Atop the legendary Chambord, an interior designer becomes her own client.


Between a grand pair of Michael Taylor sofas (above) sits a branch coffee table from Barnes’ line of furniture. She also designed the two mirrored end tables.

At the corner of Sacramento and Jones streets, standing white and curvy like the wedding cake it has been compared to, the Chambord Apartments building is impossible to miss. Built exactly a century ago, its balustrades and embellishments are reminiscent of the Beaux Arts era, which also captivated bigname Bay Area architects like Julia Morgan and Bernard Maybeck. But the fact that its architect, James Francis Dunn, layered these elements onto a building of “billowing poured concrete,” as the San Francisco City Planning Commission noted in 1978, makes the Chambord — now on both the San Francisco Landmarks list and the National Register of Historic Places — all the more unique and eye-catching.


For the primary bedroom, Barnes stayed on budget with Belgian linen curtains from Amazon.

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