If there was ever a design unicorn out there, the home tour I have for you today just might be it. This San Francisco home marries all of my design musts – timeless modernism; warm, cozy layers; pitch perfect vintage; amazing lighting; unexpected touches. It’s the total package.
Currently featured in San Francisco Cottages & Gardens (issue on newsstands now!), it’s hard to pick what I love about this home most. I should probably start with the fact that it’s designed by Lauren Nelson – who I’m pretty sure is my design spirit animal. Like me, Lauren loves a foundational color palette of black and white. She’s obsessed with the littlest details. She loves eye-catching materials – case in point that custom chevron door and stunning Pietra marble floors in this home’s entry – and yet her spaces feel warm, inviting and ready to be lived in, rather than just gazed upon. Definitely the goal with my house – whether I accomplish that TBD.
While the entry offers a calming, neutral palette of creams and browns, the living room is a study in bold color and texture. I love the pop of print on the pair of vintage brass chairs and the rich teal sofa (blue sofas anyone??). So good. It’s also important to note that those cabinets flanking the fireplace are wrapped in leather with brass hardware and blackened wood panels! Swoon.
Ceramics, wood bowls, weavings and curiosities made of natural materials ground the living room.
Another genius example of texture – a subtle print wallpaper in the built-ins that harkens back to the accent chairs.
I spy vases by another San Francisco fave, Gerhard Ceramics in the dining room. The cow print is also a great way to show that you shouldn’t take life too seriously.
Genius use of geometric prints continue with the kitchen backsplash. And the stunning Lawson/Fenning pendants are giving me life.
This 1925 San Francisco Edwardian includes four stories of gorgeous and a stunning central staircase to prove it.
The floor of a guest bathroom is the perfect place for a fun burst of color.
The master bath is giving me serious sconce envy.
Everything about this little seating area, from the custom desk to the Sara Paloma vases and gorgeous Jonathan Adler chair is spot on.
This home, while absolutely beautiful, also feels livable and family friendly. The pieces just feel a little more special, thoughtful and intentioned – exactly what design is for! To get all the details about this home, be sure to check out SFC&G – either online here or pick up your copy of the current issue while you can.
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