Where These 5 San Francisco Designers Go To Unwind


Luxe tapped five San Francisco designers to share their favorite spaces to retreat to and relax in their own homes.

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“The dining room is the perfect backdrop for dinner parties. I have a glass-top table that I dress with a colorful tablecloth and my modern sculpted chairs are so comfortable that people linger at the table for conversations long after the meal is done. I’ve enhanced the space with dramatic lighting, and changed the wall color several times.”

–PAMELA PENNINGTON, Pamela Pennington Studios


“The kitchen is my favorite room because it’s the heart of family life. The space is highly programmed and zoned for specific tasks, so we can all work efficiently together. We designed it like a living room, with a rustic walnut counter that’s used for everything, from food prep and homework to enjoying Champagne and hors d’oeuvres with guests.”

–PAULINA OLDENBROOK, Paulina Oldenbrook Interior Design

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“My favorite spot is a small area I call the conversation room. It’s cantilevered over our creek with floor-to-ceiling windows, and looks out onto a park. We decorated it with two oversize vintage arts-and-crafts leather lounge chairs, a walnut Ted Boerner side table and a Fortuny pendant light.”

–LISA STAPRANS, Staprans Design


“Balanced with a calming palette and plush materials, my bedroom is a space where I can truly unwind. I wanted this room to really reflect my personal style, and I was able to capture the collected aesthetic that I love through a mix of antiques and custom pieces, like the Lucite headboard I designed.”

–KENDALL WILKINSON, Kendall Wilkinson Design

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“I watch the sun rise behind Mount Diablo every morning from my favorite spot on the living room sofa. This space fills with morning light as I take in the stunning view of the East Bay hills and look out at my garden filled with large plants, trees and succulents. My love of the outdoors inspires the natural fabrics and earth tones throughout my house.”

–CATHERINE MACFEE, Catherine Macfee Interior Design