Home Tour: A Colourful Modern House in NorCal
There’s nothing we love more around here than the tale of a total transformation. Usually, we hear about turn-of-the-century or midcentury homes given a major facelift, but it’s rarer to hear of a home built in the last 20 years totally renovated. Such was the case for a client of San Francisco-based interior designer Ann Lowengart, whose home across the Golden Gate Bridge in Tiburon was built in the ‘90s as a classic spec home. “Before we got our hands on it, every finish and detail screamed ‘dated’—and not in a good way,” Lowengart says.
Lowengart’s clients, a family with two young children, asked that she transform their home’s passé, traditional feel into something in line with their contemporary aesthetic. The designer and her team touched on every single surface of the home. “It was truly a total remodel,” she says. “Along with taking down walls and reconfiguring spaces, we smoothed all the walls to get rid of the pre-existing texture. All casings and baseboards were switched out too.”
The designer’s goal was “to make every space inviting, even though it was contemporary in direction.” A feat, if we do say so. “I wanted the home to be reflective of family and a great place to hang out,” she says. To that end, Lowengart created dual purposes for many of the living spaces. The dining room, for instance, doubles as a library, and also opens up to a living room below it with dual-facing sofas and multiple flexible seating options. The kitchen has a breakfast nook for weeknight meals, as well as island seating for cooking and homework.
The master bedroom was designed as a retreat, “with a sitting space the couple can actually enjoy,” Lowengart says.
Overall, the aesthetic is contemporary and fashion-driven, thanks in part to a few fun standout pieces, including “Alexandra von Furstenberg accessories, Alexander McQueen pillows, and so many great wallpapers.” The final product “toes the line between edgy and warm, chic and inviting,” the designer says. “Being able to marry those seemingly dissimilar facets of the clients’ personality felt so true to them.”
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