Author: Frances Homan Jue

With the help of friend and architect Paul Baird, Trinette Reed and Chris Gramly's home becomes a light-filled haven for life and work.

Based in a light-filled studio space in Potrero Hill, the designer likes to dub her unique textile collections after the places that inspired them.

Working with San Francisco architect Steve Geiszler, The Rug Company retrofitted the space to create a crisp, gallery-like backdrop for their vibrant rugs.

Architect Ken Lindsteadt and designer Marie Turner Carson undertook a renovation that would respect the home's Victorian legacy, while creating an interior suited to a modern lifestyle.

Architect Ken Linsteadt and interior designer Patrick Printy put a California spin on New England country style.

The transition from traditional residence to urban dwelling can be jarring for some, but for the owner of a newly converted loft in Russian Hill, it was a revelation. The abundant light, generous volumes and industrial materials of her dramatic new residence, sited in a former mechanic’s stable transformed by San Francisco–based firm Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA), proved to be the perfect conditions for showcasing her soulful collection of art and objects.

The transition from traditional residence to urban dwelling can be jarring for some, but for the owner of a newly converted loft in Russian Hill, it was a revelation. The abundant light, generous volumes and industrial materials of her dramatic new residence, sited in a former mechanic’s stable transformed by San Francisco–based firm Ogrydziak Prillinger Architects (OPA), proved to be the perfect conditions for showcasing her soulful collection of art and objects.

An Elizabethan gatehouse overlooking a garden filled with white roses and ancient yew hedges. The warm, gray-and-ochre stone of castle towers reflected in the water of a moat beneath. These were just a few of the things woven into the fabric of my daily life growing up in Southeast England as we explored nearby historic castles and gardens cared for by the National Trust, a nonprofit organization that conserves more than 350 natural and manmade sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

A pair of Bay Area architects, Lucia Howard and David Weingarten, who have recently debuted a source for Grand Tour art and artifacts with an architectural slant: Piraneseum. Housed in a gallery-like addition to their East Bay home, the couple’s collection features an intriguing array of pieces that traces the connections between art, history and architecture from the 17th to 19th centuries, including paintings, etchings and works on paper, models and decorative arts.