A San Francisco Victorian Fit For A Young Family

(All photos by Matthew Millman)
It's easy to love Lauren Geremia's 25th Street Project, a Victorian residence in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood with a storybook facade and an utterly modern interior. In fact, the designer pretty much had us at the globular glass pendant light fixture (pictured above right).

But after Geremia talked us through the thoughtful, forward-thinking touches she employed, we realized what truly makes the home special: its blueprint for stylish living that addresses the ever-changing needs of a growing family. "Designing for young families is a fun challenge," Geremia says. "We wanted the house to be durable, functional, and flexible while still maintaining a strong design perspective." Below, three of our favorite interior ideas, room by room.

1. Divide and Conquer
Geremia's team decided to approach the front living space as "an adult entertaining zone." The custom-made sectional (visible above in the far right corner, behind a low storage piece holding games, toys, and books) is located between the wall and a hot-rolled steel–clad closet, creating a "corral" in which the kids can play within eyesight of the adults. The closet doubles as an industrial statement and—thanks to its magnetic surface—a place to display postcards and drawings. 

2. Keep Your Options Open
Geremia bypassed the traditional concept of a singular dining space in favor of multiple seating options to reflect everyday and entertaining needs. The dining table accommodates eight for a dinner party, while the durable barstools at the concrete island work perfectly for casual weeknight meals for this family of three.  

3. Keep It Simple (But Add Interest)

Geremia opted to keep things fairly neutral in the nursery, allowing her client's son to grow in a space that would stay relevant. Eschewing a totally minimalist aesthetic, she enlisted a former Rhode Island School of Design classmate, Terry Powers, to paint a mural inspired by animal imagery from the '70s. Touches of bold color—a tangerine screen-printed blanket by Caroline Z. Hurley, a lacquered blue display shelf by Brooklyn's Wintercheck Factory—round out the room.
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