San Francsico Remodels

Redux, Reinvest, Reimagine...

2018 is about reimagining what is possible. Transformation can happen on many levels. Where do we begin? Depending on your needs (and your budget) there are many ways to reimagine our spaces to better reflect who we are in the world and how we want to feel. 

With this latest series, we'll highlight how LOCZIdesign has helped some of our clients transform their spaces to compliment the lives they live. 

Whether you're looking for quick wins or major overhauls, you're sure to be inspired.

Big changes can occur without spending a fortune.

It can start with simply decluttering and removing things that have outlived their usefulness, or moving things around to make space more functional.  Once you've determined the essential elements don't be afraid to use paint, wallpaper, and tile in interesting ways. With some creativity you can turn any area into a statement of art. Lighting and accessories can also make a dynamic statement maximizing impact while minimizing expense. 

Cynthia and Brian's Reimagined Loft

Wide shot of the main living area with custom mural painted on back wall using  Benjamin Moore  paint.

Wide shot of the main living area with custom mural painted on back wall using Benjamin Moore paint.

With the help of the LOCZIdesign group, Cynthia and Brian transformed their three-story loft from a cluttered apartment into an artistic and dynamic space that illuminates their midcentury furniture collection. 

One of 18 units installed in the shell of the Riviera Theatre, this property was built in the 1920s and redesigned by architect George Hauser in 2001. The loft is made up of three floors with a mix of materials including glass, wood, tile and concrete. 

For this extensive project the LOCZIdesign team remodeled two bathrooms and added one, installed concrete floors replacing damaged wood floors, encased the stairwell connecting all three floors, repositioned interior walls, designed custom cabinetry and closets throughout --optimizing space and flow through the home. The team also created custom metalwork and lighting.

Making good use of space

For Brian and Cynthia positioning the dining room to be under the third level bedroom, tucked beneath the stairwell, made great use of a space previously underutilized while still leaving plenty of room for a large dining table. The area is warmed by brown and yellow Eames dining chairs and a Gala chandelier

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For the main living space, located on the second level, LOCZIdesign drew attention to the tall ceilings and anchored the area with a dynamic light fixture custom-designed by the team. The design echoes an existing pulley system that was left on the wall and used in the 1920s to operate stage curtains in the theatre. 

Color-wise, the crew continued warm tones with golds and browns complimented by a black tiled fireplace.

Tall ceilings warmed by custom light fixture inspired by remaining curtain pulley system. 

Tall ceilings warmed by custom light fixture inspired by remaining curtain pulley system. 

Main living space before...

Main living space before...

Tile is another way to make a dynamic statement in a variety of spaces. Check out the transformation for the upstairs bathroom before and after!

Above: Upstairs bathroom BEFORE

Below: Upstairs bathroom AFTER

Waterfall cascade design using  Heath Ceramics  tiles for the upstairs bathroom.

Waterfall cascade design using Heath Ceramics tiles for the upstairs bathroom.

Below, locally sourced black handmade ceramic tiles surround the fireplace and frame the 'side bar' on the second floor as well as the fireplace located in the lower level lounge.

Side bar near dining and living area with fireplace framed by black ceramic tiles from  Heath ceramics .

Side bar near dining and living area with fireplace framed by black ceramic tiles from Heath ceramics.

Reimagined downstairs lounge including tiled fireplace from  Heath ceramic tiles .

Reimagined downstairs lounge including tiled fireplace from Heath ceramic tiles.

 

Need a way to showcase your ever-expanding library? LOCZIdesign created this corner nook for Cynthia and Brian. “We needed enough space for our books and room to grow,” Brian says. The interlocking walnut shelving system with 15-foot steel ladder reaches from floor to ceiling.

Interlocking walnut shelving system with 15-foot steel ladder.

Interlocking walnut shelving system with 15-foot steel ladder.

Corner nook created for ever-expanding library.

Corner nook created for ever-expanding library.

View of bookshelf area before from underneath stairwell.

View of bookshelf area before from underneath stairwell.

View of stairwell after it was enclosed.

View of stairwell after it was enclosed.

 

Before being transformed into the perfect space to unwind, the downstairs area was once a catch-all. Now it's a gorgeous lounge with a custom workshop at the back dedicated to Brian's hobby making leather goods.

While Brian works full time as a professor, he also enjoys making custom leather goods — shoes, belts, wallets and bags — as a hobby. “I took some month-long classes in Europe to learn how to make shoes,” he says.  Brian uses the back of the room for his tools and workshop. 

Downstairs lounge with Brian's leather workshop at the back of the room.

Downstairs lounge with Brian's leather workshop at the back of the room.

Downstairs area, before.

One wall downstairs was repositioned to run the length of the room instead of cutting through the middle, opening up the space dramatically. One-third was then used for a built-in closet and a downstairs bathroom was added featuring a gorgeous Victoria + Albert vintage claw foot tub.    

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To house the couple’s custom shoe collection, the designers dug out a space under the stairs and installed custom shelving. 

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BELOW: Downstairs bathroom featuring Victoria+Albert vintage claw tub. We had fun adding a pop of yellow.

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Scroll below to see all of the BEFORE images...

Scroll below to see all of the AFTER images. 

 

UP NEXT...Ethan and Ashley reinvest in their classic Edwardian.

2013 Interior Design and Runway Trends in Perfect Harmony

Let's face it, we love fashion. We love it for the horror,

for the outrageous cutting edge designs, and we especially love it for the individuality that finds itself on the streets of cities like San Francisco, Brooklyn, Paris, and Johannesburg! It can be said that Interior design is where fashion meets the home. And though our approach extends from an environmentally efficient background, we do not shy away from the style that emerges from our clients, and the fashionably innovative designers in our firm.

It makes perfect sense then, that the top 2013 trends in fashion and interior design would drop from the same tree. So in light of the completion of another LOCZIdesign remodel, allow us to celebrate and showcase some of the best design trends for the upcoming months of 2013.

Soft Neutrals, Textiles and Wool

Natural fabrics have been used since the beginning of humanity. Sheepskin, wool, and fur have been draped on everything this year, from beds to chairs, and outdoor benches. Thankfully, a good portion of the interior design world is going back to its natural roots, using elements untamed and untainted by dyes and toxic finishes. The model (above left) is wearing designer Maiyet in their pre-fall 2013 collection. Her attire is a beautifully understated natural wool felt top similar to various pendant lights and stools—worthy items for the home. Too, the decor (top right) from the blog, Grey and Scout's, executes the comfort and softness of the natural world harmoniously.

Color Blocking and Flora Inspirations

We were enthralled by the runway look from designer, Etro (above right), that was spotted in the Spring 2013 report on Harper's Bazaar's website. It is a lovely mix of two trends we love: floral prints, and color blocking. The wallpaper from the talented Josef Frank (top left), featured on Apartment Therapy, also deserves some attention. Wallpaper is no doubt back in action, and the romance of the floral motif is definitely here to stay. The styled dining vignette from Cool Hunter, (above left) is not only coveted by our creative director, Paige Loczi, but the superb mix and of color adds a unique charm—creating an environment full of life!

Black, White, and Bold Stripes

Black and white and bold all over. Stripes are making a major comeback, though they only hibernated for a couple seasons. Lines and patterns such as these are fun and make for dramatic effect—adding optical illusions where the appearance of open space is desired. The bathroom design (above left) was featured in the California Home and Design's Small Space Big Style editorial. Speaking of which, would it be alright to mention that LOCZIdesign is a finalist for the CH+D's 2013 reader's choice room of the year awards? It's true! The award ceremony takes place February 8th. We'll be sure to let you know if and when we win. (((grinning)))

All That Shimmers Is Gold

If you're into Pinterest, then you'll love our designer Cristina Zuccatosta's pinboards. One of her pins from a gold kitchen designed by Jean Louis Deniot, was a perfect example of this year's trend: gold! Last fall, our entire firm took the afternoon off to visit the Jean-Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young Museum. Let's just say it was a reminder that fashion, amongst all its pros and cons, is by far one of the most elaborate vessels of creativity! And no one knows creativity more than Jean-Paul Gaultier, who's couture dress (above left) in his haute couture 2013 runway show, is shockingly similar to the aesthetic of the LOCZIdesign dining room (above, right). We chose the center piece, a stunner from last year's ICFF, from Gabriel Scott and the chandeliers from Tom Dixon to complete the space. Keep an eye out in our portfolio for a full photo essay of this new remodel.

Fashion and Interior Meet in Geometry

It's as simple as geometry. Not only mathematicians are drawn to it's dramatic lines and shapes. If you take a look back, the mod style of the 50's and 60's where streets and homes were filled with tables, dresses, and architecture payed homage to a branch of mathematics explaining the intrigue of shape, size, figures, and the properties of space. Ray Eames may have single-handedly started the trend with an early prototype version of "The Toy" in 1951. Or maybe it was the architectural landmark of The Eames House in Los Angeles. Either way, the flowing look (above left) from designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista and the structured outfit (above right) featuring Helmut Lang, are absolutely stunning examples of where geometry has taken us.

Our love for design is what keeps our firm fresh, relevant and willing to push boundaries. And though we always keep our client's personal style in mind, we remember that the most important element of our work is celebrating the artistic expression in you—whatever that might be!