This reimagined 1930s home achieves a graceful balance between modern and rustic, thoughtfully using color, art, and metals.


In this revamped 1930s San Francisco Bay-area home, Scandinavian country style guides the sleek and spare design aesthetic. Original fir floors bleached nearly white and creamy white paint amplify the light that streams through skylights, divided-light windows, and sliding doors. The homeowners' artistic side shines through in layers of contemporary art, colorful textiles, and rustic and natural elements. Slate gray and metal accents give a modern touch.

blue home exterior with dog at doorway
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The homeowners remodeled their home over the years, starting with a bedroom and bathroom renovation, then replacing windows, and finally, four years ago, expanding the kitchen by building an addition at the rear of the home, and painting the exterior charcoal gray. The home has turned out to be the perfect setting for the couple to raise their daughter and thrive in their own artistic endeavors.

Pendant light hanging over round dinning table
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The dining area's oak table was customized with a band of riveted steel around its edge. Faux-sheepskin throws are a fun way to layer warmth in the dining area, which is already rife with texture. A shell pendant hangs over the molded-resin chairs and table.

living room furniture mock sheepskin throws
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Foundational pieces of furniture, such as the sofa and armchairs, are as neutral as the architecture. Furnishings are customized with colorful throws, pillows, artwork, and glassware. Mock sheepskin throws and a hide rug are free-form layers that offset the rigid lines of the striped rug, ladder, and window blinds.

a-frame white and navy kitchen with island
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Hefty 3-inch-thick honed marble countertops and white oak cabinets create a neutral backdrop for the space, which soars to peaked two-story ceilings. Tiles laid at a 45-degree angle animate the muted space. Cloud-white pottery on open shelves painted the same color as the wall makes for an artistic display of form and shadow. A mammoth light fixture and clerestory windows keep the space bright and help make the kitchen a light and welcoming gathering place for family and friends.

slate tile floor kitchen pantry area
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The kitchen's slate tile floor extends into a doorless pantry. Spunky chartreuse paint and dry goods stored in clear canisters make this hardworking space an attractive focal point.

built in kitchen desk with shelving and cabinets
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An orange-and-white abstract canvas that hangs over the desk was a find at the antiques fair in Alameda, California. Slate gray paint inside the shelves carries the color up from the floor. The white and gray counters from the kitchen continue to the office.

slipcovered chaise white walls window
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This vignette marries textures while carrying black throughout. The slipcovered chaise came from a local store. Paneling under the window adds interest to the stark white walls.

gray-painted cozy master bedroom
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Texture from the striped wool camp blanket and inlaid Moroccan-style side tables warms the gray-painted master bedroom. The rug is a vintage favorite and sits at a dynamic angle to really show it off.

back exterior muted palette deck with dogs
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Sliding glass doors connect interior and exterior living and dining spaces. Most months, the doors are open to breezes from the Pacific Ocean two miles away. Textiles and plants punch up the deck's muted palette.

By Sarah Egge and Jody Kennedy


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