When designer Alden Miller of Alden Miller Interiors was approached by clients with young children to provide cohesion between a 1918 original house and a more modern addition, she was excited about the challenge. The result? An eclectic mix of vintage, bohemian and industrial elements that create a unique and beautiful home.
“It was important for the family to have a fluid connection throughout their house. Like so many homes in San Francisco, the two floors and the backyard felt disconnected and awkward. Through furniture layout and proportion of our selections, we encouraged the flow of their daily activities and unified the house as a whole”, says Alden.
“Bridging the gap between the old and the new portions of the house was probably one of the biggest challenges and important theme in the design. It was important that the home felt lived in and true to its history. By juxtaposing vintage bohemian furnishings, with modern architectural details the home has an eclectic feel, without looking cluttered.
“Both the husband and wife had spent time traveling and gathering treasures that they wanted to implement into the design. By considering color scheme, lighting, and architectural details, each piece now has it’s own space and can be fully appreciated.”
The renovation allows light to pour through the center of the home.
Light fixture: Modo Collection, Jason Miller
One key element of the renovation was the creation of this multi-function space. Unlike the image that may come to mind when hearing the term “playroom”, this is a sophisticated retreat for children and adults.
By imagining the life we want to live, and accepting the way we actually live, we can tailor our surroundings, functionally and aesthetically, to support our lifestyle. Alden Miller
The dining room maintains the feel of the older, 1918 section of the home.
Alden’s attention to detail and commitment to creating unique spaces is evident even in the laundry room where a cast iron sink and whimsical tile turn what is usually a chore into a fun experience.
In the master bedroom, Alden used one of the homeowner’s Kantha Quilts to upholster the headboard.
Who doesn’t love a good soak in a deep tub? This was a priority for the homeowner’s master bathroom, a must-have that Alden provided with high style.
When designing the master dressing room, Alden wanted to create a space for the homeowner that was totally her own, a rarity for a busy mother. Open shelving showcases clothing and shoes and let the owner’s personality shine.
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Th children’s shared bedroom is a space that encourages imagination and play.
The new patio flows seamlessly from the playroom.
A well-designed home makes your life better, not just prettier. It has value beyond the cost of the materials. It fills you up every day you get to live in it. Alden Miller