San Francisco designer creates posh, hotel-like interior for English client

Published 2:16 pm PDT, Monday, September 28, 2020 The open kitchen revolves around a marble-topped island


Interior designer Benjamin Dhong had clear instructions from his client when it came to reimagining 3157 Steiner St. in Cow Hollow. His client, who hailed from Great Britain, wanted a chic, hotel-like ambience that would foster conversation and offer comfort.

“It’s sophisticated, fun and sexy,” said Dhong, principal of Benjamin Dhong Interiors. “It has a London hotel vibe and there’s a mix of modern and antique details.”

Offering roughly 4,400 square feet of living space the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom versatile floor plan makes it ideal for sharing with friends.

“I’m a big believer that rooms should serve multiple purposes,” Dhong said. “It’s important that rooms have multiple functions.”

This philosophy is evidenced in the great room, which includes a kitchen island, dining area and family room.

Contemporary, monochromatic wallpaper adorns the foyer, giving it a feel akin to a hotel lobby. In addition to leading to public rooms, the foyer also steps into the home’s wine cellar.

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Address: 3157 Steiner St., Cow Hollow, San Francisco.

Price: $5.95 million.

High-end finishes abound in this bespoke, five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom residence whose interior was conceptualized by designer Benjamin Dhong. The entry level hosts a wine cellar, while the public rooms a floor above feature a de Gournay wallpaper mural and chef’s kitchen. A fireplace warms an owner’s suite whose spa bathroom includes a soaking tub. A one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment that can provide the incoming owner with rental income resides on the lower level. Sale includes expansion plans for a partially covered rooftop deck.

Mirrors and wallpaper are two design tools Dhong uses to reimagine interiors.

“Wallpaper adds warmth and character and mirrors add light and reflectivity,” Dhong said. “In one room we used smoked-out mirrors to enhance that club, late-night feel.”

An accent wall in the family room features de Gournay wallpaper, the hand-painted mural is titled “Views of Old India” and nods to Anglo-Indian culture, Dhong said.

Now available for $5.95 million, 3157 Steiner St. looks as good now as when Dhong completed the remodel around 2012.

“The design is timeless,” he said. “It’s as fresh today as it was then and it appeals to all ages.”

Listing agent: Justin Fichelson, Fichelson Real Estate Group, 415-264-6829, [email protected]

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