A San Francisco Home: Before & After
I can’t get enough of a good “before and after”. Please tell me I’m not the only one?? I spend way too much time watching HGTV, and any time I see “Before and After” featured in an interior design magazine I go weak in the knees!
Imagine how thrilled I was when my friend Carey agreed to let me feature some of her very own “before and after” shots of her fabulous home in San Francisco. Carey is a friend from grad school, and over the years we’ve bonded over our love of home design. She has terrific taste – just look at what she’s done with this place!
To begin, let’s check out the exterior of the house. Here’s the “Before”:
And the “After”. Amazing what some nice gray paint and white trim will do to perk up a place! I also really like the front door and garage door – very polished and the black really packs a punch.
Now, let’s venture inside.
The dining room, Before:
And, After. Mind you, there’s nothing wrong with this room! But once she implemented some changes…. pow!
Isn’t that such a great change? The room is so clean and bright. Loving that quatrefoil pendant lamp – I hope the “quatrefoil craze” continues for a while – so classic, so pretty. (The paint color is Restoration Hardware’s Graphite).
The living room Before:
And…presto. Even Wrigley the dog looks better!
Another shot below. Her style is truly transitional – clean, modern, classic. Loving that paint color, by the way… you can’t go wrong with a nubby neutral gray (the exact color is Restoration Hardware’s Stone).
A new kitchen “island” (from Crate & Barrel, I believe), newly painted walls, new cabinet doors, hardwood floors and a new light fixture. It really transforms the space.
Another shot – Before:
One of my favorite change-ups is the master bedroom. Because of the construction of the room, they originally had to position the bed sort of at a diagonal…
Some new built-in shelves and a distinct place for the bed… and wow – what a difference!
Check out this amazing transformation. Here we have a run-of-the-mill powder room. It’s not bad! Totally fine!
But wow, what a difference some beadboard, wallpaper and new floors make. Here is the after:
Another shot, Before:
The wallpaper is Schumacher’s “Imperial Trellis” (designed by Kelly Wearstler!) that never gets old. I wonder if my friend Carey knows that Chloe Sevigny also put this wallpaper in her powder bath??
Carey and her husband Noah recently purchased a beautiful new home, also in San Francisco, and plans are already afoot for some pretty serious changes. I don’t know about you but I’m seriously excited to see what they do. Carey, bravo on a beautifully transformed space and thanks for inviting us in!