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decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria’s San Francisco Treat

Since decor8 launched Reader Spaces a few short weeks ago, you’ve already toured Geninne’s Mexican Retreat, Danielle’s Serene in the City apartment in the Netherlands, Archana’s Colorful Home in India, Jonathan’s Retro Flashback, and Rachel’s Happy Home in Louisiana. You’ve also helped a few readers, like Courtney and Heather, who both needed design advice for thier kitchens and looked to decor8 readers for help. So far, this new feature is going well so as long as readers keep sending in questions and home tours, we’ll keep it up!

Next on our list of home tours, Victoria Smith shares with us her utterly charming art-filled one bedroom rental apartment (with terrace!) in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. Filled with cleverly arranged objects and lovely art, she adores “eclectic-modernism – kind of Bohemian Modern. Flea market finds mixed with contemporary pieces. Lots of white with colored pillows, accessories that I can change out to a different color when I get bored.” Victoria’s favorite designers include older, modernist designers like Eames, McCobb along with Todd Oldham, Angela Adams, and Jonathan Adler.

Finding treasures at places like West Elm, CB2, Amy Butler, Anthropologie home, eBay, and Craigslist, along with her many travel adventures, she’s pulled together a beautiful space that will certainly inspire and perhaps give you a fresh perspective, along with lots of ideas for experimenting in your own space.

Some of Victoria’s favorite features in her apartment, “The light especially. The bay window, definitely the working fireplace, and the terrace. The stained glass windows in the bedroom are pretty cool, too. Oh, and the extra large bathtub.” She also adds, “My neighbors are amazing – we call our building ‘buchanan manor’ and everyone looks out for each other.”

Interesting fact: Herb Caen, the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco newspaper columnist, lived in her apartment at one time.

If you’d like to see the grand tour of Victoria’s space, featuring 69 full size photos, click here. Warning: Gorgeous drool-inducing shots. May inspire you to stop everything you’re doing and redecorate your home.

Living Room (sofa from IKEA)
A long hallway leads into the space, it was a blank canvas just waiting to be transformed into her own little gallery. The hallway opens into her living room area where there is a fireplace and a sitting area near bay windows.

Kitchen – Some of her kitchenwares – knife and pot racks from Ikea, her galvanized metal magazine rack for holding cooking magazines and her favorite Anthropologie apron. Great paint color on the walls, don’t you think?

Dining Room – A San Francisco view from her dining room.
Mies Van Der Rohe chairs.
Terrace off of Dining Room by night. Twinkle lights and Morrocan style
cushions on rattan flooring.
Bath – Herb Caen washed here! Notice that extra deep
tub, gorgeous sink and fabulous tile floor. Drool.
Bedroom with ‘Church Bed’ complete with gothic stained glass windows.
More great collections. These are Victoria’s favorite cameras along side her Peggy Guggenheim kaladiscope glasses, purchased in Venice at her museum on the Grand Canal (it used to be her home).

Wasn’t that a lovely tour? Thank you Victoria for welcoming us into your amazing space!

If you have a design question or if you’d like your home to be featured on decor8 reader spaces, please email decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com

(images from victoria smith)

Posted in Home Tours, shopping, travel on September 11, 2006

decor8 Reader Spaces: Geninne’s Mexican Retreat in the Trees

decor8 reader Geninne is a freelance illustrator and designer with an amazing home located thirty minutes from Mexico City, Mexico. Her husband Manolo is an architect and furniture designer who did such an amazing job on their home that she thought we’d enjoy seeing it. All of the furniture was designed by Manolo (with the exception of their stainless steel bed and some IKEA things). This home is so completely serene and lovely, something you’d see featured in Dwell or Architectural Digest, for sure. Wouldn’t you love to live like this?


You can view a larger, detailed tour of their home by clicking here and then click on ‘view slideshow’. The slideshow is loaded with photos, including bedrooms, kitchen details, and bathrooms.

view of living room

Thank you Geninne, and your husband Manolo, for this amazing glimpse into your extraordinary space. We really appreciate it!

view of dining room + kichen areas

If you have questions or comments for Geninne, please comment below. If you’d like to give decor8 readers a mini tour of your home (or favorite room), please send an email along with a link to your photos. I can be reached at decor8blog [at] yahoo [dot] com.


work area

(images from geninne zlatkis)

Posted in Home Tours on September 05, 2006

decor8 reader spaces: Tour Rachel’s Happy Home in Louisiana

Rachel Stuart-Haas is a decor8 reader that isn’t shy about color. She took some photos of her home so you could step inside today to see what she’s done to the place. She’s an artist based in Shreveport, Louisiana, with a baby on the way!

Living Room and view of Dining Room

The crisp white french doors are lovely, that white brick fireplace gives the room cozy charm, and of course, the organized simplicity of the space is most impressive. I love the use of a fully saturated color, like sassy red, in the dining room. That is such a popular color for dining rooms right now, by the way. The pear and cream in the adjacent rooms softens the red a bit, gives the space a fruity feel – like a fresh plucked apple or strawberries with whipped cream. The space is very fresh and energetic, at least, to me. I also like the overall flow of her space, her furniture seems to be in the right spot, but beyond furniture placement, the house has a nice layout (lucky for the homeowner!).

Dining Room (view from living room and from the kitchen)

Do you see the little black kitty in the house? What a cutie! The kit kat clock in her kitchen (meow! the baby will surely love it) is almost an image of her beloved pet, in retro plastic! So many of us long to be that organized.

Kitchen + Bedroom

Are those amazing glass kitchen cabinets (with the perfect little silver hardware) original, Rachel? I’ve wanted cabinets like this in my kitchen for many years now, but rentals seem to gut original kitchens and replace everything with particle board or wood cabinets that are absolutely blah, but ‘modern’. Glass cabinets like Rachel’s are a rare find, but oh so beautiful! Most of us take such care to purchase glassware and dishes, I dislike hiding them behind solid closed doors. I don’t mind hiding food, but I like to see dishes and cups arranged neatly in glass cabinets.

Baby Room + Screened in Porch

The wall color in the nursery is so pretty, and how many of us wouldn’t kill for a screened in porch like this one? It reminds me of my childhood home in South Carolina, all the kids had one, which we used as a room for most of the year to play in, eat dinner, etc. Rachel must love using that space on summer nights… Ah, what a great home. Thank you for sharing this with us. Real homes lived in by real people. Imagine that, what a simple concept, but so much fun! I’m loving these home tours though, and I home you are enjoying them as well. As long as submissions keep coming in, I’ll keep this as a weekly feature on the blog. 1-2 homes per week would be nice, don’t you think?

My only question for Rachel is: I don’t see your paintings around the house, do you not install them for a reason? I have artist friends that leave their walls blank because it helps them think and be more creative. Just wondering about that, but then again, I can’t see the entire space in these photos… Perhaps Rachel has her art around but I cannot see it. Either way, the space sings!

Readers: What do you think about Rachel’s space and use of color? Do you have any questions for her? If so, fire away in the comments section below. She’d love to hear from you!

(images from rachel stuart-haas)

Posted in Home Tours on August 30, 2006

decor8 reader spaces: Tour Archana’s Vibrant Home in India

I was so excited when an email arrived from decor8 reader Archana Srinivas who lives in Bangalore, India. She wants to share her colorful space with us here today on decor8! Here’s what she writes:

“I don’t know if you have received any mails from India. I am a regular reader of your wonderful blog. I agree with Danielle from the Netherlands that by showcasing homes from all over the world you get to see how people design their homes & what really goes into it.”

Archana continues, “India is a land of contrasts, culturally rich & very colourful. I live in Bangalore, India with my husband and my beautiful 4 year old daughter. We live in a 3-bedroom 1500 sq.ft house. Here you will find an amalgamation of traditional old-world charm with modern day luxury. The colours used are yellows & oranges. We have used a lot of antique chests, brass lamps & wood to create the effect.”

“The centre table in the living area is actually an old swing used for babies. We turned it upside-down and converted it into a table. We have used bright yellow ceramic tiles on top. The center of interest is the cluster of nine terracotta tiles which I hand-painted with poster colours. The antique door in the living room has been restored from an old demolished house. The triangular space on either sides has been created for placing lamps. (This is usually the practice in south Indian villages.)”

Living Room

“The motifs on the walls in my daughter’s room has been hand painted & also the lamp. The drawers store her toys and also doubles up a sitting area,” Archana says.

Daughter’s Bedroom

She continues, “The dining area has a crockery cabinet which we use as a mini bar for entertaining. The kitchen door has been cut into half to keep my daughter out while I cook and to give a feeling of space.”

Dining Area

“The 3rd bedroom has been converted into the study where we have a tiled love-seat with vibrant red upholstery and you can also see my workstation which is a huge antique writing table.”


If you have any questions for Archana about her home, please ask in the comments section below so she can reply. If you’d like to share your home, or have a design dilemma, please write to me at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com. I hope you’re enjoying this new feature on decor8 – touring reader spaces!

Posted in Home Tours on August 25, 2006


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