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    In the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, a hippie boardinghouse once run by an elderly lesbian minister is now a family home remade with a warmed-up modernism and the restrained inflections of Norwegian design. The double-height living area is spanned by a bridge made of original flooring from the attic. Furnishings include a 1954 Florence Knoll sofa and an Eames rocker.



    What had been a TV den in the house's hippie days is now a dining room, with Eames Eiffel chairs, a chestnut table from Sleuth Antiques in Sausalito, Calif., and a Jasper Morrison lamp.



    A glass doorway framed in Douglas fir maintains a loftlike sense of space and light in the master bedroom. Behind the bed is an exposed chimney.



    The play area in Lucia's bedroom is concealed by a curtain of Ikea fabric that suggests a Scandinavian flag. The Case Study Easy Chair by Modernica is based on a Pierre Paulin design.





    The bedrooms are tucked into what was once a dark attic. Now, polycarbonate panels running along the top of the walls admit light into the hallway, and a glass doorway creates a feeling of openness in the master bedroom.



    Salvaged lumber was glued together to form the butcher-block treads of the parlor staircase; chips and nail holes were left exposed. The railing is made of shower-door glass and industrial hardware.



    Because the house was renovated many times in its 112-year history, it has hardware from various eras; the glass doorknob and brass plate are believed to date from the 1960s.


    Mr. Mork-Ulnes designed a headboard of reclaimed Douglas fir, complete with book crannies, to conceal bracing that was added during the renovation.



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    the glass doorknob and brass plate are believed to date from the 1960s.

    Um, no. Way earlier than that.
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    That nursey is adorable.
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    Hmm, I really like a lot of the elements in the place. I'm undecided on the space overall, but I like that it has a lot of unique features going on.
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    oooh, i love it! i especially like the living room...i'm seeing a lot of eames rockers lately & it's reminded me how bad i wanted one a few years back.

    additionally, this place is in such a killer location. i want to move in STAT!
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    They probably meant the 1860's for that doorknob?

    While I like all the light they added to the place, I really hate the modern elements applied to such a specific style of historic home, it just clashes for me. Especially because I adore Victorians and think they should be classically restored or as close to it as possible.

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    I love it
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    I like it. I wonder if this is one of those tall,thin houses & what the sq. footage is. Also-the kitchen? Rarely is that left out.
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    I love the details. I'd live there.

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    I like the doorknob.

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    *drools* i want to live there.
    i'd change the bedrooms a little (i agree they're a little too ikea) but overall the place is my dream combo of modern and old.
    i love the dining room (i'd change the rug though, or remove it altogether) and the mezzanine/stairs.
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    Way too much white and sterile for my taste. It looks like a gussied-up hospital.

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    Not too bad. I bet it looked better as a hippie haven though.

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    "is now a family home remade with a warmed-up modernism"

    Warmed-up my ass. That shit is vanilla.

    I am with Sweetness, I bet it looked better hippie. Where are the before pics?

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