Andrew and Thao's Diamond Heights Dwelling

Andrew and Thao's Diamond Heights Dwelling

Jessica Tata
Jan 28, 2010

Name: Andrew and Thao
Location: Diamond Heights, San Francisco
Size: 1200 square feet 2 bedroom
Years lived in: 2

Welcome to Andrew and Thao's Diamond Heights dwelling, a 1200 square foot home flooded with sunlight and white walls. While not a small space, they have made this two bedroom feel exactly the right size for two people (and their cat, Lucy!). Their clean design aesthetic allows for a relaxed feeling home that displays their art collection beautifully.

Andrew and Thao's home finds a balance that many strive for---an uncluttered and peaceful home that manages to still feel comfortable. You can tell that this home is lived in and used. However, the well appointed furniture (punctuated with some of our favorite modern design classics) and tidy, organized belongings remain unobtrusive to visitors. They have many books, and tons of CDs, but they are integrated into the home in a way that is charming, not busy. We think this is a home well done!

AT Survey:

My/Our style: Comfortable. Timeless.

Inspiration: Grandfather, color, east coast, and 60's American culture

Favorite Element: Daylight and our art collection.

Biggest Challenge: The layout of our kitchen.

What Friends Say: 'It's comfortable.'

Biggest Embarrassment: Our cat's litter box?

Proudest DIY: Garden in the back yard

Biggest Indulgence: Matching walnut bedroom furniture set + entirely custom framed art collection done by a good friend.

Best advice: Don't furnish a home all at once. One day at a time...

Dream source: Old family photo books from California 1960's.

Other Inspiration: My friend Geoff's home in LA. Unreal.


Appliances: A very old fashioned stove from the 1950's.
Furniture: Various fiberglass Eames chairs, Bertoia wire chair, walnut LCM Eames, Milo Baughman desk, 2 Danish teak credenzas, one Danish dining table (with matching chairs), Danish planter, Noguchi (original) glass table, walnut bedroom set from Room and Board and couch/chair set from Pottery Barn.
Lighting: Mostly old light fixtures. One Nelson bubble lamp.
Rugs and Carpets: Various shag rugs.
Beds: From Room and Board.
Artwork: Tons! Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Evan Hecox, Paul Schiek, Clare Rojas, Barry McGee, Bill Swanson, Matt Irving and Jim Jocoy.
Paint: We kept it the way it was. Old school and minimal in color.
Flooring: mostly hardwood from the 40's

(Thanks, Andrew and Thao!)

Images: Andrew and Thao Paynter

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