Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Retro Redesign - Telegraph Hill Parlor

Telegraph Hill is a gem of a neighborhood, perched high above the city fray. Do you know the story of the wild parrots there? Fantastic documentary - Netflix it!

For this week's Retro Redesign, we're taking a look at a condo high atop the hill. The nature of the hill is really evident in this picture with the cars parked in front at a comical slant. I want to say it's under a million, which is a total feat in the city these days.

This is the parlor of the condo in question. The room itself is gorgeous. Hardwood floors, original trim, fireplace, fabulous window, with a view!

But ... whoever staged this property was stuck in 1990's contemporary Crate and Barrel hell. It's one thing to mix new and old. It's another thing to ignore the character of the place and dress it in not-quite-vintage stager's leftovers. Boo on that.

Instead, I found this dreamy inspiration photo on Houzz.

Look at how the chandeliers, the tufted furniture, the seating areas are concentrated around the fireplace as the focal point in the room. For our room, it's all achievable working with the structure in place instead of against it.

I think these items speak to the historical nature of the building, but don't feel too Victorian-uptight with the clean lines and modern palette. The pale yellow wall paint has got to go! Thought not shown, I would choose something in the greige family like Benjamin Moore's Grey Owl, that still has some warm notes in it.

Clockwise from Top L:
Ballard Designs - Beaudry Mirror
Pottery Barn - Clarissa Glass Drop Chandelier
World Market - Potent Purple Lumbar Pillow
Crate and Barrel - Clairemont Coffee Table
One Kings Lane - Elliot Velvet Cocktail Ottoman
Ikea - Liatorp Glass Door Cabinet

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