good reads: abode.
by victoria comment

5/6/19

white painted exposed beamed ceiling in . / sfgirlbybay

i first began my admiration for artist serena Mitnick-miller and her architect husband Mason St. Peter when in 2009 they opened their inspiring and very well-curated general store in san Francisco’s often foggy outer sunset district. i think their move to the neighborhood lured a lot of other amazing talented makers, cafes and shops to what once had been previously pretty sleepy area of the city — people just responded to their authenticity, creativity, and charm. since then, they’ve grown, moving to their beautiful topanga home and opening their second venice shop location in 2012. the creative couple currently splits their time between San Francisco and Los Angeles, running their two stores, designing & building homes and making art. and now they’ve gifted us with their beautiful new book, Abode: Thoughtful Living with Less.

arched doorway with fiddle leaf fig tree in home decor shop. / sfgirlbybay

the yearning for a life of pared-down purity has never been more sought-after, and Serena and Mason are very admirably at the forefront. in Abode, these tastemakers and slow life livers make a graceful case for living better no matter your budget or abilities, guiding you to create a space this is simple and true. their time-tested methods create interiors that maximize openness, strip a building back to its bones, and amplify natural light, evoking unpretentious tranquility. The blueprint for their signature aesthetic is all in the book — the embrace of elemental materials, curation of handcrafted objects, and collection of furnishings from eras when craftsmanship was king — and they walk the walk and talk the talk, all very authentically. Abode beautifully features their greatest collaborations and will share with you breathtaking interiors, masterpieces of warm minimalism and is also a practical glimpse into the couple’s process and a guide to manifesting your own beautiful interiors. it’s another new design favorite on my bookshelf that i think you’ll really want to include on yours.

minimalist modern home with white painted exposed beam ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

inspiring minimalist modern interiors from abode design book. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

plywood kitchen cabinetry in minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

exposed white painted beamed ceilings in minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed minimalist modern dining room with mismatched wood chairs. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home with book storage. / sfgirlbybay

rustic and minimalist modern home in topanga canyon. / sfgirlbybay

minimalist modern home with plywood cabinetry and painted white exposed beamed ceilings. / sfgirlbybay

topanga canyon minimalist modern home. / sfgirlbybay

whitewashed minimalist bedroom on topanga canyon home. / sfgirlbybay

woven baskets and wooden bench for sale at general store. / sfgirlbybay

tiny greenhouse in garden photographed for adobe. / sfgirlbybay

general store with arched hallway and book displays. / sfgirlbybay

home goods and decor displayed at general store. / sfgirlbybay

• photography by Mariko Reed for Abode: Thoughtful Living with Less.

2 responses to “good reads: abode.”

  1. Mason & Serena have always inspired me with their combined talent and the way they have chosen to live their lives – I’m looking forward to putting this book on my shelf – thank you for the recommendation Victoria! x Heidi

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