Susan's Picture Perfect Pad

Susan's Picture Perfect Pad

Janel Laban
Jul 15, 2010

Welcome to Erin from San Francisco; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!

Name: Susan
Location: The Mission — San Francisco, California
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months

"Less is more". For many design junkies this mantra is not easy to adhere to but for Susan Sherrick, Sales Director at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco, she seems to have perfected this art…

Upon entering Susan's one bedroom apartment, sandwiched between San Francisco's Mission and Noe Valley neighborhoods, I was immediately struck by its balance of sophisticated mid century finds and warm and welcoming antiques. Each piece has clearly been chosen with love and thought and makes this apartment a perfectly curated find.

My favorite elements include Susan's personal collection of contemporary photographs and prints - enough to make any art enthusiast swoon, her wrought iron bed adorned with a handmade Amish quilt from her native Pennsylvania and her fantastic assortment of unique lamps. One can easily imagine cozying up on her lime green Eero Saarinen inspired chair with a glass of wine and enjoying an evening with her record collection.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mid century modern and antiques

Inspiration: Charles and Ray Eames, Richard Neutra, Eero Saarinen.

Favorite Element: The doctor's stacked, oak book case with the glass lid front that belonged to my grandfather.

Biggest Challenge: I have a lot of storage, but its quite high up in my kitchen. Even with a step ladder it can be kind of a pain.

What Friends Say: It's well put together and comfortable.

Biggest Embarrassment: Don't have one yet but that shouldn't take too long.

Proudest DIY: The oak book case that belonged to my grandfather...I refinished it.

Biggest Indulgence: My couch.

Best Advice: Less is more.

Dream Sources: David Zwirner and Fraenkel Gallery. I already have a few pieces of artwork from both places because I worked for David and now work for Fraenkel, and I was fortunate to have worked for and with some very generous artists. However, I'm always dreaming about what I could afford next. In David's case I will be dreaming for a long time, but Fraenkel is a little more doable.

Resources of Note:

Kitchen Table - Ebay
Kitchen clock - Ebay

Couch - Therapy, San Francisco
Green Leather chair - The Touch, San Francisco
Lamp (next to Eero Saarinen inspired chair) - Therapy, San Francisco
Coffee table - Craigslist
Credenza/table holding record player - Harringtons, San Francisco

Bookshelf - Antique
Orange bedroom lamp - Home/Design shop in Brooklyn Heights
Bedroom lamp on dresser - Home/Design shop in Denver, CO
Dresser - Cambridge Antiques Market, Boston

Large Print - Gilbert and George Poster

Paintings of the lady and the bat - Marcel Dzama
Photo of laughing girl - Katy Grannan
Two photos on each side of bookshelf - Walker Evans, Library of Congress print and Photographer Unknown.

Thanks, Susan!

Images: Olivia Mulvey

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