A Lively Modern Home in California

Designer Ann Lowengart Creates Fun and Functional Spaces for a Young Tiburon Family

Interior Design by Ann Lowengart | Photography by David Duncan Livingston |Modern Sanctuary | A Lively Modern Home in California | Library | Dining Room | Modern Dining Room | Lighting | Rug
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David Duncan LIvingston
09/07/2016

Where do you turn for help when your home is feeling tired and outdated?  In the San Francisco area, Ann Lowengart is a go-to designer for creating fresh, innovative spaces. This once rather boring 1990’s Tiburon spec home lacked functionality and needed an infusion of excitement to fit the needs of a young family. Originally asked to complete a kitchen remodel, Ann’s task was soon expanded to a full-home renovation which included totally re-configuring the existing space.

The outdated home did have a few things going for it: great light, high ceilings and 3,700 square feet of living space. Ann capitalized on these features; walls were smoothed, windows and fixtures updated, and door openings widened.  She then created a lively vibe with a dynamic color palette and sleek, comfortable furniture. The end result is a modern, eye-catching design that reflects the clients’ chic sense of style and love of fashion.

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David Duncan Livingston

The dining room does double duty as a library. It is open to the main living space, while the modern railing of polished brass and ebonized wood provides just the right amount of separation and interest.

Crosshair hide stools from Wisteria | Dining Table by HD Buttercup

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David Duncan Livingston

Dark wood floors and white walls provide the perfect neutral backdrop and don’t compete with the highly textured and colorful furnishings. The marble fireplace surround catches the eye without detracting from the stunning chandelier overhead.

Prometheus Chandelier by Christopher Boots | Baxter Sofa (on the left) by Jonathan Adler | Coffee Table from Restoration Hardware

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Stunning metalic wallpaper by TIBI for Flavor Paper creates a surprise for those who open the ebonized doors to the hidden bar in the kitchen.

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The flexible kitchen has a banquette for informal meals and an island that doubles as a breakfast and homework space. Modern tile and appliances are softened by dark blue cabinetry, rustic wood barstools and pastel artwork.

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Fasmida Chandelier by Christopher Boots

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No detail went unnoticed; even the geometry and colors of the hand soap matches the wallpaper in this powder room.

Circus Wallpaper by Cole and Son

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The master bedroom is a calm oasis where parents of young children can truly escape.  Even here, Ann brings the unexpected with unique throw pillows and a calming yet whimsical wallpapered accent wall.

Fornasetti II Nuvolette Wallpaper by Cole and Son

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David Duncan Livingston

Interior Design by Ann Lowengart | Photography by David Duncan Livingston |Modern Sanctuary | A Lively Modern Home in California | Bathroom | Modern Bathroom | Wallpaper | Bath Fixtures
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Framed Hermes scarves above the children’s beds provide a sophisticated balance to an otherwise playful room. Pendant lights by IKEA.

The clients’ openness to go bold, and Ann’s ability to maintain comfort while infusing some edgy intrigue, has created a stunning contemporary home. Sanctuary Seekers – what are some of your favorite elements from this design?

Meet the designer Ann Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors
Bio:

Northern California-based Annie Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors is doing big business in the world of interior design these days. There are no shortage of designers in the Bay Area, so what separates Lowengart from the pack?

Business acumen. Unlike scores of interior design firms that, run by creatives, are often mismanaged, Lowengart runs her business like a corporation. Surrounded by spreadsheets and core value statements pasted to her walls on her Marin County office, Lowengart recalls with pride how she took everything she learned at the corporate level and applied it to the archaic industry of interior design.

“In college, I dreamt of interior design and city planning,” recalls the University of California at Berkeley graduate, “but I didn’t think I could make a living doing it.” Recruited right before graduation in the early 90s by Procter & Gamble, Lowengart had no idea that one day learning about systems organizations, time management, active listening would help her in her current business.

By the late 90s, Lowengart’s dream hadn’t died, so she quit her day job and bought and remodeled a property in San Francisco. When she sold it for a profit, her colleagues and friends asked her to consult with their remodels. In 2000, Ann Lowengart Interiors was born and what started with bathrooms and kitchens remodels soon became full remodel projects.

Since establishing her business, Lowengart has gained acclaim for business expertise but also for her fearless approach to color which she emphasized in her 2016 San Francisco showcase space. It’s not always easy she says, but “When you do what you were meant to do, you can weather the storms and setbacks of business.”

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