This colorful craft house features happy colors and mid-century details

Reimagining a 1909 Craftsman’s home in a charming downtown San Francisco neighborhood was a design challenge: showcasing existing architecture while making every inch of the structure feel warm, sunny, and welcoming, even as the city’s infamous fog rolls in. Interior designer Lauren Weiss says Massagli and Kevin Hussey “were dreaming of brighter rooms with wider doorways, clean mid-century lines and a mix of styles.” “It was about making the house feel cohesive, relaxed and friendly.”


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With color, Weiss had to do some negotiation. “It definitely pushed us out of our comfort zone,” Megan says. While Benjamin Moore Simply White draped the majority of the walls, Weiss chose strategic areas for bold colors, including a royal blue cardigan in the family room, zingy yellow and green stripes on the dining room chairs, and ocher upholstery for the living room sofa. “Lauren brought this bold bohemian layer that we just love,” says Megan. “And our yellow door makes me smile every time I see it.”


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The redesigned stove is surrounded by new built-in elements, where an antique looking gas insert has been installed. Some mid-century pieces, such as the living room sofa, have been re-upholstered in brighter colors. A framed scarf hung around the fireplace.


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Lauren embraced the family’s collection of mismatched dining chairs, enlivening some with striped fabric. Mid-century details are found throughout the house, including a set of pendants, each with a distinct shape. Herringbone wood flooring is made of reclaimed oak by California Wood Floors, Kevin’s company.



Lauren put the lively wallcoverings into action, and used them to add a certain mood in many areas of the home. A bird-and-cherry-filled pattern was chosen for a small powder room, while softer paper made a soothing impression in the basic bedroom. And the bright blue splash design is a fun backdrop for the kids’ built-in homework and family room art station.


In the sunroom, framed fabric brings large-scale art at a fraction of what a piece of contemporary art might cost, while cherry-red stools enliven the white kitchen.


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Lauren outfitted the downstairs family room with a desk for homework and a fluffy rug and floor pillows on the concrete floor for playtime. Console and cabinetry provide storage space that was lacking in a 20th century home. Bright yellow pops up throughout the house, as do these molded office chairs from Eames.


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The powder room is a perfect place to experiment with a design element with big personality. With Joseph Frank Paradist wallpaper, “You don’t really need anything else,” says Lauren.



Megan says both children have specific ideas about their bedroom decor. She wanted to give everyone something they like, but be aware that their tastes will likely change as quickly as they grow. Camille asked for a big, fluffy rug where she could play with the dolls. Sian wanted his room to reflect a cosmic journey. “It’s really in space,” says Megan. The deep navy on the walls and ceiling mimics the night sky, and the red-orange accents suggest the presence of Mars.


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The basic bedroom space is short on the floor but features 14-foot ceilings, and an extra-large paper lantern pendant helps visually lower the ceiling. Lauren’s frequent tip about making decor choices: “Go out a lot or go home.


Lauren recommends experimenting with wallpaper with a print or pattern that echoes the home’s age, such as the Arts and Crafts-inspired paper seen here. Use it in small doses so it doesn’t feel like a movie set.

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