Nearly every word out of Janette Crawford’s mouth is worthy of jotting down for future reference. Her experiences as a designer for Homepolish (she’s currently working to revamp our founder Taylor’s home as you read this!) and as the creator of Sun + Dotter, which specializes in family-friendly design, have afforded her a wealth of knowledge. Did we also mention that Janette is a mother and the marketing manager for Parabo Press, a super secret app launching next month? She’s got lots to say and we are rapt with attention as she says it.
Janette and her three-year-old daughter, Vivian Sunshine (or Viv, as her mom affectionately calls her), have taken up residence in lovely Alamo Square Park, and their home reflects the family of two and their whimsical, effervescent style. From an overflowing collection of plants, to an eclectic hodgepodge of textiles from around the world, Janette has created an oasis that speaks to her love for design, home and family. Today, we take a tour of the space and listen to Janette’s perspective as a designer and mother, and hear her candid thoughts on divorce and welcoming a “cast” of roommates into their California abode. As she so aptly puts it, “Think, plan and do it. It’s amazing what a simple sense of intention can do.”
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Photography by Aubrie Pick
What was the design inspiration for your home?
My main inspiration has been to surround myself with things that make me happy. I love being outside, and I love textiles and patterns from different countries and eras, and that comes through in my home. I’ve also worked off a modest budget, so I’ve done a lot of vintage shopping and thrifting. That gives a uniqueness you’d never find out of catalog, plus great social responsibility. I love the freedom that buying used items offers—when I move or redecorate, I can sell it to someone else for about the same price, so it keeps things from being too precious.