I'd venture to guess that all of us have a bed and bedside table in our bedrooms. But, seating isn't always a given. If your bed is the only place to sit in your room, it's easy to simply use the room for sleeping. But a sofa or set of chairs in your bedroom gives you a place to read or get work done while still having privacy. Unfortunately, many of us who do have bedroom seating wind up using it as a place to toss our clothes. How about you?
If you checked out my preview of Metropolitan Home's Modern by Design Showhouse and Cool Idea slideshow, you no doubt noticed plenty of crave-worthy furnishings throughout. There were also plenty of cheap and chic elements that added to the high-design aesthetic but didn't cost an arm and a leg. There are many ideas you can easily replicate in your own home.
Public tours of Metropolitan Home's Modern by Design show home in San Francisco kick-off tomorrow. If you don't live in the City by the Bay, hopefully you've had a chance to check out my photos from my sneak preview tour of the home. You can't help but notice that the digs are dripping floor to ceiling in luxurious furnishings and artwork, but spending big bucks isn't what got the designers on the radar of Met Home; they have some savvy tricks up their sleeves. Check out a few innovative design ideas I noticed throughout the home.
In a bedroom designed by Min | Day for Metropolitan Home's Modern by Design showhome in San Francisco, this black and white striped carpet caught my eye. Not only did it look familiar, but the pattern seemed to be inspired by fuzzy television, a nice way to combat the modernity of the room, especially days after the end of analog. Wonder where I'd seen it before?
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Yesterday, I toured Metropolitan Home's Modern by Design showhome in San Francisco, a historic, 7,700-square-foot house in the heart of the exclusive Pacific Heights neighborhood, which has been transformed into an exquisite example of contemporary design with the help of a savvy developer and a handful of the country's top designers.
The house, known as "Baker Acres," was originally built in 1904 as a single-family home, but over the years has served as a boarding house for service men and women, a guest house for recent graduates and San Francisco transfers, and a hotel. Along the way, the building's exquisite architectural details, grand rooms, and dramatic staircase were destroyed, and the home was stripped down to a shell. In 2007, San Francisco-bred developer Regina Callan of RBR Development purchased the property, and updated and restored it with the latest technologies, building materials, appliances, and surfaces. The building's eco features now include a GreenPoint rating, recycled brick, solar panels, and energy-efficient appliances.
To hear which designers participated, and see many photos from my tour, read more