Living in a larger city like San Francisco has its perks – it’s vibrant and beautiful and full of wonderful cultural experiences. It is also one of the most populated cities in the U.S., which means having a place to escape from the hustle and bustle to find some peace and quiet, is that much more meaningful. So, it’s no surprise that this newly married couple sought a light, neutral palette and clean, modern furnishings for their first home in the Laurel Heights neighborhood. They partnered with designer Nicole Newkirk to create a space that is bright and sophisticated with rustic touches that bring the outdoors inside.
“The inspiration for the design was clean, simple and cozy”, says Nicole. “My newlywed clients wanted their new home to feel comfortable and stylish with all new updated furniture.
“The colors really set the mood for all the spaces in the design. We opted for light, soft and neutral colors; whites, light greys, soft cream tones with rustic wood accents.”
“The greatest challenge was the layout of the living room. The room is long and narrow so extra seating was necessary for entertaining purposes. It became a challenge when the existing L-shaped sofa had to be placed one way so there was a lot empty space behind the sofa. We didn’t want to put a seating area back there because it would feel blocked off from the rest of the room, so we decided to put a buffet cabinet there for extra storage. The end result worked out great!”
This mid-century buffet is balanced with modern lighting and black and white photography. It is a perfect representation of Nicole’s ability to mix contemporary and rustic elements to create an aesthetic that is at once sophisticated and comforting.
The real wood-burning fireplace (a rarity in the city) is clad in concrete to create a gorgeous focal point in the living room.
“My dream source item is this large round mirror. I’m obsessed with this mirror! It works great because the living/dining room combined gets a ton of light so when the mirror reflects it, it makes the space look bigger. This is my favorite piece in the whole house.”
A comfy, white couch welcomes you to the family room and sheer curtains allow the space to flood with light.
Painting shelving in the same tone as the light walls allows the accessories to stand out and receive the attention they deserve.
Modern cabinetry and a sleek island are warmed by the rustic stools Nicole chose for the kitchen.
What is Nicole most proud of with the finished project?
“That my newlywed clients are so happy to call their empty house a home now.”
Nicole’s skill at balancing cool and warm, modern and rustic elements create the perfect first home and a beautiful retreat to wrap this newlywed couple in comfort.