Margaret & Jill's Lovely Elegant Apartment

Margaret & Jill's Lovely Elegant Apartment

Bethany Nauert
Apr 6, 2012

Name: Margaret Teskey & Jill Regan
Location: Cole Valley — San Francisco, California
Size: 1200 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years — owned

While visiting San Francisco last month, I had the great opportunity to photograph this stunning Cole Valley apartment. Welcome to the gorgeous home of Margaret Teskey and Jill Regan, where they have seamlessly merged an eclectic but elegant mix of vintage, classic and modern furniture and accessories. Layering warm textures with rich earthy colors and pops of gold and metallics, they have created a stunning home!

Many thanks to my friend Yigit Pura who introduced me to Margaret and Jill. Margaret is the president of Taste Catering and Jill is a creative director. Together they felt the most significant thing in their home was that it be a true reflection of who they are. "We love to walk in after work or after a long holiday and say 'it's good to be home.' That for us means that we have made the right choices in design."

I am always amazed when homeowners pay homage to the traditional age or style of their home by decorating according to its era. Margaret and Jill felt the most essential part of designing their home was "Observing the period. If it's an older home, try and work with what is already there, but give it a design boost with paint, a revised floor plan, new finishes. Our home is from the deco period and we tried to observe and honor that, but we also wanted to give it a contemporary lift."

The Bay Area played a huge role in designing their apartment, and Margaret and Jill feel the air and space of California as a whole lends much inspiration to their lives. "It's not necessarily so much about San Francisco but California in general. The open spaces, inclusivness in design, the weather also determines lifestyle which in turn determines the way you live."

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic/Modern with mostly vintage finds.

Inspiration: We try and trust our own instincts. If we are out and see something and we both say "wow" then we know it's a must have. We strive to bring an element of surprise to every room by finding unique items, textures, surfaces and color.

Favorite Element: (Jill) Mags purchased a painting for me about 17 years ago and surprised me one Christmas. It's by a Spanish artist named Jon Castizo of a rather mysterious woman lying on a sofa smoking a cigarettte. I had admired it in a gallery. At the time we couldn't even dream of purchasing it, but she put it on layaway and slowly paid it off. To this day it is my favorite element in the house.

(Mags) I really wanted kitchen flooring that would not only wear well and have traction but be beautiful and preserve the Deco period. So we decided on a customized poured Terrazzo in the kitchen and bathroom.

Biggest Challenge: Finding a great contractor who could also meet our budget. We remodeled back in 2006 when it seemed that everyone was remodeling and contractors could pretty much charge whatever they wanted. We knew exactly what we wanted, but we needed someone skilled enough to see the project through based on our input. We found a great contractor who we have since recommended to friends.

What Friends Say: We like to entertain. Our friends love what we have done and say that they always feel at home here, which means a lot to us.

Proudest DIY: (Jill) I designed the book shelf and entertainment center in the living room. We had very little space to work with but I definitely wanted to hide the TV, DVD player, speakers, etc. I also wanted both pieces to look as though they had always been there, so the design and scale had to be just right. It turned out exactly as I wanted.

(Mags) Because I have a passion for cooking and entertaining, I focused on the kitchen. When we bought the condo the galley kitchen was original and separated from the dining room by a wall... thus 'hiding the cook'! That wall was the first thing to go. From there, I took on the design and functionality of the kitchen.

Biggest Indulgence: Poured Terrazzo flooring

Best Advice: Go with your own instincts and let the design of your home evolve over time.

Dream Sources: Francis Sultana, Monument, Puccio Fine Art, Circa Who, Walnut Wallpaper, The Cool Hunter

Resources of Note:


    • Kelly-Moore: Custom color


    • Gilt Bamboo Mirror: Flea Market find
    • Trio of Boxing sketches: Garage sale find
    • Brass hand sculpture by Victor Salmones: Flea Market find


    • Mid Century Wood Case Sofa: Past Perfect SF
    • Brass Temple Jar Lamps: Monument SF
    • French Art Deco Sconce: house warming gift from dear friends
    • Brass head sculpture: Kelly Wearstler Boutique Los Angeles
    • Brass foot sculpture: Kelly Wearstler Boutique Los Angeles


    • Capize Shell Dining Table: Garage Sale
    • Polished Brass Cubist Chandelier by Curtis Jere: E-Bay
    • : Gilt Bamboo Etagere: Monument SF


    • Hand Poured Terrazzo Floors: Associated Terrazzo SF
    • Silestone Counter Tops: Home Depot


    • Brass Curtis Jere Laurel Lamps: E Bay
    • Brass Curtis Jere Wall Sculpture: The Other Shop SF


    • Lucite drawer pulls: Hundley Hardware SF


    • Modern Abstract Painting: The Other Shop
    • Sofa (pull out guest bed): Room and Board
    • Marble top desk: Custom design


    • Van Morris Bamboo Door Hardware: Hundley Hardware SF

Thanks, Jill and Mags!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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