Dressing Up a San Francisco Victorian

Tour a black-and-white beauty in San Francisco.

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From a ship chandelier in the bathroom to Breton stripes in the bedroom, designer Ken Fulk softened a black-and-white interior with whimsical touches, natural textures, and a few pops of red.
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Entry
An entry wall in 's Bone Black sets off vintage chairs upholstered in the simple white cotton Fulk used throughout the house. pillows.
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Living Room
Antique meets modern in the living room of a San Francisco Victorian. Designer Ken Fulk chose a black and white palette, softened with neutrals and natural textures. The chimney breast is papered with 's black Yacare Crocodile, and a Ralph Lauren Peyton ottoman sits on a cowhide rug from Frank's Leather & Hides.
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Living Room Ottoman
The living room ottoman holds a flea-market silver tray, branch coral, and glass hurricanes from .
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Mantel Decor
A bronze Buddha head anchors one end of the mantel.
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Dining Room
"We wanted to keep things simple and not too expensive in the dining room," Fulk says. "So we used old chairs and joined two glass-topped tables from . The polished-nickel bases add just the right amount of glamour." For warmth, he clad walls in Kneedler-Fauchère grass cloth. A mirror from JRM International reflects a 1940s Lucite lamp. Crown molding is painted 's glossy Bone Black.
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Kitchen
Three small rooms were combined and a conservatory skylight was added to create a big, white, sunny kitchen. Fulk anchored the space with a black island and unified finishes in gleaming metal. Indecasa TB barstools from ; pendant lamps; refrigerator; range and hood. The glossy backsplash tiles are from ; are screened with chicken wire.
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Family Room
Vintage portraits are hung salon-style in the family room. A midcentury coffee table sits between a Brompton suede sofa and a leather wing chair, both from
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Staircase
Stairs are carpeted in Zebra Cut.
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Master Bedroom
In the master bedroom, 's Sloane Stripe wallpaper "provides relief from the heavily ornamented bed," Fulk says. Antique Asian hatboxes serve as nightstands. Fulk's smart double Roman shade offers variable light control by layering opaque linen duck over translucent grass cloth.
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Master Bathroom
The master bath's crystal ship chandelier "was a whimsical last-minute selection." Floor tiles from . tub.
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Guest Room
The bold horizontal stripes in the guest room are "playful and modern," Fulk says. What he calls "Rorschach inkblots" on the furry stools and rug loosen up the geometry. French silhouettes of children hang behind the Pottery Barn daybed. "When the folks who work with me hang pictures, they're methodical. They map everything out on paper and use laser levels. But I'm a 'Hand-me-the-hammer-I'll-know-when-it's-right' guy," says Fulk.
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Garden
In the garden, some plants were allowed to spread and self-seed for a softer, wild effect.
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Front Doors
Reviving an Early American symbol of welcome, Fulk painted the front doors Heritage Red. He echoed existing carved-fan motifs in new gilt stencils on the glass.
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Bay Window
Gold leaf discreetly accents bay-window ornaments; the black sash frames the tableau inside.
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Exterior
Instead of the usual multi-pastel detailing of Bay Area "painted ladies," Fulk did up the 1890s facade in 's Picket Fence White.
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