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Mid-Century Retreat

Mid-Century Retreat

A modern bohemian home, filled with warmth and “soul,” this contemporary American farmhouse was the perfect fit for a couple and their two children. The timeless silhouettes of mid-century furnishings offer clean-lined sophistication to each space and are paired expertly with newly designed pieces for a fresh feel. Art makes a commanding statement in each room but does not take away from the overall design concept of the home nor the natural landscape, filled with native oaks. Special attention and care were paid to the kitchen and downstairs music room, providing singular spaces for the wife (an avid chef) and husband (a long-time musician) to enjoy their passions.

Modern High-Rise

Modern High-Rise

An open plan penthouse offers the ultimate in flexibility with moving walls, mixed use rooms and a catering kitchen that can be discreetly closed off. Set in the rapidly transforming South of Market neighborhood of San Francisco, the interior design is one of juxtaposition – glamorous but very livable, modern but with vintage pieces, intimate but with expansive views.

A Family Home with a View

A Family Home with a View

With the goal of creating a space that would accommodate large family gatherings, we worked with Ken Lindsteadt Architects to create a residence that feels both serene and livable. Each bedroom works double duty with additional sleeping surfaces hidden throughout. Soft gray tones are reminiscent of the city’s foggy atmosphere and pops of warm yellow, citrine and blue were added throughout. The home boasts gorgeous vistas that show off Alcatraz and Coit Tower. To make the most of these views, the wall between the kitchen and dining room was removed and windows were enlarged or accented with transom-shaped moldings. Though there were many alterations made to the interior, they were done subtly and tastefully to maintain a sense of place as well as the historic integrity of the building.

Bike to Beautiful! An Innovative and Charitable Challenge

On November 9th, the Kendall Wilkinson Design team (alongside the Geddes Ulinskas Architects ) gathered beneath a glimmering chandelier and encouraged the surrounding crowd of people to raise their wooden paddles to bid on the draping shimmering fixture.

Why had a group of people come together within the expansive Studio Becker showroom in San Francisco’s Design District?

To support the Bay Area-based non-profit New Door Ventures . The organization works with local youths (ages 16-24) who have been disconnected from employment and education due to a variety of obstacles. By bringing education and working opportunities to these adolescents, New Door Ventures is able to “Break the Cycle” of disenfranchisement.

In the spirit of giving and with the aim to help others in the Bay Area community, Studio Becker joined forces with this non-profit in the best way they knew how: by creating a Design Challenge ! Teams led by an interior designer and consisting of architects, builders, and more came together to reimagine a plain black bicycle into a unique, creative, and fun installation. These pieces would then be auctioned of at the November 9th event, with all proceeds going to New Door Ventures, thus helping to “Break the Cycle” by literally breaking the cycle…

Our team jumped at the opportunity to raise money for a good cause as well as to create a one-of-a-kind design from a, well, less than appealing bicycle. Working closely with the architects at Geddes Ulinskas Architects, we reimagined the tire as the base to our chandelier. We punctured holes strategically through the rubber, opening pathways for light to shine through like a sky full of stars. Glass tear drops hung in a descending cone, glittering accents.

Bestowing the name “Le e’clat” (the sparkle), we were thrilled to see it hung and illuminating a special corner in the Studio Becker showroom.

On the day of the actual event, we all gathered beneath its glowing light and admired our handiwork. When it came time for the fast talking auctioneer to encourage bids, we weren’t surprised when hands shot up. We did however, get into the action, playfully prompting friends, colleagues, and strangers to participate for the cause.

At the end of the day, each and every piece that was featured was a spectacular installation. Every one of them raised money for this amazing cause and it was such fun to see our fellow designers’ work as well as the passion and pride they showed in participating. A great kick off to the holiday season, this was an event we won’t forget.

Design Meets Divas of Drag

Last Friday night, the design community gathered in the San Francisco Design Center to witness a series of extravagant performances by the city’s most talented Drag Queens. That’s right! It was the third annual ‘Design Meets Divas of Drag’ event and Kendall had the honor of being one of the esteemed judges tasked with selecting who would walk away with the title of Top Designer Diva. Proceeds from the event were donated to Lava Mae, a shower service for San Francisco’s homeless community.

Alongside fellow judges including Paul Wiseman of The Wiseman Group and Jay Jeffers, Kendall joined the audience in cheering, gasping, and laughing as the ladies on stage gave it their all. Dressed to the nines in couture looks created by the Showrooms of the San Francisco Design Center, the Divas looked the part as they strutted across the stage and sang to their selected songs.

From an Alice in Wonderland recreation to Barbie Girl (by Aqua) sung by a Barbie and Ken, these queens really pulled out all the stops to put on a showstopping performance. In fact, everyone was so fantastic, it was incredibly difficult to choose a winner. There was even a performer who wore a dress made from Kendall’s Fabricut collection!

At the end of the evening, after much debate (and just as much champagne), the judges put in their votes and crowned Vanity sponsored by Donghia Inc. as the winner! It was so much fun and the Kendall Wilkinson Design team cannot wait to attend next year’s Design Meets Divas of Drag event.

California Historic

California Historic

An elegant transformation of a historic home in California, this project focused on maintaining the charm and elegance of its 1900s background, while offering the clients an updated design to support their modern lifestyles. Combining romantic accents, expansive entertaining spaces, smaller more intimate settings, and bespoke furnishings, this house is tailored to meet the personal needs of the young family who calls it home.

Design Process: Space Planning

Kendall Wilkinson Design is a full service interior design firm.  Our projects range from room updates to ground up construction.   After concepting the space with the client, we start to execute – literally putting pen to paper, or using the latest design software to ensure that the creative process gets flawlessly executed, resulting in the most livable rooms for the client.

My Moody Valentine




For February we’re presenting a vignette that’s serene and sensual. Farrow and Ball’s “Pelt” cocoons the space in a dark aubergine that contrasts with pops of cream, saffron and glowing golds. Our custom Plum Ikat pillows in an iridescent purple silk with tonal embroidery see that the color of 2014 “Radiant Orchid” makes a brief but tasteful cameo. Custom Wing Chairs, inspired by the sinuous shapes of a 19th century French daybed, are lacquered in fog-grey and upholstered in a silvery lilac silk velvet. Stop by our Sacramento Street shop Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 – 6:00.

Go Eco-Chic with Reclaimed Wood




This January we’re loving the look of reclaimed wood furniture and accessories. No two pieces are ever alike! We’re featuring a stunning live-edge American Elm table by local artisan Colleen Smith, available exclusively at Kendall Wilkinson Home. The table is given an industrial-strength bracket base in steel, a great contrast to the sinuous curves of the edges.

Pair sculptural, soft natural shapes with geometric architectural elements for a look that’s both bold and refines. Add a Pop Art twist by using a bit of faux bois, like this handmade paper mache side table.

“Big Sur” Round Reclaimed Teak Root side table: $700.00
Reclaimed American Elm “book-matched” dining table with steel base: $9,500.00
Paper Mache “Stump” table: $475.00
Items available at Kendall Wilkinson Home for a limited time. Call us at 415-409-2299 for inquiries. Our store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Couple Seeks Relaxed Glamour- CA Home & Design Explains




California Home & Design Features Presidio Home

We loved being featured in California Home & Design’s Online Home Tour this January. The author beautifully captured the essence of this project. Enjoy.

“When a young couple (with newborn twin boys!) sought a home that exuded warmth, major San Francisco style, and was also suitable for both casual living and more formal occasions, they called upon the talents of Kendall Wilkinson Design.

Kendall gave the couple the comfort they asked for while casting an effortless, glamorous spell over the whole home in SF’s beautiful Presidio.

The living room of the couple’s abode is the epitome of relaxed glamour. Kendall selected a palette of cream, lilac, and elephant grey. The room exudes luxurious texture from the graphic rug to the satin pillows to the suede chairs. The glass-drop tiered chandelier adds the perfect amount of glitz and sparkle to a wonderful family home.”

View the full article here. Press Page

Vallejo Street

European excursions inspire the designs of Kendall Wilkinson from time to time. Such was the case with her design of this grand living room designed for a San Francisco vignette. The custom curved button-tufted sofa reflects the moody gray-blue of the ocean and sky. The hand carved doors and vintage fireplaces of Old World Chalets compliment contemporary statements including a custom infinity mirror, sculptural tables, and a stunning elk skull crafted in bronze.

Bay View Apartment

Nestled within one of San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods resides this Zen-like home. Wrap around windows reveal a panoramic view of the Bay. A palette of misty grays and cool tones was selected to mimic the fog rolling in across the evening sky. The understated elegance of this décor sets the stage for the client’s exquisite art collection. Modern style is found throughout the home, such as a plush mohair on the club chairs and the Piero Lissoni gloss on the dining table.

Pacific Hillside Home

The restoration of a classic 1913 Clay Ward home called for a design that maintained the integrity of the architecture but also created an interior space fit for a young, contemporary family. The 6,600 square foot home featured spectacular bay views and a lighter color palette was selected to mirror them. An array of antique and custom-designed furnishings was chosen to balance the modern with the classic.

Carmel Retreat

Like John Steinbeck and Jack London, this family found its muse in Carmel, California. What was once a drab and dreary home was transformed into a light, airy abode with colors reflecting the sea and surrounding landscapes. Rich, bright fabrics are mixed with unusual crystal fixtures. The library is awash in glossy aqua lacquer with a mid century sunbather as inspiration.

West Coast Penthouse

Located in a historic building made famous in 1958 by the Hitchcock movie “Vertigo”, Kendall Wilkinson Design created a modern-day homage to old New York. The stylish pied-a-terre features clean lined-architecture with plenty of elegance and drama. A demure but sparkling palette of fabric and finishes highlights an array of 1930’s and 1940’s Art Deco furniture, accessories and lighting.

Palladian High-rise

Once a hard-edged Modernist penthouse, the home is now an airy retreat. Kendall Wilkinson gave the abode’s light-filled rooms and meticulous craftsmanship a jolt with clean, modern furniture and graphic designs. The palette was simple: black, white, anthracite, and charcoal. A checkered marble floor sets the stage for a sofa in dark green velvet and chrome-plate Italian chairs. Views of San Francisco abound through curtain-less windows. Custom crystal chandeliers and sconces add shimmer and elegance throughout.

Pacific Heights Manor

Parisian antiques find a perfect place to nest in this well-appointed, but warm interior. Many custom pieces in this Pacific Heights home harmonize family living with elegant entertaining. Florals and wallpapers from De Gournay and Gracie usher in the outdoors. The family room is graced with Craig Van Den Brulle and Michael Taylor furnishings, and illuminated by Ochre lights. The library was meticulously created as a handsome retreat for books and brandy. A Richard Misrach photograph of San Francisco Bay provides a focal point for family fun.

Luxe Showcase

A request from Luxe Magazine led to this cinematic “night crawlers’” hangout for the Maison de Luxe showcase. Benches suspended in mid air, asymmetrical upholstery and wall-to-wall infinity mirrors define this pergola lounge design. Mercury blue and soft gold pillows soften up the space, as metallic leaf papers provide a modern spin on an Old World technique. Fashion images by the renowned Norwegian photographer Solve Sundsbo are splashed throughout.

Presidio Edwardian

The open floor plan of this grand Edwardian inspired home allows for seating areas in a palette of saltwater blue and violet, while still allowing the eye to travel outside to the city and bay views. Avid travelers and art collectors, an abstract oil painting by Giovanni di Paolo, inspired the smoky teal and aqua hues used throughout the main level. A monochromatic mix of textures and prints followed. Floor-to-ceiling oak paneling proved the perfect backdrop for their 18th and 19th century antique collection.

Grand Victorian

The homeowner’s gracious nature set the tone for the interior design for this Pacific Heights Victorian. The home’s classical architecture was updated with a palate of warm neutrals and accents of citron and rose. Pop artist Russell Young’s edgy portrait of Elvis Presley hangs in the entryway. Two sofas in the living room were upholstered in vanilla velvet while an abstract painting infuses the space with energy.

West Coast Victorian

West Coast Victorian

Texture trumps pattern in this open floor plan abode. A gunmetal gray Murano chandelier shimmers over a DiPaolo painting that seems to dance off the smokey blue dining room walls. Deep sepia warms the midnight blue and gray accents in the family room. A glass-drop tiered chandelier illuminates the living room built-ins displaying unique family treasures.

San Francisco Decorator Showcase

Designed for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, this show-stopping project was inspired by a fictional muse described by Wilkinson as “a young, jet-setting woman with a passion for fashion.” The walls were painted a teal blue. For drama, orange accents were added including draperies in a coral toile fabric. Photographs by Mark Shaw of fashion models adorned the space. The focal point of the room was a delicate tree mural painted by a renowned local artist.

Elle Decor Showhouse

Foyers, hallways, and stairwells often guide the aesthetic tone of a design project. Such was the case when Kendall Wilkinson was approached to demonstrate her talents in the Elle Décor Showhouse in San Francisco. Wilkinson chose to layer soft neutral tones on the wall, creating impact with textures and topped with infusions of coral, chartreuse, and dark ocean blue. Sculptural lighting and extraordinary works of art hung throughout the circulation areas of the home.