‘Our property really encapsulates my design as an interior designer and the identity, society and treasures of my loved ones and our travels,’ claims Jeannie Fraise. ‘It’s a cozy haven for us of joyful layered colour and sample.’
Property is a Victorian home crafted in 1884 in San Francisco, locale of lots of of the world’s finest residences, and is where by Jeannie, founder of Lotus Bleu (opens in new tab), lives with her husband Christophe and their teenage kids, Kai and Finn.
‘We bought our home in 2000. It experienced been in the exact same family for 60 many years and they hadn’t up-to-date in the course of that time but experienced also not torn out any of the first architectural information, which we actually appreciated,’ says Jeannie. ‘There wasn’t even cabinetry or working water in the kitchen, just a tiny porch hanging off the back of the household with a sink, and the home windows at the again did not take advantage of the beautiful look at onto downtown San Francisco.’
Jeannie and Christophe did a renovation in 2000 that honored the home’s previous though renovating it from basis to roof, which includes all new systems, a new kitchen area, 2.5 loos and a three-storey addition at the back with massive windows to the town in purchase to make a much larger main bed room, kitchen area with family members area, and lower-level rooms to be designed later on.
‘Four many years in the past, we made a decision to do a “round two”, this time redecorating all the rooms with my favored textiles and wall coverings, renovating the loos, updating the kitchen, creating custom made cabinetry all through the home for greater storage alternatives, and lastly appropriately completing the reduced degree including adding a fourth toilet and workplace with visitor bed room and mudroom/activity space,’ states Jeannie.
‘We also added nutritious household units (water and air filtration devices additionally photo voltaic panels and Tesla power batteries) and redid the whole yard and deck to develop good out of doors spaces. We involved a pool with a swim jet for training and a exercise session room on the reduced level.’
Critical to the interior were being intelligent storage answers. ‘We wanted great storage to make our standard San Francisco Victorian structure do the job far better, balanced dwelling programs, a lot more spaces for the household to gather but also hold individually as our kids are now teenagers, and tons of color and playfulness, which is my signature fashion.’
And Jeannie was particularly keen to develop a world feel in the dwelling. ‘My relatives is global, and I wanted to make guaranteed our household celebrates that and showcases our preferred artwork, treasures, and textiles from our yearly travels. Christophe and I satisfied touring around the entire world and we’ve ongoing with yearly travels that have taken us to more than 60 nations around the world in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Center East, and South The usa.’ Artwork performs a big component in the interior as Jeannie’s qualifications is in artwork history. ‘We have a particular assortment of Asian artwork by modern artists doing work in Vietnam, France and the United States.’
‘I grew up with a red kitchen so painted ours purple through the 1st renovation,’ says Jeannie. ‘In this iteration, we saved the kitchen area cupboards, countertops and L-formed structure from our initially transform but current it with new doors on all the reduced cabinets, new cabinet components, Heath tiles on the backsplash, and a new island that is truly central to all the exercise.’
Other kitchen area concepts incorporated wallpapering the backs of the higher glazed cupboards in a pleasurable crimson and white grasscloth wallpaper from Thibaut. The stained-glass window hanging above the sink is an antique from Hong Kong.
The household home side of the kitchen is the hub of the home and opens to a sunny deck. A black and white Christopher Farr rug designed by Kit Kemp with its crimson, green and yellow accents is the foundation of the house and ties together the coloration palette on this amount.
The vintage barrel chair upholstered in a Studio Bon for Schumacher material adds a punch of green though pillows from South African designer Skinny Laminx, in addition to scallop types from California’s Carly Home, provide lively touches to the couch.
Dining area strategies involved introducing a developed-in bench to a bay window to develop a cozy dining place. ‘We framed it with curtains and additional purple woven grass shades to the home windows that facial area our neighbor’s household,’ claims Jeannie. She teamed a glass eating table with playful pink painted chairs established against a pink fake-bois wallpaper from Nobilis.
‘The suzani pillows are from our Lotus Bleu sector and they pop in opposition to a beloved black cloth from Christopher Farr Cloth,’ states Jeannie.
‘I normally start my types with the textiles and the red, sizzling pink and white custom pillows employing Raoul Textiles materials in this area had been vital to the general scheme,’ suggests Jeannie. ‘The classic camelback sofa was in my family members for a long time and I had it reupholstered in a pink Designer’s Guild material with metal button trim from Samuel & Sons.’
Black accented furnishings are teamed with pops of Kelly environmentally friendly, as perfectly as crimson and very hot pink, which set the stage for the rest of this amount.
Residing room thoughts include building a international sense, with an antique Tibetan cupboard in the bay window, classic fake-bamboo chairs and a Moroccan-model pouf. ‘Our artwork will take heart phase with paintings by modern Vietnamese artists,’ claims Jeannie.
‘I had a boutique for above 12 decades with all my preferred textile and residence décor model, especially from my travels and to this working day, nevertheless have an on the internet market place arranged by area. The felt rug that grounds this home is from Muskhane. I found their beautiful shop in the Marais in Paris 20 many years back and carried their magnificent French-designed present day rugs and accessories from Nepal,’ states Jeannie.
The powder area was the initial pantry of the home and was remodeled in the very first renovation. The Chinoiserie wallpaper by French-encouraged Pierre Deux textiles was place up 20 years in the past and is in fantastic ailment even now. ‘It was sentimental to us, so it stayed, but we updated the vanity, mirror and sconce,’ states Jeannie.
Bedroom thoughts involve producing a wall of tailor made bookshelves and cabinetry with oak accents on a person wall, which supply generous storage.
‘The colour palette of soft blues, turquoise and hot pink was knowledgeable by the painting over our mattress by Vietnamese artist Nguyen Minh Thanh,’ claims Jeannie.
Key rest room
Developing a global come to feel was one particular of Jeannie’s bathroom thoughts, and she took inspiration from Morocco, incorporating wooden lower-out frames influenced by doorway arches to body the vainness device and blue zellige tiles on the backsplashes.
Storage was crucial so custom made cabinets and drawers had been developed. A laundry corner has three pull-out bins for darks, whites and delicates with hanging space higher than it for outfits to dry or be aired out to don once more.
The blue palette is continued from the major bedroom with Galbraith & Paul wallpaper, reduced cabinets painted blue to match the backsplash tiles and upper cupboards painted gray with grasscloth inserts. Carrara flooring tiles make a timeless base.
Both youngsters received current teen bedrooms with total sizing beds and desks. ‘They required to every single hold the orange Tibetan rugs in their rooms but could otherwise construct new coloration strategies close to them. Kai chose blue, so on the main headboard wall, we custom made-coloured a wallpaper intended by Package Kemp for Christopher Farr Cloth in shades of blue, orange, and brown to go with his present shades and carpet,’ states Jeannie. Bordering partitions are wallpapered in a light blue grasscloth.
Finn selected lavender to go with the rug and existing pink mattress. Jeannie developed a aspect wall with a patterned wallpaper from John Robshaw even though the adjacent 3 partitions are papered in a lavender grasscloth.
Jeannie created an out of doors loved ones place on the deck with a cozy sofa upholstered in vibrant environmentally friendly flanked by club chairs and a interesting marble-topped espresso table.
The deck railing was influenced by window and door lattice models from a new excursion to Morocco. Landscape architect Sarah Warto of Boxleaf Style and design employed red lacquered planters with tall shrubs and dangling vines to deliver privacy,
‘The yard is a tropical oasis for our spouse and children and pals,’ says Jeannie. ‘We collect to swim in the heated pool with swim jet and take pleasure in the sunshine all through the day and continue to be cozy about the firepit in the evenings or on cooler afternoons.’
The set up of the pool was not fully uncomplicated, nonetheless. ‘It was tough for us to get a contractor prepared to do 1, specially as we dwell on a steep hill and an earthquake zone, so a lot of exclusive engineering was expected.’
Jeannie lives in a historic community with stringent codes to secure the Victorian architecture. The home was painted gray with black accents and contemporary planters with lush greenery added. The shade palette and the dazzling eco-friendly entrance doorway welcome you and give a sneak peek of the interior scheme inside of.
Interior design and style/ Lotus Bleu (opens in new tab)
Landscape architecture/ Boxleaf Design and style
Photography/ Vivian Johnson