Designer Marea Clark Tranforms a Pacific Heights, San Francisco Condo

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“A lot of times, people are hesitant to use pink,” says San-Francisco-based designer Marea Clark. But when she got a request from one of her best friends to help give her top-floor condo a refresh, she knew her friend would have no problem welcoming the bright hue. Indeed, the Pacific Heights building in which the young family lives is often referred to as “the pink building” by influencers and passerby who frequent its exterior for their Instagram photos. “It’s this really pretty pink,” says Clark of the French-inspired building, designed by architect Henry Gutterson in 1925. “It definitely influenced our decision to go with pink in the dining room.”

When the owners—a young couple with a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter—first moved into the pastel property, the existing dining room was “sterile,” as Clark recalls it—a stark contrast to the playfulness of its exterior. “We wanted to just really transform it,” she says. “It was like, let’s make it really magical and fun and playful.”


To accomplish this, Clark looked to the walls first, a process that she says was collaborative with the homeowners. “She’s a creative person. She definitely has a sense of style and perspective,” Clark says of her friend. “We must have looked at a million different wallpapers until we found the right one.” The winner? A Schumacher wallcovering called “Costermans Garden” in powder pink.

At first, they weren’t sure if the client’s husband would like the choice. But, “he greenlit us so we just went all-in,” says Clark. To further play up the pink wallcovering, Clark added a ribbon of cranberry trim around the room.

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With the walls as the centerpiece of the room, Clark dialed it back for the furnishings. The massive Rose Harlow dining table was found on Chairish for a bargain. “That was an amazing find because typically those tables are $25,000,” says Clark. The pale pink chairs were made custom to echo the wall’s color palette. The deep chocolate sideboard was a vintage find that Clark had lacquered. Other pink and gold accessories play into the room’s whimsical feel.

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Ultimately, the room’s aesthetic is an ode to Clark and her client’s Southern roots, who both moved from Kentucky to California years prior. “It’s a nod to tradition by using antiques and florals, but then also adding some of that more restrained West Coast, laid back element.”

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