Sabrina Alfin Interiors
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Black and White and Fab All Over

Photos courtesy of Dean J. Birinyi Photography. All rights reserved, 2018.

Photos courtesy of Dean J. Birinyi Photography. All rights reserved, 2018.

Last December, I posted a piece on photo murals that discussed the process of how that bold image of Claes Oldenburg's "Cupid's Span" went from digital image to a piece of stunning wall art.  But now that the room has completely come together, I wanted to talk more about how black and white interiors, in general, can work as a way to bring real design impact to a space, no matter how small.

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This is a guest bedroom we designed in the South of Market area of a San Francisco condo. The couple who lives here are empty nesters who wanted a crash pad for their grown children and out-of-town family when they were visiting, or simply spending the night in the city.  So the goal was to create interest and energy in a clean, fuss-free way. By using a black and white palette with pops of turquoise and lots of texture, the mix of patterns is fun without being overwhelming in a small space.

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We warmed up the space by adding reclaimed wood, woven straw accents, and lots of textiles, to keep it from becoming too hard-edged.  Even flea market finds made their way into the design in the form of the see-through acrylic Z tables used as nightstands, which help keep the focus on the mural without impeding the view of the image.  Lastly, you'll note all the artwork in the room is a love letter to San Francisco:  the mural is an image of the aforementioned "Cupid's Span" on the Embarcadero featuring the Bay Bridge in the background, the framed photo over the console is a foggy day in the Presidio, and the prints over the Eames Chair (not shown) are quirky graphics of flying cable cars and Superman flying over the Golden Gate bridge. It's fun and it's comfortable.

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