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My San Francisco Apartment: Living Room

There were lots of extra outtakes that didn’t get used in the Design*Sponge feature the other day so I’m going to post the rest of them here this week and talk a little bit more about our little apartment. First of all it is a true one bedroom apartment (no dining room) and we lived there 3.5 years. It’s not a large apartment but as one bedroom apartments go its decent sized. Because of the space we really had to be efficient. I also have to give a shout out to Jenny from Little Green Notebook who helped me last year with the big decisions like get reupholstery etc. You can see those living room pictures back then right here.

A few notes and sources: The Ikat Settee is from HSN | Bright Painting by Michelle Armas | Other Artwork is a print of Paul’s or from thrift stores | Yellow Chairs are from Craigslist but were reupholstered in yellow velvet | The dressers and green side table are from Craigslist and the Thrift Store | The Coffee Table is from Ikea but we painted the silver legs brass | The brass lamps are from Craigslist |The patterned table lamps are from Anthropologie | Vintage Persian Rug is from Craigslist | Corner desk unit is from Ikea but we painted it | Toy shelf is from Craigslist (for toy sources go here.)

All photos by Aubrey Trinnaman who is not only a great photographer but an amazing stylist and the nicest person ever.

  1. Sarah

    June 15, 2011

    I love this apartment and can’t wait to see more pictures from you Paris abode! Would you mind sharing what you spray painted the coffee table legs with?


  2. Jenny

    June 15, 2011

    Beautiful! Everything is so cheerful.

  3. Reading (and chickens)

    June 15, 2011

    I wish I had your style. My living room resembles an unintentional junk yard. So sad. I’m working on it.

  4. Andrew

    June 15, 2011

    I love the LIght and the way that you did not shy away from using books as eye candy and surfaces for use. Makes having “too many books” something you don’t have to worry about so much. Just cycle them in and out of the coffee table areas. Yay for San Fran and the Huge windows.

  5. Hannah J. Holmes

    June 15, 2011

    lovely! love the globes!

  6. Jessie

    June 15, 2011

    Love the colorful artwork near your work station and those globes are so adorable, definitely a nice addition to your home. I thought your coffee table looks gorgeous and then I found out it’s from Ikea. What a fabulous idea to paint the legs brass to make it looked more luxe!

    Lovely home!


  7. jonquil

    June 15, 2011

    loving the book storage!

  8. Laura

    June 15, 2011

    So miss my San Francisco apartment days … people underestimate craigslist, I think!

  9. Rebecca

    June 15, 2011

    Your apartment is so colorful and inspiring. I love your touches of gold/bronze.

  10. Yvette

    June 15, 2011

    Love the globe collection and your blue work cabinet !! Beautiful home!

  11. heather

    June 15, 2011

    love it! i need to find some small globes like those for my boys rooms! i want to hang some of them from the ceiling! :)

  12. Meg

    June 15, 2011

    My favorite part is your quote from Le Petit Prince! It’s one of my favorite books. Are you reading it while you are in France? If you’re looking for another weekend getaway, St. Exupery’s hometown of Lyon is beautiful and has some of the best restaurants in France. Be sure to check out rue Merciere.

  13. Alyssa

    June 15, 2011

    I have to know… how did you manage to have all the books and accessories everywhere, in a small place, with two little boys? My kids throw our stuff everywhere, especially my toddler boy! We don’t even have a coffee table because they would bang their heads on it.

  14. rebecca

    June 15, 2011

    can you please, please tell me what paint you used for the coffee table? pretty please? did you have any issues with it scratching off?

  15. Gaby

    June 15, 2011

    I really like your ikat sofa and the black drawer table, though your whole place looks amazing!

  16. Lissa (Bellenza)

    June 15, 2011

    Love all your art books…and that corner desk unit is really clever (and pretty in it’s repaint job)!

  17. Emma at The Marion House Book

    June 15, 2011

    Love the way you mixed and matched different patterns and all the bursts of colour.

  18. La Chapstick Fanatique

    June 15, 2011

    your globe collection just kills me. i have always been obsessed with globes but i juts don’t have room for them right now. one day….

  19. Miranda

    June 15, 2011

    I love that you have so many many books and they are all accessible. And I have to say that I am constantly trying to channel your style. I’m afraid I fall short but it is something nice to shoot for. :)

  20. Stacy O.

    June 15, 2011

    I’m inspired that I can have a book collection and make it look good and still have them within arm’s reach. I’m really curious about the stack of green items on top of the bookshelf.

  21. Colleen / Inspired to Share

    June 15, 2011

    So beautiful + fun! It’s great to finally see it! : )

  22. Kyla

    June 15, 2011

    Oh I love seeing these extra pictures. I am greedy for extra details! Any chance you could share what you painted the coffee table legs with?

  23. Stacey

    June 16, 2011

    SO beautiful, Jordan.

    Alyssa, I was wondering the exact same thing. My daughter pulls out/down EVERYTHING. Except her toys, that is. Those she pretty much ignores!

  24. *Dream Weaver*

    June 16, 2011

    thanks for the peek in your living room.
    i heart it :)
    its so vibrant and cosy

  25. bonnie

    June 16, 2011

    Do you know what color/brand/finish the white paint is in your living room? I’m painting my house and am on the hunt for a great white shade. Thanks!

  26. Laura

    June 16, 2011

    This is so inspiring. So many interesting looking books too!

  27. Ceilidh

    June 16, 2011

    My favorite part of your house — the “dessine moi un mouton” picture — oh how I love the petit prince!

  28. Jen

    June 16, 2011

    I love the books stacked on the coffee table. You gave me inspiration to do the same with mine and I love it!

  29. Laura

    June 16, 2011

    I love all of the seating! I think I could be entertained for hours in your living room — so many fun things to look and interact with! Thanks for sharing :)

  30. Amanda Blair

    June 16, 2011

    You are so creative with small spaces…I need you to come to my apartment and work some magic! I also love how chic your place is even with two little boys!

  31. Nicole (aka Alice)

    June 16, 2011

    I love using collections of things in decorating- the globes are a great touch! I’ve started a small collection of Eiffel Towers in my living room, which also has a huge Paris print from IKEA as the main focal point. It’s a beautifully decorated space!

  32. Susan

    June 16, 2011

    Very cool space!

  33. Kristin O

    June 16, 2011

    This is what my living room would look like if I were cool enough to pull it off. Maybe I am… we shall see. :)

  34. rika

    June 16, 2011

    Love your home! I have a small house with 2 little kids. Their share a small room and we are struggling with finding a bunk bed that fits in the room. I love the beds you have for your boys, how compact they are. Are they custom-made?

  35. Kacie

    June 16, 2011

    Wow. Your place is gorgeous! You’ve redefined coffee table books!

    A Collection of Passions

  36. paige

    June 16, 2011

    so many books! i love it.
    and the globes are so cool.
    your home is lovely. :)


    June 16, 2011

    I just love this house!!! Seriously SUCH cute design style! I’m printing a few of these pictures as inspiration for my own place. I love this post!
    Star Hughes Living

  38. rebecca s.

    June 16, 2011

    absolutely beautiful space. that rug! i wish i could find something as lovely as that in a teeny price range.

  39. Lise M.

    June 16, 2011

    Wow, what a great blog. I’m glad I found you via Norhtern light blog.

    Will sure follow you!

  40. Elizabeth

    June 17, 2011

    I have to say, I love your old apartment. I’m sure you have days where you miss it a lot (and some days not so much).

    I was very surprised when I saw Michelle’s painting in your room – I realized I went to high school with her and thus had to go check out all of her awesome paintings. Love them all! Thanks so much for the great find.

  41. April

    June 17, 2011

    All I can really say is: WOWZA

  42. à la parisienne

    June 20, 2011

    I love the tall ceilings, floor length windows and creative uses of color throughout your San Fran apartment.

  43. Meg

    June 20, 2011

    Too cute. I love the globes.

  44. Anna banana

    June 21, 2011

    Jordan, dont know if you remember me- it’s anna fowler, a fellow “cleft momma”. Your SF apartment was so cute!!! Wow you have a way with making things look so cozy and attractive. I wanted to tell you, I ordered some of those tin ohio art world banks online last year. They are so cool. My parents bought a bunch back in the seventies and made little banks for us kids with them (the globes were are mission banks). I actually made my kids some banks with them too recently:

    You’ll have to check it out. Hope all is well with you guys!

  45. Jeanette

    June 21, 2011

    Wow! This looks like it is straight out of a magazine! Very inspring, I might just have to feature this on my blog – love it! :)

  46. Bappaditya Ghosh

    June 22, 2011

    Gifts bring additional enjoyment to the celebrations. It reflects the perfect accent to the occasions, and lifts the receiver to cloud nine in no time. No matter what you present, it seizes the hearts of your loved siblings in India. Come to and relish a treasured shopping.

  47. Janan W

    June 26, 2011

    Love it all. The orange and blue velvet pillows, adore! Can I find them somewhere? Try Searching “orange velvet pillow” online…not attractive! I so fell in love with your computer hutch….that I hunted one down and will pick it up in a few motnhs from family who are so kindly storing it for me until we move across country! I’ll be painting it too. 😉

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