Home Tour: 650 Sq. Ft. of Feminine Style in San Francisco

As a result of San Francisco is notoriously the most costly metropolis to dwell in in the USA, renters there have a novel predicament find a house with each sufficient area and on the proper price. Lauren Haden, who works at Sephora’s San Fran headquarters, was capable of finding an exquisite 650-square-foot studio within the coronary heart of the Inside Sundown neighborhood close to Golden Gate Park (her secret? Craigslist). She additionally runs a weblog, Bliss This Home, the place she shares inside design ideas in addition to journey and life-style content material.

Her residence is brilliant, colourful, and ethereal, full with beautiful pure gentle, classic touches, and eclectic aptitude (I spy an Everygirl x Inside Outline chair). The dreamy particulars — like her favourite spot to take pleasure in espresso, on the bistro breakfast nook searching at a rose glass window of the church subsequent door — make us wish to transfer proper in. Her journey to the right place to name residence hasn’t been excellent, nevertheless, having to first dwell with roommates to economize, transfer again residence unexpectedly, and lose what appeared like the right place to a different renter.

Scroll on to learn her ideas for mixing colours, textures, and patterns, the place to avoid wasting and the place to splurge, maximizing a small area, making your area really feel such as you, and the right way to discover inspiration. 


Identify: Lauren Haden, Affiliate Communications Supervisor at Sephora
Age: 26
Sq. Footage: 650
Hire or Personal: Hire
Metropolis/State: San Francisco, CA


What was your first job and the way did you land it?


My first job was in highschool as a hostess at California Pizza Kitchen! Speak about allll the free pizza. I used to be a senior and wished to avoid wasting up so I may be a part of a sorority within the fall, and have some spending cash for dorm equipment. I bear in mind attending an open interview and didn’t suppose I’d get the job as a result of everybody else had restaurant expertise and I didn’t! One way or the other, it labored out. The humorous factor is, that CPK location closed and became (you guessed it) a Sephora retailer.



How did you land your present function working in Sephora’s headquarters in San Francisco? Allow us to dwell vicariously by means of you, do any free samples ever come your manner?


My journey to Sephora was a protracted and winding one! Once I graduated school, I took a job that wasn’t the proper match for me, and ended up shifting again residence with my dad and mom. It was a fairly tough time, however I used to be decided to seek out the proper job. I ended up reaching out to a lady who went to my college and labored at Sephora as a recruiter. I principally stalked her on LinkedIn and despatched her a chilly message. She was type sufficient to take the time to satisfy with me at their workplace in downtown San Francisco and go over my resume to offer me pointers. Though there wasn’t a job obtainable on the time, we stayed in contact. Quick ahead virtually 4 years later, she ended up hiring me on her workforce to handle inner communications for the company workplace. I labored actually onerous to impress the workforce, despite the fact that I already knew somebody there. Once they requested me for work samples, I designed and put collectively an exquisite sure portfolio only for the interview, that includes work from my earlier firm, in addition to my weblog. I wished them to see that I used to be an actual individual with pursuits exterior of labor, and that I might at all times go the additional mile! 

As for the samples… let’s simply say my corridor closet is exploding with merchandise! I really like making an attempt new issues, however having them readily available to offer to household and mates is the very best half.


How do you want dwelling in San Francisco? Inform us concerning the space the place you discovered your residence, is the placement close to any of your favourite spots within the metropolis?


San Francisco is residence. My dad and mom met right here within the 1980s, fell in love, and obtained married within the beautiful and scenic Pacific Heights neighborhood. I used to be born within the Marina district, which is the northernmost level of the town, and even lived there for a short while a number of years again. I didn’t know a lot about my present neighborhood till I moved there, however rapidly fell in love with it. My place is just some blocks from Golden Gate Park, which has countless paths to stroll and breathtaking surroundings to take pleasure in. My private favourite spot is the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. It’s the right place to take guests! Plus, the Inside Sundown (my neighborhood) is thought for its array of yummy cuisines.


Inform us concerning the aggressive real-estate market in San Francisco for renters, how did you discover your present residence?


Everybody is aware of that San Francisco is the most costly metropolis in the USA, and with regards to renting, it may be robust to seek out the right place that’s inside finances. It’s like freeway theft, how a lot folks will cost for these locations! I swear by Craigslist, and so do most individuals that I do know in SF. I shared the story of how I discovered my residence on my weblog: principally, I used to be going by means of a very anxious time, and to assist with my nervousness, I made a decision to start out taking a look at studios on-line as an off-the-cuff exercise after work/on the weekends (bizarre, I do know… but it surely’s oddly soothing to me to go to open homes). I had discovered a spot I cherished in a distinct neighborhood, and after assembly the owner and making use of, I used to be crushed after I came upon I didn’t get the residence. That very same night time, I bear in mind logging again on-line and discovering my place. I pounced on it immediately.



How do you know this studio was the proper place to suit your wants? Was there something aesthetically that stood out to whenever you noticed it for the primary time?


I knew immediately that it was “my place” after I walked by means of the door. It felt like love at first sight, despite the fact that I’m very single and have NO thought what that appears like! The hardwoods, tall ceilings, molding, and massive bay home windows have been all calling my identify. My favourite half, nevertheless, was that the kitchen window faces the attractive rose window of the church subsequent door! It felt like probably the most peaceable and ideal place to place a bit of desk and calm down with a cup of tea.


What’s the secret to studio dwelling? What was your method to area planning?


I can’t say I’m a minimalist — in actual fact, I’ve accrued a variety of stuff since shifting in a 12 months and a half in the past. The perfect recommendation I’ve is to embrace hidden storage, and search for a spot that has it already built-in! I’m fortunate to have an enormous walk-in closet that holds a dresser, bookshelf, mirror and all of my garments. Within the kitchen, I purchased a rolling butcher block cart as additional storage, and in my predominant room, I made certain to cover something I wasn’t enthusiastic about displaying within the cupboards of my massive TV stand/buffet desk.

When planning out my predominant room, I knew that placing my mattress by the window is a no-no in earthquake territory, so I reluctantly selected to position it towards the wall to maximise area. It has labored out wonderful, though I wouldn’t suggest it if there are two folks sharing the mattress. I really like having my sofa within the bay window — it’s the right place to folks watch!


How would you outline your type?


Female, colourful, and eclectic. I’m not afraid of blending patterns, textures, and colours, and have a tendency to attract in the direction of whites over darkish colours with regards to furnishings.


The place do you usually supply inspiration when designing a room?


Loads of it involves me immediately! As an illustration, after I noticed my kitchen nook upon touring the residence, I knew that it was meant to have a bit of marble desk and two bistro chairs, and that I wished that area to remind me of my first journey to Paris a number of summers in the past. I do love Pinterest and I pin virtually each day, however don’t like to copy precisely what I see on-line. I’m drawn to inspiration I see in shops (Anthropologie is my fave) in addition to in inside type magazines like AD and Elle Decor. 



How have you learnt when a room is full? Is there a sure feeling you get as soon as a design idea involves fruition that makes you’re feeling such as you’ve achieved your imaginative and prescient?


Sure, that feeling is actual! In fact, I at all times imagine rooms are supposed to be modified once in a while — I prefer to suppose my residence is a dwelling, respiratory factor! Nonetheless, there’s a second whenever you gentle a candle, sit again, calm down, and go searching and are so happy with the way in which the room has turned out. I might say that you simply’ll know you’ve “arrived” when there’s nothing within the area you are attempting to interchange with one thing totally different or higher. I additionally take into consideration a time I had some girlfriends over for a vacation blissful hour and was so proud and excited to point out them my area. That’s a sense I don’t wish to overlook.


What was your favourite half about designing your residence round your type? For instance, is there a component of your area that turned out higher than you anticipated?


I’ve had probably the most enjoyable with the nook of my residence that now hosts my attractive pink Inside Outline chair (a part of TEG assortment!). Initially, my desk was in that nook, however I by no means cherished the way in which it regarded there. I knew I wished a cozy-but-feminine chair to curve up and browse or watch TV, so finally that area transitioned right into a studying nook of types. I re-styled the ladder shelf, added a giant monstera plant and organized art work to create the right hangout. After over a 12 months within the area, that nook lastly felt proper.


Have been there any quirks within the area you needed to design round? In that case, inform us about them.


Like many older residences (my constructing is from 1920) there are virtually no electrical shops to work with! In reality, there are not any shops on my countertop within the kitchen, and solely two in the primary room. I ended up shopping for a 25 foot-long extension twine to ensure I may have a lightweight subsequent to my mattress, someplace to cost my cellphone, and so forth. I really feel fairly fortunate although, as that has been the one main flaw of the residence! 


What recommendation would you give different younger professionals shifting into their very own locations, how did you finances round shopping for decor? How did you establish what was important versus what wasn’t?


To start with, in case you are shifting into your personal place, embrace that pleasure! I’ll always remember the sensation of shifting into this residence and making it my very own. Fortunately, a variety of my larger items of furnishings I had bought earlier than I moved in, however there have been undoubtedly gadgets I wanted to make this place really feel like residence. My rule of thumb is that I’m not afraid to splurge so long as I do know that it’s one thing I’ll adore for years to return — an instance of that’s my TV stand, which is definitely a buffet desk from Anthropologie. I eyed it for a number of years earlier than truly shopping for it, and I do know it is going to comply with me wherever I am going subsequent. The place I budgeted on this residence was primarily on art work (I really like Society 6 for his or her selection and their superior gross sales) and ornamental gadgets like my lamps (all from Goal). My attractive 9×12 space rug was bought on-line and price lower than $300, too.



Loads of your decor components really feel eclectic and classic, giving your area’s aesthetic an virtually French really feel. The place are a few of your favourite locations to buy decor?


Thanks! I wished to make it really feel like my area and nobody else’s, so sustaining an eclectic vibe has been actually essential to me. My furnishings is from throughout — West Elm, Anthropologie, World Market, and Serena & Lily — however many items are additionally from consignment outlets and Craigslist! If cash have been no object, I’d like to outfit my residence in furnishings and rugs from ABC Carpet & Dwelling in New York Metropolis. Their choice is unbelievable. 


As a renter, you really want to get artistic with regards to design, what impermanent adjustments can renters make to type their areas?


I’m grateful that my residence had paint job and nice-enough counter tops and cupboards after I moved in, however I do know not everyone seems to be as fortunate. One thing I haven’t tried (however wish to) is detachable wallpaper to create a enjoyable accent wall, in addition to contact paper for kitchen counter tops. Should you want a quick repair to show round a colorless room, I’d begin with a stunning rug that can distract from ugly flooring, and good, gentle curtains and ambient lighting (i.e. plenty of lamps) to brighten up the room. Additionally, by no means underestimate the ability of vegetation to carry life into an in any other case lifeless area!


What are a few of your favourite surprising issues to include into inside design?


Private mementos are a should. You don’t need somebody strolling in and never with the ability to inform that the area is yours. I’ve decked out my residence with private touches like household pictures (my grandmother’s sorority composite portrait hangs framed in my kitchen nook!) and a pin board collaged with notes, pictures, and different sentimental papers which have all meant one thing to me alongside my journey.



What’s one in every of your favourite components of the area?


The ingredient I respect probably the most is the pure gentle. The residence faces east, so I get nice morning gentle by means of my bay home windows, which helps me get up with ease and begin my day on the proper foot. My kitchen home windows face west and north, so the late afternoon and early night gentle is gorgeous.

One other ingredient, though not useful, is the fold-down ironing board in my kitchen nook that has critically been round since 1920! At one level, I assumed I might need my landlord flip it right into a spice cupboard for me, however I made a decision to maintain it the way in which it’s as a result of it’s type of funky and jogs my memory of how previous this constructing truly is!


And at last, what recommendation would you give to your 22-year-old self?


Everybody’s timeline is totally different, so don’t fear if yours doesn’t seem like the lady’s subsequent to you. (P.S. You might be stronger than !)


Lauren Haden is The Everygirl…

How do you unwind on the finish of the day? Often with a spin class, but when I’m not understanding, I prefer to cook dinner dinner and browse a bit earlier than mattress!

Favourite Sunday exercise? Farmer’s Market in my neighborhood… the flowers are so low-cost!

Final film you noticed in theaters? The place’d You Go, Bernadette. Cate Blanchett was unbelievable and I really like the nod to structure all through the movie.

Subsequent place you’d prefer to go on trip? Someplace tropical! Hawaii would do, haha!

Favourite Instagram account you comply with? I really like Ashley Kane. She’s a San Francisco blogger and her type is impeccable. 

Should you may have lunch with any lady, who would it not be and why? My mother… I see her on a regular basis but I might select her many times to spend a day with. She is wonderful and we at all times have the very best time collectively.


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