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A Lovely San Francisco Apartment (With a Dark Green Bedroom)

San Francisco House Tour

Alison Piepmeyer, the managing editor of Oh Happy Day, lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her husband, Zachary. They decorated their Lower Haight home with a tight budget and smart ideas — including a nursery in the closet! Here’s a peek inside…

LIVING ROOM

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Sofa: West Elm. Pillows on sofa: Serena & Lily, West Elm, CB2 and Target. White side table: thrifted and painted white, similar. Wooden chair: Craigslist vintage, reupholstered with Britex Fabric, similar. Check pillow: Target, similar. Silver lamp: vintage, similar. Coffee table: thrifted, similar. Rug: Crate & Barrel. Artwork: Etsy.

On budget shopping: When we moved in, we developed a budget for each room (so if we wanted a particular couch, it meant we could only spend this much on all the other things). We would be like, ‘Okay, by March we’ll probably have saved enough money to finish this room, by July we can finish this room…’ For the bigger pieces, I would first go to five vintage stores around the Mission — like Stuff, Community Thrift and De Angelis — to see if there was anything we liked. If not, I’d move on to Craigslist. If that didn’t work, I’d go to West Elm or CB2 and then set up sale alerts so I could buy things when they got marked down.

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Ceiling lamp: Overstock. White lamp: IKEA. Shelves: CB2. Butterfly chair: CB2. Leaves pillow: Furbish.

On using design books: I love the style of my boss Jordan Ferney and have learned a lot from sitting next to her for four years. She introduced me to two books — Domino: The Book of Decorating and The Perfectly Imperfect Home — that I’ve used as my bibles. I probably read them once a month and think, ‘Okay, is this the direction this room is going? Is it on track?’ I also love Emily Henderson’s book. She helped me add the finishing touches.

On lighting: One of the biggest things I’ve learned is the importance of lighting. You should never have the ceiling lamp as your main source of light; you should have five or six sources, so there are little corners where light is coming from. Our living room has at least five lights, and it makes the space feel warm and comfortable.

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Wooden side table: Mint green chair: vintage Craigslist, similar. White pillow: CB2. Ottoman: vintage, similar. Lamp: Stuff by Andrew Neyer. Striped basket: IKEA, similar. Curtains: Ikea. Urban Outfitters, similar.

On Craigslist: I got this green chair on Craigslist for $40. Craigslist is a commitment. I went on there for six hours one night looking for a small chair like this — I literally went through all the pages. You have to cast a really wide net to find anything on Craigslist. I just searched for ‘chair’ so nothing got filtered out; then it was hours of scrolling. It has become a hobby for me — I’ll sit down with a trashy movie and scroll through Craigslist.

On plants: Our plants are what people first notice when they come over. We started off with one plant, with the goal of simply keeping it alive. We did that for six months, then we added another and then another, and then we were basically trying to see how many we could keep alive, and the collection kept growing. We love Flora Grubb. The staff is super knowledgeable, so I ask for plants with the least amount of upkeep, and they deliver. Also, a tip: plant pots are super expensive at plant stores but super cheap in thrift stores.

On curtains: I like gauzy curtains that let light through (for my plants!). All our curtains are from Ikea, so they’re super inexpensive, but they still look good. I hung them as high as possible, even above the window frame, so they make the room feel bigger.

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Credenza: IKEA and Pretty Pegs. Art (from top left): Artfully Walls, Artfully Walls, Eventide Collective, Max Wanger, Etsy. Gold lamp: Target.

On decorating compromises: Growing up, the interior of the house was my mom’s domaine. My dad couldn’t care less — the yard was his thing. So, when we got married, I didn’t realize Zachary would be so involved. But my husband is a very opinionated designer. I remember ordering a print from Etsy, and he was like ‘No, there’s no way we’re putting this on the wall.’ That was like six years ago; it has been a journey trying to blend our two styles, but I think we’ve hit our stride. He likes bold and graphic things; I love nude photographs of women and paintings.

On buying art: Most of our art is from flea markets or thrift stores. There’s an awesome event that happens every year in Oakland called the White Elephant Sale. A bunch of older women put together a ginormous warehouse full of vintage stuff. We got 15 new pieces of art for $100 or something ridiculous!

ENTRANCE

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Mirror: Target. Console table: West Elm. Knobs on table: Anthropologie. Table lamp: similar. Speaker: Amazon. Wire basket: similar. rug: CB2. Wooden hand: similar.

On dinner parties: We always invite someone over for dinner in the middle of the week because it helps us keep the house clean. It’s ridiculous, but we’ve found that it’s the only way the house stays tidy. We clean on the weekend, but if we don’t have anyone over, the stuff will collect. We also love to cook for friends; we just ask them to bring over something to drink. People get creative with things like homemade margaritas or the gin and tonics they’ve been trying to perfect.

KITCHEN
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Table: Ikea. Chairs: vintage Josef Hoffmann. Lamp: Room and Board, similar. Calendar: Stendig.

On burgers: We split the cooking — I usually throw something together, but my husband gets really into it. He cooks solely in cast iron pans. He read some article that said you get the best flavors in those pans and just went on a rampage. His specialty is a smash burger. He tops them with his secret sauce, made with mayo, ketchup, mustard, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and garlic powder. Last time we were in New York, we went to the place in Harlem where they first made smash burgers to see how they compared. I think my husband’s are better.

On the chalkboard: We used chalkboard paint in the dining room. When people come over, they’ll write on it. Our friend aced a big test in nursing school, so we invited her over, got a few balloons, and wrote ‘Congratulations’ on the chalkboard. It made it special in a simple way. When my husband gets home before me, he likes to start working on dinner. If I have a plan, I’ll write it on the chalkboard, so he knows, ‘Oh, I should start boiling these noodles.”

BATHROOM
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Shower curtain: Urban Outfitters. Bath mat: Cold Picnic.

On nighttime music: My husband is the music curator in our home. Every night around 9:30 he puts on this soothing instrumental music when we should be getting ready for bed. I’m like, ‘Okay, the music is on; I should go brush my teeth.’ It helps my body adjust. Ha, it sounds like we’re 90 years old!

BEDROOM
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Bed: West Elm. Bedding: Serena & Lily. Pillow shams: Serena & Lily. Pom pom throw blanket: Serena & Lily, similar. Side lamps: Serena & Lily, similar. Side tables: vintage. Alarm clock: CB2. White rug: West Elm.

On dark walls: We wanted our bedroom to feel homey and separate from the rest of the house. So, we put photos of our furniture into Photoshop and made a background to see what color would look best. We landed on dark green. We picked out six or seven different shades at Home Depot and ended up with a water-like blue-y green. When you’re in there, it feels like you’re swimming in the middle of a river. It’s soothing and cozy, especially at night.

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On making your bed: I’ve read that your bed should be a place you want to climb into at the end of the day, and I definitely agree. My mom always has a bazillion pillows on her bed, and it makes it so cozy and comfy. We also try to make our bed every morning. It’s hard, but it feels so good when the sheets are crisp and tucked.

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Desk: vintage. Desk chair: Blue Dot. Desk lamp: vintage. Yellow chair: Vintage Milo Baughman. Standing lamp: Anthropologie. Woman painting: Vintage. White side table: Modway. Shelves: vintage. Bird table: Urban Outfitters. Rug: from Morocco, similar.

On special books: We usually read on our kindles, but if a book is particularly meaningful, we’ll buy the hardcover. So, most of these books are very special to us. I was so moved by All the Light We Cannot See. I also love everything by Jonathan Franzen. Lately, I’ve been stressed out, so I’m reading Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians. It’s mind-numbing, and that’s what I need in my life right now. 

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On travel guides: We use the Monocle travel guides to choose our vacation destinations. It sounds ridiculous, but they’re that good. Everything is so well curated — you end up taking the perfect vacation! The first one we used was for Tokyo. It said, ‘Here is the best restaurant in Tokyo,’ and we went and were like ‘Wow, yeah, this might be the best meal we’ve ever had in our life!’ Then it says if you want to go shopping go here, and it was the exact place I’d been looking for. It made our trip so easy.

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Crib: Ikea. Mobile: Petit Pan. Rug: West Elm. Table: Target.

On finding space for a family: My husband and I used to live in an itty-bitty studio, but we knew we wanted to start a family. We couldn’t afford a two-bedroom, so we chose this one-bedroom because it had a large closet. We figured that eventually we’d turn it into a nursery, which we’re in the process of doing now, since I’m six months pregnant.

On getting pregnant: I’d had enough friends who’d had trouble conceiving to know that it could be a possibility for us, so we decided to try for a year before seeing a specialist. Even though we went into it with our eyes open, I was surprised at how difficult that year was. Every time I got my period, my heart would break. I avoided my friends who got pregnant, and sobbed after every interaction with them. I wanted to punch everyone who told me, “We weren’t even trying!” But, after that year, we started meeting with a specialist, which brought so much relief. I finally felt validated: I wasn’t going crazy, there were actually things in my body that were blocking our potential to conceive. I got pregnant six months later from an IUI.

On the nursery: This closet actually has three doors (weird old San Francisco building) — one leads to our bedroom, and two lead into our entryway. It’s definitely a work in progress. I’ve been collecting trinkets from our travels — the mobile is from Petit Pan in Paris. Mainly, we’ve been looking for tiny inexpensive furniture that can fit in a closet! It feels surreal because we couldn’t get pregnant for so long; it’s a little bit like a fairy tale.

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Rug: vintage, similar.

Thank you so much, Alison!

P.S. More home tours, including a retro-inspired home in Salt Lake City and a ‘cabin in the sky’ in Brooklyn. Plus, 15 genius tips for living in small spaces.

(Photos by Amy Moss for Cup of Jo. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. Jo says...

    What a beautiful space she’s created. Her feelings of when she was having trouble conceiving hit me the most. Sometimes, you do just feel things regardless of whether it’s appropriate in that moment or not – you just want to cry, be alone, or punch something as she says. Thanks for your honesty, Alison. It’s not always easy being real <3

  2. Robin says...

    Being on a budget myself, I totally support posts like this. Their home is lovely and I recognize the constraints most people are under to furnish their homes. However, the knock-off pieces in this post are really unfortunate! Particularly the faux-Saarinen dining table from Ikea. This is a sensitive issue for me, as I work for a furniture retailer selling authentic mid-century designer pieces. The real deals are certainly expensive, but the quality and longevity can’t be compared. Check out Be Original Americas http://www.beoriginalamericas.com/. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the ethical, economic, and environmental impacts of buying poor quality designer imitations. I’ve read other pieces on Cup of Jo about buying less fast fashion and building an ethical wardrobe. How about furniture too?
    A dedicated reader with much love for the Cup of Jo team! xo

  3. Dream spot the Presidio

  4. Kb says...

    Their home is lovely! I’m really interested in how they came up with the cost for each room. Is there a good rule of thumb to go by? (i.e., the living room will cost twice the amount of the bedroom.)

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Laura C. says...

    I’m really on an actual budget, but it is nice to see these styles because I get some good ideas. Anyway, I feel like in the US you have a very defined style of yours. I like the mix of stuff that you do. And the green chair is nice too.

  6. Koko says...

    The bedroom is my favorite! Love the calming richness of that wall color.

    P.S. I believe the smashburger reference is incorrect — I don’t believe they were first created in Harlem. Moreover, there are no Smashburger locations there.

  7. Alice says...

    This inspired me to go to a thrift store today where I bought a side table that’s the perfect size and price that I’m going to paint white. I think I’m hooked on thrifting now!

  8. Megan says...

    I so enjoy home/apartment tours. Almost as much as I enjoy “mother around the world” posts. I always say it is not the size of the home that matters, but rather the amount of love that it holds. This seems to be a lovely home!

  9. Dana says...

    LOVED this tour–so warm (and financially accessible!) Also, based on peeping Alison’s IG, I’d love to see a week of outfits from her! Her style looks amazing.

  10. Cecilia says...

    How do you choose people for your apartment tours?? I would love to put my name in the running – read: because my partner and I both think our home is awesome (and budget friendly too!)

  11. Sara says...

    Thanks for doing a post on a small/budget-friendly place! I appreciate it! Also, I’ve been working on putting frames behind my TV to help blend it in and they’ve nailed it! Perfect example! Thanks!

  12. Justine says...

    I normally don’t comment on these posts, but everything is just so wonderful in this place! I love it all!
    Definitely going to put plants now that we are decorating the lounge room!
    P.S. Congratulations on the baby, how lovely! x

  13. Erin says...

    This is my favorite one yet! I love her approach to furnishing on a budget. The place looks incredible, and I love her honesty about the time she put into getting it there.

  14. Lily O'Hara-Brantner says...

    Love, love, love! Clogs, book choices, boob bathmat–all of it. Thanks for all the useful, budget-friendly advice on decorating–super unusual in decor blog world and I love it!

  15. Sally says...

    It’s so beautiful! Two questions:

    1) The Stuff by Andrew Neyer lamp in the living room: Did you shorten the arm on it? The linked one only has a long arm. I’ve been looking for a light like this for awhile!

    2) The entry console: Where are the pulls that you switched out from? I love them.

  16. Chelsey says...

    Beautiful home and family!

    I think a week of maternity or postpartum outfits would be really fun! There is something so sweet about what women wear when they are in that period of their lives (ie. all their partners clothes). I have such nostalgic feelings about my maternity/postpartum wardrobe.

  17. I says...

    I love that your house visits talk about the home as an extension of the woman and as a product of the life that she lives. Another great one. Thanks for including fertility and pregnancy in this in such a natural and easy way. This is how you expand the conversation, broaden knowledge and make it more acceptable for society as a whole to consider these kinds of women’s issues intrinsic but not defining.

    • Lisa says...

      Totally agree. As someone who went through it (eventually conceived through ivf) it’s refreshing to see people being able to talk about it so candidly. It is incredibly hard (what she said about her heart breaking every time her period arrived), and it’s something I had no idea how awful it could be until I went through it.

  18. Michelle Mendelowitz says...

    I would love if she (or any readers!) commented on how to keep the plants that are in cute containers (ie. don’t appear to have drainage trays) alive? I cannot for the life of me get that down here in my NYC apartment.

    • AliG says...

      I don’t know what she did here, but you can keep the plant in the plastic container it comes in. Buy a bigger pot than you would normally need (with no hole in the bottom). Put some rocks in a layer on the bottom and then just put the plastic pot in the bigger pot. Make sure the plastic pot can drain into the rocks.
      It’s also possible they just removed the drainage trays for aesthetics of the photo shoot.

  19. Betsy says...

    Love this apartment. Especially the lights next to the bed. Swoonworthy!

    I had to chuckle at her description of the book Crazy Rich Asians. It is definitely mind numbing, & hysterical, all at the same time. A must read. All of the “Rich” books by Kevin Kwan are fantastic.

  20. Amber Olney says...

    Beautiful <3

  21. I really love these tours. Thank you so much!! Off to watch chick flicks and stalk Craigslist.

  22. Maire says...

    Totally in love with everything in this space. Love the dark bedroom walls- I did the same thing in my house but with navy blue and it is the best decision I have ever made! Also, where are her shoes from?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      navy blue sounds so beautiful — we had dark blue in toby’s old bedroom and i loved it.

      her clogs are from bryr: https://www.bryrstudio.com/

      and alison wrote to me: for any readers in San Francisco, they’re having a massive sample sale this weekend: https://www.bryrstudio.com/pages/events

  23. Alina says...

    Love this apartment! The colors are excellent and now I’m needing more black picture frames in my life.

  24. Heidi says...

    I love this, what a beautiful home. I have utilized the “invite someone over” trick to keeping a tidy home and it works!

  25. J says...

    Thank you so much for featuring this gorgeous house, but also for a candid look at someone’s not-so-straightforward pregnancy. After 3 miscarriages (two of which were missed miscarriages), I can definitely relate to all the emotions Alison expressed here while trying to conceive. I, too, would avoid friends who were pregnant and would sob after interactions with them. I was, of course, so happy for them, but feeling so sad for us too. It was, and is still, so hard. We don’t hear stories like this often, so I’m grateful to you for sharing, and I wish Alison a wonderful pregnancy ahead!

  26. Those dining chairs, that art wall, those plants… everything! Thanks for sharing this beautiful and bright apartment – it’s stunning.

  27. Ellen says...

    I basically want to buy everything in this apartment.

  28. Audrey says...

    I have followed Alison for a long time on Instagram and have always wanted to see a full home tour. LOVE IT! As a fellow SF resident, I’m pretty envious of their incredible space!

  29. Jen says...

    This is so refreshing! What a wonderful home!

  30. Lisa says...

    The only book I could get through after the election was Crazy Rich Asians. I am forever grateful for that series. My 18 month old still sleeps in our closet. I have put her to sleep many a times without grabbing clothes for a night out, ha! Your home is lovely!

  31. What an amazing apartment! I absolutely love the style of it…the mid-century pieces mixed with all the beautiful green plants is just perfect. Hats off :)

  32. Claire Hunt says...

    As someone who lives on an actual budget (public school teacher in my late 20s who still has to live with 2 roommates in order to buy food), I would love to see a post that is more relevant to what I deem to be living on a “budget”. I for one couldn’t afford to buy most things at West Elm or Anthropologie – even with sale alerts, but I still want to build a welcoming and beautiful home. Having lived in the Bay Area for many years I know how much apartments like this one cost, and it is definitely over my idea of a “budget”.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks, claire! they definitely are on a budget of their own, but we’d love to feature more people who are careful with what they spend, in all different ways, to show more ideas. thank you!

    • Mandy says...

      Yes! I’d also love to see some studios. I’m 32, but making a middle class income in LA means that I’ll be stuck in a studio for a while.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we have a studio coming up this fall! excited to share.

    • Emily says...

      Ha yes, as a Bay Area resident I had a bit of a chuckle at this oxymoron of a title. But they do have a lovely, inspiring (and for me, aspirational) home.

    • Melissa says...

      You’re not alone! All of my furniture was either free/gifted/super cheap well into my 30s. I got married 5 years ago and we bought our house 3 years ago. We’ve just started really buying what I consider “grown-up” (firsthand) furniture in the last year or two. While there are lots of things on CoJ that I’ll never be able to afford, I still like to get inspiration from the house tours!

    • I says...

      I appreciated that this house tour was much more transparent in how she got so many beautiful and expensive items. In that way it was budget because she explained how she budgeted rather than her home emerging like Venus fully formed from the waves. The title doesn’t say cheap or affordable. It just said budget-friendly.

    • Gina says...

      agreed! looking at the price of some those things made me scratch my head and laugh that this piece was called “budget friendly.”

    • Anne says...

      Idk, I think anyone with that much Ikea and vintage furniture classifies as budget.

      I think there are a lot of good tips – budgeting per room (whatever budget that may be) and thrifting (CL IS a commitment!).

      I’m currently decorating our new place (which is something I never thought we’d be able to afford), but I’m still hoping to pay off our mortgage early, so I’m definitely combing etsy and any sale I can find. It’s OVERWHELMING, so I say just take one room at a time. For us, it’s the common areas (foyer, then living room, then kitchen), then the bedrooms, then the bathrooms. I just bought a couple of lamps and am trying to resist an etsy print as we speak until next month.

    • Emma says...

      I think it would help to get away from the term “budget friendly”–a meaningless phrase. As though there is one concept of ‘being on a budget’ and everything else is unlimited? In reality everyone has very different budgets and friendly to one is not friendly to all. My income is enough for essentials (rent, food, transportation) and very tight for anything else–some months my basics are greater than my income. This is partially by choice (I have several side projects that don’t generate income yet, but which I enjoy), and I don’t mind being frugal, but my sensibility in organizing space is definitely built around working with what I already have or can find easily (for example, wine is often sold wholesale in wooden boxes that may be thrown out at restaurants carrying a wide, upscale wine selection–those boxes are lightweight, durable, and easy to stack in multiple configurations).

      I love the big plants in this house tour though. I wish I had space for anything that scale!

    • Lauren says...

      Agreed! As well as other posts, like style/clothing/accessories, that are budget friendly. Not all Cup of Jo readers are even middle class. Thanks!

    • Moo says...

      I have a few rugs from West Elm, all around 5×7, and all under $160. Two of them are 100% wool, too. They were most likely floor samples but it is possible to find some great deals there, just takes some patience and luck. Also, my local West Elm has a flea section of marked down items that are not in new condition but still totally fine if you don’t mind some scuffs. Target has home stuff that reminds me of West Elm, too!

    • Sara says...

      Claire, your comment resonates soooo much!
      My husband and I moved to the area two years ago, and it took some months but through a combination of Craigslist and biking around for freebies left on the street, we managed to get the pieces we had wished for, but for nothing or close to nothing. My biggest win was finding a fully grown fiddle leaf fig tree thrown out. Picked it up, took it home, calling him George ;) So at least there’s that benefit in living in such an affluent area?

    • patricia blaettler says...

      Is there a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in your area? I’ve found great pieces for great prices there.

    • Sara says...

      Agreed!

      Also, WHERE DO THEY KEEP THEIR CLOTHES?!?!

  33. Rebecca says...

    Beautiful house and we totally have the same taste in books! Good luck with your little one. A nice dark and cozy space is really all the need for quite awhile!

  34. I really really love their style! The whole apartment is stunning.

  35. Carla says...

    Where are those bookshelves from?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they’re vintage, but the container store actually has some bookshelves that have the same feel.

  36. Elyse says...

    I think me and Alison are kindred spirits from the dark bedroom wall paint to the IUI. I love this post so much I have it bookmarked.

  37. Angela says...

    The plant with the huge leaves in the photo of their bedroom…anyone know what that is?

  38. edie says...

    May I please find the ability to DRESS LIKE THEM?! Effortlessly chic. Love their home, too. :)

  39. Love this–a few years ago we custom-built a platform bed to fit into a walk-in closet. We have six kids and every few months we have to rotate someone new into the closet bed because they all love it so much (they call it “the Owlery” since we were like, look, you’re sleeping in a closet just like Harry Potter!).

    • Trish O says...

      love love love this. I want a Harry Potter bed, too.

  40. Great article. Great place! I LOVE the dark walls in the dining room, and the green on the bedroom walls is fantastic! Well done everyone👌

  41. Kara says...

    We had a “closery” in our one bedroom Oakland apartment. Had serious sleep struggles for his first 14 months of life….he gets a room with a window when we moved to a two bedroom and has slept through the night since! (After a few nights of adjusting to a new space of course.) I’ve always wondered if it was coincidence or if there was something about the small closed off space that bothered him…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “closery” is such a cute name!

  42. Em says...

    I want to live here.

    • Me too!

  43. Mae says...

    I usually go for neutral and light colors, “safe” colors– but when I saw their “blue-y green” bedroom, made me imagine how my bedroom will be more relaxing and me saying, “Ahhhhh..” when I crash!

  44. Lily says...

    Cute place! They seem like a sweet and loving couple. Thanks for the budget tips.

  45. Caitlin says...

    I live in SF and loved how they made their one bedroom into their own space. Flora Grub is the best and totally addictive. Loved her sharing her story about getting pregnant. My husband and I have been trying for one year and my heart broke today as well when I reached for yet another tampon. Made this sad day for me a little bit better. Thanks so much for sharing!

  46. Vale says...

    Hooray for SF! (I’m here too!)
    I absolutely agree with the cleaning for friends routine. Sad, funny and necessary all at once. Also enjoyed reading about how Alison had to learn to ‘share the design’ with her husband- – fascinating!
    Question: I too have the Serena & Lily wall lights (from the bedroom) with double arms. Alison, Have you had any trouble with them? Mine are so dodgy sometimes. I wonder if there is a story behind why S&L DC’d them, yet still care the single arms. Anyways I hope yours have less quirks than mine!
    Xx!

    • Lisa says...

      We haven’t gotten really to properly decorating anywhere yet, but it still kind of bothers me that my husband has an opinion on these things. Does he not understand how much time I’ve dedicated to creating Pinterest boards on this?! Does he have any? No

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Lisa, your comment is really making me laugh.

  47. Anna says...

    I love the chairs, all the plants and especially the nursery in the closet! Wonderful!

  48. Mia Ketterling says...

    I’d love to see this apartment when the baby is 18 months old to see how they deal with styling bookshelves when a little human wants to pull everything off the shelves and coffee table. : )

    • Justine says...

      Lol, I have a 12 month old and as I was scrolling through (thinking they have a baby) I thought over and over again HOW DO THEY HAVE PLANTS ON THE FLOOR AND THINGS ON THE COFFEE TABLE?! It all made sense when she said she’s pregnant. All of our plants have been relegated to counters or (tall) tables, and our coffee table now has not a single thing on it 😂 Also, my baby sleeps in our closet and he loves it. It’s so dark and cozy, he’s slept wonderfully ever since we moved him in there at 9 months.

    • A says...

      Ha ha, my thoughts too! It’s good that they photographed it looking so immaculate before the baby comes!

    • Charu says...

      Haha I totally agree! While these spaces I see are always impeccably styled, I always wonder how do people manage to keep things like intricate sculptures or vases or books tidy and safe from tiny tornadoes running around!

      Books under credenza got me scratching my head too! Seems like its the fastest way for them to collect dust

      But what a beautiful home!Thanks for sharing :)

    • Gen says...

      LOL! So true ;-)

  49. Caitlin Flanagan says...

    I live in San Francisco as well and loved how they created their own space in their one bedroom apartment. Loved the story about the plants and especially loved her sharing her story about troubles trying to get pregnant. My husband and I have tried for over a year and today I just got my period. My heart broke as well today when I had to reach for a tampon. Thanks so much for sharing. Made the day a little bit better.

    • Kate says...

      I’m so sorry, wishing you peace and a healthy, happy baby. <3

    • A says...

      Ugh, been there. You always hope that box of tampons in your shopping cart will be your last (for a year+, anyway). Good luck to you and to anyone else trying. Such a rollercoaster.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      caitlin, sending so much love to you. i’m so sorry you’re going through this; it must be really hard.

  50. katie says...

    Love her style – the color palette is amazing! And the plaaants.

    My only question is… if the closet became a nursery, where do the clothes go!?

    • Caitlin says...

      Glad I’m not the only one with this question! Where are the clothes?!

      Seriously beautiful apartment. I immediately looked up that bedframe and will be pulling some overall inspiration from this one. :-)

    • Lauren E. says...

      Yes! Whenever I see this gorgeous “small space” apartments I think, “But where is their stuff?!” I live in a one bedroom with my husband and besides having 2 big dressers, we have stuff stored in every freaking corner of the place. Beach towels tucked inside suitcases under our bed, Christmas decorations in a box in the closet, wall racks with baseball caps…

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      they’re searching for an old-fashioned wardrobe!

    • Alison says...

      Hey! Thought I’d respond in person! We’ve had to get create with closet space. Luckily, we have 2 other semi-large closets in the apartment. Our linen closet got a huge and intense makeover (thanks to Ikea & Container Store) and now holds my clothes and both of our shoes along with extra paper towels, blankets, etc. We ended up buying a wardrobe for Zach’s clothes and put it in our bedroom. xx

  51. Love every inch of this home. Can we also talk about how beautiful this couple is?!

    • Lily says...

      I agree!

  52. michaela says...

    I live nearby (right across from Alamo Square) and I swear my apartment has the same layout. Our baby even lives in the big closet – which our family thought was a bit nuts at first but it honestly works out great. Ha! Seeing this really makes me want to paint our bedroom dark green. So chic! And Allison – Congrats on your beautiful baby on the way!

  53. Amy says...

    Love. Especially the nursery. We just had our fourth, and final, and had to squeeze him in while we built out another bedroom into our basement. He ended up in a dormer closet (sloped ceilings) as a temporary fix. I like how it turned out so much that we just kept that the nursery. It really is cozy!

  54. Victoria says...

    Where is the rug from in that last photo of the couple? So cute!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      it’s vintage, but we’ll try to find a similar one, please stay tuned….

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi Victoria! Here are so beautiful, similar options: http://tidd.ly/67f1bc80

      Hope that helps! xoxo

    • Victoria says...

      Thanks guys!

  55. Kate says...

    Love this post! I think a link is broken on the post about the kitchen table? It just takes you back to the original cup of jo page (which i love, but want to know where that table is from! :) Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thanks, kate! fixing right now…. xo

  56. Liz says...

    What a lovely home. I really appreciate the dedication to a budget and Craigslist. Congratulations on your pregnancy – wishing you the best!

  57. mindy says...

    Where are those clogs from? I love them!

  58. Bonnie says...

    Why is it ridiculous to use Monocle guide books? Just curious :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh, haha, she was saying that it’s ridiculous that they choose their vacation destinations based solely on the places that monocle has covered.

  59. Lisa says...

    Wow I really feel like I connect to her on so many levels! Thank you for this inspiring post, it really made my day a little better :)

    Also, I’m realizing the key to a beautiful home is just TONS of light (whether it is natural or just a clever lighting set-up for a photo shoot ;)

  60. Emma says...

    One of my all-time fave home tours. Beautiful!

  61. AET says...

    Would love a what to wear while pregnant for a week from a real pregnant person! Esp someone like her who has such style :)

    • Emily says...

      Yes! I would love this!

      Soon, too. I’m 11 weeks and clothes are getting a little tight already!

      Loved this home tour!

    • Lisa says...

      Maybe it’s something CoJ would do as one of the “week of outfits” series? I’d volunteer, but I’ve only got three months to go and I’m based in London

  62. Melanie says...

    Her husband’s music routine at night- will be great when baby comes…great way for kids to know it’s bedtime

    • jill says...

      Yes, me too! Really wise way to wind down from the day. Growing up we had to get into low key mode, wash, and dress for bed at 8:30. No loud sounds or rowdiness after that magic hour of 8:30. It’s governed my life ever since and is one of the reasons I’ve never had issues sleeping at night!

  63. Joy says...

    I love this tip about inviting people over to keep your house clean! We’ll have to try it – we are always wishing we had friends over more often.

  64. Cara says...

    Cute apartment- you’d have to be on a decorating budget in SF because the rent is probably $3500/mo :) Great ideas to save up and only spend a fixed amount on each room.

  65. Elizabeth R says...

    Wow!! My favorite house you have featured on here. Ever. Sheer perfection. Congrats on your little one. Where did you get the massive shelf in the bedroom? I did not see a source but maybe I am not looking properly. Either way, fantastic home.

    • Jenny says...

      I think all the sources for that part of the bedroom are under the picture of the yellow chair; it confused me for a second too! :) It says the shelves are vintage.

    • elizabeth r says...

      Ah, I see now! Thanks, Jenny!

  66. Melanie says...

    What shoes is she wearing in that last photo?!? Maybe a week of outfits post for her!

    Love their style- beautiful home.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask her!

    • Gillian says...

      and I want to know about the overalls!!

    • Megan says...

      They look like Bryr clogs. Sample sale this weekend!

  67. Ashley B says...

    Love it! Especially since I am in SF. Congrats on the pregnancy. I always love the little closets turned into nurseries. So sweet.