House Tour: James and Roderick's Handmade Modern

House Tour: James and Roderick's Handmade Modern

Jul 11, 2007

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Names: James Lord and Roderick Wyllie
Location: San Francisco
Size: 750 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 3

Tucked into the Corona Heights hills, James Lord and Roderick Wyllie, principals in Surface Design, have fashioned an intimate live/work space in an Edwardian home. It�s a dream setup for the landscape architect couple, who run the firm out of the first floor flat. You may have seen the garden they built out back in ReadyMade this spring; here�s a look at their apartment upstairs.

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Our style: Weird eclecticism.

Proudest DIY Moments:
Home: Roderick and James reno�d the living room to make the most of views and light: They took out the drop ceiling and opened the room up to the roofline, replaced tiny south facing windows with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors that lead to garden, and built a sculptural wall with cut-outs to block off the kitchen and create a large closet off the bedroom.

Garden: The couple leveled and retained the terraced garden, which is built on an axis to follow the diagonal grid of San Francisco. The garden serves as a gathering spot and laboratory for new plants. There are more than 100 species including a collection of succulents and proteas. The pair designed stacked fencing on three sides to allow for privacy and to let in light. The gravel is crushed granite, a permeable material often used in European public gardens.

Collections: Succulents, marble slabs, artwork

Dream Source: Handmade furniture at BDDW in Nolita, NYC

Reality Source: Vintage furniture stores in Redondo Beach, CA; parents, friends, salvage

Most embarrassing thing about my home: Roderick: I just bought a Bang & Olufsen phone. It�s embarrassing to have a fancy phone, but I�m happy with it and it easily disappears.

Biggest indulgence: 42-inch flat screen TV

Had forever: A Chinese watercolor painting from Roderick�s grandmother.


Flooring: Brazilian Cherry
Custom Made Bed: David Pierce/Ohio Design and Manufacturing
Couch: �Ben:� from Propeller
Bentwood light: David Turnbridge Design
Dining room Table: Vintage Danish modern, inherited from Roderick�s parents
DR Chairs: Hans Vegner-esque, from Vintage store in L.A

Plants: Flora Grubb, SF Botanical Garden @ Strybing Arboretum Plant Sales
Gravel: Lyngso
BBQ: Big Green Egg

Thanks, James and Roderick!


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