Name: Jim & Anna
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 2,250 square feet
Years lived in: 22 — owned
Jim and Anna's love story has definitely influenced their style choices. Both Americans, they met and fell in love while working in Austria. They spent the first few years of married life working and traveling overseas. When it came time to move back to the U.S., they brought many of their beloved pieces with them and have continued to fill their home with an eclectic mix of items from around the world.
The couple had their home built while they were still living in Germany. They had to rely on family members to make many of the tough on-site decisions and moved in 22 years ago when Anna was nine months pregnant. Talk about stressful! Looking back they both agree it was worth it. Over the years they've filled their place with favorite colors and various objects that have a lot of personal meaning to them. The dining room table and chairs came from the Italian restaurant owned by Anna's dad and many other pieces are family heirlooms. It all works together creating a cozy and casual feeling that evoke many memories for the two of them.
Along the way they've tackled a few projects on their own. As Anna tells it, "Jim really hates me watching HGTV because I see so many things on there that I like. Then I'll say, 'That looks easy, we can do that.'" Usually the projects turn out more challenging than they expected, but that just means they've had to learn a few new skills — like repairing holes in drywall and learning to spray texture. And although there are a few other changes they want to make and two rooms they're currently renovating, they've done a great job of creating a home that is as warm and welcoming as they are.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic. I don't have a definite style. I just pick things I like.
Inspiration: Things I like, I've seen on television or in magazines.
Favorite Element: I love the gas fireplace in the family room. It is very cozy and so easy. We have so many more "fires" now.
Biggest Challenge: Budget!
What Friends Say: "Your house is so comfortable."
Biggest Embarrassment: Our kitchen counter tops. We want to re-do them, but we need to put our two children through college first.
Proudest DIY: Building the white cabinet in the living room to the left of the fireplace. It's storage and display for knickknacks but also an entertainment center with room for a couple of hundred vinyl records (anybody want to buy them?).
Biggest Indulgence: After living in Europe for four years, we loved the doors. So, when we finalized the plans for having our house built while still living there, we shipped the interior doors to California.
Best Advice: Go with what you love, not what's in the decorating magazines.
Dream Sources: I do love many things from Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn. I get inspiration from just looking at their catalogs. I also like Renovation Style magazine.
Thanks, Jim & Anna!
Images: Kate Stockman
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