Apartment Therapy paid me a visit last weekend, and I could not have been more excited (or maniacal trying to get the house in order). I’m dying to see the photos—I’ll keep you posted on when they go live! In the meantime, the whole experience got me thinking about my previous apartments, and all the pieces that have traveled with me through multiple moves all over San Francisco and eventually to Pacifica where we live now. Some of them have stayed in continuous rotation, others were impulse buys that remained in storage until I found a place for them in our current house.
You might be able to tell from the photo above (scanned from film!) that Anthropologie was one of my earliest influences when it came to decor. Those were my pre-Domino days when I was trying to have a grown-up looking place but really couldn’t afford anything. I loved this apartment, it was on Van Ness but at the back of the building, so not noisy. My then-boyfriend now-husband moved in with me in (I think) 2001 and we still call it our “love nest.” It was cozy, for sure! The couch was a big splurge, it was down filled and so comfy and I wish I still had it. I also wish I still had that metal, green-shaded lamp, which I found at a garage sale circa 1996. The gold nesting tables (possibly from the same garage sale) are now painted white (not sure if that was the best idea but cannot undo), two are serving as our bedside tables and the littlest one is a tea-party table in the baby’s room. I still have the orange Mexican blanket which we now use at the beach, and the tapestry on the back of the couch makes an occasional appearance though I don’t have a permanent spot for it at the moment.
In the bedroom (photo also scanned from film, all effects are real!), the kitty, sadly, passed away in 2012 (RIP Trudy a.k.a. The Fatty), and the blue, beaded pillow (from Anthropologie, it made a cameo on a Friends episode!) is threadbare but on my current couch. The Chinese scroll, a gift from my lovely friend Kate Rope (she actually brought it back for me from China), is in this house somewhere and looking at this photo makes me realize I must find it.
I bought these barkcloth curtains in the Haight circa 1995 but never hung them until 2011. And yes my windows are really dirty.
I found these curtains at a garage sale circa 1993 and use them as a shower curtain now. I think it’s my fave holdover from the old days.