4-Story Vibrant Hillside Retreat in San Francisco

Living in the City by the Bay, San Francisco interior designer Kimball Starr, understands how expensive owning a newly purchased home can be, especially with furnishing one of this size. To keep the design budget friendly, some of the existing furniture was updated and complemented to work into the overall style the homeowners wanted, rather than purchasing all new pieces. Located on a hillside in San Francisco, this 4-story home is a retreat that overlooks downtown and the San Francisco Bay.  As a first-time home purchase by young successful newlyweds, this couple wanted a vibrant colorful home to match their outgoing personalities.

Hillside Sanctuary

The colorful poufs that sit on the deck outside the living room are lightweight and can be brought inside for additional seating or used as cocktail tables.

Hillside Sanctuary

In the living room, the white leather sectional was pre-existing, and by adding colorful pillows, artwork, and a curvy patterned rug, the living room was transformed from all white, to a cheery social space splashed with pops of color.

Hillside Sanctuary

The airy Mooi chandelier and the reupholstered colorful chairs make this dining room pop.

Hillside Sanctuary

Using the Brazilian cherry floors as inspiration for the color, an orange Moroccan patterned rug set the tone for the tangerine walls, and Kimball tempered the color with white and a budget splurge on the hand-blocked raw linen curtains.

Every room in this home has a splurge item and a budget item.  The splurge items are pieces that will retain their value and/or have a high quality of craftsmanship to them, and the budget items were pre-existing pieces that were repurposed, or purchased items that were a great value for the look.   It keeps the rooms balanced budget-wise, but also produces a more interesting and imaginative space.  Kimball calls it “democratization of the space”, where every piece has a say regardless of its background or price tag!

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