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The San Francisco Victorian of Restoration Hardware’s Creative Force

by Kevin O'Gara

Celia Tejada bought her home in the 1990s, about 100 years after it was originally built. This San Francisco Victorian had fallen into major disrepair – the ceilings in some rooms had fallen in, and the attic had no floor – but Celia was up for the challenge. She fixed it up while retaining as many original details as possible, salvaging crown moldings and keeping the original marble sinks in many of the bathrooms. Although the space is always evolving, its clean, black-and-white palette represents the classic and modern elements infused into the home’s style. And as I discussed in my ode to dark walls, the dark ceilings and walls in Celia’s home make the rooms feel as expansive as the night sky. This home was built for entertaining, with intimate and personal settings for friendly gatherings. In fact, every week, Celia has a group of friends over for tertulia, a bohemian Spanish-style culinary and literary gathering.

Celia grew up in Valderredible, Spain, in a small, rural community of just over 100 people. When she was encouraged to seek a more rigorous education in the city, she took the opportunity, eventually attending an Italian design school in Bilbao on scholarship at age 15. After graduating, she worked for a luxury kitchen design showroom for several years before moving to San Francisco, CA. Despite her background in interior architecture, Celia started channeling her creativity into fashion, and launched the Celia Tejada fashion house. After her first fashion show in the fall of 1987, the label took off and she was soon selling in boutiques and department stores like Barney’s, Bloomingale’s, and Neiman Marcus. But after the economic downturn of the 1990s, Celia started looking to take production overseas. As she took a pause in the fashion business, she started a new journey that took her back to her roots in interior design.

During this break, Celia’s friend — who worked at Pottery Barn — introduced her to Gray Friedman (President of Williams-Sonoma group at that time). After a long lunch with Gary, Celia was hired to lead the vertical-integration of the Pottery Barn brand, and 17 years later she joined Gary once again as Chief Creative Officer for new concepts at Restoration Hardware.

Celia’s passion is not just for design, but rather for life. Her home is a testament to this belief – it’s always full of art and often full of people, with a focus on comfort and easy entertaining. Her home is about  gracious, relaxed spaces where people can feel welcome and relaxed. Each vignette in her home tells a story – whether it’s a photograph she took herself, or a message sitting in a typewriter. It’s a mix of high and low that always ends up looking chic- with a coat of black paint. –

To see how Celia’s home has evolved, check out this tour from 2004 on and her kitchen renovation on .

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Celia painted her Victorian all-white, with dark grey steps leading up to the doorway. Her huge peace-sign has evolved over time – at one point it was covered in faux red carnations. At the moment, it's outlined in a simple string of lights that illuminate at night.
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In the entry, an oversized chandelier was hung off-center to create a focal point above the entry table. A simple mirror with a black frame sits above the table, in front of which Celia often creates imaginative vignettes. On the far wall, a vintage typewriter serves as a piece of art.
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A bright pink African juju hat hangs above a beautiful photo Celia's friend took in Africa. Many of the pieces in Celia's home are gifts from friends and often come with beautiful stories and reminders of wonderful trips.
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Celia's main desk is in her loft bedroom, but she made a creative haven in the home office on the second floor, which houses inspiration, an incredible brass table, and Celia's collection of buttons, ribbon, magazines, and other materials. As you may notice throughout the home, wings are an important motif to Celia, emphasizing her spirit in flight.
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On Celia's inspiration board, a dress she designed, used in an Absolut ad campaign, takes center stage. It serves as a focal point for her creativity, with her Spanish upbringing being honored in a contemporary setting.
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The home office also serves as a guest room, with this serene daybed easily turning into extra sleeping space. Using lots of faux-fur makes the nook extra cozy!
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Vintage red runners in the hallway and larger pieces of art bring energy to the space. A red velvet bench also serves as another surface for creating a vignette, with a small chandelier sitting in a large glass vase. On each door, a tassel marks the different rooms and adds a bohemian touch to the hall.
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The guest room was originally called the dream room for a large, white canvas that simply said "Dream" above the bed. It's now even cozier, with dark grey walls and beautiful metal dressers on either side of the bed. A cozy faux fur throw from RH's premium selection keeps guests super warm at night.
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On the shelves, collected objects, books, and figurines give the room a personal touch and a fascinating look into Celia's travels and collections. On the top shelf, a signature Jonathan Adler head vase contrasts the dark walls.
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We've finally made it to the top floor – Celia's domain. On the far end of the long loft, a simple assortment of pillows and a Moroccan rug provide a casual seating area and the perfect view of the street below. Every wall of the loft has a window, creating a bright, ethereal feeling in the room.
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A collection of Celia's jewelry is displayed on silver busts, below photography prints in simple black frames.
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In Celia's kitchen, a long shelf runs the length of one wall, providing the perfect space for essential cooking tools and dinnerware for easy access - and a great place to create an interesting vignette. With her collection of white serving and dinnerware contrasted by an extensive collection of cookbooks, this shelf vignette is always evolving.
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Celia's state-of-the-art kitchen is chic black and white, with thick Calcutta marble slabs for the countertops. It has two stovetops, three sinks, and two dishwashers – a dinner party dream! Her stove even has a special eye just for paella pans.
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Between the entryway and the kitchen, a long daybed backed by a mirrored-wall and a small round dining table provides a casual dinner table or breakfast nook.
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This area is also the scene of an ever-changing vignette, with new art, objects, and books bringing different perspectives to the shelves that surround the daybed and the long shelf above the mirror.
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At night, the warm glow of the chandeliers, candles on the table, and painting beyond create a feeling that the room has no ceiling. It's a magical room that's often filled with chatter and laughter late into the night!
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Celia's simple courtyard carries her modern aesthetic outside, with slate tiles and a small round fountain in the center.

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