At Home: Cow Hollow residence grows with the family 

Sometimes, a house for one can easily become a home for two or three.

Diana Maier, an employment attorney in San Francisco, purchased her Cow Hollow home in 2003, when she was single.

“I was thinking that I was 32 and alone and I didn’t want to wait for the right person to buy a house and settle down,” Maier says.

Maier lived in the South Bay at the time, and she wanted to move to The City.

“I decided to stop waiting for a partner to buy myself a home to feel more settled in my life,” she says.

Maier had lived in and loved her house for three years when she met her husband, Ethan Kaplan, in 2006. The two married a year later.

“He had a place too, but my house was sort of a home,” Maier says, “So he moved here.”

That worked out great for Kaplan. He’s an architectural photographer, who can work from their residence, and then travel on photo shoots around the country.

When Maier found out she was pregnant, the couple made “big changes.” The spare bedroom, rife with workout and photography equipment “was sort of a mess,” Maier says. She found a storage area, brought in a crib, purchased baby clothes and made it a nursery.

Jesse is now 13 months old.

“Lots of special things have happened in this house, special occasions ... celebrating Jesse’s birth,” Maier says.

Their home, part of a large, divided 1905 San Francisco “farm house” near the Presidio and the Lombard Street gates, has a Victorian feel — but with “a bright and homey atmosphere. It’s got a comfortable and warm feeling,” Maier says.

Brightness emanates from 10-foot-high ceilings, creamy, white walls, and banks of windows in the living room that face a garden.

In the living room, Maier had a cabinetmaker install wall-to-wall bookshelves and a desk with sliding doors that cover the middle console. She favors Asian art.

“I inherited it from my aunt, who traveled a lot to Asia,” Maier says.

The major furnishings are all neutral, like the mustard-colored couch and the cream-colored embroidered silk antique chair, which belonged to Maier’s aunt.

The dining room, which faces the side of the house, features a bay window and two large, Asian-themed decorative cabinets.
Maier loves eating in the kitchen, with its granite middle island.

“In the morning, when I’m eating alone, I sit there,” she says.

But with her family of three now living in the home, Maier doesn’t have to think about being alone very much.

Style keys

Style: Modern
Color: Green
Favorite piece of furniture in the home: A beautiful ketubah (marriage contract) in the bedroom that was a Valentine’s Day surprise two years ago
Favorite store: Antique stores, other eclectic shops

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