Name: Kristine Renee
Location: Sacramento, California
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5; rental
You don't have to step foot into Kristine's Sacramento apartment to see how bright and breezy the whole space feels. The natural light bounces off white furniture and accessories. Rustic design details mingle with flirty patterns and family treasures. It's a sweet space that starts off even before you enter the apartment building — the exterior is painted a charming salmon-pink color!
Kristine shared a lot about her home's influences in her house call. It's clear that she doesn't adhere to any one style, but rather picks and chooses items that hold special meaning or that spark pleasant memories. And any fan of older, charm-filled buildings will recognize her devotion to architectural features:
"I was attracted to the overwhelming natural light, hardwood floors and of course the Victorian charm. So what if it didn't have laundry, parking, a/c, dishwasher…, the historic architecture makes up for it. My 1920s treehouse sits on the third floor, overlooking gigantic orange trees and a quaint backyard courtyard. The original porcelain kitchen sink, built-ins and subway tile totally melted my heart. ..."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: An eclectic, ever-changing mix of linen, organics, loads of patterns, old treasures and found gems from travels— whatever speaks to me and brings a smile to my face when I walk in the front door.
Inspiration: The crazy old building itself from the salmon pink exterior walls, to the many hidden quirks— the original farm style kitchen sink that kills my back every time I do dishes, the “intercom system” which consists of a pipe that runs from the ground floor entrance to my third story flat (so not practical) and the old fruits and veggies cabinet with only a chicken wire barrier separating the kitchen from the outside world.
Favorite Element: The amazing natural light that floods through the windows. I can spy the capitol dome from my big comfy chair in the living room and people-watch as I catch up on emails from my desk. I love opening up the french doors off the dining room, grabbing a cup of tea and starting a new project at the table.
Biggest Challenge: It was important for me to create a space that embodied both my personality and vibe as well as the original architecture of the home. My landlord is very stringent and would not allow me to change out the light fixtures, paint walls or hang draperies (thanks to lead paint) so I had to get creative. Even though there are tons of things I would change out, my home is filled with a little piece of my heart.
What Friends Say: Oh my gosh Kristine, this place is so “you,” when can I move in, you need a roommate, right?
Biggest Embarrassment: The wicked heat that comes with the lack of central air conditioning in the blazing summers. Whenever I have people over during the summer months, I have a zillion fans all over the house, imagine a mess of cords everywhere. Let’s just say I prefer to meet friends out for drinks then have them suffer the wrath of my third story apartment heat.
Proudest DIY: Turning heirlooms into new treasures— I found a crazy old flower press at one of my favorite local antique shops, and have put it to good use. Never have I ever liked red roses until my boyfriend sent over a bouquet when I was in India last February, I crammed the flowers in my suitcase and pressed them as soon as I got home. Now they are scattered around the house in glass frames.
Another one of my favorites is my mom’s wedding frame in my kitchen that displays one of my favorite handmade papers from Italy (another suitcase carry on), and black and white photos of my grandparents.
Biggest Indulgence: My bedroom holds one of my favorite pieces and my biggest splurge, the bed. It’s a piece that I saw in a fancy furniture store and automatically knew that I had to have it. Months of saving pennies and now I can call it my own. I am a pattern queen, so the mix of loud floral and delicate lace bedding totally fits my vibe.
Best Advice: A dear friend once told me that “a good home is never complete,” and in every place I go, I try to make this my mantra— Leave walls empty until you find the perfect piece of art, save room for trinkets on your shelves, not everything has to be perfectly styled, your home should be an expansion of you.
Dream Sources: Original art that captures my eye and basically anything from Coup d’etat in San Francisco, this funky cool gallery and furniture showroom filled with designer originals. Oh yeah, and I am a sucker for wall paper and textiles— I’ll take one of my favorite patterns from Schumacher or Osborne & Little any day.
PAINT & COLORS
- Ben Moore Decorator White
- Bench: Ruralist (my fave local antique spot)
- Lambs Wool Pelt: Chesterfield Leather
- Runner: Antique show
- Sofa & Chair: New Dimensions Upholstery LA
- Desk Chair: Four Hands Furniture
- Media Cabinet & Coffee Table: Dovetail Furniture
- Pillows: Thomas Paul & Sugarboo
- Rug: Chandra
- Tray: Roost
- Floor Length Mirror: Uttermost
- Table Lamp: Arteriors
- Wine Jug: Found in a client’s backyard shed
- Floral Art: Vintage find, Scout Living
- Framed Calendar: Renegade Craft Fair
- Bistro Table: Also found in the same client’s backyard shed, good find, huh?
- Crazy Cactus: Green Acres
- Rug: World Market
- Dining Table: Local furniture shop
- Chairs: Wayfair
- Seagrass Tray: Target
- White Pitcher: Target
- Mirror: Vintage find
- Brass & White Bowl: Target
- Espresso: Williams Sonoma
- Glass Canisters: Target
- Frame: My mom’s old wedding frame, filled with collected treasures
- Tea Towel: Sir Madam
- Tea Towel (Sink): Good Market
- Bed: Guildmaster
- Rug: Jaipur Living
- Side Table: Dovetail Furniture
- Lamp: Vintage find from a thrift store
- Comforter: Anthropologie
- Lace Euros & Pillows: Pom Pom at Home
- Coat Rack: Roost
- Leather Cubes: Peninsula Furniture
- Towels: World Market
- Chair: Wayfair
- Side Table: Dovetail Furniture
CLOSET OF TREASURES
- Copper & Glass Photo Frames: HomArt
- Prints: Daniel Patrick Simmons (Artist)
- Mandolin, Driftwood tee-pee & others: Ruralist (my fave local antique spot)
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