Name: Beth Cook, a personal and professional coach
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: about 900 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years; Rented
Beth is proud to be the latest in a line of lively ladies to grace this ground floor rental residence in San Francisco. When a friend of hers (who had found the rental initially through a friend of hers) couldn’t turn down the opportunity to move one floor up in the building, Beth jumped right in to transform this space into the living/working/entertaining center of her busy life.
Different styles happily coexist in each part of Beth’s home without creating a feeling of aesthetic dissonance. Even though the parts themselves differ greatly from each other, all of the rooms, pieces of furniture and art exude a sense of cultured quirkiness that marries everything together.
Making use of the large and unusual entry area was a challenge with a straightforward solution for Beth, who immediately thought of creating a dining and bar area for her dinner party and wine-tasting events. In fact, the whole home resonates as a series of interconnected nooks, design to create a sense of intimacy and refined comfort. I felt immediately welcomed into a place that was distinctly personal but also consistently, and happily, shared.
And yes, I will personally attest: the sheepskin rugs in the living room/woman cave are epic, and ridiculously comfortable!
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Rustic Modern and Vintage.
Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is people. I love entertaining and thus have thought about where and how to do it best in my flat. As far as my style inspiration, I was inspired by cigar bars in the living room/woman cave; the old television show Colombo and the Hollywood Regency style in the bedroom; and Andy Warhol/60s kitsch in the kitchen. I think the three main styles going on in my apartment represent three sides of me. I love a classy atmosphere, which describes the living room and dining room, I’m a huge romantic, which sums up the bedroom, and I also have a fun, quirky side, which describes the kitchen.
Favorite Element: The oak bar and barstools.
Biggest Challenge: It’s an old house (built in the 1890s) and so something is always going wrong. I’ve gotten used to there never being a dull moment!
What Friends Say: “Can you decorate my place?”; “If I lay on those sheepskin rugs, I’ll end up sleeping over.”; “Which wines are you pouring tonight?”
Biggest Embarrassment: I still have not filled the three recessed spaces in the hallway with artwork (and I’m an artist!).
Proudest DIY: Turning my entryway into a bar and dining space. It is sort of an awkward space to work with, but I’ve found a way to fashion in multiple ways for entertaining groups big and small.
Biggest Indulgence: The Restoration Hardware leather couch and giant sheepskin rugs.
Best Advice: Only buy things you love, and decorate all at once. You’ll feel at home quickly and it will save you time, as you don’t need to research resources from scratch. I would also suggest mixing high and low to keep costs reasonable. Spend the big bucks on a comfy couch that will last for years and go cheaper on other things (tables, chairs, storage solutions).
Dream Sources: Design Within Reach, Restoration Hardware, and San Francisco art galleries.
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PAINT & COLORS
- It was already painted when I moved in!
(Images: Alexis Buryk)
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