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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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...
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...
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...
...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...
wine box shelf = $20

wine box shelf = $20

Whether you’re in need of more storage in your kitchen or want to install a library for your books a wine box shelf may be a good (and cheap) solution. Joe and I have needed more storage in our make-shift kitchen for some time. Pots, pans, and plates can be found stacked on our desks...

Muji makes NYC even better

I've had the luxury of traveling to New York City twice this fall. It is most certainly one of my favorite cities in the world, next to Berlin and you guessed it, San Francisco. And now New York just got even better...