sneak peek: laura brunow miner and wilson miner


Laura Brunow Miner and Wilson Miner rent the second floor of an old Victorian home between San Francisco’s Mission and Castro neighborhoods. Laura is a freelance publications designer, photo adventure consultant and storyteller. She is the founder of Pictory, an online photo publication, and runs the creative retreats Phoot Camp and Eat Retreat. Wilson is head of design for the music streaming service Rdio and is known for his talk on the future of design. When they moved into this circa 1920 apartment, they decided to donate their IKEA items and focus on vintage finds that were characteristic of the home’s character and history. They were lucky enough to get some assistance from their stylist friend, Molly Bingaman, who flew out to help them navigate the flea markets, pick colors and plan the rooms. Many thanks to Laura (who also shot the photos!) and Wilson. – Anne

Image above: We ditched a big dining room table in favor of this casual little farm table and immediately started having more people over for dinner. It just felt too intimidating to serve my foodie friends on an 8-person table, but all crowding around on chairs and sofas feels just right. These floral curtains from Pottery Barn are bold — especially 6 panels at 9 feet tall each in this giant bay window — but I feel like they combine with the delicate furniture to make the coziest dining room.

Image above: We’re lucky to have a giant 5 ft x 8 ft painting by our dear friend, Robert Josiah Bingaman. We wouldn’t have picked the wine color for the patterned tin wall behind, but we’ve enjoyed it.

Read more of Laura and Wilson’s San Francisco home after the jump!

Image above: I found this pair of porcelain Italian lamps and vintage shades on this Etsy store, and then splurged on the bright white duvet/shams from Italian brand Frette shortly after. The patterned sheets are from Anthropologie.

Image above: I picked up this pair of floral silkscreens at a thrift store in Kansas years ago, but I love the way they look with the floral curtains and the painted tin walls. We inherited the record player from Wilson’s dad — it’s a Bang & Olufsen from the late 70s or early 80s.

Image above: We’re so lucky to be friends with a few really talented painters. This piece shown here is by Dmitri Cavender, who was a colleague of Wilson’s at Apple. The light fixture is from a design boutique (now closed) in Lawrence, Kansas, and is bigger than it may look!

Image above: We spruced up this simple chalkboard from IKEA with some TeenyTiles of our favorite Instagram photos. We really use this “Sunday Stuff” chore system — it works!

Image above: As owners of two cats (and a dog), getting a leather sofa was a great decision. Any scratches just make it look more broken in and comfy. This Chesterfield-style love seat from Restoration Hardware will last us decades, and I think throwing a quilt over it makes it look more classic and homey and less masculine. The jute rug from IKEA is another great purchase for pet owners — the cats sharpen their claws on it constantly and we never fret.

Image above: We found we don’t mind using color in the house, but we’re more comfortable sticking to monochrome palettes, like this room full of purple-y grays (or our bedroom filled with different blues). The photo arrangement on clothespins happened during a photoshoot for 7×7 Magazine a few years ago, but I liked it so much that I kept it. The tulip desk lamp, desk and chair were vintage finds. The wall color is the popular “Silver Fox” from Benjamin Moore.

Image above: It’s fitting that Wilson works for a music startup since he grew up playing several instruments. We inherited this keyboard and several guitars from his dad and set them up in his office.

Image above: The creative retreats I run, Phoot Camp and Eat Retreat, are among my greatest joys, so I dedicated a wall of my office to Phoot Camp photos and memories. Of course, my other greatest joys, Ramona and Wilson, are shown in this picture with me! (Photo by Beto Ruiz Alonso)


  1. Melanie says:

    I love this! The minimalist style is so clean and fresh. It’s so nice!

  2. Vanessa says:

    hanging clothes pinned photos, so cute. love the rug in that shot too.

  3. This is very funny, I just bought that chevron rug 2 days and now I see it here and also in the “Best of Blues” post. I could just curl up forever on that Chesterfield! Beautiful home.

  4. Nicole says:

    Me gustó! Muy acogedor sin dejar de ser entretenido y fresco.

  5. Love the soft palette and industrial / vintage furnishings. Wonderful blend of boy meets girl style!!!

  6. kimmi syren says:

    One of the best dog’s EVER on Design Sponge.

  7. Vivienne says:

    The highlight of this lovely home has got to be that gorgeous blue and white geometric patterned rug! We want one of those!

  8. Ana says:

    Clean and cozy! I liked it!

  9. What a fantastic home. Looks so comfy, and inviting. You really get a sense for the kind of people that live there. Love it.

  10. Love the miss matched cahirs, the simple clean environment and the cool decorations!

  11. Rick says:

    Wait a second, Pictory girl goes with boy? Mind just ‘xploded!

  12. Katie says:

    Beautiful! What is the bedroom wall paint color? So soft yet cheerful.

  13. sharp eyes says:

    the music corner is just incredible

  14. Kelly says:

    Cute dog – is he a rescue dog? If so, it looks like he’s hit the jackpot with a gorgeous home and loving parents! :)

  15. Sarah Landwehr says:

    That Dmitri Cavender painting is just gorgeous, and how satisfying that his website is chalk full of more paintings that are totally awe-inspiring and moving. Thanks for the introduction and the lovely sneak peak.

  16. MissConcept says:

    i love this…….

  17. Kelly says:

    Sweet place, and Lawrence, KS is one of my most favorite places in the whole world (I went to KU and live in CA now too)!

  18. Neko says:

    Gorgeous, sweet home.. love the picture of you both.. don’t get to see many pics of actual homeowners on DS! Not sure why??

  19. Julia says:

    That light fixture looks like a Normann Copenhagen 69. I’ve been mooning after it for years – but I made do with the Ikea version.

    Beautiful home, thanks for opening the doors for us!

  20. Meg says:

    I get very good vibes from this couple and their home.

  21. lua says:

    Meg’s comment is spot on. Love the fireplace and coved ceiling where the chesterfield is. As for the Frette bedding, I just used mine thinking about it and how I got it when they closed shop. It looks good in the photo.

  22. Liz Gordon says:

    Absolutely wonderful, Laura and Wilson! There are homes, and then there are HOMES. I love your HOME and what you’ve done with the place. The thought you’ve put into everything shines through. A real treat.

  23. lacy says:

    yay for lawrence/other kansas finds! i love the house. it’s a perfect mix of vintage and classic pieces, everything in this house will still look great in twenty years. it’s clean, but far from bare… it still looks like people live here! i love it!

  24. Stephanie says:

    I want that herringbone rug!

  25. Zach says:

    wait wait wait…. your dog can READ???

  26. tara says:

    where are the curtains from with the guitar in the picture? thanks.

  27. Katie says:

    Lovely home – I LOVE the curtains in the top photo – so light and airy

  28. Brenda says:

    I love this home that speaks volumes about who lives there and that they have made decisions on rugs and furniture that are OK with pets…Dog is adorable.


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