interior designer, historian, author
Paul has been a San Francisco resident for over three decades, where he graduated from the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in 1975. With wide professional experience in both commercial and residential interiors coupled with an extensive working knowledge of the history of architecture, interior design and decorative arts, Paul specializes in period-style projects for historic buildings, extending from all aspects of interiors to many design issues concerning building exteriors, ranging from style-appropriate color schemes to garden and landscape design concepts, to expert advice and guidance for proposed old-house remodels and additions, as well as for all-new construction projects in period styles. Examples of his work have been widely published in periodicals and books. An avid proponent of historic preservation, his professional activities include lecturing, writing, and teaching about historic design. Paul’s expertise has led to frequent appearances on various television programs, including the PBS series “This Old House,” and most often on the HGTV series “Curb Appeal.” In collaboration with noted architectural photographer Douglas Keister, Paul has written several books, including The Bungalow: America’s Arts & Crafts Home (1995), Inside the Bungalow: America’s Arts & Crafts Interior (1997), Outside the Bungalow: America’s Arts & Crafts Garden (1999), and Victorian Glory in San Francisco and the Bay Area (2001), all published by Penguin Putnam Inc., and a series of small-format books called Bungalow Basics (2003-2004), published by Pomegranate. Paul’s two most recent books, Beyond the Bungalow: Grand Homes in the Arts & Crafts Tradition (2005) and Along Bungalow Lines: Creating an Arts & Crafts Home (2006), were both collaborations with photographer Linda Svendsen, and published by Gibbs Smith.