The second level of a Haight Ashbury Victorian receives an all-important renovation to complete the home.
A whimsicial chandelier from The Light Factory sets the tone in the dining room. Wright custom-designed the table by Alfredo Villatoro in California walnut.
Ask anyone who has endured a long renovation process with kids, and after an initial shudder, they’ll usually talk about the occasional brush with chaos. A couple with two young children in Haight Ashbury had already renovated the first and third levels of their 5,220-square-foot home, and now they needed to tackle the all-important second level. It features a living room, kitchen, dining room, mudroom, and powder room.
The living room features a Past Perfect daybed upholstered in Sandra Jordan prima alpaca ebony fabric.
The journey for this home started 20 years ago when the couple was still dating. They purchased the Victorian and hired Mark Thomas of Hood Thomas Architects (hoodthomas.com) and Eden Wright of Eden Wright Design (endenwrightdesign.com) to create square footage and update the home’s interior.
“These clients hold a special place in my heart,” says Wright, who describes her aesthetic as the lovechild of Paris and Califonia: warm, naturally luxurious, chic and edited. “We went to their wedding together, and I would return and update bedrooms as their two children were born. It was great to reconnect during this project phase and see the house come to life for their family. It was a reminder of how joyful this work is.”
The open floor plan merges the kitchen and family room, which holds a Homenature sectional, Noir Furniture console and Buddha chair, and Phillip Jeffries wallpaper.
The homeowners are well-traveled and have a fabulous fashion sense; they trusted Eden and her team to make bold choices and take risks with the interior. For example, Wright guided them from a multicolored living room palette to minimal black and white. Wright also painted the elaborate Victorian fireplaces and the main staircase in solid colors, bringing in bold wallpaper, rugs and tiles. “We created a Paris-meets-California feel—high-fashion but very comfortable and relaxed, much like the homeowners,” says Wright, who chose custom oak herringbone hardwood floors, textured woven wallpapers, natural stones, and textured wall and trim finishes.
“The project required lots of careful planning since homeowners were living in the house during construction,” says Wright. “We needed to work around pipes in the walls. Plus, we had a strict budget and a short timeline. We all had to bring our A-game to make it happen. Everyone involved brought a can-do attitude and generous spirit to make this beautiful project come to life—on time and budget.”
“We were thrilled our clients were open to investing in custom lighting, furnishings, and finishes throughout,” says Wright. “The house deserved nothing short of custom craftsmanship. Our local artisans and contractors are true artists; we love collaborating with them and supporting their craft. Their work is built to last: less waste and more local and sustainable materials.”
The living room features a daybed from Past Perfect (pastperfectsf.com) upholstered in Sandra Jordan (sandrajordan.com) prima alpaca ebony fabric, a Firefly pendant from Forestier Libellule (forestier.fr), a coffee table from Mario Grimaldi (mariogrimaldiinternational.com), wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries (phillipjeffries.com), curtains from Jim Thompson (jimthompsonfabrics.com), and custom Paris sofas with leather piping by Belmar Upholstery (belmarupholstery.com)).
A cloudlike chandelier from The Light Factory (thelightfactory.net) sets a whimsical tone in the dining room. Wright custom-designed the dining table by Alfredo Villatoro in California walnut; Anziano chairs by John Hutton (johnhutton.com) via Kravet (kravet.com) complete the minimalist yet comfortable look.
With a busy family, the homeowners knew their kitchen needed plenty of space for entertaining, kicking back, and even homework or late-night emails. The open space merges a great room with the cooking area separated by an island topped in Calacatta marble. A pendant from Apparatus Studio (apparatusstudio.com) adds lumens to the space, while custom cabinetry from Bashland Builders (bashland.com) offers plenty of storage. Bar stools from CB2 (cb2.com) tuck neatly under the island, providing abundant room for foot traffic.
The adjacent great room holds a sectional from Homenature (homenatures.com) in Kravet fabric, Juniper stump coffee tables by Eric Brand (ericbrand.com), a Buddha chair and console from Noir Furniture (noirfurniturela.com), custom pillows from Sandra Jordan, and wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries.
Eden Wright’s team carefullym orchestrated the redesign of the second floor of the Haight Ashbury home.
HOW THE HOME IS LIVING
“Opening up the kitchen and dining room, our most heavily used spaces, has been a godsend, as it also doubles as our kids’ classroom,” says one of the homeowners. “We also were happy that Eden wanted to preserve the Queen Ann Victorian details while creating a more modern and updated look—which we love!”
The home’s entry reveals a mix of time-honored craftsmanship and modern design sensibilities.
Haight Ashbury Neighborhood
Eden Wright Design
Hood Thomas Architects
Daybed, living room
Daybed fabric, living room; pillows, great room
Pendant, living room
Coffee table, living room
Wallpaper, living room, great room
Curtains, living room
THE LIGHT FACTORY
Chandelier, dining room
John Hutton chairs, dining room; sectional fabric, great room
Custom cabinetry, kitchen
Sectional, great room
Juniper stump coffee tables, great room
Buddha chair, great room
Photography by: CHRISTOPHER STARK