Location: San Francisco
Size: 1000 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 15 months since the last house tour and since combining households
Rebecca says, I should add it was a bit of a terror living under a tarp for 2+ months last fall as our kitchen was being dismantled to the studs (and all the floors throughout the flat were refinished)... but the results made it worth it. It was great being able to design the layout and the details to better suit the way we use and move within the space. In an effort to be "eco" from demolition to dining, we found new homes for the old appliances, some of the cabinets, fixtures, door and shelves (right down to the ironing board niche!) and remained conscientious about the decisions in finishes and appliances. The budget was fairly firm, but I think the end result was a very whimsical and elegantly simple solution to our needs.
My/Our style: Eclectomanic mix of Kitsch, Traditional, Color, Pattern, Crusty, and Modernist
Favorite Element: (still) whimsy
Biggest Challenge: (ditto on the) patience and letting things evolve
Biggest Embarrassment: It was my inadvertent chair orphanage (which I’ve come to terms with, more or less). Now it’s the bathroom.
Proudest DIY: Of late, my anal-retentiveness in wallpapering my kitchen backsplash and having the coordinating outlets align with the pattern.
Biggest Indulgence: Buying more chairs that I don’t need. We are up to 27 now.
Best advice: Go for it.
Appliances: Bertazzoni, Miele, Jenn-Air, Kobe, Waste King
Hardware: Sugatsune and Ikea
Furniture: Selective thrift storing with the occasional splurge
Accessories: Dumpster diving mainly
Lighting: Lightolier (Gaetano Sciolari), Luzifer, EQ3, Juno, Elco
Rugs and Carpets: Family heirlooms
Tile and Stone: Galleria Tile, Ann Sacks, Walker Zanger
Window Treatments: Britex and Discount Fabrics
Beds: Not above now defunct Busvan
Artwork: Marcia Teusink, Elisabeth Belliveau, Joel Werring, Tina Scherzberg, Christopher Saunders, Valeria Ghezzi, Jacinda Russell, Paul Ovalle
Paint: Ben Moore all the way.
Flooring: Steven’s Flooring for hardwood flooring and staining (mid grade quality)
(Thanks, Rebecca and Roger!)