After spending almost a year exploring the real estate market in San Francisco, Eunice Chang finally found a place she could call home. Although the condo looked like a bachelor pad and was located in a nondescript 1990s building, it was on the top floor, and the building sat on a small side street straddling the city’s vibrant Castro and Mission districts. “I loved the idea of a walking neighborhood,” she says.
With a hands-on attitude, treasure-hunting know-how and an ongoing desire to improve her space, the homeowner filled the interior with meaningful pieces and a soothing palette of blues and neutrals. “I don’t know if my home will ever be done,” admits Chang, the lead user experience researcher at Opower. “Every time my friends come over, something at my place has changed.”
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Eunice Chang
Location: Castro neighborhood of San Francisco
Size: 1,073 square feet (100 square meters); 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Year built: 1992
Excited by the potential of a south-facing living room, Chang tried to make the most of all the natural sunlight. Hardwood floors replaced old, tired carpeting, and fresh paint gave the walls new life. Pale aqua paint at the rear of the bookcase creates a vibrant backdrop for an ever-growing collection of mementos.
Wall paint: Muslin, Dunn-Edwards; accent wall paint: Opaline, Dunn-Edwards; leather chair: Cavett, Crate & Barrel; resin deer head: Z Gallerie; striped pouf: Target
Although the structure of the entry hall could not be altered due to strict condo rules, visitors are greeted by a bright aqua door.
Door paint: Fountain City, Dunn-Edwards
Chang’s design sensibilities and love of travel are apparent as soon as you enter the foyer. The sculptural piece of driftwood was a gift from a friend, and the woven bag is a souvenir from a vacation to Africa with her family.
This wall-mounted rack was a quick DIY project. The piece of wood is an old floorboard found at Urban Ore
, a salvage yard in Berkeley, and the decorative hooks are from Cost Plus World Market
. The groove in the top holds postcards from family and friends. The rack extends the length of the entry hallway, making it both impactful and practical.