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’s first project was turning this front bedroom into a home office. She made a built-in desk from bamboo plywood and new wall shelves of formaldehyde-free Medite medium-density fiberboard. Here, too, she began to experiment with wall finishes; over a coat of light-colored acrylic paint she used a dry brush to apply tinted acrylic glaze. Salvaged French doors open the room to the cozy front patio.
Photos By Barbara Bourne