Design Project: A Light, Bright and Welcoming Edwardian Family Home in San Francisco

This Edwardian house in San Fransisco's Presidio Heights may date back to 1900, but the interiors are bright, modern, welcoming and perfect for family life.

Get the look: Table, Nickey Kehoe. Bench, Design By Them.


An Edwardian home in the Presidio Heights neighbourhood of San Francisco, built in 1900. The previous owners did a gut renovation 13 years ago, but although the renovation had nice bones, the home still felt very dark and traditional. The new owners wanted to update it and breath fresh life into it, so they brought in interior designer Lauren Weiss who refinished the floors from a very dark ebony oak to a bleached oak, built new banquette seating for the kitchen, redesigned the living room fireplace and built-ins, changed the surface mounted light fixtures throughout the house, and re-did all the walls, window treatments and interior furnishings. The result is a light, bright and welcoming family home.

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Bleached oak flooring, a neutral palette and natural materials create a light and lovely entrance. The main stairway area (pictured top) continues the theme, with a few subtle black accents – like the balustrade, bench and minimalist wall light – to prevent the space from feeling too bland. It’s the perfect balance.

Get the look: Credenza and Mirror, Lind + Almond

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The living room is calm and muted, with textured carpet, roll-down blinds, and soft-edged, sculptural furniture. A black and brass floor lamp adds drama.

Get the look: Sofa by Kelly Wearstler. Side Tables by Ben and Aja Blanc. Coffee Table from Grain. Other sofa from Lawson Fenning. The mid century side chair is from Antique Heinrich Jalabala Chairs.

The mantelpiece and even the built-in shelves are all painted white, creating a calm backdrop. Even the art on the walls is understated, adding to this calm space.

Get the look: Side Chairs from Heinrich Jalabala Chairs. Mirror, NovoCastrain. Wall lights, Urban Electric.

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A gorgeous Sandberg wallpaper sets the tone in the downstairs cloakroom, with the skirting painted to match.

Get the look: Wallpaper from Sandberg. Mirror- Gio Ponti Mirror (Gubi). Wall lights by Adam Otlewski.

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The dining room has more drama, with a gold coloured statement pendant light suspended above the classic Saarinen dining table. The Pierre Jeanneret inspired dining chairs add warmth, while the photographic print adds interest.

Get the look: Artwork is by Danielle Mourning. Light Fixture, Remains. Table, Knoll Saarinen. Chairs were inspired by Pierre Jeanneret.

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There’s a more informal dining space in the kitchen, with floating built-in banquette seating, upholstered in a light, neutral stripe.

Get the look: Chairs by Hay Design. Table is a custom design.

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The classic white kitchen features a modern kitchen island with built-in breakfast bar. Black kitchen island pendants break up the scheme, while the warm wood stools warm up the cool space.

Get the look: Pendants from Allied Maker. Stools from Mater.

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A classic Serge Mouille wall light punctuates the calm palette and complements the metal framed four poster.

Get the look: Bed is from Restoration Hardware, with an up-cycled headboard. Bedside Table is from Lawson Fenning.

In the bay window is a seating area, with a soft palette and soft, sculptural lines, creating a calm and soothing space to unwind.

Get the look: Side Table is by Lawson Fenning. Chair and Ottoman are both from Knoll.

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A yellow botanical print wallpaper creates an upbeat, sunny bedroom. The upholstered headboard, Kilim rug and inlay side table are all a nod to somewhere more exotic.

Get the look: Wallpaper is by Marta Armitage. Bed was custom made. Kilim rug is antique.

A built-in window seat offers the perfect cosy spot for reading, or people watching.

Get the look: Window Seat Fabric from Jasper Michael Smith.

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Another striking upholstered headboard, flanked by two built-in book cases with Moroccan-inspired arches, continue the exotic theme in the second daughter’s bedroom.

Get the look: The headboard was custom made, upholstered in a fabric from Lulie Wallace. Wall lights are from Urban Electric.

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The guest bedroom features a moodier, more masculine scheme, with black, brass and leather accents.

Get the look: Custom Headboard upholstered in Rosemary Hallgarten Boucle Wool with leather straps

The smokey sage colour extends from the walls up onto the ceiling, creating a cocooning effect.

Photography by Suzanna Scott

Interior design by Lauren Weiss

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