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Bachelor Style: San Francisco Penthouse

Simply stunning, this San Francisco penthouse dwelling is located in  a concrete building in Aquatic Park.  Craig Steely Architecture converted the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home into an spacious environment by combining rooms to center the design around the captivating views.  The hand made  stone wall in the corridor is breathtaking.  Wood flooring and black walnut cabinetry expand the living and kitchen area.   I also enjoy the blending of the bedroom and bathroom in the master suite.

IMAGES from Craig Steely Architecture



Chic Manhattan Loft by S. Russell Groves

Sorting through some old magazines, I came across this gem from New York based architect, S. Russell Groves featured in New York Home. The focal point of the design is the accent wall paneled in beautifully grained walnut.  The wall also serves an entertainment center concealing the clients extensive music collection, state of the art AV equipment, and even a bar.

The wood paneling ties in the living area with the dining area.  I love the pairing of the Phillipe Starck chairs, chocolate table, and cowhide rug in the dining area.  And that camel leather wing chair in the corner seems like the perfect place to read.  The kitchen is subdued in white, allowing the living and dining areas to shine.

The bedroom is just to die for - I just love the floor mirror and the Noguchi lamp.  And you can just get a glimpse in the mirror of a small flat screen TV on the subtle built in cabinets at the window.

The study is simple yet functional converting easily into a guest bedroom with fold out sofa.  The custom Macassar ebony desk and floating shelving is simply stunning.  This comfortable home feels simultaneously luxurious and paired down.  For more amazing work from S. Russell Groves check out his website.

Images from S Russell Groves



RETRO FINDS: More Antiquing

photo(6) I just can't seem to stop myself from popping in to antiques stores lately. Sometimes shopping for clients or myself or just getting inspired.  Last weekend, I made a lightning fast trip to New York but still managed to drop in to Olde Good Things in Chelsea. They were pricey but had some great things.  The above chair is a Marcel Breuer Wassily Chair in beige leather.

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[Walnut Table] I drooled over this table and matching bench in black walnut with steel legs.  Similar to the dining tables from Hudson Furniture.


[Danish Modern] Set of 6 Cool Danish Modern chairs.   The back on these chairs is really interesting.

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[Eames Era Fiberglass Chairs] The blue fiberglass shell side chairs would add a nice pop of color in an informal dining area with a Saarinen table.  And the arm chair on casters would be great at a home office...I would replace the cushion though.


[Reclaimed Urban] Urban farm table with industrial machine legs.  This table would make a great desk and I love the pairing of industrial legs with a reclaimed wood top.  I was digging the chairs as well.


[Polished Chrome Pendant] This pendant would work nicely over the Saarinen table and fiberglass chairs described earlier.

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[More Industrial] Architectural Grill - I am thinking cool wall decor.  And vintage file cabinets for the office.  Why not new?  The patina and maybe I can make people think that I have been in business for ages.


[Leather Pillows] You will be seeing more of these in contemporary and modern settings.  I especially like the idea of pairing large woven leather pillows on an Italian style sectional.