A 1930s Church Is Transformed Into a Chic Family Home

Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors Gives a Historic Building New Life

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08/29/2016

This home renovation is quite literally a Modern Sanctuary. Transforming a 1930s church into a functional family home brings its challenges, and that’s why owners Jodi Riviera and Brian Buchanan brought in the professionals. While this 3,500 sq. ft. space had previously been converted into a home when Jodi and Brian purchased it, designer Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors and architect Daniel Castor of Castor Architecture were tasked with reconfiguring the space to better accommodate their family’s busy lifestyle and love of entertaining.

The comprehensive renovation included the removal of a dropped ceiling, eliminating of walls and redesigning the floor-plan to create a large open great room housing the kitchen, dining and living spaces. Holly paid homage to the church’s history by preserving some of its original details including the oak doors, hardware in the powder room, a stained-glass window in the living room, and the rope used to pull the steeple bell (the original bell was replaced by one found on a trip to Italy). The open layout and Holly’s seamless mix of contemporary and antique furnishings make for an inviting, tranquil home perfect for entertaining and filled with rich history.

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Warm wood cabinets, a window bench and unique lighting create an inviting entryway. 

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The powder room, which was originally the church’s cloakroom includes a vanity sink from Urban Archaeology and sconces from Omega Lighting Design.

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 Holly developed a custom wallpaper patterned with the original blueprints.

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The existing stained glass window and built-in cabinets create strong focal points for the great room.

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The TV can be lowered into the cabinets below allowing the full stained glass window to be displayed.

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Wood beams and the original steeple bell pull maintain the character of the home’s past life.

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A feature of the new great room is the professional grade kitchen with BlueStar and Miele appliances.  

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White marble and black satin granite countertops, a hand-wrought pewter island, Ann Sacks tiles and wide-plank oak flooring from Francois & Co, give the kitchen a modern, comfortable feel. The floor to ceiling cabinetry provides ample storage space.

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The elevated marble double-basin sink with brass fixtures coupled with Ann Sacks tile makes a statement in the master bathroom.

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Bathtub by Waterworks.

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The master bedroom was once the church’s meeting chamber.

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The secondary bathroom includes a cozy bench seat and a beautiful, yet functional vanity with plenty of storage. 

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We appreciate the vision that Holly brought to this renovation and the care that was put into preserving this historical building while creating a welcoming and livable family home.

Sanctuary Seekers – we would love to hear about your efforts to preserve history in your homes.

Meet the designer Holly Hollenbeck of HSH Interiors
Bio:
Established by Holly Hollenbeck in 2002, HSH Interiors is a full-service boutique interior design firm that specializes in large scale projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. From a high-end residential remodel to construction from the ground up, HSH Interiors brings a fresh approach to sophisticated interiors and custom furnishings. The firm collaborates with clients from project conception to completion, crafting each individual space to reflect the owner’s individual style. Whether a contemporary luxe Beverly Hills bachelor pad or a family’s historic Mill Valley Victorian, HSH Interiors excels at transforming a house into a dream home.

Holly Hollenbeck, the Principal Designer and founder of HSH Interiors  is originally from Orinda, California. After attending the University of California at Los Angeles and receiving a BA in Mass Communications, Holly attended UC Berkeley Extension’s Interior Design Program. Holly previously worked at Studio 104, and established HSH Interiors in 2002.

Holly loves unusual found objects, vintage 1960’s and 1970’s lighting, antique plumbing, contemporary photography and antique taxidermy.

 

 

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  1. Meghann

    One of my favorite posts to date. This is such a cool space. I can only dream…

    • Jennifer Heeley

      We adore this space too Meghann! Glad you enjoyed the feature. Holly at HSH Interiors is amazingly talented that’s for sure! 🙂

  2. Abbe Fenimore

    Stunning! I love the thoughtful details throughout.

    • Caitlin Diggles

      Us too Abbe! Glad you enjoyed this beautiful home! Holly is an incredibly designer. 🙂

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