Christine Lin, of Form and Field, was contacted by her friend Marissa who was currently renovating her Victorian home in San Francisco’s Mission District. As the Product Lead of a prominent ridesharing company, she was a go-getter and she loved design, inspiring her to be her own general contractor. But when she realized that it was a bigger project than she had originally expected she contacted Christine, a friend from business school, who was the Principal at a leading design firm in San Francisco.

“When Marissa approached us, the gut renovation was already underway!” Christine explained. “She was already acting as general contractor for the project, but realized that she couldn’t do it all herself and brought us in during the framing period. We immediately started selecting trim, floor, and wall finishes, lighting fixtures, and designing the kitchen.” Inspired by both Japanese and Nordic design, Marissa wanted her home to be clean, with minimal fuss, and to respect the Victorian architecture. Bright colors, especially reds, were a big no. “We bridged the contemporary pieces with the historical architecture by mixing in vintage pieces,” Christine said. “And selected knotted oak floors with a white-gray wash to provide an airy, Scandinavian feeling.”

The great room that incorporated the kitchen was one of the home’s most important spaces. “The floor plan was completely unusual with weird, little add-on spaces that people created over the past 100 years,” Christine explained. “With the architect, Marissa unified the space and created a great room as well as a master suite.” The designer selected oiled soapstone countertops from M Teixeira to be paired with simple white cabinetry. “We love soapstone for its softer, tactile qualities compared to other stones,” she said. “We’re excited to see its patina develop over time.” The countertop’s earthy quality was continued in the use of vintage wooden barstools and the soft edges of the dining chairs.

In both the meditation room and master bedroom, Christine incorporated Eastern design elements such as the  Japanese-inspired paper lanterns designed by Jaime Heyon for &Tradition. The tapestry hanging in the meditation room was sourced from a trip Marissa made to the Himalayas in Northern India, bringing in a piece that served as a nod to her father’s Indian background. “Marissa loves her space,” the designer added. “It feels like her.”