San Francisco Apartment: Midcentury Meets Traditional

Designers Scott Laslie and Alex Guerrero found their ideal San Francisco home. As owners and operators of Found Market, an online source for homeowners seeking remote guidance for their interiors from design professionals, they sought an apartment packed with architecture, history and style. Their charming 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment overlooking Golden Gate Park in San Francisco's Ashbury Terrace neighborhood did not disappoint.

While their new apartment's Spanish-style building, built in the early 1920s, was packed with a classic European aesthetic that both Scott and Alex appreciated, choosing a style for its interiors proved much more difficult.  "I'm an interior designer whose previous home was a Southern bungalow packed with traditional and European-style furniture," Scott explains. "Alex, a fashion consultant and pure midcentury modernist, came from a 1950s-era San Francisco townhouse furnished with iconic midcentury-modern pieces. Merging both of our different styles into one home was definitely a challenge."

When asked what was on the couple's to-do list, Scott answered: "Since the apartment doesn't have an actual office, our dining room needs to function more as a workspace than as a place for sit-down meals. The view in that space is so inspiring, its natural light is amazing and the breeze keeps the space cool all day long. Since it didn’t have any storage at all, Alex and I were set on adding as much concealed storage as possible; we each have a ton of work stuff that quickly turns into clutter."

Now that the apartment is finished, the couple is happy to call it home. "When we first moved in, there was no workspace and we had no idea whose furniture would go in which room," Scott recalls. "Now, not only do we have a practical place to work from home, but every space in the apartment has a defined purpose — some of them more than one. I also love that all of our favorite pieces are on display and getting their fair share of use.

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