At Home: Designer’s family lives with smooth, clean lines 

You could say design dominates Charlot Malin’s days.

Malin and her husband Greg are partners in Troon Pacific, which remodels, restores and sells high-end residential, restaurant and retail properties.

The couple purchased their five-story Pacific Heights residence as a transitional home. “Someone wanted to buy our old house, and it sold in three hours.” They’ve ended up living here four years.

Sporting a traditional shingle facade, the residence has charm and “the rooms have great bones,” so the couple is doing a major remodel, “drilling and putting new water mains here.”

From the ground-floor storage and potting shed to the second-floor office, up to the third-floor living room, dining room and kitchen, to the fourth-floor bedrooms and fifth-floor guest rooms, the views are spectacular — Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island, the Bay.

“I love light in houses,” says Malin, who was born in Oslo, “and I like clean lines. I grew up in Europe.”

The walls are a light gray, setting off the furniture purchased on travels throughout the world, including her favorites, Barcelona chairs and a lounger.  Malin favors drapes, “as long as they’re long and full and simple.”

The couple is also focused on making their home more environmentally friendly and green.

“Our last home was Platinum LEED,” she says, referring to the third-party certifier LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Mother of almost-8-year old twin boys, Sebastian and Benjamin, Malin, who apprenticed with an architectural firm in San Francisco, handles multiple projects, even ground-up construction, with ease.  

She’s working day and night on design now — at home, on remodeling and in preparation for the Opera Ball. She’s co-chair, with style maven Mary Poland, of San Francisco Opera’s grand haute event — the Opera Ball. This year’s opener is the ever-popular Aida, with iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes designing the exotic costumes and accessories.

And Malin and her husband’s company Troon Pacific does major overhauls on three to four properties a year.

“One of them just sold a couple of months ago,” she says.  Most are contemporary, because as Malin says, “I’m not a very traditional kind of gal.”

 

Style Keys

Style: Contemporary European
Favorite color: Probably white
Design philosophy: Most important is proportion — using a little splash of color in a proportionate way
Favorite interior designers: Pete Boon, Dutch designers and Legorreta
Favorite stores: Design Center and Limn

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