{Decor} Our San Francisco Living Room Update

Todays post concludes the tour of our new apartment in San Francisco. Please dont misunderstand us here well be rearranging furniture and accessories until the day we move out of this apartment, and there is one big design dilemma here that we need to solve. (Help us, please!) But for now everything is unpacked and in its right place. Heres where we landed:

Living Room Wide

As you can see, were using our Dumpster Dive Bench as a coffee table, since there isnt room for it at the end of our bed like we had it in NYC.

Pottery Barn Couch

As much as Gwyneth loves a good Dumpster Dive, her favorite piece of furniture is our her Pottery Barn Basic Sofa.

Pottery Barn Couch

We kept our coffee table styling to one small tray, since theres so much going on in the rest of the space. We love the look of coffee tables filled with books and accessories, but we restrained ourselves here since we didnt anywhere else.

Coffee Table Styling

Just like it did in NYC, our Expedit bookcase serves as mini library and much-needed storage. Since we dont have a separate home office, were storing all our DIY supplies in the baskets.

Expedit Styling

Expedit Styling

Expedit Styling

In case you missed it on Monday, we reupholstered our Dumpster Dive Slipper Chair, a big improvement for this little corner of the room.

DIY Upholstered Slipper Chair

Our Dumpster Dive Bookcase is now our entertainment center, since we didnt bring the pie safe we had in our NYC space. And since its close to the home office, were using a few of the cubbies to storing files and other office supplies.

Gallery Wall Behind TV

With so many cubbies it was difficult to hide all the cords, so we designated one cubby for a tall stack of books to conceal them.

Console Styling

We also used a little restraint when styling the wall behind the TV. Our NYC gallery wall had many more pieces, but we thought wed be better off with fewer here. Even though we have more square footage, the living room looks a lot smaller without the high ceilings and enormous window we had in NYC. The Andy Warhol print is one we picked up from Art.com, and the Ram head (a major must have for any UNC fan) is from Z Gallerie.

Gallery Wall

Our Perfectly Kind print is one we found from this Etsy shop, and the terrarium is a DIY were thrilled is still alive!

Terrarium

Having our home office in the living room comes in handy, since were short on seating. We can just spin our Macau Arm Chair from Ballard Designs around when we need it.

Office Armchair

Living Room Wide

Now heres the design dilemma we could use your help with. This window treatment situation!

Living Room Window Challenge

This ones a doozy for a few things. While they do make corner window drapery hardware, its not as simple as hanging panels. Our heater is directly underneath the double windows, and the window on the office wall stops in the middle of our desk. So hanging panels is both a fire hazard and just plain awkward. We think this looks like a custom Roman shade situation, but with this low (and UGH popcorn) ceiling, weve got to do everything possible to keep the space open and light. What do you think? If youve got any great ideas, you know we want to hear from you!

xoxo,

mk & Gwynnie

Comments

  1. I have white faux wooden blinds that I really like. They come in different sizes from target. They probably cost around $50 each. But I like the look and they are nice for privacy and they are good for looking fancier than normal blinds. I know they come in white and a dark wood mahogany color. Those windows will be a problem for any kind of drape. Good luck!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Jen, such a good suggestion because the mini blinds that our building installed are a total eyesore too! Definitely stopping by Target this weekend to check them out. Thank you so much for the resource!

      xoxo,
      mk Gwynnie

  2. Matilda Joyce says:

    I think you need some fabric on the windows. It would soften the space and I dont know how to explain this other than to say give you some color/pattern to tie the other colors and patterns in the room together. Not sure if that makes sense. I *think* Id go for panels that are as long as they can be for safety, pulled to one side Hope this all makes sense!!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Makes total sense! Thank you! You know how we love color and pattern! As usual, youre speaking our language! Thank you!

      xoxo,
      mk Gwynnie

  3. How about a Roman shade out of some kind of gauzy fabric that is just decorative? Do you need something for privacy or sun control? If so, I would do the wooden blinds from Target.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Youve thought of everything. Privacy, yes. Have got to close those blinds at night or else all of 3rd Street can see in our apartment. Another yes on light. It gets pretty bright in there, especially in the late afternoon. Thinking these blinds from Target are something to check out, pronto! Thank you!!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  4. how about cafe curtains w/ matching valance? They can be light and airy, and pushed to the side if you want to let even more light in. Also, they wont hang below your window and be fire hazard.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Bethany, thank you! Another option we hadnt thought of! Headed to Pinterest to look for inspiration photos now! Thank you!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  5. Your place looks great! I just love how feminine it looks so pretty! As for your design dilemma, if you cant do panels, then I think a roman shade is your ticket. And I agree with Lynn above, something light and/or sheer would look great. The space is so visually interesting, I would keep the window treatments neutral so they dont compete.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Andi, such a compliment thank you! And youre right theres a lot going on in a very small space. Restraint is important (and not our strong suit!) Going to check out options at Targetif theres nothing that fits then maybe Ill take on a sewing project! Thank you!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  6. I love your apartment. It looks so inviting and put together. Youve done wonders with your space limitations.
    We have white roman shades in our living room. It can get a bit dark/dreary, so I wanted something for privacy, but that would still let light in during the day. We got them at Lowes. The thing I like about the roman shades we have(besides the fact that they can mount inside or outside the window), is the little valance is removable. And if you wanted something more visually stimulating, you could probably add a decorative element to the removable valance. Here is a link http://www.lowes.com/pd_338265-77732-ICC3672S_0__?productId=3371970Ntt=roman+shadepl=1currentURL=%3FNtt%3Droman%2BshadefacetInfo=

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      LOVE those! The color is perfect and you are spot on with adding a small detail. (Because you clearly know we cant help ourselves!) Thank you so much for the resource! Going to measure my windows as soon as I get home tonight!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  7. TracieMcOB says:

    Definitely Roman shades w/perhaps a wide grosgrain ribbon around the edges w/a Greek key at the bottom corners. Love your style and tips. Have pinned quite a few ;)

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Hi Tracie! Love your idea and am looking at Roman Shades this weekend! Saw a Greek Key trim at MJ Trimming a while back, and youre totally right! Could be gorgeous here! Thank you!

      xo,
      mk Gwynnie

      • Ooh, please let us know how the Greek Key trim looks! Im so glad that other commenter posted the link to the roman shades at Lowes because I FINALLY found something that would look great in my own apartment! But I have a lot of white on beige on beige (I mean seriously, even my dog is beige. Its an issue) so I want to add pops of color wherever possible without overwhelming the space

  8. Woven wood shades would add some great texture. Roman shades would also work well.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thanks, Katie! Checking put options this weekend! Knew you guys would have ideas for us!
      Have a wonderful weekend!

      xoxo,
      mk Gwynnie

  9. What about white faux wood blinds with a pelmet in one of your pillow fabrics?

  10. Looks awesome!! So cheerful. I agree white / sheer romans is the best bet. You definitely dont want to make it dark and Id keep it simple.

    XO

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thanks, Whit! Such a compliment coming from you!! Lots of love to you, Josh and Olivia from the two of us!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  11. I also agree a sheer or gauzy roman shade (or balloon shade if you want something softer). The windows would look great with some fabric but nothing that interferes with the great light you have coming in.

    Beautiful living room and home!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Hello MK! Thanks so much! Weve had a blast working on it! And thank you for your help on the window dilemma! We knew yall would have the answers!

      xoxo,
      mk Gwynnie

  12. Ive seen curtains/tiebacks made from sheets. The sheets already have finished edges, except when theyre cut in half and an iron on binding tape can take care of that. You can, also, make panels, add various trims, and select the exact length that you want for your windows. Just a thought.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Such a good thought! Think Ive seen a tutorial for that going to look it up today on Pinterest!
      Thank you!

      xoxo,
      mk Gwynnie

  13. I think you should look at wood shades or bamboo roman shades from Overstock and then layer them with a cornice or valance. A cornice is easy to be made out of foam core and will add a pop of color and texture, but the shades will provide you the privacy! Good luck! The room is looking fabulous!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Overstock! Thank you for the reminder! Going to check them out today. Have never ordered from there before, but know they are a great place to find great things on a budget! Thank you for the source!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  14. Maybe a pelmet box? Little Green Notebook has an excellent tutorial:
    http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2009/09/easy-pelmet-boxes.html

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      She is SO talented! Love her tutorials! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!

      xoxo,
      mk Gwynnie

  15. Love love love, MK!!! (Espesh the pic on the bookshelf) I cant wait to come visit! xox

  16. JolieAnne says:

    I am a big fan of open windows-but not in your case-you need
    the privacy. My sons room had mini-blinds, hated them but wanted
    to make them work so I pulled them all the way up, hid them under a
    valance and did the café curtain belowI loved it! Still had the blinds
    to pull down, if needed. I love ROMAN shades even more but not in a
    childs room.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Yes, 100% agree! Just ordered all the supplies to DIY some window treatments, so we should have an update soon if the DIY goes as planned!

      xoxo,
      mk Gwynnie

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