SF House Tour: Melissa's Remodeled Cole Valley Condo

SF House Tour: Melissa's Remodeled Cole Valley Condo

Jan 29, 2008

Name: Melissa
Location: San Francisco
Size: 835 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 3

Melissa achieved her dream of city living by moving into her Cole Valley condo three years ago. Shortly afterwards, she started a slow but steady remodeling and decorating project, turning what had been a bland bachelor pad into a warm and stylish home. Unfortunately she won't be able to enjoy her hard work for long - the condo is currently on the market. So someone else will get to benefit from all of Melissa's hard work (you can find her listing agent's contact info below the jump.)

Says Melissa about her space: "I bought this condo about 3 years ago. I always wanted to live in the city and fell in love with Cole Valley. I bit the bullet and made the move from a 3 bedroom, 1,600 sq ft house in the suburbs to a 835 sq ft condo in the city.

I spent the next 3 years slowly but surely putting my personal stamp on this place. The condo is small, and as a former bachelor pad, it lacked character, but I knew I could make it my own.

I saved the toughest job for last - the kitchen remodel. In the middle of the remodel, I found I needed to move and decided to sell my place. The new owner is going to get a virgin kitchen. I haven't even used the oven yet!"

Want more information? Contact Melissa's listing agent:
Jeff Marples

The inspiration for my home: City living. I wanted something comfortable yet slightly glamorous since I think I live in one of the most glamorous cities in the world.

Favorite element: The fireplace. The mood and look drastically changed once I added that architectural element.

Biggest challenge in designing my home: Choosing the perfect shade of blue.

What friends say about my home: It's very me.

Biggest embarrassment in my home: It used to be the kitchen before the remodel.

Proudest DIY: White mirror in the guest room. I found the frame for $10 at Goodwill and painted it white. I bought plexi mirror and had it cut down to size to fit the frame.

Biggest indulgence with respect to my home: My bedding. I spoil myself with 400 TC sheets and a very expensive down comforter.

Best advice given or received:
Your home is your refuge. It nurtures and revitalizes you. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to create a beautiful, restful environment. By taking care of your home, you take care of yourself.

Dream source for stuff: Craigslist. I can always find something interesting at a bargain.



  • Microwave – craigslist
  • Stove – Sears
  • Dishwasher - Sears


  • Kitchen pulls – Home Depot


  • Macy's (couch)
  • IKEA (dining table, media console)
  • Craigslist (all mirrors, fireplace mantle)


  • Craigslist
  • Gifts from friends


  • Home Depot


  • Behr Blue Cypress

    Rugs and Carpets:

  • West Elm

    Window Treatments:

  • IKEA


  • Craigslist


  • Paul Norman
  • Gifts from friends

    Thanks, Melissa!

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