This Art Deco era penthouse in San Francisco's picturesque Buena Vista Heights neighborhood was worn and tired when interior designer
Steven Favreau and his husband molecular biologist Gary Decad looked at it in 2009,
but its period details, stunning views and formal floor plan made the decision
to buy this two bedroom, two bathroom condo an easy one. "We are both from
the east coast and the proportions of the condo and the traditional center
entry with rooms branching out on all sides reminded us of the architecture we
grew up with" says Favreau. 108
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The two story entrance stairs leading to a traditional center foyer were immediately appealing to the couple. Favreau enhanced the original
leaded glass window with a handsome wallpaper and dramatic zebra stair
runner, which add to the entry’s 114-foot ceilings and period banister. The Art
Deco chandelier previously hung in a movie theater in Portland and was
purchased online. The painting is by San Francisco artist Newell Friend.
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Favreau was drawn to the home’s period details and handsome archways seen here in the condo’s upper landing. “I use wallpaper in most,
if not all, of my design projects,” says Favreau. “Here, the large
pattern in the paper echoes the archways leading into the dining and living
rooms, and the antique Chinese cabinet continues the theme.”
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The 1930s English sideboard is right at home in the couple’s dining room and showcases their collection of vintage glass decanters perfectly.
Favreau displays his love for large patterned wallpaper, which serves as the ideal backdrop
for the oil on canvas of San Francisco’s iconic streetcars by a local artist that hangs above the sideboard.
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“I don’t like when an interior is too serious, so I always add a bit of fun to every project.” says Favreau. Here, the bulldog is a
gutsy move that works beautifully in a formal environment.
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The archway into the living room from the dining room is enhanced with a pair of deco inspired sconces flanking each side.
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The stately living room is further complimented by a geometric tone on tone wallpaper applied to the ceiling. The sofa and chairs are Favreau’s custom designs. The chaise is vintage and the stainless steel
accent table is by Kravet. The flush mount chandelier in the corner is by Nova
and the bunching tables are Regina Andrew, Wunderlust. The custom carpet from
Argentina is white hair hide.
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The couple’s collection of vintage Murano glass combines traditions perfectly in their Art Deco home.
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When Favreau and Decad purchased the home, the kitchen was “three shades of brown by
IKEA.” In keeping with the theme of the remodel,
Favreau chose sleek finishes, lots of mirrors and interesting textures to bring
the space to life. The custom peninsula was designed by Favreau and features a
beautiful deco leg detail by San Francisco master wood worker Steve Corley. The
counters are Caesarstone and the backsplash is glass and marble laid on the
vertical to elongate the height of the room. The two dishwasher drawers are
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The kitchen shows the mixture of textures and reflective surfaces that are signature in Favreau’s designs. The oversize
cabinet handles are custom as is the two toned lacquered cabinetry.
The range is Dacor.
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A charming niche just outside the door to the master bedroom perfectly displays an Art Deco bronze sculpture purchased on Ebay.
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Favreau likes to expand smaller spaces with the use of mirrors. In this master bedroom, the over scale chandelier by Cyan Design helps the
space feel even larger, while the texture in the grass cloth wallpaper and
bedding add to the depth and proportions of the room. The 18th century
engravings were purchased at an antique market in Paris and the silver leafed
covered resin bench is from HD Buttercup.
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The deco inspired bath features lighting from the Disney Collection with bath hardware by
Waterworks and marble tiles to invoke an old
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Again, Favreau employs a large mirror against a bold geometric, Asian-inspired grass cloth that seems to expand the size of the room. The mahogany, four poster bed is Ralph Lauren and the faux fur spread is a custom design by Favreau.