Simplicity and Splendor
Nobody does modern-luxe simplicity better than the San Francisco interior designer Nicole Hollis. Her inspired artisan collaborations are what sets her apart. But when a high-flying couple asked her to restore a late-19th-century Colonial Revival house in Haight-Ashbury to reflect their own groovy grandeur, she added more riffs and turned up the volume on her style. In the 1960s, groups like the Grateful Dead and the Steve Miller Band laid down some of their earliest trippy tracks in the mansion’s attic recording studio. For the design of the husband’s office and record library, the couple wanted to emulate that psychedelic vibe, while remixing it with elements embodying the over-the-top opulence of Yves Saint Laurent’s library in Marrakech. “It took the artists of the studio Londubh more than a month to hand paint the paneled walls with a design that incorporates motifs personal to the couple,” says Hollis. Also crucial to this decorative lollapalooza is a pair of vintage swivel armchairs upholstered down to their bases in sumptuous Dedar velvet, an idea Hollis got from a pair of Vladimir Kagan chairs she saw on 1stDibs. But what perfects this hallucinatory mash-up is the combining of a gorgeous antique brass Ottoman pendant lamp with a blowup of Herb Greene’s photo of Jerry Garcia dressed as Uncle Sam.