This 1,958 square foot home is in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood—right in the heart of the city. “We wanted to create a little oasis inside that felt very calming, juxtaposed with the city just outside,” interior designer Marea Clark says. 

Her clients’ interests and plentiful hobbies set the tone for the interiors—influencing every room of the house. “The family had so many hobbies and we wanted to incorporate their interests in a sophisticated way,” Marea shares. “Our client regularly hosts for the San Francisco Symphony and needed functional spaces where she could entertain in the modestly sized home. A pianist herself, a special spot for her piano where she could enjoy playing on a day-to-day basis was paramount. Her son, also a musician, has a growing collection of guitars and music posters, which we showcased showcase in a decidedly chic and grown-up way in his bedroom.”

A feminine, nature-inspired theme flows through the home, inspired by the homeowner’s love of running outdoors. “The principal bedroom was designed to feel like a sunset and natural materials were incorporated wherever possible,” Marea tells us. “The furnishings and art cater to this idea as well—a floral mirror in the entryway, butterflies in an art installation running up the stairs and in the dining room chandelier, as well as floral artwork throughout.”

Artists of note featured in the home are the Gary Hume screen prints in the family room and the Ori Gersht piece next to the piano. “Upon further research, we learned Ori is a descendant of holocaust survivors and uses Ukraine, Auschwitz, and war-torn Bosnia, as inspiration,” Marea explains. “The homeowner was able to connect with this in many ways.” The client’s daughter is also a budding artist, so they joined two bedrooms upstairs to make one larger bedroom/art studio for her to enjoy.

Marea says the ten-month project faced very few challenges—a dream project for any designer. “The client sweetly told us that she every little detail brings her joy and feels like a warm hug,” she says. Take a tour in the slideshow.