Everyone loves a makeover, right? I do, too, so here are two of my favorite and most dramatic before-and-after projects in San Francisco!
Guatemalan-Inspired Downtown Condo
I met with the owners of a two-bedroom condo located steps from the San Francisco waterfront. The clients are a retired couple moving from the suburbs to the city for a more urban and active nightlife, wanting a space that reflects their modern aesthetic with the vibrancy of colors from their vacation home in Antigua, Guatemala.
A major aspect of their project is the need for beautiful and effective storage, to assist with downsizing. In the After image on the right, I addressed this by creating Mondrian-inspired custom cabinetry to display their gorgeous collectibles and books in the open-plan living room, house their multimedia electronics, and conceal everyday items such as kitchen crockery and office supplies. The storage coordinates beautifully with B&B Italia dining chairs covered in red wool, and the modern classic Eero Saarinen marble dining table.
The adjacent dining area highlights an art piece created from textured paint on plaster, inspired by the weathering, layering, and patina of a building’s exterior in the Central American climate. Colors and fabrics used throughout the space were thoughtfully selected to remind the couple of their Guatemalan experiences. A cheeky zipper up each dining chair back adds a tailored detail, and copper glass globes cluster in a chandelier that finishes off the dining space. What a difference!
Sunnyside Arts & Crafts Stunner
Before, the flow of this kitchen didn’t work, with minimal natural light, and no place to sit with friends or family while cooking. Knocking down the wall next to the door opened up the space, and allows for the new 10-pane door to flood in lots of natural light. Adding a petite peninsula kept the space open and airy for counter seating, and hand-blown blue glass pendants overhead enliven the space with moody lighting after the sun goes down.
The original kitchen was a monument to the late 80s/early 90s, with plastic-fronted appliances, boring cabinets, mismatched countertops, plus those diamond-shaped wall accents, behind the stove and sink. Yuck!
Sometimes too modern a kitchen can feel out of place within a traditional home. This 1930s home had wood wainscoting throughout, with original wood floors that we preserved. Pairing modern light-gray quartz countertops with distressed pewter hardware, cherry cabinetry, and gorgeous limestone floors strikes a balance between modern and traditional. The kitchen exudes warmth and soul, and fits in with the home’s original aesthetic, while still providing some modern materials.
Before, the outdated diamond tiling continued in the bathroom. After, the old tiling is banished, replaced with statuary marble floors, and handmade Pratt & Larson glazed ceramic wall tiles, plus a decorative inset to keep with the traditional arts and crafts architecture of home. A deep tub, Waterworks shower fixtures, and modern glass pendants in front of the custom-shaped mirrors keep the space from being too traditional and fussy, while the light colors feel airy and timeless. The light, ethereal tones and soft watery blues in the tile make it a perfect space to cleanse both your mind and body.
If you want to take your spaces from dated to divine, contact Kimball Starr for a consultation today!