A Stunning Renovation For An Aging Victorian House

Designer Antonio Martins Blends His Personal History with Beautiful Art and Global Accents

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Drew Kelly
09/15/2017

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.”

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Drew Kelly

“The living room tends towards a classic aesthetic, using a family steamer trunk as a coffee table.”

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“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.”

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Drew Kelly
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Drew Kelly

“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.”

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Drew Kelly
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Drew Kelly

 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.”

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Drew Kelly

The rustic elements of this bathroom feel fresh when mixed with the modern sink and fixtures.

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Drew Kelly

“The guest bedroom, with twin beds and walls covered in linen, has a collection of prints by Alexander Calder, creating a neutral palette.”

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Drew Kelly
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“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.”

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With a thoughtful design blending his history with that of this Victorian house, Antonio created a warm, modern and eclectic home.

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Meet the designer Antonio Martins
Bio:

Antonio Martins studied hotel management in Switzerland, and worked for 11 years building a successful hotel career in Asia. From hotel operations to hotel design, he put his mark on some of the finest venues in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Argentina and most recently, Chicago. His residential career began in San Francisco, while obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design. Over the past ten years, Antonio’s projects have included residences in the Bay Area, Europe and South America. His commercial designs include hotels in Palm Springs, Mexico, Brazil and several restaurants in Europe.

An artist at heart, Antonio brings an eclectic approach to interior design, with an interesting mix of antiques, modern artwork and contemporary furniture.

Antonio has successfully participated in the 2013 and 2014 San Francisco Decorator Showcases. His 2014 room, “Once upon a time there was a bed….” was praised by, Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group who wrote:

“This room is spectacular. Antonio has clearly tapped into the extraordinary interior design legacy of San Francisco. It’s fresh, original and I’m hoping a sign that designers in SF are putting this city’s wonderful sensibility back on the world’s interior design map!”

Antonio’s work has been featured in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, California Home + Design, Dwell, Elle Décor and many other publications.

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