This World Traveler’s Victorian Home Is a Treasure Trove of Design
When Katie Storey travels around the world, she loves to scour markets and antique stores for vintage items that will one day, maybe work in a client’s home. “I’m never really looking specifically for a piece for a certain project,” the designer says. “I just pick things that speak to me and that I love.”
Such was the case with many of the items in her client’s Pacific Heights neighborhood home. Throughout the Victorian stunner, Storey added small touches from her travels—a vase from Argentina here, a glass bowl from Morocco there—that helped provide the finishing touches to the casual, modern design of the home. “Sometimes, those pieces add that little touch of color that a space needs,” she says.
In the case of this project, small doses of color were the perfect complement to the sleek interiors, which boast minimal architectural details, save for a few that Storey highlighted in her design.
A large bay window in the master bedroom with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz was designed with intricate wood detailing, which provides an instant warmth to the space. “I wanted to make sure those little details were the centerpieces for the spaces they were in,” says Storey.
The master bedroom interior design was intentionally kept minimal, in order to allow the views and the window detailing to be the focal point of the space. A two-sided conversation sofa from HD Buttercup in San Francisco serves as the ideal perch to relax with a book.
Storey opted to forgo window treatments and artwork so as to not detract from the picturesque views, while the bed itself was kept clean and sleek. “The homeowners have a great appreciation for curated, but not overstuffed or over accessorized rooms,” explains Storey of the design approach.
Downstairs, the concept of less is more is apparent in the white walls and simple, clean lines seen in pieces like the Design Within Reach Raleigh sofa and simple coffee table. Though the fireplace was the obvious choice for the focal point of the room, Storey went a different route, and instead reworked the seating area to look out the bay window instead.
“The living room and adjacent dining room are off-center,” says Storey. “So, to make that less obvious, I made the centerpiece of the room the view of the city outside.”
In the dining room, Storey again kept things minimal—no artwork, so as to not detract from the stained glass windows and sweeping skyline views. The pendant light by Cedar & Moss from Portland, Oregon above the dining table provides ample light, but is minimal and modern enough to blend in with the white walls.
“This was definitely a less is more project,” says Storey. “The homeowners wanted to keep it minimal and clean, but comfortable too. And I think we achieved that with this look.”