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Name: Melinda Gorham and David Charles
Location: Glen Park, San Francisco
When Melinda moved into her two bedroom Glen Park apartment five years ago, the cream walls and gold fixtures were definite eyesores. Luckily, her amenable landlord gave her free reign to remodel, so the painting, fixture replacing and personalizing began immediately. Now with a new housemate, her fiance David, the home is......full of playful color, a carefully curated art collection and personality. The mixture David's Greek Brazilian heritage and Melinda's refined aesthetic has created a home that is finished yet comfortable all in all....
The bright blue walls of the living room invite you in immediately. Decorated with a mix of art, books and plants, the room begs to be used to wind down from a long day. The artists gracing the walls range from Barry McGee to Matt Furie to Melinda and her daughter Karson. The entertainment console which houses the television was contracted by a furniture designer on Etsy. The couch is from Therapy, pillows are from Urban Outfitters, the gray chair is an eBay find and the rocker is obviously Eames.
Some of my favorite elements of Casa de Rodrigues are found in the bedrooms and dining room. Melinda and David's bedroom is a modern cocoon, a room for relaxation and shelter. The walls are simpler, painted in a matte charcoal paint with few things hanging except the modern interpretation of a cross and 30 golden teeth created by Bay Area aritst Crystal Moray. The white bedding and curtains add peacefulness and harmony to the room.
The room of Melinda's daughter, Karson is every sophisticated twelve year old's dream. Described by Karson as "Contemporary Victorian, the room boasts eggplant walls, a bed draped with fabric resting against a velvet headboard, a chandelier and hot pink bed side lamps.
The dining room is obviously a gathering place with large refinished IKEA table (you would never know) with a bench from Ohio Design on one side for seating. A AJ Fosik "animal head" adorns the mantel as an homage to Melinda's hunting father. The toy collection against one wall has been expanding over the past five years, most recently additions from the couple's recent trip to Japan.
Melinda's office is used to store her nick nacks and small collections as she likes to keep the rest of the house tidy and neat. The stairway leading in to apartment is a gallery of artists the couple knows from around the world.
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