Who lives here: A tech professional
Location: Mission District of San Francisco
Size: About 1,300 square feet (120.7 square meters); 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Once the homeowner and Gamble had settled on a new floor plan, the designer got to work knocking down seven interior walls and raising the ceiling by nearly 2 feet in the living area to give the apartment an open, loft-like feel.
She then reconfigured the space, taking it from a three-bedroom, one-bathroom layout to a two-bedroom, two-bath arrangement that created a larger living area better suited for entertaining. It also allowed light from sliding doors at one end to sweep through the home.
“We shared a vision for the space and agreed it needed to be opened and modernized,” the designer says. “We gutted the house, but it was guilt-free because we weren’t tearing out any Edwardian details.”
The decor fuses contemporary and textural elements. Gamble and the homeowner share an appreciation of the design of Ace Hotel Portland in Oregon — clean and modern yet warm and comfortable, not stark. The influence can be felt throughout the home, in which Gamble used the idea of a simple black and white color scheme as a base, adding details like area rugs, leather furnishings, natural wood and plant life to soften the feel of the space and create an inviting atmosphere.
Leather side chairs: Garza Marfa; barn door: custom; artwork: Marrow Gallery
Cabinets: Henrybuilt; countertops: Corian; artwork: Marrow Gallery
The railing detail (shown at right) is one of the few Edwardian details the previous owners had left intact.
Counter stools: Design Within Reach; artwork: Marrow Gallery
Table and chairs: vintage; outdoor chair: Galanter & Jones
Floor and wall tile: Heath Ceramics
Clerestory windows, like those in the bedroom, were added throughout the apartment to carry light into darker spaces and contribute to the open feel.
“Privacy is an issue in this neighborhood because you have neighbors everywhere,” Gamble says. “We removed windows and added skylights and clerestory windows to add privacy and force the light to come in from above.”
Bed: Design Within Reach; side table and motorcycle print: homeowner’s own
Woven wall art: vintage; artwork over bed: Marrow Gallery