THE JOY OF BEING a classicist on the West Coast is that there’s an inherent understanding of its foundations and principles, says Landed Interiors founder Lynn Kloythanomsup, “but it remains open to interpretation, which is so California. You can play with proportions and create new languages.” The Los Angeles native, who heads up the Berkeley-based firm with lead designer Heather Menegat, credits frequent cross-country trips of her youth with fostering a deep appreciation for classic American design. “In the Bay Area, there are so many fine examples of Victorian, Craftsman, farmhouse, and midcentury modern homes, and we are proud to be a part of the movement to enhance and preserve this architecture while making them work for modern families.”
CHASING THE LIGHT
“I always try to bring in the light,” says Kloythanomsup. “Here, we’re obsessed with it. It’s the most important thing.” In this Arts and Crafts home in San Francisco’s Richmond district, she moved the kitchen to the rear of the house, a strategy that not only expanded access to sunlight but also allowed for a generous bookcase-lined pantry hall. An historic William Morris wallpaper and Harlequin-style checkerboard wood flooring help make the space feel as if it existed when the home was originally built in 1914.