When Antonio Martins found the house he would make his own home, it was definitely a diamond in the rough – in very poor condition and filled with years of stuff left behind by the previous owner. But as a skilled designer and optimist, he could see through the layers of dirt, paint and wallpaper to the shining star the home would become.
Located in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco, the 1891 house did have a few things going for it: high ceilings, gorgeous moldings and in the kitchen, a unique 1948 stove just waiting for some love and spit polish.
“I decided to maintain the Victorian detailing while giving the interiors a contemporary feeling”, says Antonio. “I first restored all the woodwork and ceiling medallions, all the while matching the original. The original fireplace tile was removed, cleaned and reinstalled. A new steel custom fireplace surround replaced the original wood one.
“The overall décor is eclectic and reveals my story: I was born in Portugal, raised in Brazil and lived in Asia for more than 10 years. The house contains a mix of family pieces, furniture and artwork collected over the years.”
“The living room tends towards a classic aesthetic, using a family steamer trunk as a coffee table.”
“The second parlor is modern, featuring a pair of Papa Bear chairs by Hans Wagner in front of a black-and-white canvas by Howie Keck. On the opposite wall, seven Han Dynasty stickmen peer down from their perches.”
“In the kitchen, the original O’Keefe & Merritt stove was kept as the focal point and steel industrial shelving was added for storage. A new island, centered in the room, is used for dining as well.”
Antonio wanted his bedroom to envelop him and offer a unique feel, setting it apart from the rest of the home. His choice of a deep red wall color is offset by neutral bedding and antique night stands to create a space that is both serene and dramatic.
“Above the bed hangs ‘Casal Textura’ by Rubens Gerchman.”
The rustic elements of this bathroom feel fresh when mixed with the modern sink and fixtures.
“The guest bedroom, with twin beds and walls covered in linen, has a collection of prints by Alexander Calder, creating a neutral palette.”
“The garden was transformed into a tropical oasis with king palms and a large sitting area with deep banquettes. Cobblestones and granite pieces originally used on Dogpatch streets add a local feel to the design.”
With a thoughtful design blending his history with that of this Victorian house, Antonio created a warm, modern and eclectic home.