Name: David and Jeremy
Location: San Rafael, California
Size: 954 square feet
Years lived in: 1 1/2 years; Owned
David and Jeremy purchased their condo just over a year ago, and they have been busy making the home their own with a colorful sense of style—and lots of DIY projects. The home reflects David and Jeremy's equally vibrant personalities, and the stories behind their place are hysterical.
You can see the difference just a year has made for these two and their home if you check out their their House Call from last January. Using great paint colors as a base, David and Jeremy have layered in colorful accessories, geometric prints, and modern furnishings.
The home is a collaboration of tastes between the pair, and they each try to rein the other in when one gets out of control. A good example is a story they shared with me about one of David's impulse purchases. Notice the sailboat in the dining room? That was part of a lot of vintage items purchased from Gilt while David was on pain meds following the removal of his wisdom teeth. Fortunately for David, the sailboat survived Jeremy's critical eye, while a few other purchases had to be donated. The compromise and collaboration between these two feels natural and relaxed.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Our style represents a clash between eclectic and contemporary schemes. Think of Alice in Wonderland with a dash of SOMA style.
Inspiration: The un-natural contrasts of colors around San Francisco, like a colorful set of patio furniture against a plain decaying wall.
Favorite Element: The color scheme—it definitely brings the home to life with the added accessories.
Biggest Challenge: Trying to know the space beforehand in order to start the design process. Like any other new home, you don’t know what your limits are until you try them and sometimes, that big hole in the wall from a failed floating cabinet is a bigger problem than when you started.
What Friends Say: It’s usually around the spectrum of coziness, a chic lounge bar, and/or a man cave for all sexes.
Biggest Embarrassment: Definitely the counters, wish we were able to change them before the shoot—the granite’s color kind of ruins a part of the color aesthetic in a sense it almost gives it a safari theme (which in the right setting would look good, but just not in this).
Proudest DIY: Oh My God! PAINTING THE CABINETS—we bought a DIY cabinet painting set due to its good reviews and to save money; it was fun, but then it became such a bigger task than we expected. Living in a condo, we didn’t have a driveway or a garage to store all the cabinet doors while painting or drying hence it literally took over our whole home for about a week.
Biggest Indulgence: We believe comfort is a necessary investment when it comes to your home aside from style. So anything that at any point you have to sit or lay on, we definitely overspent (beds, couches/sofas, chairs... etc).
Best Advice: Don’t over-do it when you start, we definitely realized doing one room at a time and actually “living” in it made us rethink our design choices ergonomically for the better.
Dream Sources: Apartment Therapy of course, showrooms at A&G Merch., Blu Dot, West Elm, EQ3, CB2, Houzz, Instagram, Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Digest.
PAINT & COLORS
- White walls throughout: BEHR Igloo
- Dark grey accent walls throughout: BEHR Sled
- Kitchen cabinets: Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations in Winter Fog
- Bedroom walls: BEHR Anonymous
- Guest bathroom: BEHR Bering Wave
- Sofa: EQ3
- Throw pillows: IKEA
- Coffee table: EQ3
- Curtains: Bed Bath & Beyond
- Floor lamp: Gilt Home
- Media console: Pier 1 Imports
- Table lamp: HomeGoods
- Hanging prisms: Umbra
- Track lighting: IKEA
- Floating shelf: IKEA
- Green stool: The Container Store
- Leather lounge chair: Harvest Home
- Side tables: West Elm
- White twigs: IKEA
- Vase: IKEA
- Geometric art piece over sofa: HomeGoods
- Table: IKEA
- Chairs: IKEA
- Butcher block kitchen cart: IKEA
- Floor lamp: Target
- Hanging bar cabinet: IKEA
- Picture ledge: The Container Store
- Mirror: thrift store
- Bar stool: HomeGoods
- Tile backsplash: Heath Ceramics
- Rug: IKEA
- Headboard and bed frame: West Elm
- Bedding: West Elm
- Throw pillows: IKEA, HomeGoods
- Chandelier: Amazon
- Side tables: West Elm
- Bedside lamps: HomeGoods
- Mirror: Bed Bath & Beyond
- Dressers: IKEA
- Console table: IKEA
- Victorian lounge chairs: HomeGoods
- Shower curtain: IKEA
- White cart: Target
- Rug: Urban Outfitters
- Magazine holder: HomeGoods
- Orange towel hooks: Amazon
- Futon: Scandinavian Designs
- Coffee table: West Elm
- Rug: IKEA
- Desk: IKEA
- Lounge chair: Overstock.com
- Shelving: IKEA
- Bookcase: IKEA
- Floor lamp: IKEA
- Side table: IKEA
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