Designer Eric Cohler Brings Cinematic Glamour to a Nob Hill Penthouse

Designer Eric Cohler Brings Cinematic Glamour to a Nob Hill Penthouse

Ever since he was captivated in his early teens by Dark Passage, the 1947 Bogart crime drama set in San Francisco, interior designer Eric Cohler has been fascinated by the city’s film noir atmosphere. “It’s such a mysterious place,” says Cohler. “The fog, the thirties storefronts and that sense of a glamorous era when people dressed for dinner.” Now, the designer has brought that sensibility to the penthouse of what has been called San Francisco’s “most desirable” apartment, the Chambord atop Nob Hill.

Design Icon Paul Vincent Wiseman Celebrates a Life in Design and the Debut of His First Book, Inner Spaces

Design Icon Paul Vincent Wiseman Celebrates a Life in Design and the Debut of His First Book, Inner Spaces

“When a room tells our life story and reflects who we are, it gives us license to open up to our true self,” says interior designer Paul Wiseman, by way of explaining the philosophy behind Inner Spaces (Gibbs Smith, 2014), the first monograph of his stellar 35-year career.

Interior Designer Kendall Wilkinson Redesigns a Victorian Grande Dame to Suit a Family's Relaxed Lifestyle

Interior Designer Kendall Wilkinson Redesigns a Victorian Grande Dame to Suit a Family's Relaxed Lifestyle

Doffing his hat to Victorian formality and his client’s lavish entertaining, architect William H. Hamilton incorporated generous hallways and grand rooms into the Pacific Heights mansion he designed in 1894. To impress guests, he coffered ceilings, crafted wainscoting, and built a central staircase with liberal amounts of oak, mahogany and walnut. More than a century later, the current owners, a stylish young couple with two children, asked San Francisco interior designer Kendall Wilkinson to re-envision the grande dame as a space that would accommodate their relaxed lifestyle while preserving its elegant legacy.

Serena & Lily’s New Pacific Heights Shop is for the Designer in All of Us

Serena & Lily’s New Pacific Heights Shop is for the Designer in All of Us

Just in time for the arrival of the first houseguests of the season, Sausalito-based lifestyle outfitter Serena & Lily has launched its new destination Design Shop. Located on white-hot Sacramento Street, the boutique showcases the brand’s easy elegance—think classic Hamptons by way of the Bay. Its shelves are laden with crisp linens, signature bedding and plump pillows, all perfect for summer entertaining. And from its breezy playlist to a well-stocked mini-bar, Serena & Lily invites lounging amidst its cozy and comfortable vignettes.

Galanter & Jones Heat Up the Bay Area's Outdoor Spaces

Galanter & Jones Heat Up the Bay Area's Outdoor Spaces

When industrial designer Aaron Jones moved to San Francisco four years ago to be closer to his sister Miranda, a casual experiment designing a heated bench for a client’s backyard kicked off a new family enterprise. He and Miranda teamed up to launch Galanter & Jones in 2013, crafting thoroughly modern cast-concrete seating with embedded radiant heating that can ward off a chill on the foggiest of Bay Area evenings.

An Award-Winning Landscape in Portola Valley by Stefan Thuilot Unfolds in Sculptural Forms

An Award-Winning Landscape in Portola Valley by Stefan Thuilot Unfolds in Sculptural Forms

Principal of Thuilot Associates, an award-winning landscape architecture firm based in Berkeley, Thuilot designed the hard-and-soft-scapes surrounding the new ground-up residence by architect Tom Carrubba of Square Three Design. The site features several distinct areas, including a terrace with custom fire pit, outdoor kitchen and infinity pool, a sunken amphitheater, treehouse (designed by Carrubba) and a meadow overlook that symbolically releases the property back into nature.

San Francisco Architecture Firm Sagan Piechota Designs a Monterey Beach Home Angled to the Sea

San Francisco Architecture Firm Sagan Piechota Designs a Monterey Beach Home Angled to the Sea

Architect Daniel Piechota of San Francisco–based Sagan Piechota Architecture faced exactly that challenge when commissioned to design a Monterey Bay house for a couple who met 29 years ago and knew, from their very first conversation, that one day they would have a house on the beach. “We’d been looking for a property for forever, truly forever, and for some reason nothing ever clicked,” one of the clients says. “And then this little cul-de-sac popped up.”

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