Before and After: A Contemporary Family Home in San Francisco
Raising a 2-year-old and expecting another child is bound to affect all facets of your daily life. But does it have to impact your design style, too? One young San Francisco couple didn't think so. Jennifer Jones of Niche Interiors says her clients didn’t want their remodeled four-story, five-bedroom, four-and-half-bath home to feel specifically designed for children. “What was most important to them,” she says, “was to live in a home that managed to be beautiful, functional, and unique.” Keep scrolling to see the before-and-after transformation.
With an appreciation for open, airy spaces and furniture that straddles both contemporary and traditional design, Jones’ clients didn’t want anything “too ornate or overly done,” she says. So she and her team selected pieces like barrel-back chairs with a lower, more contemporary height and dining chairs with clean, modern lines and traditional nailhead detailing. “This sort of transitional furniture was exactly in line with our clients’ smart, sophisticated taste,” Jones says.
A goal for many designers, Jones sought to push her clients “a bit out of their comfort zone in terms of texture, colour, and pattern.” The young couple might have chosen a white or beige dining room rug, but she sourced a more unusual custom blue-grey design. She brought velvet ottomans and a shagreen console table into the entryway and powder blue upholstered chairs into the family room. “Since our clients love neutrals, these are details they may not have chosen for themselves otherwise,” she says, “but they were thrilled with the final result.”
When Jones began the project, her clients supplied her with inspiration images “that combined generous doses of ivory with cool neutral accents.” Nudging their definition of neutral, Jones and her team “added hints of drama and pops of unexpected colour to the mix.” “The charcoal velvet sofa with cerulean pillows in the formal living room is a good example of that,” she points out.
One might wonder how a family with a 2-year-old and a newborn on the way can get away with velvet ottomans, off-white upholstered dining chairs, and baby blue armchairs. And the answer is simple: “All the upholstered items—such as the sofas, armchairs, and dining chairs—were stain-treated with a non-toxic, water-based solution,” Jones says. “The textural wool rug in the living room is easy to clean (and hides crumbs left by snacking toddlers),” she adds. Even the glamorous, glossy cocktail table in the formal living room is kid-proof: Though it looks like it has a delicate shell veneer, it’s actually made of sturdy resin and “can withstand bumps without tipping over,” says Jones.
Perhaps the trick to creating a chic, stylish home for your family is just to hire another parent. “With my own toddler at home, I can certainly relate to wanting a beautiful, clean space without the added stress of trying to keep it that way,” Jones says.
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