A Cozy Climbers’ Studio in the Panhandle

DSC_0314bAlessia and I met during orientation when we first transferred to college, and since then she’s been one of my best friends. Alessia and Tobias were best friends too, until one day they were more and he ventured to New York and she whisked herself away to join him.

A few years later the couple share a small studio in the Panhandle area of San Francisco, as well as dreams of climbing and a potential future corgi (Am I right guys?). The space is a eclectic mix of things new and things old from their homes in Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara, and they have transformed it into a colorful and cozy retreat.


DSC_0309bAlessia and Tobias’s apartment is filled with trinkets, photos, and found objects (lots and lots of mugs and some vintage Pyrex to name a few), and is more like a curated exhibit of their lives, travels, and things they’ve created.

Oh, and did I mention Alessia is an awesome artist (check out her website)!? Her paintings and drawings line the walls of the main room, and other areas of the house–some inspired by nature, some by dreams and random encounters (a rooster on a trash can in New York–true story).



DSC_0317bOne of the things I love about this apartment is how well the furniture works with their personal keepsakes and how its charm is all in the details. Alessia and Tobias added a small blue love seat as a solution to a lack of sitting space, and it goes perfectly with her rug from home, their crochet pouf, and chevron duvet. Alessia’s quilted blanket is draped over their bed and lends extra coziness to the room, and a collection of bright floor pillows and a homemade fish that Tobias’s mom sewed him sit along the bench of their bay windows.

Also, if you look around the room, their love of climbing and the outdoors is displayed everywhere.  Somehow their gear adds to the colorful mix, with a rainbow of cams hanging over their bedroom door, a bicycle stored in the corner, and a Mexican blanket that, no doubt, would be perfect for a beach or hiking adventure.




DSC_0319bThank you Alessia and Tobias for letting me photograph your place!


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