Joe's Own Design Decisions
Location:San Francisco, California
What I Love About My Home
This is the first home that I have owned rather than rented which allows me to make design decisions that won't be undone by a landlord or roommates. I invested in new hardwood floors (dark brown hardwood with raised grain) to contrast with stark white walls. Although the space is open, the layout provides enough structure to create distinct functional zones (cooking, eating, entertaining, working, sleeping). The large windows allow for a grand view of the sky and cityscape. Although I have only two windows in the entire condo, the southwest exposure provides generous natural light and heat from the sun (Rarely do I need to turn on the heat).
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
Reduce. Reduce. Reduce! With the small size of my place, everything has to be chosen carefully for function, scale and aesthetics. I had to give up a lot of furniture, art, objects, books, etc. that were collected over the years. I am learning through trial and error what works and what doesn't. (Hint: Shop at stores with forgiving return policies.) With an unspectacular ceiling height of 8.5 feet, I chose low furniture in the living area to create the illusion of more vertical space. Although I like and respect the idea of multi-functional space and multi-purpose furniture, I chose to create clearly defined functional areas that would not require moving things based on usage needs. (No combination dining table/desk and no murphy bed!).
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