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How a Grungy San Francisco Basement Became a Contemporary English Cottage | Architectural Summary

The charming, modern-traditional aesthetic was informed by Jessica’s extensive collection of antique furniture and lighting. One of his most prized possessions, a console table in weathered metal and butcher block, anchors the kitchenette like an island. It’s paired with Shaker-style cabinetry, a marble farmhouse sink, and aged brass hardware, all by Flight. “The quality is amazing and they have always been an inspiration to me,” says Hana. “Being able to use them was really special. They have a very English vibe.

One half of the vast L-shaped counter is made of chocolate-colored wood and the other is made of unsealed soapstone. This latter natural surface was chosen for its durability, as it extends through the bi-fold window to create an alfresco bar and therefore must withstand the Bay Area’s notoriously foggy weather. “Soapstone is a material that can survive anything,” says Hana.

The adjacent living room is primed for the holidays with a cozy Timothy Oulton sectional that is large enough to accommodate a crowd. Its light blue linen upholstery deliberately highlights best friday Shanghai Fashion Week photograph hung above. “We thought it looked really complementary and we just wanted something playful here because it’s supposed to be a fun, not precious space,” says Hana. “We didn’t want to go for a white sofa.”

BEFORE: Before emptying the basement, it seemed quite cluttered.