Design with abandon.

It’s not something we often get to see, and certainly not in a multi-million-dollar home on one of the loveliest streets in San Francisco’s Nob Hill. But when we laid eyes on the lacquered red walls of the one-bedroom, one-bath condo at 1242 Sacramento #4—walls that were notably inspired by a patent leather handbag that belonged to one of the owners—we were captivated by the idea of interiors as artistry. Of not coloring within the interior design lines. Of all the vibrant decadence.

Designed by Thomas Britt as a Parisian pied-a-tier in San Francisco for its Francophile owners, the home is located in an exquisitely detailed six-unit Parisian-style Beaux Arts building replete. It also doesn’t hurt that it sits directly across from the historic gothic-French Grace Cathedral on one of the most architecturally distinct streets in the coveted area.


Those shiny, candy apple red walls extend throughout the home, bracketed by custom leopard print carpet and ceiling treatments of “gleaming gold wallpaper,” which has been “lacquered over to give it more depth and more sheen,” said Architectural Digest in its feature of the interiors.

The remodeled kitchen’s shiny cabinetry is also lacquered, this time in jet black, with commercial grade stainless steel appliances, a walk-in pantry, and, just to make sure the shine factor is high, a mirrored backsplash.


The dining room is equally bold, canopied in black and white stripes and set upon black and white marble with two walls of windows that look out onto Nob Hill.

In the bedroom, another color departure reigns, with delicate pink striped walls bolstered by yellow moldings and the same animal print carpet, creating a boudoir that is elegant and rich and jaw dropping and eyebrow-raising in the best possible way.


This is what happens when homeowners squelch the need to hold back and instead allow luxurious impulse to mingle with high design. Great taste, without the boundaries.