For design lovers who frequent the San Francisco Decorator Showcase each year, the name Tineke Triggs needs no introduction. Her sublime rooms have been showstoppers year after year. Triggs marries a wonderful combination of originality and functionality in her spaces, giving them a very contemporary feel.
“While I was in school, I loved art, but never pursued it as a career. I think I was afraid of being a starving artist,” she admits. “After remodeling my own dream home in Napa,” she recalls, “I knew that design was my true calling. I fell in love with the process. I went back to study design and formed my own company.” Triggs’ Artistic Designs for Living now boasts 12 employees and works on projects throughout the Bay Area.
For this beautiful Pacific Heights home, Triggs blended a collection of marvelous furnishings that the family had inherited with a sophisticated modern color palette and fresh overall look.
Triggs met her clients through mutual friends. “They had this marvelous Victorian and fantastic pieces that had been gifted to them by the client’s mother, who had been a rep for Baker furniture for many years,” she recalls.The clients called on Triggs to bring all of the pieces together.
Triggs worked with Lausen Willard Architecture and Cook Construction to renovate the basement and improve the flow of the main floor. “In the basement, we created spaces for a play area, office, home gym, and wine cellar.
The powder room (you see above) is one of Tineke’s favorite spaces of the house. It is placed just off the entry with its dramatic soaring ceiling. The adjacent living room is rendered in a soothing combination of ivory and pale celadon.
Triggs kept the walls neutral to let the furnishings shine. Downstairs, the heart of the new basement space is a marvelous seating area with adjoining wet bar in a combination of pale blues and tans with the occasional punch of cobalt. A baker sofa and chaise combination is upholstered in sumptuous, yet practical, beige ultra suede. The seating area faces a wall of custom-built cabinets and bookcases that provide plenty of storage for games and toys. The handy wet bar makes entertaining a breeze.
For the master bedroom,Triggs added a pop of plum, “to give it that finishing polish,” she says. The walls are pale café au lait trimmed in crisp white. The inspiration for the color scheme in the daughter’s bedroom came from a beautiful Galbraith & Paul floral fabric that Triggs used for the room’s window shades. Triggs painted the walls tangerine and the ceiling deep pink. To add a counterpoint of color, she repainted a Baker armoire in robin’s egg blue.
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