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San Francisco Master Bath & Deck

This San Francisco apartment’s master bathroom layout did not maximize the existing space.  It had a single sink situated in an overly deep vanity, which made it difficult to reach the mirror.  The minimal counter space was relatively unusable because some of it was interrupted by the toilet’s location.  All these…

December 16, 2015

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Russian Hill Twins Girls’ Room

Situated in a traditional 1920s San Francisco 10-story building, this apartment’s girls’ bedroom needed to transition from baby room to big girls room, while still blending with the original details of the space.  It was critical to respect what was unique about the existing space, but modernize it in a…

November 19, 2015

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Pacific Heights Kitchen and the 21st Century Edwardian

Some of what makes San Francisco Edwardians charming a century later are the moldings, window and door casings, paneling, large windows and detailed baseboards.  It’s a hundred years later and those details remain sacred and worth protecting.  However, in the need to modernize a dated Edwardian kitchen, dining space and improve a…

October 22, 2015

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Designing Around Constraints: Modern Loft Nursery

Home remodeling projects often have their challenges.  But, building constraints can also evoke creativity.  Adding a floor within the framework of an existing apartment, while still cooperating with exterior window locations that had to remain, were hurdles to overcome to make this nursery project a success. With a new baby on the…

October 6, 2015

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Bungalow Bathroom Update

This bungalow had its original bathroom, with an awkward and tight layout.  All original finishes and plumbing were still in place.  The main goal towards redesigning this bathroom was to allow for a more open layout, brighten up the space and provide a generously sized walk-in, curbless shower.  In addition,…

February 9, 2015

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Bungalow kitchen revamp

This 1940s house was originally built with a more formal floor plan and had a separate kitchen and dining space.  Today, entertaining is less formal and having an open kitchen to your dining room allows for more interaction between cooking and guests and family while still prepping dinner. Originally, while…

February 9, 2015

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Big Boy Room with (subtle) Striped Sophistication

It is imaginable to provide children’s space that accommodates their needs without sacrificing the aesthetic and not obsessing on age-specific decor.  A children’s room should feel fun, but with a dash of maturity, while also being comfortable and a room to grow up in.   In order to strike this…

February 9, 2015

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From sock to FLOR

Inspiration for home design can come from the oddest places.  Unlikely revelations can appear anywhere.  Don’t be afraid to embrace them. Paul Smith is the master of stripes.  His patterns are part of our daily lives as pillow covers, ottomans and socks.  My husband’s favorite pair of Paul Smith socks…

February 9, 2015

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Bay Road Home, Atherton, CA – Under Construction

Rendering of Bay Road Home – by l’oro designs Even after designing homes for nearly a decade, the most gratifying part of my architecture practice is seeing the client’s dreams interpreted in my mind and computer, then become a physical reality.  Even with the advancement of technology and getting to…

February 9, 2015

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Baby B’s Nursery – the ‘after’ shots

This transformed nursery was previously an open office with a half-wall at the stairs to the master bedroom.  By filling in the wall to enclose the nursery, space was obtained to provide a full-sized closet and create the necessary privacy from the rest of the house.  This sun-filled, bright nursery…

February 9, 2015

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