A 420-Square-Foot Studio Is Small, But Comes With a View

updated Apr 30, 2019

A 420-Square-Foot Studio Is Small, But Comes With a View

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Kirstie Maryott
Location: Lower Pacific heights — San Francisco, California
Size: 420 square feet
Years lived in: Rented 2 years

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Kirstie has bounced around from state to state the past few years of her life, including stops in Colorado, Virginia and Georgia. A California native, she has called the Bay Area home for the last two years, where she lives in a charming studio on the top floor of a building in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood. “This little studio has been a great place to call home during my time in San Francisco,” Kirstie said.

Kirstie loves most things about the apartment — even the mint green bathroom fixtures she hated when she moved in — but especially the incredible views and the convenience of the neighborhood. “I love where it’s located as an easy place to bop around to other neighborhoods, and it has some stellar views of the Bay,” she says. This isn’t an understatement. From her roof deck to the west, she has a clear view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, and when she peeks out her window to the east, she can enjoy the sight of orange and yellow hues illuminating the buildings nearby.

Kirstie follows her own advice, and fills the apartment with things she loves: keepsakes from her travels around the world, gifts from her friends, and art that reminds her of home. Since the tour, she’s accepted a job offer in New York, so she’ll be moving to a place where bright and spacious apartments are hard to come across. But she’s grateful that for the past two years, she’s had a place that makes her smile when she walks through the door. “I’ve been lucky to call many cities home, but San Francisco has been a special chapter.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Cozy Californian

Inspiration: Places I’ve been, and where my heart feels at home.

Favorite Element: The east-facing windows that get great morning light, and as a bonus, the panoramic view from the roof.

Biggest Challenge: The electrical outlets are in slightly odd places.

What Friends Say: It’s a refreshing, happy, and cozy place to be.

Biggest Embarrassment: I’ve learned to love the green and pink bathroom.

Proudest DIY: The many plants that have outgrown their pots. I also like the magnets (made from buttons featuring pop-stars). They make me smile.

Biggest Indulgence: The secretary desk — I love it and it has great storage, and gone through a few uses. It’s been a wardrobe, a bar, and is currently serving as a coffee station. I’ve actually never used it as a desk. I also splurged on the hand soap in the bathroom, and that feels rather indulgent.

Best Advice: Fill your space with things you love.

Dream Sources: CB2, West Elm, Heath Ceramics, Flora Grubb for plant friends, thrift stores, and I try to pick up something for my home during most of my travels.


Sofa — Macys
Pillows — Fab.com (similar)
Rug — Pottery Barn (similar)
Coffee table — Etsy, Vintage Steel and Wood
Concrete plant container — Plant Warehouse
Side table — World Market
Lamp — CB2
Rock — Found in Lake Tahoe
Plant container — Goodwill
Giraffe — Gift
Lake Tahoe Basin letterpress — Etsy, QuailLanePress
Shell — Found in Tulum, Mexico
Mate gourd — Market in El Tigre, Buenos Aires
Spanish/English dictionary — My mom’s
Fig tree — Amazon.com (grew from 4″!)
Pot for fig tree — Cliff’s Variety Store
Teal folding chair — Crate and Barrel
Throw blanket — Purchased in Tulum, Mexico
Bookshelf — Craigslist
Clock — Society6
Bike rack — CB2

Table — West Elm
Chairs — Amazon.com
Secretary Desk — West Elm
Plant containers — Almost all from Goodwill, except for the bkb ceramics
Mirror — Alameda Point Antiques Faire
Step stool — IKEA

Bed — CB2
Bedding — West Elm
Nightstand — CB2
Lamp — IKEA
Ceramic coin dish — Purchased in Venice, Italy
Picture frames — CB2
Photograph of Manhattan Beach — Etsy, Karen Kardazke
Art — Hybrids with Hubris by Cecilia Hedin
Letterpress Count Your Blessings print: Etsy, QuailLanePress

Shower curtain — Target
Picture frame — CB2
Spice rack — IKEA

Thanks, Kirstie!

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