Heather’s Sunny San Francisco Space

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Heather Frank
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.

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Sunshine fills every room, keeping the colorful space bright and cheerful, and two kitties (one of whom was kind enough to model for me) help entertain guests. Heather, who admits to being a little fashion obsessed, has two large closets, a real find in space-limited San Francisco. The old kitchen, typical of this city, is not her favorite, but the antique stove adds to the vintage charm.

Check out all of the creative nooks in the slideshow, and please thank Heather for inviting us into her cozy space.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: My style is a mix of modern, urban chic, and cozy. I’ve lived in big cities in Europe and the U.S., and I like to collect things from my travels, mix up themes and patterns old and new.

Inspiration: I’m inspired by modern architecture and its simple, clean lines, Japanese culture, French film, fashion, my travels and awesome friends.

Favorite Element: The light, view, and my Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

Biggest Challenge: The kitchen! It’s small and old and the cupboard space is very challenging. The tile is so 1980s and never looks clean. And the linoleum. I hate linoleum with a passion!

What Friends Say: “Should I take my shoes off?” And, “Wow, cool view!”

Biggest Embarrassment: Old linoleum floors in the kitchen.

Proudest DIY: I built my coffee table. I bought the French door for $14, and then found the steel legs online. My foot will eventually go through the glass, but it’s been surprisingly sturdy so far.

Biggest Indulgence: My home audio system. I love music and movies and spent a lot of time researching a good system. It’s not perfect yet; I still need a subwoofer.

Best Advice: Don’t try to hang pictures yourself, especially from a picture rail. Trust me. Keep it simple and surround yourself with things you love. Be patient. I think it takes a lifetime to get it just right.

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Resources of Note:


  • Side Table – Trident Designs (my step-dad’s business)
  • Rugs – West Elm / Crate & Barrel
  • Sideboard – Homesteader
  • Hat Rack – Plaza Design
  • Wooden Chair – Somewhere in Santa Monica
  • Hanging Mirror – Anthropologie
  • Mexican Pillow – Friend DIY

  • Couch – Therapy
  • Accent Pillows – Lotus Bleu
  • Bookshelves – Parish Trust / Homesteader
  • Coffee Table – Urban Ore (DIY)
  • Shag Rug – Funky Furniture
  • Wire Basket – West Elm
  • Plants / Planters – Flora Grub
  • Wood Table – Trident Designs
  • Japanese Lamp – All Under Heaven
  • Black & Teal Chairs – Urban Home Consignment
  • Bird Lamp – Plaza Design
  • Wooden Ladder – Garage Sale

  • Table – CB2
  • Chairs – Advanced Interior Designs
  • White Sideboard – Homesteader
  • Coca-Cola Boxes – Alameda Swap Meet / Mom
  • Teakettle – Tortoise General Store
  • Plant – Flora Grub
  • Paris Map – Nest
  • Pig Head – Fat Pilgrim

  • Nightstands – West Elm
  • Gray Dresser – Homesteader
  • Wooden Dresser – Friend Hand-me-down
  • Bed Frame – West Elm
  • Rugs – West Elm
  • Ion Lamp – Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
  • White Lamp – Horchow
  • Teal Lamp – Therapy
  • Jean-Luc Godard Poster – agnès b.
  • Wooden Boxes – Mom
  • Green Chair – Family Heirloom
  • Raku Sculpture – My own art

  • Shower Curtain – Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.
  • Rug & Wastebasket – West Elm
    • Wooden Sign – Fat Pilgrim
  • Toilettes Sign – Maison Midi, Los Angeles
    • Hand Towel – Atomic Garden

  • Desk – Urban Ore
  • Orange Lamp – CB2
  • Tintin Art – Gift
  • (Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

    Thanks, Heather!

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