One of the beauties of living in San Francisco? There's no shortage of eclectic homes hugging each hilly curve. Call us voyeuristic, but we never tire of seeing how people bedeck their personal spaces — especially when they work in interior design.
So, when Janette Yost Crawford, head of S.F. expansion for Homepolish (a site that challenges the current interior design model by tapping design consultants at an hourly rate and with no markups), invited us to see how she decorates her own Alamo Square pad, we got our notebooks ready.
Not only did Crawford give us some serious visual inspiration, but she also shared tips that will help anyone looking to do a residential revamp. From how to bring instant color to a space to the secret to scoring goods on Craigslist, this is one you’re going to want to bookmark.
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"In my living room, I took cues from the aqua-toned tiles in my fireplace to outfit my shelves with a pink and aqua color palette. I love when a simple palette can serve as such a well-tuned filter for what accents to buy — isn’t that moon phases print perfect? To maintain the palette, I even turn around all book spines that don’t fit, like reds, yellows, and oranges."
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"I love textiles for all the diversity they bring to a space, both visually and culturally. They make it anything but cookie-cutter. I’ve collected my kilim pillows from eBay and Craigslist, and I found my black-and-white African mud cloth on eBay. In other rooms, I’ve even framed textiles as wall art."
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"Plants are my all-time favorite accessory. I have them in every room! So many people are afraid of killing houseplants, but here’s what I do: At places like Flora Grubb and the SF Flower Mart, just ask the salespeople’s advice. This is what they’re good at. Tell them how much light your space gets, how prone — or not prone — you are to water regularly, and what styles you like. They’ll be able to recommend the right plant for you and give care instructions. Plus, at the Flower Mart, most plants are available at wholesale prices."
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"For great Craigslist deals, I love IFTTT. You can set it up to email you every time a certain keyword is posted on Craigslist, so you can immediately contact the seller for first dibs."
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"For a super-affordable way of hanging art, I use a lot of bulldog clips. It’s easy to hang them on a small nail or push pin, or, as I did in my bedroom, to hang them from my picture rails — a classic fixture in San Francisco Victorians — with black twine. Another perfect use for these clips: as chip clips in the kitchen!"
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"It doesn’t work in every climate, but in S.F., my collected succulent clippings have rooted in water and stayed alive for years on my kitchen windowsill. As a Midwest native, 'harvesting' succulents from overgrown window boxes in my neighborhood was one of my favorite novelties after I moved here."
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"To create a great gallery wall yourself, my advice is to start by finding inspiration images of gallery walls that you love, and then copy them. This will help you identify whether you like even or uneven spacing, matching or mismatched frames, and what balance of visuals. I believe that emulating good style is what helps you develop your own."