Name: Jennifer & family
Location: San Francisco, California
Years lived in: 11
The kitchen is the heart of interior designer Jennifer's home and the place where her family catches up between work and school. It’s also where we’re eating Burmese takeout for lunch because when you cook for five, like Jennifer, you’re allowed to do that. Spacious, beautiful, and generally filled with good food and good people, it’s not a bad place to spend an afternoon. Or a morning. Or anytime, really.
I've never been to her home before today. Walking from room to room is made more enjoyable by the music - speakers play Jose Gonzalez throughout the house, setting the soundtrack for each new space. Afternoon light reflects off metallic accents and bold colors while I’m left to artgaze and explore.
As for Jennifer’s style? It’s become her business. She’s built an impressive career as an interior designer in the Bay Area, all while raising three kids. Her list of clients extends throughout Northern California and operates by word of mouth. From one beautiful home to another, she’s transformed dozens of luxury residences, her own included.
Consider this a tour within a tour - a walk-through of the spaces in the home that reflect Jennifer’s passion turned profession as an interior designer.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Traditionalist with a modern bent and a warm sophistication that embraces new and incorporates old. I aim to create spaces that are welcoming, cozy and beautiful with elements of interest and surprise.
Inspiration: Kelly Wearstler, Victoria Hagan, and Miles Redd. Art and fashion.
Favorite Element: My fun collection of rhino objects. After a life-changing trip to Africa, the rhino became my favorite animal for numerous reasons.
Biggest Challenge: Trying to keep my home neat and organized at all times with a family of five — a losing battle.
What Friends Say: “Jen’s style is a mix of preppy and pretty meshed with a boho rocker edge. She seamlessly blends current trends with tried and true classics, and takes fun risks but always makes it look effortless.”
Biggest Embarrassment: My front steps! They don’t have the curb appeal I dream of. They were once beautiful terrazzo stairs but have seen better days. They are on that long “to do” list.
Proudest DIY: A white bookcase console that I found on the street. My husband and I rehabbed and repainted it and today I use it for storing memo and tile samples.
Biggest Indulgence: Art.
Best Advice: It came from famed interior designer Barbara Barry at a book signing. She said, “Never let your business get so big that you don’t have the time for family and friends.“
Dream Sources: Michael Dawkins Home in New York City, Blackman Cruz in Los Angeles, De Sousa Hughes and Anthem in San Francisco, Jayson Home and Garden in Chicago.
- Benjamin Moore Linen White
- Console Table: Xiaoping Design Moon Table
- Paint: Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue
- Chair fabric - Donghia
- Floor Lamp - Jamie Young
- Rug, Mirror and Coffee Table - Vintage
- Side Table - Wendall Castle
- Paint Benjamin Moore Symphony Blue
- Candlesticks - Oly
- Photograph - Michael Wolf
- Pendant Light - Anthem
- Art - K-Guy
- Bar Cart - Vintage
- Paint Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain
- Kitchen Chairs - HD Buttercup
- White apples - CB2
- Countertops - Lido Venezian Anticata- ASN Natural Stone
- Pendant Lights - Acquatinta
- Paint Benjamin Moore - Narragansett Green
- Bed - Ann Gish
- Nightstands - Big Pagoda Company
- Lamps - Robert Abbey
- Drapes - Pierre Frey
- Bedding -Walker Valentine
- Calacatta Oro Marble
- Fixtures - Perrin and Rowe
- Hardware- Bauerware
- Cabinetry- Design Line Cabinetry
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Re-edited from a tour originally published 2015 -- AB