Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
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Presidio Heights traditional traditional-home-office

Presidio Heights traditional

Photography by Emily Payne

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Sandy mcgwire wrote:
How do you decide what to paint darker, the ceiling or walls? This pic changed my mind. love it
   Comment   October 22, 2012
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Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
It depends on the room. In this case, the room was about 12'x12' with 10' tall ceilings -- so to try and get the proportions to feel right (instead of feeling like you were in a tiny, tall box), I painted the ceiling dark to bring it down to a more pleasing scale. If you have short ceilings -- anything under 9' -- I would only do darker ceilings in specific circumstances....for example a powder room that you want to create the sense of being inside a jewel box.
October 31, 2012 at 10:02AM   
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rodlandal wrote:
Give detail on the color of Hallings Secretary - Is this more og a yellow tone ivory or soft white?
   Comment   May 5, 2012
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Marie Meko, Allied ASID
I did it through Hickory Chair . They will not change the interior but will custom the exterior. I think I selected one of the blue tones that they offer but they will do any Benjamin Moore color.
May 6, 2012 at 3:31AM   
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Thanks Marie! Your responses have been so helpful!
May 6, 2012 at 7:53AM   
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jillchristy wrote:
Does anyone know where I can get those curtains?
   Comment   February 23, 2012
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Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
Hi there-

I had them made by my local drapery workroom using a Beacon Hill blue and white plaid fabric.

February 23, 2012 at 6:52PM   
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katorato wrote:
What is the name of the fabric on the chair?
   Comment   January 19, 2012
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Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
That is a fabric from Kravet, but I am fairly certain it's been discontinued. However you should be able to find similar small-scale geometrics either from Kravet or another fabric vendor.
January 26, 2012 at 8:23PM   
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tfirst wrote:
The chandelier is amazing! Could you tell us more about it and where it is from? Thank you!
   Comment   July 10, 2011
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Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
hi-it's a Murano glass chandelier that actually came with the house when my clients bought it....used to hang in the dining room but we moved it here and put shades on it. So I'm afraid I don't know where it's from...
July 12, 2011 at 12:27PM   
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sbark wrote:
I'd also love to know where to find this secretary...or ones that are similar. Would this work with lighter shade of hardwoods? Thank you!
   Comment   July 10, 2011
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Laura Michaels
This secretary is by Hickory Chair
July 10, 2011 at 8:01AM   
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deborab wrote:
Could you kindly inform us what colors did you use? Thank you
   Comment   July 10, 2011
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Thank you for your kindness
July 11, 2011 at 4:39AM   
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Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
Hi - the walls are Benjamin Moore HC-153 and the ceiling is HC-151.
July 12, 2011 at 12:27PM     
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joditraveller wrote:
Would you share where this secretary is from?
   Comment   July 9, 2011
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Brian Dittmar Design, Inc.
Hi - the secretary is from the Thomas O'Brien collection for Hickory Chair.
July 12, 2011 at 12:28PM   
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Home No. 1: Tailored details and patina in Presidio Heights The owners of this elegant home in San Francisco's Presidio Heights neighborhood wanted a look that was traditional but still livable. Dittmar incorporated soft colors, textiles, and beautiful patina with more structured and classic elements, such as tailored upholstery. In this office, the combination of clean and classic desk set and fun colors breathes new life into what could easily become an old-fashioned look. The pop of the dark wood in the secretary and the structured upholstery on the desk chair — both by Thomas O'Brien for Hickory Chair — keep this little nook from becoming too girly.
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This desk, designed by Thomas O'Brien, is a wonderful transitional piece. It plays with geometry and has clean lines, yet pays homage to traditional secretaries. I believe this is the desk that Mr. Big used to conceal a television in Sex and the City II. Carrie Bradshaw wasn't a fan of that concept, but I think it's a good design compromise for a TV in your bedroom.
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This modern secretary in a calming blue home office is perfect for some quick paperwork and then a relaxed moment to compose a handwritten note.
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The first electric pharmacy lights, which were similar to this desk version, were introduced in the 1890s and were unique in their ability to provide direct downward-pointing light. Their gas-powered predecessors couldn't do this, because you can't turn a gas flame upside down. This new invention made precision work in factories by draftsmen, jewelers and even welders much easier. By the early 1900s the electric pharmacy lamp had left the factory and become commonplace in the homes of those who could afford them.

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