unexpected guests: karl aguilar + audrey bodisco.
today we’re dropping in on the beautiful san francisco home of karl aguilar and audrey bodisco. a few years ago audrey’s Grandmother sadly passed away, leaving her lovely Parkside District home to audrey and karl. after spending so much of her childhood there, audrey couldn’t believe how blessed they were to be able to live in a house in San Francisco and was overcome with feelings of gratitude to her grandparents for their generosity, but also of guilt for not earning the home by her own hand, feelings that often come with inheritance and the loss of a loved one. she also felt overwhelmed by the responsibility of decorating and remodeling a house on a tight budget. but as you can see, she and her husband karl have created an incredible, well-loved home i’m sure her grandparents would be so happy and proud to see. photographer cindy loughridge stopped by to capture it all for us — let’s have a visit, shall we? you can follow audrey on instagram and facebook.
What do you and karl do for day jobs?
Karl and I are the Store Manager and Manager at Papenhausen Hardware, an independent hardware store in West Portal. We met here almost 15 years ago, fell in love, got married, and the rest is history.
What is your idea of a perfect day in San Francisco?
It starts out with a plate full of Karl’s waffles and some coffee, then maybe a surf sesh in Pacifica, followed by some more coffee and window shopping in the Outer Sunset. I always like to sneak in an afternoon run, and if we can end the night with a glass of wine at sunset in our living room I won’t complain. My favorite way to end the day is to watch a good movie on Netflix with our cat Olive on my lap and Karl next to me on the couch.
What are your favorite San Francisco shopping spots?
We both love Builder’s Resources for any current house projects and for any furniture we are making. Other Avenues for groceries – they have the best produce! I shop Gravel & Gold and the General Store for new and vintage ceramics to add to my collection. Karl really doesn’t like shopping, but sometimes enjoys The Perish Trust and our local surf shops, Aqua and Mollusk.
Who’s your go-to taste maker?
Serena Mitnik-Miller immediately comes to mind. She has a really authentic and relaxed California style that I’m really inspired by. Jesse Kamm and Tracy Wilkinson for the same reasons.
What’s your favorite feature in your home?
Our kitchen, which we demoed and remodeled all on our own. It was built with love, from scratch, the way we wanted.
Who would you like to sit down to drinks or tea with?
I’m terribly shy. I would take drinks with good friends over meeting any personal heroes or celebrities.
Do you have a guilty pleasure or indulgence?
Definitely, and it’s getting harder to work them off as I get older! There’s this whole coffee, sugar, and alcohol trifecta that I’ve been meaning to deal with…
What souvenir did you bring back from your last trip?
The realization that the draw of the ocean finally outweighs my fear of being eaten by a shark.
What is your idea of living hell?
That’s easy — shopping big box stores. I get sensory overload and I’m really turned off by the feeding frenzied behavior that goes on in them. I’m definitely influenced by years of experience working for small businesses, but I really do prefer to support my peeps!
What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
Here’s a short list (excluding sfgirlbybay, which is still in the daily ritual): the design files, freunde von freunden, the blue hour / brian ferry.
Do you you have any favorite Instagrammers?
Absolutely! kara_town is like my sister from another mister! We have a mutual appreciation of George Nakashima and the art of thrifting. otisandotto, awelltraveledwoman, and hannahmas all have beautiful and heartwarming family-based feeds. _phoenixmoon_ is my homegirl. She is just too cool! lppshop provides a reminder to eat pizza more often. Finally, mallorylucille for our shared love of the colorful homes of San Francisco.
What’s the easiest way for you to find inspiration?
I’m really inspired by nature, specifically the landscape of California. Both Karl and I were raised to have a strong connection to and respect for the earth, and we both feel more centered after spending time with the sun on our faces and some fresh air in our lungs. When it comes to project inspiration, Instagram is my go-to for fashion, art, and home design. Flora Grubb is a spot I like to visit when I need some inspiration for my garden. It’s so beautifully curated, shopping there is like a visit to a botanical garden.
• all photos by cindy loughridge for sfgirlbybay.