Jeni's Mixed and Matched San Fran Apartment

Jeni's Mixed and Matched San Fran Apartment

Nora Taylor
Oct 12, 2015

Name: Jeni
Location: San Francisco, California

After years of roommates, carpeted studios, and Ikea-filled rooms, I finally got the chance to move into my own apartment and I couldn't wait to get my grubby hands all over it. Ever since I hit my 30's, I've been obsessed with interior design, mainly because it's such a fun way to express style + creativity.

In my 20's, that same energy was focused on fashion. As a Buyer at J.Crew back then, I realized that it wasn't just about how cool an individual piece of clothing was, but it was about how the entire outfit was put together. I also think this concept is super relevant to interior design, and I appreciate that it can be taken up a few notches because there's an entire room/apartment/house (vs. a body) to work with. I find the mixing and matching of different styles to be the most interesting and challenging part. I guess this implies that I don't have any one favorite style, but I am partial to mid-century modern, Scandinavian, and the aesthetic of Anthropologie.

I am most proud of the dedication, energy, and TLC that I put into this place. I have lived and breathed this apartment for the past year and a half. I was constantly on the lookout for things to decorate with - while I was cleaning out my retiring dad's office, I noticed that the two ugly 70's chairs had reupholstering potential. I set 6 am alarms on Sundays to go to the Alameda Vintage Fair and power shopped through it like nobody's business. I pushed my boundaries to create things I wanted - despite having zero art skills, I painstakingly painted the teal DIY canvas in my bedroom. And I poured over the placement of everything - a fish objet moved from the entry way to the bedroom to the trash before it found its home on the coffee table.

All of that work resulted in a place that I love coming home to!

Thanks, Jeni!

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