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A Fresh Take on Tradition by Braun + Adams

Pretty in Pastels

Designed by Kristina Braun and Emily Adams (of the California-based Braun + Adams) for a young family moving from San Francisco to the suburbs in Marin, this space manages to keep things light and fresh with a palette based on creamy whites and soft color. They wanted to do justice to the great bones of the house, an older home with traditional details, but also wanted to keep everything light, kid-friendly and inviting. Subtle pops of pastel color run throughout the house, intensifying to a slightly more ‘grownup’ shade of navy in the master bedroom that still feels connected to the paler palette of colors elsewhere). A nod to traditional design can be seen in the patterned wallpaper (the patterns themselves are large, but subtle), and a vintage bed in one of the girl’s rooms, yet these are deftly mixed in with more modern furniture choices and unified by the soft palette. We’re loving the welcoming space created by Braun + Adams in this space, and chatted with the designers for more of their notes on what went into putting this pretty pastel residence together….read on for more from Kristina and Emily, as well as some of our REstyle picks inspired by their look!


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“We tried to strike the right balance between the home’s traditional architecture and our client’s casual lifestyle.”

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Designers’ Notes: Shades of White

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“We wanted to lighten up the walls by using shades of white in most rooms, but had to work around all of the existing trim and moldings, which are Navajo White by Benjamin Moore. It’s a lovely neutral color but quite creamy for trim, which meant we had to be careful with the paint choices for the walls.” Braun + Adams used a selection of whites by Benjamin Moore, including Sebring White in the master bedroom, Linen White in the family room, and a mix of Benjamin Moore White Winged Dove and Dove White in the living room.

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“We stuck with a light color palette with pops of color and pattern and durable, comfortable pieces.”

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“The house has high ceilings, tall windows and hardwood floors throughout, so we spent a lot of time on floor coverings and window treatments to make sure the spaces felt warm. We love how it ended up feeling so light and bright!”

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Perfect Patterns

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Braun + Adams used metallic grasscloth wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, ‘Magnolia’ print paper by Cole and Son, and wallpaper by Galbraith & Paul in ‘Lotus’ print to bring delicate texture and interest to this serene dwelling.

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Shop Our REstyle Picks!

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1. Abstracted Landscape  2. Darlana Lantern  3. Cotton Throw  4. Jonathan Lounge  5. Atlas Side Table  6. Cocktail Ottoman  7. Grey Silhouette Pillow  8. Pink Slipper Fleece Pillow  9. Gold Sunburst Mirror


Braun + Adams is a full-service residential interior design firm specializing in casually elegant interiors. Founded by Kristina Braun and EmilyAdams, the team brings a fresh, upbeat perspective to creating homes that are chic yet warm and livable. Recent projects range from modern, urban spaces in Noe Valley to elegant homes in Pacific Heights to stylish, kid-friendly homes in Marin.

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