Victorian Residence Kitchen
The Challenge: Update a dark kitchen.
A tall vine-covered retaining wall with numerous trees and ferns obscures some of the light coming into this garden-facing kitchen with a southern exposure. The original blue wall color made the room darker. The window coverings are now warm reeded-shades, the walls are now a light neutral and the light fixture is updated. A small circular table and chairs create a place for dining and meeting.
Victorian Dining & Meeting Room
The Challenge: Create a pleasant space for both dining and board meetings.
The sink and limestone counter surface below the cabinets were replaced with a dark wood countertop. The mirror backsplash was removed and becomes a place to display historic prints of the school. The Chinese-wallpapered cabinet doors were removed and the cabinets become a bookcase in which to display historical books and collected objects.
Georgian Mansion Bed Wall
The Challenge: Transform a dark wood paneled den into an elegant and inviting master bedroom.
The dark 1914 koa wood paneling was painstakingly removed and cataloged for reuse. A custom canopy bed, creating a room within a room, is placed against the wall where the stove once sat. A Chinese Coromandel screen obscures the fireplace flue and an asymmetrically placed window behind the bed.
Georgian Mansion Fireplace Wall
The Challenge: Create interest on a wall where koa wood paneling and a built in cabinet was removed.
The odd height and darkness of 1914 koa wood paneling made the room appear oppressive. An antique French limestone fireplace replaces the built-in bar. A mid-century painting creates a sense of height and symmetry. The very small closet is transformed into a bookcase which serves the adjacent antique French bureau plat.
Victorian Residence Double Parlor
The Challenge: Update and refine an ornate Victorian space and maximize seating for the resident and for meetings.
The pea soup-colored ceiling and dark heavy curtains emphasized the overly ornate aspects of this period architecture. The new light-color walls and trim minimize the detailed moldings and quiet the room. A calming palette of khaki and sea green is repeated in the upholstery and pillows, creating an elegant space.
Presidio Heights Beaux-Arts Bedroom
The Challenge: Make a small room a charming and inviting guest room.
The walls of this small 12’ x 13’ x 8’ room are covered with 20” x 30” sheets of handmade mulberry-pulp paper placed in a staggered configuration that resembles stone. The diagonally placed bed is dramatically topped with a corona of a Fornuny-like linen. Linen and a diaphanous sheer cover the elliptical windows. Antiques and old books fill the room with sense of warmth and history.
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