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Kari McIntosh Reimagines a Russian Hill Victorian

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Julie Mikos
09/27/2017

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.” 

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Julie Mikos

A St. Frank indigo framed textile makes for a beautiful statement piece in the living room and is grounded by a painterly Serena & Lily rug.

“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.

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Julie Mikos

“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.”

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Julie Mikos
Photo by:
Julie Mikos
Malachite Wall Art – 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).”

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Julie Mikos

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. 

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Julie Mikos
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. 

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Julie Mikos

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.

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Julie Mikos
Henson Counter Stool by ARTERIORS Home | Framed Coffee & Cacao Bags from St. Frank Textiles.
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Julie Mikos

Always striving to use local vendors and eco-friendly fabrics and paints whenever possibly, Kari used Benjamin Moore Aura Paint throughout for low VOC.

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Julie Mikos

“I knew they would love the fish wallpaper for the powder room as a nod to their travels.”

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Julie Mikos

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)

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Julie Mikos
Photo by:
Julie Mikos
Dresser  from Restoration Hardware | Rug by Serena & Lily | Bedside tables from West Elm
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Julie Mikos
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. 

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Julie Mikos
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.

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Julie Mikos

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

 

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Meet the designer Kari McIntosh Design
Bio:

With over a decade of experience in successful, high-end residential design, Kari McIntosh Dawdy has fostered strong relationships with happy clients in San Francisco, Piedmont, Hillsborough, Santa Barbara, and beyond. Through travel, hands-on experience, and education, Kari developed a love for many forms of design, developing her own unique blend of “California cool” that deftly blends high and low, new and old. All of her interiors focus on attention to detail, craftsmanship, proportion, glamour,comfort, and unique touches for every room. An expert at creating bespoke, vibrant homes that channel our clients’ diverse personalities to result in dynamic spaces with many purposes and an emphasis on form, function, and beauty. Her work has been called, “charming, fresh, and beautifully detailed.”

A creative with an innate eye for design, Kari spent her childhood developing her design skills through art, drafting classes, and creative pursuits. After pursuing her passion through California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo’s Architecture program, she quickly realized her preference for interiors and shifted her path accordingly to Business Administration with the intent to continue into the field of Interior Design. After seven years honing her business skills in the corporate world, she then continued her design studies through the UC Berkeley Interior Design & Interior Architecture post-baccalaureate program, graduating with distinction.

Kari McIntosh Design is a bespoke design firm specializing in residential projects emphasizing personal and beautiful spaces as unique as each individual client. From large to small scale projects the firm’s approach focuses on the client; collaborating to create the home of their dreams. KMD’s design philosophy juxtaposes vintage with contemporary, organic elements with streamlined finishes, and custom pieces with the best retail available.

Passionate that good design will enhance your life and time is your most precious commodity; KMD is pleased to offer her experience and services in partnership tocreate and manage your entire project so that you may focus on your life, family, and work. KMD works with business professionals, young families, and empty nesters alike to create spaces representative of them.

In conjunction with her studies, Kari landed internships at two prominent hospitality design firms (in San Rafael and Santa Barbara). Inspired to create and motivated with her can-do, make-it-happen attitude, her eponymous firm, Kari McIntosh Design, opened for business in the Fall of 2008. Kari was invited to design for the 2014 Traditional Home Napa Valley Showcase and was awarded a room at the 2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Kari’s own home remodel was published in Traditional Home Magazine and her work has been published in Traditional Home Magazine, Silicon Valley Magazine, HGTV Magazine, Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine and featured online in, Elle Decor, California Home and Design, Apartment Therapy, Luxe Magazine, Rue Magazine, About.com, Modern Sanctuary, HOUZZ and many more.

Kari is LEED AP certified and is an ASID Allied Member. Kari McIntosh Design is honored with 2017 and 2016 ASID Design Excellence Awards in Kitchen Design, Bathroom Design, Residence (under 3,000 square feet) and Singular Space – Showhouse (for The Traditional Home Napa Valley Showcase) and Singular Space – Nursery.

What is your Modern Sanctuary? What space brings you joy, comfort and peace?
My personal Modern Sanctuary is the living room of our 1930's Spanish Style Home. It is such a graceful room with large windows, a beautiful plaster fireplace, and original hand-painted beams. I'm most at peace and joyful when my senses are engaged. The furnishing in the living room are casual and comfortable (touch). This room gets the best light (site). We love to throw open the doors at twilight with a beverage in hand (taste) and listen to the trickle of the fountain from the courtyard (sound). With the doors open we can smell the gardenias, jasmine, roses, and lavender from our yard!
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