An Antique & Heirloom Filled Alameda Home

Nestled between a whimsical sunflower filled front yard and a home where it’s not unusual to find two curious pups peeking over the fence, is Katie and Carlos’ picketed early 20th century bungalow. Situated in the picturesque, Bay Area island suburb of Alameda, their place fits perfectly amidst a sea of other quaint homes and grand Victorians. Katie’s mentioning of her Mexican folk art and Frida Kahlo collections, and the fact that she lived in Alameda is what tipped me off that her place might be adorable. And as soon as I walked through the patio, I knew I wouldn’t … Continue reading An Antique & Heirloom Filled Alameda Home

Design Inspiration From the Alice & Olivia Shop

For someone who loves textiles, it’s ironic I’m not more in love with fashion. Don’t get me wrong–I do love vintage pieces and thrifting for clothes, and a good embroidered blouse–but I like my fabrics on furniture and the design of a rug more. So when I walked into Alice & Olivia, a peppy designer boutique on Fillmore St. here in the city with my roommate, I was the one ogling the furniture while the others ogled the merchandise (and I will admit, it IS adorable stuff). I’d been before, but I had my camera with me this time and … Continue reading Design Inspiration From the Alice & Olivia Shop

Casa Artelexia in North Park, San Diego

“Love yourself.” It’s something I learned to do, at least in part, during the months I worked for Casa Artelexia in San Diego, before my life-changing move to San Francisco. As I mentioned in a social media post after touring the new shop, I found so much of my confidence here and I learned to love my Mexican heritage, and I became even more enamored by Mexican folk art. I had had a sad few months trying to find work after I got back from college, was living at home, and was struggling internally with a long term relationship. I … Continue reading Casa Artelexia in North Park, San Diego

An Eclectic and Artful Home in the Haight

I met Jamai at the Storeenvy “pop-up” shop in downtown during my search for jobs and creative folks when I first moved to San Francisco. If you’ve ever wandered through the city and noticed a green T-Rex terrorizing the Golden Gate Bridge (on a t-shirt), it’s Jamai’s artwork, sold through his clothing brand Animal Instincts. Jamai recently finished a series of gorgeous wine and coffee painted Victorian homes (seen above resting in the hallway), which I saw in person when I photographed he and his wife Meredith’s place in the Haight. The two (and pooch, Bandit!) live in their own apartment, … Continue reading An Eclectic and Artful Home in the Haight

Gorgeous and Green

I had a grand shopping adventure a few days ago while waiting to meet Max in Oakland. My East Bay travels took my from Telegraph and College Avenues in Berkeley to the lower area of College Ave. in Rockridge. I love Berkeley and explore whenever I can, usually in areas around campus. This time I visited the awesome and very vintage thrift store Mars Mercantile and bought myself a floral 90’s skirt that I fell in love with (and who knew the decade I grew up in is considered vintage now? I’m not even hitting 30 yet!). The rest was … Continue reading Gorgeous and Green

A Cozy Climbers’ Studio in the Panhandle

Alessia 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 … Continue reading A Cozy Climbers’ Studio in the Panhandle