NOB HILL JEWELL BOX
Designed in 1913 by George Shastey for real estate mogul Herbert Law, this elegant Nob Hill Residence in San Francisco has become known as “the jewel box of Nob Hill.”
My team worked with the current owner to transform the top floor of the property—a charmless 1960’s addition—into a family room, powder room and dream bathroom/dressing room. As there was no architectural detailing, we took our cue from the original part of the house. All the wood cabinetry and detailing was fabricated in San Francisco, the stonework was made in Italy by Campolonghi.
The family room was designed to serve as a TV room, bar, an office, and a place to just relax. To achieve an uncluttered look, large folding doors on either side of the fireplace conceal the bar and the home office. On the opposite wall, wall-to-wall shelving displays a collection of 18th century artwork and books. The furniture is classical, in keeping with the architectural details of the space.
The powder room—the client’s favorite room—is a jewel in and of itself. Hand-painted De Gournay koi fish wallpaper gives the illusion of an ethereal pond and is accented by the Carrara marble wainscoting. The master bathroom is the client’s private sanctuary, with its large tub and mirrored vanities.
The pièce de résistance is the dressing room, with floor-to-ceiling Venetian mirrored cabinetry exquisitely crafted by Luis Norori Antiques.
More recently, we were invited back to renovate the master bedroom, living room, foyer and the kitchen.