A Professor's Bohemian Bachelor Pad in San Francisco

Designer Briana Nix Creates an Eclectic Space Filled with Global Treasures

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08/15/2016

This colorful and comfortable home in Potrero Hill was expertly tailored for a Stanford professor who is a world traveler and collector of beautiful art. When he isn’t traveling or teaching he likes to spend quiet nights at home reading or having small groups of friends over.  The design incorporates many of the professor’s global treasures and personal artwork, creating a unique environment that perfectly supports his lifestyle.

Designer Briana Nix gives us all the details:  “This home needed to be completely updated but the client wanted to showcase his many collected items from around the world. The bones of the space were modern but his pieces were very eclectic. Using colors from his artwork, the walls were painted in tones that allowed the collections to stand out, making them the focal points of each room. The client also owned a few vintage pieces that were fun to recover in modern prints instead of replacing completely.”

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Entry wall storage custom made from Etsy.

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In featured image: Red sofa by McCreary Modern; Rug & arched lamp by HD Buttercup; Coffee table by CB2; Paul McCobb lounge chairs upholstered in Town Square by Vanguard. Credenza shown above from Organic Modernism; Client’s own artwork.

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We love this sleek staircase and modern handrails.

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Hall Cabinet from HD Buttercup; Round Mirror from Organic Modernism.

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“The existing bedroom furniture was mid-century so we brought in chambray and striped bedding (by Coyuchi) and layered elements of cowhide, leather and suede to soften the hard look of the furniture but still keep the room masculine. The result was a perfect mix of eclectic and modern with just enough pops of color for some fun.”

Pro Tip:

Re­vamp your bedding. Don’t be afraid to invest in nice sheets and a duvet or blanket. Stack lots of Euro and throw pillows in colors that are soothing and calm. My go­-to’s are Matteo, Society and Coyuchi. It’s hard to bite the bullet on luxury bedding but think about it: the bed is one of the largest pieces of furniture in the house as well as one we spend the most time in! It needs to be inviting, relaxing, pretty and with layers of light patterns and colors, it will make a big impact when walking into the room. Briana Nix

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Swivel Chair by American Leather.

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The dark, moody hues, vintage sofa and beautiful pottery makes for the perfect man cave hang out space. Rug by HD Buttercup; Square Ottoman by Mitchell Gold.

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Know who you are and how you live before you get started with the design process…When meeting a new client, I pepper them with questions and encourage them to imagine how they’d like to live in the space, then we can begin work towards that envisioned goal.  Briana Nix

It’s clear that Briana was able gain great insight into her client for this project and create a home that celebrates his travel and art!

 

Meet the designer Briana Nix
Bio:

A born and bred Texan, Briana was surrounded by big and bold design in everyday life. Helping her mother constantly rearrange and re-decorate their home, she developed a taste for dramatic proportions and splashes of color.

Working for 10 years in New York City’s editorial, film and events industries, Briana styled for clients such as NBC, Country Home Magazine, Ralph Lauren Home, In Style and Jimmy Choo. She spent 3 years under her mentor, William Lee, NYC’s master of the Danish and Mid-Century furniture movement, studying the classics and refining her palette for minimal and modern function.

Her latest venture is Briana Nix Lifestyle & Design, established in San Francisco in 2014. Drawing from her past, Briana weaves threads of whimsy and simplicity to create spaces that convey an elevated lifestyle, both inside and outside the home, while remaining practical for everyday use.

What is your design philosophy?
Know who you are and how you live before you get started. For example: I am drawn to color and pattern but I tend to be finicky, so I know I personally need to live with timeless neutrals and black and white. I am also a new mom so I obsess over functional furniture and decor that is easy to maintain yet beautiful.

When meeting a new client, I pepper them with questions and encourage them to imagine how they’d like to live in the space, then we can begin work towards that envisioned goal.
Who are some of your go-to craftsmen?
Oso Industries does amazing work with concrete: tiles, tables, countertops and floors. Their designs are limitless so you can get really fun with what you need.

BellBoy NY: Pristine custom woodwork so beautiful you will forget it’s actually functional.
What is one small design tip/change that can make a big impact?
Decluttering! We’ve all heard it before but it is true! Weed out old bedding stored in a closet, get rid of space hogging objects that gather dust and resell or give away furniture you don’t want to live with forever. It’s instant gratification and provides you that feeling of being able to breathe and move in your space, as well as allowing your eye to rest on the pieces in the room instead of gathered clutter. I went through this during my nesting phase while pregnant and now I only keep a home full of functional and meaningful pieces.
What are a few design tips you can share with our readers to help them create their own Modern Sanctuaries?
Add soft lighting by using table lamps or sconces, even candles. Overhead lighting can be intense and unflattering so install dimmers if you’re able to, especially in dining and living rooms as these rooms will benefit the most.

Consider eliminating a TV. These days it’s easy to use computers and portable devices to catch up on your shows, making the need for a giant, bulky TV unnecessary. A large piece of art or other beautiful centerpiece can then become the focal point of the room.
What is your Modern Sanctuary?
At the present time, my sanctuary is my daughter’s nursery. I’ve kept the color scheme neutral with pops of light pink and grey. It’s so calming and sweet, I love walking in first thing in the morning when the light is just perfect. Seeing her smile up at me from her cute Rickshaw crib sheets also helps!
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