A Houzz Executive's Palo Alto Home

A Geometric Motif Ties Together Each Room in This Warm, Modern Home

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David Duncan Livingston
01/19/2018

If you are like us, you’re always curious what the inside of people’s homes who are in the design business look like. It’s fun to see what style they gravitate towards, their favorite colors, the kind of art they collect and the furnishings they like. That’s why we were so excited to get a glimpse into this Houzz exec’s warm, modern home in Palo Alto.

“Home to a Houzz executive and family, this Palo Alto residence epitomizes contemporary, high-end style while reflecting the client’s love of entertaining”, says interior designer Ann Lowengart. “A custom multi-purpose sectional by Flexform is a notable feature in the great room. Its movable pieces can be reimagined into various seating arrangements, ideal for catering to any number of guests. This sofa is also used for family movie nights and watching favorite sports teams.”

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David Duncan Livingston

“The warm and textured hues used for this room’s furnishings, including orange velvet upholstery, help to balance the clean-lined modernism and contemporary features like the acrylic coffee table. Visual interest is introduced through layered textures and pattern.” 

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David Duncan Livingston

 “The fireplace features an uneven design that is reminiscent of desert dunes. The palette, classic hexagonal lights and artwork, and a charmingly dramatic armchair fill the space with timeless mid-century charm. Built-in cabinetry in rich wood tones provides ample storage for the room’s accessories while maintaining the clean, open environment of the space.” 

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David Duncan Livingston

“The dining room features modern artwork by Barbara Vaughn and lighting paired with a geometric table and modern dining chairs.” 

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David Duncan Livingston

“In the family room, the same motifs can be found. Geometric patterns appear on the carpet while a classic mid-century media console and standing lamp offer warm modernism.” 

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David Duncan Livingston

 “A live-edge desk creates visual interest in this space while tying in the natural element that is incorporated throughout the home. It is paired with an acrylic chair for a sleek, contemporary touch.”

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David Duncan Livingston

Geometric motifs are found throughout the home, tying each room to the next, and statement light fixtures add some glamour. Ann Lowengart

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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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