House Tour: Frances' Light-Filled Haven

San Francisco

Name: Frances Weiss
Location: Lower Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA
Size: approx. 450 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 3 years, rented

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If you think that this sunny San Francisco studio apartment looks familiar, congratulate yourself for having a keen memory -- Frances' bright and cozy Lower Pacific Heights apartment was a contestant in our Small Cool 2008 competition last April. We liked how comfortable and inviting it seemed, even for such a small space, so we were glad to take an in-person look at the studio and share what we saw.

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The two things that immediately struck us upon entering the apartment were the beautiful bay windows and accompanying window benches that wrapped around the apartment and the copious amount of natural light that filled the studio. But we were also impressed that Frances, a design consultant who works from home, was able to separate her work and relaxation areas. Her efficiently converted walk-in closet serves as an office that allows her to step out from her work space, close the curtain door, and take a moment to breathe in a comfortable, restful, and work-free environment. (You may notice she has another desk in the main space -- that one is purely for non-work related activities.)

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One last fun fact: Frances, who formerly worked in a tile showroom, was actually responsible for the 26th and Guerrero Market tiled wall that we once noticed and posted about last September! In the slideshow, you can see sample tiles from that project lining the backsplash in her kitchen. Seems like it was kismet that we were given the opportunity to revisit Frances' small cool space.

AT Survey:

My/Our Style: Eclectic, bohemian, girly

Inspiration: Travel, nature, design blogs, magazines, and books

Favorite Element: Bay windows

Biggest Challenge: Working from home and having my bed in my main living space

What Friends Say: That it’s cozy

Proudest DIY: Turning the lightwell outside the bathroom into a green area

Biggest Indulgence: My wool shag rug

Best Advice: See your space as dynamic – switch things around, edit

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Resources:

Furniture: West Elm, Room and Board, Ikea, Thrift Stores

Accessories: Therapy, Etsy, Jonathan Adler

Lighting: Thrift stores, Crate and Barrel, Ikea

Rugs and Carpets: West Elm, Ikea

Window Treatments: Ikea

Artwork: Artist friends, Etsy

Paint: Benjamin Moore

(Thanks, Frances!)

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Photos by Phillip Maisel

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