Erin & Rob's Stylish & Glam Family Pad

Erin & Rob's Stylish & Glam Family Pad

Lindsay Tella
Jun 28, 2012

Name: Name: Rob, Erin, Elliott and Brother Bear
Location: Duboce Triangle — San Francisco, CA
Size: 1400 square feet
Years lived in: 3 — rented

Their ferociously friendly bulldog and all-smiles little girl are just two of the reasons why this family rocks. This is a home that draws you in; every detail comes with a story and nothing feels contrived. Erin and Rob have created a family-centered home that excudes style and glamour with each well thought-out detail. It's that seemingly effortless sense of style that is envied by many and attained by few.

It's doesn't come as a great shock that Erin and Rob have created such an awesome space. They are both creative types; Erin is a branding director for Stella & Dot and Rob a creative writer for an advertising company. After bouncing around from Atlanta to SF to NY, the couple finally landed back in SF. Tired of their annual bi-coastal moves, they decided to stay for awhile and make it home.

Erin and Rob use their space wisely and have successfully turned it from just another rental unit into a lovely home. Each room is utilized to it's full potential. The laundry room even doubled as Elliot's nap time space while I photographed her nursery (I was assured that she actually really liked the laundry room.)

There's a lot of love in this family and every time I turned I around it was noted. From the thoughtful decorating details to the art and furniture created by Erin, this home is a seamless mix of modern and vintage that truly supports this family's lifestyle and aesthetic.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Rob would probably call its stylishly messy, but I'd say it's eclectic (isn't
that what everyone says?) with a little bit of glamour....and a little bit of farmhouse.
I like every room to have something shiny, something fuzzy and something

Inspiration: The late great Domino, The Parker Palm Springs is perfection, Kelly
Wearstler, Thom Filicia, Rita Konig and Pinterest, of course.

Favorite Element: I like everything to have a story. It makes a house a home. Oh, and our open kitchen and back patio--a rarity in San Francisco.

Biggest Challenge: The woodwork. It brings such warmth to the apartment but
can make things looks really heavy and dark, which is great...if you want to live in an
English hunting lodge. I do love the woodwork, but it's challenging to find the right
pieces to help lighten it up.

What Friends Say: Of course they tell us they like it, but we're friends with a lot of
designers so I'm sure they have they're own opinions. As long no one ever describes
it as French Country I'm okay.

Biggest Embarrassment: It used to be the number of oversized mirrors (although
Elliott loves to look at herself, which is terrifying already), but lately I can't stop
buying throw pillows.

Proudest DIY: It's hard to pick, a lot of the art in the house I made, including our
dining room table and the curtains and painting in Elliott's room.

Biggest Indulgence: Our Temper Pedic's everything they say.

Best Advice: You don't have to have it all at once. "Don't over think it" (said Rob the night before Apartment Therapy came.)

Dream Sources: If I had all the money in the world, I don't know that I'd shop
anywhere different. Except Ikea...I'd probably never step foot into an Ikea.

Resources of Note:


    • Diver Image: DIY (image found online)


    • Couch: Restoration Hardware
    • Side Table: Vintage (i.e. found on the street when we lived in Brooklyn)
    • Coffee Table: West Elm
    • Rug: West Elm
    • Throw Pillows: Dwell Studio, Pottery Barn and Jonathan Adler
    • Black Table Lamp: Ikea
    • Floor Lamp: Anthropologie
    • Leather Club Chair: Vintage
    • Large Mirror: Vintage
    • Curtains: Ikea


    • Table: DIY
    • Chairs: Vintage
    • Mermaid picture: Frame shop in North Beach, SF (no longer open)
    • Number Paintings: DIY
    • Chinese Fortune Picture: DIY
    • Antlers: Alameda Flea Market
    • Sheepskins: Ikea
    • Ottoman/Dog Bench: West Elm
    • Curtains: Ikea


    • Bed: Ikea
    • Horse Pillow: Mercury in Austin
    • Side Tables: re-finished Ikea
    • Vintage Spirit Poster: poster is vintage, frame DIY
    • Mirror: vintage (my great grandmothers), painting is DIY
    • Bench: vintage
    • Lamps: Target
    • Throw: Turkish towel on Amazon
    • Curtains: Ikea


    • Shower Curtain: Target
    • Toilet paper holder: Alameda Flea Market
    • Toiletry jars: Anthropologie
    • Hand Towels: West Elm


    • Crib: Ouef Robin Crib
    • Teepee: Etsy
    • Owl Lamp: Land of Nod
    • Chair: Ikea
    • Fan: Restoration Hardware
    • Dresser: Vintage (it was my great-grandmothers)
    • For Like Ever print:
    • Throw Pillows: Target
    • Curtains: I designed the pattern, and my mom sewed them
    • Painting: DIY
    • Rugs: Ikea

Thanks, Erin and Rob!

Images: Lindsay Tella

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