In that process, we were able to really start with a blank slate in terms of the interior space she was hoping to create. There was a lot of new furniture to buy, many things to move, and new spaces to consider — spaces we did not have the measurements for before we got to California. This was a fun process for me… taking an ugly duckling of an 80′s condo and turning it into someplace relaxing and homey for my sister. This is a two-bedroom, two-bath unit on the ground floor of a complex directly across from Ocean Beach on San Francisco’s west side.
So here are some before and after photos I snapped. Click on them for a bigger view. Perhaps someday I’ll get better at lighting to show things off, but we’ll go with this for now!
The guest room has to serve many purposes. Closet on the left, door entry hallway on the right. Room also has a door on that same wall to the guest/main bathroom. Sleeper sofa, light and small shelves (actually former tops to the Billy bookcases in the living room) all moved with us. The space is also used for her treadmill and to keep her bikes, as there is no garage space.
The theme in the guest bath is red/white/black with a shower curtain depicting sketches of London, Paris and New York. In the packing process, I unearthed some silver figures of London’s Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building (from Target, I think). The funky long, skinny shelf over the toilet proved a perfect spot for these. Framed photo of the Eiffel Tower in winter. Towels are from Restoration Hardware, though they no longer carry the red.