Lisa's Colorful, Art-Filled Home

Lisa's Colorful, Art-Filled Home

Theresa Gonzalez
Jan 18, 2014
(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

Name: Lisa and Chris Hauswirth, kids Emma and Cole, and dog Buster
Inner Richmond, San Francisco, California
3,000 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years; Owned

Two things that stood out for me in Lisa Hauswirth's home: her use of color, and her collection of original artwork, which she says wasn't crazy expensive (her favorite sources: Etsy, Saatchi online, and the local Paul Thiebaud Galley). Many of the items in her home, in fact, come from places like West Elm and CB2, but the way she pairs them with these one-of-a-kind finds feels inspired and eclectic rather than cookie-cutter.

(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

She aims to do the same for people who can't afford pricey interior designers with her site, which connects users with design experts for personal decorating advice that's not, again, crazy expensive.

Her daughter's room, with its eye-catching turquoise ceiling, is sourced from PB Teen and Urban Outfitters, while in her own bedroom she adds a personal touch with pieces from her travels, like a quilt from Jaipur, India (a trip she took for her 40th birthday). Family heirlooms and vintage pieces, mixed with budget items like cowhide ottomans from IKEA and side tables from Target, round out the other rooms. The all-white bathroom offers a respite from all the color (the sun-filled tub was so enticing on a beautiful San Francisco day) and a "His & Hers" guest room tops it off with a little quirk.

Take a look at this wonderful space, and please thank Lisa and family (and dog) for letting us into their home.

(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, with a tilt towards modern elements. It has really evolved over time. I think ten years ago I was in a more traditional/eclectic camp. I see myself as being on a lifelong design journey. Who knows where I’ll end up!

Inspiration: My kids – every day they help me see the world with fresh eyes, and remind me to let go of the things that don’t really matter.

Favorite Element: It’s always changing. But right now it’s my dining room because after months without a rug or a light fixture it FINALLY feels pulled together. And I have Claire at Decorist to thank for that. I recently purchased our Personal Shopper package — both because I needed help with a rug and because I like to stay close to our consumer experience. This rug was one of four recommendations – I love it!

Biggest Challenge: Resisting the temptation to buy all of the fabulous finds I come across in my job every day!

What Friends Say: “I’m so glad you’ve let color back into your life.” For years our color palette was pretty neutral, and every wall in the house was white. No longer!

Biggest Embarrassment: I’m ready to part with the fireplace/mantel/built-ins in the family room. I know I should appreciate their original charm, but I REALLY would like to modernize.

Proudest DIY: My kitchen table: I scouted it out on Etsy and fell in love with the table legs, which are from an antique jewelry press. When it arrived I painted over the legs in the same orange as my front door. I also bought the custom sheepskin covers on Etsy…I love the look of the powder coated steel chairs, but they are chilly!

Biggest Indulgence: Glassybaby votives. I’m totally addicted. They’re soulful.

Best Advice: Edit. I apply this to many aspects of my life. (I think my husband probably wishes I applied it to my words, too. I’m a talker.)

Dream Sources: Every source has the potential to be a dream source, in my view. The designer Charlotte Moss summed it up for me: “If you are a hunter, there’s no place that’s unlikely because you shop everywhere.” I love to find treasures in the most unexpected and affordable places.

(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

Resources of Note:


  • Front door: Pratt & Lambert Baby Carrot
  • I have my fabulous painter, Alejandro Diaz, to thank for helping me go bold in my living room (C2 Trans Atlantic) and dining room (Farrow & Ball Brassica color matched by G&R Paint)
  • Kitchen and Family matched are a custom gray putty (mixed by G&R paint)
  • Master bedroom and bath: Pratt & Lambert Dove Feather
  • Emma's Room: Pratt & Lambert Bambino


  • I am fortunate to have an interior designer as a best friend – Vaughan Woodson of Woodson & Woodson Interior Design and Staging. She is always sending things my way
  • The bench belonged to her mom; the silver woven basket on the bench is West Elm
  • Same best friend found the zinc chest
  • Sculpture Chairs: my husband bought them for me as a gift 15 years ago from Open Studios SF at Hunters Point
  • Black and white photograph is by Hungarian photographer Tamas Dezso
  • The gold-flecked hide rug is from Room Service
  • Tall crumpled vase is CB2
  • Chair belonged to my grandparents; the real caning broke so my mom needlepointed faux caning
  • Glass “purses” are by SkLO; bought them at Lulo Gallery in Healdsburg


  • Glass and chrome coffee table belonged to my stepdad
  • Faux fur poof: West Elm
  • Red piano bench: Alameda Point Antiques Faire
  • Wing arm chair my step mom found at goodwill and recovered
  • 2 chairs from my dining room set
  • Balloon Dogs are from Park Life – one of my favorite stores – on Clement Street
  • Turquoise Bowl is Jonathan Adler
  • Photograph above the mantle is by Chinese artist Sze Tseung Leong
  • Oil Painting above the couch is Suong Yangchareon
  • Velvet couch I got at Belmar Upholstery warehouse sale (it was a serious deal)
  • Lamp base is an antique wallpaper roller
  • “Shooter’s Practice” print is by Chris Brown
  • Pendant Fixture: Lamps Plus
  • Dresser belonged to my dad
  • Large Apothecary Jar:
  • Paint drop wall sculpture is by local artist Chris Dorosz (it depicts 2 fans following Beyonce, one of them falling)
  • Large Heart Rosary is from Hudson Grace
  • Ladder back chairs belong to a friend; we lacquered them puce green
  • Food Rorschach are by Spanish photographer Esther Lobo
  • Acrylic tables are CB2


  • Table is an antique reproduction
  • Sideboard is David Linley
  • Rug is West Elm (a Decorist recommendation!)
  • Pendant fixture: West Elm
  • Bench is from from Urban Mercantile/Egg in Cole valley; mom made me the bench cover from a zebra rug of hers that was ruined when a pipe leaked
  • Glass pieces are from Bon Vivant in Palm Springs
  • Chairs I bought online and had them lacquered in mink brown and reupholstered
  • Whip bought in India and had it framed
  • The trompe l’oeil oil painting is Michael Tompkins
  • The large aerial view of a classroom photograph is by German photographer Menno Aden


  • Wall shelf is Room & Board
  • The brick that says “Richmond” (after our neighborhood) my son found at the beach
  • Orange knot is World Market, The End bookend is CBT
  • Chairs - Powder coated steel light blue Mechano Chair from Areaware
  • Table found on Etsy, at Lorimer Workshop. The legs are from an antique jewelry press.
  • Custom made sheepskin chair covers from Etsy store WWI Shop
  • Arrows from One Kings Lane
  • Glass jars from Urban Ore in Berkeley – a UC Berkeley science lab did a huge drop off and we found all kinds of wonderful beakers and glass lab equipment
  • Light fixtures above the Island: Restoration Hardware
  • Runner is by Pappelina


  • Sectional from the Design Center; large pillows are from Krimsa, small bird one: West Elm
  • Blankets from
  • Side table from Target
  • Hide ottomans are IKEA
  • Burnt orange cubes are CB2
  • Armchair is an antique – recently had it recovered in fuschia velvet


  • Bedside tables are both antique
  • Baskets from Africa
  • Quilt is from Jaipur, India
  • “Coral” Pillows are inhabit
  • Zebra pillows from Fleurt on Sacramento St.
  • Abstract red and blue landscape painting: Tjasa Owen


  • His & Hers Wall Decal from Etsy Store Text Style
  • Leek-studded pillows from West Elm
  • Corner hutch from my mom
  • Comforter from Threshold Target – love this one because it hides the wrinkles


  • Fixtures are all Kohler
  • Prints are by my childhood friend Benecia Gantner
  • Small painter’s chair found at a flea market
  • Towels: Restoration Hardware


• Faux chandelier light fixture: Urban Outfitters
• Faux Mongolian fur butterfly chair: Pottery Barn Teen
• Bedding is a combination of Pottery Barn Teen and Land of Nod


  • Large vintage mirror from 14Feet in Healdsburg
  • Photograph is Rachel Perry Welty
  • Fixture was a hand-me-down from my step mom
  • Beach ball oil paintings are Stephen Coyle
  • Portraits are by Scott Newland and Colleen Wittman of What Now Design; We discovered their work at Loving Cup (frozen yogurt shop!) on Polk Street and fell in love.
(Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

Thanks, Lisa!

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