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Mary Jo Bowling

Past Meets Present In Deconstructed San Francisco Victorian

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As an architect, Jennifer Tulley would look at building sites and bemoan the waste. “So much good lumber is thrown out,” she says. She always wanted to find a way to reuse the wood, and she found her chance in this Castro District home.

Good Lord! Inside A Former Church Transformed in Seven Days

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The Bible has it that the world was created in just under a week—and interior designer Chris Miniello’s transformation of a former church in San Francisco in only seven days seems almost as miraculous.

A Gaming Exec's Crowning Redesign Achievement

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When a serial entrepreneur (the creator of Mafia Wars and former Zynga exec) came to San Francisco designers Jessica Weigly and Kevin Hackett of Síol to help transform a 4,000-square-foot builder’s special into a cohesive home that reflects his style, the duo was more than game.

Northern California Garden Weaves In Couple's Cultural Traditions

NorCal Garden

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Like the couple who owns it, this Woodside garden is a cultural mash-up (he’s a native Californian; she’s from South Africa). In the gloved hands of landscape designer Chris Jacobson, the garden combines plants from both regions in an eclectic way—proving, as Maya Angelou says, that diversity has beauty and strength.

SF Couple Rolls the Dice on Duboce Triangle Digs

California Home + Design

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When Steve and Lois Chess moved to San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle from the Marina District, it was a strategic play. 

Prewar Meets Postwar Design in the Sunset

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Truth be told, interior designer John K. Anderson did not want to live here.

When Hip Meets Luxe

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In some respects the owners of this San Francisco home, clients of interior designer Melissa Warner Rothblum, aren’t your stereotypical newlyweds. After all, their first home together is a 4,000-square-foot manse in Pacific Heights.

A Modern Family Gives a Monterey Colonial a Fresh Attitude

For 75 years, this Monterey colonial house—a style not too common in San Francisco—has perched on a steep hill in Pacific Heights, where it’s dwarfed by the imposing red brick residences surrounding it. Like some other older homes in the neighborhood, its past is storied with tales of high society and a touch of scandal.

A Former Factory Morphs Into a Badass Sonoma Home

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When interior designer Ann Jones purchased a house just a few blocks off the Sonoma Plaza, she was buying potential. "It had been a wood planing mill at the turn of the last century, and then it was a furniture factory," she says.

A Twisted Victorian in San Francisco

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At their first meeting, the owners of this 1,500-square-foot flat in San Francisco made it a point to tell architect Karen Curtiss that what they wanted to do to their home didn't make financial sense. "They knew they could buy a house with the money they planned to spend on the condo," Curtiss says. "However, they didn't want to move. They love their neighbors, the coffee shop on the corner and urban life. They wanted to stay put."

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