Kelly and Jonathan's Mission District Charmer

Kelly and Jonathan's Mission District Charmer

Sarah Han
Oct 27, 2009

Name: Kelly Colchin, Jonathan Skaggs and Marco the cat
Location: The Mission, S.F.
Size: 850 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years rented

Recent newlyweds Kelly and Jonathan moved to San Francisco from Austin six years ago. Their years of cohabitation have solidified their unified sense of decor, and their current home in the Mission District is proof of the stylistic harmony they've achieved.

When asked about how decorating decisions are made for their one bedroom apartment, the couple explained that Kelly, an art director who works in television, is the mainly in charge of the design, while Jonathan, a geologist at an environment consulting firm (and member of S.F. instrumental indie-prog rock band Crime in Choir), is the "implementer." They've done an amazing job! We appreciate the mix of high-end and vintage furniture and personalized accessories that make up their home. Their light-filled kitchen, which while very white, has a homey and comfortable feel to it, perhaps owing to items like the vintage stove and whimsical plate display. We liked their clever way of displaying and storing Jonathan's guitars in the dining room, hanging guitars up keeps them out of the way, but still within reach. And finally, you can't help but notice all the great artwork throughout the house; we were especially fond of the couple's adorable wedding portrait, created by Portland artist Ashley Goldberg.

AT Survey:

My/Our style: Mostly mid-century modern with other assorted eras mixed in.

Inspiration: I get a lot of inspiration from the past, classic movies, old photos, vintage clothes and books. I am also particularly inspired by nature, natural elements and exploring. We are both very passionate about traveling and every time we visit an interesting new place I come home all excited to rearrange something!

Favorite Element: With San Francisco apartments it seems everything is a trade off. We traded space and noise for light and location. We love our neighborhood and our place gets great natural light in every room. Even the bathroom has a skylight in the ceiling! Also, we really enjoy cooking and having people over, so we immediately fell in love with the great vintage stove in the kitchen.

Biggest Challenge: We are on a busy street and it is fairly loud. We have thick rugs, double pane windows, several fans and we listen to a lot of music.

What Friends Say: I hope they say that it's cozy and looks like "us."

Biggest Embarrassment: Just about every messy drawer in the kitchen. And quite often, cat fur.

Proudest DIY: The Thonet chair in the living room ($15) was the first "nice" thing we bought after graduating from college. It was falling apart and stuffed with horse hair. Jonathan spent that summer refinishing it in the 100 degree Texas heat.

Biggest Indulgence: Other than all the guitars? The tulip table in the dining room was a huge splurge for us. We debated it for a long time, but it makes us very happy and I am so glad we got it.

Best advice: I get bored easily and like to try different things -- my house is always evolving. For me, it makes the most sense to buy big furniture staples in neutrals and accessorize with color and texture to change things up. Best advice received: I never feel guilty about buying art or books. Thanks, mom!

Dream source: Monument on Valencia, Hive Modern and DWR, 1st Dibs, Flea Markets around the world, the Grey Gardens' attic, David Hicks has a garage sale.


Living room: The grey couch is from Crate and Barrel, the cream one is a vintage Dunbar I found on Craigslist and had partially re-stuffed. The Danish credenza is from Craigslist. The lucite table is from The Touch on Valencia.

Dining room: The tulip table is from Hive Modern, the Wegner chairs are from Craigslist -- my favorite Craigslist find to date. The bar cart was purchased at X-21, we had it powder coated and then replaced the broken mirror.

Kitchen: The kitchen table is from IKEA, the caned chairs are from Craigslist.

Bedroom: The bed is from West Elm. The Heywood Wakefield dresser and vanity are from craigslist and some random store in North Texas, respectively.

Accessories: I have always been a collector, especially of dishware. (This is ironic because I hate doing dishes.) Most of my accessories were purchased from thrift stores, eBay, local boutiques and flea markets. For new stuff, I really like Jonathan Adler and I have a couple of his pieces.

Lighting: The Blue Murano lamps were purchased on eBay. The '70s lucite chandelier in the hall is from X-21. The horse lamp was also from eBay -- there were originally two and one shattered in the mail. This was a total bummer.

Rugs and Carpets: Shag rug from Crate and Barrel, the tiles in the dining room are Flor, the rug in the bedroom is from Anthropologie.

Window Treatments: The vintage curtains in the dining room came from eBay and the one in the kitchen is from the Alameda Flea Market

Artwork: most of our artwork is either vintage, made by a friend or given to us by a friend. Some of my favorite pieces are by: Bert Bergen, Alexander Holder, Jennifer Davis, Ryan Jacob Smith, Michael Hall, Kristine Reano and the portrait was done by Ashley Goldberg.

(Thanks, Kelly and Jonathan!)

Images: Phillip Maisel

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