San Francisco House Tour

San Francisco House Tour

Blogger Jordan Ferney lives with her husband, Paul, and their two sons in San Francisco’s Mission District. Her old home, just a few blocks away, was only 500 square feet! So we couldn’t wait to see how she decorated their new, bigger space. Jordan always has awesome tips, from finding affordable art to throwing unusual dinner parties. Here’s a peek inside…

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On cool dinner parties: Now that we have a dining room, I want to get better at dinner parties. My New Year’s resolution was to host 52 dinners this year, and we just had dinner #24. I’ve learned to plan the menu beforehand and order groceries to save time shopping. Also, always have some sort of surprise. It can be a surprise guest, a surprise dish… One time a friend was out fishing and he caught this huge gorgeous salmon. He brought it to our house, and we had fresh sashimi. He carved the fish right in front of us. I remember thinking, “I’ll never forget this.” Another time, we had a stranger dinner party. We invited four different friends and asked them each to bring someone we didn’t know. It’s nice to do things to make the evening memorable.

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On choosing art: Our art is mostly from flea markets and eBay, and most pieces we buy are around $25. Since my husband is an artist, this is one area where he has strong opinions. I’ll bring home thrift store art and he’s like, “WHAT??” because he’s looking at the technique. And I’m like, “It’s quirky!” Once I brought home a painting of a ship, and Paul said, “That looks like a child made it.” Then we decided to re-frame it and when I took it out of its frame, the back of it said “Jeffrey, age 12.” We were laughing so hard. It actually was a child’s artwork!

Dining table: Ikea. Rug: vintage, from Morocco. Bench: World Market. Chandelier: original to home.

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On inhabiting a bigger space: When we moved to this house, we jokingly called it “the manse,” even though it doesn’t have a backyard and in a lot of the United States, this place would still be considered quite small. But we used to live in a 500-square-foot apartment, so to us, this place is huge. I swore when we moved in, we were going to continue to regularly purge things, and oh my gosh, it did not happen. We somehow wound up with closets full of things. I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and was like, “I want to get rid of everything.” But since there are more places to put things, we don’t feel such a sense of urgency.

Black sofa: custom from Clad Home. Green sofa: Room & Board. Rug: vintage, from Morocco. Green pillow: Furbish. Drapes: custom, from Madina Aryeh. Coffee table: Ikea (no longer available, similar here). Yellow chair: vintage. Floor lamp: vintage.

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On favorite TV shows: The kids go to bed around 8 p.m., and then sometimes Paul and I will spend a couple hours watching TV together. My favorite show is Broad City. I love is SO MUCH. I’ve probably watched each episode four times. It’s funny in a way that feels fresh. You know what else I’ve been watching lately? The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. It totally holds up!

Shelving: Ikea. Brass planter: eBay.

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On keeping greenery: There’s an amazing nursery/plant store/coffee shop in San Francisco called Flora Grubb. One trick I’ve learned is to ask the nursery which plants need to be watered once a week. Then I’ll set an alarm on my phone, and on that one day I’ll go through the house and water all the plants. Keeping everything on the same schedule really helps. I can’t deal with needy plants, but once a week I can do.

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On wise words: “Nothing will make you feel better except for doing the work.” That’s my personal mantra, and I even have a print of it. When I first heard it, it really resonated with me. I ALWAYS get myself into situations where I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. I’ll try to think of every way I can to not do that thing. Should I cancel? Should I do something else? In the end, I have to tell myself that nothing will make me feel better except doing the work.

Stool: vintage, from Book/Shop. Shelving: Ikea.

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On collecting books: I have been on a big reading kick lately. I loved Lena Dunham’s book, and I really enjoyed Miranda July’s novel. Even though I work a lot, I try to make time for reading. I’ve also been reading the Harry Potter books with my kids. At five and seven, they’re finally old enough where we can enjoy reading a big book together. It’s been amazing. I’m also a big believer in having lots of books in a room. It makes you want to spend more time there.

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On keeping the boys’ bedroom tidy: The kids’ room usually does look this organized. At five and seven, our kids are old enough that before bed every night, we do a quick pick-up. The key to organizing, whether it’s in a playroom or an entire house, is to have a place for everything. They know that when they pull out the Lego bin, everything must go back in the Lego bin.

World map wallpaper: Amazon. Bunk beds: Ikea (painted black). Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids. Coat rack: Sutro. Toy basket: thrifted.

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On impromptu geography lessons: I grew up in a really small town in Utah, and one of my dad’s biggest concerns was that he wanted us to be aware and to have a bigger worldview. He got a National Geographic map and wallpapered it on one of our living room walls. I grew up with this giant wall map, so when I saw that map I was immediately like, “That’s going on the wall!” Every time we travel, we’ll find our destination on the map. We’ll talk about distances. Sometimes we’ll even pull the bed away from the wall so we can see where everything is.

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On paring things down: We try to edit, and the boys don’t get too attached to things. I’ll say, “Hey, I think I’m going to give this to Goodwill so other kids can get a chance to play with it,” and they’re usually fine with that. After I read the Marie Kondo book, I said to them, “Let’s look around and find things we don’t really love or play with anymore.” They thought about it, and then my son came to me, really wide-eyed, and said, “I figured it out! All those wooden toys up on the shelf!” Then he points to all the beautiful European, carefully crafted wooden toys. I was like, “Over my dead body.”

Tall bookshelf: Ikea. Rug: West Elm. Seahorse and Dragonflies: Petit Pan. Sailboat kite: Haptic Lab. Toys: complete sources here.

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On dark bedroom walls: We painted the walls and ceiling in the bedroom. I totally copied Jenna Lyons. What she did 15 years ago is still cool right now. The dark walls keep everything feeling kind of calm.

Paint: Dark Kettle Black by Valspar. Bed: handmade by a friend. Hanging basket chair: Serena & Lily. Rug: vintage, from Morocco. Chandelier: Patrick Townsend.

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A great place to buy art: There’s this amazing sale once a year in Oakland called the White Elephant Sale. It takes place in a warehouse and is run by these well-to-do old ladies. The whole thing is flawlessly organized. My entire art wall in the bedroom came from the While Elephant sale. Everything was around $45 each, and they come expensively framed. People actually fly out just to go to the White Elephant sale. It’s that good.

Dresser: vintage. Fries Before Guys tote: Oh Happy Day.

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On being a good host: Now that we have a guest room, we have guests all the time. Sometimes it’s helpful to put yourself in their shoes to figure out what they’ll need — taking their coat when they walk in, putting a drink in their hand immediately. The guest room has been fun to decorate because it feels like I can take more risks. If I find offbeat bedding or weird art, a lot of time it ends up in there.

Bed: Room & Board. Graph bedding: Unison. Pillow: Normann Copenhagen. Blanket: Morocco. Bedside tables: vintage. Light: Serena & Lily (no longer available, similar here).

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On the magic of chocolate cake: If I’m having a bad day, I love baking a cake. I always make Ina Garten’s chocolate cake, which is amazing. There’s a chapter in Julia Child’s biography where she talks about how they were having a terrible day and she says, “I couldn’t even bake a cake because the oven wasn’t working.” That really stuck out to me, if I’m having a rough time, I’ll be like, “Let’s make cookies, that’ll turn this day around!”

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On kitchen renovations: The only real renovation we did was the kitchen. I like kitchens to look like kitchens — with that quintessential white subway tile, floor to ceiling. Subway tile is so cheap and actually really easy. We bought it at Lowe’s and it came with built-in spaces within the tiles, so it takes like five seconds to lay. We were able to do it ourselves.

Ceramic serveware: Mud Australia. Faucet: vintage unlacquered brash, from eBay. Shelving: pine boards with Anthropologie hardware. Pendant light fixtures: Schoolhouse Electric.

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The truth about cute fridges: We had to buy a new fridge for the house. My husband was like, just find a fridge on Craigslist, and that’s where I saw this one for $300. It fell in my lap! My friends are always like, you need to get a grown-up fridge, and maybe we’ll do that in a few years. It doesn’t fit much food, and the freezer is tiny. But we’ve lived with smaller fridges before!

Refrigerator: Smeg. Metal shelving: Costco, similar here.

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On building a dream pantry: It doesn’t always look this awesome! But most of the time, it looks pretty good. There’s a huge store here called Rainbow Grocery, where they have enormous bins of dry goods. You choose from 20 different kinds of salt, a bunch of different oats. I realized it was easier to pull together healthy meals if you keep dry goods around the house. Plus, they’re beautiful.

On quick dinners: I make an easy version of mac and cheese, called Brown Butter pasta. I always buy a big old chunk of Parmesan cheese, and keep that in the fridge along with some butter. It doesn’t really go bad. You just brown the butter until it gets really caramel-y smelling and then mix in grated Parmesan cheese and pasta. I try to throw something green in there, too. It takes 15 minutes, and everyone loves it.

Brackets: Anthropologie. Wire baskets: Target. Round basket: Target.

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On the family gathering place: It’s crazy how much time we spend in the kitchen. Our old kitchen didn’t have an island, and now that we have one, we use it all the time. We eat breakfast here, we do homework here; it’s the place where everything comes together.

Counter stools: Design Within Reach.

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Thank you so much, Jordan! If you’d like to read more, here’s Jordan’s blog and party shop.

Top photo credits: Table: Room & Board. Rug, Lamp and Coatrack: vintage. Bench: Target. Art: Kindah Khalidy. Bowl: Helen Levi. Necklace: E. Smith.

P.S. More home tours, including a cool Williamsburg loft and a gorgeous California house.

(Photos by Paul Ferney. Interview by Caroline Donofrio.)

  1. Ann Wright says...

    Stunning happy home – Congratulations

  2. I love that green tile work around the fireplace. And that white subway tile in the kitchen. Such a beautiful house. Thanks for the tour!

  3. Thanks for the share, Jordan. Such a gorgeous home!

  4. Beautiful interior design, not too simple but make the home feels clean and fresh.If you need more information about home decor then visit sofakingdubai.

  5. shamier says...

    help. i came across a picture of the master bedroom on pinterest. i love the black. i know this post is old, but would you happen to remember where you got the black duvet cover?

    • Yeah, master bedroom is looking really great, classy and in dark colors – exactly as I would see my own bedroom in my next house. The black duvet cover is really adding to the style, where we can get one like this Joanna?

  6. Beautiful interior design, not too simple but make the home feels clean and fresh

  7. What a lovely home ?
    Great idea of installing world map wallpaper in kids room ??

  8. Eleni Moudakis says...

    Your home is absolutely georgous & eclectic…It has texture an speaks loud..I sold my condo 2yrs ago ..With things soo many beautiful classic pcs thru yrs my mom had .After moved into a tiny 1 bedroom.. and with SO MANY pcs i had in storage…So now I’m with paired with a loving beau an we’r just moving into a large 3 bedroom converted into a 4..Looking forward to using all this space and mix an match pcs I’ve got..Thk U for sharing and inspiring ur lovely home..I wasnt sure if i should mix 2 difn’t couches after looking at ur amzn living room..Y’know ?..I am too !! XxxOoo

  9. katie says...

    love it all, can you tell me where the black and white photograph is of the group swimmers?
    You have such talent, thanks!!

  10. Meredith says...

    Hi! What are the dimensions of your pantry?

  11. Res says...

    You did a great job on your house! Loved all of it.

  12. Eilidh Lawson says...

    Where can I get the butterfly painting from? The one above your green sofa.
    PS these photos are stunning.
    Eilidh in Glasgow

  13. Kim says...

    I love the gray bedding!!! Where did that come from?


  14. Kim says...

    Very Interested to know where the bedding came from?? I love it…Need it…



  15. I still can’t get over how beautiful your home tour is. I’m moving into a new apartment in one month and I finally drafted a round-up of my very favorite pieces. I couldn’t resist sharing an image of your beautiful home (credited to you, of course!) as inspiration.


    • Oops! Realized I meant Jordan’s home :)

  16. Mary Hepworth says...

    Loved looking at your house and found it inspirational ….thanks x

  17. 3 bibou says...

    Vey nice :) where does come from the wall lamp on black wall ?
    Thanks very much

  18. Joanna says...

    Beautiful home! I too am wondering where the master bedroom bedding is from? Would Jordan share her source?

  19. Jen says...

    I’m obsessed about the “Nothing will make you feel better except doing the work” sign. Does anyone know where I can purchase one? It needs to be my new mantra.


  20. Baya says...

    Great house tour! So many nice corners! And +1 for floor plans :)
    I as wondering where she got the storage glasses for oats, flour, pasta,… in her pantry?

  21. Jordan’s home is My dream home! She is so uber talented and anything she touches turns to gold. I am wondering where her master bedding is from? Thanks!

  22. This place looks incredible. I’m so inspired!

  23. do we have practical advice about keeping that velvet-looking couch nice with kiddos?

  24. Ann says...

    I really adore your kitchen. Can you share your faucet source too? Are your cabinets from ikea? I would really love to try doing subway tiles.

  25. Veronica Domurat says...

    Jordan and Jo,
    I am so impressed with both of your apartments, the current ones where you are living now and your previous ones. So much style and such happy places!! Thank you, it has been very inspiring.

  26. SFDC says...

    Anybody have a source for those candle holders in the dining room?

  27. Andrea says...

    She has an amazing house but I just keep thinking about the dirty hand prints all over the white walls, fixtures, etc. I need more color in my life!

  28. What a beautiful house tour! Love the goal of hosting 52 dinners this year!

  29. One of my favorite posts! I love her (and her home!) so much! What a fantastic write-up and beautiful images. Thanks for inviting us into your home, Jordan!

  30. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Jordan’s home! I even went over to her website (hi Jordan! :) and looked at the “before” pictures. It was beautiful before, but it was also so helpful to see how she transformed everything. Even how she painted so much of the wood white to make everything brighter and crisper was really helpful — I think when I see older places, I often think they’re too dark, but always think “painting everything white would be too much!”

    Anyway, I hope that Jordan and her family have such a nice life in the place!

  31. This house is insanely delicious. I want it all!

  32. Angie says...

    Great post! May I just suggest that you show us a floor plan before your house tours? It just makes it so much easier to visualise where everything else is!

  33. So gorgeous! xx

  34. I love how so many of your purchases come from Ikea, Target, and thrift shops. So many bloggers are like “oh yes all these things I have are super affordable!” And I look at the prices and I’m like “Um…….” Haha! Love the dark bedroom walls too! I was in school when I saw that Domino Magazine article on Jenna Lyons NYC apartment and I actually re-created her bedroom for a miniature diorama design project, down to the stained herringbone wood floors!

  35. Jordan and Paul have a gorgeous home! I love all the big windows! And that tile in the kitchen — gorgeous!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  36. Angela says...

    Beautiful House!! Any hints on what kind of plant is in the master bedroom? Thanks!!

    • kristen says...

      angela, that is a fiddle leaf plant – available lots of places, including The Home Depot!

    • Lauren says...

      fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata)

  37. Becca says...

    Whew, what a beautiful home!! Can anyone tell what color the guest bedroom wall is? Is that a white or a gray? Would Jordan be able to share the paint name?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      jordan says: “It’s my favorite boring color! Swiss coffee. It’s a white wall that is slightly warm.”

  38. Simone says...

    I love the servingware in the kitchen. I had to laugh, we do the wire rack and I have the same baskets she does in the kitchen, but mine doesn’t look nearly as organized! Inspiration to re-organize the kitchen!

  39. Karen says...

    What a lovely home! Thanks for sharing. Love all the plants and the pops of color throughout, especially in the kitchen.

  40. So much light! Wow. Beautiful home.

  41. Erin says...

    Love this house tour – especially the kids’ room and map wall paper. Where did Jordan get that? Great idea!

  42. Amazing how she turned it around like that. When you see the before pictures and seeing these after pictures, you’ll fall in love.

  43. this place is gorgeous!! I’m in love with that green couch and how organized their panty is :)

  44. the fire place and the rug in the dining room are adorable!

  45. Nerissa says...

    Such a LOVELY home! Any idea who makes the TV console?

  46. this home tour is BEAUTIFUL! such a great use of space. i’m feeling inspired. xx!

  47. Zara says...

    This is the most beautiful home I have ever seen. There is something so calming about it.

  48. Ann says...

    Just gorgeous. Can you share the source for the swimming ladies print? Oh this Mud ceramics !!!

  49. Holy cannoli. I am going to be staring at these pics for a long, long time, esp the green couch. Your place is seriously awesome. You’re killing me with the hanging chair in the bedroom. LOVE EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!

    I love the art, too–esp. the photograph of the swimmers.

    You rock.

  50. Abby says...

    not only did I pin a lot of these pictures, I actually read all of the little comments in between because they were so fun and one feels like really getting to know the person living in this gorgeous house. What a beautiful post!

  51. Sandra says...

    These are my favourite posts on Cup Of Jo. Every time you have a house tour, i stop everything and take my tiiiiime in reading. So beautiful!
    I hope you never run out of homes to feature!

    Kisses from Beirut!

  52. Wonderful place!
    Fell in love with those candle holders on the dining room’s table.
    Fantastic bedroom, love how the dark colour works in the room. Also like the map wall paper in the kids room, brilliant!

  53. Lisa says...

    What an adorable family! And the house…swoon…

  54. Danielle says...

    Love this! Jordan has such amazing style – thanks for sharing!

  55. Anna says...

    My favorite part was the wonky fiddle leaf fig in the bedroom! I’ve had mine for about 2 years now and I love it. It’s always growing in crazy directions!

  56. Georgia says...

    Beautiful home, but man, it reminds me how much I hated San Francisco (I lived in the Mission). Hated everything about that city. Worst place I’ve ever lived. It isn’t a popular opinion, but even the mention of the places there makes my skin crawl.

  57. Julia says...

    I usually love everything on Cup of Jo and have been a reader for years now. But this post, maybe because it hits close to home for me as an Oakland CA resident, highlighted something that has yet to be discussed on this blog: gentrification. The Mission, like Brooklyn, has increasingly struggled with gentrification in recent years — and the style of this house seems to unabashedly fit the stereotypical style of the wealthy young white artistic folk that often are the second wave of the gentrifying force in neighborhoods like the Mission. Gentrification is a complicated issue and not inherently wrong, however, so I would love to see how Joanna sees the issue as a Brooklyn resident and someone whose outlook I respect.

    • JAM says...

      Seconded! Thank you. That said, I can’t imagine shelterporn/lifestyle blogs are exactly equipped for that kind of conversation.

  58. Celine says...

    Amazing how it rings SO MANY bells to me ! I love this place, this airy, fresh and clean atmosphere… Scrolling down the photos, my eye was caught by the Blexbolex ‘People’ book.

    Wait. Do I have the same at home ? Yes I do. French release, ‘Les Gens’. But still.
    Wait. Do I have the same wooden garage (yes, this beautiful kids’ Plan Toys garage in the boys’ room) ? Yes I do.
    (Know what ? We had the same issue here : everytime I have the kids clean their rooms up to the ceiling, this very beautiful-yet-untouched-garage get thrown into the “discard & give away” bin. Just as you did Jordan, I stared at my eldest “”).
    Last but not least : your kitchen! Do I have this red’n’bright white pattern at home? Yes I do. I call it the “1950’s butcher shop” style. (A Frenchie up to my fingertips…)

    Now, before you call me a stalker, i’ll stop there.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely place – you’ve made the right decoration choices (believe me !)

  59. jen says...

    what a great home!!
    is that white wallpaper in the very first picture?? i’d love more info on that!

  60. Kim says...

    Wow what a gorgeous home! Her old home was 500 sq ft and in these photos, her new home appears to be at least double. Being in the Mission I’m sure this home had to have cost an arm and a leg.

  61. Roxana says...

    OH MY. LOVE.

  62. Jillian says...

    I’ve been waiting for this post forever!! Her home is as beautiful as I expected. Love it!

  63. Aga says...

    Love this post! LOVE this home!!! Their family photo is the greatest and that kitchen looks like the set of a cooking show I want to watch! Love the swing!!! Green couch! And the tote! Love the globes!, (as a university instructor, it’s terrifying how many students can’t identify more than 3 countries on a map in our own hemisphere. It’s also interesting that for most people it seems that TV is a given but time needs to found for reading.)
    Any chance they looking for a roommate? Or house sitter?! :)

    Thanks for this post, it brightened up my day.

  64. Fantastic in every imaginable way! LOVE this tour! The kitchen, the sweet family, the books…oh the books! YES!

  65. Laura says...

    Love this tour! Who did the wonderful moth prints above the sofa in the living room?

  66. Wow such a gorgeous home! Lovely interior, so light and beautifully decorated! x

  67. Oh my goodness, the rug situation in this house is killing me! I’ve been stumped on rugs since we moved to our new place (all hardwood), and I love Jordan’s rugs…but they are all vintage from Morocco! Ah well. I wonder, also, how that shaggy rug does in the dining room? I love the look of shaggy rugs but it seems like it would be impossible to really clean!

  68. I’ve been LOVING Broad City too and I laughed out loud about the art made by a child!

    Also, that plant idea is genius! I need to try it. All my plants are currently dead.

  69. Love everything about this place. Can I move in with you, Jordan? ;-)

  70. MC says...

    Thanks for sharing, Jordan! The Mission is kind of my dream nabe. I love how even though Mark Zuckerberg has a home there, it doesn’t feel too pristine or overdeveloped.
    Plus, the BEST coffee. I hope I get to go back someday.

  71. I am going to be the BIGGEST party pooper here, but there’s so much in this house that’s going to be totally decimated in an earthquake. All of that beautiful pottery on an open shelf in the kitchen… at least there’s no art over the beds! Sorry, it is my job to work on earthquake policy in the Bay Area and we just had a little earthquake on Monday that broke something in my apartment, so it’s on my mind.

    That said, this is so, so gorgeous. I’m in awe of the beautiful apartment AND the decor.

  72. Megan says...

    Favourite house tour ever! Dream home stuff! But I have one question, how does one manage cream rugs and kids. My son has a once cream and navy striped rug…. Yikes! It’s not so cute after a year.

  73. Great home tour! Pretty lucky to have a guest bedroom AND a pantry in SF…
    Great style and love the green sofa with the yellow chair and all of the different colors and sized books around the living room.

  74. Megan says...

    Oh, I adore this! I lovve her new home, and her 500 sq. foot home was inspirational to me, as my husband and I just bought a small condo in DC. (I had to re-type that last sentence. I accidentally wrote “fiance,” as we’ve only been married for two weeks :) And her dinner party advice is inspiring! I know you’ve been feeling overwhelmed, Joanna, so I hate to request something of you, but if you find the time and inspiration, more dinner party posts would be lovely! xo

  75. I love seeing this home tour because it’s nice to see a combination of high and low items. Bunk bed at IKEA for $170 with great lines?! SCORE! It’s refreshing to see a mix of DIY with some low cost items that make this look doable for the rest of us. Thanks Joanna! Great post, and great home Jordan!

  76. Drooling over this home and loving the whimsy everywhere (i.e the candle holders and playful artwork)! After seeing the IKEA dining table, I am stoked to go there to find a clean white modular book case (for a shoe wall I’m designing)! So inspired to get on over there…I completely forgot about this affordable option!!!! xo


    adorn la femme

  77. Deborah says...

    Beautiful kitchen! Do you know where she got her butcher block countertops from?

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Hi Deborah! The countertops are from Ikea.

    • Deborah says...

      Thanks!! Do you know which style? There are a few that look very similar to each other and I was really hoping to use the same ones in my kitchen redo.

  78. whelp, i just pinned every image! dreamy, jordan. when is that guest room vacant? :)

  79. I love EVERYTHING about this house tour!

  80. Haven’t seen a tour like this in awhile, it’s one of those oh shoot I have to bookmarked this cause it’s going to take awhile to get through! It’s absolutely lovely!!!

  81. J.D says...

    I’ve been craving a dark bedroom, it just looks so calm, and cozy, somehow. Love it!

  82. That kitchen is THE DREAM. I can’t believe that is in someone’s home. I’m inconsolably jealous.

  83. The coat rack is my favorite! I immediately recognized it as the Sutro Tower in SF! Great home!

  84. This post made me jealous of all the books! I read Marie Kondo’s book too, and felt so proud I mostly read library books. But there’s still something amazing feeling about having a bookshelf full of things you love/loved to read. A giant built in bookshelf is a big dream for the next place we move.

  85. Keely says...

    I want to pin every. single. room. in this home tour!!!

  86. Rachel says...

    The greatest home tour ever, hands down. Only one question: The candle stick holders in the dining room, where oh where are those from?!

  87. Stef says...

    This was so enjoyable to read while eating my lunch. Jordan: I really love your home and how it appears to reflect you and your family. Now I need to go find that sign “Nothing will make you feel better except doing the work.”

  88. I love this tour so much! What fun bright colors! I feel like I am always trying to find some consistency though my house without it being boring! I’m working on that!

  89. The best part was seeing my cousin’s book “Don’t Call it That” on the coffee table.

  90. It all looks amazing! Quick question. The grey couch in your living room, did you have to have it custom made to fit the space?

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      Hi Anamarie!
      Yes, Jordan says the couch was custom ordered from Clad Home.

  91. Taylor says...

    I’ve been reading Jordan’s blog for years and years–probably since around ’09? ’10?–and every single piece of her homes she has shared, from the 500 sq ft. apartment, to the paris apartment, to this new space, has been delightful. To me, it’s the perfect combination of bright and peaceful. Like it would be equally cozy on a sunny day or a stormy day. It just all looks so joyful and happy. I love seeing it featured here!!

  92. Olivia says...

    DYIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING to know where to buy the “Nothing will make you feel better except doing the work” print! Please and thank you one and all!

    • S. Krishna says...

      omg ME TOO PLEASE. I need that print!!!!

    • Megan says...

      Me three!! So perfect.

    • EG says...

      Ditto! Need to purchase that print – can’t find it anywhere!

    • Caroline Donofrio says...

      I know, isn’t it the best? Sadly, it isn’t available for purchase — Jordan’s husband made it for her in a sign-painting class.

  93. A says...

    Jordan I love everything about your home. Totally agree about books making a room feel friendly. I can’t wait to start reading Harry Potter with my little girl (although she’s only 3 weeks old, so I have a bit of a wait!).

    A question about Ebay art – what search terms do you use do find such great pieces? As with Etsy, Ebay is so massive that I find searching for art (or homewares, or anything, really) a bit overwhelming. Any tips…?

    Love this series. Thank you! x

  94. this home looks like absolute HEAVEN – so well done!

  95. Cindy says...

    Can’t deal with needy plants *buys fiddle leaf fig* hehe! (That’s just my brown thumb being salty ;) But what a seriously stunning home!

  96. I liked that quote about working so much, I made a little printable of it! Grab a copy on my blog:
    Thanks for the inspiration… It was just what I needed today!

  97. Jill Palumbo says...

    I am not a fan of modern furniture/decor, but the bones of this apartment are stunning! The moldings, the fireplace, the ceilings…… And I love the vintage touches and the gorgeous lights. They sure don’t build like they used to…….sigh.

  98. Rachael says...

    Love this, and the comment from the little one about getting rid of the wooden toys cracked me up. Doesn’t Tina Fey mention that in Bossypants, how children will play with beautiful wooden traditional toys only when there is literally nothing else? Too funny x

  99. Looooved this home from the very first photo. So clean, fresh and interesting! Home tours are inspiring.

  100. Renee says...

    Sooo, when can I come stay in that awesome guest room! Seriously, what a bright and beautiful home. Where did you find all that great viewfinder stuff in the boys’ room?

  101. Sarah says...

    What a stunning home! Embarking on thesis writing here, where can I find the “Nothing will make you feel better except for doing the work” sign? Thanks!!!

  102. That is literally my dream dining room. I love the original details of the house with built-ins and the green fireplace tile juxtaposed against the more modern/danish modern furniture. Beautiful! In your kitchen I am obsessed with the brackets supporting your floating shelves. Where did you get them? I would love the resource because that would be perfect in our living room.

    We have a somewhat similar style but living in the midwest I am lacking that cool Cali vibe. Our dining room redo is here:

  103. Zywie says...

    Lovely lovely house. Jordan’s style is comfortable yet stylish.

    I LOL’ed at her son’s suggestion of getting rid of the wooden toys :) darn kids :))

  104. Such a bright cheery sunny place! I love the textiles and color and I love the idea that you can flush all the extras out of your life and focus only on the things you really love. I’ve done the same, and it has made my home much calmer. I’ll be pinning all of these!
    Anna of The Analog House

  105. Mariah says...

    I LOVE this apartment. Beautiful and livable!

  106. Stacey says...

    I used to work at the Oakland Museum of California, and the White Elephant Sale Jordan mentions is a huge fundraiser put on by the Women’s Board- a group of amazing women who work their tails off all year long to host a weekend long rummage sale that benefits exhibition’s and events at OMCA. They are dynamo’s and the sale is incredible! Thanks Jordan for hyping it up!

  107. Barbara says...

    I’m having major rug envy! Do you know if Jordan actually went to Morocco to buy her rugs, or if she found them stateside? I’m on a rug hunt…

    • She did! I know, because I had the same rug envy and asked her once. :

    • I always look here for rugs that I lust over for our one day home.
      One day, as in, one day I swear we will not keep moving every year into places with vastly different living/dining room sizes and I’ll be able to justify a great rug.

    • Ha! Agreed! I love all of her rugs and I kept thinking, “Did she seriously go to Morocco for these?” Definitely going to peruse The Souk link. Thanks Allyn!

  108. Lauren E. says...

    This was far and away my favorite Cup of Jo post ever. Not only is this house STUNNING (that bedroom, holy mackerel), but it feels comfortable, homey, lived in, and the commentary drives it all home. “Jeffrey, Age 12”!! I’ll be re-reading this one for years to come.

  109. Elizabeth says...

    Lovely! All of it. I especially love the dining room and kids’ room. I wonder where the art is from in the living room (butterflies) and the swimming art in the guest bedroom…I’m guessing thrifted since there are no sources listed.

  110. It’s crazy to me that someone’s actual house can be this cool. It’s all awesome.

  111. Sarah says...

    Hands down Jordan has the best style. I love how the overall look has so much ease to it.. not too mid century, not too traditional. Love your use of color, darks, and whites. A dream house!

  112. Kristina says...

    Wow, this is SUCH a nice place you have, Jordan! Also – as I am procrastinating and reading my favorite blog instead of getting some writing done – when I scrolled down and the phrase “Nothing will make you feel better except doing the work” showed up on my screen, it immediately caught my eye and it rings so true! I need to get a print of that. And then…actually do the work! Thanks for the inspiration!

  113. Gorgeous, gorgeous home! I painted my master bedroom dark gray last year and I just love it. And Ina Garten’s chocolate cake really is the best! Thanks for sharing.

  114. Tammy says...

    I’ve been following Jordan for years and have loved seeing her transition from her tiny apartment to her gorgeous “manse”. Love her fun, and totally livable style. Thanks for the share! Also, their family photo = adorable

  115. Pascua says...

    Loooovvvved this house tour! Jordan seems so down to earth and honest, yet very aware and stylish. I like how so much of thw furniture was from ikea. She had some very useful tips as well!

  116. melanie says...

    i love their green sofa. is it customed made?

  117. Mary says...

    I love this apartment so much! Thanks for the art credit in the first picture. Such a happy piece! I can’t wait to check out the artist’s website.

  118. Jess. says...

    OH my goodness, I’ve been waiting for this forever. Thank you, Jordan and Joanna. This house tour made my week. Jordan, your style is so great (that kitchen! I die!) and your family is just adorable. superXOX