Last month, the San Francisco Chronicle commissioned me to shoot a series of stories for their Home and Design Magazine, to be published over the next few months. The first one to run was one of my favorites – a rambling mansion in the Eastlake neighborhood of Oakland.

Stephen Kopff and his partner Joshua Stenzel have taken on renovating building with amazing care, inventiveness, thoughtfulness, and style. They’re taking their time, living with the design, and making it a place that is uniquely their own. And did I mention the two dogs and twenty chickens? Seriously, a dream assignment.