From Ugly Duckling to Sustainable Swan: A Bay Area Home

Earth plasters, reclaimed wood, wheatboard, bamboo and handcrafted décor turn a nondescript 1940s Bay Area cottage into a home full of warmth and comfort.

Kelly gave the original living room fireplace a new look with a plastered surround and an adjacent display shelf. She plastered with Structolite—a durable gypsum plaster—then painted the walls and fireplace surround with a light-colored clay containing bits of shiny mica, and finally applied a translucent casein glaze.
Photos By Barbara Bourne