SF House Tour: Vicki and Jon's Updated Sunset Home

SF House Tour: Vicki and Jon's Updated Sunset Home

Lily Gahagan
Apr 8, 2008

Name: Vicki and Jon
Location: Sunset District, San Francisco
Size: 1100 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 2

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We first got a peek at Vicki and Jon's home a few years back in our annual Fall Colors Contest - needless to say, our interest was piqued. The pair have been going through the sometimes agonizing process of remodeling their house, but judging from the pictures they've been getting along really well. They were kind enough to include a few "before" shots so we can see just how far they've come - amazing what some paint and hard work can do!

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The use of color throughout the house adds a lot of fun and really warms up the rooms. The couple have done a great job combining calming shades with enough bright pops to keep the entire place engaging, and the reds in the office are a great way to keep energy levels up when working from home. But that could change - according to Vicki the office is slowly turning into a nursery.

AT Survey:

Our Style: We try to mix the old with the new. We tend to prefer clean-lined, simple furniture, but don't mind mixing it up with something more traditional.

Favorite element: Our bed. We bought a new platform bed and bedding. We used to have a mattress on the floor. We feel like grownups now.

Biggest challenge in designing our home: Choosing all the tiles for the kitchen and bathroom during our remodel. I had no idea how many different types of tiles are out there!

What friends say about our home: I've heard that the colors we painted the walls make the home feel comfortable and inviting. Anything seemed better than the hideous yellow and pink that was there previously!

Biggest embarrassment in our home: The stairway that leads to the backyard, and the backyard itself is scary.

Proudest DIY: We were left a dining room set and china cabinet by the previous tenant who was not able to take it with them. At first, we were thinking of getting a new dining set, but had no idea how to move the large set out of the house. We ended up reupholstering the chairs ourselves and painted the inside of the cabinet white. We love it now!

Best advice given or received: Wait till you've lived in the house for a while before buying all your furniture and art. Collecting our pieces slowly makes us love each element of our home.

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Resources:

Hardware:

Bathroom fixtures – Restoration Hardware

Kohler pedestal sink, tub and toilet – Lowe's

Bathroom medicine cabinet – Hold Everything

IKEA LACK shelves in living room

IKEA BJARNUM/MOSSBY shelf in kitchen

Furniture:

Couches – Bessini Furniture

Kitchen cement counter table – Craigslist

Kitchen stools – Room and Board

Office desk – Craigslist

Daybed – Craigslist

Bookshelf – Hold Everything

Dining room set – came with house

Side table - Target

Accessories:

Palm tree and silhouette pillows – Thomas Paul from eBay

Bolster pillow - West Elm

Patterned living room pillows - Jonathan Adler pillows from Hold Everything

Candlestick pillars – Trove Home in Berkeley

Vases – Crate and Barrel

Melamine trays – Thomas Paul

IKEA ESTESISK Magnetic board in kitchen

Whiteboard – The Container Store

Table placemats – Deadly Squire

Amy Butler fabric on dining room chairs

Lighting:

Living room table lamp – Thomas O'Brien for Target

Living room floor lamp – Crate and Barrel

Office task lamp – Thomas O'Brien for Target

Paint:

Living room – Sherwin Williams, Blonde

Bathroom – Restoration Hardware, Silver Sage

Bedroom – Restoration Hardware, Atmosphere Blue

Office – Behr paint

Kitchen – Behr paint

Rugs and Carpets:

Office carpet – Jonathan Adler for Hold Everything

Living room carpet – West Elm, bought from Craigslist

Tile and Stone:

Kitchen floor – Best Tile

Kitchen backsplash – Bisazza glass tile

Bathroom – Home Depot subway tile

Bathroom floor – Best Tile

Window Treatments:

Silk curtains – Friend bought for me from India

Beds:

Evan platform bed – Pottery Barn

Bedding – Dwell Studio

Artwork:

Lotta Jansdotter print above the fireplace

BW photo above fireplace – by friend

Yellow/Blue flower print – littlepaperplanes.com

Bedside painting of us done by customcanvases.com

Framed butterfly wings – brought back from Costa Rica

Owl print – Etsy

BW photo in bathroom – West Elm

Thanks, Vicki and Jon!

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Photos by Vicki
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