Name: Greg, Brian and their dog Mr. Biggs
Location: Mission District — San Francisco, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 5 — owned
A feast for the eyes, this home is inspired by Golden Age elegance and luxury of the 1920's Art Deco era. Homeowners Greg and Brian have meticulously embraced color, texture, and metallic patterns reminiscent of historical grandeur and their home is teeming with Hollywood Moderne chicness. After months of an arduous bathroom renovation, their place is even more vibrant, opulent and ready to dazzle visitors.
Furthering the line of luxury and comfort, Greg and Brian provide choice accommodations for everyone in their home, not just themselves. Their dog, Mister Biggs Barker, is a Chiffon (half chihuahua, half brussels griffon) who has his own monogrammed four-poster bed — although, he settles for spots of sunshine in their light-filled living room, too. The token women of the home, who are sure to avert evil with their super powers, comfortably reside on custom display shelves covering a wall in their office niche. Even doughnuts, robots, and big-eyed creatures from the likes of Greg's eccentric San Francisco art collection hang proudly on the walls. No doubt, fanciful character and modern chic find harmony alongside the gorgeous striped, dotted and metallic wall textures and fabulous furnishings throughout Greg and Brian's decadent condo.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Hollywood Regency; Modern; Art Deco
Inspiration: I get most of my inspiration from reading blogs like Apartment Therapy! Also Design Sponge, Things That Inspire, The Style Files, Retro to Go, The Peak of Chic, Habitually Chic, Dwellers Without Decorators, Desire to Inspire, Digs Digs, Casa Sugar, Alkemie…
Then there are the magazines I read: Elle Decor, Atomic Ranch, California Home & Design, and House Beautiful.
I have books by design legends like Billy Haines, Gio Ponti, John Lautner, David Hicks. I also like the work of several current designers, like Woodson & Rummerfield, Jonathan Adler, Jay Jeffers, Preston Lee, Greg Natale, Jaime Hayon, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Jan Showers, John Loecke, Kendall Wilkinson, Miles Redd, Kim Betzina…I could go on and on.
Favorite Element: Our neighborhood. The Mission District is vibrant and always evolving…we are surrounded by fantastic restaurants and cafes, and we are only a stone's throw away from the Noe Valley and Castro Districts. It's a natural extension of our home in many respects.
If we had to pick one furniture piece, it would be our Wegner wingback chair in the living room — puts a smile on our faces every time we use it.
Biggest Challenge: Actually, it's not being able to do our whole place all at once! We have slowly been acquiring furniture and accessories for the last 4 years. While our place is mostly put together, we still have a list of projects we want to complete. We have the most plans for the bedroom at the moment — (rug, curtains, new chest of drawers, bench, accent chair, etc. all still to come). Also, we are just now starting to collect art and other pieces to add as accents, after investing so much time/money on choosing furniture for the last four years.
What Friends Say: "I love all the color", "This place is well put-together!", "That Keane painting is creapy, get rid of it", "This is not a child-safe home", "You get great light in here!", "Where is the guest bedroom?"
Biggest Embarrassment: We had custom-made bookshelves fabricated based on my specifications at Books & Bookshelves here in San Francisco. I wanted the bookshelves to be black. My big mistake was in telling them to paint the bookshelves black, instead of having them stained dark instead. When we received the bookshelves, they were 'tacky' (meaning objects on the shelves sort of 'stick' to the surface). They still are to this day. Well, live and learn.
Proudest DIY: The stripes we painted for the accent walls in the dining room and living room. Also, the wrapping paper we used as a backing on our living room bookshelves.
Biggest Indulgence: A complete bathroom teardown and remodel — working with Tineke Triggs, principle of Artistic Designs for Living (interior designer) and Cook Construction (contractor).
Best Advice: Start with a blank slate, as much as that is reasonably possible.
When we moved from our old 710 square feet apartment into our new 1,100 square feet condo, we got rid of most of our hand-me-down and particle board furniture and tried to live with the bare essentials (we didn't have an 'emotional' attachment to most of our possessions). It was very soothing for a while to have all the empty space. It's easier to imagine the possibilities and reach your design vision that way.
Dream Sources:Plantation SF, L I M N, Monument, Alameda Antiques Faire, Roche Bobois, Art Deco Collection SF
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- • Dunn-Edwards Mixing Base: 901 Permasheen L/1 Gallon custom formula 1-15,4-1y,13-.125, semi-gloss (trim in most rooms)
• Benjamin Moore Golden Cherry 069, flat (hall walls)
• Benjamin Moore Succulent Peach 068, flat (hall ceiling)
• Dunn-Edwards FOB 5W15-X formula 1-15,4-1y,13-.125, flat (living room walls)
• Dunn-Edwards custom, flat (living room ceiling)
• Benjamin Moore Sea Mist Green 2041-50, flat (dining room walls)
• Benjamin Moore Soft Mint 2041-60, flat (dining room ceiling)
• Benjamin Moore Spring Meadow Green 2031-40, eggshell (kitchen walls/ceiling)
• Benjamin Moore Neon Celery 2031-60, semi-gloss (kitchen accent wall)
• custom beige (bathroom wall & ceiling)
• Decorator's White (bathroom & office cabinetry and trim)
• custom blue (bathroom sink cabinetry)
• Benjamin Moore Sweet Bluette 813 (office walls & ceiling)
• Benjamin Moore Coconut Grove 1029 (bedroom walls)
• Benjamin Moore Firewood 1027 (bedroom ceiling)
• Benjamin Moore Chocolate Mousse 1025 (bedroom trim)
- • custom landing strip area with drawer and shelving: Seidman Woodworks
• Sputnik ceiling light: InMod
• art: pet portrait by local artist Missy Feigum
• Saville valet tray: Jonathan Adler
• Jaiper hand-tufted rug: Gilt Groupe
- • Swan Chair, Barcelona chair with ottoman, Noguchi coffee table, Nelson bench: Alphaville Design
• Couristan rug: Macys
• sheepskin throw: Design Within Reach
• red ant pillow by Beu Hisey: Propellor
• lamb pillow covers: West Elm
• custom bookshelves: Book & Bookshelves
• custom media wall shelving: Seidman Woodworks
• cylindrical LED lights: Design Within Reach
• Saarinen end table: Room & Board
• custom nesting side tables: Room & Board
• lacquered box: Plantation SF
• AJ Floor Lamp: Design Within Reach
• Marina media console by Cristian Wicha: BDI
• vintage owl table lamp: Monument
• Platner side table: Design Within Reach
• monkey figures: Monument
• Louis 5D sconces: Ligne Roset
• Venus sconces by Luceplan: Lumens
• Blomus magazine holder: Findecor
• Sony Bravia 52" plasma: Best Buy
• small glass vase and bird ceramic: Dandelion San Francisco
- • Cross Extention Table by Matthew Hilton: Design Within Reach
• dining chairs: Design Within Reach
• Mercer buffet: Plantation SF
• wall art: Petaluma artist Pat Smoot (painting above buffet); San Francisco artist Eric Joyner (framed on wall)
• plaster ceiling medallion: San Francisco Victoriana
• mirrored wall clock: gifted
• Angela Adams Spike Pool rug: Zinc Details
• vases on table: IKEA, Heath Ceramics
• Teco art pottery (on buffet): Room & Board
• candlestick: SFMOMA Museum Store
• Flower Loop vase: Black + Blum
• murano glass chandelier: Design Within Reach (we got this at a warehouse sale for a steal!)
• Eames molded chair: Design Within Reach (another warehouse sale purchase)
• all plates and servingware: Crate & Barrel
• Reidel wine glasses: Sur La Table
• Chilewich woven placemats: Chilewich
• napkins: Dandelion San Francisco
Our kitchen was remodelled by the previous owners. This was one of our criteria when house-hunting — we wanted something that was functional and contemporary without need to remodel. We love the bamboo veneer cabinetry, poured concrete countertops with their worn patina, and floating shelves!
- • birds wall decal: Etsy
• Kitchenaid mixer: Macys
• compost bin: Crate & Barrel
• Oven: Garland
• Refrigerator: Northland Designer Series
• K4 faucet: Grohe
• Banana fruit bowl by Harry Allen: Velocity Art & Design
• white bowls: flea market find
• WMF bar tools set Heinrich Fiedeler & Michael Raasch: Unica Home
• oval art frames: Cuddly Rigor Mortis by Kristin Tercek
- • Wing bed: Charles P Rogers
• Classic Greek Key bedding: Williams Sonoma Home
• Vanguard nightstand: Horchow
• wood side table: Horchow
• Tulip pendant light: BoConcept
• iron crown canopy dog bed: The Well Appointed House
• nightstand lamps: vintage
• desk: Ethan Allen
• deco dresser: hand-me-down
• art: vintage Keane print from 1960's
• Volute Mahogany wallpaper: Bradbury & Bradbury
- • interior design by Artistic Designs for Living
• wall tiles: Thassos Polished Octagono
• floor tiles: Celestial Starry Blue Polished
• faucet: Samuel Heath
• sink: Kohler
• medicine cabinet: Robern
• Calliope Sconces by Thomas O'Brien: Circa Lighting
• Bling Chandelier by Robert Abbey: Lumens
• all cabinetry/shelving: custom woodwork
• countertop and kickplate: Caesarstone
• shower hardware: Rohl
• shelf: Restoration Hardware
• laundry hamper: Hafele
- • interior design by Artistic Designs for Living
• Anemone overhead flushmount by Robert Abbey: Lumens
• Serenity Chocolate wallpaper: designyourwall.com
• mirror and shelving: custom woodwork
• toilet: Toto
• Phantom Circle floor tiles: Waterworks
• faucet: California Faucets
• Isabella sink: Whitehaus Collection
- • desk unit: Techline
• display case and storage wall: custom woodwork
• Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto: Design Within Reach
• Aeron chair: Sit For Less
• Barton Flushmount light fixture: Restoration Hardware
- • Honeycomb blinds (living room, dining room, bedroom): Hunter Douglas
• double-paned windows: American Home Renewal
• environmentally friendly Insulsafe blown-in insulation: SDI Insulation
Thanks, Greg & Brian!
Images: Beth Lundell Garver
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