SF House Tour: Amanda and Colin's Cozy Animal Planet

SF House Tour: Amanda and Colin's Cozy Animal Planet

Feb 8, 2008
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Name: Amanda and Colin
Location: San Francisco, CA
Size: About 600 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 1

Elephants, owls, butterflies, rabbits, pigeons, squirrels, dogs, dragonflies, cats, chickens, and even a dinosaur are hiding in Amanda and Colin's cozy San Francisco apartment. Their modern style (and watchful cat Ralph) keeps the place from feeling cluttered or kitsch.

Our style: Our style is eclectic. Joining forces and strong opinions made it so! We like a mix of high and low, with a lot of color and silliness mixed in.

The inspiration for our home: Modernity. It's what makes Colin most happy. I try my hand at injecting a little vintage flair where I can. We also love our friends and family, so nostalgic touches are crucial to making our apartment a home (see the silly chickens above the sink—those have been in my family for ages. Both my mother and grandmother collect them).

Favorite element: Our dining table. Really it was patio furniture of my grandmother's from the 40s. The set has stayed in my family this entire time, metamorphosing on multiple occasions. It has been painted, re-painted, and re-covered endless amounts of time. And trust me, we could tell on its most recent incarnation. There have to be 20 different coats of paint under there…

Biggest challenge in designing my home: Cost. We live in an expensive city where rent costs an arm and a leg, leaving little left over for interior design wishes. All of our purchases have to be thought through endlessly and really be well intentioned. And if it's cheap, that helps too. Viva Craigslist!

What friends say about my home: Friends and family tell us it is cozy in there—I agree. And Colin would say it is "cool, not cute."

Biggest embarrassment in my home: Our ruthless cat Ralph, who wreaks havoc on those that enter (I suggest wearing long-sleeve clothing). He is also our biggest source of entertainment.

Proudest DIY: The photos that are in our bedroom are beautiful. Colin is a truly gifted burgeoning photographer. He has an amazing eye and a real talent. We hope to have our whole wall (or all of them?) smattered with his photos. The "Pigeons on a Wire" photo is my personal favorite. While they are a pretty nasty looking bird, Colin managed to capture them in a way that is really pleasing to look at.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: Hopefully soon a new LCD TV…

Best advice given or received: Buy what you like, not what you think you should have. It's hard not to be influenced by what's hot or "in" right now, but to really figure out what you love takes effort.

Dream source for stuff: Anywhere but IKEA. I have been coveting a new dresser from Room and Board for ages now. I would love to get my hands on some Jonathan Adler as well. Oh, and if someone could gift me the Eames rocking chair and Palisander lounge, I would be thrilled.


Toaster—Hamilton Beach

Mostly Anthropologie

Couch and chair—by Margaret; coffee table is actually an Nelson-style bench purchased locally in SF; green side table—Ikea; alter that serves as a plant stand—Cost Plus; table and chairs—Grandma; bedside table—Craigslist (designer unknown); the tansu cabinet I found in Colorado for a steal ages ago.

From everywhere! Collected on Ebay, on trips, from friends and family… We collect knick-knacks from memorable trips and experiences in our life. Our bookcase is lined with items from all over the world that either make us laugh or inspire us to remember a great time we had. We even have a plastic set of animal drink adornments that we took home from my birthday party a couple years ago. We call them the "menagerie." My favorite is the donkey.

Lamps from Roost, Crate and Barrel, and West Elm.



Ah, a challenge! Our artwork comes from everywhere. Most notably, family. My mother painted the painting in our bathroom (stripes) and the picture of Ralph ("Romantic Ralph") and Colin's poor lost dog, Maya. The painting above our couch comes from my step-father's mother, painter Alice Myers. The photos are of course Colin's as well as my step-sister, Tracy Myers (India and Cambodia). The pink T-Rex is an Etsy.com find by Matty8080. He also did the series of masks. The framed art in our bedroom are all flea market finds from Oregon and SF. The series of eclectic prints above our tansu cabinet are by a friend of ours, Stian Rasmussen.

I love Sloat nursery here in San Francisco. All of our plants were acquired from there. And we haven't killed them yet, which is always shocking to me.

(Editor's reminder:
When leaving comments about the home,
play nice or you'll be asked to leave the sandbox.)

Thanks, Amanda and Colin!


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