Stacy & Christoph's Classic San Francisco Hilltop Home

Stacy & Christoph's Classic San Francisco Hilltop Home

Theresa Gonzalez
Apr 29, 2013

Name: Stacy and Christoph
Location: Russian Hill; San Francisco, California
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 3.5 years; Rented

Walking to Stacy and Christoph's Russian Hill apartment from mine in nearby Pacific Heights was like taking my own personal stroll down memory lane. I lived just around the corner from them 10 years ago, and despite never getting used to the steep hill climb it was one of my favorite neighborhoods — very classic San Francisco, right on the cable car line with a view of Coit Tower to the east and Alcatraz to the north, with quainter and quieter restaurants than you find down the hill on Polk Street.

When you walk into Stacy and Christoph's apartment, you don't lose those spectacular views, but in fact feel even closer to them. Their terrace runs along the living room and bedroom with a panoramic view with Coit Tower front and center, and Alcatraz and the Bay to your left. I arrived on a foggy morning but returned to get the sunny version a few days later, when their yorkie Ginger joined me outside to show me her personal grassy spot (lucky dog).

The couple have turned this impressive rental, located in a building built just after the earthquake in 1906, into a home that suits both of their tastes, thanks to an online (read: not too pricey) decorator who suggested ways to merge their conflicting styles. They pulled in masculine grays and leather and wood with personal art like Christoph's grandfather's old tools. Stacy's home office, however, is all her, with fresh whites and cool blues and a few DIY touches, which she shares on her blog Hello Cupcake.

Check out the couple's cozy and classic home for more ideas, and give them a shout out below for sharing. Thanks guys for letting us into your first home together!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I would describe our style as modern California casual. Our main pieces of furniture are somewhat modern, but we accent the rooms with plants, driftwood and earthy elements.

Inspiration: I love looking for inspiration in magazines and of course online – my favorite of which is Apartment Therapy!

Favorite Element: I have two: The view, because it never gets old, and my office because I have my own business (Hello Cupcake PR) and work from home, so it's important that I have a space that I find inspiring. And boy does that space inspire me.

Biggest Challenge: Finding a way for our apartment to reflect both my husband's style and mine was a challenge, and because we couldn't find a happy medium our apartment felt "unfinished" for a long time. I thought hiring a designer would be out of my budget until a friend introduced me to a website called Tastemaker that offers online interior design consultations. I worked with one of the designers, Brittney, who was able to take both of our visions and come up with a solution that we both loved.

What Friends Say: The first time people come over we usually lose them for the first 10 minutes to the view. They immediately step out onto the balcony to take in the sights and sounds of the city.

Biggest Embarrassment: Before working with Tastemaker, my biggest embarrassment was our bedroom. I had visions of the room feeling dark and masculine, but instead it looked like nothing belonged and nothing worked together. Now, it's one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Proudest DIY: I work on DIYs all the time and share them on my blog and my favorite DIY changes just about every month! The one that is my current favorite is the shadowbox frame full of old tools in the living room. The tools belonged to my husband's grandfather, and I had been looking for a unique way to display them.

Biggest Indulgence: Hands down, the biggest and best indulgence (besides the apartment itself) is our bed. It is insanely comfortable, which makes getting out of bed on Monday mornings extremely difficult!

Best Advice: Create a space that's livable for your life. In our home, we needed two office spaces. I have my own business and my husband also does some work from home, so we figured out a way to turn our large living room into a second office space, with the added bonus of the "faux sunroom," where I can sip my morning coffee and take in the view.

Dream Sources: I love a good find, so anything from antique fairs, flea markets, consignment shops or even discount stores like Marshalls.

Resources of Note:


  • Removable Wallpaper: Sherwin Williams
  • Shelves: Lowes
  • Picture Frames: Ikea
  • Beach Drawing: E.E. Jacks Art (friend of Stacy's)
  • Console: CB2
  • Wooden Letters: Alameda Flea Market
  • Bottles: West Elm
  • Planter: Anthropologie


  • Couch: Scandinavia Design
  • Coffee Table: Furniture Envy
  • Lamp: CB2
  • Pillows: CB2 and Home Goods
  • Rug: Guggenheim Museum
  • Terrariums: Home Goods
  • Shelves: CB2
  • DIY Antique Tool Holder: Tool's – Christoph's grandfathers, Shadowbox: TJ Maxx
  • Fireplace Mantle:
  • Driftwood Planters: Treasure Island Faire
  • Concrete Pot: Paxton Gate
  • Print: CB2
  • W: Alameda Flea Market
  • Rocking Chair: Rue La La
  • Blanket: Pottery Barn
  • Mirror: Home Goods
  • Stools: Marshalls
  • Planters: Anthropologie
  • Rug: West Elm


  • Chairs: Metropolix Home
  • Table: Metropolix Home
  • Print: ZGallery
  • Buffet: Alameda Flea Market
  • Centerpiece: CB2, West Elm, Jeremy's
  • Rug: Scandinavia Design


  • Shelves: Lowes
  • Decanter: Alameda Flea Market
  • Milk Glass: Alameda Flea Market
  • Print: Etsy – Art Shark Designs
  • Mixer: Kitchenaid
  • Giraffe Oil & Vinegar Set: Alameda Flea Market
  • Canisters: Alameda Flea Market
  • Bookends: Jonathan Adler
  • Planter: Home Depot


  • Bed Set: Jaxon Home //
  • Dresser: Jaxon Home
  • Bedding: West Elm
  • Night Stand Lamps: Ikea
  • Gold Horse: Dwell Studio
  • Chair: Harvest
  • Dresser: EQ3
  • Side Table: CB2
  • Frames: CB2
  • Side Table Lamp: CB2
  • Large Jewelry Shadowbox Frame: West Elm
  • Small Jewelry Shadowbox Frame: Pottery Barn


Thanks, Stacy and Christoph!

(Images: Theresa Gonzalez )

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