Name: Heather Frank
Location: Alamo Square Park, San Francisco
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Rented
Film, fashion, and French culture are just a few of Heather Frank’s favorite things. The video producer turned turned this classic San Francisco apartment, which sits right above Alamo Square Park, into a space that reflects all of her passions. It’s an eclectic mix of Japanese art, movie posters, vintage furniture, and travel mementos.
Sunshine fills every room, keeping the colorful space bright and cheerful, and two kitties (one of whom was kind enough to model for me) help entertain guests. Heather, who admits to being a little fashion obsessed, has two large closets, a real find in space-limited San Francisco. The old kitchen, typical of this city, is not her favorite, but the antique stove adds to the vintage charm.
Check out all of the creative nooks in the slideshow, and please thank Heather for inviting us into her cozy space.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: My style is a mix of modern, urban chic, and cozy. I’ve lived in big cities in Europe and the U.S., and I like to collect things from my travels, mix up themes and patterns old and new.
Inspiration: I’m inspired by modern architecture and its simple, clean lines, Japanese culture, French film, fashion, my travels and awesome friends.
Favorite Element: The light, view, and my Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
Biggest Challenge: The kitchen! It’s small and old and the cupboard space is very challenging. The tile is so 1980s and never looks clean. And the linoleum. I hate linoleum with a passion!
What Friends Say: “Should I take my shoes off?” And, “Wow, cool view!”
Biggest Embarrassment: Old linoleum floors in the kitchen.
Proudest DIY: I built my coffee table. I bought the French door for $14, and then found the steel legs online. My foot will eventually go through the glass, but it’s been surprisingly sturdy so far.
Biggest Indulgence: My home audio system. I love music and movies and spent a lot of time researching a good system. It’s not perfect yet; I still need a subwoofer.
Best Advice: Don’t try to hang pictures yourself, especially from a picture rail. Trust me. Keep it simple and surround yourself with things you love. Be patient. I think it takes a lifetime to get it just right.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
Tortoise General Store
Brookfarm General Store
Rose & Grey
Resources of Note:
Side Table - Trident Designs (my step-dad’s business)
Rugs - West Elm / Crate & Barrel
Sideboard - Homesteader
Hat Rack - Plaza Design
Wooden Chair - Somewhere in Santa Monica
Hanging Mirror – Anthropologie
Mexican Pillow - Friend DIY
Couch - Therapy
Accent Pillows - Lotus Bleu
Bookshelves - Parish Trust / Homesteader
Coffee Table - Urban Ore (DIY)
Shag Rug - Funky Furniture
Wire Basket - West Elm
Plants / Planters - Flora Grub
Wood Table - Trident Designs
Japanese Lamp - All Under Heaven
Black & Teal Chairs - Urban Home Consignment
Bird Lamp - Plaza Design
Wooden Ladder - Garage Sale
Table - CB2
Chairs - Advanced Interior Designs
White Sideboard - Homesteader
Coca-Cola Boxes - Alameda Swap Meet / Mom
Teakettle - Tortoise General Store
Plant - Flora Grub
Paris Map - Nest
Pig Head - Fat Pilgrim
Nightstands - West Elm
Gray Dresser - Homesteader
Wooden Dresser – Friend Hand-me-down
Bed Frame - West Elm
Rugs - West Elm
Ion Lamp - Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
White Lamp - Horchow
Teal Lamp – Therapy
Jean-Luc Godard Poster - agnès b.
Wooden Boxes – Mom
Green Chair – Family Heirloom
Raku Sculpture – My own art
Shower Curtain - Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
Rug & Wastebasket - West Elm
• Wooden Sign - Fat Pilgrim
Toilettes Sign - Maison Midi, Los Angeles
• Hand Towel – Atomic Garden
Desk - Urban Ore
Orange Lamp - CB2
Tintin Art – Gift
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