Designing homes that “bring high-end design down to earth,” Niche Interiors consistently delivers work that doesn’t sacrifice style for comfort. Case in point? A recent project for a young couple moving back to San Francisco to New York City. The pair loved the prime Pacific Heights location and fantastic city views, but wanted to personalize the space and make it their own. Niche created a calm, airy space with a mix of traditional details, custom upholstery and statement lighting. Principal Designer and Owner Jennifer Jones shares more about the home:
Your clients were leaving the hustle and bustle of NYC for the relaxed pace of the Bay Area. How did that reflect in your designs?
Airy and bright were two of the biggest requests from our clients, which we definitely took to heart. Taking cues from the sky (and the ubiquitous San Francisco fog) we came up with a palette of mostly whites and wispy grays, punctuated with vibrant blue accents. They wanted to create a refuge in which to relax and entertain.
Since they have no children, we were able to use heavy doses of ivory in places we normally wouldn’t — from the upholstered dining chairs and dining banquette to the living room rug. I loved the freedom of being able to use so many light tones!
The dining banquette is gorgeous! We also love the contrast of the tufted upholstery and the linear dining table.
Our clients are drawn to both modern and traditional design, and were struggling with how to incorporate the two. We created a transitional space by mixing upholstered pieces with soft, feminine curves with clean-lined dining tables and contemporary lighting. Tone-on-tone patterns on the dining chairs, window treatments, and master bedroom wallpaper add subtle visual interest while maintaining the muted vibe.
Clients often bring in a designer when conflicted about what design direction to go in. Where there any challenges for the space?
Originally, the dining and living rooms were flipped, which didn’t allow much room for a conversation area in the living room. After some debate we decided to bring the dining room closer to the entry — this provides a beautiful view when you first walk through the door and allowed us to create a cozy seating area for more guests in the living room. We also maximized seating in the kitchen nook with a custom dining banquette — I’ve heard this is the most popular spot in the house!
A thoughtful furniture plan can be the key to a successful design. Don’t be afraid to re-think the way you use your space! Especially with the popularity of open concept living, there is more freedom to create a layout that works best for you and your family.