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California Mid-Century Modern Has 13-foot Fireplace from Mexico

Neslted in the Berkley Hills, outside San Francisco, this mid-century modern home was renovated in 2012 by architect David Yama. His brief included a mandate to remodel the house with an eye toward a minimal look that put art and photography at the center. He worked with interior designer Alison Damonte to make their dreams a reality. The three storey house has 4,000 square feet, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms – no small chore. But the work they did more than exceeded their clients’ expectations. We’ve highlighted some of their outstanding choices below.
One of the most prominent pieces that was lovingly restored is the 13-foot cast concrete fireplace from Mexico. Commissioned by the original owners in the 1960s, it was cut into six pieces for transport, and put back together in the home.

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A small, dark galley kitchen was transformed into this bright white modern space.
In the master bedroom, the wallpaper is the thing. Tidal Wash is from Emma Hayes Studio; the lights are by David Weeks.
The predominantly white theme continues to the master bath, subway tile walls and hexagon tile floors. It’s sleek and ultra contemporary.
And don’t you love the showerhead?
Another classic piece in this mid-century modern is the custom satellite pendant that hangs over the dining room table.
The living room floor is olive-green cast concrete, the walls white, the furniture muted. It’s all to show off the new owners’ art collection.
A subdued backdrop shows off the vibrant art that the current homeowners brought from their Soho loft.
Their art collection includes works by Laurie Simmons, Edward Burtynsky and Lucy Raven.
The daughter’s bedroom features polka dot wallpaper by Drop It Modern.
The steel fireplace sports an angular firebox, adding a layer to the modern design.
They went all out in the bedrooms (with the rest of the house remaining a neutral backdrop for art).
The vaulted living room ceiling has restored double beams. And that gorgeous sculptural fireplace.
They used splashes of color in the breakfast nook, to add a bit of brightness.
Geometric Heath tile adds mid-century modern to the backsplash.
What a house – restored to her former glory with modern contemporary touches thrown in. Just one example of the stupendous work coming from the studio of architect David Yama.


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