Sometimes as a new designer you stumble upon design opportunities. Yesterday I had such fortune. Good friends from college recently decided to move from San Francisco to Berkeley in order to purchase a home for their growing family (2 adorable girls under 3 years of age and 1 more on the way!).
The wife and I had talked on and off about me assisting her with decorating the house once they moved in. It was a light and breezy type of talk, sorta like when your best friend says she loves your pound cake and you tell her you will teach her how to make it. Or when your friend says she wants to secretly kill her husband and asks for your help to hide the body — you know — no biggie.
Well peeps, I finally got over to the house yesterday as they were finishing up general repairs before they move on Monday and let me say O-M-G. The house in its raw state is stunning…….
It was built in the 1930s by a wealthy local who wanted to create a replica of the childhood home of his wife. The grounds are amazing old growth trees, stone paths and ponds……simply stunning.
And some highlights from inside the house…..
As I said the above pictures are just a TASTE of the house. I didn’t get the chance to photograph the two other bedrooms, kitchen, playroom, craft room, butler’s pantry, balcony, patio, servant’s staircase (yeah I said servant staircase) and basement.
When I say this house is GRAND, it is beyond the scale of homes I tend to work on, hence why I consider it an honor that our breezy talk of me helping is turning into a full-fledged consulting gig for the overall design of the house. It is clearly a long-term project over the course of several years, but that is what makes it fun and challenging.
My mind is spinning with ideas! I anticipate we will start a dialogue come this Fall and map out a strategy before diving into the actual work. As you can tell, I am giddy over this project!
Let the fun begin!
PS: Scruffy finally got neutered yesterday and all went well. He is limping and groaning like a 90 yr old man but then I sorta expected that. I am just thankful my little furry nugget is safe and back at home.