The Dream Living Room

Susan Collins Weir room


IT LOOKS SIMPLE but to balance many materials and colors with such balletic grace takes a master. Sausalito interior designer Susan Collins Weir orchestrated the modernizing of a gilded neoclassical room in San Francisco’s 1904 “Le Petit Trianon” mansion at 3800 Washington Street with the help of many. With Larkspur Builders, the old herringbone floors and classical details were restored; a new white Thassos marble fireplace surround is from Da Vinci Marble and Fox Marble; walls and ceilings were covered by High End Painting with flat and eggshell C2 Architectural White. On the east wall, Paige Glass mirrors added to niches that now look like windows double the perceived space.

The gold-finish aluminum and sandblasted glass Parisienne Opéra chandelier by Regis Botta for Ozone from Bright on Presidio was inspired by Paris streetlights. The SCW-designed tufted wool rug was made to look like veining in stone by Mark Nelson Designs; Susan Lynn Chastain made the ripple-fold Holland and Sherry fabric draperies; Susan Collins Weir designed the ’70s-style circular Milo Baughman–inspired wine-colored seating, which is covered in Mokum’s Alpaca Velvet fabric and was produced by Hewn; the satin nickel finish SCW cocktail table is produced by Hewn; the coffee table of white Volakas marble by Mathieu Lehanneur called “Ocean Memories Circular Low Table XXL” is from Carpenters Workshop Gallery; the painted ash sideboard, now in SCW’s line of design goods, has a Nero Marquina marble top. Above the sideboard, “Sunnydale at Russia” (2013) is a camera obscura Ilfochrome image by John Chira through Haines Gallery. Above the fireplace is Emil Lukas’ “Heat Shield #1496” (2016), a paint-on-plaster-over-aluminum work from Hosfelt Gallery; Night Gallery supplied Wanda Koop’s “Still (Pink)” (2017), an acrylic-on-canvas painting.

This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition under the headline: “The Living Room“.