I was in San Francisco a few months ago and i was ecstatic to get a tour of my good friend hillary thomas‘ beautiful home in presidio heights. the house is as fabulous as she is. every detail is attended too, therefore it’s not a surprise architectural digest visited too and just featured it. 

the six- bedroom, six-bathroom english tudor mansion has a history. it was built in 1914 by noted san francisco architect houghton sawyer. sawyer was hired by the venerable Potter family to build them a stately manor in the heart of the city right after the major earthquake of 1906. the house over the years has had 4 different owners and had been neglected and had ill-advised alterations. enter thomas who saw promise and gave it life, light and a youthful point of view. 

what i was struck with when i visited the house was the scale of everything. large homes are not easy to make feel warm and welcoming. hillary did it with a beautiful green, blue and grey color palette, and with a rich mix of textures and furnishings. the house is historic and feels important, but since hillary touched it, it feels modern and approachable. not an easy thing to pull off.

one last thing about my fabulous friend and her fabulous house. don’t ever be fooled by the dark exterior and seriousness of this house, once inside, it’s just like hillary, it’s is full of light, beauty, style and fun!

photographs by douglas freidman



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