Room of the Day: Creating a Warm, Welcoming Living Space

By Jeannie Matteucci
Photos by Eric Laignel

There was a lot to like about the living room in Brian Garrett and Stephen Fronk's 1878 Victorian flat. Located in San Francisco's Liberty Hill Historic District, the home had 12-foot ceilings and lovely architectural details. But the long, narrow layout and the lack of storage options for media made the space feel uninviting.

Turning to their friend and designer Sara Story for help, the pair created a welcoming living room that celebrates the beautiful architecture but has more warmth and better storage. Elegant window treatments, a new built-in enclosure for storage, a light gray wash on the wood floor and midcentury furniture and accessories transformed the space. "I really wanted them to use this living room," says Story. "This used to be the room that collected dust balls."

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