Claire's Studio in the City by the Bay

Claire's Studio in the City by the Bay

Bethany Nauert
Oct 11, 2010

Name: Claire
Location: San Francisco, CA
Size: 700 square foot (?) studio
Years lived in: : 5 (with a 10 month separation) — rented

As a friend of Claire's for more than half my life, I will be the first to tell you that her apartment represents her past, present and future. She is equal parts modern gypsy and retro metropolitan, peppered with a bit of Sex and The City. Actually if Sterling Cooper, Amelie Poulain & Carrie Bradshaw got together to create an apartment in San Francisco, it could possibly be this one.

However, it feels more Parisian than American — when you enter the door you immediately feel the love she has for her family heritage, her friends as well as her respect of literature, music, and theater. A writer, studying for her masters at San Francisco State, she works full time at her new job with a major advertising firm downtown as a creative assistant. Not only is she helping to plan her sister's wedding this Fall, she also dabbles in part time theater training. The self proclaimed kinship she has with this apartment truly resonates in all the tiny details and her absolute love of the city itself.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Vintage inspired

Inspiration: I'm not entirely sure how to answer this question. I decorate my apartment based on what excites me. I love color, but always warm colors. I like for the space to feel lived in, but meaningful. Almost everything in my space has a story, or comes from my family. I'm very lucky.

Favorite Element: My closet (which we sadly didn't get any photos of.)

Biggest Challenge: Defining the space without closing off the room.

What Friends Say: They feel at home and inspired

Biggest Embarrassment: The pegs in my floor from my heels, but at the same time I think it gives it character.

Proudest DIY: I took a sewing table I found in the hallway of my building. I sanded it down, and then I spray painted it Tiffany Blue. Now I use it as a vanity.

Biggest Indulgence: I haven't really indulged. The most expensive piece in my apartment was a gift from my mom.

Best Advice: Don't look through catalogs, or let anyone else tell you how to decorate or use your space. Make sure it's a reflection of your life. People will feel that. And lighting, warm lighting is key.

Dream Sources:Both of my Grandmother's, my sister and my mother.

Resources of Note:


    • Sofa: My parents got it in 1989 from Lawrence furniture I think
    • Chest: Pier One Imports
    • Nightstand: a wall hanging from when we lived in Mexico City
    • Vanity: from the hallway of my building
    • Desk: Vintage store in San Diego
    • Entertainment Center: Crate and Barrel
    • Kitchen Table: Pier One


    • Lighting: All handed down from family
    • Paint: Kelly Moore
    • Flooring: Hardwood
    • Rugs & Carpets: Blue Rug, from a trip my mother and her mother took to Russia in the 70's. Area Rug, Target
    • Beds: A gift from a friend in college
    • Artwork: Doris Manoogian (Grandmother), Ani association in Fresno, Coffee Table books
    • Appliances: Not sure
    • Window Treatments: Target
    &bull: Hardware: Local Hardware Store

Thanks, Claire!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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