The black-and-white artwork, made by puddling paint painstakingly on an oversize canvas, illustrates the unifying factor in Fraze’s collection: All the works are created using interesting processes.
Photos: Aaron Leitz Photography
This decaying mid century modern home in Berkeley Hills, California home was remodeled and restored by YamaMar Design. Built in the 1960s of redwood siding and concrete block, the home was weathered and rotting, with a black, decayed pond in the courtyard. It was dark and dingy and falling apart. The homeowner, Derek Holley, lived in faraway place such as Berlin, Tuscany and Manila (where he made a fortune in the call center business) and wished for a place for his family to call home. The owners split their residency between an apartment in Siena, Italy and the US and wanted their home to reflect true California living. Despite the obvious cosmetic challenges, the 2,700 square foot home was structurally sound. It had a wonderful open floor plan and the interior was filled with old-growth redwood shelving and paneling that could be repurposed in the remodel. The home boasted uninterrupted views of the Bay Area and Golden Gate Bridge from two levels, the main living level and the bedroom level below.
Living lightly on the land was very important to the Holley family, who are both active outdoor types that have few possessions and low carbon footprints, they wished for simplicity. They wished to reuse as much of the house as possible, a home that reflected sustainability and style. A mix of modern minimalism and earthy and warm. The renovation includes a voluntary seismic upgrade, envelope and energy efficiency upgrades, and enhanced daylight and panoramic views. A new landscaped entry courtyard creates a wind sheltered entertaining space and garden. Interior plan changes include a new en-suite master bath, and expanded stairwell as well as a home gym and bicycle storage for Derek who is an avid bicyclist. NanaWall doors spanning the width of the house allow seamless flow from inside to out, and railings are designed to be visually quite. A restored redwood wall anchors the design and creates a new heart for the lightened interior.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
Tiburon Residence is a stunning two level contemporary home situated in the town of Tiburon, just outside of San Francisco, California designed by Nick Noyes Architecture. This new residence diagrammatically consists of two bars connected by a transparent zone which links a protected and serene entry/pool garden to the north and a terrace with expansive views to the south. Crisp detailing defines a simple interior palette of polished stone flooring, anigre wood, painted wood, and gypsum board – exterior finishes are limited to cement plaster, stained cedar, stainless steel, and anodized aluminum windows and doors.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
Healdsburg Residence is a very lovely farm house located on Fitch Mountain with expansive views of the Alexander valley, in San Francisco, California. Designed by Nick Noyes Architecture, this single family residence is composed of four iconic metal-roofed gabled wings that are connected by an open breezeway and transparent entry and passage zones fabricated from a steel window and door system.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
Adeeni Design Group is a San Francisco based interior design firm specializing in luxury residences and creative commercial interiors. Founded in 1999 and led by the versatile and Austrian-born principal Claudia Juestel, the firm creates inviting and cosmopolitan designs that reflect the homeowners’ personalities or captivate a chic audience in the company’s hospitality work. Given her artistic family background and varied training in the arts, as well as cooking and hotel management, Juestel easily adapts to various lifestyles, distinctly expressed in Adeeni Design Group’s portfolio ranging from traditional to modern and from rustic to elegant, and everything in between. Juestel believes that each project should be a unique work of art created in close collaboration with clients. Antique and one-of-a-kind furnishings are sought from all over the world, as well as many pieces custom-designed for each project, reaching as far as having wall coverings hand-printed or fabrics woven and embroidered. If something cannot be found it is created. This results in a layered and timeless design that is both engaging and livable, as exhibited in the images below.
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Green Residence is a complete re-creation of an existing two-story 1950’s home in Noe Valley, San Francisco by Mason Miller Architect in collaboration with Regan Baker Design. The home is comprised of 2,100 square feet of living space and is now family friendly and perfect for entertaining. A closed floor plan was opened to maximize the beautiful downtown bay view. There was anticipation of a growing family, so two children’s bedrooms were added on the lower floor. In addition to a new master suite, the owners requested a completely new kitchen, new powder room and new downstairs bathroom for the kids. Several walls were removed and skylights moved and added. Architectural finishes, fixtures and accessories were selected to marry the client’s rustic, yet modern industrial style. Overall palette was inspired by the client’s existing sofa and side chairs.