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Who needs a couch with a view like this?

by Shannon Grant

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What does it mean to live in a 350-square-foot space in the middle of downtown San Francisco? It means that Rachel Gant and Andrew Deming have killer views from their 11th floor apartment. It means Saturday afternoon parties with friends that start with gin punch and end on the rooftop, soaking up the sun. It also means that they don’t have room for a couch. For the past four and a half years, however, they’ve managed to make the space work, frequently rearranging items to accommodate new vintage finds and gifts from friends. Though they say their favorite thing about their home is the view, the location is pretty amazing, too. Weekends are spent walking around the city or taking day trips out to Healdsburg or Mill Valley. Together Rachel and Andrew founded their company Yield, a design house dedicated to producing products they want to see in the world – from bags and tabletop goods to small furniture pieces and fine jewelry. Earlier this year they launched Endswell Collection, a line of gold rings for men and women. Thank you, Rachel and Andrew! Shannon

Image above: “We like to fill our home with meaningful objects,” Rachel says. “Most are either thrifted and come with a story of their own, and most others are gifts from friends and family. The painting above our bed is a gift from our friend and fellow CCA grad Nate Masse. The quilt was made for us by Andrew’s grandmother in South Carolina patterned with the classic Norwegian Selbu Stars.”

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Image above: “This credenza probably takes up more room than any piece, but it brings so much character we were happy to make room. The vase is a hand painted vintage find from our visit to Saint Augustine, FL near where Andrew grew up.”

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Image above: “Meals are incredibly important to us, whether it’s just a quick breakfast or a weekend gathering, they are our time to recoup. (Cup is vintage, cutting board is IKEA, plate is Heath Ceramics)”

See more of this San Francisco home after the jump…

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Image above: “Our dining table is a custom piece (made by an older Czech man) Andrew purchased while living in Saint Augustine. The paint on the back wall is chalkboard paint so we can write reminders to each other or ourselves.”

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Image above: “This is the best spot in the apartment. All pieces seen here are vintage except the lamp is from CB2 and the planter box is an item we designed for Yield. The ottoman is Danish and the mannequin we use often to test products and bags that we’ve designed.”

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Image above: “Our view is our most valued piece of our apartment. Being in the middle of it all is our most favorite and least favorite part of our location. Living in a downtown studio could feel cramped, but being on the 11th story with a view like this makes us feel like we have our own little treehouse away from it all with the city as our backyard. (Lamp is from CB2)”

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Image above: “In this corner we hung the Pantry Shelf that we designed as part of our Yield collection, inspired by a colonial Spanish shelf that we spotted while touring historic homes in Saint Augustine. We use this space to rotate through some of our favorite items or reads. (The Kinfolk Table book, salt dish by Gry Fager, and a carafe by IKEA)”

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Image above: “This is our new but old Electrohome record player. We found it fully functioning in a shop in Alameda and couldn’t bear to leave it behind. The details are incredible as the controls are concealed behind two sliding panels and one of the speakers below actually slides out to reveal another storage cubby so you have the option to set it up as surround sound. (On the shelf is another of the vintage ceramic vases and my grandfather’s camera).”

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Image above: “We always rotate fresh flowers throughout the space, and I especially like to place them near the mirrors so it feels doubly green and gives the reflection a bit more dimension. This mid-century era mirror was a vintage find in Berkeley’s Urban Ore. We created custom lighting above our bed on a dimmer so it could be used practically or as a reading light at night. We chose to drape them in a way that divided the space. When so much happens in one room, it’s nice to create visual barriers rather than physical divisions.”

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Image above: “The French doors into our kitchen/dining nook are a blessing. They add separation and character. (Clock is a Syroco Starburst clock that I found thrifting years ago in San Luis Obispo, CA – I once spotted this clock in an early episode of Mad Men)”

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Image above: “We collect vintage books as well, usually classics or odds and ends. A couple of my favorites here include an illustrated copy of Pocahontas from 1953 and a “Required History” schoolbook for US History from 1931.”

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Image above: “This is Ralph and our Norfolk Island Pine. He’s really claimed this chair as his own where he gets to bask in the sun with a view of the birds outside. (Vintage Danish chair, designer unknown.)”

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Image above: “The windows really help our space feel more open, we feel incredibly lucky to have such bright light and expansive space to look out upon.”

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Image above: “Our view of the San Francisco Federal Building by Morphosis Architects.”

Source List:

Shelving: Yield
Planters: Yield
Painting: Nate Masse
Record hutch: Electrohome
Bedframe: CB2
Paint: Behr, color unknown
Lighting: Custom
Clock: Syroco Starburst Clock
Tree: Norfolk Island Pine
Salt dish: Gry Fager
Carafe: IKEA

Table: Custom
Ceramics: Heath
Paint: Black Chalkboard Paint

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  • I read Design Sponge for these weekly apartment/house features. They’re inspiring and beautiful and I love them!

    That said, posts like this are so incredibly frustrating. Every single photo is so zoomed in I have no idea what the actual apartment looks like! It’s more of a “furniture feature” than an apartment feature at this point. I like to use these posts as inspiration in my own small apartment and I can’t do that at all when all I’m looking at is photos of beds and tables. I want to see how everything works together and the flow of the whole place! I’m sure its a beautiful and well thought out apartment but it’s just impossible to tell from these zoomed in photos. :(

  • The lighting is very creative. Love it. I agree with the comment above, no idea what the apartment actually looks like.

  • Gabby said it well. Sometimes I feel like this feature should be titled “Vignette Tour”. I have little to go on, but it looks like a lovely apartment.

  • I live in St. Augustine and love San Francisco, so this was a fun post to read. I think the table guy still makes them if he is the same man I recently heard about from another local.

  • Although these images are lovely I have to agree with the others, there is no sense of how big or small the apartment is, or how it is laid out. I know it can be incredibly difficult to photograph small spaces like this but even a simple, sketched floorplan would be helpful.

  • Agree with everyone else. It’s a beautiful apartment, but I have no sense of how all the pieces connect. I would never guess (without reading) how small this apartment is.

  • I lived in SF for a long time before getting married and moving away, and the view from that apartment is very familiar.