historic beauty reimagined

This beautiful, century-old, craftsman-style home sits just a block from San Francisco’s Presidio, a 1,500 acre park and outdoor recreation hub. Our clients wanted to preserve its historic architectural beauty, while reimagining the interior into a modern, sleek, and highly functional home for a family of four. Their existing fine art collection offered a unique and elevated anchor for the design direction.

Delivering on our client's vision for an impactful powder room, we covered the walls in Porter Teleo’s hand painted Floral Graffiti wallcovering featuring bouquets of abstract flowers that appear to drip down the canvas to bring texture and transparency into the space. Inspired by an existing art piece by Idris Khan, layering the wallpaper beneath creates an interesting texture play for the space.

creating a showstopper

In keeping with the moody color scheme, a Pacific-hued Rosemary Hallgarten vintage wash wool rug adds a shimmering and sumptuous feel to the living room. Nested travertine and oiled white oak coffee tables add a unique sense of material while a luxe velvet lounge chair by Luca Nichetto for De La Espada brings a rich sense of color and texture.

an understated study in mood

Grounded by neutral tones, a dark wood dining table and sleek, floating credenza add a moody sense of sophistication to the dining room. A luxurious Phillip Jeffries ceiling covering with a multi-layered metallic leafing introduces warm brass tones also reflected in the table lamp and Drip Series print by Korean artist Kim Tschang-Yeul. The Lindsey Adelman chandelier, dripping with 20 bulbs, exudes mood.

a balance of beauty + function

The updated contemporary kitchen features clean lines and a warm, neutral palette for an inviting, uncluttered feel. The same wood used for the custom cabinetry also houses the hood and island for continuity, while the upper cabinets sit at two varying depths for visual interest. Cojo swivel stools from Thomas Hayes Studio offer a dark contrast and sculptural moment nodding to the moody tones of the home.

A curved, custom sofa clad in a soft and prudent grey was designed to fit the shape of the bay window for luxury and comfort. A stunning glass and blackened brass pendant adds a touch of drama. Across the way, custom, ceiling height cabinetry offers comfortable television viewing and features a breathable mesh screen perfect for the family dog to lounge. Designed to look like free standing furniture, its interior veneer matches the nearby kitchen cabinets while hidden storage for dog bowls and food keeps things organized and efficient within a limited floor space.

an artful mix of eras

The primary suite, wrapped again in a Porter Teleo hand painted wallcovering, features Kintsugi-inspired polished bronze lines across a mottled charcoal background. A Dmitriy & Co chaise offers a cozy place perfect for lounging and illuminated by a colorful Bocce 28.6 floor lamp. Earthy neutrals are carried through in the rug, custom headboard, and Ralph Pucci bench while the nightstands offer an unexpected pop of teal blue consistent with other rooms in the home. Just above, opalescent Gino Sarfatti oval pendants add a fun contrast to the walls.

double feature

A hidden gem within the home, the guest suite offers a comfortable and private space for visiting guests while also doubling as an office when unoccupied. The custom Murphy bed, tucked inside ceiling-height millwork, pulls down to reveal a custom flannel headboard for an extra sense of coziness. When functioning as an office, the bed is out of sight and the room features a custom desk as an extension of the millwork. As a fun architectural detail, a fluted tambour wood detail was added to the back wall of the desk for added texture and depth.

a place for everyone

The lower level is a hangout haven designed for the client's children featuring a craft station and media room tucked behind with ample storage for art supplies, games, and books. Custom benches with storage accommodate the room's lower ceilings and a custom peg wall system displays art and mementos as they grow. A consistent and durable finish on the walls contrasts the wood for architectural interest while playful hardware adds personality.

With She Bends' neon “Good Vibes” sign and a “Chill Out” throw pillow, enough said...

RBD Team

Kelly Gabaldon


Estefania Perez



Upscale Construction


artistic appeal

In one of the kid's bedrooms, our client’s love of wallpaper and movement continues with a painterly blue-green accent wall behind a soft upholstered headboard. A bench with storage and custom cushions creates the perfect light-filled nook for reading books.