A Jewelry Designer’s San Diego Rental That’s “1970s With a Dash of Crazy Aunt”

A Jewelry Designer’s San Diego Rental That’s “1970s With a Dash of Crazy Aunt”

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Name: Krista and Daniel
Location: Little Italy — San Diego, California
Size: 1400 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

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Krista runs Hand Meets Sky, “an online boutique specializing in authentic turquoise jewelry and jewels for the modern, boheme bride.” She’s an Apartment Therapy reader who submitted the home she shares with her partner Daniel. In her own words:

Daniel had been living in the building for over eight years or so. The space was definitely more his style than mine. I wasn’t completely sure but loved the idea of merging our styles and creating something new together. The overgrown trees in the patio sold me and the blank space really lets your creativity run wild to create something uniquely yours.

When we got engaged, Daniel wanted to move to a bigger unit in the building and this space became available at the right time. We moved in together right after our wedding. With both of us having full-time jobs and me owning a business (Hand Meets Sky), the day to day can be very hectic. Therefore, we truly enjoy the time spent in our little oasis.

“Use the things you’ve collected and enjoy them. Everyday is special.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Bohemian, definitely a ’70s feel with a dash of the crazy aunt.

Inspiration: To create a loving home, with good food, music and a warm, inviting atmosphere where everyone would want to stay and hang out awhile. We love having friends and family over spending time cooking, talking, laughing and enjoying time together.

Favorite Element: The open concept with the outdoor living space.

Biggest Challenge: The biggest challenge was the fact that the space was so completely open. We wanted more privacy than the loft offered but still maintain the open living design. We built a small wall to create a more private bedroom area. We also position furniture in subtle ways to make a distinction between areas.

Proudest DIY: Building a wall to separate the living space and create a private bedroom area was definitely the proudest moment and learning experience. Krista’s dad helped us create the plans and execute the process. This provided a solution and a perfect wall for one of our most treasured art pieces: an Erte original.

Biggest Indulgence: A vintage 1970s mirrored console. It was the first piece of furniture we purchased as a couple to bring our styles together.

Best Advice: Use the things you’ve collected and enjoy them. Every day is special.


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The first thing you notice when you enter the gate to our front door, is the patio. Overgrown, wild and lovely. All the furniture in the area is vintage from various flea markets. Like many of the vintage pieces in our home, collected through the years on travels, flea markets and gifts.

Modern Sofa — Ethan Allen
Sofa— Antique Cottage San Diego
Eames DCW Chair — Klassik Design
Vintage Ceramic Lamps — Klassik Design
Vintage Mirrored Console — Vestige Modern
Poster — Peace Poster Project
Grey High Back Chair — West Elm

Vintage Kitchen Table circa 1969 — (Originally a wedding gift of Krista’s parents, now a gift to us)
Gallery Wall — Vintage finds and gifts

Vintage glasswork and stoneware — Various flea market finds throughout the years.
Pottery — Hanselmann Pottery

Bed — Drommen Bed from CB2
Vintage Brass Lamp — Housewarming gift from Krista’s parents
Ceramic wall hanging — gift, Heather Levine Ceramics
Keepsake Pillow created with wedding bouquet — mrblueskye

Thanks, Krista and Daniel!

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