A 500-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio Is Bohemian and Eclectic

published Aug 15, 2023

A 500-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio Is Bohemian and Eclectic

published Aug 15, 2023
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Gina Quagliata, a junior designer at The Workroom, lives in this 500-square-foot San Francisco studio apartment with her dog, Bruno. A New York native, she’s been living in California for eight years, and for two-and-a-half years she’s been renting this studio apartment in an Edwardian building built in 1906, where she got a great deal during Covid on the rent: $1700 a month!

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“I found this apartment on a Craigslist posting, which consisted of a few blurry photos. I had a hunch I needed to see it in person,” Quagliata begins. “From the moment I arrived, I could visualize my life there. What caught my eye straight away were the arched windows that look downhill towards the Marina and let in abundant light. The architectural details of the building have such character, like the ornate molding, wall treatments, and gothic door hardware.” 

When it came to decorating her 500-square-foot space, she took a thoughtful approach. “I’ve found that it’s best to take the pressure off of buying everything right away so you can live in the space, learn how you move through it, and decide how to highlight your favorite parts!” she explains.

“After picking out the main furniture pieces, I visit flea markets and vintage stores to curate pieces of different styles to create an eclectic feel,” she continues. “I love it when furniture and art have stories behind them — a big reason why I thrift!”



  • Entry, dining room, living room, bedroom — Kelly-Moore “Bone”
  • Kitchen, bathroom — Kelly-Moore ”Swiss Coffee”


  • Vintage mini framed art — Alameda Point Antiques Faire
  • Yellow vintage barware — Alameda Point Antiques Faire
  • Floral oil painting — Heirloom from my grandmother
  • Gold leaf barware — Heirloom from my grandmother
  • Silk flat-weave rug — Moona Star Collective
  • Uni wall hook — Virginia Sin
  • Brass file folders — Fog Linen


  • Velvet sofa — Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
  • Acrylic peekaboo coffee table — CB2
  • Vintage Turkish runner — The Workroom Shoppe
  • Parisian lady oil painting — Rose Bowl Flea Market
  • Plaster wall art – Club Cu
  • Evocative Style design book — Kelly Wearstler
  • Large glass beads — Alameda Point Antiques Faire
  • Hikari wall sconce — Mitzi
  • Wyat candelabra — Virginia Sin
  • Taper candles — Mo&Co
  • Mosaic pot — DIY by me!


  • La Rue brass floor lamp — Currey & Company
  • Vintage French 1960s rush chairs — Round Top Antiques Faire
  • Dining table and benches — Melrose Trading Post
  • Peacock Lady original print — Melrose Trading Post
  • Venado painting — Art by Lana
  • Jute woven rug — Loloi
  • Pink reclaimed cabinet — Zen (an Indonesian furniture shop in LA that closed)
  • Agate bookends — Melrose Trading Post
  • Vintage mirror — Found at an estate sale


  • Thomas Hayes Studio walnut cutting board — Palevsky
  • Dots terry hand towel — Olive & Linen
  • Iron bar — Fog Linen
  • Vintage oil painting — Round Top Antiques Faire
  • Textile art in rattan frame — Alameda Point Antiques Faire
  • Live edge floating shelf — Urban Outfitters
  • Tribute radio — Crosley
  • Vintage Afghan rug — The Workroom Shoppe


  • Wyatt bed — Urban Outfitters
  • Reclaimed wood headboard — Zen (an Indonesian furniture shop in LA that closed)
  • Winters pillow — Uniq’uity
  • Cactus silk lumbar pillow — Etsy
  • Market stripe linen duvet cover — Schoolhouse
  • Maya bouclé blanket — Sefte
  • Large canvas oil painting — Etsy
  • Roger stool — Sika Design
  • Ansel vintage glass table lamp — Urban Outfitters


Thanks, Gina!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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