18. Commercial products can add flair to your home
In 1998, our San Francisco homeowners opted to incorporate striking (and hardworking) products typically found only in commercial spaces into their home, a 1906 church they were converting. Their unexpected choices included bathroom faucets operated by foot pedals, hefty marble wainscoting salvaged from a bank, industrial light fixtures, and in the kitchen, an institutional-grade chalkboard for jotting down notes, grocery lists, and recipes. The kitchen's design was even modeled on one of the couple's favorite restaurants.