1. The high-contrast interiors of Josefin Hååg’s home
2. Nordic designs and Japanese handcrafts under one roof!
3. Daniella Witte’s stunning office
4. Clever built-in shelving for an unused corner
5. This sunlit living room
6. Elegant pairings of copper and wood
7. The warm neutral palette of Herringbone House
8. A DIY bench for the knitting-inclined
9. Glam up grocery store snacks for the Oscars
hello! here’s the latest installment of the #sfgirlguide on instagram! and this lovely photo of the new york city highline — by @vvmacphail — is our winner this month! the highline is one of my favorite spots, and this is a great view from it.
and below are few more of my favorite contributions this week! the more photos you hashtag #sfgirlguide and the #city and #location, the more fun it is to find places you might like to visit, and find new followers, too. for the full rundown on how it all works, and the giveaway details, visit this post. remember, each month i’ll give away $100 gift card to amazon and i’m hoping to put this into print, as well — so please standby for news about that and keep on #hastagging! i gotta go somewhere, and soon! y’all are making me want to travel — thanks for all the great and creative contributions.
row no. 1: ace hotel photobooth in portland, oregon — by @endlessly_enraptured; lands end trail, san francisco along the california coastline — by @sarah_inpursuit; and Städel Museum in frankfurt, germany — by @treecropslane.
row no. 2: leather camera straps at Miansai in new york city — by @rashbirla; Time Will Tell shop in the Bywater, an area of the 9th Ward, new orleans, lousiana — by @jonicamelanie; and Nablus King Hussein Market Spice Shop, the West Bank, jordan — by @imanisasa.
row no. 3: tiburon, california ‘hippie’ tree swing — by @kellyboitano; heart coffee roasters, portland, oregon — by @jade_melissa; and el moilna central mexican cafe in sonoma, california — by @emily_proud.
if you’ve been reading here since i moved into my little noe valley cottage you’ll know i freakin’ hated my kitchen cabinets. mind you, they weren’t horrid, but they looked kind of like wood veneer to me, and they just didn’t fit my style at all. you know how i feel about my beloved ‘white’. so after over a year of living here i literally bribed my landlord into letting me paint them. i knew my rent increase was coming anyway so i offered to pay a bit more per month (well below the rent controlled allowed increase) and provide the paint and have them painted myself. i could easily drop the amount i offered on a make-up spree, so why not fix something else cosmetically?
i realize not everyone wants to go to these lengths with a rental, but i’m sick in the head when it comes to where i live and with the way rents are in san francisco i don’t plan on going anywhere soon. i was quite content here, except for those bloody brown cabinets, so i did something to make myself happy. i painted the cabinets with the usual white paint i like — Sherwin Williams Emerald Extra White in a semi-gloss so they’d be easy to wipe clean. i also added some IKEA FÅGLEBODA pulls to the drawers. i left most of the cabinets spare of knobs — they just look cleaner to me that way but below the sink i used IKEA FINTORP knobs since that area can get a lot of wear and tear. i also added a striped IKEA SÖFTEN rug and a few other accessories to play up the brand new black & white. and here we are all finished, at long last. some things take time, indeed.
oh, one last thing — since i’d turned my dining room into an office, i decided i needed a little eating nook. so i got an IKEA BJÖRKUDDEN wood dining table and added my vintage burke saarinen tulip chairs around it. it makes for a very nice dining spot and i can easily pull it out and add another chair for guests. i also threw in a few of IKEA’s new TRENDIG bowls for a splash of color. voilá!
pssst…and a peek at what my patio looks like outside these windows.
• all photos by cindy loughridge.
san francisco-based interior designer Senalee Kapelevich of SVK Interior Design sent me images of one of her latest client makeovers and i was thrilled to share it. Senalee’s done a wonderful job on this 1890′s Victorian home of a single dad who lives in the mission district with his daughter. Even though he works in the tech industry, he is extremely passionate about music and There are about ten guitars that live in the house with them, along with several pieces of recording equipment. it’s a bottom unit in a four-apartment building, so one of Senalee’s challenges was about bringing in as much light and color as possible without going too feminine. The client’s directive was to balance each room with a mix of new and vintage pieces, with a mid-century modern inspired look.
The front room with the black leather couch and pink walls is his “jam room”. So the room is about hanging out with friends and jamming along with His daughter who also plays bass. Senalee knew this room was going to have a lot of black in it, and be filled with a lot of music equipment, so she convinced her client to paint the walls pale pink to add some lightness to the space. The credenza and the pendant are both vintage pieces (from one of my favorite shops, Stuff on Valencia), and the sofa, and small table are new.
The living room is where the client likes to relax with his daughter and play video games so Senalee warmed up the room with a comfy Paul Smith rug from the Rug Company — the client’s favorite thing in the whole house. The sofa is custom, the coffee table is vintage from L.A., and the chair is a vintage Z Chair from Past Perfect — another great vintage shop in san francisco on lombard street.
The hallway was really long in this apartment, so Senalee wanted to add some interest to it. The carpet tiles are from FLOR, and the frames are from a mix of sources framing a collection of black and white photography. That gorgeous pendant lamp is from schoolhouse electric.
The master bedroom needed to remain a masculine space, but have some fun too. The dresser is a vintage Henredon dresser, and the lamps are vintage as well — also from Past Perfect. The bed, and side tables are new. Senalee loves to do great lighting in spaces with high ceilings and one of her favorite elements in the room is the Spider Lamp from Matter Matters in New York City — It’s like its own little floating sculpture. her client is also into raw denim, so the coat rack actually gets used to hang the jeans that are not supposed to be washed or folded — I just love that idea, since my jeans are usually thrown over the back of a chair. this looks a whole lot better, but also leaves them so accessible!
thanks so much to Senalee for walking us through this great makeover. she’s done an amazing job at infusing the space with light, style and comfort. for more of her beautiful design work visit SVK Interior Design, where Senalee has an office San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood and has projects underway all over the bay area including Noe Valley, the Mission, and Potrero Hill.
• all photos by MICHELE LEE WILLSON PHOTOGRAPHY.
i’m rather obsessed with christine dovey’s modern baby nursery. except i want it all for grown-up me — SO I’M GONNA MOCK ONE UP. i can’t quite swing the price of an original serge mouille swing arm light fixture let alone a pair, but maybe i could fake it, with a couple of these fixtures. sorry, stuffed animals, you’re going to have to be left behind for baby. i need to make room for some adult cushions — like these new furry friends. and i know where to get a lovely white pouf, and a flokati rug. now i’ve got to contend with finding that gorgeous french daybed. sigh. this is going to be as close as i come to this little slice of decor perfection. bravo, christine dovey on one very beautiful room!
sources: 1. i couldn’t find ‘love’ (story of my life) but i did find this ‘goodnight’ wire sculpture from anthropologie, and that works just fine; 2. a pair of IKEA PS 2012 black wall fixtures (just $49 bucks each!); 3. this pale pink luxe faux fur pillow; and 4. the gray ombre luxe faux fur pillow, both from anthropologie work nicely in place of the furry stuffed friends; 5. i really love the reproduction french daybed christine used from black rooster decor, but perhaps this louis daybed from ballard designs is just a tad less if we’re keeping to a budget version here; 6. serena & lily’s moroccan white leather pouf is ideal; and 7. their white flokati rug is just perfect, too; and ONE LAST THING — 8. i’m going to spring for the tom dixon etch shade pendant lamp. why not, i’ve saved everywhere else!