Design Project: A Family Home in San Francisco, with views over Golden Gate Bridge

This sprawling family home is filled with natural light, organic materials, a neutral colour palette and lovely, natural textures.

Get the look: Stools by Ironies and Christian Astuguevieille. The deco-style floor is a network of oak, limestone and Belgian Blue. Painting – Eduardo Arranz-Bravo.

PROJECT

A large 1930s house in Presidio Heights in San Francisco, with views over Golden Gate Bridge. The house has an elegant hallway, formal living room, kitchen and dining room, as well as a second family room living space, and a second, more informal kitchen diner that leads to the garden, plus several terraces, then there’s a master suit as well as three guest ensuites and several powder rooms. The original interiors and floor plan had remained unchanged  since the ’30s, which meant that many of the rooms were dark, and the broken up floor plan was unsuited to a modern lifestyle. Interior designer Richard Felix Ashman, who was brought on board to remodel and redesign the property, transformed the property into a modern family home while still keeping a sense of the property’s history by keeping the original features and details. As the house was built in a French style (a popular vernacular in 1930s California), Richard wanted the interiors to evoke a feeling of provincial France without resorting to pastiche. The result is a soft, warm interior filled with natural materials, natural light, and a more flowing floor plan.

HALLWAY

The original entrance hall was dark, void of natural light, so Richard Felix Ashman brought in light from every direction by opening up every side of the original hallway, to allow light to come in from the garden at the back as well as the rooms on either side. A single, sculptural table is the centrepiece to this room. The organic, cast bronze pedestal is topped with a circle of Belgian limestone.

Get the look: Stools by Ironies and Christian Astuguevieille. The deco-style floor is a network of oak, limestone and Belgian Blue. Painting – Eduardo Arranz-Bravo.

LIVING ROOM

The living room’s walls are lined in a white silk cloth, and the ceiling plastered in a white grasello plaster. It was important to have the room bathed in light, be warm-toned and calm. The owners wanted a space that was inviting and not overly formal.

The space is centred with a large bronze cocktail table.

Get the look: Wallpaper from Elizabeth Dow. Settee from Christian Liaigre. Upholstery from Dedar. Mohair Throw from Susan Chalom. Armchairs from Côté France. Helix Coffee Table from Jean de Merry. Stacked Ice Lamps from Herve Van der Straeten. Curtains from Dedar & Clarence House. Vase from Sheldon Ceramics. Sculpture on Table from Lou Brice-Leonard. Sculpture on Mantlepiece from Heather Rosenman. Caesar Side Tables from Joseph Jeup. Lighting by Stilnovo from Serge Castella. Rug from Stark.

DINING ROOM

Ruhlman chairs in a subtle green-weave were chosen for their sculptural, curving back. The chandelier was custom designed and fabricated by Lindsay Adelman. Its irregularity is a counterpoint to the rectilinear forms of room and table.

Get the look: Lighting from Lindsey Adelman Studio. Walnut sab table from Troscan Studio. Upholstery from Dedar. Vase from Erin McGuinness. Bowl from Christiane Perrochon. Screenprint by Andy Warhol called ‘The Kick’.

KITCHEN

The dining room is connected to the main kitchen via a large archway. The modern kitchen island doubles up as a breakfast bar and serving island for the dining room.

Get the look: Counter stools from McGuire. Basket from Jonathan Kline. Wall Sculpture from Emily Payne. Black Vases from Erin McGuinness.

The ceiling beams were added, and flow from the kitchen into the dining space, providing an additional visual link between the two spaces.

Get the look:  Tree Branch Table from Gregorius Pineo. Stool from Gregorius Pineo. Lighting from Urban Electric Co. Plumbing from Waterworks. Stove from Lacanche.

TERRACE

The view across rooftops to the Golden Gate Bridge says it all!

Get the look: Basket from Annemarie O’Sullivan. Furniture from Janus et Cie.

FAMILY ROOM

The mansard roof in this old attic space is really a lovely feature and gives this family room its informality.

Get the look: Chandelier from Lindsey Adelman Studio. Sofa from George Smith. Upholstery by Holland & Sherry from Navy Velvet. Chairs from Nana Ditzel. 18th C. Chestnut Table from Demiurge NY. Stools from Holly Hunt. Three Leg Table is the Chall Side Table by BDDW. Side Table by Gregorius Pineo.

The designer wanted to achieve a clean, loose-fit feel to the room, because the turret and bar are held firmly by the architecture.

Get the look: Chandelier from Ochre. Banquette was made bespoke. Upholstery is from Loro Piana, Jaipur in Jasper Green.  Sofa from George Smith. Upholstery by Holland & Sherry from Navy Velvet. Chairs from Nana Ditzel. 18th C. Chestnut Table from Demiurge NY. Stools from Holly Hunt. Noguchi Light Sculpture is the Akari UF4-33N. Three Leg Table is the Chall Side Table by BDDW.

The furniture floats in the middle of the room.

Get the look: Get the look: Chandelier from Ochre. Banquette was made bespoke. Upholstery is from Loro Piana, Jaipur in Jasper Green. Sideboard is from Christophe Come. Sofa from George Smith. Upholstery by Holland & Sherry from Navy Velvet. Chairs from Nana Ditzel. 18th C. Chestnut Table from Demiurge NY. Stools from Holly Hunt. Noguchi Light Sculpture is the Akari UF4-33N. Three Leg Table is the Chall Side Table by BDDW. Side Table by Gregorius Pineo.

Eliminating rugs allows the furniture to be unanchored and free.

Get the look: Sofa from George Smith. Upholstery by Holland & Sherry from Navy Velvet. Chairs from Nana Ditzel. 18th C. Chestnut Table from Demiurge NY. Stools from Holly Hunt. Noguchi Light Sculpture is the Akari UF4-33N. Three Leg Table is the Chall Side Table by BDDW. Side Table by Gregorius Pineo.

GARDEN ROOM KITCHEN-DINER

The old basement space was extended and opened. The feeling is of a rural retreat, drawing inspiration from Belgian and French provincial homes.

Get the look: Plumbing from Perrin & Rowe. Stove from Viking. Lighting from Kevin Reilly. Baskets are from Waterworks, Jonathan Kline, Annemarie O’Sullivan.

The materials are a classic combination of plaster, oak and limestone, creating a neutral backdrop.

Get the look: Plumbing from Perrin & Rowe. Stove from Viking. Lighting from Kevin Reilly. Baskets are from Waterworks, Jonathan Kline, Annemarie O’Sullivan.

The refectory style dining table acts as the centrepiece.

Get the look: Plumbing from Perrin & Rowe. Stove from Viking. Lighting from Kevin Reilly. Baskets are from Waterworks, Jonathan Kline, Annemarie O’Sullivan. Refectory Table is from Demiurge NY. Swedish Armchairs by Rose Tarlow Melrose House. Upholstery from Rogers & Goffigon.

Natural textures in neutral colours create a calm space. There are no metallic finishes anywhere.

Get the look: Refectory Table is from Demiurge NY. Swedish Armchairs by Rose Tarlow Melrose House. Upholstery from Rogers & Goffigon. Oak Benches from Pinch. Pottery from Sheldon Ceramics, Perrochon, Eva Zeisal, Brickett Davda. Curtains from Rogers & Goffigon. Sculptures by Stan Bitters.

Arched steel windows open on to the garden, where there is a secluded, outdoor living space.

Get the look: Refectory Table is from Demiurge NY. Swedish Armchairs by Rose Tarlow Melrose House. Upholstery from Rogers & Goffigon. Oak Benches from Pinch. Pottery from Sheldon Ceramics, Perrochon, Eva Zeisal, Brickett Davda. Curtains from Rogers & Goffigon. Sculptures by Stan Bitters.

GARDEN

The kitchen-diner extends outside where there is a little terrace, framed by trees and palms.

Get the look: Outdoor Furniture- Janus et Cie.

There’s also a second seating area.

Get the look: Outdoor Furniture- Janus et Cie.

MASTER BEDROOM

Interior designer Richard Felix Ashman completely remodelled the master suite, building a bedroom where the bathroom used to be, and extending it into a former annex to give the master bedroom its own sitting area.

The bed looks out over Golden Gate Bridge, while the adjoining sitting room is a quiet enclave complete with fireplace.

Get the look: Wallpaper from Elizabeth Dow. Rug from Tai Ping Carpets. Pillows on Bed from Art & Décor. Bed linens from Sferra & Custom Coverlet in Rosemary Hallgarten. Bedside Tables from Kerry Joyce. Vase from Perrochon. Bedside Lamps from Barcelona by Michael Smith

MASTER BATHROOM

A double-sided vanity island takes centre stage in the master bathroom. Richard Felix Ashman decided to place the vanity in the centre as the walls were all in use; either as a shower, or for the bath, or as the entrance to the dressing room.

Get the look: Bathtub from Waterworks. Hanging Mirror was a custom design from Urban Archaeology. Lighting from Fuse, St. Honore Gueridon in polished brass by Matthews & Parker. Plumbing from Waterworks, Herbeau.

The owners suggested the diagonal angle of the vanity island, which frees the circulation from a rigid grid. The custom hanging mirror is also double sided and flanked by customised pendants, all in polished nickel.

Get the look: Bathtub from Waterworks. Hanging Mirror was a custom design from Urban Archaeology. Lighting from Fuse, St. Honore Gueridon in polished brass by Matthews & Parker. Plumbing from Waterworks, Herbeau.

The marble was sourced directly from Italy. The slabs were cut to 24” x 36” and laid randomly, avoiding any repetition.

Get the look: Bathtub from Waterworks. Hanging Mirror was a custom design from Urban Archaeology. Lighting from Fuse, St. Honore Gueridon in polished brass by Matthews & Parker. Plumbing from Waterworks, Herbeau.

GUEST BEDROOMS

Canopy beds create a room within a room and bring a touch of five-star hospitality to any guest bedroom. Thie ‘rose bedroom’ is the primary guest room in the home, with views to the south and north, so it seemed the appropriate room to use a four-poster. The walls and ceilings are venetian plaster. The palette is soft blush and old rose.

Get the look: Linens are from Sferra with custom coverlet in Knoll Luxe Wool, Pillows in Art & Décor Velvet. Upholstery on headboard is Madras from Art & Décor. Lamp in Brass Finish by Studio Van Den Akker.

A second guest bedroom in the attic makes the most of an awkward shaped room.

Get the look: The bed was custom made. Upholstery is from Holly Hunt. Side Table is from Dessin Fournir. Stools are from Richard Wrightman.

The third guest room is given the same neutral palette.

Get the look: Chair is from 1st Dibs. Desk is custom made. Pillow is from India Mahdavi.

GUEST BATHROOM

The guest bathroom was given a dark, bold wallpaper.

Get the look: Wallpaper is from MDC. Washstand is from Waterworks. Marble is from Carrera C. Lighting from Urban Electric Co. French Horn Wall Light by Vaughan. Plumbing from Waterworks. Mirror is from Urban Archaeology.

A clawfoot tub is a luxe touch.

Get the look: Clawfoot tub is from Victoria & Albert. Plumbing from Waterworks. Stool is from Sawkille.

Interior design by Richard Felix Ashman.

Photography by Aaron Leitz.

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