{Progress Report} | Mid-Century Rancher

Awhile back I posted some progress images of a fireplace concept for some new clients. I am embarrassed to just now be introducing. Although we are nearing the end of the project, I wanted to do a proper introduction, give some insight into the client’s style and show some fun before and progress photos.

Introducing Martin and Norma:

Martin, an environmental lawyer and Norma, who’s job is raising three boys, two young boys and Martin. :] Martin called me amidst our relocation back to San Francisco, interested in hiring an interior designer. The architectural drawings were drawn (hand drawn if you can believe it), but they were looking to hire an interior designer to help with finish selections, cabinet designs, redesign of the fireplace, as well as a slight redesign of the master bathroom layout, and all the other fun details. My initial interview I was sold on the project. Who wouldn’t want to design a midcentury rancher in Berkley Hills with two of the nicest people ever, who had a sense of style and a dream to be in DWELL magazine. Needless to say, we immediately formed a bond. Side Note: The interview occured the same morning as Endeavors Historic Flight over San Francisco's Golden Gate. I was able to view it first hand from Martin and Norma's panoramic backyard view of the bay. It was a a great wat to start off an interview! 

 

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The project was a bit fast tracked. We started mid October 2012 and had the entire house designed by early December.  Construction began November 1st, 2012.

Martin and Norma were born and raised in and around Berkeley, CA. The home they purchased is located in Berkeley Hills (Kensington) and the backyard boasts of the view of the San Francisco Bay. You can see all three bridges from the backyard, an utterly breathtaking view. The below photo doesn't do the view justice.

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Wants & Needs: To open up the house, downplay the awkward architectural elements, re-use as much flooring as possible, reuse building materials as much as possible, select eco friendly materials and provide a kid friendly yet classic, rustic modern environment to raise their family.

Martin’s and Norma’s style: Kid friendly, playful, rustic yet modern. Martin’s environmental background and Norma’s ranch life was well suited for natural organic finishes. Norma’s love for horses, due to her jockey father, grew up around horses, leather and the refined society of racing. I was bursting with excitement inside when Norma told me her love for horses. As most of you know, I too rode as a child and am a horse lover. To design a mid-century rancher home for another lover of horses has been a dream of mine. I was thrilled. I was yet again blessed with great clients. The family moved in roughly 3 weeks ago. Next steps: Finalizing Furnishings, Accessories and Styling! I am so excited to add Martin and Norma to our list of extended family members. You can check out more progress photos here, and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more daily progress project photos.

Things are finally getting a bit more organized in our world since our move back to SF, I can't believe it's been a year! Back soon with a few more project introductions! Stay tuned!!

 

{project updates} | current work load

Project Update time! So I'm off to a flying start in Austin, thanks to my wonderful friends who want to keep my business a float! ;) In hopes to get our little ole' renovation off the ground, and my kids into a great preschool, I decided to pursue part-time contract work to keep steady work coming in, while building up my residential business in Austin. Sandy, who I actually worked with at a firm 8 years ago here in Austin, has since gone on her own, and has asked that I help out on a somewhat regular basis. I was thrilled at the idea! A perfect segue to collaborative design, something I've actually wanted for some time now. I'm super thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sandy again. What a great start to 2012. *If you are in need of a commercial interior designer, Sandy is your gal! She has recently been working with a lot of start-ups here in Austin, and having so much fun. 

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Images by regan baker design | SpareFoot: a new start-up in Austin designed by S.Tipton Studio

I'm super excited to share some insight to the projects I'm currently working on: 

AUSTIN, TX | Owners of Studio Slomo and DeRouen & Co has enlisted the help of Regan Baker Design for some personal decor, organization and finish suggestions/selections for their uber, hip East Austin home. The radest and nicest couple in Austin, no doubt. Sarah and Deritt's style: playful, modern, industrial yet vintage. Both graphic/print designers, they undoubtedly have the largest collection of poster and print art. Most of their collection is designed by Deritt himself, but others are purchases of his and Sarah's top admirers. A coveted collection no doubt. I've got dibs on a few pieces if they ever decide to purge. ;)  

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Just by looking at Sarah's closet, I know this projects going to be a good one. Um, awesome, eh? Program requests: Ideas on how to tie in and dress up their laundry room, kitchen, backsplash tile, storage ideas, dining room chairs, and colorful paint or paper suggestions for the entire home. (Sarah likes fuchsia!!). Might I add, Sarah is the one responsible for my beautifully redesigned business cards.  

BLACKSBURG, VA | Iconic Development has once again asked for our help! This is the Virginia project that I just visited last week. An exterior rebrand for an 81 building complex near Virginia Tech. A repeat client of 6 years, I've worked on numerous branding projects to help revamp their student housing portfolio. This project, a beast of a complex, so hopefully we can come up with something new and fun. 

CHICAGO, IL | The project that I am most thrilled about is a complete gut renovation for a 4,000SF home in Chicago. I'm going to avoid saying too much, since closing date is this week. No jinxing!! Look at the beauty!! Can't WAIT to get started and share more on this project.

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AUSTIN, TX | Athena Montessori Academy is building two new classrooms! Thanks to Kelly Stevenson of Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects, for recommending me to Athena! One of my favorite things to do is select architectural finishes, which is why I was hired for this project. Coming in on a project during construction is always a bit more challenging, but what I enjoy most is collaborating with the architects. Making sure their vision is still carried out is most important, but making them look even better is what I enjoy the most. ;)

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Image: Rendering of new exterior paint scheme for Athena.

AUSTIN, TX | My home renovation!! Can't wait to start sharing my process.

And last but not least, I head to Hilton Head this month for a styling project that I've been hired contractually for by one of the companies I used to work for here in Austin. A true definition of why you should never burn any bridges. ;) The best part about this trip is I get to go with my great friend Ariel, who is responsible for the design of the project. I can't wait to share! I would LOVE any suggestions on places to shop in or near Hilton Head!!

Needless to say, it's been a busy start to the year. Can you believe it's March? I could not do what I do without the love, help and support of my parents and in-laws! Thanks Nana-K and Gigi!! Love you all.

XOXO,

Regan

PS... If you have a split second please VOTE FOR ME in the Cottonelle challange! I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Maxwell, founder of Apartment Therapy, while at Alt Design Summit. The interviews are up and if I win, I get to interview Jonathan Adler, a much admired designer of mine, in his New York studio! Yippie!! So please spread the word! I'd LOVE to go. ;) 

{project update} | completed: noe valley midcentury modern

At last...photos of my latest project! I can't tell you how thrilled I am at how well this project turned out. It will be the inspiration to my new home remodel for sure! It was a crazy deadline (due to a baby in utero), yet it was one of the most fun projects to work on thanks to the AMAZING team: Heather (home owner), Mason Miller (Architect), and John Fannon (contractor). You all will be missed! I really do hope I get a chance to work with all three of you again. You all were the best. This is as good as it gets.

Photography by Odessa of Photo Designs by Odessa. She's amazing! We hired Odessa two days prior to the shoot. Thanks again Odessa! With Heather's due date and my across country move date set for September 27th, the team decided 3 days prior that we should try to get the shoot done before the baby arrived. I had a day and a half to set up/shop for the shoot. Schedule Shoot Date: Monday, September 26th. Larkin Louise arrived on her due date and I flew my kids (with Gigi's help) to Austin the 27th, the following day. Whew, we made it just in time! Let's just say, Jace wasn't too happy being left with unpacked boxes while I enjoyed my day at a photo shoot. I still owe him, HUGE. 

So, what do you all think? Rustic, Modern, Retro? Does this style work for you?! It definitely does for me.

You can check out more photos here and on Mason's website here. Happy Wednesday!

 

{noe valley remodel} | update

I am super excited to finally share with you some progress photos of the Noe Valley Mid-Century home that has consumed the majority of my design time these days! First off, my client is pregnant and decisive. Don't believe me? I was hired on June 16th to pick out the entire finish package for this remodel: tile, counters, cabinets, paint, flooring, plumbing fixtures, lighting, hardware and bathroom accessories for the 3/2 remodel. Everything is purchased and has arrived and is waiting to be installed. We even managed to get window treatments in by the time she moves in. Move-in Date: September 10th, three weeks from today...and she is supposed to have her baby girl two weeks later. ;) I guess you have to be decisive when a baby is on the way! 

I had to share photos of the Waterworks and AnnSacks boxes, two of my favorite places to shop for decorative and suprisingly affordable tile. I can't wait to show you what is in them! Island pendants, pennyround tile, glass tile, and statuary marble tile. Additional finishes include: a custom red lacquer desk, custom navy slatted island with calcutta oro counter, white shaker perimeter cabinets with soapstone counters, splashes of walnut, rockymountain hardware inspired pulls, and a groutless fireplace tile.

Needless to say, it has been an absolutely amazing and fun project. The team: architect Mason Miller, owner of Mason Miller Architecture (the one responsible for the amazing transformation of the home) and contractor John Fannon, owner of Green Home Construction, have been a delight to work with on this project. I would highly suggest using them if you are a home owner interested in a mid-century modern or modern remodel, and are on a tight deadline. Very professional and even keyed guys, exactly what you want for a tight schedule.

Next steps: Installing cabinets, setting counters, building the custom island, tiling, and installing carpet and baseboards. Exciting!!

Stay tuned for more progress photos. Can't wait! 

 

{malm fireplace} | in LOVE | SF remodel

I'm thrilled to anounce RBD was hired for a mid-century remodel here in the city. It's been a whirl wind of a project thus far, but also one of the most exciting projects I've worked on since I started my business 4 years ago. My client, also a mother, has just about the same style as me: Rustic, Modern and Retro. Cisco Brothers meets DWR meets Jonathon Adler and Robbert Abbey, which might be a tad bit why I'm so thrilled! We are currently working on all architectural finish selections, plumbing and lighting selections and layouts, island design and fireplace design for the home. I can't wait to show you progess! 

Images above courtesy of Heath Ceramics, Waterworks, Zinc Details & Elle Decoration South Africa

Above are inspirational images I've presented to help the client understand the overall vision RBD has for her home. I'm also collaborating with an amazing architect, Mason B. Miller. Check out his work. I'm sure you'll agree he's amazing! He's done a remarkable job on the design the home. Stay tuned for more progress images!

PS: I'm drooling, heart palpiting, over the Malm Zircon Fireplace pictured above. I just got confirmation my client wants pricing for installation! Yippee! Crossing fingers for a good bid! And the Henry pendant was just specified for over the island! 

Until next time...have a marvelous week!

Regan