This 1891 house located in San Francisco’s historical Dogpatch district was in very poor condition and required a total renovation. As I bought it to be my home, I decided to maintain the Victorian detailing while giving the interiors a contemporary feeling.
I first restored all the woodwork and ceiling medallions, all the while matching the original. The original fireplace tile was removed, cleaned and reinstalled. A new steel custom fireplace surround replaced the original wood one. The overall décor is eclectic and reveals my story: I was born in Portugal, raised in Brazil and lived in Asia for more than 10 years. The house contains a mix of family pieces, furniture and artwork collected over the years. The living room tends towards a classic aesthetic, using a family steamer trunk as a coffee table. The second parlor is modern, featuring a pair of Papa Bear chairs by Hans Wagner in front of a black-and-white canvas by Howie Keck. On the opposite wall, seven Han Dynasty stickmen peer down from their perches. In the kitchen, the original 1948 O’Keefe & Merritt stove was kept as the focal point and steel industrial shelving was added for storage. A new nine foot steel table, centered in the room, is used as an island counter as well as a dining table. The guest bedroom, with twin beds and walls covered in linen, has a collection of prints by Alexander Calder, creating a neutral palate. On the other hand, the master bedroom is bold and dramatic, painted with a custom red. Above the bed hangs a painting, “Casal Textura” by Rubens Gerchman. The garden was transformed into a tropical oasis with king palms and a large sitting area with deep banquettes. Cobblestones and granite pieces originally used on Dogpatch streets add a local feel to the design.