When a young couple expecting their first child purchased their dream home and needed to fully decorate and furnish it within 2 months – they turned to the pros. With her attention to detail, dedication to client-designer collaboration and emphasis on form, function and beauty, Kari McIntosh was up for the challenge! After choosing a fresh and fun color palette of white, gray, blues and greens – the remodel commenced.
Even though she was working on a tight deadline, Kari made sure to infuse her clients’ well-traveled, fashionable personalities into their new home, while also being mindful to select furnishings that would be both kid and cat friendly. Breathing new life into this 3,000 square foot Russian Hill Victorian resulted in a crisp, contemporary space ready for making wonderful family memories.
“I worked quickly to curate a fashion-forward and family-friendly home fit for a young family that loves wine, sports, and entertaining,” says Kari. “These clients were so much fun; focused to push the traditional envelope as modern as possible and with a love for all things sophisticated and fashionable. The father works in Finance and the mother works in PR.”
“I made sure to use a lot of soft surfaces in the living room – an ottoman, instead of a coffee table, and soft cork end tables with facets for safety in toddler exploration”, explains Kari.
“When I saw the stained glass window…I thought it would be really fun to highlight the color in that window and go with a deep indigo. The clients loved this idea and it really works in that space because it is such a sunny room that it can handle the deep color.”
Malachite Wall Art â Verdigris from Wisteria | Bond Extension Dining Table by Jonathan Adler
“My clients wanted to keep the feeling light, airy, and fresh so we used a lot of whites, grays, and light colors,” explains Kari. “However, they are a lot of fun with fashion and trends, so I incorporated what I saw used a lot in fashion at the time to accentuate the design such as the jewel-tone palette of sapphire and emerald, the use of mixed metals, high gloss lacquer finishes and Lucite touches. They are also wine collectors and love to travel to distant lands often (Australia, Maldives, Seychelles, Dubai, Bali, Greek Islands, Hawaii).”
Panton Style S Chairs not only add a sculptural element to the dining area, but are great for young families because they are easy to wipe down.
Tabitha Sideboard by Jonathan Adler
Drawing inspiration from their Art Deco style wedding and their love of beach destinations, Kari incorporated Art Deco touches through some of the lighting and furniture and drew heavily on blue, gray and soothing schemes for their master bedroom.
The breakfast area features a stunning Oly Studio marble topped table, a built-in window seat clad in a beautiful blue fabric from Bolt Textiles and outdoor Serena & Lily pillows, all beautifully contrasted by orange Tucker chairs from Serena & Lily.
Henson Counter Stool by ARTERIORS Home | Framed Coffee & Cacao Bags from St. Frank Textiles.
Always striving to use local vendors and eco-friendly fabrics and paints whenever possibly, Kari used Benjamin Moore Aura Paint throughout for low VOC.
“I knew they would love the fish wallpaper for the powder room as a nod to their travels.”
The master bedroom is peaceful and elegant, showcasing a custom velvet tufted headboard and a serene photo of Pt. Reyes by photographer Markham Johnson (found at SB Fine Arts).
Dresser from Restoration Hardware | Rug by Serena & Lily | Bedside tables from West Elm
Channing Writing Desk by Jonathan Adler
The sitting room and office is filled with light and provides panoramic view of the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.
Crib, glider and changing table from Restoration Hardware
Kari drew from the original lighting and wallpapered ceiling in the nursery for the rest of the room’s gender neutral color palette of cream and tan. The large painted wall stripes add a welcome touch of whimsy to the room. Wanting to incorporate a unique, modern element to the space, Kari selected a Polar Bear and horse armoire from Oly Studio.
My goal in design is emphasizing personal and beautiful spaces as unique as each individual client. My approach focuses on the client; collaborating to create the home of their dreams. My design philosophy juxtaposes vintage with contemporary, organic elements with streamlined finishes, and custom pieces with the best retail available. Kari McIntosh