Pacific Heights Metropolitan Design

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Today’s design inspiration comes from a Pacific Heights pied-a-terre apartment overlooking the Bay.  The residence has been designed to serve as a glamorous stage for entertaining and metropolitan living with interiors by San Francisco based interior designer Nicole Hollis.

The two-bedroom apartment spans an entire floor of a classic prewar building dating back to the 1920s.  The original millwork and trim have been maintained and restored to honor the structures history.  The designer prefers to layer texture and shapes in lieu of color and pattern which she has done here achieving a scene of high contrast with a neutral color palette to form an excellent backdrop for the homeowner’s enviable art collection.

..designed to serve as a glamorous stage for entertaining and metropolitan living


Creamy white paint is used on the walls throughout most of the apartment, while the wood floors are stained a rich, deep brown.  The photos above show the home’s living room where the designer has created the main seating area using the fireplace as the focal point.  A shimmery velvet-upholstered sofa is grouped with leather armchairs, all by Christian Liaigre, and gathered on a plush Moroccan rug from Tony Kitz gallery.  The side table is by Troscan Design, and the floor lamp is from Blackman Cruz.  The designer had the ottoman upholstered with a hair-on-hide which perfectly balances the space opposite the fireplace and adds to the worldly appeal.  Linen draperies dress the windows.


The dramatic fireplace surround is of bespoke design by Hollis, created with Nero Marquina black marble with white veining.  The art work above it is by Antony Gormley, which is flanked by a pair of hand-blown glass sconces from John Pomp Studios, which are placed about the room to impart a warm glow.  A collection of books and collectibles, including a wooden bowl by Philip Moulthrop, are gathered on the central coffee table which creates a more personal and inviting feel.




To create a counterpoint and depth, the study, located just beyond the living room with pocket doors to close if needed, was painted Pitch Black.  The main focal art in the space is the Secretive Three Graces, 2008 by Debbie Han.  The table in the center of the room is an Eero Saarinen-design from Knoll.  Above it, a Gino Sarfatti lighting fixture from Flos is suspended.  The large metallic sculpture right outside the space is Artificial Rock #146, 2011 by Zhan Wang.


In the minimalist design foyer, a Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke pendant hangs above a table from Atelier Gary Lee.  Square Word Calligraphy: After Apple Picking 2003, a poem by Robert Frost drawn to look like Chinese characters, by Xu Bing, is displayed on the wall.



In the formal dining room, the large oak-and-bronze dining table is of bespoke design by Hollis.  Above it, she suspended a large modern design bronze Lumiere Chandelier by Jean de Merry.  The windows are dressed with Christian Liaigre linen.  Robert Rauschenberg’s Japanese Sky I, hangs between the windows along with several pieces of art around the room.


For the casual breakfast area, Hollis designed a comfy corner banquette, upholstered in leather by Garrett, and paired it with a custom wood table.  The side chairs are from Dzine.  The arrangement is complete with a honeycomb lighting pendent from Tim Clarke Interior Design.



The kitchen and master bath were the only spaces that really needed a full structural renovation which was handled by the architect.  Hollis then designed new cabinetry and created a minimalist design aesthetic.  Here in the kitchen, the designer painted the cabinets pitch black and selected Waterworks subway tile for the back-splash and Calacatta Gold marble for the counter-tops.


The mood is kept light in the master bedroom with shades of white bed linens and Romo drapery fabric.  The art in this space is all oil-on-wood by Liu Wei, which intentionally cracks and changes color over time.


The master bathroom floors are covered with Calacatta Gold marble, which was also used to customize the vanity from Restoration Hardware.  The geometric lighting chandelier is by Tom Dixon.

Windows, glass doors and the flowing architecture demonstrate a nuanced play of light, shadow and mood throughout the day.


This photo shows the classic design details in the entrance of the residential building the apartment is located.

That concludes our tour of this Pacific Heights residence my friends.  I hope you all have enjoyed today’s design inspiration.  For more info, be sure to check out the designer’s website.

As is clearly demonstrated here, Nicole Hollis imbues spaces with beauty and emotion through her multidisciplinary design practice grounded in artisanship, conceptual rigor and materials exploration.  A lush textural canvas, nuanced study of contrasts and emphasis on the Fine Arts characterize the firm’s strategic approach.

Interior Design:  Nicole Hollis @

Photography:  Laure Joliet

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  • Margaret Simpson

    I so enjoy your Design Quality and Style…..Thank you for sharing……I Love Interior Design…..



    • Margaret Simpson

      I so enjoyed the Design on Pacific Heights Metropolitan Design…. Congrat’s

    • JD Knight

      Thank you so very much Margaret! I am so happy to read that!! Thanks so much for commenting and for continuing to read along with us!!

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