Esther & Brendan’s Industrial Chic California Home

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Esther Hahn, Brendan Cooney, and Timothy Hahn
Location: Pacifica, California
Size: 1,610 square feet
Years lived in: 1 years; Owned

The home that Esther and Brendan share (along with her brother Timothy) is colorful, vibrant and full of energy. Esther works as an editor for Racked, is an avid surfer and rides horses, and she and husband Brendan are often out together with their two (adorable) cattle dogs.

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The house is a reflection of their many interests and a home base for their active lives. While their combined space is beautifully curated it also feels genuine, striking a balance that is often hard to achieve without missing a beat.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Pretty and practical with a dash of industrial chic.

Inspiration: Our cattle dogs, the beach, horses, Domino Magazine, and the Little Green Notebook blog.

Favorite Element: I love the kitchen. Cooking is one of my passions, and the countertop space allows me to tackle very involved recipes. And the open space between the kitchen and dining areas keeps the conversations rolling during dinner parties.

Biggest Challenge: Staying within the budget! I’m waiting to change the fireplace and to add a marble mantel.

What Friends Say: Our friend Marcel stayed with us the other week and said that the space feels very much like us—that we incorporate our personalities and everyday needs into the decor.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our garage, at the moment. We’re trying to transform it into a home gym, but it’s quickly filling up with storage boxes. The next step is to install a wall organization system for the boxes and the entertainment system.

Proudest DIY: Painting the upstairs’ doors and the trims in a contrasting color.

Biggest Indulgence: The king size bed in the master bedroom. It take up a lot of space, but we can never go back. Our hearts drop when we check into hotels with smaller beds.

Best Advice: Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good. My biggest DIY meltdown resulted from having to re-paint the office desk (an Ikea hack) three times. In retrospect, the first coat of paint was just fine.

Dream Sources: Big Daddy’s Antiques, Moss and Maker, Emily Henderson, and Anthropologie for furniture.

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Resources of Note:


  • Entryway table, Alameda Flea Market
  • Coat hooks, Anthropologie
  • Dogs’ hooks, Portobello Market
  • Rug squares, Flor


  • Tillary outdoor corner back cushions, West Elm
  • Fig leaf tree, Ikea
  • Planter, Half Moon Bay Nursery
  • Assorted pillows, Z Gallerie, West Elm, Target, Crate and Barrel
  • Bookshelves, West Elm
  • Moroccan pouf, One Kings Lane
  • Henriksdal chairs, Ikea
  • Gordon tufted sofa, Home Decorators
  • Threshold woven jute bench, Target
  • Bubbles ceramic side table, West Elm
  • Souk wool rug, West Elm
  • Bar cart, Society Social


  • Bjursta extendable dining table, Ikea
  • Hayden dining banquette, Cost Plus World Market
  • Dining bench, Crate and Barrel
  • Newman backless bar stools, JCPenney


  • Stenstorp kitchen cart, Ikea
  • Existing cabinets and countertop

BEDROOM (Master)

  • Brompton wingback bed, Target
  • Desk, Cost Plus World Market
  • Large mirror, Ikea
  • Window panels, Nate Berkus for Target
  • Dresser, Ikea
  • Dresser hardware, Anthropologie
  • Molded armchair, eBay
  • Rug, West Elm
  • Glass bedside tables. Target
  • Elephant lamp, West Elm
  • Side lamps, Ikea
  • Dog bed, Jax and Bones


  • Window panels and hardware, Urban Outfitters
  • Stools and ottoman, Target
  • Bedside table, When Modern Was
  • Lamp, Anthropologie


  • Headboard, West Elm
  • Dresser, Ikea
  • Dresser panels, O’verlays
  • Lamp, Target
  • Garden chenille rug, Garnet Hill
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Thanks, Esther and Brendan!

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