Alexis & Josh Make Room for 3

Alexis & Josh Make Room for 3

Bess Friday
Dec 4, 2012

Name: Alexis & Josh
Location: Lower Nob Hill, San Francisco, California
Size: 950 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; rented

Originally Alexis and Josh were planning to go all Art Deco with their charming Nob Hill apartment built in that era. Instead they gave each room its own style by incorporating a variety of eras and inspirations, including some standout DIY projects. Now they face their next design challenge: how to incorporate an exciting new element into the mix — their first baby.

It's no surprise that Alexis and Josh have taken a smart and stylish approach to creating a space for the soon-to-be-newest member of their family. A whimsical DIY book mobile inspired by a window display at Anthropologie floats above a darling white wicker bassinet given to the couple by their friends. Beyond that and a few other necessary pieces, they are keeping it simple and figuring it out as they go. The end result is a warm and wonderful spot for a new family to grow.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Alexis is old Hollywood glam — all things brass. Josh's style is more rustic (but he holds a secret love for Victorian curve-legged furniture).

Inspiration: Originally, I wanted to really run with Art Deco, which is the period the building was built, but in the end each room had its own inspiration element that we'd go off of. The bathroom has the un-mutable green tile, there's the bright natural light in the bedroom, and the living room started with the grey velvet sofa.

Favorite Element: I love everything about the bedroom. The brightness of the white walls and all the natural light just make you feel good in the morning. I love my vanity where I can take my time in the morning to put myself together (Josh can attest to this, I reeeeally take my time), and I love the playfulness of our house cats on the wall.

Biggest Challenge: All of the different power cords! They're under the desk, the tv, they wrap around the living room. They're everywhere and I never know what to do with them.

What Friends Say: We're a little obsessed with candles, so the first comment is always on about how the place smells. The object that gets the most comments is the light fixture Josh built in the dining room. Edison bulbs and reclaimed wood are definitely past their heyday, but we're still milking it. We also commissioned our artist friend, Blaise Rosenthal, to create a piece of art for the dining room. It fits the space perfectly, and always gets rave reviews from our friends.

Biggest Embarrassment: Did I mention the power cords? Aside from the cords, my biggest embarrassment AND my most loved room is the bathroom. Taking long showers in the spacious shower is what I love, but the fixtures, tile, toilet, green glass doorknob, and sink can go! This room made it in on 2013's New Year's resolutions, so come back in a year and hopefully it will no longer be so embarrassing.

Proudest DIY: Alexis' proudest DIY is the cat stencil in the bedroom. Stencils are no joke — the paint bleeds, they never line up perfectly, the stencil gunks up and needs to be cleaned off every few uses, it's a mess. Josh's proudest DIY is the dining room chandelier.

Biggest Indulgence: We always joke about how the kitchen trash can is the most expensive thing in the house. At nearly $200, it felt like a big indulgence — bought with wedding gift certificates, we're pretty frugal. The second biggest indulgence was the headboard in the bedroom, it only cost $10 but I had to pay for a guy in Florida to pick it up, package it, and ship it from a very stubborn Ebay seller.

Best Advice: Go big. Big pieces make a room feel bigger. Art is a good place to go big since it doesn't take up any floor space. Also, anything you might ever want is probably on this website →

Dream Sources: H.D. Buttercup, Kelly Wearstler's shop, and Brown Design Group shop — they did the guest suite in this year's Santa Barbara Design House and Gardens that was perfection.

Resources of Note:


    • Mercury Candle: Anthropologie Caldrea / volcano
    • Dresser, lamp, knick knacks are thrifted
    • Mirror: craigslist


    • Sofa, rug, TV cabinet, side table, coffee tables: Craigslist
    • Leather chairs, chinoiserie mirrors: garage sale
    • Magnet board, art: DIY
    • Accessories: Home Goods, Plantation, Z Gallerie, or thrifted
    • Desk, bookshelf: Ikea
    • Einstein pillows: Etsy shop Sarasmiledesign (


    • Art: Blaise Rosenthal (
    • Light: DIY
    • Table: Craigslist
    • Chairs: Overstock


    • Frames: Ikea
    • Rug: Pier 1
    • Island cart: Ikea


    • Headboard: Ebay
    • Dresser: thrift
    • Bedside dressers: Ikea
    • Sheepskin, vanity, mirror: Craigslist
    • Stools: Overstock
    • Bedside task lamps: West Elm
    • Dresser knick knacks: Home Goods
    • Bassinet: pulled from a dumpster and given to us by GOOD friends


    • Towels: Lacoste
    • Shelf: Ikea
    • Accessories: Home Goods

Josh loves the frames with photos in the kitchen. As a wedding photographer, it's fun to see photos from OUR wedding up at our house. ☺ The other images are from our travels, and it's like a wall of good times — a reminder everyone should have in their home.

Thanks and congratulations, Alexis & Josh!

(Images: Bess Friday)

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