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sneak peek: rosy strazzeri-fridman + yanic fridman

by Amy Azzarito

In decorating her home, prop and fashion stylist Rosy Strazzeri-Fridman is guided by the “Personal Museum” decorating philosophy of fellow stylist Sibella Court (see Sibella’s peek and Toolbox feature), who says, “For me, a home is like a museum without the signs saying ‘Please Don’t Touch.'” Rosy’s museum just happens to be a Queen Anne Victorian located in the San Francisco historic neighborhood, just two blocks away from Alamo Square Park and the iconic “Painted Ladies.” Rosy happens to be trilingual (French, Italian and German), which allows her to fill up her museum with finds from hidden flea markets and shops throughout Europe. She shares the home with her husband, Yanic Fridman, and 9-year-old son, Noah. Rosy says they each have their own role — she is the finder of objects and big ideas, Yanic is the repairer and the realist and Noah makes sure that nothing is too precious. Thank you, Rosy, Yanic and Noah! And a big thank you to Lynn Kloythanomsup of Architectural Black for sending these lovely photos our way. — Amy Azzarito

Image above: I collect antique beds. This wooden twin bed is from Belgium. The art is from the Anthropologie SF store. I always have a hard time finding good quality bedding I like. So I buy quality fabrics and make my own bedding.

Image above: This table was just an old beat-up table with great lines, so I painted it. I loved the fact that it has three extension leaves, making it long enough for a huge Sunday brunch. We rotate our tables (three others are in the basement) depending on the size of the upcoming celebration. The shelves hold my porcelain collection. Some of my favorite pieces are Antheor/France, Anthropology Portugal China, Mud for Kiln 4, Le Comptoir De Famille/France, Seletti. [Editor’s note: These are great eBay search terms if you’d like to start collecting porcelain!] The teacups are lucky flea market finds from our travels in Europe. The tableware collection also includes different sets of plates, cups, wine and champagne glasses, frames, small vases, candy jars, new and antique pitchers, teapots, porcelain candlesticks, porcelain measuring spoons, a clock face plate made out of enamel and a hand-painted copper tin from Villeneuve. The floor is Douglas fir — typical for most SF Victorian homes; it’s stained a dark walnut/mahogany custom tint.

See more of Rosy’s Victorian home after the jump . . .

Image above: I like to overlap objects on the mantle — mirrors, frames, white canvases. The wooden flowers on the mantle are from Roost Home Furnishings; the round mirror is from Annecy. The antique mirror is from Brussels Boutique. The wax candelabra is from Anthropologie. I made the structured bouquet out of dried fine silk sea sponges. The vintage porcelain glove molds are from the Alameda Flea Market in California. The modern tufted sofa is from Zonal, and the acrylic coffee table is from Propeller Modern.

Image above: This is the main hallway on the second floor. The artwork has been collected throughout my travels in Brussels, France, England, Italy, Holland and Switzerland. Mixed in are some neighborhood street finds.

Image above: This is an antique cast-iron bed. The bedding is a mix — the wool throws are from West Elm and the waffle cover is from Frette.

Image above: When we decided to redo the kitchen, we wanted to introduce something clean and modern into a house already filled with antiques. My concept was to fuse the two worlds without forcing one into the other. We couldn’t bring ourselves to destroy any of the original Victorian curves and detail, so the Victorian shell was left intact sans one cutout niche over the floating prep counter. To bring the two worlds together, the Victorian shell was painted glossy (one sheen, one color: Benjamin Moore, White Lace), and the Carrera marble left intact. My Italian grandmother had Carrera marble, as did my own mother. The best homemade pasta and pastries are rolled onto marble!

Image above: The mirror is a gilt Louis Philippe à fronton Wall Mirror XIXth century (à fronton means “crested,” or literally “with the forehead” in French). I love using the mirror to announce “le menu du jour.”

Image above: The baker’s rack was bought in a brocante in Brussels. I love searching in flea markets and brocantes. My favorite moment is when I score a classic piece but with unusual proportions. I love bringing the memory home; for years after, we associate that particular trip or outing with the newly acquired beautiful object. Many of my favorite chandeliers are from Europe. Most chandeliers, even antique pieces, disassemble into individual arms. Perfect for suitcase travel.

Image above: This 19th-century French secretaire desk has become my favorite spot to read and look through art books and magazines.

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  • as i sit and contemplate painting our bedroom WHITE and layering whitse and greys around the room i see this post. it’s like divine intervention! I LOVE her style and choices. What a calm, relaxed and personal space. LOVE IT!

  • dreamy and beautiful. i love the mix of textures and lines. would love to see a full house tour!

  • Wow … this is gorgeous! I love the restraint – letting the architectural details shine through and the shots of color. The way the colors from the painting in the top picture are reflected in the bedding. This is just all so well done.

  • I saw (and loved) this home in a print decor magazine, and love seeing more pictures as well as reading the words of the people who made and live in this home. I really enjoy that the sneak peeks are *personal*!

  • Absolutely in love with this. That rich brown with light and airy neutrals! Just the right balance of masculine and feminine. The drawing of the dog above the bed is just gorgeous. I might stare at it for a bit. Is it an original, and vintage or something more recent?

  • Love everything about this space. I think it’s great to see a mixture of dark wood throughout a predominately white space….don’t see that enough!

  • I think they must mean Carrara marble! Amazing sneak peak otherwise – I’m in love with that kitchen!

  • I hate to ask–but I have to know where that purse is from in the second photo! I am in love with it!

  • I love this house, and the photos are just beautiful. I was so intrigued that I spent quite a bit of time looking for the jump — so this is a bit off topic, but since the site-redesign, I never see the more button, and cannot find the jump. Is this happening for anyone else? I ended up clicking the permalink.

  • Hi everyone! I’m the photographer here… Thank you so much for the compliments! It really means a lot. It was a surprise of the best kind when I checked out Design Sponge this morning to see our post up! I hope Rosy has seen it already! If not, I’ll let her know so she can come on and answer your questions.

    Elizabeth, that purse in the dining room is my own. We used it a couple times on some shoots. It’s by Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton – my splurge once every few years!

    If anyone would like to see more photos from this shoot – I’ve put some up on my site:

    Thank you to the Design Sponge team!

  • Oh I just love the idea of a “personal museum.” I’ve been contemplating redecorating my house with white walls, distressed furniture and splashes of rich color, so I love this! I particularly like the wall of artwork. Usually dark-plated light switches look yucky, and i prefer them to blend into the walls (at my house) but I love how it works with the artwork. Elegant all around.

  • Ohhhhh, the interior is absolutely beautiful! Everything is so crisp and clean and simple but with personality. I like how the shape of the plain wooden headboard is mirrored in the curve of the dog’s body. I like the spots of orange colour amongst the white walls and the dark furniture. And that wooden wall with the torn wallpaper in the last photo – great idea! Thanks for the inspiration tonight!

  • how is it that the breadboard looks so damned good in this application? It’s remarkable how a simple material that is so appropriate in sparse space can look so refined when layered with this kind of talent. Madness.

  • Orange coffee flower image is beautiful, but I’ll take the kitchen with it! Fab. Thanks for sharing.

  • So stunning! I love the unique style of the entire place. It is collected without looking cluttered which is so beautiful. What an amazing job.

  • The first thing I thought of when I saw that black handbag was, “I wonder if that’s a Sofia Coppola for LV bag?” Ha! I can spot those gorgeous bags from a mile away. :-)

  • Wow this house is simply beautiful. I love the dark wood with the pale and pretty walls. Some many intersting and wonderful objects too. Really lovely.

  • Can you tell me the white paint color and manufacturer? Did you paint the trim and walls the same? Love it!

  • What especially struck me was how the background for the crockery cabinet was left white. So in spite of being chock full and not particularly orderly (which I appreciate), it doesn’t look messy at all. In fact, the white on white is just right for that bustling space.

  • I love that there are moments that are very layered (fireplace area is so beautiful and comfortable), yet overall it doesn’t feel cluttered; kitchen is fabulous, with wrapped marble. What about that moulding? So beautiful. The bed looks so cozy and tactile…very nice layering.

  • The neutral colors make this home feel so warm and comfortable. And I love the old beds and architectural details on every surface.

  • this is such a gorgeous home that makes you feel like you have travelled through Europe and through time with the owners…I get so disappointed with decor magazines that have homes that look so “decorated” and impersonal. I so enjoy the Design Sponge sneak peeks for REAL inspiration of REAL homes, with amazing design. THANK YOU!!

  • Love, love, love the bedding in the first photo! Where do you look for fabrics? I can’t seem to find bedding I like in retail, either.

  • This home pretty much sums up my style! The ‘Personal Museum’ philosphy is timeless, and mixing old and new is the perfect way to integrate modern pieces, (such as the stunning acrylic coffee table and the refurbished kitchen) into an otherwise antiquated setting. Every detail is interesting, from the wainscotting and crown molding, to the vintage furniture. This space reminds me alot of restoration hardware..which is a great store if this is the sort of style your into http://www.restorationhardware.com. They have some pretty incredible chandeliers.

    I think the white walls create a beautiful backdrop for all her pieces, as well as highlight the wordworking details. Im not usual partial to white, sometimes i feel like its a bit too modern for me, but the integration of all her antiques, as well as a lot of white pieces really ties it all together.

    Im absolutely CRAZY for the bedding.. and love that she creates her own from good quality textiles which isnt that hard providing you can follow a pattern. I love the mixing of the textures and really think that adds to the warmth of the bedrooms and living room.

    As mentioned in previous posts the natural light really does it for me in this. I think thats another detail that makes this home so livable! All in all, this photo set was treat to explore… and deserves its own spread in Architectural Digest. Lovely!

  • So pretty; makes white appealing for me :) Agree w/ marble. Indeed it makes the best pasta and pasty making. Lucky you. Adore a chandelier in the kitchen. I daresay homes such as this wouldn’t make it into AD bcse tehy are too inviting.

  • What a beautiful home! As always, I love the mix of old and new, and the antique French touches are so romantic and lovely!

  • I’ve been inside Rosy’s home, and would you believe it is even more divine and extraordinary in real life? Rosy’s style is incredible; probably the best adjective I can come up with is ‘flawless.’ It is easily the most beautiful home I have ever stepped foot in.

  • Beautifully designed! Love the use of colors and textiles, really gives you a somewhat cozy feeling. The use of both new and old objects really brings out the timeless sophistication with a just the right touch of uniqueness, without taking away from each look. I especially love the collection of old antiques which really suits the ‘personal museum’ aspect. Nonetheless, Rosy did an incredible job combining both new and old in a way that seems to collaborate very smoothly. Definitely my cup of tea.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Rosy and Yanik in London when they helped me style my wallpaper and product photos. Rosy had some amazing ideas like putting the model in a gigantic nest sourounded with my cushions and so on. They were not only a very professional team to work with but were really nice people as well.

  • What an inspiaration! Others have asked…vut so will I. What is the colour of paint in the bedroom, living room, reading room? Thank you for your beautiful work!!

  • i am interested in the white wallpaper in the picture with the door. Can you tell me more about it.