Homepolish designer Benedetta Amadi transformed her Liberty Hill home, once "Home Depot modern" (as new construction usually is) into a collected, travel-inspired vision—with a Scandinavian accent. The Italy-born designer, who moved to San Francisco from New York in 2013, is drawn to the organic minimalism of Scandinavian design, with its raw woods and cozy textiles.
When redesigning her NoPa home of six years, Homepolish designer Heidi Callier tapped her love of the unexpected, layering color and texture against neutral furniture and bright white walls. Because there’s a special panache that only the right African Juju hat or antler collection can add to a space, right? “I always encourage clients to wait for the right things to come along,” she says. "In my home, it took me awhile to figure out certain pieces, but I'm glad I waited, because now I truly love them all.” Click through for all the designer-friendly details.
Transforming the old Sarlo showroom in the San Francisco Design District into her own creative command post required a bit of a mindshift for designer Catherine Kwong. “Decorating my office needed a much different approach compared to how I work with residences,” she says. Kwong has become known for her gorgeous interiors, filled with sophisticated mixes of graphic patterns, offbeat vintage finds, and eye-catching art. But for her headquarters, she wanted to get down to business.
There’s something so satisfying about adding the finishing touches. Karen and Michael Bene already had all the big furniture pieces necessary for their South Beach one-bedroom, but the space still needed finesse.
A great family room is so much more than a space with a TV and storage for toys. With furniture collected from years of traveling, their first home purchase, and three bilingual children under the age of seven, Stephen and Ritsuko Morse put their living room in the hands of Homepolish designer Libra Kaplan,
Sometimes you just need to start over. Pre-makeover, this office was all sage green and burgundy with chunky Craftsman furniture.
This SoMa bachelor pad is simple, masculine, and definitely not overdone.
On the border of Alamo Square Park (overlooking the Full House family's famous picnic spot!) lives Janette Yost Crawford, head of expansion for Homepolish and mother to 3-year-old Viv. With a deep love for comfortable, practical, and beautiful design, one of Janette's solutions for both a toddler-and visitor-friendly home (translation: enough space for play dates and a neighborly cocktail hour—not necessarily mutually exclusive events) was to keep half of the living room furniture free.
There are many quick mood fixers in San Francisco: Biking, Golden Gate sunsets, a day at the de Young, a sweet treat from Tartine Bakery, the Polish martini at Blondie's. Likewise, a trip to SOMA's HD Buttercup always revives the spirit. If you need a lift, peruse HD Buttercup's new addition: the Millworks shop-in-shop, inspired by happy-go-lucky LA-based textile designer Andrea Bernstein.