Ready for another Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour! As we spend a month working on putting Everything in its Place, I think you’ll love Meredith and her three year old Yorkie’s home. They started blogging when they moved to New York City and set out to make their 470 square foot apartment feel like home. In July 2013 their adventures together took an unexpected and 3,000 mile turn West when they moved to California. There’s nothing they love more than a new design challenge, and their 560 square feet of San Francisco is full of them — being maximalists and fitting everything in, the joys of renting (hello, popcorn ceiling!) and learning to garden in their new outdoor space, to name a few! Follow along for great design ideas for small spaces –
Rearranging furniture and working on new home improvement projects are two of our favorite pasttimes, so we couldn’t be having any more fun giving our San Francisco home New Yorkie style.
Our tiny courtyard is our own little oasis in downtown San Francisco. Before the big move, Gwyneth and I stuck to plants of the “permanent” variety. Our little outdoor space has motivated us to learn a little about gardening, and so far we’ve had pretty good luck!
One of the first decisions Gwyneth and I were faced with was to recreate the pink interior door we had in NYCor to try something new. As you can see, we decided our San Francisco place wouldn’t feel like home without our favorite DIY of all time, so we went for it and painted it pink.
The living room is where we spend most of our time at home and was ironically the last room we worked on. One of our biggest challenges was figuring out what to do for window treatments, but we found a solution that fit our oddly shaped windows, our (lack of) sewing skills and our budget.
Reupholstering this pink slipper chair was the first of what we hope will be many furniture makeovers in San Francisco. And as you can see, we’re putting many of our NYC Dumpster Dives to new uses now that we’re in San Francisco. We love how our Dumpster Dive Bookcase from NYC doubles as a media center in our living room.
Our DIY Terrarium was our first stab at gardening. We thought we’d start small and see how things went before we started on our courtyard. Thankfully, it’s still going strong too!
Gwyneth and I always knew we’d have a corner office one day – we just didn’t expect it to be so small! We made the most of our home office space and filled it with a few things to keep it a productive and stress-free zone.
While we’ve got a little more space than we did in NYC, we still have a few challenges fitting everything in. Our DIY Union Jack Trunk is one of our favorite projects, so we found the best place we could for it. Our hallway is a little cluttered with it under the console, so if you have a suggestion for an alternate placement, don’t be shy about telling us!
Another small-space challenge? No room for a dining room table! Since we didn’t have enough space to set up an area for eating, we did the next best thing – carved out a space for drinking. Here’s where you can find more details on our bar.
The kitchen is one of the areas we’d like to spend a little more time on. We recreated a plate wall like we had in NYC, but we think there are a few other things we can do to up the charm factor in this part of the apartment.
If there’s a room that’s our very favorite, it’s our bedroom. It’s where we’ve mixed a few of our favorite Dumpster Dive finds along with a recent splurge from Pottery Barn.
Lastly, we gave our tiny bathroom a makeover in an effort to customize what was a pretty standard and lackluster apartment bathroom.
There are so many more projects we’d like to tackle, but it’s already starting to feel like home! Stop by often for more Meredith & Gwyneth Style Inspiration!