This Designer Home is a Gorgeous Mix of Modern and Traditional

Every room in this 1906 San Francisco house features unexpected little twists and a brilliant blend of styles.

living room with pops of pink and blue

Interior designer Grant K. Gibson filled this 1906 San Francisco house with memorable details in every room. Pink chairs in the living room, striking blue wall paper in the dining room, and lavender trim in a bedroom are just a few of many examples within this home. The end result is an eclectic and glamorous design story that flows from room to room.

The pair of midcentury chairs in the living room got a young and fresh makeover with hot-pink leather. The bold color works because the rest of the colors in the room are more subdued: deep green drapes, pale blue velvet sofa, gray grasscloth walls. The art on the mantel ties the palette together and lends a little cheekiness. Shimmery sheens repeat on the ceiling and walls for extra interest. A beige patterned rug adds visual texture without competing color.

Sculptural Stools

walnut barstools in black-and-white kitchen

Walnut barstools stand out like sculpture in this white kitchen. The slate gray island and ebony-stained floors give the chairs a dramatic, high-contrast backdrop. A marble countertop and round light fixtures add classic style to the room's modern accents.

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Pattern Wall

blue wallpapered dining room

Grant designed this room around the wallpaper, balancing it with slick blue lacquered built-ins and a rustic farmhouse table. Grant says pairing an organic pattern like a floral with a geometric, such as the link pattern on the dining chairs, is a surefire combo. Streamlined elements likes the shelving unit on the wall and basic gold decor don't fight with the wallpapered accent wall.

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High Contrast

bright feminine floral bedroom

Against dreamy lavender walls, graphic floral bedding already feels like an unusual choice. Lavender trim blends with the walls for a quiet backdrop. Grant took the idea of contrast a step further with the headboard. The clean-lined midcentury burlwood headboard works as a masculine counterpoint to the feminine bedding.

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Metallic Tones

neutral bath with waterfall vanity

In-your-face color and pattern isn't the only way to make an impression. Visual impact comes from an extra-long waterfall front on the vanity. An intricate mosaic tile on the floor adds subtle interest. Back-lit mirrors above the sinks give a contemporary look, and gold faucets add warmth.

Gray Scale

white bathroom with whale skeleton wallpaper

In the kids' bath, Grant married three potentially competing patterns (subway tile, penny tile, and whale skeleton wallpaper) by limiting the palette to black and white. Dark grout emphasizes the shapes of the tiles without overwhelming the small space. Silver sconces and hardware complement the gray tones in the decor.

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Brittany Ambridge
Brittany Ambridge is a photographer in New York City. She is a freelance interiors photographer for Better Homes & Gardens and House Beautiful. Her photography focuses on interiors and portraits, and she has an extensive clientele list, including magazines, celebrities, and newspapers.
Kathryn MacDonald

Kathryn MacDonald is a photographer based in California. She focuses on interior and exterior photography as well as portraiture. Alongside her features for brands and national magazines, including Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens, Veranda, and House Beautiful, Kathryn also acted as the principal photographer for the book "The Curated Home" by interior designer Grant K. Gibson.

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