Tour a Bright San Francisco Condo Filled With Sunny Accessories

Can you spot the light and bright touches that makes this San Francisco home just right? HGTV Magazine takes you on a tour.

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July 15, 2020

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

Photo By: Lisa Romerein

The Story

When Christine Kilpatrick found this San Francisco condo, it was exactly the light-drenched space she’d been searching for, with its high ceilings, many windows and ornate trimwork original to the 19th-century building. But some features were bringing the place down. “It was dated from a 1990s reno — 1890s would have been more beautiful!” Christine says. The kitchen counters were a muddy granite, one bathroom had black marble everywhere and there was a hulking fireplace in the den. She hired design firm IDF Studio to make the interior as smile-inducing as its architecture. Painting the walls freshened things up, colorful chairs and interesting tile added style, and wallpaper set a lighthearted mood. The designers also wove in an element that’s totally Christine: animal art, a collection that grew out of a lifelong love. “I was raised in a farming community until I was 15 that had more cows than people, so I enjoy having animals around,” she says. The eye-catching pieces and patterns connect the rooms, creating one wildly chic home.

In the kitchen, blue cabinets caught Christine’s eye on Pinterest, kicking off the look. The hue is refreshing next to the white quartz countertops. To emphasize the 10 -1/2-foot-high ceiling, a backsplash of marble subway tile by Daltile extends up to it. On the floor, graphic concrete tile in charcoal and white by Ann Sacks injects energy. A custom wood table as an island breaks up the blue. The bright: The cabinets are painted Bird’s Egg by Benjamin Moore. The light: Reflective metal trim on the hood and range by BlueStar bounces sunbeams all around.

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Living Room

It’s the brightest spot in the house thanks to the big bay window, made even brighter by white walls (painted Distant Gray by Benjamin Moore), a white pendant by Flos and a marble-top coffee table by Holly Hunt. Recessed nooks on either side were ideal spots to build bookshelves. Pops of blue and pink all around give away the homeowner’s favorite colors. The light: Oblong mirrors from Crate & Barrel reflect sunrays (and look cool!).

Bar Area

Since redoing the kitchen made it way more functional, Christine didn’t need the family-size pantry that came with the place. So the doors were removed and it got turned into a bar. Abstract wallpaper and shelves supported by leather-strap brackets boost the fun factor. The bright: Teal wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler has a vibrant zebra-esque pattern.

Dining Room

Christine was inspired to buy the big rhino photograph by David Yarrow after seeing the photographer’s work on a safari trip in Kenya. The black-and-white spotted rug by Kate Spade New York paired well with it, and wool-blend chairs from The Future Perfect carry over the blue color from the kitchen. The bright: Fresh flowers for days on those curtains! The fabric is by Osborne & Little. The light: You've got to give these rug polka dots credit for inherent oomph.

Bathroom

At first glance, the wallpaper by Baines & Fricker could be any pattern, but then it becomes clear: those are dogs. “I originally saw the wallpaper online 15 years ago and thought, When I have a house, I’m going to use it,” Christine says. (She has a coordinating cat pattern in the hall closet.) For even more flair, the finishes are mixed between the pendants by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and the faucet by RH. The bright: The vanity is painted Summer Nights by Benjamin Moore. The light: Wallpaper with a white background won’t overwhelm a small space.

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Den

“I call this my nighttime living room because it has the TV,” says Christine. Since the old fireplace surround took up too much space, it was redone in a simpler style. For coziness, there’s a velvet chair from Room & Board and a floral rug from Jaipur Living. A portrait of a pensive donkey by Peter Samuels? But of course! The bright: The jewel-tone chair picks up the hits of darker pink in the rug. The light: A fireplace surround made of limestone is so airy.

Main Bedroom

This room pretty much sums up Christine’s signature style, with a pink side chair from ABC Carpet & Home and animal illustrations from Anthropologie. The calm-inducing bed and rug are also from Anthropologie. The bright: The screen-printed quilt from Allem Studio adds personality. The light: A good curtain combo: sheer for day, opaque for night.

Main Bathroom

“I became a bath person after getting a claw-foot tub,” says Christine. This one, by Cheviot, was painted to match the gray in the cement Walker Zanger tile behind it. The custom vanity looks like a piece of furniture, and the mirror above it was trimmed in the same wood. The light: The wall-to-wall mirror maxes out light.

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