Name: Vicki and Jon
Location: Sunset District, San Francisco
Size: 1100 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 2
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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
Living room table lamp – Thomas O'Brien for Target
Living room floor lamp – Crate and Barrel
Office task lamp – Thomas O'Brien for Target
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
Silk curtains – Friend bought for me from India
Evan platform bed – Pottery Barn
Bedding – Dwell Studio
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!