When Studio Michael Hilal was approached to refresh what would soon become the client’s weekender home, ‘effortlessness’ was a recurring word in the brief. Nestled among a row of pastel-coloured Gothic and Queen Anne townhomes, Michael Hilal and his namesake studio looked to the quintessential terraces in London to refresh the circa-1900 home without losing any of its character. “Reworked London terraces naturally integrate the old and the new so well while retaining their charm,” Michael explains.
With this in mind, much of the ‘old’ remains untouched. While walls have been removed and rooms opened up, each door and moulding detail has been saved and positioned elsewhere in the home, cultivating a contemporary-classic townhouse that still feels distinctly San Francisco.