• The formality of the entrance hall is softened with the addition of a fitted banquette in the apse of the staircase. A leopard patterned carpet cascades from the staircase and floods the hall.
  • John Dickinson's polished nickel and brass hall table. The lime green glass lamps reiterate the themes of modern invention.
  • Color is the driving unifier in this vast salon style living room. The wicker chairs with lacquered inserts are a suite of six made in Sicily in the late 1800's.
  • The bay window is fitted with a banquette of astonishing comfort. A traditional window seat simply would not have the same affect for this young and active family.
  • Our projects with de Gournay are a partnership that highlights the best in craftsmanship and creativity. The backdrop wallcovering depicts a grove of cherry blossoms in a swirl of movement.
  • Instead of covering a window, curtains help us see it, and better understand their merits and value. The same should be said about meticulous upholstery details like tufting.
  • The towering glazed ceramic urns add dramatic effect to the soring ceiling heights and contribute a welcome contrast of white against the dark backdrop.
  • A symphony of color and texture exist in complete harmony in this dining room detail. A Samuel Marx parchment sideboard adds voluptuous shape to the gridded oak paneled walls.
  • The lush rock crystal chandelier captures and refracts the daylight from the windows even when it's not illuminated. Its reflection in an ancient Dutch mirror further enhances the effects.
  • There's a metaphor to lace curtains at the window, but this lilac printed cotton defies the myth. Trimmed out in a jewel encrusted tape, they bring in appropriate newness to the definition of luxury.
  • An extension of the kitchen allows for a seating area and breakfast table that provides additional seating, without obligating anyone to the kitchen island.
  • The family room has a unique fireplace crafted in plaster and resin to resemble a campfire. The spring green gingham walls and curtains wrap around the entire room like a clearing in a forest.
  • The owners requested a master sitting room with a generous allocation for family photos. Vertical shelves decoratively painted to match the walls provide exactly that.
  • The unique, painted secretaire is a powerful, charming addition to the master bedroom. The cinnabar red interior fully ignites its potential.

An Elizabethan-revival house looking over Presidio Park in San Francisco was deftly renovated by the supremely talented architect, Peter Pennoyer. He is an American master at this type of historically accurate and sensitive restoration. The six bedroom house was further expanded with the addition of another floor. By nature, the residents of this multicultural city are fearless in mixing periods, and confident in their use of color. These rooms illustrate those qualities and deliver a house that is simultaneously luxurious and modern.