Creating a jewel box kitchen and bath in San Francisco

This petite San Francisco house belongs to a couple who are first time homeowners. When they purchased it, the dwelling possessed a lot of potential—and not much else. According to interior designer Dina Bandman—the professional they hired to transform the space—the home was in need of a major overhaul, especially the kitchen and bathrooms.

The kitchen is done in classic colors, but with a fun chevron-patterned tile from Artistic Tile.

"When they first moved in, the homeowners actually refused to even shower in the bathrooms, so remodeling those became a top priority," says Bandman.

The Rohl sink fixtures are crafted with traditional lines.

"Young Transitional" is the name the designer gave the aesthetic. "The homeowner wanted designs that were fresh and fashion forward," Bandman says. "But she also really wanted design that would stand the test of time."

In the powder room, a flamingo-print wallpaper from Cole & Son enlivens the space.

The desire to balance contemporary and classic became the operating principle for the project. The designer studied the clients' youthful attitude and traditional inspiration images before coming up with the look. "We worked together to create this fun, transitional style," she explains.

Shell River Tile from Artistic Tile is in the shower.

That style involves traditional materials (white marble) mixed with a healthy dose of fun (a wallcovering adorned with pink flamingos). "Classic always beats on trend," says Bandman. "But classic can, and should, include a bit of whimsy."

In the master bathroom, a custom vanity is topped by a mirror from Mirror Image Home.



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