When Hip Meets Luxe

In some respects the owners of this San Francisco home, clients of interior designer Melissa Warner Rothblum, aren’t your stereotypical newlyweds. After all, their first home together is a 4,000-square-foot manse in Pacific Heights. But in other ways, they fit the vision of young just-marrieds perfectly—as in, they were willing to have fun and take risks with their new pad. Although the architecture of the house is traditional, the couple wanted interiors that are polished without being stuffy. Their designer presented them with bold choices and strong colors, and they embraced the options to create a home that is stylishly surprising.

Mary Jo Bowling
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    Warm Welcome

    Rothblum, a principal at Massucco Warner Miller, gives a hint of what's to come in the home's entry. A slim metal console table topped with a pair of white-and-turqouise lamps greets the eyes before they wander farther inside to a peacock blue conversation bench whose elegant form and tufting live up to the exotic color. "It's nice to have an entry that's large enough to accomodate such an item," says Rothblum. "And it's much less formal and expected than a round table. This is a piece you would use every day—maybe for removing shoes or while waiting for everyone to gather before leaving the house."

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    The Walls Have Eyes

    On the wall that's opposite the front door, Rothblum wanted to create the initial surprise with a peek of the iconic Fornasetti faces.

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    Look at Me

    A look inside the powder room reveals the full Fornasetti treatment. "The entry, dining room and living room are open to each other," says Rothblum. "I love the unexpectedness of this wallpaper—it's a classic and a conversation piece."

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    Color Me Blue

    In this home, the hallways and foyer are an ivory color, but the rooms that open off them are richly hued. "This was the boldest color we presented," says Rothblum. "When the clients saw it, they said 'go for it.'" This shade, and the green and navy accents, were inspired by the watercolor-like chevron pattern in the curtain fabric.

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