Secret Sources: Holly Hollenbeck Of HSH Interiors

The designer collaborated with architect Wendy Posard to completely gut her 1892 Country Queen Anne style Victorian home in an effort to return the interior to its historical roots. Over the course of five years, Holly designed and built a full remodel and 1,800 square-foot addition, outfitting the home with a two car attached garage, a laundry room, a full bathroom and new master suite to accommodate her family of five. With its contemporary details and European feel, the design clearly pays tribute to house’s original era while updating her home for a modern family. The space showcases Holly’s ability to unite vintage and contemporary decor to produce a home that is truly timeless. Below the designer shares some of the stores that inspired her unique design. 

 

Omega Lighting Design, Berkeley

For this project (and almost every project we do), we had help from Omega Lighting Design. Owners Vanessa and Mark are masters at building any custom design we give them, and carefully rewire and restore all of our vintage and antique lights. They also produce original lights of their own design, and I always find something I love on the floor when I visit.

 

Big Daddy’s Antiques, San Francisco

I found many of the fabulous antique furnishings for the home here, including the 1930s Eastern European gym mat coffee table and the French 1920s leather armchairs in the family room. There is always something fun in their cavernous space. Plus, its location right near the San Francisco Design Center couldn’t be any better.

 

Obsolete, Los Angeles

Obsolete is a constant inspiration to me. Their store is put together with impeccable taste, and they have soulful pieces that can really make a room. I have purchased both furnishings and art from them over the years, and look forward to each of their digital catalogues. Obsolete is always on my must-visit list when I'm in Los Angeles.

 

Sienna Antiques and Chelsea Antiques, Petaluma

Both of these Petaluma antique stores guarantee fun shopping. They are a treasure-trover's heaven filled with a diverse selection of furnishings, art, and decorative objects. The prices tend to be better than comparable stores in San Francisco, and I usually find something fantastic.

 

London Taxidermy, U.K. based Antique taxidermy specialist

As an avid collector of antique English Edwardian and Victorian taxidermy, London Taxidermy is my go-to source. Alexis, the owner, is extremely well-educated on antique taxidermy and can source even the most rare or unusual of animals for collectors.