san francisco home office

Thank you so much for the sweet words on yesterday’s home tour video! We filmed this a few months ago, but I was waiting until after the holiday madness to share it so it could have its own time to shine. I’m absolutely dedicated to creating more video content in 2019 but putting together one video is probably the same expense/effort that 5+ photo blog posts take, so I definitely want to be intentional with the themes and topics we cover.  If you have any subjects you would like to see covered in video, please let me know in the comments and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get the heads up on all future videos!

Yesterday’s post was a quick walk-through of the space, so today I’m sharing photos of all the little nooks and crannies so you can see the detail, as well as product links for most everything at the bottom of this post.

We went from about 1200 square feet (not including a garage and patio) in our Orange County townhouse to around 1000 square feet in San Francisco (we do have a garage spot but no outdoor space).  For two 5’7″ and 6’3″ adults, an 88 lb. labrador, three legged cat and home office… we are cozy, ha!

We definitely look forward to having more space in the future (particularly storage as we essentially have one small coat closet as this year’s storage), but we also know that there will be times we’ll look back at this small apartment fondly.  Christian and I joke that we’ll probably never be able to get from the bedroom to the kitchen for a glass of water as quickly ever again (it’s like… 10 steps).

apartment before and aftercourtly check kettleworld market china cabinetsan francisco apartment tourrugs usa runner orange hermes trayblack sweater dressballard designs niles double coat rackarctic fox fur coatbeige tufted sofablack garment racksan francisco bay windowbeige tufted headboardmirrored side tablejoss and main mirrorbrown faux fur coatvittsjo shelvescity apartment tourblack cashmere sweater dresscrate and barrel plantersan francisco apartmentblack modern bardiy home barsan francisco windowskull succulentblack and white abstract pillowsblack cat white whiskersblack modern floor lampwilla skye home black vittsjo shelveswhite tray tablesblue beach cruisercapri blue candlemetal wire basketwhite garden stoolblue record playerminted artchannels abstract pillowsblack barstyling bookshelvesavalon blanket

photos by Kathleen + Christian Barnes


sweater dress (on sale), similar dress for less here (55% off) | belt | necklace 1, 2


tea kettle | marble spoon holder | Nespresso

drop leaf table – antique, DIY here | slipcovered chairs here and here | courtly check planter | similar candlesticks

metal china cabinet – World Market (old), blog post here, also love this one and this one | similar breakfast trays here and here




similar marquis letters

bar cart


side table | tray – handpainted, similar style here | disco ball

sofa (on sale), also love this one | fur pillows, also love these | spotted pillows + pink pillowWilla Skye Home

floor lamp – ZGallerie, no longer available, similar style here | desk lamp, also love these

desk | similar desk chair

rug c/o Summerhouse, also love this one | ottoman

garment/clothing rack, also love this one

glass head

cotton art – Anna Cate Collection | similar antlers


similar rug here (on sale)

similar bedding (on sale) | headboard (on sale) | faux fur blanket

similar dresser here (on sale) and here (on sale)

custom chair via Dwell Studo

similar lamps here and here

dresser and mirror c/o Joss & Main (blog post here), similar styles here and here (50% off)


vase | similar palms

closet: metal shelving | metal hanging rack | shoe rack | ghost chair


black planter (44% off) and white planter

SF skyline art | abstract art | silhouette

rug, also love this one | sheepskin

sofa – Lee Industries, similar style here | chair & ottoman – Ikea, slipcovers from CustomWorks

mirrored tray | courtly check tumbler | skull succulents – Trader Joe’s

black & white throw pillowsWilla Sky Home

Hermes Avalon blanket

blanket ladder – DIY, love this one and this one

floor lamp – World Market (old), love this one and this one

cat bed | dog bed

bar – junk store DIY, love this one | acrylic wine holder, also love this one

curtains (similar ones here) , black shelves, prints by bar – Ikea

faux fiddle leaf tree, also love this one and this one

beach cruiser, DIY basket shared here

record player (comes in tons of colors!)

pom pom basket, picnic basket, wine picnic basket

tray tables, white garden stools – many, many years old similar style here and here, love this one

DIY polaroid print



If you see anything else that is not linked, it’s either because I don’t know the source or it is no longer available for purchase.  Thank you so much for reading this novel!  It’s wild to think that in only 5 more months we’ll be packing up this space and moving onto the next (city and state TBD)… but I am manifesting that it has a yard and no shared walls. I’m saying that jokingly… but also not at all.  I’ve been sharing walls with strangers for 7 of the past 8 years and I’d really like my own walls!

Thank you so much for reading today – and it’s such a privilege to share this little space with you guys!  You can find all home-related content in the “home” category of this site, including our home tour video in OC.  Big hugs and have a beautiful weekend – XO

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18 thoughts on “San Francisco Apartment Tour

  1. Hang in there! I totally understand not wanting to share walls. My husband is in the Canadian military and this Arizona city girl has been following him around to the tiniest Canadian tows for the past almost ten years. We always lived in rentals and it sucks! This past June we FINALLY moved to our forever home with storage and a yard for a dog and all the things and it’s been amazing!! If you need a silver lining I can tell you that you will appreciate your forever home so much more after living in rentals and you don’t take anything for granted. It’s been over six months now and I can still walk around our home and just feel so blessed and I don’t think I would have ever appreciated it the way I do if not for all the crappy rental living. I know lots of people have already told you but thanks for keeping real life in your blog. Marriage is hard, you can love and support your spouse and still kinda hate their job for dictating your life and that’s just real life it’s just not perfect all the time and I so appreciate that you can put that out there cause it takes a lot of bravery to expose those real parts of yourself to strangers. I hope your 2019 is full of wonderful things and I can’t wait to follow along as you head into your next adventure in a few months. Thanks again for sharing!

    1. MELISSA! I wish I could reach through this computer screen and hug your neck. Thank you so much for this! WOW. If anyone gets it, you do. Military wives are my heroes. I love hearing how much you appreciate your beautiful and spacious home. Such a great attitude and amazing point! C and I always talk about how we are going to feel so RICH when we can wake up and simply open a door to let the dog out. Can’t wait. Thank you for this encouragement and big hugs to you!!!

  2. You’ve done a great job with the space! I feel your pain as we’ve recently gone from a 1,750 sqft house to a 1,000sqft apartment! Thankfully our apartment has storage closets we can rent! Hang in there only a few more months!

    1. You know, downsizing is just tough, period. Especially when it’s temporary and you don’t want to get rid of things you know you’ll want next time you move! I feel you, sister.You got this!

  3. I am so jealous of all of your natural lighting! So beautiful!!! I hope 2019 bring lots of love and laughter in your sweet, cozy new home!

  4. Kathleen: Your apartment is beautiful and has fantastic views! I just moved to SF in July from NC…went from 1200 to 470 sq feet – yikes! I’m now a mastermind of “small space storage” hah! Which neighborhood are you in? I’ll have to take a look there when my lease is up – classic SF views definitely make up for small space 🙂

    1. Hi Caroline! Welcome to the city – sounds like we moved at the same time! Please feel free to email me in the spring and I’d be happy to put you in touch with my landlady! xo

  5. Even though it’s not ideal you made it so chic!!! When will you find out where your next destination is?!

    1. Thank you Meredith! We don’t have a definitive date, so honestly… who knows! Livin’ on the edge over here… and sweating through it (nervous laughter) – XOXO

  6. Even though I know you’re having a tough time, be blessed that you live in an amazing city and you’re experiencing a city girls dream of. And don’t worry, you’ll have your big home on a hill in a quint little town, and living your best life. But in the mean time, be blessed that you have a roof over your head and food to eat, and a shit ton of money to spend:) lol Happy Friday!

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  8. I just love your apartment and it honestly looks really spacious for SF! One question. I am in awe of your collection of shoe boxes and shoes outside of the boxes! Are there more shoes in those boxes or do you use them for storage or just decoration? Either way it looks very glam!

    1. Thank you! It’s spacious by SF or NY standards… but not by regular standards, ha! I have shoes and other things stored in most of them!

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