A 1900s San Francisco Home Gets a Modern Update

Photo: Julia Sperling
See how Decorist designers transformed the space.

There's always a major challenge when it comes to updating an older home: maintaining its original charm and detail, while also making it feel current. So when homeowner Lisa Hauswirth, a former Decorist employee, decided her 1900s San Francisco home was in need of a refresh, she enlisted the help of two Decorist Elite Designers, Simone Howell and MAS Designs. Together, they brightened the home's heavy and dark interiors, transforming it into a contemporary, airy space.

Before Staircase

After Staircase

Hauswirth and Howell share similar styles, so collaboration wasn't an issue. Though, they did come across other challenges, like furniture placement. The living room layout naturally placed a sofa perpendicular to the television, but since the family preferred a sofa that faced the television, the duo sought out a couch that could do just that.

Before Living Room

After Living Room

After Front Room

“I wanted their space to reflect the collective family vibe," Howell says. “A home should really tell the story of the people who live there—personal, collected, memorable, and soulful."

They also wanted to make sure the home felt cohesive throughout. The kitchen, pantry, family room and dining room flow together so they had to consider the entire space when making decisions. To achieve this, they used similar finishes, patterns, and colors. “It's important, though," Howell says, “to have enough differentiation that things don't become boring."

Before Kitchen

After Kitchen

As for Hauswirth's favorite rooms and features? The new wet bar and pantry, which was originally an unused second bathroom next to the kitchen. “We use [it] every single day—it's where our coffee maker resides!" says Hauswirth, “It reminds me that functional spaces can be pretty, too."

After Wet Bar