Tour a Dream San Francisco Home That’s All About Great Marble

A young family found a house in the perfect neighborhood just when they needed more space

“The search for stone was our biggest challenge,” Nelson says, noting that she and the client shopped locally for material and also flew to New York, which is where they ultimately found the Calacatta Turquoise marble used for the custom bi-level, cantilever island, backsplash, and counters in the kitchen. “We said, Let’s not rush, we’re not going to buy anything unless we’re in love with it. The client’s sister found this stone, and it ended up being a diamond in the rough.”

The ground-floor public zones—living room, dining room, and kitchen—are anchored in detail, such as decorative moldings, parquet oak flooring, and a selection of Benjamin Moore paint that brings in the client’s love of color. A family room connected to the kitchen has built-in seating backed with mountain-themed Zoffany wallpaper. The dining room—one of the client’s favorite spaces in the home—was previously located at the back of the house, but Sutro moved it toward the interior, as “this tends to be where people spend the least amount of time,” she says. Rounding out the space are custom, hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper, a Lindsey Adelman chandelier, and a custom stone table. The original fireplace remains in the formal living room, but Nelson paired it with a modern marble mantle and vintage wrought-iron stools.

“Lauren said that the key was layering different periods and styles so nothing felt too ‘one-note,’” says the client, “and you wouldn’t instantly associate the home with a particular decade. This is how we’ll be able to stay in the house for 5, 10, or 20 years without it feeling dated.”

Upstairs, the primary suite is a study in softness—the plaster walls and soft gray and lavender tones inspire relaxation, while a custom mohair-upholstered bed frame adds whimsy. The client’s preschool-aged daughter helped choose the color scheme for her and her little brother’s rooms—purple and blue, respectively. The formerly unfinished basement is now a dramatic lounge, painted in a deep, jewel-toned green, with a custom, curving mohair-upholstered sofa. It’s a slight nod to the couple’s previous apartment, which had a more overtly glamorous look.

“It was fun to see this house evolve in style compared to their last one,” Nelson says. “It’s a more grown-up version of the condo, but it still captures their well-traveled, sophisticated personalities.”