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Contemporary San Francisco Penthouse

March 19, 2015
This 1925 penthouse overlooks San Francisco's city views from inside and out. A new open-plan scheme allowed the space to reach its full potential, giving it the room for a spiral staircase and uninterrupted access to the world outside.
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Contemporary Kitchen Blends Cool, Warm Finishes

A drawer-lined kitchen peninsula with a sleek waterfall side separates the kitchen of this contemporary urban apartment from the spiral staircase and living area beyond. Modern glass pendants illuminate the countertop without blocking the view.

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Waterfall Marble Countertops in Cool Urban Kitchen

The white marble countertop on a bank of drawers is echoed on the backsplash of this contemporary kitchen. The peninsula, with its waterfall side, separates the space from the dining room beyond. Art and lighting are crisp and modern.

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Rugs Delineate Spaces for Living, Dining

A fixture with multiple blown-glass pendants hangs above a rough-hewn table in the living/dining area of this transitional urban apartment. Picture windows offer sweeping city views, and a bump-out at the front of the space creates a sunny sitting room. Industrial-style shelving offers versatile display space.

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Spiral Staircase Is Artistic Touch in Living Room

White walls are interrupted only by an accent wall of subtly striated tile behind the fireplace of this contemporary living room. In one corner of the space, a dramatic spiral staircase offers fun and functional access to the second floor. On another wall, a round, colorful painting depicts an abstracted aerial view of the city. Transitional furnishings are neutral, letting the artwork shine.

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