McCaffrey Design Group created an oasis of blues and greens in this Mission District condo that was inspired by the client’s Indian heritage, love of color and fashion.
Katie McCaffrey, Founder and Principal Designer of McCaffrey Design Group, recalls her first meeting with this tech-industry client and her husband—specifically that her Indian heritage was a main source of inspiration for their interior design desires. With no aversion to bold color, the client made it clear that she wanted her home to reflect the vibrancy of her home country while still infusing the sophistication of western design and her love of fashion.
Located in the Mission District, which is an area of San Francisco’s center that is known for its community of artists and cultural aficionados, this condo speaks the story of a couple who is young, connected to their cultural roots as well as the hip scene of the bustling arts district in which they live.
“[The Client’s] personality is as vibrant as the colors in her home,” says McCaffrey. “It really turned out to be a reflection of her, which is always a goal for us,” The living room pictured above swims in an ocean of rich blues and greens, with accenting pattern from the malachite Jim Thompson window coverings, a ceramic tile-inspired Scott Group Studio custom rug and a chartreuse velvet Michael Felix Madda chair.
In the kitchen, Calacatta Oro counters and custom cabinetry are complimentary only to the La Cornue CornuFé series blue range. A Lucretia Lighting chandelier hangs above the Jonathan Adler dining table, and an emerald green and brass bar cart is accented by vintage green fluted glassware, while the dining table is adorned with elaborately decorated Serpi dishware by Laboratorio Paravicini and a colorful glass carafe and drinkware.
One of the very first decisions the home-owner made was to go with the “little blue Cornue” in the kitchen, says McCaffrey. The kitchen was designed in collaboration with senior designer of M.D.G., Courtney Ferry, with buildout by Jeff Brown Construction.
“She loves blue, so we had various shades to work with in this open area. You don’t want it to look too matchy-matchy or to fight one another,” McCaffrey says of curating the multitude of cerulean tones, from the Gubi Beetle dining chairs covered in a deep teal velvet to a custom barn door painted Slate Teal by Benjamin Moore, which conceals a dual laundry-pantry.
The third bedroom, converted to a workout space, is swathed in Polished Slate by Benjamin Moore.
In the primary bedroom, the client’s Indian heritage truly sings. A pale blue glass vintage Murano chandelier shimmers with light, illuminating a hand-painted triptych of de Gournay wall panels that feature an exotic flora and fauna. Peacocks, which are a national symbol of India and a symbol of royalty, are a main motif in the panels. Accented with a zebrawood and velvet headboard and teal velvet pillows, this bedroom has whimsy coupled with elevated luxury that tells a narrative that is reminiscent of a classical Mughal miniature painting of a royal palace courtyard and its lush gardens.
Continuing notes on a theme of luxurious whimsy is the walk-in primary closet, which is crowned with roaring tiger wallpaper by Gucci, and the powder room outfitted in Schumacher’s Chiang Mai pattern contrasted with a rich black marble with white veining and white-and-black tile flooring.
Reimagining the home’s outdoor space, a custom outdoor kitchen and lounge area was designed including tiled floor, fire pit and glass wind barriers for privacy. Relax here under bright blue skies and impeccable mountainous views.