Names: Sarah Becker of Sarah Becker Skin Care, Carrie Maxwell of Habit and Tammy Quang of TNails
Location: Marina; San Francisco, CA
Size: Approx 1,600 square feet
Years worked in: 3 years
Three different businesses share this classic San Francisco Victorian apartment-turned-workspace, and the incredible women behind them have worked together to create an environment that is as harmonious as it is unexpected. Whether you find yourself at 3212 Fillmore Street for an expertly performed wax, facial, mani/pedi or all of the above, you are guaranteed to find design inspiration in everything from the window treatments to the wallpaper.
From the moment clients enter this discreet second floor flat (complete with secret passcode), they are transported from the chaos of nearby Lombard Street into a chill alternate universe where each room has its own special flavor, complete with enchanting curios and great tunes (no Enya here). The only thing more lovely than the space and treatments is the wonderful women who administer them. Their energy and warmth outshine even their fabulous surroundings.
Apartment Therapy Survey
My Style: A little glamour, a little fun and always something a little bit unexpected.
Inspiration: I wanted the space to feel like the home my clients have always longed for.
Favorite Element: The thick boat ropes used as curtain tie-backs.
What Friends Say: You have the best work atmosphere!
Proudest DIY: Once again, the rope curtain tie-backs.
Biggest Indulgence: The 18th century Versailles dome chair
Best Advice: Take your time collecting things and go to many difference sources so your space doesn't look too contrived.
My Style: Usually on the masculine side, and I love collections of any kind.
Inspiration: Clothing. I find I get most of my ideas from a magazine spread. Color combinations are easier to visualize that way.
Favorite Element: By keeping the common space neutral, each room becomes a jewel box. I love the surprised look on a client's face when they enter a treatment room.
What Friends Say: Does your house look like this?
Biggest Embarrassment: The yellow painted stairs. In my mind I pictured a Costume National vibe. I enjoy their displays, but my concept didn't make the same impact. Dealing with that is next on my list.
Proudest DIY: I am not handy at all but I'm really good at finding people who can either help or give great advice to help me figure something out. I'm not above begging either.
Biggest Indulgence: My landscaping. The indulgence for me comes in sitting back and letting someone else make something beautiful. It's a unique quality of having a green thumb and being completely artistic and clever. The hand painted back drop in the light well is one of my favorite solutions they created.
Best Advice: Nothing is permanent, so just try it.
Dream Sources: Totally cliche? The world. I'm convinced that there are tons of options that I'm just not seeing. I'm terrible at Internet orders and visualizing what something may look like. I want to be in Morocco, or Guatemala, or Istanbul to see it for myself. Something closer to home? I keep meaning to check out the Cavalier and Martin showrooms. Both seem over the top and cheeky. Qualities I can appreciate.
My Style: Simple and clean, less is more.
Favorite Element: Wallpaper — took the extra measure to have it fiber sealed.
Biggest Challenge: Being organized in such a small space. In fact, it used to be a storage closet!
What Friends Say: They're impressed that I've done so much with a small space. It sends a good message for the world to live big in a small blueprint.
Biggest Embarrassment: My first big purchase was a large leather spa chair. When I dreamed of one day owning my own business I thought it symbolized luxury. Turns out it was way too large and bulky and needed to be returned. I lost money on that return. Taught me not to force a idea.
Proudest DIY: Putting in the hardware floors.
Best Advice: Sit in your space, visualize how you will do things. Your purchases will present themselves when you think things through.
Resources of Note
Paint and colors:
Lounge- Benjamin Moore - Senora Gray
Treatment Room - Benjamin Moore - River Gorge Gray
Floors in both rooms - Benjamin Moore - Dragon's Breath
18th Century Dome chair, sofa and cowskin rug: Green Couch Design
Refreshment table & desk (which is actually a vintage bar): Alameda Flea Market
Coffee & side table: Urban Outfitters
Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs
Art: Bae Home & Design and my own ceramics
Light fixture: Roost
Cabinets and stainless steel table: Ikea
Duvet cover: Anthropologie
Sheepskin rug: Pottery barn
Light fixture: Roost
Vintage anatomical chart: Etsy
Antique mirror: Alameda Flea Market
One of the HABIT gals refers to her home as "thrifted, gifted, or lifted". I have to say I have a lot of that going on at HABIT too. Some things are on "perm-loan" from friends, others from random vintage stores, and some I inherited from my husband's grandmother's home.
Common space flowers: Natalie Bowen Design
Landscaping: Crooked Nest
Wallpaper: Ferm living
Custom window shade: Dehlia
Custom cushions for custom built bench: Cushion Source
Pillows and Tray: West Elm
Light fixture: Paris Hotel Boutique
Thanks, Sarah, Carrie, and Tammy!
(Images: Bess Friday)
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