Grace Period


The clients, a young professional couple with a newborn, had recently moved into a three-story Victorian in San Francisco with beautiful period detail.

Custom sofa, Arteriors coffee table and a chair by Industries covered in fabric from Schumacher. Photos here and throughout by Thomas Kuoh

“We didn’t want to lose the charm of the house but we also wanted to avoid stuffy design,” says Courtney Heaton, one half of the Heaton +Williams design team.  “We wanted to create a sophisticated, energetic, space where the family could entertain and grow their family,” adds her partner Laura Williams-Ulam.

In the bar area, Kelly Wearstler’s Graffito fabric, used for the curtains, complements the artwork.

“We instantaneously hit it off,” recalls Heaton of the first meeting, “They have great style and a good eye for art and design,” noting the collection of artwork the couple wanted to showcase.

Schumacher’s Deconstructed Stripe wallpaper covers the walls of the nursery.

The home needed be both a place where they were able to both relax after work and host parties for friends and family on the weekend. “They love to entertain and are fantastic cooks.”

The long narrow entryway, covered in Porter Teleo Ink Blots wallpaper sets the stage for the home. “The client loves the way it turned the walls into artwork,” Heaton says. Technology, well hidden, can be controlled by phone or voice commands.

“The client is very happy with the space, they love how it turned out,” says Heaton, “They told us they get a lot of compliments from friends and family.”