In the fall issue of Rue (on newsstands now!), we showed you how to “get the look” of an elegant home bar by Mindy Gayer Design Co. However, the rest of the house is pretty spectacular too. 

Located in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset district, the house was built in 1910 and preserving the original architecture was key. However, it had to be functional for modern life. “Our clients are a young family with two little girls and a golden retriever puppy. It was important to them (and to us!) to create spaces throughout the home that were equally kid and adult friendly,” Mindy explains. “They were also really drawn to contemporary and modern lines for furnishings, so it was a fun design challenge for us to blend the style of the home and their unique personal style.”

While the space is more traditional in nature than the design firm’s other work, Mindy says they’re in love with the character that the historical details add to this home. It was a two-year project with limited site visits. “Since we’re located in Southern California, 90% of the work was done remotely,” she explains. Luckily, there weren’t a ton of challenges when it came to the plan. “Our clients were really open to our ideas and trusted us throughout the process, which made it so much fun to work on.”

Take a closer look + snag design insight in the slideshow.