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House Beautiful Jul/Aug 2019

The House Beautiful reader is someone whose home is her bedrock. She is always improving it because the process – and result – delights her. Happiness in her home comes from easy luxury and highly personal style. Her home is a gift to share with family and friends.

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10 Issues

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4 min.
open house san francisco

Joanna Saltz: How much of your job as a designer is actually solving clients’ problems? Jay Jeffers: In the beginning, it’s kind of all problem-solving: How do you make a big house feel intimate, or a small house feel big? Or somebody wants to have parties for 200 and dinners for 10—how does that all happen in one space? Catherine Kwong: And then there’s the actual hard work of making that happen. We can say, “I want this to be a serene space,” but does that mean all the toys are going in the cabinet every night? Jay: I like the client to be involved in the process. You can see their lightbulb go off when you, for example, think up the perfect storage for suitcases in their closet. They’re like, “You can’t…

2 min.
house beautiful

Editorial Director JOANNA SALTZ Deputy Editors CANDACE BRAUN DAVISON, AMANDA SIMS Design Director MARC DAVILA Director of Content Operations LINDSEY RAMSEY Style Director ROBERT RUFINO Market Director CARISHA SWANSON Deputy Managing Editor MICHELE BERKOVER PETRY Senior Editor, Content Strategy ALYSSA FIORENTINO Senior Features Editor EMMA BAZILIAN Senior Editor HADLEY KELLER Design Editor HADLEY MENDELSOHN Copy Editor ANN LIEN Associate Market Editor BRITTNEY MORGAN Art Director JEE LEE Senior Designer, Digital ALICE MORGAN Senior Post-Production Supervisor PHILIP SWIFT Cinematographer BRAD HOLLAND Video Editor IAN MUNSELL Assistant Social Media Editor MADDIE HIATT Editorial Assistant TAYLOR MEAD Branded Content Editor MADELEINE BOKAN CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Orli Ben-Dor (West Coast Editor), Jennifer Boles, Lisa Hearst, Jane Scott Hodges, Libby Langdon, Kaitlin Menza, Karyn R. Millet, Senga Mortimer, Ellen Niven, Ellen O’Neill, Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, Lulu Powers, Eddie Ross, Diane Dorrans Saeks, Frances Schultz HEARST VISUAL GROUP Chief Visual Content Director, Hearst Magazines ALIX CAMPBELL Executive Visual Director CHRISTINA WEBER Visual…

1 min.
see it through

WE ALL DREAM OF NATURAL LIGHT IN every corner, but some floor plans just don’t allow it. Designers’ current go-to fix: steel-and-glass partitions. They won’t shrink the room or interrupt visual flow, but they still separate it, so each area can serve distinctly different functions with plenty of sunlight pouring through. You will have to pay to play: “Because everything is custom, they can cost from $100 to $1,000 per square foot,” says Romni Cain of Atelier Domingue. Flip the page to see the endless potential of interior glass. Divide and Conquer An angular partition highlights the architectural quirks of the space while keeping the kitchen in the kitchen. If French doors take up too much room, opt for sliding ones instead. But look into building codes before you install—most require tempered…

1 min.
into the infinite darkness

Navy Blues “Using a single dark color helps the walls recede in a small room,” says Kari McIntosh, who especially loves blues in rooms with lots of millwork. For this butler’s pantry, she had an Abnormals Anonymous wallpaper customized to match the cabinet paint. Scarlet Reds Especially when painted in high gloss—which bounces light around and fools the eye in to believing a room is larger than it is—dark red walls have tons of depth, says Dennis Brackeen. To supercharge this sitting room, he used Fine Paints of Europe’s Hollandac Brilliant 98 finish (a so-shiny-it-looks-wet oil paint). Charcoal Grays “For a small room with bright southern exposure, there’s nothing I love more than a bold black,” says Elaine Griffin. “It takes on the flavor of whatever you layer on top.” But steer clear of ultra-flat…

2 min.
small kitchen, big ideas

SOMETIMES, THE ONLY way to make a room feel right is to carve it in two. That’s just what London-based interior designer Mark Lewis did in this inviting family kitchen, the heart of an 1870 townhouse facing the city’s historic Hampstead Heath park. Inspired by back-of-house kitchens in English country estates and on shows like Downton Abbey, Lewis created an intimate pantry off the main space for a more functional use of the square footage. A wall with glass panes lets sunlight stream into the windowless main room. “It’s a modern style—very practical,” he says, “but it doesn’t feel out of place in a Victorian house.” To maximize utility, a fluted ceramic sink, modeled after vintage versions, sits atop exposed brick supports and creates a genius nook to hide a step stool.…

1 min.
give them a space, they’ll give it a soul

House Beautiful NEXT WAVE BETSY HELM AND KILEY BAUN ARE PRAC tical designers, but they have no patience for the charmless luxury of many contemporary builds. “We like to add architectural character,” says Helm. “People may think it’s too fussy—until they see it.” Their trick: Do it in a way that doesn’t sacrifice the luxuries of modern living. With a background in interior architecture, Helm delights in uber-precise processes, like devising custom storage hidden behind millwork. Baun (whose background is in fashion) is her opposite, stylistically speaking. “My house is extremely eclectic and very wild,” says Baun. “Betsy’s is all white!” After eight years running a design firm together, they have a new venture: Shophouse Home, which brings their discerning touch to spec houses. “They’re small, but they have built-in storage,…