This week I have the pleasure of bringing you a stunning home tour, that just so happens to belong to an equally stunning friend of mine. Imagine my delight when I was flipping through the current issue of Domino to find Susan’s amazing space tucked in the back. Susan’s home embodies all that makes San Francisco homes particularly special. Historic details, dramatic ceiling heights, some tight corners but always gorgeous light. When you apply a few genius design solutions, a San Francisco home cannot be beat. Not convinced? Scroll my friends, just scroll. I promise you will be amazed.

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If you thought you can’t seamlessly mix vintage and modern, think again. This home is a perfect example of a beautiful blend of old and new. Timeless modern classics like Tom Dixon pendants and a Saarinen table are paired with vintage french dining chairs and bar stools found at the Alameda Flea Market. In the entry a pair of theater seats sits stand guard. But rather than feel ratty, those chairs display like art against the white walls (White Dove by Benjamin Moore btw) and black floors. The juxtaposition goes as far as that epic black refrigerator with gold hardware paired with a white stove that feels straight out of the ’50s.

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This flooring situation, where hardwoods butt up against gorgeous encaustic cement tile used throughout the kitchen is just perfect.

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As I just discussed in this post, light fixtures can define a room – and this home’s kick ass pendants are definitely the stars of the show. But I also greatly admire the high low mix used in these spaces. While there are standout pieces like the pendant, coffee table and side chair in Susan’s living room above, she’s paired them with wall shelving from CB2 and a really affordable pink velvet sofa. But the mix couldn’t feel more right.

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If you never thought DIYs could be sexy – check out the tile job in the master bath. Susan put serious creativity into this design with some standard Home Depot tiles. In love. Also equally in love with that copper soaking tub!

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I would love to spend my days in this dark and sultry office (surprise, surprise).

playful style in this stunning san francisco home on apartment 34

Did you ever think bunnies could feel so chic? It’s that amazing corner shelf made of tinted mirrored glass that makes those little rabbits feel grown up.

It can be really easy to travel down the design path of least resistance – playing things safe. But as Susan’s home shows, bold choices can pay off when they’re applied with the right touch. Mix your textures, mix your tones, mix your time periods. This is what gives a space interest and personality – rather than felling like it’s one of the same ole same ole we see on Pinterest. Besides, our homes should be places to live, love and play. And who wouldn’t smile walking through this house everyday.

Here’s how you might go about recreating this vibe in your own world.

playful style in this stunning san francisco home on apartment 34

 

GET THE LOOK: tom dixon pendants // cle tile // set of bowls // lounge chair // ceramic vase // object // pink sofa  // art print // throw pillows // pillar table lamp // ombre rug // faceted vases // standing mirror

 

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photography by nicole franzen for domino / design by homework 

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