San Francisco Edwardian
When our family comes home from a trip, no matter where we’ve been, we think, “We are lucky to live in this home. It is so beautiful.” We feel very happy here. — The Client
This home, on the second and third floors of an Edwardian, has wonderful views of San Francisco Bay. The natural light almost seems as if it is reflecting off the water. We set out to provide a unifying aesthetic between the two stories and to enhance the sense of airiness throughout. We played on the feeling of expansiveness using a simple palette of materials with low contrast and similar tones.
The architect offered a wonderful metaphor for the overall feel of the renovation: “This house reminds me of a Chanel dress—classic, sophisticated, minimal, a bit glamorous, with just the right modern touches. It is a reflection of the client’s sensibilities, and Stone Interiors brought these elements seamlessly together.”
The client brought to the project two different sensibilities—and cherished possessions—which we blended to create a balance of elegance and comfort. We put the family antiques in relief throughout the house. To give a small inherited landscape new energy and prominence, we liberated it from a heavy antique wood frame and floated it within a thin white frame. Antique chairs are positioned to be sculptural, backlit by natural light.
Throughout the home, the window treatments are practical, and the light is flattering. Nothing interrupts your sense of unfolding rooms and views beyond. In the living room, columns of white linen draperies expand your sense of the room’s, while framing the windows and the view.