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sneak peek: caitlin & eric flemming


Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street and her husband, Eric, moved into this studio apartment a little over five years ago. When they found this gem nestled in Laurel Heights, San Francisco, it was love at first sight; the beautiful hardwood floors, glass French doors leading into the living room/bedroom and the bay windows that look out onto trees were a huge plus. In their eyes, it was exactly where they wanted to make their first home together. Fast forward five years, and they’re still calling this apartment home. Caitlin’s kept the space fresh by continually reinventing it to ensure that it reflects their busy lives. Thanks, Caitlin & Eric! And thanks to Michelle Drewes for the lovely photographs! — Amy A.

Image above: Our bedroom area gets an incredible amount of light from out the bay window. The bedding changes depending on the season — it’s a mix of John Robshaw pillowcases, an Erica Tanov quilt and the brown Euro pillows are custom made. The wall color throughout the apartment is Harbor Gray from Benjamin Moore, but I should say that the paint store seemed to have mixed it incorrectly, so it definitely looks more blue than the sample suggested. That being said, it’s more gray in person and changes throughout the day depending on the light. On either side of the bed, we have mismatched side tables found at the Alameda flea market.


Image above: We have a very petite kitchen, but what makes it feel larger is a huge green house window that adds quite a bit of space for planted herbs and such. Since we rent, there isn’t a whole lot we can do with the space except add a little character with our collection of Astier de Villatte. We were able to make the kitchen pop by painting it with Galveston Gray from Benjamin Moore.

Caitlin & Eric’s home tour continues after the jump . . .


Image above: As you can tell, the bay windows are huge focal points in the apartment. The chair and zinc table, found at Justin & Burks in Portland, are two pieces I treasure. We recovered the chair in Les Indiennes fabric. Since this window is so large, it’s always a treat to find beautiful branches to fill the space — we’ve had everything from cherry blossoms to dogwood to these incredible mock orange blossoms.


Image above: A small vignette on the zinc table — the candle was gifted for my birthday last month and makes our home smell divine (they are available at Birch in Hayes Valley). The antler and the old books were both recent purchases at Alameda.


Image above: Our desk has a duel purpose: it’s where I blog and work occasionally, but it’s also where our television is. A little over a year ago, I was fed up with the big black television, so I set out on a quest for a white one — to guests, it looks more like a computer. The desk is the Parsons Desk from West Elm as well as the lamp, which they no longer sell.


Image above: Our living room area is quite small, since it’s in the same room as our bed. The couch I found right after we moved in at Summer House in Mill Valley — one of my go-to stores for inspiration. The coffee table was a flea market find. On top is a tray with some of my favorite finds: tiny Moroccan shoes, an Astier de Villatte vase, a bowl filled with Polaroids, a cross that I found in New Mexico and two old hearts from France that my mom gave us to put our vows in after we got married. One of my husband’s favorite elements in the house is our elephant side table that we bought at Prize in Ashland, Oregon.


Image above: Through our glass French door from the living room, you come into our dining room. The built-in cabinets hold our china and everyday dinnerware. I don’t know what we would do without these cabinets. The table is from CB2 and is paired with vintage Barcelona chairs — another Justin & Burks find. Our Turkish rug I found last year at Summer House, and it has ended up being the piece that tied the entire apartment together.


Image above: This is where I put on the finishing touches of my outfit when I’m running out the door every morning. I’ve always thought jewelry adds a certain element of design to a room. The cabinet and bamboo mirror are from Fred and Coco of Grenouille in San Francisco. I’m constantly on the lookout for mirrors because I love how they reflect even more light into the room.


Image above: More of my Astier de Villatte collection. My mom and I each give each other a piece for Christmas every year. To this day, we have never gifted each other the same thing. It’s a tradition I truly love having with her every year.


Image above: This Parsons Tower from West Elm is the newest addition to our apartment. We put it in a little over two weeks ago. We assembled it, and in a little over 30 minutes, I had it completely decorated by rearranging items I already owned. My favorite touch is my husband’s signed baseballs.


Image above: What’s not to love about peonies — they are my very favorite flower. In the background is a Chagall print that I came across two years ago in Paris. We were walking near the Seine and I spotted it in the window of a tiny print shop and knew if I passed it up that I would regret it the rest of my life. I lived near a contemporary art museum in Mexico City as a child, and my favorite paintings were always by Chagall.

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55 Comments

Jo Chopra

Oooh, such a beautiful glimpse into what seem to be two lovely lives. Such a charming, delightful, light-filled place.

Daniella

Oh how exciting!! Caitlin’s place is absolutely gorgeous! Love that she’s featured over here. Those kitchen chairs are to die for. Officially jealous! lol…

Heather

Beautiful, beautiful home Caitlin and Eric! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I love the personality that all of your collected items add to the home. Lovely!

-Heather

Jillian

Laurel Heights is my favorite neighborhood in San Francisco, so it was great to get this glimpse into a home there. I love the soft blues and whites with the wood tones and natural elements.

houseofearnest

I absolutely love almost every aspect of this home! It’s wonderful to see the personal home of someone whose work I also admire! Beautiful!

Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk

What a beautiful home. I love it when you feature rented homes. It can be incredibly challenging to decorate in a rented space. Caitlin and Eric have certainly proved it’s doable!

Amy

I love the elephant end table too. And the peonies.

Alix Dolgoy

what brand did you buy to get a white television?

Sinclaire McEwigg

so lovely! i’d love to see a layout of this place!

Marie

Calm and beautiful without being boring. Love it!

misa

caitlin, i don’t think the paint store mixed your “harbor gray” incorrectly: mine does the same thing! i thought it would be a warm taupey grey but it reads blue or blue-grey in most lights. still very pretty, though. i love your home!

Lindsay

What an amazing use of this space! it’s light and bright and clean and just makes me want to live there! Now if I could only make my studio that pretty….

Caitlin

Thank you all for the lovely comments about our home! You’re all so sweet and kind. I’m excited that you all love it as much as I do.

Grace and Amy, thank you for creating such a beautiful feature!

Alix Dolgoy – The TV is my Samsung.

misa – That is too funny! Good to know that they didn’t mix it wrong.

Leslie

It’s so simplistic and so beautiful! I love the understated ambiance of it all!

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Ta

What a beautiful home! I love how bright it is. It looks like such a peaceful place to be.

Alisse

Beautiful touches – a true inspiration for making a home of any size, location, shape interesting and heartfelt!

kay*

one of the loveliest small homes i’ve seen! tons of inspiration. bravo.

leona

what a peaceful and lovely home you have created. everything you need with such simple beauty. i enjoyed visiting so much!!

Lo

Simply amazing! Grey + white = LOVE! Makes me want to pick up and move to San Fran

Caitlin

Oh, thank you all for your amazing words. You sure do know how to make a girl blush!

Natalie Brim

Just beautiful. So nice to see how your personal tastes sit so well together. Oh, and thankyou for introducing me to Astier de Villatte. How I missed that gem I’ll never know!

joslyn

Caitlin’s home is gorgeous!!!!!!!! but no surprise, as she’s such a creative, amazing lady ;-)

Julie

I love your home Caitlin! It’s such a natural form of decor and seems to have such an organic beauty that springs from both you and Eric!!

carol ann from camdesign

Lovely home… I was surprized to see in the kitchen they have the same little glass dish with a silver plate top I have. I never thought I would see another one like it, amazing. I took mine out of my dresser drawer and give it a good cleaning… what does she use hers for? I keep earring in mine…

KRISTEn

Love the kitchen chairs, the elephant end table, and the use of the dark wood to contrast the white. BEAUTIFUL!

Melissa

This is the most beautiful apartment I’ve ever seen on D*S (or any blog, for that matter). Brava Caitlin! The photographer’s not bad either !

Tori

Lovely home! Can you tell me where you got the rug in your bedroom? I live in Portland too, and that rug would be perfect for my space. :)

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