West Clay Park Revival

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When a career move brought out clients and their three young children to San Francisco from New York City, they wanted a home with plenty of space amid quiet surroundings. This 1920s home near the Presidio checked both boxes, but needed some updates to better suit our clients’ modern sensibilities and busy lifestyle. We wanted to honor the traditional architecture and historic detail in this home, while introducing contemporary furnishings, eclectic finishes, and global influence.

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We began by opening up the main living space to extend the panoramic views (which we further highlighted with new, black metal window frames). To create focal points in different areas of the home, we introduced several patterned tile designs in neutral shades. While they add visual interest and eclecticism, they are still at home alongside the traditional moldings, arched entryways, and paneled doors. Finally, we styled the home with decorative objects from our client’s years living in Africa, adding dimension, richness, and personal history to this nuanced interior.

We also incorporated functional details that easily accommodate our clients’ daily routines. In the entry, we added a closet, wide enough to house a stroller and shoes, jackets, gloves, and bags for each family member. Up in the master suite, bedroom and bath are completely separate, ensuring the early morning demands of a finance career are minimally intrusive for a sleeping spouse. 

Contractor: MJC Construction, Photographer: Suzanna Scott Photography