choy_151209_01 Design is really in the details.  Completed almost ten years ago, this private residence designed by Cary Bernstein is no exception.  Featured on the Contemporist, I was drawn in by the timeless and clever architectural details.  Bernstein's team added a third story to this 1908 cottage in San Francisco.  The stairwell is the focal point in the design, transitioning open risers until the landing where the stairs becomes solid spilling into the supple dark chocolate wood floors.

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The steel clad fireplace is a bold statement and I love the use of simple upholstered ottomans in front - makes for a cozy evening by the fire.

choy_151209_08 I am inspired by the railing at the bedroom serving as a banquet which becomes the headboard.  This kind of continuity and seamless transition between spaces makes this home so cohesive and efficient.

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I always struggle with people being timid about having windows in bathrooms.   This light filled bathroom has to be incredibly energizing when beginning the day.  I also love the elegance and functionality of this space - the mosaic tile is nicely warmed up by the wooden elements.  For more images and information, check out the Contemporist.  Also check out Cary Bernstein online for more exciting projects. Images from Contemporist