It’s a familiar phrase that has been uttered for well more than a century in America: “Go West.” That is just what a New York City couple decided to do in their quest to spend more time with their family. West for them meant San Francisco.
To accomplish their wish, the husband and wife bought a second home in the City by the Bay, one that was a surprise both to them and their interior designer, the New York–based Jennifer Vaughn Miller, who heads her company, Vaughn Miller Studio. “It was a simple decision to go there,” says the wife upon commissioning Miller, “since our three kids, grandkids, two sisters, and my mother had all decided to live in San Francisco.”
But the setting and the architecture the couple chose could not have differed more from their Madison Avenue apartment on New York’s Upper East Side. They purchased a Victorian-style townhouse in one of San Francisco’s most beautiful and coveted areas, Pacific Heights. Just as the neighborhood embodies its name, the views from its hills take in the Golden Gate Bridge, the whole of the Bay, and the Presidio. The couple’s landmarked 1880’s Victorian home is typical, too, of much of the era’s architecture that survived the infamous San Francisco earthquake of 1906 — interiors with high ceilings, ornate wood detailing (inside and out), and a large parlor with tall windows. “For the same price range as apartments we saw, we looked at two houses for sale,” recalls the wife. “One was a total wreck but the other next door came on the market and I fell in love with it.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY JENNIFER VAUGHN MILLER
PRODUCED BY SHANNON BOWERS
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIE WILLIAMS
WRITTEN BY BARBARA S. TAPP
This story appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of MILIEU.
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