Name: Lisa Neimeth, Peter, Jackson and Tess
Location: San Francisco
Size: Approx. 2200 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 9
Welcome to our house! I am Lisa Neimeth, a ceramic artist and sculptor, presently focusing on hand formed tableware. I live in an 1886 Dairy farmhouse (we found some old delivery papers in the walls!) located in the Inner Sunset in San Francisco with my husband Peter and my two children-- Jackson and Tess. I was so thrilled and amazed to stumble upon this house for sale 9 years ago. With its soaring 50 year old Monterey Cypress trees and double wide lot, assorted outbuildings and greenery everywhere—it was a mini-compound of a dream come true!
As an artist, my visions and use of this property were endless. I immediately spied the falling down chicken coop in the yard, as my studio and envisioned forts and a treehouse for the kids. The separate loft cottage was a great way to pull in some income as a rental property and the detached garage was just charming. Being able to work at home in such a beautiful serene spot, but still have complete urban access, is truly a dream.
Our Style: The style of our house is somewhat eclectic though adhering to the simple farm house lines that pre-exist our input here. I tend to go with what visually appeals to me and then I find a place for it.
Inspiration: Influences are Asian, African, Mexican—simple, folk art, comfortable. I would love to go for some more industrial farm house elements throughout.
Favorite Element: being able to see greenery from every room-sometimes I feel like I live in a treehouse!
Biggest Challenge: keeping the house in order and neat with 2 kids and not lots of extra space.
What Friends Say: “I can’t believe we are in the city!- This feels like the country!”
Biggest Embarrassment: some leftover furniture elements from past distressed furniture stage—I would LOVE to get rid of the hallway and living room table. I want to build some tables using the piles of found wood I have and some large stones—Japanese tea garden-esque.
Proudest DIY: transforming the chicken coop into a usable functional studio—clearing out, plumbing, electricity, sheetrock, tile flooring.
#2: the VERY large treehouse my husband built out of salvaged materials. Contrary to what most people say about their play structures—our kids really use it for all sorts of imaginative play. Right now it is Tess’s Diner.
Biggest Indulgence: Top notch appliances—Bosch dishwasher washer/dryer, Sub-Zero fridge and Viking stove. A splurge for sure, but these industrial strength pieces are still going strong after nearly 9 years—well worth it.
Best Advice: Be flexible in your home design. If something appeals to you find a way to work it in to your home decor. Don’t get pulled in by having to have a defined style or look—but be sure that it can all live together. Incorporate high and low elements—expensive couch, cheap chairs (especially if you have kids) so that when they are trashed and you’re are so sick of looking at them, you can get something new and not feel guilty. And, yes, if you are going to go for the good sofa—one word: slipcovers.
Dream Source for Stuff: Martha Sturdy resin furniture; heavy teak furniture at the Gardener; ABC Carpet and Home for everything for the home; Carpinteros in Santa Fe, NM, for gorgeous handmade furniture.
Appliances: Cherin’s for appliances
Rugs and Carpets: California Carpet and Home
Tiles and Stone: Lyngso in Redwood City
Beds: Mcroskey Air flex, also a splurge but a terrific bed!
Artwork: my own, friends, love to check out Polanco on Hayes Street for up and coming Mexican artists—have bought several pieces from them; the street, installations in coffee shops-great place to buy inexpensive art from talented up and comers, open studios, my kids!
Flooring: floors are original wood floors
Thanks, Lisa, Peter, Jackson and Tess!