Theresa Gonzalez

Theresa Gonzalez is a San Francisco-based editor, writer and designer. She focuses on minimal, environmental design and DIY, and teaches sewing online at
Six Stylish Sofas for Small Spaces
After I ordered my custom sofa, I felt anxious during pretty much the entire 6-week wait time for delivery. I worried that it wouldn’t fit into the hallway to my living room, even though I made sure to measure it. I imagined myself donating it to the building and just leaving it in the lobby, eating the $1600 cost. Luckily, the little guy fit in perfectly. I was thrilled, and have owned it for 4+ years now. Are you living in or moving into a smallish apartment, or need an office lounger?
May 4, 2019
Heather’s Sunny San Francisco Space
Name: Heather Frank Location: Alamo Square Park, San Francisco Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Rented Film, fashion, and French culture are just a few of Heather Frank’s favorite things. The video producer turned turned this classic San Francisco apartment, which sits right above Alamo Square Park, into a space that reflects all of her passions. It’s an eclectic mix of Japanese art, movie posters, vintage furniture, and travel mementos.
Mar 5, 2014
Krzysztof’s Modern Deco-Inspired Home
Name: Krzysztof Palacz Location: Buena Vista, San Francisco Size: 880 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; Owned House tour veteran Christopher Reynolds tipped me off about his friend Krzysztof’s San Francisco apartment. Since I trust Christopher’s eye, I didn’t ask for many details, and showed up site unseen with tripod in tow. Krzysztof first had me at the Cherner chairs, a modern classic I’ve been coveting since design school.
Feb 27, 2014
Made in America: Handmade Pottery
Handmade pottery is my latest Pinterest obsession. I’m ready to upgrade from my plain white Crate and Barrel plates, which I scored at Goodwill, to something a little more special, like these handmade pieces. They fit the bill for what I’m looking for, although my budget isn’t quite there yet for a whole set. (A friend of mine registered for a full set of Heath, an idea I liked). Do you have any favorite potters not featured here? Share below!
Feb 27, 2014
Kristen & Kourosh’s 70s Modern California Beach House
Name: Kristen Philipkoski, Kourosh Karimkhany, and daughter Frida Location: Pacifica, California Size: 2,000 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years; rented When Kristen Philipkoski, a science writer turned fashion blogger, spotted this 70s beach house in Pacifica, just 15 miles south of San Francisco, she knew she had to have it.
Feb 2, 2014
Lisa’s Colorful, Art-Filled Home
Name: Lisa and Chris Hauswirth, kids Emma and Cole, and dog Buster Location: Inner Richmond, San Francisco, California Size: 3,000 square feet Years lived in: 10 years; Owned Two things that stood out for me in Lisa Hauswirth’s home: her use of color, and her collection of original artwork, which she says wasn’t crazy expensive (her favorite sources: Etsy, Saatchi online, and the local Paul Thiebaud Galley).
Jan 18, 2014
Nico and Michelle’s Contemporary Condo
Name: Michelle, Juliette & Nicolas Sauzier Location: SOMA; San Francisco, CA Size: 1,266 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned Michelle and Nico are one of my favorite couples in San Francisco. They met in a very kismet-type of way: Michelle spotted Nico, a French expat with his own interior architecture and design business (Design By Nico), in a friend’s photo and was instantly smitten.
Jan 11, 2014
New Year’s Resolutions for My Apartment
I love my apartment and there is very little I would change. But lately, after hosting several guests over the last few months, I’ve noticed that it could use a little TLC. So rather than make resolutions like ‘lose weight’ or ‘budget better,’ this year I’m making resolutions to give my apartment a little love. Since I think resolutions should fall on the positive side I’ve thrown in some random acts of apartment kindness.
Jan 2, 2014
My Latest Obsession: The Hot Water Bottle
We’ve had freezing temperatures in San Francisco this week, which is way worse than getting them in, say, New York. Our windows are old and drafty and not insulated for this kind of weather. In fact, I’ve lived in two apartments with no heat at all. It’s not uncommon here, where temps don’t tend to dip below 50. But this season, my Chilean boyfriend turned me on to the hot water bottle. I hadn’t used one since I was a kid with the flu.
Dec 12, 2013
Easy DIY Project: Making Your Own Cloth Napkins
I’m not quite ready to go off the grid but I try to be eco in small ways, like turning off the faucet when washing dishes, keeping lights off in rooms I’m not using, and not using paper towels. Using cloth napkins is just one of those things that I’m hooked on. A few stats from Earth911 help put things into perspective: 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used in the U.S. every year.
Oct 28, 2013
Karen’s Micro Space in Marin
Name: Karen Baumann of Intrinsic Design Location: Corte Madera, California Size: 460 square feet Years lived in: 2 years; Owned When I arrived at Karen Baumman’s apartment in Marin County, just 15 miles north of San Francisco, I was greeted with a glass of delicious lemonade, squeezed from the Meyer lemons growing outside. It was a gorgeous day and the apartment was flooded with sunlight — a nice feature for a 460-square-foot space.
Oct 14, 2013
Shira’s Berkeley Bungalow
I first saw Shira Gill’s home through an Airbnb link that my friend forwarded to me, and I was instantly smitten. Shira, the owner of a professional organizing business called Simply Sorted, keeps her home exactly how I would (and sorta do). Her decor is minimal and clutter-free without being boring, an impressive feat with two little girls.
Oct 10, 2013
Small Space Solutions: Off-the-Wall Room Dividers that Work
image:b1df9e6ce2d284f7eacdde073b54b87576d1c11c w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I’ve always lived in small spaces, and even wrote about how I prefer it here. Not only do I like the design challenge of a smaller apartment, but living small also allows me to live in great cities, which can get pricey with more square footage.
Aug 30, 2013
Seeing the Light: Best Tips for Brightening Up a Dark Space
I’ve recently found myself in the dark. I work in a windowless office (well, those who have windows keep their shades down because of “glare”) and I am temporarily living with my boyfriend who has a lower-floor apartment with no direct sunlight. I’m dying.I live in foggy San Francisco too, so needless to say I’m craving light in a bad way. In the meantime, I’m dreaming up ways to brighten my bf’s pad.
Aug 15, 2013
Before & After: A One-Weekend Bathroom Refresh (+ Painting Tips from a Lazy Perfectionist)
With the warm season starting, I’ve become obsessed with all things white. So I’ve returned to my rental white walls in the bathroom, which feels so fresh and clean for summer. Check out the results below. I used the same color on the baseboard and moldings so I didn’t need to worry about that clean line of paint as the color changes (the most frustrating part of a painting job to a self-proclaimed lazy perfectionist).
Jun 3, 2013
6 Rental Updates that Won’t Break Your Lease or Piss Off Your Landlord
I’ve been in my rented apartment for three years and it’s starting to look a little dingy — water stains from a rainy winter have become a white-wall eyesore, my old bathroom never looks clean, even when it is, and the bedroom carpet has started to lose its newness. I’ve refreshed it in ways that are mostly on the cheap and won’t challenge my lease agreement, and thought I’d share them here. Got more ideas? Add them below! 1. Rescue dingy grout.
May 9, 2013
A Work-From-Home Mini Manifesto
As an Apartment Therapy contributor and design addict, I’m pretty sensitive to my living and working environments. Right around the time Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer banned employees working from home, I was asking my boss if I could work from home a couple of days a week.I got to the point where I couldn’t handle the 2.5 hours of commuting every day, which entailed three forms of transportation.
Mar 21, 2013
A Floor-to-Ceiling Guide to Spring Cleaning
What I don’t love about the chore of spring cleaning is that once the weather gets nice I want to run outside, not be cooped up at home with rubber gloves and a duster. This month, though, is sort of that sweet spot when I can still justify a day indoors before I start to blow off my apartment for greener, sunnier pastures. Here, I try to make the process less of a chore with our roundup of best spring-cleaning tips.
Mar 19, 2013
How to Survive Without a TV
I moved three years ago with every intention of buying a new TV when I arrived. But after months of procrastination, it became less of a priority. I started watching the shows I liked online (Parks & Rec, Mad Men, 30 Rock) when I had the time and with limited commercials. I also enjoyed the money I was saving without a cable bill. I struggled too with the idea of bringing a giant black box into my small space, which I had spent months carefully designing into a serene and cozy place.
Jan 24, 2013
Before & After + How To: Tufted Dining Chair Seat Cushion
I posted this Before & After on Design Sponge a couple of years ago, but I never had the chance to show how I did it. You can figure out the paint part, obvi, but here’s how I actually tufted the seat. Enjoy!What You Need: 1 yd.
Feb 22, 2012
7 Tips for Keeping the Peace (and Quiet) With Noisy Neighbors
The other night I became a total apartment-living cliché. It was 5am and my upstairs neighbor had been hitting snooze (yet again) on her siren-pitched alarm clock for close to an hour. I finally stormed out of bed, stomped to the broom closet, and gave my ceiling several vigorous whacks. Not my best moment, or morning.To keep you from meeting the same pre-dawn fate (and well, looking like a lunatic), I thought I’d research more neighborly etiquette.
Jan 12, 2012