Name: Caitlin Flemming
Location: Presidio Heights — San Francisco, CA
Size: 725 square feet
Years lived in: 7 — rented
Caitlin's interior design blog, Sacramento Street, caught my eye a few months ago. I knew my visit to San Francisco would not be complete without a tour of the lovely home of this creative interior designer! Caitlin's space is small, functional and absolutely adorable.
Caitlin and her husband have lived in San Francisco for seven years and have managed to hold on to their 725 square feet in the heart of the Presidio Heights neighborhood. Caitlin works next door to their apartment (what luck!) and her husband works in sports marketing. Together they've created a home that feels calm, spacious and full of personal details.
What I like so much about Caitlin's space is her eye for seamlessly blending new and old items into a cohesive look. The apartment looks carefully put together but still manages to feel casually elegant. The color palette of whites, grey/blues, metallics and pops of dark wood unifies each room and creates a great flow. Caitlin's style, which is communicated so well on her blog, is perfectly reflected in her personal abode. I can see why they've hung on to this great apartment when many friends are buying or moving to bigger homes.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Clean, crisp, and a mixture of old and new.
Travel is a big source of inspiration for me. I'm constantly thinking of the next city or country I want to visit. And I love incorporating pieces I bring back into my interior — they always remind me of some of the great experiences I have had.
Our stunning original glass French doors and the amount of natural light we get throughout the day.
My biggest challenge is the size. I've been living in our studio apartment for nearly seven years. There are times when I crave more space. You have to be so selective when you buy anything. I pretty much have to give something up when I buy something new.
What Friends Say:
They love the element of the unexpected and there always seems to be something new and interesting that catches their eye that didn't before. It also evokes my personal style and is very unique. It immediately feels like home when you walk in and doesn't feel over designed.
I chose what I thought was the perfect gray paint. However, I went away for the weekend while they painted it. When I came back, I basically had a blue apartment. I learned a big lesson — check the paint they give you before using it. After a little melt down I grew to love the color — it now feels like a heavenly oasis.
I'm definitely not known for DIY. That being said, I purchased a bedside table with marble top at the flea market — it was painted sea foam green. I had planned to paint it white, but the paint peeled off in huge pieces revealing a beautiful wood patina.
My Osouk rug in the dining room — it completely transformed my apartment. I was the fourth hold on it so I thought I'd never get it but as luck would have it — it became mine!
Layering is a must! Whether it's adding different textures, stacking boxes or creating a beautiful composition in a tray, layering pieces on one another allows you to curate items around the room so they have purpose. This also gives dimension to a room and can really make a room and space feel lived in.
I think because I work as an interior designer, there are so many sources that I've always wanted to work with and now I do. One company in particular is Oly — they have an incredible aesthetic that is always incredibly inspiring. But because I have access to one the best flea markets every single month I'm constantly repurposing items.
Resources of Note:
• chair: bought at Stars antiques in Portland
• round table: Grenouille, San Francisco
• Parsons desk: West Elm
• table lamp: HD Buttercup SF
• white TV: Samsung
• bathroom and kitchen: Chelsea Gray: Benjamin Moore
• dining, living and bedroom: Harbor Grey: Benjamin Moore
• Visit Caitlin's Blog: Sacramento Street
Re-edited from a post originally published on 4.11.12 - AB
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