Clean Line, Soft Finishes Update an Empty Nest

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Starting from scratch may be everyone’s decorating fantasy, but most people have to work with what they’ve got. Take empty-nesters Trish and Tom Rump, who turned to designer Kelly Keiser to update the staid Mediterranean-style interior of their new San Francisco home. Graced with original arched windows, passageways, and niches, the place also came with hardwood floors, an elaborate fireplace, and a remodeled kitchen too new to redo.

Lightening Up

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Photo by Ken Gutmaker

With their kids grown and on their own, Trish found herself drawn to white rugs and fragile porcelain collectibles. Jettisoning the existing dark finishes and iron sconces and working with some pieces the couple owned, Keiser introduced a pale palette and a smattering of contemporary items, like a chrome lamp and glass-top table, balancing them with soft draperies and cushy pillows. Periwinkle paint helps the pottery pop, and carpet bound into area rugs shows off the refinished oak floors. “The result honors the architectural uniqueness of the place,” says Keiser, “while giving it a lighter, more modern feel.” One part Mediterranean, you might say, and two parts well-furnished empty nest.

Shown: Dark upholstery piping and drapery trim help wood moldings blend into a lightened-up scheme.

See more inspiration here by Kelly Keiser of an empty nest transformation!

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