At Home: Gatherings and decor that adapt to the seasons 

Full-frontal color and luscious patterns greet you in just about every room of Stephen Weibel and his wife Erin Hayes’ NOPA home.

Nearly-black stained wood floors provide the backdrop for a combination of deep rust, robin’s-egg blue, turquoise and patterned wallpapered walls that weave in and out of the gracious series of rooms. And it’s the mix of the flat’s formal Victorian bones and contemporary furnishings with bursts of unlikely color that results in what Weibel says “give the house energy and life.”

The home’s unique nature began as far back as the purchasing process. The previous owner, artist Darren Waterston, did not want to put his house publicly on the market. He had given so much of himself to the design and rehabilitation of the house that he insisted that someone truly creative and able to appreciate the special nature of this home be the next owner.

Thankfully, Weibel learned of the unusual opportunity.

“I came over and saw the place and immediately fell in love with it,” he said. “We wanted a creative space and social space where we could host people, events, causes, jams, shoots and feasts. I’m a designer and mediocre guitarist. I couldn’t ask for more.”

After a lengthy screening process, including sending a full portfolio of his own design work, Weibel was given the green light.  
Weibel, Hayes and tenant Felicity Meu moved into the home in March 2007 and have noticed that the bright colors, wallpapers and design impact the usage of various rooms as the seasons change.

The big upstairs room, with its pitched ceilings, bright white walls and open feeling, is one of the social hubs of the house. 

“It’s Stephen’s office, but also an entertainment mecca of sorts,” said Meu. “We’ve hosted parties of all kinds in that space including formal sit-down dinners, bridal showers and Christmas parties. It truly transforms into whatever you want it to be.”

In the winter, the upstairs room gets less use while the vibrant rust-colored front living room is the natural draw. The warmth of that room is magnetic and “with the fireplace on, that’s the room where people naturally seem to congregate during the colder months,” said Weibel.

But it’s Meu who might have the best place to hunker down in the winter.

“The nook above Felicity’s bed offers the best place to curl up like a cat and gaze out the window at the treetops and Sutro Tower in the distance,” said Weibel. “When Felicity’s not home, of course.”

Erin Hayes' Style Keys

Favorite designers:
Jonathan Adler, David Hicks, Reed Krakoff of Coach
Favorite colors: Always obsessed with crisp, clean whites and bright colors, especially when used in contrast against white or black as a graphic statement
Inspirational publications: Elle Decor, Domino Magazine (though now defunct), Dwell, old and new design coffee table books

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