November 28, 2021

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How Emilie Munroe Designed a Maximalist Dream Home in San Francisco

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When designing a maximalist oasis in San Francisco, Emilie Munroe says the design process “kicked off the old-fashioned way, with a mailed package of torn-out magazine inspiration images.” The designer and her clients began their communication in an old-fashioned way, “with a mailed package of torn out magazine inspiration images.” This established “the perfect tone,” give that communicating by mail—as opposed to exchanging website links or online portfolios—was “both intimate and personalized, yet also independent and designer-driven.”

Additionally, given that this entire project occurred during the pandemic-induced lockdown, “when face-to-face interactions and job site time were scarce to none, it seemed like the perfect way to kick off a successful client collaboration.”

The final product showcases spaces that radiate warmth, color, and personality. Munroe immediately knew that the design of this home would “revolve around pieces and ideas that exude happiness, inspire curiosity, and have a strong aesthetic voice.” She adds that wallflowers (that is, the kind of people, not the decor) are definitely not welcome here!

Explore the fabulously vibrant home below.

Living Room

Thomas Kuoh

“We wanted the home to exude a wow factor, to immediately make an impression upon entry, and then reveal its vibrant mix of unique layered elements as guests spent time in each space,” explains Munroe. “Happiness was the overarching feeling we wanted the rooms to project, but happiness where you can still find a cozy spot to read a book and relax and unwind.”

The final product is a space that boasts velvet-clad sofas from Egg Collective and custom ottomans, all of which “exude elegance while still remaining soft and welcoming.”

Matching Sofas: Egg Collective. Area Rug: Christopher Farr. Ottomans, Room Divider, and Shelves: Custom, designed by SM. Chandelier: NIDO Living. Lounge Chair: Future Perfect. Coffee Table: Williams Sonoma Home. Sofa and End Tables: A plus R. Shades: Hartman and Forbes.

Dining Room

pattern rug, pink rug, green chair, colorful room, pattern fabric

Thomas Kuoh

“The inspiration images [for the dining room] provided by our client showed warm, collected, vibrant homes that were not afraid to share a specific personality,” explains Munroe. “We knew immediately that our design must revolve around pieces and ideas that exude happiness, inspire curiosity, and have a strong aesthetic voice. The tufted floral dining lead chairs are a great example of this spirit.”

Chairs: A. Rudin. Chair Fabric: Christopher Farr Cloth. Side Chairs and Area Rug: Anthropologie. Sideboard: Future Perfect. Chandelier: NIDO Living. Shades: Hartman and Forbes.

Powder Room

powder room, wallpaper, pink

Thomas Kuoh

“We adore a jewel box powder room moment,” reveals Munroe—”and this playful pink jungle scene is one of our favorite examples.” The designer adds that this particular wallpaper “was one of our last selections and we realized that almost every room in the house has some animal item or print which makes for an unexpected and joyful through line in the home.”

Additionally, Munroe advises that “when installing a wallpaper mural, the treatment of the ceiling is key to how the mural reads a whole.” In this space, “we color-matched Benjamin Moore paint to the ground color of the mural so the ceiling reads as a continuation of the sky.”

Wallpaper: Christian Lacroix’s Bois Paradis Bourgeon. Plumbing Fixtures: Watermark. Sink: Duarvit. Mirror: Anthropologie.

Guest Bedroom

bed, wallpaper, brass bed, blue paint, pillows, pendant

Thomas Kuoh

This rustic-glam bedroom includes an antique gold bed frame, neutral-toned wallpaper by HEWN, and bohemian throw pillows from Well Made Home and DWR.

Bench: Jonathan Adler. Nightstands: Anthropologie. Area Rug: Floordesign. Chandelier: DWR. Panel Fabric: Zoffany drapery. Wallpaper: HEWN. Throw Pillows: Well Made Home and DWR.


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