Past Construction Projects
Some know that I have a master's degree in Consumer & Family Sciences with an emphasis in interior design. My early (creative) career started as an upholstered goods designer that ultimately included some accent pieces. A private line launched at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City in May 2001. The events of September 11 later that year prompted me to shift. I dove headlong into interior design work, including client and family projects. Showcased here are a couple of my favorites.
Sixty-Eight and Seventy Fair Oaks Street
San Francisco, California
No more than a burned out shell, this once upscale, architect designed and custom built home begged for a renovation. Married at the time, my husband and I knew the moment we stepped inside. A brutal bidding war took us over a million USD. Then, the arduous work began. Located in an historic district, expanding the envelope required considerable time and gentle coaxing. In the end, it was so worth the effort.
Forty-Six Hundred Argyle Terrace NW
The District of Columbia
Oh how I like a train wreck! Somewhat like the Fair Oaks project, this home had been neglected for many years. I can always see past the rubbish, ceiling holes, and stench. This was more fun largely because it was so straightforward. Three bathrooms, a kitchen, the family room, windows, floors, paint, new HVAC, and a pool. That sounds like a lot, but it was all manageable the work was done in just a few months.
Plus, as a native Californian, I knew this was the one chance I'd have to own a stone house. The walkout basement walls were a full 18 inches thick! I loved this place more than the grandeur of Fair Oaks; it was simple, albeit large, with honest materials. There was no faux graining or fancy lights; it was stone, wood, plaster and paint; perhaps much like the family for whom it was built, there was no pretense to it. Speaking of the family, two children who'd grown up in it stopped by one day. Warm and generous, they shared with us many wonderful stories and actual 16mm film footage of the house being built!