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)