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Merging old and new; in the San Francisco Bay Area, formal elegance combines with casual comfort.

Aseamless merging of old and new guided the expansion and interior design of this San Francisco Bay Area house.

The remodel, by Portola Valley architect Robert Waterman, doubled square footage to 2,600. Joining a pinched dining area and bedroom yielded a formal dining room that links to a new wing's family room and second-story master suite. The remodel also converted the tiny attic into a cozy sitting room.

A certain formality and pervasive concern for comfort unite in the interiors by Menlo Park designer and co-owner Robert W. Miller. He installed such formal features as a carved banister, antique faceted-glass newel post, and clear leaded-glass window in the new stairwell.

Working with a carefully controlled palette to unify spaces, Miller painted walls in living, dining, and stairwell areas a dark taupe; the color makes an effective backdrop for antique engravings.

Walls of other rooms are light beige-as are all the floors, carpeted in a tweedy wool Berber weave. Only in the sitting room did Miller switch to a lighter carpet to set off a 1920s Bukhara rug.

In the new dining room, Miller dressed up six cushioned wood-and-cane chairs in beige-and-white striped upholstery.

Upstairs, the beige-and-white scheme reappears in the bedroom's quilt and welt-seamed Pillow shams. Wall-mounted lamps in bedroom and bath have crisp white shades. Miller added punctuations of color in a contemporary chair's brass-tasseled burgundy pillow and a pair of abstract photographs flanking the balcony doors.

Opposite the bedroom, the new sitting room is a color surprise: salmon chenille upholsters the daybed, its cushions, and those of the rattan-and-rawhide armchair and footstool; salmon moire covers a corner table with its collection of crystal objects. An iron-framed mirror reflects the bedroom's balcony and view.
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Title Annotation:Inside the Western Home
Publication:Sunset
Date:Oct 1, 1990
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