Location: Cole Valley — San Francisco, California
The unit I purchased in 2008 was last updated in the 1970's, and it looked like it was stuck in a bad time warp. The place was covered in vintage paneling and wallpaper. I know vintage is in, but not all vintage is good.
The unit got amazing light, but you wouldn't know it with the dark paneling. Every surface needed to be retouched.The kitchen and bathroom needed to be gutted. The only thing I kept was the fireplace mantle and dining room chandelier.
I bought the place with my eyes wide open but knew this place had huge potential. I knew I could put my personal touch on it. This building was built in the 1940's, and while I love Deco, I didn't want it to be too literal, so I tried to make subtle references to the Deco influence. For example, the coffee table is an authentic piece. The dresser is new, but deco inspired.