For Linda Eislund, renovating her Noe Valley Edwardian into a light-filled modern dwelling was a labor of love.
Eislund, a psychologist, and her husband Eric, an entertainment producer, both grew up in custom homes.
“We always looked forward to the day we could design and build our own house,” says Eislund, mother of two young sons, Seth and Drew. She adds, “It was so exciting when I got the opportunity to implement my own design and got to choose every single material that went into the house.”
The couple started with the premise that the view would be the focal point of the new design.
Before the remodel, the house was a “mish-mash” of styles, with closed-off rooms that tended to be dark, Eislund says.
Now, it’s open, modern and warm, with wood balancing hard edges and monochromatic colors juxtaposed with varying textures.
Eislund, who has no professional interior design experience but grew up in a family with artistic sensibilities, selected all of the furnishings, as well as the artwork, most of which the couple had before the renovation.
For furniture finds, she relied on the Alameda Flea Market. She’s also been known to scavenge around town; she picked up a Ward Bennett office chair for free on Sanchez Street and had it recovered for just $250.
In addition to the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide the stunning view, the Eislunds’ art collection focuses on Asian art and contemporary painting.
Eislund is most pleased with the finished home’s overall consistency.
She says, “It all hangs together. It’s clean and airy and has a feeling of openness.”
Design aesthetic: Clean lines, simplicity
Favorite stores: Alameda Flea Market, Bee Market, second-hand shops
Favorite publication: California Home and Design: “I like to know what’s happening locally.”