Living in the City by the Bay, San Francisco interior designer Kimball Starr, understands how expensive owning a newly purchased home can be, especially with furnishing one of this size. To keep the design budget friendly, some of the existing furniture was updated and complemented to work into the overall style the homeowners wanted, rather than purchasing all new pieces. Located on a hillside in San Francisco, this 4-story home is a retreat that overlooks downtown and the San Francisco Bay. As a first-time home purchase by young successful newlyweds, this couple wanted a vibrant colorful home to match their outgoing personalities.
Every room in this home has a splurge item and a budget item. The splurge items are pieces that will retain their value and/or have a high quality of craftsmanship to them, and the budget items were pre-existing pieces that were repurposed, or purchased items that were a great value for the look. It keeps the rooms balanced budget-wise, but also produces a more interesting and imaginative space. Kimball calls it “democratization of the space”, where every piece has a say regardless of its background or price tag!