When the abandoned house next door to my clients finally came on the market, they jumped at the opportunity to purchase it for his 85-year old mother to live in. Together, in collaboration with New Avenue Homes, we transformed what was, quite frankly, a mess of a house with good bones but a hack-job kitchen and scary after-thought bathroom. The result is a bright, warm, and modern home thoughtfully designed to accommodate the needs of aging in place.
This project was one of my favorite homes to design because the care and attention my clients gave to each decision was so full of love and consideration for what his mother would like, need, and want. It was an honor to assist them with such a special project.
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This colorful kitchen and dining room update began as a stairway reconfiguration that quickly became a full-scale renovation. In designing their dream kitchen, our clients included an appliance pantry, built-in under-counter microwave, lots of storage, and a center island with a stunning custom Bay Laurel butcher block top. The two-tone cabinets add a playful but thoughtful contrast to the subtle dual-glaze backsplash tile from Heath Ceramics.
This in-law unit in North Berkeley is a multi-generational solution to the Bay Area housing crunch: the studio cottage is home to the principal and owner of Yumi Interiors, with her baby-boomer parents living in the main house. This project was a unique opportunity to design a space for what turned out to be one of my most difficult clients: myself. The reward, of course, was the chance to build my own home from the ground-up, with all the details, ideas, and kooky design concepts I've been rolling around in my mind for who-knows how long. More than one friend has told me my home looks like my personality manifested, which I'm pretty sure means I nailed it.
What started as a simple kitchen update quickly grew to include a full basement renovation that transformed a large but underused bonus room into a full guest suite and custom exercise and dance studio. Inspiration for pulling the living room and dining room together was easy to find with this client's existing furniture, but we took it to the next level with key new pieces including a statement-making Roll & Hill chandelier.
This studio apartment in the heart of Downtown San Francisco is small in size, but oh man, can we talk about the view? We designed an interior that would live up to the expectations set by his stunning city panorama, and also incorporated his love of Cyber-punk, Blade Runner-inspired aesthetics. Together with Dwell Candy SF we proved that small can also be grand.
"For the first time in my life I'm really proud of the space where I live. Kyoko managed to translate my vague ramblings and several disorganized Pinterest boards into a stunning and cohesive design. She came up with some very creative solutions for various problems of everyday living that are functional and aesthetic, and when I asked about her reasoning for her design choices I was blown away by the depth of what she was considering."
"That rug really tied the room together."
We create these boards to help you visualize how everything will come together, selecting our top choice for each item to show you our ideal room. You can then go through and request reselects for any items you don't like, and we'll send over an updated board to show you the changes.