Tour Interior Designer Palmer Weiss’s San Francisco House

Tour Interior Designer Palmer Weiss’s San Francisco House

Beneath Constable’s skies with their ever-present clouds, English nation existence unfolds in traditional scenes the artist billed with modern-day strength. Below very similar cover of cloud in a single of San Francisco’s foggiest neighborhoods, designer Palmer Weiss has channeled that spirit, injecting vivacity and shade into her Edwardian household. In building the environment for the 2,400-square-foot 1911 home, Weiss notes, “I desired to embrace the reality that it’s a scaled-down property and that it’s in a darker component of the metropolis. I was incredibly motivated by how points sense in London and how certain rooms in Charleston [, South Carolina,] sense.”

While California has been her house for the improved section of the earlier 30 many years, she was raised in that residing trove of historic architecture. “Charleston is in my bones aesthetically. Even big residences have small, quirky spaces—galley kitchens, dark powder rooms tucked less than a stair, a leading-flooring bedroom in the eaves,” she notes. “I enjoy the experience these spaces evoke—character, historical past, lack of perfection.” Known for synthesizing the historical and present day into a lively classicism, Weiss’s mastery of merging antiques and modern pieces, bold pattern and shade, is nowhere additional apparent than in her residing place. In this article, a dramatic wall of wine-darkish curtains and pelmet is the backdrop for a pair of canary yellow club chairs. “I really like that pop of colour,” notes Weiss. The salon-style seating—more drawing area than living home with its intimate vignettes—also fits each relatives gatherings and entertaining. It’s a most loved refuge for her partner and two daughters (Lewis the Lab also promises a location), and Weiss shares, “If a friend comes around to have a drink, we’ll perch in a tiny corner jointly.”

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In the dining space, Weiss conjures a further quintessentially English space: the conservatory. Bathed in light-weight still drawing on the colour of fog, the home is washed in Sea Froth grey (Benjamin Moore). Weiss notes that the color, like mist, is wonderfully elusive. “In a single light-weight it appears grey in another, lilac. Ambiguous hues are my preferred,” she claims. “I like items that just cannot be nailed down.” Listed here, the spouse and children gathers around Weiss’s mother’s English Regency desk, the exact same just one she sat at as a kid.


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For Weiss, who holds a degree in historical past of art and architecture from Brown, art is always priority. In the dwelling place, the brass rail photograph frames are an homage to English decorating icon Robert Kime, “a big private impact,” notes Weiss, and supply the added facility of hanging art on upholstered walls. Up coming to the fireplace Weiss positioned one of her most beloved items, a Pat Steir waterfall, under an antique portrait of a female dressed in dazzling plum. Above a upper body of drawers that belonged to Weiss’s grandmother is a further treasured function, an exquisite portrait by contemporary American painter Mario Robinson. “That portrait is a single of the initially parts that I at any time acquired for myself,” states Weiss. “I enjoy images of powerful females, and she’s just received such a grace and electric power to her.”

The key bedroom is Weiss’s sanctuary, and she notes, “I wanted it to experience serene and relaxed.” From the window the prospect is a greenway extending from nearby Park Presidio and, Weiss notes, “you do really feel like you’re in the treetops.” She evokes that pastoral with a assortment of greens and blues and a foliar wallpaper, Scrolling Acanthus, by Soane Britain. “I adore sensation enveloped in that wallpaper—you truly feel extremely cocooned,” she says. And towards this sea of green, a little landscape portray by modern day artist Paula Rubino hovers previously mentioned the bed like a cloud. The quirky placement of a diminutive piece on a big wall, as Weiss observes, “feels very English countryside.”

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Showcased in our March/April 2023 situation. Inside Structure by Palmer Weiss Pictures by Francesco Lagnese Styling by Howard Christensen Penned by Celia Barbour.