Inside a Posh Pacific Heights Apartment with Major Views by Candace Cavanaugh Interiors

When a client purchased a new home in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, she called interior designer Candace Cavanaugh of Candace Cavanaugh Interiors to transform the outmoded, 1970s-style apartment into a beautiful, modern space. To update the build for her client, Cavanaugh moved several walls to create a more thoughtful kitchen, butler’s pantry, laundry room, and home office, and in the living and dining rooms, the existing bay windows were enlarged to show off the standout views of the Golden Gate and Bay bridges. After redecorating each room, the result of the renovation is a polished, glamorous home referencing the Art Deco and Hollywood Regency periods.

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In the dining room, eclectic prints combine with ornate details to create a sophisticated, regal ambiance. The dining table by Baker Furniture is the central focus of the design, and the side chairs were sourced from Dennis & Leen. Overhead, a multi-tiered chandelier from Neirmann Weeks complements the high ceiling.

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In the library, Cavanaugh created coffered ceiling detail to hide a large structural beam and added cabinetry concealing smaller columns. The black paneling is trendy and urbane. A custom Baker Furniture sofa bed covered in Christopher Hyland mohair gives the room a second function as a guest bedroom, while the Ironies chairs, outfitted in Ralph Lauren zebra-print linen velvet, offer a visual counterpoint to the space’s understated elegance. Behind the sofa, two sconces from Jean de Merry light up the room; between them is a painting by John Wood. The stools in front of the sofa are from Oly Studio.

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Providing a sense of privacy, pocket doors open toward the library.

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In the kitchen, the black subway tile is from Waterworks and the mirrored porcelain (not visible here), Ann Sacks. Elitis wallpaper adds a hint of glossy shine, while a lantern-style pendant light by Gregorious Pineo offers charm. Cavanaugh custom designed the counter stools as a burst of warmth in the space. The faucets are from Kallista.

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Cavanaugh incorporated several of the client’s existing pieces into the living room with new upholstery, including the sofa on the right and the chairs pictured here; the chairs were reupholstered in fabric from Designers Guild. The fireplace screen is from Jonathan Browning Studios, while Francois & Co. designed the pewter-wrapped mantel.

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Inspired by the views, Cavanaugh placed the large mirror beside the fireplace to reflect the Golden Gate Bridge from this angle. The side tables are by Thomas Pheasant for Baker Furniture. Two rugs contribute texture and warmth to the space — one Oushak rug originally belonged to the client, and the other is a silk and wool rug from Mansour Modern. Ironies created the gray mohair sofa, iron bamboo armchairs, and waterfall console table, and the white Art Deco-influenced lamps are from Coup D’etat. 

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The abstract painting is by Richard Serra; beneath, the Ironies bench is covered in faux crocodile leather. Beside the painting are sconces by Porta Romana.

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In the foyer, Cavanaugh created height by adding a tray ceiling and custom moldings. On the floor, a compass rose by Willem Racké Studio interrupts the blank floor space. Antique mirrored panels from Paige Glass provide depth, and the intricate sconces are from Jonathan Browning Studios

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Decorated in different styles, the bedrooms include custom pieces by Ironies, Lewis Mittman, and Oly Studio. Most of the windows feature Conrad woven shades. The trims on the pillows, throws, and window treatments come from Samuel and Sons and Houlès.

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The master balcony encouraged the client to fall in love with the apartment. The side table is from John Dickinson by Sutherland.

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A sunburst mirror, striped wallpaper, and Bidermeier-style burled wood nightstand round out the design of this bedroom. The bench at the foot of the bed is from Oly Studio, and the lamp is from Vaughan. Armac Martin created the radiator grilles throughout the home. 

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A claw-footed desk chair in the master bedroom adds a unique, vintage touch. The desk lamp is from Baker Furniture.

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In the powder room, Porter Teleo wallpaper creates a warm environment. The faucet is from THG, and the sconces are from Jonathan Browning Studios. To the left, the onyx mosaic backsplash tile was designed by Walker Zanger.