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Our Nob Hill Apartment, Part I: Living & Dining Room

Our Nob Hill Apartment, Part I: Living & Dining Room

You may have seen glimpses of our apartment here and there on Instagram, but I thought it was high time to invite you over properly.

Our apartment is in Nob Hill, San Francisco, and it was, lucky us, the first place we looked at after getting off the plane. Located in a building constructed in the early 1900s, our apartment is full of decorative flourishes that captivated us from the moment we saw it. The unit is petite, coming in at under 500 square feet, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm, with a turret, floral crown molding, and decorative hardwood floors.

Inspired by the apartment’s architecture and a Louis XV wingback chair I picked up at a thrift store, we incorporated many French influences into our design. Primarily, we took our cues from the Provençal estate Le Mas des Poiriers. To emulate its aesthetic, we used sisal rugs, collected antiques, dramatic drapes, gold finishes, blue and white ceramics, and gingham and damask fabrics.

The living room itself consists of a sitting area, a dining turret, a built-in hutch, and a TV wall. In the sitting area, we have a roll-arm sofa from IKEA, a Louis XV wingback that I found for $45 (Can you believe it?), and a cocktail table given to us by my aunt. We covered the pocket door that divides the living room from the bedroom with a thick curtain for privacy and warmth.

To accessorize, we made our own throw pillows, using damask and the same blue fabric as we used in our dining chairs. Next to the wingback, we stationed a ceramic garden stool. Garden stools are great for small apartments, working as side tables or as extra seating, as needed. By visiting various consignment stores and the famous Alameda Flea Market, we found a few antique pieces for the space. Our finds include onyx horse bookends, a brass and marble table lamp, and an oil painting of a rainy day in Paris.

In the dining area, we hung floor-length curtains in a linen-look fabric to keep the design from reading too stuffy. We picked up a simple round table from Amazon and surrounded it with thrift store chairs my aunt and I reupholstered together. (Thank you, Michele!) To take advantage of the turret’s abundant sunlight, we bought an orange tree. Against all odds, it looks like we’ll have our own home-grown orange to eat within the next month.

The TV wall serves as our entertainment center, both in the media sense and the hosting sense: we like to use our demilune table as a self-serve station for drinks and food when we have people over. The dining hutch houses all our assorted trinkets and glassware, and its mirrored alcove serves as a seasonal display. There, we keep battery-operated candles and a rotation of flowers and greenery.

Finally, we replaced our contemporary ceiling light with a small empire chandelier from Pottery Barn that we refinished with gold Rub N Buff. The chandelier really calls attention to the detailing on the ceiling and is probably my favorite part of the whole room.

Stay tuned for tours of the rest of our place!


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Living Area: IKEA couch, IKEA throw, Pottery Barn chandelier, Safavieh garden stool, sisal rug (similar here and here) vintage wingback (similar here and here), vintage coffee table (similar), vintage bookends (similar), homemade damask pillows (similar)

TV Area: TV, sound bar, articulating wall mount, marble coasters, vintage aluminum ice bucket (similar), vintage glass goblets (similar), vintage demilune table (similar)

Dining Area: linen curtains, dining table, Home Depot ceramic pot, battery-operated candles, reupholstered blue chairs (similar), vintage candelabra (similar here and here)



  1. Sarah
    3 years ago

    This is stunning, Aurelia! You did such an amazing job incorporating so many beautiful pieces, both old and new. I can’t wait to see more of your apartment!

    • 3 years ago

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Sarah! I’m so glad you like our home. Can’t wait to share more with you 🙂