“A peek into my closet. When hunting for apartments in San Francisco over two years ago now, I distinctly remember reading the Craiglist ad for my apartment as it had to say this about the closet: “Large enough to fit a queen size bed.” Needless to say I was sold at that point. I’ve never had a large closet.”
What are a few of your décor styling tips (ie: how to make one’s personality shine through in the home)?
I think a lot of the great interiors I’m drawn to all have the same thing in common — they’re very eclectic. Much like in an outfit, you combine the high and the low, the new with the old, and the classic with the statement pieces. I love it when rooms feel multifaceted. That said, I’m no interior design buff, but I do love collecting things and assembling them in quirky, unexpected ways.
Personally, when I set out to decorate my studio, I knew I wanted to take very specific cues from my personal style to give it a more masculine-meets- feminine vibe. And I made sure to balance. Where you see a rugged cowhide rug, I countered it with a mirrored coffee table. Where you see a set of antlers, I framed them with a vintage gold frame. Where you see a glass skull vase, I put white roses in it. It’s a weird tug and pull, but it works for me.
“Yep, you’re right. Where the magic happens: the shoe wall.”
Okay, moment of truth: Saturday cocktails or coffee date? And what is your favorite SF spot to grab said beverage?
This is part of the reason why I love my neighborhood, Hayes Valley — you don’t have to choose between the two! On many occasions, I’ve been known to grab late afternoon coffee at either of my favorite haunts (Cafe La Vie on Octavia or Blue Bottle on Linden), and then head over to Absinthe for one of their Manhattans and an order of shoe string fries. If I’m feeling extra fancy, we might even make a pit stop at Smitten for their Salted Carmel ice cream. Now that’s what I call a delicious afternoon!
“My kitchen nook where my Electra cruiser hangs out. I take her down to the panhandle on weekends.”
“Can never go wrong with a bottle of red wine. Preferably a Chianti.”
“What I love most about my apartment building is this light-filled lobby area. The building itself was built in 1928, and I’m always in awe of the high ceilings and ornate art deco tilings on the wall.” Zara sequin skirt (similar), vintage gray pullover sweater, Equipment blouse, Christian Louboutin heels.
What were you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? Are you a stuffing or mashed potatoes (with your turkey) kind of girl?
I’m thankful for so many things! The condensed list: my family, my incredible friends, my extremely supportive boyfriend, and a job that inspires and challenges me every single day.
Oh, and I’m also thankful for pumpkin pie. I know it wasn’t one of my options, but it’s what I look forward to every year.
“It’s very subtle, but this dress has a rabbits on it. I love quirky details like that in an outfit.” Alexander Wang vest, 3.1 Phillip Lim dress, Isabel Marant heels, Karen Walker sunglasses.
How do you sparkle?
Laughter. I always feel my best when I’m with friends or my boyfriend sharing a good laugh. In fact, if you actually look at the photos on my blog today, I’m usually mid-laugh in most of the shots. It’s probably been quoted too many times, but I really do think Audrey Hepburn nailed it on the head when she said, “I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.”
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