Some homes are simply beautiful and some are primarily personal. Homes that are organically both of those things draw me in. These spaces become more about the people – not just trends – and form a unique perspective of what home is and what it serves. For Esmé and Chris, their goals to have a low-maintenance, inspiring and soothing space have created an inviting home.
Esmé Weijun Wang, author and entrepreneur, and Chris Fleitas, guidance counselor and quiz bowl coach, bought their home in San Francisco, CA after Chris became a two-time champion on Jeopardy! and while real estate prices were still low from the recession. “We wanted a cozy, comfortable space that kept to our love of vintage things, and that we didn’t have to be too precious about. I’d received quite a bit of advice about not buying all the furniture at once, so that happened slowly —a piece here, a piece there. We had quite a bit of empty space for a while. In terms of decorations and knick-knacks, I’ve collected bits and bobs over time, so those found homes around the place rather quickly. I like nesting, and I’m not a minimalist.” The couple’s home is layered with personal artwork, thrifted items and pieces that feel like the two of them — and the pink walls in the dining room, bathroom and kitchen are a dream.
Making their home restful and inspiring were top priorities. Esmé needed a place to work and write, but she also needed a space to stay well and retreat. “I love that it’s a soft place to land. Ever since I became sick three years ago (I was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease early this year) both Chris and I have spent more time at home. Many weeks, I don’t leave the house at all unless it’s to go to the doctor or to the corner market, and so it’s really important to me that our home be comfortable.” Esmé and Chris have allowed their home to care for them, and the results are lovely. —Lauren