Thuy's Modern Parkside Charmer

Thuy's Modern Parkside Charmer

Jess Watson
Dec 15, 2009

Name: Thuy Le
Location: Mission District, San Francisco, CA
Size: Probably around 700 square feet
Years lived in: 8 months

Thuy works long days and long nights (and often long weekends) as a lawyer so keeping a calming and clutter free home is a must for her sanity. Her discerning eye has left her with an apartment that is modern and well designed while managing to avoid becoming a slave to trends. And if her art adorned walls ever start to bore her, she can just open her curtains to watch all the happenings going on at Dolores Park across the street.

When Thuy took the HomeGoods StyleScope survey, her result fit her like a glove: "You keep up with culture, style, and trends, but have a classical appreciation for beautiful forms, simple lines, and well-made functional objects."

Her streamlined space features items she loves and classic furniture pieces. An avid reader (look ma, no TV!), Thuy uses her expanding library as a major decor element. Beyond her books, Thuy has a large collection of original art from a wide variety of Bay Area artists (you may recognize the Rex Ray in her living room) that she has been assembling for the last seven years. In a city where much of the art is influenced by the latest "it" movement, Thuy isn't afraid to buck the fads in favor of what she likes intuitively.

The architectural details and soothing paint colors of her apartment were an immediate draw when she decided to rent the apartment, but the "hideous" light fixtures and drab window treatments left much to be desired. After searching far and wide, she found solutions that match her design sensibility and add a bit of drama to her bedroom and living room.

The elusive "they" always says, "Less is more." In this case, we wholeheartedly agree!

AT Survey:

My style: According to the HomeGoods StyleScope survey: Elegant Modern. I'm not a fan of knick knacks, so the only things allowed in my apartment are art, books, and things that are functional.

Inspiration: The Case Study Houses.

Favorite Element: My art collection. Most of it is local, obtained as gifts or from Bay Area galleries, fundraisers for local art organizations, and SF/Berkeley Open Studios.

Biggest Challenge: Velcro (my kitty!). My apartment is small and he needed all the normal kitty things (e.g., scratching post, climber, litter box), so it was a challenge to find modern, chic cat stuff and to blend it into my limited space.

Biggest Embarrassment: My kitchen. There is not much space to play around with.

Biggest Indulgence: Rex Ray painting.

Best advice: My philosophy with design (in both fashion and home decor): avoid being overly trendy and trust your gut.

Dream source: Monument in the Mission, Propeller in Hayes Valley, 1stdibs.com.

Resources:

Living Room
Art: Rex Ray, John Patrick McKenzie, Elisheva Biernoff, Matthew Tischler, Estandelau Passos, Kate Phillips, Rebecca Loyche, Truong Tran and more.
Couch: Blu Dot
Pillows: Etsy, Marimekko
Cat condos: Otis and Claude CLIMB
Chairs: vintage Herman Miller Eames desk chair and rocker were gifts, vintage black chair from craigslist
Coffee tables: 50's Danish purchased at Retro at Home
Console (converts to dining table): 50's Danish purchased at Klassik by Lynne
Desk: West Elm, traded from friend in exchange for a table and chairs
Rug: Crate and Barrel Outlet
Lamps: George Nelson bubble lamp, Artecnica pendant lamp, desk lamp from Crate and Barrel Outlet
Clock: Little Clock Shop
File cabinet, curtains: IKEA
Desk organizer: Design Within Reach warehouse sale

Bathroom
Art: Victoria Ngo
Shower curtains: Marimekko
Poem: The Poetry Store at the Indie Mart
Blinds, accessories: Target
Light fixture: IKEA
Orchid: best boyfriend ever

Bedroom
Art: Elisa Sassi, Peter Foucault, Rachel Austin, Pearlyn Tan, vintage 50's poster (which I had mounted) from Alamo Square Flea Market
Bed and dressers: American Modern Furniture
Bedding: West Elm, Marimekko
Bedside tables: EQ3
Lamps: bedside lamps are Pablo, lamp on dresser is from craigslist
Curtains, makeup holder, jewelry basket: Target
Rug, light fixture, jars: IKEA
Cat scratchers: ebay
Jewelry tree: Red Envelope

Hallway
Art: Vicente Montelongo, George Rodrigue, Alan Lewis, Charles Kruger, Audrey Roy
Bookshelf: Blu Dot, purchased off craigslist
Sapein bookcase (used as shoe stand): Design Within Reach
Coat Rack: Design Within Reach warehouse sale
Plant composition: Flora Grubb

Kitchen
Art: Yijun Liao, artwork purchased at art market in Yerevan, Armenia
Cubitec shelves: Design Within Reach
Modernica Eames chairs
Table, light fixture: IKEA
Curtains: Target

(Thanks, Thuy! And we hope you have a happy birthday today!)

Images: Jessica Watson

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