House Tour: A Breezy San Francisco High-Rise Turned Minimalist Stunner

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This light-filled space is transformed in a matter of days.

While the homeowner, a young Brazilian artist, was traveling abroad, designers Rafaela Simoes and Laila Colvin had just four weeks to design, purchase furniture for, and set up her new apartment in San Francisco.


They met all together just once, in Miami (where the designers are based and where the homeowner was initially living), before Simoes and Colvin were turned loose on the project. After coordinating the details, they flew to San Francisco for five hectic days of shopping, receiving, unpacking and arranging (made more hectic by the fact the moving company was three days late). The end result made it entirely worthwhile.

A bright, open space with bountiful natural light and a view made the main living area an ideal entertaining space. Simoes and Colvin surprised their client by printing and framing some of her personal drawings and displaying them throughout the house. Light, neutral tones and white walls allow the art (and the views) to take center stage.

Opposite the living area is a tidy dining area and an efficient kitchen. Simoes and Colvin were lucky the standard finishes, selected and installed by the building, were consistent with the client's vision for a space that felt fresh, with natural organic elements. To add life to the space, the designers arranged tiny plants in the kitchen, created a green wall in the dining area and accented the dining table with a driftwood centerpiece.

Rug: J.D. Staron; coffee table: Addison House; sofa: Renovation Room; stools: World Market; side table: Roberta Schilling; accent pillows: CB2 and World Market

Julia Sperling, original photo on Houzz

House at a Glance

Who lives here: A young, single artist

Location: San Francisco

Size: 1,500 square feet (139 square meters); two bedrooms, two bathrooms

Designers: Rafaela Simoes and Laila Colvin of 2id Interiors

This article was written by Kelly LaPlante for Houzz.

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