Right on the border of the Presidio and Marina in San Francisco live UI designers Sara (who also runs the blog Design Comb) and Rich Combs, and their two cats, Link and Elle. Together, from their 1926 Spanish-style apartment, they run the design studio Hexagon, so having a space that fosters their creative spirit and pays homage to the home’s Spanish influence was important to the couple. But, as with any rental space, their opportunity to customize and renovate was slim to none. They’ve had to practice patience and improvisation to create a functional, beautiful space: Instead of tearing down walls and pulling out the power tools, they’ve utilized intelligent design, decor and cans of paint. But the age (and limitations) of their apartment doesn’t bring all bad. Both Sara and Rich are smitten with the charm and character of the building — from the beautiful, Spanish tile-studded entryway to the hand painted ceilings — and they have a view of the Golden Gate bridge, which can’t be beat!
Other than drawing inspiration from the building’s history, Sara and Rich’s love of travel and culture influences their home style: the walls are filled with artwork, surfaces are covered in plants, and their shelves brim with books. “It makes it fun to come home,” says Sara. And while their space is anything but calculated, they only had one design rule when it came to buying furniture (one I think we should all follow): they had to be obsessed with a piece in order to bring it home. So it’s safe to say that their goal of creating a space “that felt like us” was definitely achieved. –Sabrina