Natural Glamour in Marin County

Designer Ann Lowengart Beautifully Blends Organic & Polished Elements With a Soothing Gray Palette

A Naturally Glamorous Home in Marin County | Interior Design by Ann Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors | Photography by David Duncan Livingston | Modern Sanctuary | Living Room | Contemporary Living Room | Glamorous Living Room | Gray Living Room | Seating | Lighting
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David Duncan Livingston
12/14/2016

When a home has incredible views of San Francisco and the bay, it’s difficult to create interiors that are subtle enough to allow the scenery to shine, but also strong enough to compose an elegant, inspiring home. Ann Lowengart of Ann Lowengart Interiors was up for the challenge.

She chose a sophisticated color palette of gray, from soft dove to deep charcoal, as the backdrop. To support the husband’s desire for an organic space that blends with the lush hillside location, Ann used a variety of natural materials – reclaimed hardwoods in the son’s bedroom and dining table, jute carpets, honed marble counter tops in the kitchen and pure cotton bed linens. She then added luxurious fabrics and metallic finishes in tables, lighting and art to bring in the wife’s desire for glamour. The end result? A dazzling, yet comfortable family home perfect for entertaining and relaxation.

The centerpiece of the design and the perfect blending of both clients’ sensibilities, is the chandelier in the living room by artist Jonquil LeMaster of Portland, Oregon. This one-of-a-kind driftwood and Swarovski crystal fixture includes hidden fiber-optic lighting that makes it seemingly glow from within.

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David Duncan Livingston

 In the living room, moody Trove wallpaper contrasts with cool gray tones, metallics and glass.

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Armchairs: Bernhardt | Bench: Oly Studio

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The dining room is sophisticated and comfortable, inviting guests to linger over a meal.

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Chandelier:  John Pomp | Dining Table: Urban Hardwoods

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The bright and spacious eat-in kitchen takes advantage of Tiburon’s sunny days.  

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Butler’s Pantry Glass and Chrome Lighting: Dogfork

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Dining Table: Jonathan Adler | Pendant Lighting: Robinson Finishes

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Every room is situated toward the breathtaking views. In the family room, bare windows ensure that nature takes center stage.

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Cocktail Table: Bernhardt

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Desk: Williams Sonoma

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The Trove wallpaper created from a photograph of the clients’ children, a neutral palette and over-sized seating bring a quiet and intimate feeling to the media room.

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Ceiling light fixture: Design Within Reach | Photographic Wallpaper: Trove

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The wife’s love of glamour is brought to life in the master bedroom with an elegant, modern four-poster bed and mirrored Horchow side tables.

Bed: Bernhardt | Bench: Wisteria

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 The ten-year-old son’s bedroom features a unique wall covering of Peel & Stik reclaimed and sustainable wood planking.

Bedside tables and pendant lighting: RH

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Gray is the new neutral and I love the way it updates today’s interiors. It’s softer than pure white, with a more modern family-friendly edge.  Ann Lowengart

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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