A “Happy Californian Golden Girls Greenhouse” Apartment

updated Feb 19, 2019
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Name: Jane
Location: Noe Valley — San Francisco, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year

What makes Jane’s home unique is the mixture of items and styles that can only be described as “Happy Californian,” such as the bedroom wallpaper inspired by greenery, the mid-century modern furniture and paintings, and the gorgeous vaulted ceilings that make her smile every day.

Editor’s note: This tour deserves a rerun because Jane no longer lives in this space…but the home’s style has been preserved in this set of a photos that are full of fun inspiration!

(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

“I have inherited several mid-century pieces from my grandparents and find inspiration in their clean lines and craftsmanship,” Jane says. “I love living among generations of my family’s things.” She pointed out that the oil portrait in her bedroom looks just like her grandfather, and the bust statues in the dining room are family heirlooms.

Like most Apartment Therapy readers, Jane only fills her home with things she loves and that make her happy. She can recall the excitement that came with acquiring most of the pieces in her home, like the “big banana” tray hanging underneath a framed Jonathan Adler “Banana” rug. “That’s one of my favorite pieces in this entire apartment,” she said.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: My style, succinctly put, is Happy Californian Danish Mid-century Golden Girls Greenhouse.

Inspiration: I’m continually finding inspiration in my surroundings from architecture, retail spaces and nature. I follow several design blogs and magazines and draw a lot of inspiration from Domino (I missed it so!), Emily Henderson, Sarah Sherman Samuel and Amber Interiors to name a few. I have inherited several mid-century pieces from my grandparents and find inspiration in their clean lines and craftsmanship. I love living among generations of my family’s things.

Favorite Element: The incredible light and gorgeous vaulted ceilings make me happy every single day.

Biggest Challenge: I think finding one’s ideal layout is always a challenge and involves some trial and error. My movers were not happy when I had them tweak the rug placement and the credenza location several times before I was satisfied. You never know until you see everything in the room together. I was ecstatic to find that my large bookshelves fit in the dining room without an inch to spare.

What Friends Say: Many friends have labeled my home style as “happy” which I love! They also tell me I have an unhealthy obsession with the color aqua and globes, which are indeed fair assessments.

Biggest Embarrassment: The state of my front closet. It was relatively organized until I brought my puppy home and then it quickly became a dumping ground for pup-gear.

Proudest DIY: While I didn’t lay the floor myself, my favorite transformation is replacing the heinous stained linoleum in the kitchen with relatively inexpensive laminate. It completely transforms the room and can be easily popped off if the landlord does not wish to keep it.

Biggest Indulgence: I get my sheets pressed. There’s something incredibly luxurious about crawling into perfectly smooth sheets.

Best Advice: First, buy things you love, not because they’re on sale or they fit your current residence. If you collect quality pieces that you love you will end up spending less than constantly replacing trendy, cheap and/or convenient items. And when you buy what you love, you will retain memories of each purchase…where you were, who you were with and the feeling the piece elicited. Second, don’t buy furniture in sets or exclusively one finish or style. Mix woods, textures, silhouettes and colors, and don’t forget a plant or two (or twelve) to complete the space.

Dream Sources: Lambert & Fils, Kelly Wearstler, Organic Modernism, Egg Collective and many more!

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(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)
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The small oil painting is by Karen Smidth, and the ceramics are from Heath ceramics. The Positano Photograph is by Gray Malin. (Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

Thanks, Jane!

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