“The original crafted details of Victorian interiors are the
timeless art of San Francisco,” Ternynck muses. “They have
to be saved. Without that, these houses lose their soul.”
Finally, they found an intact Victorian in the Fillmore area.
With a park for the dogs, a bread bakery, good coffee and
a bus trundling down the main street, it felt like the 16th
arrondissement in Paris. “As soon as I saw the house I knew
what we would do with it,” the designer says. “I loved the
original features and even the old poorly designed kitchen
because it had a sunny south-facing deck.”
Within six months of buying their rare three-story,
3,500-square-foot survivor with unaltered interiors,
the couple managed a long-distance face-lift from Paris.
Without touching any of the original wainscoting, door
trims, oak wood floors or elaborate stair railings, they
added new up-to-the minute wiring, updated bathroom
plumbing for the three top-floor bedrooms, and a main-
level modern Bulthaup kitchen that opens to a back deck.
It overlooks a tiny French-style ground-floor garden that
is now accessible from a new family den/home office near
a guest suite for the in-laws.
To create a more modern feeling in the high-ceilinged
living rooms, Ternynck added new lighting from Artemide
and Fontana Arte to complement vintage crystal chandeliers.
Eames dining chairs also provide a timeless but contemporary