Name: Amanda & Lincoln
Location: Ashbury Heights — San Francisco, California
Size: 1,885 SF
Years lived in: 4 years — owned
Amanda and Lincoln live in a sunny Ashbury Heights flat with their two adorable daughters, dog Mango, and cats Truffle and Kiwi. From the IKEA kitchen to the giant letter "M" on their living room wall, their 1905 Victorian flat is the perfect mix of flawless styling and the comforts of home.
Aware of the constraints that come with living in an old building, their furniture and storage solutions have been wisely purchased and placed. The result is an impressively clutter-free space. With four people and three animals in a three bedroom, one bath flat, the apartment feels cozy, yet surprisingly large. The spacious and vibrant atmosphere is due, in part, to their building being situated on the corner of the block, where it has the rare advantage of being flooded with light from both sides.
Amanda and Lincoln have done nearly everything on their own, from installing the kitchen cabinets, to ripping out wall-to-wall carpeting, to painting and decorating. Each room is a testament to their resourcefulness and a glimpse at the way they live. Amanda's job as a personal chef might have had something to do with the success of their newly remodeled kitchen. Furnished by IKEA, Lincoln did most of the demolition and installation himself. Clean, modern and inviting, this space works well for their family and is an excellent use of a difficult floor plan. Aware of creating usable space, enhanced with elements they love, each room of their home is fun and eclectic, yet functional and well thought out.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Not sure I have a particular "style." I just buy what I like and it usually fits. Maybe eclectic?
Inspiration: I love reading Swedish design blogs. Everyone seems to know how to decorate in Sweden. I also like some of the British design magazines, they always have something interesting that the American magazines lack.
Favorite Element: The dining room. I feel like a grown up, finally having my own dining room.
Biggest Challenge: Since our flat is over 100 years old, closet space is limited. Creative storage solutions are a must. I have a cupboard in the den that i filled with toys and miscellaneous "junk." Under the bed storage and wall hooks are great as well.
Also, designing on a budget.
Biggest Embarrassment: Living on the second floor makes window washing difficult. I haven't figured out how to do it without killing myself, so my windows are filthy. I guess I need to bite the bullet and hire a professional.
Proudest DIY: Our kitchen. We designed it, gutted it and installed it. I like it a lot.
Biggest Indulgence: McRoskey Airflex mattress and boxspring. The most comfortable mattress I've ever slept on.
Also, fresh flowers.
Best Advice: Edit. Paint can transform any room and it's cheap.
Dream Sources: Paris flea markets. Amsterdam
Resources of Note:
- • Hallway Runner: FLOR rug tiles
• Chandeliers: West Elm
- • Paint: Behr Silver Moon
• Sofa, Side Table, Large Lamp & Rug: West Elm
• Pendant Light: Le Klint
• Desk: Crate & Barrel
• Windsor Chair: Eldrid Wheeler
• White Chairs: Custom
- • Side Table: Eldrid Wheeler
• Rug: West Elm
• Sofa: Pottery Barn
- • Counters: Caesarstone Organic White
• Faucet: Grohe
• Cabinets, Sink & Floor: IKEA
• Yellow Cabinet: Pottery Barn
• Candelabra: Anthropologie
- • Ceiling Paint: Behr Silver Sateen
• Dining Chairs: Ikea
• Chandelier: Pottery Barn
• Ottoman with Storage: Ballard Designs
- • Paint: Behr Silver Moon
• Headboard: West Elm
• Floating Side Tables: IKEA
• Lighting: IKEA
• Wall Mounted Candelabra: Anthropologie
- • Ceiling Paint: Behr Barely Pink
• Bunk Bed, Rugs & Wall Art: IKEA
• Kitchen Set & Dollhouse: Pottery Barn
• Mirrored Dresser: Z Gallery
• Poster: Urban Outfitters
• Bedding: Dwell Studio
• Wall Sticker: Target
Thanks, Amanda & Lincoln!
Images: Kathryn Wiens
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