House Tour: Joan and Johann's Mission Maisonette

House Tour: Joan and Johann's Mission Maisonette

Jessica Tata
Sep 29, 2009

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Name: Joan Yokom and Johann Fitzgerald
Location: The Mission, San Francisco
Size: 660 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years

Joan Yokom and Johann Fitzgerald have garnered a lot of positive attention for their colorful Mission home. A few of their images have been featured on Apartment Therapy here, but we thought it was about time to get the full story. Chock full of inspirational DIYs and artisan made custom furniture, this Mission Maisonette deserved a full house tour.

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Joan and Johann draw inspiration from many sources. Schooled by her father, an architect, and fueled by an alternative love for things "junked," Joan embraces vintage and repurposed objects. Johann harnesses his DIY talents as well as his skills in plaster finishes. The culmination of their talents and interests has resulted in a beautiful space that is at once cozy and very well appointed.

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AT Survey:

My/Our style: Definitely eclectic, colorful, and urban with nods to the beach, our travels and found objects.

Inspiration: My dad was an architect and schooled me in 60's contemporary environments but I rebelled with additions from the Flea Market and SF Recycling Center. Plus, Johann just veneered all the walls with Venetian plaster. We wanted to prove that Venetian plaster has more uses than invoking Tuscan wine country.

Biggest Challenge: 660 square feet says it all. It ain't easy!

What Friends Say: They are always discovering something new.

Biggest Embarrassment: No guest room. But maybe that's not such a bad thing. We have friends who run a vacation rental that help us out when it comes to overnight visitors.

Proudest DIY: Lucky us! Johann is a professional specialized-interior plasterer and he recently finished plastering our walls. Definitely unique and beautiful. Check out more of his work here.

Biggest Indulgence: Not shown in the pics because we just had them installed but we sprang for Hunter Douglas Silhouette blinds. Love them.

Best advice: Hire a professional to do what you can't do yourself.

Dream source: Our travels (Italy's marble informed our Venetian plaster decision), retail stores, blogs, art galleries, movies.

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• Our copper pipe bookshelf was made by a plumber-friend after we saw one in a store for $1500. He made it in his backyard. Total cost $400.
• Our humongous printer's stripping table. It was a wedding gift to us from a printer friend who had it cut to coffee table height, completely rewired the electrical system, powder-coated it red and added castors. Its way too big for our place, that's probably one reason we like it so much. Plus, it lights up!
• Johann made our art rail with L-shaped angle iron from a local steel supplier. We have a lot of art but not a lot of wall space so we wanted to create a system that would let us move pieces in and out of view without having to constantly pound nails into the walls.
• SF Recycling Artist in Residence shows (you can pick up free stuff in the courtyard during their shows) //
• Any hardware store
• Paintings by Johann Fitzgerald
• Paintings by Brian Blanchard, Diane Yokom, Tom Fowler
• Photos by Joan Yokom
• Venetian plaster and faux finishing

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(Thanks, Joan and Johann!)

Images: Joan Yokom

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