When it comes to home design, I’m pretty easily inspired. I look at pictures and find details that I love all over the place. Unfortunately, what I sometimes forget is that, in the real world, all of those individual details might not work together under my roof. They have to fit – with my house and with one another.
That’s why I find it helpful, sometimes, to look through one single house to see how designers, architects and residents working in a large space turn out a cohesive concept.
This home, the Hillsborough Residence, built by Ryan Associates General Contractors (San Francisco), has one overall personality, but each individual space has a bit of its own spice:
I love houses that look like one thing from the front, but totally different from the back - like this one. Opening onto a patio, windows along the back of the house connect the inside and out, making one big social space. Plus, I love the angles and colors - it's just so interesting.
The natural light and exposure to social spaces makes this kitchen so great. Plus, I love that the stove faces out into the heart of the house - it's clearly a kitchen designed for cooking and entertaining. No turning your back to your guests!
Within the house, rooms are divided by walls and pillars, but the open feeling persists. Here, the fireplace adds warmth to a big, open space. I think I might also add some furniture, or a rug, with more intense colors, just to give the room even more focus.
These skylights are absolutely amazing - between the light and the air, they make the hallway feel like it's a courtyard. Plus, I love the ornate details on the chairs in the back room - they prove that sometimes fussy and modern can work together.