At Home: Restaurateur showcases international influences

For Bahya Oumlil-Murad and her husband Gus — owners of San Francisco’s hip Mediterranean restaurant Medjool — life at home is an oasis.

Moroccan-born Oumlil-Murad (whose father, Ali Oumlil, is the country’s ambassador to Lebanon) favors clean French style, with elegance.

The couple has resided in their contemporary, 3-story Noe Valley home for two years.

“Gus owned the house that was here. He tore it down and rebuilt this new one,” Oumlil-Murad says.

The striking modern structure is heightened by expansive, two-story walls of glass. Views extend from the San Mateo Bridge to the Bay Bridge.

The couple, who later this month are opening a new restaurant, Medallion Steak House at the site of the old Kuleto’s in Burlingame, had a foolproof plan for design: Gus was in charge of the exterior, Bahya the interior.

The entry features dramatic, 8-foot-wide walnut stairs trimmed with horizontal strips of aluminum and geometric aluminum railings.

The home’s three floors rise from office and guest room to the master bedroom and sitting room level — it has a sauna — to the third-level entertaining area.

Oumlil-Murad chose earth tones and neutral colors including warm eggshell. The ceiling is painted in three different shades to capture light.

There’s also a focus on four elements of feng shui: wood, metal, fire and air — “for harmony.”

Most of the furniture is custom-made, ordered from the Design Center.

In the third-floor living area, twin seating areas feature leather couches; one in white suede encircles a heavy metal table.

A stunning Italian and French marble fireplace with twisted, handmade glass is on the second level.

Throughout, woods from walnut to exotic tiger wood are used on floors and interior walls. With 10-foot ceilings, there is lots of inviting space.

“We’ve got a Mediterranean vibe,” Oumlil-Murad says, “from my heritage.”

Style keys

Design aesthetic: French

Design influences: Moorish and Mediterranean architecture

Favorite publications: Books on various styles of architecture

Favorite color: Hot pink — even though it’s not around the home, which is a reflection of both Bahya and Gus

Favorite object:
Two hand painted bronze statuettes from Thailand and a silk rug from Kashmir

Good place to shop:
The Design Center, surprising places encountered while traveling abroad

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