{Before & After} Friday Fun

Happy Friday Everyone! I've been wanting to post about a before and after exterior curb appeal project we worked on last year, for obviously some time now. ;) One of our on-going and most beloved clients, Heather and Brad, recently moved from San Francisco to Mountain View and purchased their first home in the suburbs. Given their aesthetic (see our past project here) and Heather's real estate background, they know very well what to get into. She is a brainiac when it comes to ROI. Anyone interested in a new home in the Peninsula, she is really excellent at this stuff. I mean good. So...you can understand how excited I was to get the phone call that they wanted my help on curb appeal. :)

Drum Roll...

BEFORE - Typical builder grade fixer upper with faux shutters, faux painted garage door, faux divided lights in the garage door, and a yucky paint job.

BEFORE - Typical builder grade fixer upper with faux shutters, faux painted garage door, faux divided lights in the garage door, and a yucky paint job.

AFTER - TADA!!  A little paint, board and battan, new circular garage vent, exaggerated trim additions, shutter and divided light removal, Ipe siding, new door, new lighting, custom planters, and new flowers; the house stands out amongest the neighbors and brings in the rustic modern elements that Heather and Brad love so much. They are very happy, as are we! 

AFTER - TADA!!  A little paint, board and battan, new circular garage vent, exaggerated trim additions, shutter and divided light removal, Ipe siding, new door, new lighting, custom planters, and new flowers; the house stands out amongest the neighbors and brings in the rustic modern elements that Heather and Brad love so much. They are very happy, as are we! 

Ipe Siding

Ipe Siding

Cut Side Walk

Cut Side Walk

Stay tunned on how we are transforming the interiors of this home as well. Happy Friday!

XOXO, Regan

{sneak peek} Photo Shoot

After a bit of a hiatus following the madness of the holidays, we're back to business!  Lucky for us, it's business we love.

Last week, we had the pleasure of styling and photographing the Berkeley Hills Mid-Century rancher as a team, and we thought we'd offer a sneak peek!  The place has jaw-dropping views of the entire bay, along with an adorable pair of dogs and children.  

The shopping mess preceding a fabulously styled home.

The shopping mess preceding a fabulously styled home.

SF Flower Mart explosion on the kitchen island.

SF Flower Mart explosion on the kitchen island.

What appears to be cluttered is just style in disguise!

What appears to be cluttered is just style in disguise!

View from the kids' room.  They have no idea how lucky they are!

View from the kids' room.  They have no idea how lucky they are!

Those adorable dogs I mentioned earlier...

Those adorable dogs I mentioned earlier...

Candy for your eyes.  Check out the website in a few weeks for the full shoot!

Candy for your eyes.  Check out the website in a few weeks for the full shoot!

{giving thanks} I a place to rest

Thanksgiving is about different things to different people.  Whether it's about food, family, friends, or the opportunity to have at least one day off of work, there's one common thread that brings us all together -- chairs.  Yep, those humble little guys give us a place to rest our bums whilst eating, chatting, or just plain ol' sitting.  Enjoy the homage we're paying to some of our favorite classics and more, either sitting pretty around a Thanksgiving table or solo by the fire.  

Eames Rocker by the [unlit] fireplace.  Only thing missing is sheep skin!  

Eames Rocker by the [unlit] fireplace.  Only thing missing is sheep skin!

 

More Eames this Thanksgiving.  We're thankful, Ray and Charles!  

More Eames this Thanksgiving.  We're thankful, Ray and Charles!

 

The Tolix Marais A Chair by Pauchard proves, yet again, to be so versatile!  Though you might want a cushion if you plan on sitting here very long.

The Tolix Marais A Chair by Pauchard proves, yet again, to be so versatile!  Though you might want a cushion if you plan on sitting here very long.

Just right for post-dinner food coma.  Brilliant design, Aga Brzostek!

Just right for post-dinner food coma.  Brilliant design, Aga Brzostek!

This Bertoia Side Chair instantly become cozier when fur's involved.  

This Bertoia Side Chair instantly become cozier when fur's involved.  

I want to gobble up these adorable Bambi Chairs! 

I want to gobble up these adorable Bambi Chairs

{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!!

 

{we are hiring!} | junior designer

I am excited to share that we are hiring! We are looking for a Junior Designer to join our team and help out with our on-going projects. You can find more information about the job description on our Contact Us page. If you are interested or know someone who is, please send all resumes to hello@reganbakerdesign.com. We are excited to hear from you!