Nico and Michelle’s Contemporary Condo

updated Feb 20, 2019
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Name: Michelle, Juliette & Nicolas Sauzier
SOMA; San Francisco, CA
Size: 1,266 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Owned

Michelle and Nico are one of my favorite couples in San Francisco. They met in a very kismet-type of way: Michelle spotted Nico, a French expat with his own interior architecture and design business (Design By Nico), in a friend’s photo and was instantly smitten. She asked for an introduction and love at first sight led to a best-friendship, an Acapulco wedding, and a daughter named Juliette. They are just good people who are always fun to be around.

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Their condo, which is up for sale (they’re looking to leave SOMA’s urban, industrial neighborhood for greener pastures), is decorated in a way that feels a lot like them: stylish and modern but still comfortable and good-looking without taking itself too seriously (a $50 IKEA print takes center stage with custom cabinetry and high-end modern furniture). Take a look inside, check out Nico’s inspirations below, and please thank these two for sharing their first family home.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Our style is comfortable with a contemporary feel. That said, as an interior architect, my style is my client’s. Often the space/volume dictates a lot what you should do with a touch of preference.

Inspiration: It’s a mixture of Bauhaus for its simplicity and of Old World for its warmth.

Favorite Element: Designing my own custom furniture for myself rather than a client.

Biggest Challenge: Optimizing the circulation flow to utilize the space at the best of its potential.

What Friends Say: I think they love it because it is 100% complete and there is nothing to add from furniture to art on the walls.

Biggest Embarrassment: I didn’t change the kitchen counters, which I never liked, for budget reasons.

Proudest DIY: All of the custom-designed furniture pieces

Biggest Indulgence: Going for a full refresh/remodel, from refinishing the hardwood floors to painting all walls and ceilings to adding new top-end carpets.

Best Advice: Take care of the bones first (such as moving walls/built- ins…etc) as you have time to furnish your space over time knowing that your style will evolve with your means.

Dream Sources: Pietra Fina (the best exotic marbles/granites in the Bay Area); La Cornue (outrageous Old-World kitchen range); Brand Van Egmond (incredible lighting design); Fall Design (hardwood floor); Lunaria (very interesting lighting sourcing with a strong accent on Italian designs which are the world leaders)

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Resources of Note:


  • Benjamin Moore: Super white 01 (the whitest white)
  • Benjamin Moore: Lily Lavender

  • LeCorbusier chairs
  • Custom Design By Nico coffee table
  • Custom Design By Nico side chests
  • Old Crate & Barrel sofa bed custom upholstered with Garrett Leather

  • VESOI light fixture
  • CALLIGARIS dining table
  • IKEA large print
  • Custom Design By Nico “green design” desk

  • Custom exotic wood veneered cabinetry
  • Cesar Stone counters
  • Jenn-Air pro appliances

  • Design By Nico custom bed
  • Design By Nico custom night stands
  • Design By Nico custom chest of drawers
  • Master bedroom FABRICA top end carpet
  • Master bedroom Room & Board shelving system

  • FABRICA top end carpet
  • IKEA bed/chests/shelving
  • Design By Nico toy chest
  • DECK

    • CB2 Outdoor Furniture
    (Image credit: Theresa Gonzalez)

    Thanks, Nico and Michelle!

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