Sally Clark is the Culture and Communication Lead at the innovation and design consultancy IDEO . She also moonlights as a yoga teacher, and runs her own interior styling business, SallyMcb. Her husband, Charlie, brokers commercial real estate loans by day and writes screenplays by night. When it came to decorating their Noe Valley, San Francisco home, they didn’t set out with a particular aesthetic in mind. Instead, Sally wanted to create a space that feels reflective of both of their personalities, and is a nice balance of inspiration and relaxation, filled with things they love. Interesting things happen when you mix high and low off the shelf items with meaningful heirlooms, and the result is what Sally describes as an eclectic blend of earthy sophistication with a rock ‘n roll twist. Many thanks to Sally and Charlie, and their friends Christine Hendrickson and Pontus Wahlgren for helping with the photos! –Anne
Image above: The orange Asian lacquered tables are from the Alameda flea market, the chevron throw blanket was knit by my grandmother, and the rug is from Pak Oriental Rugs in San Francisco. The Room and Board sofa folds out into the most comfy bed for guests. Willie makes several appearances throughout our house, most often on the turntable! The paint is Farrow and Ball Cornforth White. The gallery wall includes some of my own paintings, family portraits, and other fun pieces rummaged from estate sales and flea markets. I hope to grow the collection to cover the entire wall.
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Image above: We love hosting and cooking for friends. My parents bought the Henredon dining table in 1975; it served many family Thanksgivings when I was growing up in Houston and I love how timeless it is. It pretty much dictates where I can live these days; some people come with pets, I come with this table. The mirror is from Stuff in San Francisco, the aubergine textile is from a trip to Argentina, and the church pew is antique.
Image above: I believe each space needs some textures of earth and a combination of the elements. It’s like bringing nature inside. The living room has sheepskin and cowhide rugs, a tree stump side table from West Elm, and a nod to water through glass and mirrors. Oh, and every room needs a little metallic fire!
Our sofa really drove the design of this room. My parents purchased it in 1970 from Erwin-Lambeth; the cut velvet flame stitch fabric from Old World Weavers is original. It is the absolute best for taking naps–it fits two comfortably. Having known it my whole life, I accepted it begrudgingly during the move from Austin to San Francisco. Only recently have I come to appreciate its beauty and style and now I never want to get rid of it. The poppy swivel chair is from Room & Board, the Wegner style bench was an Alameda flea market find, and the cowhide is from our trip to Argentina. We’re waiting for the perfect piece of art to hang over the sofa (taking suggestions!!).
Image above: This side table is from World Market, the lamp is from Target, and the abalone shell was a gift from my mom. I love the way it mimics the flame stitch on the sofa.
Image above: This chest is another family heirloom and the lamp is from West Elm. The poster is a limited edition by artist Chris Ware, a birthday gift for Charlie, a film lover to the bone who has a big crush on this movie. The glass bowl is full of perfectly preserved sand dollars collected during a walk on Ocean Beach.
Image above: The mirror was a wedding gift from my mom and was hand beveled by a third generation Czech glass cutter in Houston. We painted the interior of the bookshelves black so the contents would pop.
Image above: We’re both music lovers and many a weekend evening ends with a vinyl listening/dance party. The vintage lucite lamp is one of my favorite accessories in the house and is from Stuff in San Francisco. Another favorite pastime is visiting estate sales. You can learn so much about people just from the things they collect, and Charlie gets great inspiration for characters in his scripts. We bought several carousels of old slides at a recent estate sale and found this gem of a photograph in the bunch. I think the moment has a very Wes Anderson vibe to it. What’s going on in that guy’s head!? The chest belonged to Charlie’s late screenwriting mentor.
Image above: The Baker desk and pharmacy lamp were flea market finds, the chair is from TJ Maxx, and the crewel embroidered pillow was made by my namesake, Sally. The shelving is from CB2 and holds Charlie’s various old film cameras. The paint is Farrow and Ball’s Studio Green.
Image above: We use this bonus space as a giant creativity bin to store our instruments, art supplies, and music recording equipment. My grandmother recently gave me a bunch of her old paint brushes and table easel and I feel very honored to have them. The paint is Benjamin Moore Dark Harbor.
Image above: I think we spend 80% of our time in the kitchen (perhaps a dishwasher would reduce that amount!). We love entertaining and sharing recipes with family. The neon Sosa sign was a surprise gift for Charlie from my mom and stepdad on our wedding day in Big Sur. When the sun set, the sign lit up behind the bar. The barstools are Crate and Barrel.
Image above: The oil painting at the top is of my mother. It was made for her when she won the Miss Winston-Salem pageant in 1965. I feel like she watches over those who come and go, like a mother should!
Image above: Our bedroom is tiny and feels like a real sanctuary. The rug is from Pak Oriental Rugs, the mirror from an estate sale, and the horse oil paintings and campaign chair all Alameda flea market finds. Paint is Farrow and Ball Railings. Don’t believe anyone who says small rooms shouldn’t be dark. It gives them character!
Image above: There is only one tiny closet in the bedroom but there is an odd space that sits off the bedroom which we turned into a walk-in dressing room. This vanity is from the 1940s updated with Anthropologie knobs, the rug is from Overstock.com, and the vintage pink suitcase is from Alameda flea market (it gets tons of use!). This room was the first to be fully decorated in the house––you can see where priorities lie.
Image above: We picked up the branding iron at an antique store outside of Austin. We were driving to Houston for the holidays and stopped into a tiny roadside town for lunch. Those places have the most exciting rummage opportunities at amazing prices. The curtains are IKEA and the art all randomly collected at estate sales and flea markets. As a yogi, this elephant reminds me of Ganesha, revered as the remover of obstacles and god of beginnings. I like to think he sets us on the right path for each day.
Image above: I grew up with the antique brass bed and gave it new life with a glossy black paint job from an auto body shop. The wool blanket is a Pendleton and Dwell Studio collaboration, and the bedding is from Coyuchi. The wood art over the bed is from Argentina. I love the earthy meets glam feel of this room.