SF House Tour: Lisa's Creative Apartment

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Name: Lisa Coris Location: San Francisco Size: ~1300 sq. ft. Years lived in: Rented for 12 years!

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We can always tell when we walk into a home that's been been decorated over time, the furnishings and objects not just there to fill up the space, but a collection of things the owner spent years putting together. Lisa's apartment definitely falls into this category, and we weren't surprised to learn that she's been in the same apartment for 12 years - it manages to feel magazine-spread ready and incredibly comfortable at the same time.
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Perhaps most impressive is the fact that she's a renter working with pretty strict restrictions from her landlord - no painting and no holes in the walls. She gets around the former by offsetting the white with colorful accessories, and the latter by great use of the apartment's picture rails, not to mention her own creative ways of displaying art. It's also no surprise that Lisa's creativity extends beyond her home, she makes and sells jewelry and paints - you can see some of her work on her website as well as in her home.
Her mixing of periods & genres, as well as her extensive yet judicious use of art and accessories, means it's one of those homes you could spend hours in, never running out of things to look at.

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AT Survey:

My/Our style: eclectic, artistic, worldly, with a mid century modern and crafty flair

Inspiration: so many friends with great taste. Also things I see in magazines and books and stores, through windows and on the side of road.

Biggest Challenge: always wanting to make a change!

What Friends Say: So much art! great place – how long have you lived here?

Biggest Embarrassment: the kitchen and the bathroom and the dirty old windows– blech. (it's a rental)

Proudest DIY: all the art I have made myself. and all the furniture I've assembled myself. And even all the goodies I've traded for with the other goodies I've made.

Biggest Indulgence: first, letting my roommate and his part of the rent "go" so I can live alone. Second, my room+board couch and my vw rabbit which allows me the space to cart around goodies I find at the flea market.

Best advice: no rigidity. no rules. Just enjoy your space. also, not too much clutter! (still working on that)

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Resources:

General: etsy (of course!), craigslist, flea markets, and for some staples ikea, room + board, Crate & Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond and west elm.

Appliances: I think of all the goodies I REALLY want and find almost all of them on craigslist including the kitchenAID blender and my stainless steel juicer. Or else bed bath and beyond with all those 20% off coupons!

Hardware: Not a lot as I am a renter.

Furniture: Most of my favorite vintage pieces I find in thrift stores, flea markets, etc. But if I am going to lie on it (ie. my couch + my bed) I won't skimp! I will get em new and pay the price.

Accessories: Everywhere! But lately from my travels, fleas and thift stores.

Lighting: I love old working lamps – almost all of them are from craigslist and the fleas and garage sales. I also love my west elm orange lamp.

Rugs and Carpets: Some vintage finds from the flea; bamboo coverings from cost plus and a great shag rug from crate & barrel and west elm.

Window Treatments: I wish! n/a

Beds: I have a great wooden frame from west elm and I got a day bed/couch which folds out to a double guest bed (lubi) from cb2.

Artwork: I make it, I trade for it, I buy it wherever I travel, flea markets, garage sales, thift store, friends make it, I find it on the street…..I LOVE art!

Paint: I cannot – I am a renter

Flooring: I cannot – I am a renter – but I LOVE using FLOR tiles

(Thanks, Lisa!)

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Photos by Elizabeth F. Clayton

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