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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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...
making palettes

making palettes

I’m obsessing a bit over facade palettes. We’ve been pretty focused on getting the construction started and therefore haven’t put a ton of thought into the facade. We need to make some quick decisions. We love the warmth of wood. It’s a big theme throughout our house but it’s rather hard to balance that with...
willow ship

willow ship

Linen is a wonderful material especially for the kitchen. I adore these block-printed, pure linen home goods by Willow Ship (made here in San Francisco). And on that note: here’s a good post on Martha Stewart about where and how to store linens. I sometimes collect antique linen and now I know to store it...
herriott-grace

herriott-grace

I can’t remember the last time I saw such lovely product photography. This company can do no wrong. I love everything they sell and just added them to my list of favorite companies. Plus the story is so very sweet; a father and daughter collaboration. See more on their site, here. Photography courtesy of Herriott...
old images

old images

While cleaning up the blog I have been stumbling upon some old images from the first time we tore some walls down. I love the look of these images – all shot on film. This was forever ago. We will have some new construction images going up soon. Stay with us.
...and we're back

…and we’re back

Hello there. We took quite a long hiatus from the blog. I’m happy to say though that last Fall (2011) we had permits issued and this week construction started again on our house. We are excited and a little scared. Please join us again for some updates on our progress and hopefully some DIY projects...

wall decór

The last few years in interior design have really gone overboard with wall decors. By way of i.d. magazine I found domestic.fr and I’m pretty amazed at the amount of wall decors they have produced as well as the cost; most seem to be under 100 euros. I want to put most of these in...

a few quick finds

I’m posting a few local finds from The Apartment and some vintage pins bought at X-21 Modern in the Mission. I wish we had room for a few of these things, especially the locker. It would make for a nice place to display an awesome show collection. $1 each vintage locker, $375, The Apartment tall...

mini renovation

I love typing ‘renovation’ into the flickr search to see what I can find. I haven’t done it for a while and was delightfully surprised to see this seriously mini kitchen being renovated by icklemissus. I’m not sure if it was ever finished since the last image was posted nearly a year ago. Nonetheless, the...

kids’ house by studiomama…

I’ll confess I saw this on Oheedoh (apartment therapy’s kids’ edition) but I had to highlight it as well. Studiomama a London-based designer named Nina Tolstrup designs furniture and spaces. I love the Kids’ House (show below). It includes a sleepy area, lego wall, and exterior blackboard wall. I built forts of all kinds as...

sturdy hose reel

My husband is very opinionated. Especially when it comes to products – any kind of product – from toothbrushes to space ships. Therefore, I (usually) listen when he recommends something and since it’s rare that he does, I thought I’d share it with you. After hearing me complain for many months about how much I...

still very much in the design phase…

This is the answer we give to everyone who asks us about the house. We’ve been enjoying combing through our stack of 6 years worth of Dwell mags and just taking our time during this phase. Joe even slapped some post-it notes on the wall the other day to help us visualize what we’re thinking...