(Candace Barnes, original photo on Houzz)

A Foggy Palette & Plenty of Antiques Set the Mood in a 105-Year-Old Ashbury Heights House


Ashbury Heights is full of stunning houses, each with its own history and style, including this stunning home by Candace Barnes.

Barnes, a San Francisco designer and antiques dealer, remodeled the 1912 house for her family, creating a timeless, traditional style to fit her amazing collection of antiques. A foggy, city-inspired color palette and European-inspired architecture combine with 18th- and 19th-century antiques to create this lovely home.

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Designed for: Candace Barnes and her family

Location: Ashbury Heights

Size: 2,800 square feet; 3 1/2 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms

(Candace Barnes, original photo on Houzz)

The master bedroom feels luxuriously soothing, with its soft palette and sunlight. In lieu of a headboard, Barnes used an antique chinoiserie screen in black and gold. A pair of art deco bronze tables with black marble tops ties the dark feature with rest of the decor.

Ottomans: custom; drapes: custom, silk; chandelier: antique.

The muted color palette found its inspiration in the Ashbury Heights setting, mimicking the foggy tones of San Francisco's skies. "The colors really reflect the subtle nuances of the environment here," says Barnes. The pale gray oak herringbone floors add to the ambience.

The kitchen has the same luxe look as the rest of the house, although the cabinetry adds a dark twist. A bank of cabinets over the sink originally took up significant visual space and blocked the light. Barnes took off those cabinets and designed the new ceiling-high cabinets on the right.

The antique furniture was carefully chosen to complement the home's European-inspired architecture. "Once the home was complete, architecturally, it felt like it could stand alone," says Barnes. "It didn't call for a lot of enhancements and decorations."

Ashbury Heights is one of San Francisco's more eclectic neighborhoods, with homes ranging from Victorian to midcentury. "It's a very unique neighborhood," says Barnes. "Every house has a personality."

// This story was written by Vannesa Brunner, and originally published on Houzz.

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