Blocks away from the famous Victorian- and Edwardian-style Painted Ladies houses in San Francisco's Lower Haight neighborhood, a 100-year-old apartment still boasting original architectural details got a modern update by Field Theory Design. Headed by the studio's founder, Bay Area native Leah Harmatz, the goal of the redesign was to balance the century-old details with modern furnishings for the ideal present-day abode.
Since the client is renting the two-bedroom apartment, a complete overhaul was out of the question. Instead, the design team incorporated existing fixtures and finishings into their own design. The team also curated elements from the client's own extensive collections of textiles and art — many from her travels abroad. "We kept the color palette neutral, and grouped collections of similar items together. We also brought in some more modern furniture to balance the vintage finishes," Harmatz said.