Five years ago we bought an old house in San Francisco with a fig tree. We tore the walls down but kept the tree. Months turned into years - very cold years - but we are finally putting the house back together. Thanks for visiting.

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Favorite Artwork From Serena & Lily

Favorite Artwork From Serena & Lily

Happy Saturday to you! I’ve been obsessing over wall galleries lately so I chose a few of my favorite artworks offered by Serena & Lily to throw together. I think repeating the cream and orange tones helps pull this selection together – even the birch colored framed on the seaweed print helps with the theme....
Wall-Mounted Succulent Letter DIY

Wall-Mounted Succulent Letter DIY

Hello there! I hope you’re staying warm wherever you may be. The US is experiencing a frigid Winter. I only feel a little bit guilty that it’s in the 60s here in San Francisco and I’ve been in the garden all week. I’m cheating a bit with the name of this project. It can only...
$10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit

$10 DIY One Hour Upcycled Firepit

Happy weekend to you. Yesterday Joe and I wanted to do a fun and quick project for the house. We thought a firepit would be fun but didn’t like the looks of the ones sold at Home Depot and this geometric firepit at DWR is out of our budget. Eventually, Joe will design his own...
Choosing Bath Tile

Choosing Bath Tile

We are finally home! …and I haven’t posted in a long while – eek!  The renovation was pretty overwhelming for us. Not only are renovations rather stressful financially and for a million other reasons but we were really surprised how often I needed to be at the house helping to follow-up on problems that Joe...
What a difference a few months make...

What a difference a few months make…

I think I’ve officially forgotten what it felt like to live in our old, neglected house. It’s transformed in such a short period of time. So long old house. You served us well. What do you think of the facade? xo  
Construction images from the last few months

Construction images from the last few months

Hello there. Here are a few relatively recent photos of the project. In the next week or so I’ll have a much more updated post. The weather is simply gorgeous here in San Francisco (it’s not a typical Summer for us). I hope you are enjoying lovely weather wherever you may be. The pocket park...
progress this week

progress this week

Here are a few recent images to catch you up on our progress. See the descriptions below. This architectural glu-lam beam will be exposed in our kitchen. It marks the transition from ~11 foot ceiling at the entrance to ~8.5 foot ceilings to the living room (despite it being one big room). I really want...
choosing a modern bathtub

choosing a modern bathtub

Joe has an amazing ability to visualize space. I unfortunately do not. As we walk through the construction site I keep exclaiming, “Wow this is bigger/smaller/longer/different/better than I imagined.” Joe just rolls his eyes because the space has been in his head for years. Thankfully, he is patient with me and super helpful. For instance,...
morning coffee & grocery

morning coffee & grocery

As you know we’ve been living in the Mission during our renovation project. While I love this little adventure of experiencing a new neighborhood (especially all the flat streets and gallery openings) I am missing our neighborhood just a bit. It’s silly because we’re surrounded by great coffee and restaurants here in the Mission. We’re...
moving quickly

moving quickly

It’s hard to believe we were sleeping in this house a month ago. The construction is moving faster than I imagined. So far we’ve had lots and lots of demo, footings/foundation poured, grade beams installed, initial sewer lines installed, retaining wall poured, and the start of the framing (more updated images to come). This coming...
pouring concrete

pouring concrete

It’s amazing how fast our contractor is working. We’ve been so pleased with him. The footings went in yesterday and today the first pour of concrete is going in as I type this. I can’t wait to see some framing go up. Forgive the iPhone images. I have been shooting on film and will share...