Before and After: Grand Historic Piedmont Tudor Home

Our design for this Historic Piedmont Tudor home demonstrates the “New Tradish;” where grand old houses are not so stuffy anymore. We partnered with the new owners of a historically significant architectural classic in Piedmont (one of the “Three sisters,” a trio of Jacobian Tudors designed by architect Houghton Sawyer and built in 1923) to create a home that is both elegant and warm, and reflective of the vibrant lifestyle and contemporary tastes of a young, growing family.

Their loves: world travel, art, music, books, entertaining, and family, are woven throughout the designs, from the ample seating in every room, to the built-ins for displaying their library and collections, while maintaining a sense of spaciousness, flow, and light.

We’ve written about this project before, in the Piedmont Post, and our work was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this year as well.

In today’s post, we are sharing with you the before-and-after view of the design process.

Our before images show the blank or mostly-blank slates. (If you would like to see a slideshow of how the house was staged for sale, click here.)

Dining Room, Before:


Dining Room, After:


Living Room, Before:


Living Room, After:


Media Room, Before:


Media Room, After:


Reading Nook, Before:


Reading Nook, After:


Master Bedroom, Bed Wall, Before:


Master Bedroom, Bed Wall, After:


Master Bedroom, Bay Window Wall, Before:


Master Bedroom, Bay Window Wall, After:



  1. Brett October 20, 2016 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Lovely!! Laura, you & your team are so very talented. Beautiful make-over.

    Brett Schmidt
    Unique Carpets Ltd.

  2. Joyce Bovard October 20, 2016 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    WOW!! You are terrific. No wonder you are admired and loved.

  3. Hugh Groman October 21, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply


  4. Will Maas October 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Dear Laura: What miracles these room transformations are! It’s like Michelangelo grabbed his interior decoration tool box and went to work. My wife talked about you to me this past Sunday. She would like to consult with you concerning some fabrics to be used in re-upholstering some of our furniture.

    Also we are re-financing now. Early next year we should have cash to buy furniture for our living room. I’d like to talk to you about your consultation fees. There is so much that could be done with our house. The work you did in Piedmont really intrigues me.

    Thank you for including me on your mailing list!

    Best wishes, Will

  5. Laura M. November 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    Of course we’re biased, but these photos are fabulous!! I’d forgotten the virtual blank slate we started with… truly amazing to the transformation Laura and Darshan helped us achieve in our home. Thank you thank you thank you!!

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