Project by: Senalee Kapelevich of SVK Interior Design
Location: Russian Hill, San Francisco, California
When Senalee Kapelevich of SVK Interior Design first sent us this project she recently completed for a bachelor entrepreneur in San Francisco, it had us at "rooftop deck." With killer views of Bay Area landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, we're happy to report that the actual home (i.e., the interiors) didn't disappoint either.
Clean, crisp and just decorated enough, the three bedroom home is perfectly suited to the lifestyle of a busy bachelor.
My client is a young guy, in his mid-twenties, that works in the tech industry, and entertains guests at least once a week. A lot of my clients are single men, actually, and men don't want anything fussy. They want furniture and a design perspective that looks collected, cool and uncluttered.
This property, which was new construction, is quite unique in that it is on Lombard Street in Russian Hill, which is a very busy and popular street, but it sits behind another single family home on a deep lot. Because of this, you don't actually see the house from the street, so it has a lot of privacy.
The views from all the rooms in the house are so special; just exceptional, really. I stuck with a muted urban landscape palette and tried to pull colors into the rooms that reflected what you were seeing out of the windows. With that in mind, the bedroom, which has a gorgeous view of the bay and Alcatraz, was all about using various blues and grays, and off-setting with pops of yellow. The living and dining rooms, which are anchored by the caramel leather sofa, are layered with other grays, browns and creams that really reflect the scenes out the windows looking out over Pacific Heights.
Decorating this home was really about creating a simple, clean, modern vibe that felt "young" enough to be enjoyed by someone who is in their twenties. He didn't want the house to feel precious in any way. All the furniture and textiles used needed to look cool, but also be able to handle a good party or two. Also, I think it is important to create a place of calm in small urban spaces, and I think I did that here. Everything needs to be highly functional, and pieces need to fit together like a puzzle and make sense to modern lifestyles and needs. For example, the simple wall-mounted media unit actually houses several gaming consoles, and lots of media components. But everything is neatly concealed inside a modern and pleasing furniture piece.
Outside, the roof deck is absolutely the crown jewel of this home. From there, you can see all of Pacific Heights, the Golden Gate Bridge, and out to Alcatraz. The furniture that we chose to go up there needed to be able to withstand regular entertaining, and also withstand the wind and fog, and not look bad. So we chose some dark grays, lighter grays, and just had a couple pops of white with the lounge chairs. All the plants are able to take a lot of wind, and are very drought tolerant.
- Window treatments — Custom by Stitch
- Sofa — Custom design by SVKID
- Media stand — Custom design by SVKID, built by Gao's Cabinets
- Coffee table — Hive Modern
- Rug — Room & Board (we actually turned this rug upside down, and released the fringe from its binding!)
- Light fixture — Restoration Hardware
- Window treatments — Custom by Stitch
- Table — Room & Board
- Dining chairs — Room & Board
- Bar stools — Design Within Reach
- Headboard — Custom design by SVKID
- Nightstands — Room & Board
- Table lamps — Room & Board
- Rug — From Krimsa
- Mirror — Room & Board
- Lounge chair — Design Within Reach
- Desk chair — From H.D. Buttercup
- Light fixture — Y Lighting
- Sectional — Dedon
- Fire pit — Brown Jordan
- Lounge chairs — Restoration Hardware
- Dining table — Restoration Hardware
- Dining chairs — Restoration Hardware
- Planters — West Elm